Reality Check/Youth Engagement Manager

Public Health Solutions

Full Job Description
Company Overview
Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory and support New Yorkers and their families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential. As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. Learn more about our work at
Program Description
NYC Smoke-Free (formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City) is a program of Public Health Solutions (PHS) and primarily funded by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The mission of NYC Smoke-Free is to end the tobacco epidemic and to promote a tobacco-free society that benefits the health of all New York City residents.
Specifically, the objectives of PHS’s current five year contract with NYSDOH are to 1) reduce the impact of retail tobacco product marketing on youth, 2) educate and advocate for local and state laws, regulations and voluntary policies to reduce tobacco exposure including those that prohibit tobacco use in outdoor areas, increase the percent of households where smoking is prohibited, eliminate pro-tobacco imagery from youth-rated movies and the Internet and, decrease the number of places where tobacco is sold, and 3) to develop a corps of youth activities branded as “Reality Check,” as well as a wide range of community partners.
Position Summary
NYC Smoke-Free at Public Health Solutions seeks a Youth Engagement Manager to spearhead the “Reality Check” initiative in the Bronx in addition to carrying out other objectives of the NYS DOH Tobacco Control grant, and related PHS work plan, through outreach, education, advocacy, partnership and communication. The Youth Engagement Manager will be responsible for actively recruiting an adequate youth infrastructure and train staff on youth development and engagement strategies. The Youth Engagement Manager will work closely with the Community Engagement Manager in their base borough, as well as with all NYC Smoke-Free staff, and will report to the Program Director
Specifically, the Reality Check/Youth Engagement Manager will:

Understand and implement the NYS Department of Health Tobacco Control Program’s strategic plan as well as support the development and implementation of PHS’ tobacco control strategic plan.
Ensure the outcome measures of the work plan for the borough are achieved, report on activities and outcomes accurately and in a timely fashion and implement corrective actions when required.
Recruit, educate, retain and support a core group of youth advocates, ages 13-18, in the Bronx borough as the Reality Check youth corps and establish networks with other youth-focused organizations.
Collaborate with all the Reality Check Managers to build a 5-borough tobacco focused youth council or coalition that will bring together NYC youth for a wide variety of tobacco control activities.
Educate and mobilize youth to communicate with local and statewide legislators, the FDA, and other officials regarding program goals and objectives.
Educate and mobilize youth to advocate for Point of Sale (POS), Tobacco Free Outdoors (TFO), Smoke Free Housing (SFH) and Smoke Free Media (SFM) initiatives.
Collaborate with the Community Engagement Manager to achieve borough specific work plan deliverables.
Host training sessions for the community, organizational decision makers, government policy makers, and other key stakeholders.
Utilize traditional and web-based media to communicate with and educate the community, organizational decision makers, government policy makers, and other key stakeholders.
Attend and participate in local, regional and state meetings and trainings.
Remain abreast of current on tobacco control issues and all other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelors’ degree or higher in a related field.
At least 4 years of experience working in community-based organizations or government, 2 of which must be experience working with youth and demonstrated youth development skills.
Demonstrated experience with policy and community interventions; knowledge of tobacco control strongly preferred.
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
Ability to provide positive effective leadership and mentoring skills for youth.
Must have excellent organizational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks, projects and assignments with competing priorities.
Must be able to work independently as well as be a team member.
Familiarity with New York City communities and neighborhoods strongly preferred
Excellent computer skills.
NOTE: All applicants must comply with PHS’ vaccination policy. Effective October 1, 2021, employees will be required to provide verification that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (with an FDA-authorized vaccine).

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.

Job Type: Full-time

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