Program Associate, Training and Capacity Building

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Program Associate who is passionate about youth development and tobacco prevention.

Position Description:

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.

The 84 is a statewide movement of youth fighting tobacco in Massachusetts. The 84 represents the 84% of Massachusetts youth who did NOT smoke when the movement began. Now, 93.4% of youth do NOT smoke. For more information about The 84 visit

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about youth development and tobacco prevention. The Program Associate will work with the Program Director to determine the schedule for this position.

This is a full-time position that will be half-time on The 84 Movement and half-time on other work within the Training and Capacity Building Department. These opportunities may include working to support work around mentholated tobacco education, working with teachers around substance use in schools, and community engagement work. This opportunity requires flexible work hours to accommodate the varying schedule of youth participants with The 84 Movement. One required time to work is between 7pm-9pm on Sundays when the youth have their weekly meetings, and those hours will be removed the normal work schedule. The majority of other work is completed from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday.

The Program Associate will work on The 84 Movement, a statewide youth leadership and tobacco prevention movement in Massachusetts. The 84 comprises groups of high-school-aged youth in community-based organizations and high schools across the state, which are called “Chapters.” The Associate will work closely with The 84’s Statewide Leadership Team (SLT), whose mission is to lead communities across MA in the fight against the tobacco and vaping industries. The 20-member SLT will meet 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 Associate will mentor and provide training and support for SLT members on topics such as tobacco prevention, public speaking, and the post-secondary education opportunities, and will ensure that the SLT has an authentic role in guiding The 84’s programming and direction. The Associate will also assist in supporting The 84 overall and coordinating statewide events that reach hundreds of youth.

In addition to training statewide leaders, the Program Associate will also provide support around other training requests from Chapters and on occasion, other clients. Depending on funding, it is possible that the Associate will help facilitate classroom presentations and school-wide assemblies in middle and high schools throughout the state.

In addition, the Program Associate 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.

Finally, this position entails some administrative work that supports our program, including maintaining financial paperwork for youth, interfacing with vendors, handling logistics for statewide events (e.g.,  scheduling legislative visits for 200 youth), and managing smaller portions of The 84 Movement budget. The Program Associate will report to the Program Associate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Management and Supervision

Oversee Statewide Leadership Team:

  • Recruit and oversee a team of 15-20 diverse youth involved in The 84 Movement to serve on the SLT.
  • Work individually with SLT youth to develop their leadership skills, provide college and career readiness support, and check in on academic progress.
  • Help youth apply for scholarship opportunities, other leadership or service opportunities, and college applications.
  • Design and implement at least one SLT retreat, and potentially another larger retreat, funding dependent.
  • Guide the SLT in planning and leading two statewide events and other presentation opportunities as needed.
  • Track attendance and communicate regularly with youth to maintain active engagement.
  • Solicit regular feedback from youth to improve their overall experience.

Project Work

Social Media

  • Create original content for web post and social media updates and maintain daily engagement.
  • Curate content from related articles/outside sources to use for social media posts; share with team monthly.
  • Organize and manage live posting for events.


  • Recruit new Chapters of The 84 at community-based organizations, high schools, and occasionally, middle schools.
  • Coordinate focus groups with middle schools throughout the state to engage in our program.


  • Provide statewide training, facilitation and technical assistance to individuals, youth programs, agencies and government entities in youth leadership, tobacco prevention and community change projects.
  • Provide support for training development and facilitation for statewide events, Chapter trainings, and other opportunities as they arise.
  • Develop agendas, create content, and facilitate weekly SLT calls on Sunday evenings (or other time as agreed upon by the youth) on programmatic topics or other topics that are of interest to the team.
  • Assist in preparing SLT for statewide events using a train-the-trainer model and focusing on public speaking.
  • Assist in facilitating classroom presentations and school-wide assemblies to high school and middle school students, depending on funding.


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

 Thought Leadership

  • Facilitate staff meeting and participate in other departmental and agency activities
  • Develop social media plan for each fiscal year that best promotes the program and engages appropriate audiences
  • Build knowledge and skills related to tobacco prevention, youth development, and health equity
  • Suggest ideas and improvements to the organization through participation in teams and committees

Business Development

  • Assist with writing proposals for funding opportunities
  • Support senior staff in fund-raising and other grant-writing as needed
  • Gather and prepare proposal documentation (forms, resumes, etc.)

In addition, the candidate will serve on a team of other staff members that work on this project and provide general team support whenever appropriate.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and/or 3-5 years of relevant experience working with youth/adults in a human service agency
  • A strong passion for tobacco control work with young people, and ideally some experience working with youth is preferred.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some early mornings, some evenings, a few hours weekly on Sunday evenings, and at least five full weekend days per year.
  • Comfortable speaking to small and large groups, ideally to youth audiences.
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Willingness to make “cold calls” to organizations to grow the program.
  • A driver’s license and the willingness to occasionally transport young people or other staff (at HRiA’s expense).
  • 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, Snapchat, and Twitter).
  • Ability to be creative and engaging in developing content and working with youth.
  • Excellent attention to detail, especially with editing.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency.
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse populations.
  • Expertise in youth development and cultural competence a plus.
  • A strong sense of humor and a team player attitude.
  • 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.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online. Both are required.

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