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Research Foundation Seeking Youth Engagement Coordinator for Reality Check

Written By Editor on 1/16/18 | 1/16/18

The Research Foundation for SUNY at SUNY Cobleskill/Advancing Tobacco Free Communities-Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties is seeking a full-time Youth Engagement/Reality Check Coordinator.

The NYS Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Control provides grant funds to the Research Foundation of SUNY at SUNY Cobleskill to implement Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS). ATFC-DOS educates the community and decision makers, mobilizes community members around problems that tobacco addiction causes, and helps decision makers understand the options they have to address these problems. ATFC-DOS works to prevent and reduce tobacco use through youth action and community engagement to change the community environment to support New York State’s tobacco-free norm. Efforts focus on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings, decreasing exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor areas and multi-unit housing, and reducing smoking imagery in the media. Reality Check youth advocates have been working across New York State since 2001 to educate community leaders and their peers about the tobacco industry’s manipulative tactics to recruit youth to become the next generation of replacement smokers.

In collaboration with the Program Director and Community Engagement Coordinator, the Youth
Engagement/Reality Check (RC) Coordinator assists with development, implementation and reporting of work plan initiatives and meeting program deliverables consistent with NYS Bureau of Tobacco Control’s (BTC) goals. Responsible for day-to- day operations of youth action program interfacing with youth, community members, elected officials, organizations and decision makers at every level. Recruit, engage and motivate youth in tobacco control initiatives and help coordinate recruitment, education and recognition events.

Participate in regional and statewide meetings, BTC trainings and professional development opportunities.

Salary: $45,000 - $50,000 commensurate with education and experience.
Required Qualifications:
 Education: BA/BS in education, youth development, public health, human services or related
discipline
 2-3 years of experience in youth development and/or working with youth relevant to the role of the
position

 Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements
 Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate to
implement community education events and youth advocacy efforts
 Knowledge of strategic planning and ability to develop, implement, manage and evaluate programs,
materials and activities to meet work plan deliverables
 Knowledge of youth development principles and ability to motivate and empower youth ages 13-18
to become leaders and advocates
 Ability to communicate effectively with community members, stakeholders and decision-makers
through oral, written and visual channels
 Ability to write press releases and media alerts and promote program through social, print and other
media outlets
 Strong interpersonal and public relations skills with proven ability to work effectively with
community and business leaders, organizational allies, local government reps and state officials
 Knowledge of public health issues and policies and tobacco control initiatives
Preferred Qualifications:
 Master’s Degree in education, youth development, public health, human services or related discipline
 Knowledge of the geography, demographics and unique needs of three-county region
How to Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume and official college transcripts by 2/16/18 to wegnerl@cobleskill.edu. Job
application materials may also be mailed to Advancing Tobacco Free Communities, 125 Schenectady Ave.,
#005 Old Gym, Cobleskill, NY 12043 postmarked on or before 2/16/2018.
Only those individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.
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