To support JMU's and IIHHS' mission and vision to provide outreach programs to the community and provide quality experiential learning opportunities to JMU students. Responsible for recruiting youth to participate in the Virginia Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (VPREIS) program funded by the Administration on Children, Youth, and in 14 sites across the state of Virginia. The VPREIS initiative is to serve youth residing in areas of Virginia with high teen birth rates, that demonstrate elevated risk factors for experiencing or causing a teen pregnancy, and contracting sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV/AIDS. The VPREIS initiative is a comprehensive, collaborative effort that will emphasize both abstinence and contraception and address the adulthood preparation subjects of healthy relationships, healthy life skills, adolescent development, and parent-child communication in order to increase knowledge and skills, and change behaviors among vulnerable populations. The VPREIS initiative is using an interactive, self-paced online intervention to be implemented and rigorously evaluated using a random controlled trial design with the following vulnerable high-school aged youth populations: 1) youth serving sentences in Virginia's juvenile detention centers; 2) youth attending alternative education and/or night school programs; and 3) youth referred to Community Services Board programs. Duties include: Establish and cultivate connections with site staff and become familiar with each site's policies and procedures related to youth recruitment and eligibility. Set up and follow through with individual recruitment plan for each site. Assist sites with troubleshooting related to participant recruitment. Overnight travel on a rotating basis to 4 sites a month in order to follow up face to face with site contact and youth. Assist VPREIS Coordinator with other necessary tasks related to recruitment.
Minimum Qualifications Flexibility with schedule. Must be able to travel overnight four times each month. Ability to relate to teens, parents, and families of varying abilities and backgrounds as well as with agency professionals, school staff, and community members. Must possess good oratory, organizational, administrative, and interpersonal skills. Experience working with youth preferred. Ability to speak Spanish a plus. Knowledge of adolescent development and best practices in teen pregnancy prevention. Experience with planning effective public health education programs preferred. Experience with youth development and outreach. General computer skills required and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
Special Requirements This is a part-time wage position working an average of 20 hours per week over the course of a calendar year with no benefits. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check. E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.