Capacity-Building Specialist - Juvenile Justice System

Position Title: Capacity-Building Specialist- Juvenile Justice System

This position will serve two SHIFT NC initiatives: Every Teen Counts and NC Youth Connected. 

Description of Initiatives:

EVERY TEEN COUNTS will serve a nine-county region of rural northeastern North Carolina that includes Bertie, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Vance, Warren, and Wilson Counties. EVERY TEEN COUNTS will build the capacity of 10-12 youth-serving organizations within two systems: NC LINKS, which serves adolescent youth in foster care, and juvenile detention centers. SHIFT NC will work with 8-10 NC LINKS programs to build their capacity to provide Making Proud Choices: An Adaptation for Out of Home Youth (MPC+) and with two juvenile detention centers to build their capacity to provide SHARP. Both systems will also increase capacity to link/refer youth to adolescent-friendly reproductive health care. Over the course of the 5-year project, SHIFT NC anticipates that 1,200-1,400 youth will receive MPC+ or SHARP.

NORTH CAROLINA YOUTH CONNECTED will launch a multi-pronged, community-wide initiative to address teen pregnancy in Cumberland and Onslow Counties. Each county will undertake efforts to mobilize the community, implement evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs with various systems (school, DSS, Juvenile Justice) and link youth to health care services in the community. Over the course of the 5-year project, SHIFT NC anticipates that 60,000 youth will be served in both communities and the teen pregnancy rates in Cumberland and Onslow counties will be cut in half.

Primary Purpose of Position:

To provide on-going programmatic and organizational technical assistance to local detention centers and replication partner organizations providing program implementation at local detention centers that follows all steps of the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) program planning framework.  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.  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. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for building the organizational and programmatic capacity of replication partner organizations providing program implementation at local detention centers to successfully lead, implement , monitor and evaluate select evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • Responsible for coordinating professional development and curricula trainings for replication partners and local detention center staff.
  • Provides coaching and technical assistance to replication partners to ensure that evidence-based programs are implemented with fidelity, evaluated, and monitored for continuous quality improvement.
  • Conducts needs and capacity assessments with detention centers and replication partners and gathers capacity building data required for overall project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Responsible for providing replication partners and local detention centers with technical assistance to ensure long-term program sustainability.
  • Responsible for facilitating linkages between youth served in local detention centers to quality reproductive health care services in the target communities.
  • Provide coordination in the development and dissemination of communication strategies and resources to stakeholders in the target communities.
  • Keep abreast of effective teen pregnancy prevention strategies that target youth in the juvenile justice system.

Knowledge and Skill:

  • Experience with community organizing/mobilization, youth programming, and/or program outreach.
  • Experience working with priority youth populations (males, LGBTQ, African American, Latino, pregnant/parenting teens, foster care, homeless, justice involved, 18-19 year olds) a plus
  • Experience with public health program planning models a plus.
  • Knowledge of science-based teen pregnancy prevention strategies and/or public health strategies.
  • Knowledge of county project service areas a plus.
  • Ability to increase public understanding of sensitive health topics.
  • Experience working with juvenile justice systems and health services a plus.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong coaching and training skills a plus.
  • MPH or MSW preferred or relevant experience.

Problem Solving/Decision Making:

  • Responsible for planning and benchmarking multiple tasks.
  • Communicating progress updates, special needs and concerns as they arise and proposing alternatives for addressing problems is critical.
  • Resourceful and creative problem solver.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data to make quality improvements to programs.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as exercise initiative to anticipate and overcome any barriers and to facilitate progress towards goals. 

The Capacity Building Specialist-Juvenile Justice System is a full-time position (40 hours per week) and may include some evening and weekend hours. Scheduling is flexible within limits. In-state and some out-of- state travel required.

Project Duration: This project is grant-funded through June 2020 and the position is entirely contingent on continued funding for each of those years.  

Deadline for Application Submission:  September 18, 2015

Application Procedure: Please submit a resume, as well as a cover letter detailing your unique qualifications and interest in the position, by email to: Sally Swanson, Director of Prevention Programs, No phone calls or inquiries please. 

About SHIFT NC: SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) - formerly the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina - 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. 

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.