Empowerment Center Manager, Philadelphia FIGHT

Posted by on September 30, 2013

Empowerment Center Manager, Philadelphia FIGHT
Posted on: September 9, 2013

Job description

Position: Y-HEP Empowerment Center Manager

Reports To: Y-HEP Youth Development and Empowerment Coordinator

Hours Weekly: 40. This is an exempt position.

Job Summary

Y-HEP’s Empowerment Manager is responsible for supporting the Y-HEP Program Director in integrating Y-HEP’s contracts with its overall Empowerment Center programming so that Y-HEP is appropriately meeting the needs of all youth. This position is largely focused on the daily operations of Y-HEP’s Empowerment Center services, onsite programming, and management of behavioral issues in the Center. This position is also expected to coordinate street outreach efforts to engage vulnerable youth and connect them to Y-HEP’s suite of services. This position should be willing to embrace the latest research and corresponding theoretical frameworks that inform the professional provision of youth services. The Empowerment Center Manager will work with the Youth Development and Empowerment Coordinator to structure Empowerment Center practices, protocols and programming that synthesizes Y-HEP’s mission with the established best practices of the field.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Oversee Empowerment Center Daily Processes

1)Ensure that Empowerment Center activities fulfill DHS, AACO, DBH, and other grant contract guidelines.

2)Lead Drop In staff and interns in daily preparations for Drop In opening in conjunction with the Administrative Assistant.

3)Work with Administrative Assistant to ensure that the Empowerment Center has all necessary amenities, supplies, furniture and other required items to make it a welcoming place for youth.

4)Problem-solve day-to-day Empowerment Center issues.

5)Triage needs of Drop in Center participants and respond to requests for information about local resources. Maintain knowledge of relevant community programs and services; provide referrals, when appropriate.

6)Work with Youth Development and Empowerment Coordinator to maintain Y-HEP discipline protocol.

7)Work with Youth Development and Empowerment Coordinator to plan groups, workshops and activities that address a wide range of interests and needs.

8)Maintain daily documentation of on-site incidents in Y-HEP Incident Log.

9)Maintain up-to-date Suspension Log and notify all Y-HEP staff of updates or additions.

10)Ensure that all Y-HEP staff and interns are trained in the Empowerment Center rules and procedures.

11)Maximize impact and efficiency of Empowerment Center programming through discussions with all Y-HEP staff as well as consultation with participants.

12)Promote Y-HEP’s Empowerment Center and programs throughout the community.

13)Strategize, plan, and schedule all outreach activities with staff and participants to recruit new youth to the Empowerment Center.

14)Engage with outside agencies to bring in relevant workshops to the Y-HEP youth.

15)Support other staff in resolving participant behavioral issues.

16)Assist with group and activity planning.

Coordinate Empowerment Center Food Services

1)Plan and prepare daily Empowerment Center meals.

2)Place Philabundance order and organize monthly budget for other food purchases.

3)Network with local food suppliers to supplement Y-HEP’s food supply.

4)Establish and maintain partnerships with community gardens and food co-ops to obtain fresh vegetables for inclusion in daily meals.

5)Plan and facilitate bimonthly Family Cooking group.

Manage Empowerment Center volunteers and student interns

1)Responsible for fielding requests and scheduling interviews with prospective volunteers.

2)Develop and maintain Empowerment Center volunteer responsibilities and tasks and appropriately orientate them to Y-HEP.

3)Supervise volunteers and ensure that they are progressing with their goals.

4)Provide educational and facilitation opportunities for volunteers.

5)Collaborate with the Administrative Assistant to coordinate volunteer/intern schedule.

6)Attend any site supervisor meetings and complete required paperwork.

Additional Responsibilities

1)Assist in the overall coordination and planning of all Youth-related activities during AIDS Education Month.

2)Attend weekly Y-HEP staff and weekly supervision meetings, clinical supervision, AIDS Education Month meetings, and other programmatic Philadelphia FIGHT meetings.

3)Work with the Program Director and Program Coordinator to develop and implement new programming for Y-HEP.

4)Actively pursue trainings and educational programs that offer professional development opportunities.

5)Work to encourage communication and collaboration within Y-HEP staff.

6)Assist and support educational programs as necessary.

7)Represent Y-HEP to the community by attending health fairs when necessary.

8)Work with the dance4life Y-HEP program when necessary.

9)Collaborate with other agencies in local events, meetings, and programs that are related to job duties. Pursue opportunities for coalition building and networking among agencies that serve Y-HEP’s target population.


Bachelor’s degree preferred. Two or more years of experience working with youth and/or young adults strongly recommended. Experience in the fields of education, behavioral health or substance abuse preferred.

Minimum Requirements

  • Excellent organizational and information management skills.
  • Willing to work late hours and weekends when needed.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and essential office computer applications.
  • Familiarity with constituent populations, particularly youth under 24.
  • Sensitive to racial, cultural, economic, gender, and sexual orientation differences.
  • Must be able to pass State Child Abuse and FBI clearances.
  • Skills: Certified tester is preferred. Computer literacy required. The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience working with high-risk populations and facilitating groups, excellent reading skills and deductive reasoning skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work well under pressure. This job requires an individual who is highly organized, able to be flexible, and who thrives as part of a team.

Miscellaneous: Must be able to get to work on a daily basis and on time. Must be able to work cohesively with others and must be able to take feedback and constructive criticisms. Must be willing and able to agree to employment terms.

Philadelphia FIGHT is one of Philadelphia’s largest AIDS service organizations. FIGHT’s mission is to provide state of the art, culturally competent, HIV primary care, and opportunities for clinical research, social services, consumer education, and outreach to people living with HIV and those at high risk. Our goal is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of people living with HIV now. Our programs are designed with significant input from the affected communities, and respect the dignity and life experience of the people who participate in them, along with their right to self- determination in their own treatment and life choices.

Philadelphia FIGHT is an equal opportunity employer.

Employment at Y-HEP is strictly based on the renewal of an annual contract


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