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We are hiring talented and enthusiastic people who are committed to making a difference for homeless youth in Maine. For over 35 years, New Beginnings has helped children, teens, and young adults find safety, build connections, and access the opportunities for growth that they need to thrive.  Our comprehensive services prevent young people from becoming homeless, support struggling families, and help vulnerable youth grow into stable and healthy adults.

We value our dedicated employees, who create the caring and trusting relationships that are at the heart of our work and that bring about change. Our direct care staff play a critical role in the lives of the youth we serve. Putting New Beginnings’ mission into action is both challenging and rewarding, and we deeply appreciate how hard our employees work to help the youth in our programs become stable and healthy adults.


What makes New Beginnings different?

New Beginnings’ mix of funding sources allows us to serve youth in need, without charging for our services. Unlike many other service providers, our case managers, clinicians, and youth workers can meet clients’ needs without being “tied to the clock” or limiting their engagement to Medicaid-eligible appointments. Our staff work in a casual and respectful environment where they do what it takes to creatively support each youth or family as they work toward their goals.

New Beginnings’ innovative model of care is rooted in positive youth development and respect for the unique stories and strengths of the people we serve. We utilize cutting-edge approaches and services that provide results and improve lives. New Beginnings provides extensive orientation and training to all new staff, as well as ongoing professional development over the course of their career with New Beginnings – including access to educational benefits such as tuition reimbursement for pursuing degrees or certifications related to their job.shelterUpsatirs_cropped

Our benefit package reflects our commitment to supporting our employees. We pay competitive wages, and all full-time employees are eligible for 100% health insurance, generous paid time off, agency contributions to a retirement account, and many other benefits with a monetary value averaging over $10,000 per employee.

Now is the time to have an impact.

We are in the midst of a period of positive change. Our agency headquarters and expanded Youth Drop-in Center are located in the heart of Lewiston, with program sites in Androscoggin, Kennebec, and Franklin counties. Our new Executive Director, Board, and experienced management team are poised to develop and implement a new strategic plan that will increase our capacity and bring our services to nine counties in Maine.

Joining New Beginnings now is an opportunity to be a part of planning and growth. We have a long history of providing innovative and nationally-recognized services for youth at risk for homelessness – including housing, family mediation, street outreach, and the only 24-hour emergency youth shelter in the state.

We’re looking for leaders with creative problem solving skills who are motivated to try new strategies. As part of our team, you can help more young people achieve results and become healthy and successful adults. New Beginnings is seeking candidates who represent the diversity of the communities we serve with the vision and ambition to strengthen and expand our programs and agency. Join us!

If you care about building a brighter future with vulnerable youth and families in Maine, we encourage you to take a look at our current job openings below. We look forward to hearing from you!

New Beginnings is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We encourage applications from people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans persons; and those with personal or professional experience with homelessness and/or high-poverty communities. 

Download New Beginnings’ Employment Application (MS Word 45KB).

Printable Career Opportunities Flyer with current openings and summary of benefits.


Benefits: We offer competitive wages with full benefits: health, dental, vision, life, disability, long-term care, 403b retirement plan – and 33 days/year of earned benefit time to start. 

Outreach Director

Description: The Outreach Director is a senior management position with significant decision making authority and responsibility for the oversight and daily operation of our Drop-In Center in Lewiston and our existing outreach services in Lewiston, Augusta, & Farmington. The Outreach Director has a varied set of responsibilities that range from direct support of youth and staff to agency level oversight and management. The ability to find creative solutions to systemic challenges, and advocate for the needs of vulnerable youth are key components of this mission-critical position at New Beginnings.

The successful candidate will be an excellent relationship-builder who can deliver results, and will be part of a team that will develop and implement a plan to expand homeless youth outreach services across nine counties in central Maine. This position requires a leader with a commitment to respect and diversity, and the ability to skillfully communicate with audiences ranging from homeless street youth to social workers to rural town managers to agency donors and volunteers.

The Outreach Director provides supervision for all outreach program staff and models positive youth development approaches, harm reduction philosophy, and trauma informed care. Facilitates staff meetings and develops trainings for staff based on national best practices. Collects data, compiles reports, and assures program compliance with grants and state and federal regulations. The Outreach Director oversees case management services and implementation of our Model of Care.

Requirements:  A minimum of one year experience with supervision of personnel and program management, and three years’ experience with adolescent programs, preferably in non-residential settings required. Master’s degree in a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. Bachelor’s degree in social sciences required; Master’s degree in social work or counseling strongly preferred. Working knowledge of harm reduction, and Stages of Change/Motivational Interviewing; experience with human service and mental health delivery systems and homeless youth issues required. Excellent judgement, communication, conflict-resolution, and critical thinking; good computer and organizational skills. Driver’s license and good driving record; some travel required.

Contact Information:
Chris Bicknell, Executive Director, New Beginnings 134 College Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Fax: 207-795-4080
Apply by email: chris@newbeginmaine.org

Prevention and Training Coordinator

Description: Since 1990, the Prevention Education Program has worked with the Dept. of Education to provide risk reduction and sexual health training to educators and youth agency staff across the state.  Using evidence-based curricula and the most current research, participants gain skills and knowledge in areas such as: HIV/STD/unplanned pregnancy prevention; Harm Reduction; and working with LGBTQ youth.   The program also delivers risk reduction curricula to youth in New Beginnings’ programs and provides technical assistance to other agencies in replicating programming.

This position coordinates and delivers evidence-based training workshops on HIV Prevention and sexual health for school and agency staff statewide. Manages the HIV Prevention training program, including: scheduling, logistics, marketing, data collection and evaluation. Provides risk reduction group programming to youth in all of New Beginnings’ programs.  Trains and supervises adult and youth staff as group facilitators.  Assists with ongoing needs assessment, program evaluation, and development of new programming.

Requirements:  Excellent group facilitation skills; expertise in sexuality education; knowledge or background in harm reduction, Stages of Change, and Motivational Interviewing; presentation skills and knowledge of learning styles; ability to work with young people in a youth development framework.  Bachelor’s degree in a related field.  Background or experience in working with vulnerable youth; reproductive health education or HIV prevention; and/or teaching or training is preferred. Good driving record.

Contact Information:
Mary Ruchinskas, Community Services Director, New Beginnings 134 College Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Fax: 207-795-4080
Apply by email: mary@newbeginmaine.org


Description: Utilizes accounting and Excel spreadsheet software to accurately maintain all general ledger accounts, prepare payroll, process accounts payable, reconcile bank statements, conduct monthly and year-end closing procedures, and prepare and analyze monthly financial statements using generally accepted accounting principles.  This position deals with high level confidential matters that require a superior degree of professionalism in an extremely sensitive environment.  This position requires the ability to self-direct and complete projects as assigned.

Requirements: A minimum of two years of experience working in a financial environment with payroll experience. Non profit experience helpful. Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with 2 years experience.

Contact Information:
Janet O’Connor, Financial Director, New Beginnings 134 College Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Fax: 207-795-4080
Apply by email: janet@newbeginmaine.org

Youth Outreach Case Manager

Description: The Outreach Program in downtown Lewiston offers a wide range of services, from survival needs to holistic case management.  With a focus on youth ages 14-24, the program also serves adults and families who are at risk for homelessness.  Outreach Worker duties include: staffing a drop-in center, case management, and street outreach.  This is a busy, multi-faceted program where every day is different and all of your social work skills will be utilized.  This is a full time position.  The hours are generally 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM Monday through Friday.

Requirements: This position requires the ability to create trusting relationships with homeless youth in a non-traditional setting that promotes healthy youth development. Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team; strong communication skills; self-motivation; and creativity, energy, and flexibility are essential. Valid driver’s license.  

Bachelor’s degree in a related field required with a minimum of a year’s experience working with homeless/high risk youth.  Two year’s experience is preferred. Background or training in mental health/trauma, positive youth development, substance use/abuse, or adolescent sexuality/parenting would be helpful.

Clinical supervision available.

Contact Information:
Marc Madore, Outreach Program Director, New Beginnings 134 College Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Fax: 207-795-4098
Apply by email: marc@newbeginmaine.org

Program Coordinator – Emergency Shelter

Description: The shelter program provides safe, short-term housing for up to 12 youth; the primary focus is working with young people in residence to develop both stable housing upon discharge and the skills to be successful.  This position oversees all aspects of the program in conjunction with the Program Director, ensuring that it operates in compliance with licensing as well as health and safety standards and in accordance with the agency’s mission, goals and philosophy.  The Program Coordinator assists in hiring and training new shelter employees and is responsible for the supervision and evaluation of direct care staff.

Requirements: This position requires the ability to form trusting relationships with adolescents and to function as part of a team.  Excellent communication skills are required, both written and verbal, as well as the ability to provide honest feedback to staff.  Good organizational and problem solving skills are also important for this position.  Experience with group facilitation is preferred.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in a human services related field or a Bachelor’s degree in a non-human services field and two years of experience in human services.  A minimum of one year of supervisory experience is required.

Contact Information:
Marian Carney, Shelter Director, New Beginnings 491 Main Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Fax: 207-795-4072
Apply by email: marian@newbeginmaine.org


Outreach Youthworker – Part-Time

Similar responsibilities and requirements as full-time listing above, working a weekly schedule with fewer hours.

Contact Information:
Marc Madore, Outreach Program Director, New Beginnings 134 College Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240

Fax: 207-795-4098
Apply by email: marc@newbeginmaine.org

Relief Staff

Substitute positions are often available in our residential programs.

Email info@newbeginmaine.org to find our about current openings or to submit your resume for consideration.

 New Beginnings is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We encourage applications from people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans persons; and those with personal or professional experience with homelessness and/or high-poverty communities.

Download the New Beginnings Job Application here:  NB Application for employment (MS Word 45KB)