Mentorship Coordinator Job Description
Organization: Next Step
Position: Mentorship Coordinator
Location: 99 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA
At Next Step, we serve young people living with chronic illnesses — cancer, HIV, sickle cell, and other rare genetic conditions — between the ages of 16-29. We believe that if you empower them with the right skills, tools, and knowledge they will begin asking “What’s next?” instead of “Why me?” We help young people accomplish this shift in mindset through our change process — a 3-step cycle built upon the following pillars:
- Engagement: Building Community + Changing Perspective
- Education: Learning Skills + Growing Confidence
- Empowerment: Building Resilience + Development Leadership
All of our programs are free of charge to participants. Our signature programs, our “Campferences,” are 4-day residential (and more recently virtual) programs that combine the recreational fun of camp with the information and networking opportunities possible at conferences. Like all of our programs, the impact of our Campferences lies in the relationships we build among youth. The only person in the world who can understand what it’s like to share your diagnosis with a friend for the first time or miss extensive days of school because of your diagnosis is another young person who’s been there too. The power of that shared experience can be life-changing.
Over the past 12 years, we have partnered closely with the MassCARE (Massachusetts Community AIDS Resource Enhancement) program to deliver workshops and activities for HIV-positive youth.
MassCARE is a statewide initiative that provides access to coordinated, comprehensive, family-centered, culturally and linguistically competent medical care, social service support, and peer services for women, infants, children, and youth living with HIV and their affected family members. MassCARE promotes early identification and enhances available care in a community-based setting with an HIV medical home approach. It is a federally funded Ryan White Part D program operating in 3 community health centers in Brockton, Lowell, and Worcester.
The Mentorship Coordinator will lead the administration and delivery of Mass STYLE Mentoring Program for young people living with HIV and Next Step’s STRIVE program for teens living with sickle cell. The job responsibilities are as follows:
- Provide 3-month cycles of ongoing 1-on-1 mentoring support for approximately 10 HIV positive youth
- Help youth set tangible and achievable goals
- Identify and link youth to relevant sources based on their specific goals
- Establish and build a resource database for youth to access
- Be able and willing to drive regularly to meetings with youth and staff
- Support youth recruitment at 3 Mass CARE clinic sites in Brockton, Lowell, and Worcester
- Serve as liaison between Next Step and MassCARE Health Centers
- Facilitate monthly meetings (in-person, phone, or web) with clinic staff about youth progress and support needs
- Deliver one social outing or activity for a group of youth
- Deliver one residential overnight activity annually
- Provide oversight and supervision to Next Step’s STRIVE Program
- Manage and support 6 undergraduate Program Coordinators (PC) at 3 STRIVE sites — Boston, NYC, and D.C.
- Develop and engage youth in a year-round advocacy project (via All STRIVE programs)
- Support the delivery of Next Step Campferences — residential and virtual retreats — with other members of the program team
- Have experience with HIV & Sickle Cell
- Have excellent organizational and computer skills
- Exceptional communication skills and professional boundaries
- Comfort working with diverse audiences
- Education and or significant experience with addressing areas of multicultural diversity, including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, abilities/disabilities, and intersectionality
- Experience with mentorship, guidance, or other one-on-one skills development
- Have experience facilitating residential group programming and events
- Have experience working with adolescents and young adults
- Can demonstrate understanding and awareness of group formation and dynamic
- Have experience working with health-related issues pertinent to this population
- Possess a good sense of humor and work ethic
- Responsible and professional
- Are willing to travel and work residential weekend programs when needed
- Are able to work independently
- Are able to manage a fast-paced, all hands on deck atmosphere
- Demonstrate a commitment to the mission of Next Step
- Have a strong interest in public health, medicine, and social justice issues
- Have a car and a valid driver’s license
The Mentorship Coordinator will receive supervision from Next Step’s Program Director on a bi-weekly schedule. Supervision will also include on-the-job training around logistics and program rollout. All training, specifically those centered on mentoring, will be provided by Duke University’s Department of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences. This program utilizes a Positive Youth Development framework that will be the basis of our program’s mentoring work. The Mentorship Coordinator will also receive support and additional resources from MassCARE and other Next Step partners.
This is a 40-hour a week position and compensation is 47.5k. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree are preferred. Please email your resume and a cover letter to Kepler Jeudy, Next Step Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.