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Youth Advocate





Youth Advocate Position
(Calling All MSWs, LMSWs, Art Therapists, Psychologists)
Talent is distributed equally, but opportunity is not.
Girl Be Heard aims to end this injustice.


Position Summary:
We are seeking an entrepreneurial mental health professional to manage programs and systems to meet the emotional and social needs of our program participants and alum.

Responsibilities:
• Cultivate and maintain a strong sense of the needs and interests of program participants in our programs across New York City and abroad. The majority of our work is in neighborhoods with the greatest health, economic and other disparities in the following settings:
• Sunday Workshops in Community Based Settings
• After-School Programs
• Transitional Housing (detention centers, shelters, etc)
• Global (Trinidad)
• Coordinate our mentoring program and other initiatives for leadership development and participant support.
• Work with the Director of Education to assess and improve leadership programs and support systems for our youth on an ongoing basis.
• Attend Teaching Artist meetings to share knowledge and resources to inform Teaching Artists’ practice.
• Provide support to Teaching Artists in their work with participants, as needed.
• Provide mediation for Teaching Artist work-related challenges.
• Provide support to the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), and work in partnership with YAC Co-Chairs and the Executive Director to ensure program participant and alum feedback is heard and implemented at all levels of the organization.
• Support YAC Co-Chairs in developing outreach strategies and in creating community engagement activities.
• Serve as wellness point person:
• Provide short-term crisis intervention and counseling as needed, to participants.
• Take on a small caseload of youth who could benefit from extra ongoing support.
• Attend trainings on an ongoing basis and use knowledge to influence organizational practices.
• Draft protocol for responding to a variety of incidents/concerns (i.e., self harm, suicidal ideation, etc.), work with staff to ensure proper implementation, and facilitate periodic training as needed.
• Connect participants to community resources.
• Coordinate data collection across programs and work with the Director of Education to ensure ongoing program evaluation.
• Contribute to the supervision of interns studying social work, art therapy, and any and all mental health provider interns.

Qualifications:
• A dedication to supporting young women and gender non-conforming youth (GNCY).
• A commitment to building a stronger Girl Be Heard community.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate and present ideas with clarity, credibility, humility, and tact; lead with “the why” and incorporate vision into messaging; tailor messaging to audience and maintaining professionalism in speaking and writing.
• Comprehensive knowledge of dismantling racism and trauma-informed care is essential.
• Proven success operating in ambiguous and changing environments with the demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects; delegate tasks appropriately; manage progress against goals for self and others.
• Openness, responsiveness, and understanding of others’ perspectives with the demonstrated ability to maintain and build relationships.
• Understanding of LBGTQIA identities, challenges, and supportive resources.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Keen attention to and ability to track and manage details.
• Strong time management skills.
• Proficiency with databases, internet and presentation software.
• Masters of Social Work, or related degree.
• Minimum 3 years experience in the field or a related area.
• Experience working with youth required.
• Experience facilitating workshops preferred.
• Background in and/or love of theatre and the arts is a plus.
• Passion for social change and youth empowerment and gender equity.
• Desire to work with a dynamic organization to help shape the future activist-artists of tomorrow!

Preferred:
Seminar Training in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certified

About Us:
Girl Be Heard develops, amplifies and celebrates the voices of young women through socially conscious theatre-making.

Girl Be Heard creates cutting-edge, cause-related theatre – inspired, written and performed by youth (12-21) – that is thought-provoking and actionable. Our non-profit theatre company gives voice to issues that youth care about most (such as bullying, body image, and self harm). Our company also takes on global issues affecting young women worldwide such as sex trafficking, forced child marriage, and gender-based violence and regularly performs our acclaimed shows at the United Nations, TED conferences, and The White House.

Our curriculum encourages young women to think critically about social justice, challenge stereotypes, foster friendships, and build tools for bringing about positive change in their communities.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Compensation: Full‐time, commensurate with experience. Salary range $40-50k. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays.

How to apply: Send your resume with a cover letter highlighting relevant experience, your approach to working with young people, and why you would like to work with Girl Be Heard. Submit electronically to jobs@girlbeheard.org. Include “Youth Advocate – (your name)” in the subject line.

Work Environment:
Girl Be Heard’s office is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and is air-conditioned and located in a wheelchair accessible building.

Girl Be Heard is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity or expression, color, national origin, ability, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation, age, religion, or belief. Girl Be Heard seeks a broad spectrum of employees and is strongly committed to a diverse and equitable work environment. Queer individuals, trans people, people of color, and women are highly encouraged to apply.
Learn more about Girl Be Heard by visiting www.girlbeheard.org.