Youth and Young Adult Intervention Specialist

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Boston, MA3.9

Full-time$57,000 - $82,000 a year
The Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS), Office of Youth and Young Adult Services (OYYAS), is seeking a candidate for the Youth and Young Adult Intervention Specialist. This candidate will be responsible for overseeing and monitoring BSAS funded projects, programs and initiatives across the Commonwealth in order to ensure contract requirement compliance. In addition, the Youth and Young Adult Intervention Specialist will make certain that vendors/providers are maintaining fidelity to the individual evidence-based program model(s) as prescribed. This role will include creating a viable and reliable instrument to collect and interpret data received from individual programs in an effort to demonstrate program effectiveness over time.

The Youth and Young Adult Intervention Specialist will be expected to make on-site visits to funded programs and coordinate technical assistance and evaluation services as needed. Responsibilities include: procurement support such as preparing Request for Responses (RFRs) and reviewing vendor applications. In addition, the Specialist will develop project proposals for contracted services, review grant applications, and develop proposals for federal funding.

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides administrative and programmatic support to OYYAS.
Coordinates contract management responsibilities including site visits, monitoring of budgeting and spending, compliance with contract requirements and performance standards, and achievement of service goals and objectives for the OYYAS continuum of care as assigned.
Attends intra and inter-agency planning and work groups on behalf of BSAS/OYYAS.
Maintains a working knowledge of current and effective evidence-based programs as they relate to youth and/or family intervention.
Safeguards the efficacy of each evidence-based practice/model, monitoring adherence and fidelity to the intended and prescribed program design.
Ensures that contracted vendors submit all data and reports in an accurate and timely manner.
Conducts analysis and review of data for targeted programs as it relates to adolescent prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery.
Collaborates with the BSAS Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE) in an effort to ensure the timely, accurate and relevant collection and reporting of data.
Conducts regular and routine site visits to all contracted programs.
Maintains and periodically updates any relevant directories specific to providers and their services including applicable information on the Massachusetts Helpline.
Explores funding sources as it applies to intervention programming and takes a lead role in preparing and developing appropriate responses in an effort to secure additional and/or sustained funding.
Perform other duties related to the day-to-day office operations.

Preferred Qualifications at Hire:
A Bachelor’s or higher degree in psychology, sociology or social work is strongly preferred.
Knowledge of the social, economic, technological and ecological factors, trends and problems involved in human services planning.
Demonstrated understanding of data measures and analytics.
Ability to build, feed, and maintain data collection tool(s) in an effort to track and monitor system effectiveness and impact over time.
Knowledge of the methods of general report writing.
Ability to gather information by questioning individuals and examining records and documents.
Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures.
Ability to write concisely, to express thoughts clearly, and to develop ideas in logical sequence.
Ability to maintain accurate records.
Ability to develop a meeting agenda, facilitate meetings with multiple stakeholders and to help create consensus during group-oriented decision making.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with persons from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to work independently and to set and manage work goals/priorities.
Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public health including terminology.
Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of supervision.
Ability to coordinate the efforts of others in accomplishing assigned work objectives.
Knowledge of adolescent and youth development and the needs of youth with substance use disorders.
Comfortable with holding presentations, and public speaking in general.
Ability to coordinate multiple large projects simultaneously.

Agency Mission:
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.

Introduction to the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services:
The Mission of the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services (BSAS) is to foster healthy life choices through culturally responsive services that prevent, treat and promote recovery from substance related disorders.

Our Guiding Principles include:
Addiction is a chronic disease that can be successfully prevented and treated.
Eliminating stigma associated with addiction is essential to our work.
Substance use disorders affect individuals, families and communities across the Commonwealth.
No single treatment is appropriate for everyone and medications are an important element of treatment for many individuals.
People affected by substance addiction should be treated with dignity and respect.

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 Remission 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, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.


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

Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) three 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, or (B) 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 experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in business administration, business management or public administration may be substituted for the required 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 experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Program Coordinator II
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Boston-250 Washington Street
Job: Administrative Services
Agency: Department of Public Health
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Jan 3, 2019, 7:49:36 AM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 57,245.50 - 81,952.52 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Nahomi Carlisle - 617-624-5471
Bargaining Unit: 06-NAGE - Professional Admin.
Confidential: No