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State of Massachusetts Capacity Building Coordinator, Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development in Boston, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP)’s Division of Child/Adolescent Health and Reproductive Health (CARH) is seeking a Capacity Building Coordinator for the Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development (OSHYD). The Capacity Building Coordinator (CBC) will possess expertise in developing and delivering training, technical assistance, and capacity building resources to both internal (DPH staff) and external (vendors and program partners) audiences. The goal of the CBC’s work is to support the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based sexual and reproductive health and youth development programming.

The CBC will use their facilitation and presentation skills to support the work of colleagues and vendors and to collaborate with colleagues to identify and address needs among MDPH-funded programs. Responsibilities will include directly providing training on evidence-based sexuality education curricula as well as other locally developed trainings. This will strengthen clinical and community-based providers’ ability to provide effective, trauma-informed programming that is consistent with evidence-based best practices, uses a youth development approach, emphasizes health equity and racial justice, supports healthy relationships and positive sexuality, and prioritizes low-income and underserved residents. For more information about the OSHYD, please visit our website:

/_Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):_/

  • Develop systems for identifying, curating, and disseminating existing resources, including national training centers, state and federal resources, and emerging best practices from MDPH-funded sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health, teen pregnancy prevention, and pregnant and parenting teen programs.

  • Oversee training, technical assistance, and capacity building resources to support the delivery of quality sexual health and youth development programming among community-based providers.

  • Directly oversee and support contracted training vendors that are engaged to provide training and technical assistance.

  • Identify gaps in existing resources and address those gaps by developing written materials, working with existing training centers to improve the content of their training offerings, or by directly developing and delivering training content.

  • Conduct an internal capacity assessment of the Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development to identify strengths and gaps in capacity.

  • Draw on resources both within and outside the Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development to maximize learning and support for funded providers.

  • Communicate with other program staff about the technical assistance needs of MDPH-funded providers.

  • Facilitate sharing of best practices among MDPH-funded providers to ensure that technical assistance is available widely to all organizations serving low-income and underserved residents.

  • Participate in provider site visits.

  • Utilize facilitation and presentation skills to support the work of colleagues and vendors.

  • Oversee program development and policy initiatives including, but not limited to, integration of sexual health and youth development priorities into other initiatives at the Department, collaboration with other programs to reflect related priorities within the Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development, request for proposals and grant writing, and others as needed.

  • Participate in bureau and inter-bureau initiatives (such as racial justice, violence prevention, substance use prevention) to improve Department sexual health and youth development services.

  • Collaborate with the Director and other program staff on program development and policy initiatives for the Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development.

  • Participate as an active member of the team, and actively represent the Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development and Director on external and internal initiatives and activities.

  • Supervise Program Consultants for the Office, student interns and other staff as assigned.

/_Required Qualifications:_/

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of human resource management including behavioral techniques, planning, forecasting, organizational development, etc.

  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.

  • Ability to give written and oral instructions in a precise, understandable manner.

  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action

  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.

  • Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in logical sequence.

  • Knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, standards and guidelines governing assigned unit activities

/_Preferred Qualifications:_/

  • Experience in public health, particularly with sexual and reproductive health across the life span, clinical sexual and reproductive health service provision, teen pregnancy prevention, adolescent health, sexuality education, or youth development.

  • Experience designing and delivering training and conducting facilitation.

  • Current certification as a Wyman Teen Outreach Program trainer.

  • Experience with event planning and organization and/or project planning and management.

  • Commitment to racial justice and health equity.

  • Commitment to principles of asset-based youth development.

  • Commitment to ensuring access to full-spectrum reproductive health services.

  • Experience developing and disseminating health education materials.

  • Knowledge of the organizational structure and functions of the assigned agency.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Knowledge of budget management.

  • Experience with systems change and aligning diverse systems to increase effectiveness of systems to achieve stated outcomes.

  • Bilingual language skills.

_About the Department of Public Health:_

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

More information can be found at:* *MA Department of Public Health

_Total Compensation:_

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Offer Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional, administrative or managerial experience in business administration, business management or public administration the major duties of which involved program management, program administration, program coordination, program planning and/or program analysis, and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience.**

III. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major other than in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: No substitutions will be permitted for the required (B) experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Administrative Services

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: *Capacity Building Coordinator, Office of Sexual Health and Youth Development *

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street

Requisition ID: 200008MJ