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New Beginnings, Inc. is hiring talented and enthusiastic people who are committed to making a difference for homeless youth in Maine. Whether a young person is facing a night on the streets for the very first time or has been surviving on their own for years, New Beginnings can help. Since 1980, we have worked with teens, young adults, their families, and other providers to ensure that vulnerable youth in Maine have access to the safe housing, supportive services, and connections to caring relationships that they need to become healthy and stable adults.

Provides evidence-based curricular trainings for educators in health, special education, and alternative education who work with adolescents in Maine, including priority populations of youth and young adults (ages 10-24), gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or questioning (LGBTQ+), BIPOC youth, and youth at risk of or experiencing runaway, houselessness, exploitation, or trafficking.

Essential Job Functions:

Service Provision to Providers and Community:

  1. Develop, plan, and implement annual education and training workshops for educators and youth-serving agencies in-person and virtually
  2. Partner with the Prevention & Training Program Coordinator re: scheduling, logistics, contracting and marketing of trainings
  3. Maintain statewide program contacts and collaborative relationships with other agencies and organizations that are involved with HIV/pregnancy prevention, especially regarding youth
  4. Update program materials and curricula as needed
  5. Serve as lead trainer for workshops as needed
  6. Maintain adequate inventory of training supplies and educational resources
  7. Partner with the Prevention & Training Program Coordinator to ensure accurate data collection and reporting; ensure quality programming through evaluation and feedback; assist with research and statewide youth survey
  8. Participate in community outreach, networking events, and presentations
  9. Serve on statewide groups related to the program’s mission as appropriate, which may include the planning committee for annual sexuality education conference
  10. Assist with website, social media and outreach materials as required

Service Provision to New Beginnings Programs and Youth:

  1. Coordinate scheduling and staffing of all group education sessions; maintain consistent communication with New Beginnings’ programs
  2. Provide regular group education sessions, including utilizing evidence-based curricula to youth in New Beginnings’ programs
  3. Maintain data collection, evaluation and reporting of all provided prevention services
  4. Provide mission-specific training and/or technical assistance for New Beginnings staff related to HIV prevention, sexual health, harm reduction, LGBTQ+ competency and related topics

Other Related Duties:

  1. Promote both the agency and the Prevention & Training Program to develop new partnerships as assigned
  2. Other duties as may be assigned by the Program Coordinator and/or Department Director

Qualifications and Specifications:

Education and Training:  Bachelor’s degree in a human-services related field strongly preferred; some education or training in health or human sexuality preferred.  Background or experience in working with vulnerable youth or young adults; reproductive health education or HIV/STI prevention; experience/cultural humility with LGBTQ+ youth/communities; event planning; and/or teaching or training experience is required.

Specialized Skills:   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 multiple learning styles, including working with educators and adult learners; ability to work with young people in a youth development framework. Good driving record and reliable transportation required.

Cognitive Requirements:  Literacy and writing skills on at least a college level; excellent communication and good organizational skills; ability to conceptualize; critical thinking skills; strong proficiency in technology/computer use, including facilitating virtual trainings.

Physical Requirements:    Strength and dexterity to set up training equipment and supplies and conduct group training sessions; ability to lift and transport training materials to and from sites.  Ability to climb stairs.

Additional Information:    Position is based in Lewiston with periodic statewide travel, as well as potential out-of-state travel for professional development opportunities and similar (including overnight stays). Regular evening ability may be required to facilitate groups within New Beginnings programming based on need.

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