Director of Youth Programs

Reports to:

Job purpose

In keeping with Mental Health Advocates of WNY’s (MHA) mission, the Director of Youth Programs provides leadership and oversight of the youth peer advocates, MHA school-based services, and student intern programs. The Director maintains a mission-driven approach and understands the strength of preventative and peer-led services.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Provides oversight of the Youth Peer Advocate Program (YPA)
  • Provides administrative oversight of the school-based prevention programs
  • Oversees the student interns assigned to MHA
  • Participates in grant writing process, tracking of goals and objectives, and reports to funders.
  • Is responsible for hiring and firing decisions under the consultation of the Executive Director
  • Creates staff orientation and facilitates orientation with new hires
  • Oversees the lead YPAs to maintain a weekly schedule which includes regular program locations and staff assignments, time off requests, upcoming events, trainings, presentations, health fairs, panels, etc.
  • Ensures that the youth programs meet the goals of the program and exceed grant requirements.
  • Looks for opportunities to expand and improve youth programs.
  • Approves time cards and time-off requests.
  • Conducts weekly meetings with staff.
  • Works with the Family Peer Program in transitioning to Medicaid billing and vendor services
  • Sets job expectations and standards and enforces job expectations and standards
  • Works as a member of a committed team to coordinate peer-led educational and prevention programs for school-age youth, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Actively supports the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and objectives of the agency
  • Models and implement’s youth-driven approach to services.
  • Assists youth in engaging in planning their own care and having their voice heard.
  • Compiles and maintains an up-to-date list of community supports for youth.
  • Facilitates support groups, creates and presents school and other community programming, assists with workshops, parent trainings, and family recreational activities to provide support alongside youth and family education.
  • Models and teaches advocacy and empowerment skills.
  • Consults with and provides guidance to Adult Support Group Coordinator.
  • Attends local, regional, and national training/conferences.
  • Actively participates in community and coalition meetings
  • Documents all activities.
  • Reports to Executive Director at least weekly on progress, issues, and actions.
  • Participates in weekly leadership meetings
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Qualified Mental Health Professional, i.e., LMSW or LMHC required.
  • Experience with Insurance billing, EHR, and documentation.
  • Experience with local mental health systems
  • 2-4 years of leadership experience.
  • Experience providing services to youth.
  • Understanding of prevention programs/school-based services.
  • Understanding of trauma-informed care.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and supportive approach to the needs of others.
  • Dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent relationship building, interpersonal, and coaching skills.
  • Sound, independent decision-making ability.
  • Proficient computer skills in a Microsoft Office environment.
  • Team-first attitude and a positive demeanor.
  • Flexibility with schedule to include evening hours and weekends.

Travel Requirements

Reliable transportation, travel required.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter to Melinda DuBois at mdubois@mhawny.org.

 

Mental Health Advocates of WNY provides a collaborative working environment in a state-of-the-art facility. The agency offers its full-time employees medical, dental, and vision health benefits with fully funded deductible through an HRA (Health Reimbursement Arrangements); 403B; 100% company-paid life insurance; and paid sick leave, vacation time, personal time, and 11 holidays.