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Program Associate Job Posting at Imagine

Program Associate Job Description
Status:  Full-time
Salary Range: $44K - $50K

The Program Associate is responsible for assisting the Program Director in all aspects of program development and maintenance as well as supervising up to two Nights of Support.  Responsibilities will include family orientations, proper documentation of family information, organizing and implementing events (with the assistance of the Program Director) such as memorial services, educational conferences, volunteer recognition and maintaining a professional and supportive relationship with participants and volunteers. Additional responsibilities will include the daily maintenance of the program including tracking of attendance and securing substitute facilitators when needed as well as presenting the program to the public when needed. 

Qualifications: 

The candidate must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health field.  1-3 years professional, clinical experience in the field of death and grief is required, The position of Program Associate also requires experience in facilitating groups.  The ideal candidate must have good interpersonal skills, be personally resilient, and be able to create a safe place for families to tell their story and mourn their losses. Experience supervising volunteers is required. Adult and child group experience, knowledge of different models of grief support  and community resources is also required.  Candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and good computer skills. Candidate must possess good professional boundaries, have experience in case management and the ability to seek additional resources as needed for potential Imagine participants. Experience with public speaking and community outreach is necessary. Bilingual speaker preferred.  Some evenings required. 

Job Segments:

Family and Participant Management 

  • Work with other program staff members to provide guidance and information to grieving families and others
  • Provide interested families with a safe and supportive orientation and in-take.
  • Clinically assess families’ needs and whether Imagine is a fit for the family and the family for Imagine
  • Make referrals for families who require additional support
  • Document necessary information and communicate pertinent details to Program Director
  • Address concerns of participants as needed.
  • Plan and execute, in partnership with the Program Director, community events that suit the needs of participants in the program as well as fill the need for community education and awareness.
  • Work with Program Director to offer additional supportive activities for adults, teens, and children (i.e. retreats, teen lock-in, wilderness hike, movie nights, holistic Saturday Good Mourning program, additional facilitated conversations around specific subjects, etc.)
  • Provide ongoing, as needed support for families coping with illness and/or impending death. 
  • Peer Support Program
    • Manage and oversee up to two Nights of Support; supervise those on-site NOS volunteers.
    • Plan weekly peer support group activities for participants and work closely with Program Director to ensure all needed supplies are available.
    • Work closely with Program Director to ensure smooth running of your Night of Support.
    • Participate in the facilitator evaluation process.
    • Maintain current and accurate records of participation among participants and facilitators and support everyone in their efforts to attend consistently.
    • Identify substitutes for Nights of Support when necessary.
    • Assist with setting up of materials and group rooms to be ready for each Night of Support.
    • Assist with developing, marketing and publicizing existing and new programs as needed to maintain and/or grow programs.
    • Prepare for all Nights of Support and manage day-to-day administrative tasks related to NOS. 
  • Outreach and Marketing
    • Write monthly blog posts for Imagine’s website related to grief and resilience.
    • Support the Program Director with outreach to community agencies and partners to promote Imagine’s programs and services.
    • Maintain relationships with community agencies to update about programs and assist with referrals when needed. 
  • Volunteer Management
    • Assist Program Director with regular opportunities for Volunteer Recognition
    • Assist Training Director with opportunities for ongoing continuing education including Book Clubs, Facilitator Training, and workshops.
    • Supervise volunteers in bi-weekly Nights of Support as well as annual reviews.

 To apply, send cover letter and resume to mandi@imaginenj.org.

About Imagine:

Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss is a free year-round grief support center located in Westfield, NJ serving all of Union County as well as surrounding municipalities.  We serve children and teens coping with loss due to the death or a parent or sibling, and children and teens coping with an adult family member with a terminal, chronic or life-altering illness.