Position: Peer Coordinator
Reports to: The NAN Project’s Assistant Executive Director
The NAN Project is seeking a passionate candidate to join our small, but fast-growing team of Peer Coordinators that works to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention in schools. This role consists of three main components: 1) facilitating professional development workshops; 2) sharing stories of resilience to reduce stigma; and, 3) managing Peer Mentors. This position offers ongoing support and opportunities to increase leadership skills in an expanding mental health nonprofit.
Qualifications: Applicants with training and experience as a Peer Mentor or working with transition age youth, especially around suicide prevention and mental health education are highly preferred. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills; public speaking experience is a plus, as is having Spanish or other second language skills. Must be well organized, pay attention to detail, be a team player and have a sense of humor. Qualified candidates will have basic knowledge and ability to use Excel, Google Drive, Word, and be open to learning new programs such as MailChimp, Canva, and WordPress; strong social media skills are a plus.
Must have reliable access to a car and willingness to travel. 32-40 hours/week (flexible schedule to accommodate presentations and events).
The NAN Project seeks to foster connection between our staff and the communities we serve. Our diverse team of Peer Coordinators and Peer Mentors work collaboratively to ensure folks of different backgrounds feel welcome during our programs. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other historically excluded communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to…
Sharing Story of Resilience:
- Creating and presenting stories about the mental health challenges young people experienced in school, and detailing the supports and resources used;
- Explaining the ways in which aspects of identity (race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, etc.) have impacted mental health challenges and recovery during high school;
- Sharing your story with the purpose and intent of providing hope, reducing the stigma and educating students about mental health challenges and recovery;
- Scheduling our team of Peer Mentors for upcoming trainings / events;
- Maintaining a database containing all contact information, attendance/participation records, etc. for Peer Mentors;
- Providing strength-based feedback on Peer Mentors’ stories / presentations / general performance;
- Working one-on-one with Peer Mentors to create or enhance their stories of resilience;
- Facilitating training and team-building activities for Peer Mentors;
- Ensuring correct paperwork for Peer Mentors (CORI, employment contract, etc.);
Project Organization (schools, workshops, etc.)
- Preparing content and materials for workshops, trainings, presentations, or community events;
- Assisting with the evidence-based suicide prevention training: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) after certification;
- Recruiting Peer Mentors and promoting The NAN Project programming to youth-serving organizations;
- Creating and maintaining connections with schools and community organizations;
Marketing / Public Relations / Social Media
- Maintaining regular/relevant updates on website and social media;
- Updating website content;
- Developing a digital newsletter for The Nan Project;
- Creating new promotional materials for events and trainings;
- Attend The NAN Project’s events, trainings and meetings;
- Coordinate with school peer leadership teams to run regular events;
- Attend QPR/other trainings to gain train-the-trainer certification;
- Assist Clinical Director with research and workshop development.
We offer competitive pay, strong benefits, plus a signing bonus.