Program Specialist:Health and Wellness

Job Type

Full Time




255 South 16th Street
United States


Full-time - Non-exempt


Reports to: Director of Programs


Job Summary:

Work collaboratively with Program Staff to develop creative and engaging Center Programming; while helping to maintain a supportive and respectful environment for all youth that participate in programming. Provide Health Education, Risk Reduction, and Wellness groups, as well as coordinate community events that promote Health and Wellness initiatives, and HIV Prevention services at The Attic. Also, provide administrative and educational support and coaching to Youth and Young Adults that show an interest in developing Peer Educator skills that include the The Attic’s Thrive group or Mpowerment Core Group participants committed to HIV/AIDS education and testing initiatives at The Attic.



  • Work with other Program Staff to develop and facilitate Center Programming.
  • Assist with Center Coverage during drop-in hours, and or throughout typical day as necessary to adequately staff the center, including group monitoring, hall monitoring, and the front of the building.
  • Write and implement group curriculum; collect and report data of participants
  • Provide direct support through one-on-one sessions to young LGBTQ youth ages 14-23 focused on identifying, articulating, and planning towards achieving short- and long-term health and wellness goals.
  • Maintain youth member files, track progress, and report outcomes according to guidance by agency and/or funding source.
  • Supervision of Youth and Peer Educators that make up the peer support team and/or youth participating in the Mpowerment Core Group.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of direct service systems that improve HIV Prevention Intervention service provision, including CTR services.
  • Assist in coordination, promotion, and delivery of HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral services.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the multiple interventions of the Mpowerment Project such as outreach activities, M-group activities, Core Group meetings, and social events.
  • Facilitate community building and the empowerment of young people and members of their social networks that work, participate, and or contribute in Mpowerment program; ensure that a positive experience is happening with peers influencing safer sex messages throughout Attic community, including gay/queer-positive and sex-positive messages.
  • Coordinate and oversee the collection and summary of client information, including information needed for identified databases related to a funding source; ensuring confidentiality in recording, documenting, and reporting.
  • Generate reports required for identified HIV Prevention reporting and other related reporting connected to contracts related to groups and tracking participants involved in Health and Wellness groups and activities.
  • Consult with other staff and departments to ensure effective communication about assessments of youth’s needs, participation in group and community level interventions, and linkages to individual services as needed.
  • Assist in development and training of Peer Educators and Core Group participants to enhance skills and effectiveness of HIV Prevention and Health and Wellness programming.
  • Manage and maintain accurate and timely records/documentation that detail performance of the Peer Educators, Core Group participants and youth involvement in services.
  • Assess and follow-up with youth complaints connected to Peer Educators, Core Group participants, or regular youth participants in groups or activities that fall under your guidance or supervision.


General Responsibilities:

  • Participate in staff meetings, department meetings and consultations, and supervisory meetings.
  • Participate in staff professional development as necessary and/or required.
  • Provide back-up assistance to staff as needed to address needs/crisis in the center.
  • Uphold Attic’s policies and procedures.
  • Attend and participate in all Attic annual and special events.
  • Other duties as assigned or necessary to avoid interruption of services and/or to maintain agency efficiency in delivery of services.


Attic Youth Center Values:

  • Treat all youth, visitors and employees with caring, kindness, respect and dignity
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all information
  •  Adhere to the policies, procedures, code of conduct and attendance rules of The Attic Youth Center


Bachelor’s degree or higher preferred, but at minimum a high school diploma with an equivalent in experience.  Previous experience working with LGBTQ youth/young adults is a must, including youth advocacy; knowledge of educational, social, political, and health issues facing LGBTQ youth/young adults; an understanding of psychosocial issues related to LGBTQ youth development; and knowledge of Philadelphia youth resources and service pool. Familiarity with HIV/AIDS prevention interventions including group and community behavioral interventions (i.e. Mpowerment) targeting young gay and bisexual, sexually active identified males and members of their social networks is helpful; as well as experience and knowledge of HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral guidance; and/or an interest and willingness to become a certified HIV Counselor and Tester to increase knowledge of care and prevention strategies. Ideal candidates have a demonstrated knowledge and experience in youth development and empowerment; ability to plan creative, engaging educational enrichment groups/workshops; and is able to research and write curriculum. Excellent public speaking, communication, organizing, coaching, and facilitation skills are necessary; as well as an ability to work effectively with youth/young adult clients/participants and staff of diverse backgrounds with respect and sensitivity to gender, sexual, race, cultural, and economic differences.  


Health, Dental, Retirement, Transit/Parking Benefits

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

The Attic Youth Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to maintaining a diverse network of board, staff, students, and volunteers that is reflective of and accountable to the communities we serve. 

Resumes and Cover Letters should be forwarded to in pdf format, please no phone calls; potential candidates will be contacted.