School Coordinator, Project Here

Brief Overview:

We are searching for a Project Here School Coordinator who will be responsible for engaging Massachusetts public middle schools in Project Here. This includes: (1) outreach to schools to raise awareness of available resources and encourage them to register for participation; and (2) ongoing support and technical assistance (TA) for registered schools to help them integrate the Educational Toolkit,use the Project Here Digital App, and implement the evidence-based curricula in their classrooms. The School Coordinator will report to the Project Here Senior Program Manager,and will be an integral member of the Project Here team (including the AGO and GE Foundation). The position will be based at HRiA, but will require travel throughout the state for approximately 50% of the time. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Position Description:

About Project Here

Project Here is a statewide collaboration funded by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the GE Foundation, focused on bringing substance use prevention education to public middle schools across Massachusetts. HRiA provides program management and administrative support for the project.

Ninety percent of Americans who struggle with addiction began smoking, drinking, or using drugs before they were 18 years old. Research shows that preventive education can significantly reduce the likelihood that a young person will experiment with drugs or alcohol. Project Here will target those young people by providing substance use prevention resources to Massachusetts schools, through an innovative combination of digital and in-classroom delivery.

All public middle schools in Massachusetts can register for access to the three main components of Project Here: (1) an Educational Toolkit comprised of research-based resources for in-classroom instruction; (2) a digital app that will serve as a fun educational vehicle for students to learn about substance use and practice healthy decisionmaking; and (3) the opportunity to receive grant funding for comprehensive, evidence-based curricula.

For more information about Project Here, visit www.here.world.

The Project Here School Coordinator will be responsible for engaging Massachusetts public middle schools in Project Here. This includes: (1) outreach to schools to raise awareness of available resources and encourage them to register for participation; and (2) ongoing support and technical assistance (TA) for registered schools to help them integrate the Educational Toolkit,use the Project Here Digital App, and implement the evidence-based curricula in their classrooms. The School Coordinator will report to the Project Here Senior Program Manager,and will be an integral member of the Project Here team (including the AGO and GE Foundation). The position will be based at HRiA, but will require travel throughout the state for approximately 50% of the time. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The School Coordinator’s duties include but are not limited to the following:

Project Activities

  • Visiting Massachusetts middle schools and meeting with key personnel and other stakeholders to engage them in Project Here and support their use of the Educational Toolkit and Digital App and implementation of the evidence-based curricula.
  • Leading sample classroom activities and providing tutorials for teachers and school personnel on the Educational Toolkit and Digital App.
  • Maintaining regular communication (by phone, email, and in-person meetings) with registered schools to provide TA and answer questions.
  • Fielding inquiries from teachers, schools, and other interested stakeholders, and providing information, resources, and/or TA as appropriate.
  • Organizing regional workshops and/or other opportunities to share best practices and support the use of the Project Here Educational Toolkit and Digital App.
  • Attending local, regional, and statewide events to help promote Project Here.
  • Providing additional program and administrative support, as needed and as requested by the Project Here team and/or the Senior Program Manager.

Management Activities

  • Participating in regular meetings with Project Here team.
  • Providing AGO, GE Foundation, and supervisor with regular progress reports and updates of outreach and TA activities.

Thought Leadership Activities

  • Providing insight, ideas, and suggestions to Project Here team based on information gathered from interaction with schools and school staff.
  • Contributing to regular newsletters, website content, social media, and/or other opportunities to promote Project Here.

New Business Development Activities

  • Working with Project Here team and Senior Program Manager to identify opportunities for and to support program sustainability and replicability.

Special Requirements

  • Statewide travel is required of this position, estimated at 50% to 75% of weekly work hours. Travel expenses will be reimbursed by HRiA. Access to personal automobile is helpful but not required. Travel can occur via public transportation and/or car sharing/rental services.
  • May require some work outside of traditional business hours.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, education, or a related field.
  • Experience teaching or working in a middle school or after-school program or with a middle school population.
  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking.
  • Knowledge of substance use prevention and education.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with school personnel, including teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators.
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and an ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • MS Office proficiency with strong PowerPoint (or other presentation software) skills.
  • Experience developing appropriate social media content.
  • A valid driver’s license.

How to Apply:

We are actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. HRiA 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 offers an attractive benefits package, including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous vacation.

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



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