My Life My Choice is a leader in the fight to end commercial sexual exploitation and is the only anti-human trafficking organization in Massachusetts employing a survivor-led model proven effective in helping youth leave harmful situations and build new lives for themselves. We work to prevent the exploitation and/or re-victimization of adolescents through Survivor Mentoring for high risk and exploited youth; Prevention Education groups in schools, group homes, juvenile justice facilities, and community programs; as well as through professional trainings for service providers and law enforcement so they are equipped to identify red flags of exploitation and help youth get the appropriate supports. Since 2002, My Life My Choice has reached over 2,500 girls and over 13,000 providers, in Massachusetts and nationally.
The Youth Engagement Specialist is a brand new full time position at My Life My Choice. As part of My Life My Choice’s strategic plan, we aim to expand and deepen service provision to exploited and very high risk youth enrolled in our successful and growing Survivor Mentoring Program in Eastern Massachusetts. The Youth Engagement Specialist will support these efforts through our newly expanded intensive case management program, coordinating logistics for mentee group work, and working closely with the Survivor Mentoring team to ensure wraparound support for all mentees. The Youth Engagement Specialist will report to the Director of Youth Services and Youth Engagement Coordinator.
Essential Job Functions
- Assist with further development and implementation of Intensive Case Management program for My Life My Choice mentees.
- Provide Intensive Case Management to a caseload of mentees in collaboration with Survivor Mentors and youth services staff.
- Support the administration in coordinating and monitoring My Life My Choice group work for mentees.
- Coordinate logistics and administration for a range of mentee services.
- Assist with billing reimbursements to various service providers.
- Build and maintain relationships with community organizations and businesses to enhance educational, employment, and enrichment opportunities for mentees.
- Expand and collaborate with community services to ensure appropriate supports for mentees.
- Conduct community outreach as needed.
- Attend supervision meetings as well as staff meetings and regular trainings.
- Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, education or a related field; 2+ years working with trauma-impacted adolescents.
- Experience working with commercially sexually exploited youth preferred.
- Driver's license, ability to use own vehicle to transport youth as required
- Some travel within Eastern Massachusetts required.
- Some evenings required.
- Survivors of commercial sexual exploitation encouraged to apply.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
Relevant Skills and Experience
- Ability to create positive working relationships within multi-disciplinary team.
- A personal interest in, and commitment to, working with adolescent girls.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team.
- Ability to build and manage relationships with community organizations and partners.
- Positive attitude and belief in the hope of recovery from commercial sexual exploitation for adolescent girls.
Salary and Benefits
Commensurate with experience. This position includes medical, dental, 401K with company match, company sponsored pension plan, life insurance, generous personal time off package, tuition reimbursement, long and short term disability, opportunities for continued education/training and more.
Level of Language Proficiency
Bi-lingual- English and Spanish preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Candidates should send resumes and cover letter to: email@example.com or 989 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215 by 8/5/18. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.
My Life My Choice is a Program of Justice Resource Institute (JRI). JRI is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to building and maintaining diverse community. Persons from diverse backgrounds including women, communities of color, the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.