Capacity Building Specialist

Primary Purpose of Position:

The Every Teen Counts Initiative (ETC) works to build the capacity of organizations within the juvenile justice and foster care systems in NC. The Capacity Building Specialist will provide on-going programmatic and organizational technical assistance to local Juvenile Detention Centers, Juvenile Justice and Foster Care partners who will serve as replication partners on ETC. The on-going technical assistance follows all steps of the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) program planning framework.  The Capacity Building Specialist will also provide direct program coaching to replication partners through site observations and to maintain technical assistance tracking logs to document capacity-building plans and progress for each replication partner.  Capacity Building Specialist will also work to improve access to quality reproductive health care services and strengthen linkages to available health care services in the target communities. 

Reports to: Director of Priority Populations

Classification: Full Time Exempt

Grant Funding Period: This position is funded through June 2020. Position is contingent on continued funding.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Build the organizational and programmatic capacity of Juvenile Justice and Foster Care Partners to successfully lead, implement, monitor and evaluate select evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  2. Coordinate and facilitate professional development and curricula trainings for replication partners.
  3. Provide coaching and technical assistance to replication partners to ensure that evidence-based programs are implemented with fidelity, evaluated, and monitored for continuous quality improvement.
  4. Conduct needs and capacity assessments with replication partners and gather capacity building data required for overall project monitoring and evaluation.
  5. Provide replication partners with technical assistance to ensure long-term program sustainability.
  6. Facilitate linkages between youth served in the juvenile detention centers, community and foster care programs to quality reproductive health care services in the target communities.
  7. Coordinate with communications department for the development and dissemination of communication strategies and resources to stakeholders in the target communities.
  8. Keep abreast of effective teen pregnancy prevention strategies that target youth in the juvenile justice and foster care systems.
  9. Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
  10. Serve as the organization’s expert on Juvenile Justice and Foster Care System. May consult expertise with other SHIFT NC Initiatives.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Commitment to working as part of a team to achieve group goals.
  2. Actively participates in collaborative efforts while demonstrating respect for colleagues.
  3. Assists with other tasks and projects as assigned.
  4. Serve as a facilitator on the training cadre for SHIFT NC trainings.
  5. Work evenings, weekends and out of state travel as necessary

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Experience with community organizing/mobilization, youth programming, and/or program outreach.
  2. Strong communication skills.
  3. Knowledge of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention strategies and/or public health strategies.
  4. Experience with partnership development.
  5. Experience working with priority youth populations (males, LGBTQ, African American, Latino, pregnant/parenting teens, foster care, homeless, justice involved, 18-19 year olds).
  6. Ability to increase public understanding of sensitive health topics.
  7. Experience with public health program planning tools and models preferred.
  8. Experience working with community stakeholders preferred.
  9. Experience working with juvenile justice and foster care systems and health services preferred.
  10. Strong coaching and training skills preferred.
  11. Experience developing program work plans and utilizing work plans to guide capacity building process for organizations/programs preferred.
  12. Ability to plan and benchmark multiple tasks.
  13. Ability to communicate progress updates, special needs and concerns as they arise and propose alternatives to address problems.
  14. Ability to be resourceful and creative when overcoming barriers and solving problems.
  15. Ability to analyze and interpret data to make quality improvement suggestions to programs partners.
  16. Ability to exercise initiative to anticipate and overcome any barriers with partners and to facilitate progress towards goals. 
  17. Welcomes, recognizes, and appreciates others’ suggestions, points of view and contributions while working to create a work environment that is inclusive and collaborative.
  18. Commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice in driving team and organizational results.

Education and Background:

  1. Advanced degree in related field preferred or equivalent work experience.
  2. Experience providing training to adult learners (e.g. health care staff, health educators, social workers, and other youth serving professionals); experience with evidence-based curricula is a plus.
  3. Experience working in or with youth-serving organizations to achieve a positive public health outcome.
  4. Experience providing guidance on data collection, interpretation, and evaluation.
  5. Experience working with diverse community members and groups preferred.

Deadline for Application Submission:  June 12, 2018.

Application Procedure: Please submit a resume and a cover letter detailing your unique qualifications and interest in the position to: 

About SHIFT NC: SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) is leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health. After 30 years of success in adolescent pregnancy prevention, we've expanded our scope to include adolescent pregnancy, HIV and STIs, sexuality, healthy development, relationships, and access to care. Learn more at

SHIFT NC offers equal opportunity to and prohibits the discrimination against or harassment of anyone based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, handicapping condition, or other reasons prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination and opportunity policy extends to employment, membership, board service and leadership, volunteerism, and participation in any of the organizations programs or services.