Program Coordinator, Training and Capacity Building

Job Type

Part Time




2 Boylston Street
United States


HRiA’s Training and Capacity Building Department is widely recognized for its youth development approach, which recognizes and builds on young people’s assets and strengths. The Department builds healthy communities by increasing the capacities of youth and the adults who work with them by providing a comprehensive set of consultative services (including facilitative training, technical assistance, program development, relationship building, and event planning) to not for profit organizations, public sector agencies, community coalitions, youth serving organizations and individuals.

This is a temporary opportunity for someone who is passionate about youth work and public health, and has an interest in tobacco prevention.

This is a part-time position approximately 21 hours a week starting in September 2018 and ending no later than June 15, 2019. A flexible schedule is required, with some evening and weekend hours for events and working with young people. The Program Coordinator will work with the Senior Program Manager to determine the schedule for this position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Program Coordinator’s responsibilities fall within The 84 Movement, a statewide youth leadership and tobacco prevention program in Massachusetts. The 84 is comprised of groups of high-school-aged-youth in community-based organizations and high schools across the state, which are called “Chapters.” The Coordinator will provide support to multiple areas of the program.

The Coordinator will focus on recruiting new Chapters to The 84 through school and community-based organizations and in priority communities. This will require strong communication skills, professionalism, and a knowledge of program components. The Coordinator will also work closely with new and existing Chapters to improve engagement. Tasks may include creating an engagement strategy, visiting Chapter meetings, and maintaining regular communication with Chapter Advisors.

In addition, the Program Coordinator will support the program’s social media efforts by creating unique content, engaging with stakeholders, posting web content, daily monitoring of the social media platforms, and contributing to strategic planning. The Coordinator will also be involved in the planning and preparation of statewide events, and assisting with overall administration.

The Coordinator will also be responsible for many things regarding the administration of our program. With a statewide program this large, there are several databases that need to be maintained, reports that need to be generated, and logistics for events that need to be planned.

The Coordinator may also work with The 84’s Statewide Leadership Team (SLT), a group of diverse youth leaders whose mission is to lead communities across MA in the fight against the Tobacco and Vaping Industries. The SLT meets regularly as a statewide body to give programmatic input, lead statewide events, work on recruitment efforts, and serve as the main spokespeople for The 84 Movement. The Coordinator will have the opportunity to provide training and support for SLT members. This will require facilitation and public speaking skills in addition to a general knowledge of how to work with youth.


  • Recruit new Chapters of The 84 at community-based organizations and high schools
  • Develop a plan for recruitment outreach and be the main team recruitment contact
  • Follow up on leads and consistently outreach to different areas to talk about our program
  • Maintain database detailing communication with all parties contacted

 Chapter Engagement

  • Maintain regular communication with Chapter adult advisors to encourage involvement in program components
  • Travel to Chapter meetings to maintain engagement from 84 staff and learn from what local groups may need; make recommendations accordingly
  • Create new strategies for improved Chapter engagement, including reaching goals set by the Department of Health
  • Provide technical assistance to adult advisors of the program to support them in their efforts (e.g. completing activities, registering for events, informing them of leadership opportunities for their youth, etc.)

 Social Media

  • Develop social media strategic plan for each fiscal year
  • Create new original content for web post and social media updates and maintain daily posting, retweeting, liking, and commenting
  • Curate content from related articles/outside sources to use for posts; share with team
  • Organize and manage live posting for events


  • Provide statewide training, facilitation and technical assistance to individuals, youth programs, agencies and government entities in youth leadership, tobacco prevention and community change projects
  • Develop agendas, create content or workshops, and facilitate weekly SLT conference calls (Sunday evenings)
  • Assist in preparing SLT for statewide events using a train-the-trainer model and focusing on public speaking


  • Edit documents of The 84 and provide feedback to the team on relevant events, projects, or issues
  • Assist with daily administrative tasks including check requests, expense reporting, processing reimbursements, etc.
  • Provide administration support for statewide events such as registration, logistics, pre-event preparation, evaluation input, and day-of coordination
  • Team support wherever applicable

Candidate Qualifications:

  • A strong passion for working with young people
  • Interest in tobacco and vaping prevention
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional early mornings, evenings, and weekend hours. We will work around your schedule where possible.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Willingness to make “cold calls” to organizations in order to grow the program
  • A driver’s license and the willingness to occasionally transport young people or other staff
  • Strong time management skills and ability to maintain a positive work-life balance
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Basic understanding of social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter)
  • Ability to be creative and engaging
  • Strong presence when presenting to a group and refined leadership and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail, especially with editing
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Leadership capabilities and demonstrated successful experience in working with diverse populations are required for this position
  • Expertise in youth development and cultural competence a plus
  • Ability to collaborate and work closely with team members in an open-office workspace
  • Ability to be adaptable to different work styles and flexible in your role
  • A sense of humor
  • Familiarity with Massachusetts geography and a wide network of contacts is a plus

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Diversity in organizational practices is a core value of Health Resources in Action resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds. People of color and LGBTQ applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position.

The timeline for this position is to hire for a September 1, 2018 start date. The end date is between June 1-15, 2019.