OFFICE: Health & Wellness
TEAM: Health Education
REPORTS TO: Director of Health Education
In a district-wide, strategic effort to address health inequities that interfere with academic success, the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Office of Health and Wellness Department (OHW), in collaboration with other departments received funding from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of Adolescent & School Health. In Boston, this grant is referred to as the Empowering Teens through Health (ETTH) program. The primary purpose of this funding is to build the capacity of districts and schools to effectively contribute to the reduction of HIV infection and other STDs among adolescents. We are now entering the fourth year of a 5-year grant.
The Sexual Health Education (SHE) Coordinator is funded by the ETTH grant. This position resides in the Office of Health and Wellness within the division of Academics of the Boston Public Schools, reporting to the Director of Health Education. The SHE Coordinator is responsible for providing sexual health education training and intensive in-school support in order for BPS teaching staff to gain the requisite competencies to deliver Exemplary Sexual Health Education in our priority high schools. The Coordinator will provide curriculum and instructional support for participating teachers/staff, ensuring teachers/staff have up-to-date information on the developments in sexual health education. The Coordinator will work closely with the Grant Coordinator to provide updates on implementation and training, and will assist in grant reporting and data collection within the sexual health education approach. Finally, as part of a broader strategy to bring comprehensive health education into schools, the Coordinator will work closely with the OHW Health Education Team to help expand health education programming and advance the mission of the Boston Public Schools. The SHE Coordinator will serve in a mid level role within the office. The SHE Coordinator requires expertise in Sexual Health and Comprehensive Health as well as instructional coaching experience. The position will also be responsible for demonstrating expertise OR advanced proficiency in culturally and linguistically affirming instructional teaching practices and the pedagogy required to engage all students in learning experiences that enable them to synthesize complex knowledge and skills in sexual health.
Grant Activities Project manage all sexual health education grant activities to support and align with the ETTH Work Plan, BPS Health Education Frameworks, Office of Health and Wellness and the overall vision of Health Education Source and purchase all necessary classroom and training resources for the sexual health education approach area, and maintain an accurate budget database with all relevant requisitions Provide timely updates to the ETTH Program Coordinator, Health Education team and CDC Project Manager as appropriate Collaborate with ETTH strategy leads in Sexual Health Services and Safe and Supportive Environment on various school-based projects Assist with data collection and grant reporting; regularly analyze the results to determine progress toward intended outcomes; use these findings to adjust practice in real-time
Professional Development Develop, coordinate and deliver sexual health curriculum trainings that build the capacity of teachers to provide culturally and linguistically sustaining sexual health education that reflects the diversity of student experiences and identities and aligns with district priorities Maintain a database of professional development and technical assistance offered to schools, and continually track coaching provided through an OHW tracking tool Provide curriculum and instructional support for participating teachers/school staff, ensuring teachers/school staff have up-to-date information on the developments in sexual health education
Curriculum Implementation Coordinate Oversee sexual health education curriculum implementation in priority middle and participating high schools Support teachers in modifying evidence-based curriculum to meet the needs of all students in multiple modes of lesson delivery Coordinate the vetting and selecting sexual health curriculum that is standards-aligned, culturally and linguistically sustaining, LGBTQ+ inclusive and in alignment with district priorities; develop supporting rubrics and key assessments as needed Stay informed of new curriculum, research and best practices in sexual health education
Family & Community Engagement Implement a family engagement strategy that builds priority schools capacity to hold family nights/family engagement events that are inclusive of sexual health education Collaborate with community partners and youth coalitions on program related matters to increase the awareness and ownership of risk factors associated with teen pregnancy and STDs, in order to create local solutions Coordinate and lead meetings with community partners teaching sexual health education
Office Support Be an active member of the Office of Health and Wellness Fully support the Health Education Team Perform other related duties as needed
QUALIFICATIONS - REQUIRED : Bachelors of Arts or Science in Health Education or related area 3-5 years experience teaching sexual health education with demonstrated expertise in sexual health Project management experience Demonstrated knowledge of designing and providing adult learning; excellent facilitation skills; experience working with teachers from all levels Excellent organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and demonstrated ability to maintain confidential records Skilled at brokering and maintaining community partnerships Strong written and oral communication skills Ability to analyze complex problems and propose appropriate solutions Ability to work as part of an active team, multi-task and prioritize daily activities, and professionally represent division to partners both within and outside of the BPS Enthusiasm for working in a fast-paced environment and flexibility in performing multiple duties that apply to the success of the various grant initiatives Proficiency with word processing programs (Word, PowerPoint and Publisher), database management (Excel, Access), google suite and remote learning platforms Demonstrated knowledge of culturally and linguistically affirming strategies, critical race theory, and educational equity; working knowledge of various methodologies involving racial equity as it relates to a public education Current authorization to work in the United States An understanding of and commitment to gain greater understanding of what is necessary for an urban school system to enjoy continuous improvement in an increasingly complex and competitive environment. A deeply held and unyielding belief in the overarching mission of public education.
QUALIFICATIONS - PREFERRED : Masters Degree in Education, Public Health or a related field MA Health Education Licensure Experience working in Boston Public Schools highly preferred Experience providing instructional coaching and technical assistance in a public school setting Experience with evaluation and research requirements and protocols
Terms This position is subject to the City of Boston residency requirement. Grade: B21
The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, employment, or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work.