Positions at Prevention is Key

Youth Mentor

Through a federal grant awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, Prevention Is Key (PIK) will provide an innovative mentoring program for 100 youth between the ages of 11 and 17 who are currently abusing or have used opioids, youth who are at high risk for using opioids and youth with family members who are currently using or have used opioids. This three (3) year group mentoring program will provide social and emotional support; increase understanding of systems navigation; develop networks and informal supports, and increase resilience in its participants.

The major role of the mentor is to serve as a positive role model for youth who have been affected by opioids or other drug use as they mature mentally, physically, and emotionally into adulthood. The position is full time.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology, or other social science preferred.
  • One year of professional experience in social work, mental health counseling, or a related field, preferably with a community-based organization.

Specific Duties

  • To develop a relationship with the youth in the aim of providing support, guidance, friendship, positive interaction, exposure to positive activities, opportunities to learn life skills, and positive problem-solving skills.
  • Work as a team with the Program Coordinator and other team mentors to help establish a trusting and dependable relationship that can place the youth on a positive path to success.
  • To assist youth in further developing his or her daily life skills such as self-confidence, self-esteem, academic excellence, and moral values.
    To enable and help youth learn how to help him or herself and encourage him or her to make his or her own decisions and take responsibility for them.
  • Demonstrate good character, emotional stability, and a responsible adult lifestyle free from the use of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs before and while in the presence of youth.
  • Commit to meeting with youth once weekly for a year.
  • Attend orientation and training sessions and ongoing workshops.
  • Return completed Monthly Activity Report/Time Sheets to the Program Coordinator in a timely manner.
  • Participate in special program functions, i.e., banquets, picnics, award ceremonies, monthly site activities, etc.
    Promptly inform Program Coordinator

*Background check required.

Send a cover letter and resume by November 30, 2020 to: CGoeke@mcpik.org

LINCS COVID Social Support Coordinator

Through a collaborative project with the Morris County Health Department, we are seeking applicants for the position of LINCS COVID Social Support Coordinator. The LINCS COVID Social Support Coordinator (“LINCS SSC”) will provide coordination and assistance to all local health departments (LHDs) and contact tracing teams within the LINCS jurisdiction on matters pertaining to COVID-positive and COVID-exposed persons requiring isolation, quarantine or other social services. The LINCS SSC will work with LINCS/LHDs, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) Quarantine Director, the DOH Regional Social Support Coordinator, regional Health Hubs, community-based organizations and other support agencies to address housing, transportation, food, mental health, medical services, insurance coverage, unemployment compensation and other needs.
This position is full-time and supported through a two-year grant awarded by the New Jersey

Department of Health (DOH). The LINCS Agency will provide direct supervision of this position, in close consultation with LHDs to coordinate and bolster COVID-19 duties performed by jurisdictional public health authorities. Work location and hours may be flexible, as determined by the needs of the LINCS Agency and LHDs within the LINCS jurisdiction.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, sociology, psychology or other social science.
  • One year of professional experience in social work, mental health counseling or a related field, preferably with a community-based organization.

Specific Duties

  • Develop and maintain a list of available resources to assist COVID-positive and COVID-exposed persons, with emphasis on services available within the county.
  •  Identify vulnerable populations in the LINCS jurisdiction and, working with the LINCS COVID Coordinator/LHDs and in alignment with State testing and containment strategies, prioritize COVID response initiatives to target the vulnerable populations in the county.
  • Develop and maintain a list of pre-identified isolation and quarantine sites available within the county and develop a standard operating procedure (SOP) for LINCS/LHDs and local partners to use for persons in need of isolation or quarantine services.
  • Liaison with the DOH Quarantine Director to communicate the State SOP for Medical Quarantine Sites (MQS) to local partners and, as needed, develop local policies and procedures that support the State SOP.
  • Work collaboratively with LINCS/LHDs and contact tracers to support needs identified in their communication with COVID-positive and COVID-exposed persons.
  • Identify gaps in needs amongst COVID-positive and COVID-exposed persons, especially those in vulnerable populations (e.g., persons experiencing homelessness, immigrants, persons of color) and search for local solutions. This could include, but is not limited to, food banks, mental health services, visiting nurses, telehealth solutions, and other community programs that can address the needs of COVID-positive and COVID-exposed persons.
  • Work with the DOH Regional SSC to establish and maintain contact with LINCS SSCs in other counties to ensure local, regional, and statewide coverage and awareness of available resources.
  • Participate in any COVID task force, working group, or other meetings held by the LINCS Agency, LHDs, Regional Coordinators, DOH Quarantine Coordinator, and DOH SMEs that may be relevant to social supports.
  • Other COVID-19 duties as assigned.

Send a cover letter and resume by November 20, 2020 to: CGoeke@mcpik.org