Black Ministerial Alliance Girls' Initiative Network Coordinator

Job Title:TheGirls’ Initiative (GI) Network Coordinator                                                 Date: January 17, 2014

Position Reports to:  Capacity Institute Director                  FTE: Part-Time Permanent (20 hours/week or .57 FTE)

Job Status: Exempt                                                     Salary Range:  $28,500 - $34,200 depending on experience

Girls’ Initiative Network works to improve positive outcomes for high risk and system-involved girls[1], through increased use of gender-responsive program strategies.  Gender-responsive strategies take into account the unique experiences and strengths of girls, to equip them to overcome their challenges and achieve success.  The Network convenes a learning community of 84 girl serving agencies across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to strengthen gender-responsive practice in the community and to institutionalize a gender-responsive approach in public-supported services.  Governed by a Steering Committee, the Network meets six times annually to plan and implement advocacy campaigns, to exchange peer support and networking, and to provide community trainings and conferences, in addition to a strong virtual network connection.  The Girls’ Initiative is housed at the Black Ministerial Alliance, whose mission is spiritual nurture for clergy, advocacy and program services for the larger Black community.

 

Job Summary:

The Girls’ Initiative Network Coordinator works through a state-wide network of girl-serving agencies to promote the use of gender-responsive practices in community-based and public agencies that engage girls at high risk.  The Coordinator convenes, supports, and equips Network members to implement its gender-responsive advocacy campaign to strengthen State training, practices, and outcomes for girls, and its approach with girls in community programs.

 

Specific Responsibilities to Build the Network:

·         Work with GI Steering Committee to schedule, plan, and facilitate six network meetings a year addressing policy, advocacy, gender-responsive programming, status of girls, and other priority topics.

·         Work with SC and membership to engage, strengthen, and support network members and expand membership.

·         Provide gender-responsive training and train-the-trainer sessions to network members.

·         Work with GI membership to engage youth from network member agencies in leadership role and voice in all campaign events.

·         Work with GI Steering Committee to lead, plan, and assess GI Network advocacy, training, and network activities, so that we update and meet Network goals; create annual work plan and budget.

·         Participate with BMA staff in preparing proposals; prepare program funding reports.

·         Initiate network communication at least monthly, including social media, e-newsletter and updated website.

Work with the GI Steering Committee and Network Members to plan and implement the gender responsive best practices advocacy campaign:

·         Update GI research base as needed; prepare policy briefs as needed.

·         Design and implement a public media campaign to support campaign goals.

·         Draft and implement a state-wide platform to solicit and expand concrete commitments to girls and gender-responsive practices, including the original six GI goals from 2007, building on existing 2014 legislative and administrative strategy.

·         Recruit and nurture champions and allies for girls from key MA policy decision makers.

·         Create a long-term formal relationship with an appropriate statewide youth policy entity (Child Advocate, Chief Juvenile Justice, District Attorneys).

 

Desired Experience and Competencies:

  1. At least three years’ demonstrated leadership influence in a nonprofit, network coordinator, or advocacy role; experience withyouth and gender responsive policy preferable. 
  2. At least two years’ direct service experience with girls at high risk, implementing positive youth development approach, effective practice, and gathering outcomes data.
  3. Ability to access, interpret, and use data about the assets, risks, and outcomes of system-involved and high-risk girls to engage diverse stakeholders and to drive recommendations for effective public policy and community practice regarding gender-specific programming.
  4. Ability to form working relationships with MA executive and legislative policy staff to influence their decisions.
  5. Ability to build a shared vision and foster collaboration among network members through listening to, negotiating and planning with, and engaging them on network priorities, goals, and group actions. 
  6. Ability to train and coach adults individually and in small groups.
  7. Demonstrated cultural competence to establish rapport with diverse groups, including State government officials, agency staff, and youth leaders.
  8. Ability to manage multiple competing tasks, priorities, deadlines, and relationships effectively to meet commitments and goals.
  9. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  10. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public presentations and meeting facilitation. 
  11. Able to use Microsoft Office suite and email, constant contact, meeting wizard, survey monkey and other/or similar programs for communication.

 

Education Required: BA/BS minimum. 

Special Work Conditions: Occasional evening and weekend hours required; local travel required.

Please forward resume and cover letter by February 28, 2014 to ebass@bmaboston.org and girlsinitiativema@gmail.com.

The Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston (BMA) provides equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants.  No person will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, sex, national origin, veteran’s status or disability.



[1] High-risk girls are between the ages of twelve (12) and twenty-one (21), who have at least two of the following challenges in their lives:  court involved, truant or drop-out, gang-involved, under-performing in school, a chronic substance abuser, homeless, child of an incarcerated parent, pregnant or a parent.

How to Apply/Contact: 
Please forward resume and cover letter by February 28, 2014 to ebass@bmaboston.org and girlsinitiative@gmail.com