Imagine is Hiring a Program Associate

Imagine is Hiring a Program Associate

Program Associate

Position Description Summary:

The Program Associate reports to the Mountainside Program Manager and is responsible for Imagine’s support programs and supporting grief education in primarily in Mountainside. The position’s base location is in Mountainside and will provide support in Newark as needed. Qualifications and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:


The qualification profile for the position must include:

  • Master’s level degree in a mental health discipline with specific experience in trauma-informed care and interventions.
  • 1-3 years’ experience working in an urban environment with children and families
  • Track record in ongoing management of support programs including peer support, trauma recovery, individual mental health services, and training and education
  • Experience effecting systemic change

Core competencies required include:

  • Recruiting and training volunteers
  • Demonstrated skills in community outreach
  • Managing to annual/program budgets
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong public speaking skills

Additional requirements:

  •  Travel required between Newark support centers and to Mountainside, NJ. Ability to drive required
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English is a plus


Compensation and Benefits: 

  • The position is full-time and salary range is 45k-53k commensurate to applicable experience.
  • Health benefits are offered


Program Associate Job Segments and Areas of Responsibility

Imagine Center Support and Management

  • Field initial intake phone calls for potential center participants
  • Conduct orientations of new center participants
  • 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
  • Assist with giving tours of the center for interested parties
  • Provide ongoing individual support for those in need, including education about talking to children about death and dying.
  • Manage and oversee up to 2 Nights of Support per week including supervision of volunteers. Night of Support can be either virtual or on-site at the center
  • Plan group activities for each Night of Support
  • Provide pre-and post group facilitation of volunteers on Nights of Support
  • Maintain current and accurate records of volunteer facilitators and participant attendance at Night of Support
  • Conduct community grief education/trainings
  • Provide support for schools, community agencies, corporations, etc. who are coping with loss
  • Assist with developing, marketing, and publicizing existing and new programs as needed to maintain and grow the center
  • Support the Program Manager with outreach to community agencies and partners to promote Imagine’s programs and services

Training/Education Support

  • Assist the Training & Education group to provide:
    • Grief education trainings to community including schools, community centers, agencies and for profit organizations
    • Facilitator trainings, workshops and book clubs for volunteer facilitators

Volunteer Management and Community Outreach

  • Assist Program Manager with regular opportunities for Volunteer Recognition
  • Supervise volunteers in bi-weekly Nights of Support as well as annual reviews
  • Assist in marketing (including a Social Media Strategy) and communications strategy and implementation
  • Attend appropriate networking opportunities
  • Host monthly one-hour information sessions/tours


  • Assist in managing Mountainside program budget
  • Assist in preparing monthly report for Board of Trustees
  • Assist with preparing content for grant proposals and reports
  • Gather data tracking information of all participants and families associated with the program

    This position is exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), as well as under any and all applicable state (New Jersey) and local laws, rules and regulations.

    This Position Description and Requirements for Program Associate is subject to change, revision and amendment by Imagine, at any time, with or without advance notice. Imagine will, however, endeavor to provide such changed, revised and/or amended to Position Description and Requirements to the Program Associate, as soon thereafter as practicable, including any supplement to such Position Description and Requirements. Finally, at the sole discretion of Imagine, through the Executive Director, the Program Manager might, at any time, be required to perform other, different and/or or additional requirements than those set forth and detailed above. 

    Those interested in applying, please email a cover letter and resume to

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