Education Development Center, Inc. Training and Technical Assistance Associate II in Waltham, Massachusetts

Training and Technical Assistance Associate II(TTAAII100217)

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US Division


HQ: Waltham, MA

Job Details


EDC is one of the world’s leading nonprofit research and development firms. EDC designs, implements, and evaluates programs to improve education, health, and economic opportunity worldwide. Collaborating with both public and private partners, we strive for a world where all people are empowered to live healthy, productive lives.

EDC is committed to diversity in the workplace.

Funded by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Partnership for Prevention (MassTAPP) provides a comprehensive system of technical assistance to communities across the Commonwealth. Recently, funding from DPH has been increased to support planning, resource development, and technical assistance (TA) for the prevention of problem gambling. MassTAPP has an opening for a project coordinator to lead a prevention planning process in two regions of Massachusetts, while providing implementation TA to a third region where prevention strategies are already in place. Strong candidates will have experience working with diverse populations at the community level as well as project management experience.

Training and Technical Assistance Associates (II) work closely with prevention coalition leaders at the community level, offering guidance in areas including strategic planning, cross-sector collaboration, policy change, program implementation, communications and evaluation. MassTAPP plans and delivers a variety of meetings and events throughout the state to support substance use prevention initiatives, as well as hosting informational webinars and virtual peer-to-peer learning opportunities. The MassTAPP team develops guidance documents and other materials for communities, and maintains a resource-rich website. This position will be based at EDC Headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:In this role, you will be responsible for coordinating and managing two regional planning processes (in Western and Eastern Massachusetts), which will include needs assessment, data analysis, and the development of messages and interventions to impact the prevention of problem gambling among identified priority populations. You will be expected to provide support and assistance to community-based organizations implementing strategies to prevent/reduce problem gambling in Southeastern Massachusetts, and for updating and customizing materials already developed by MassTAPP to guide these interventions. In addition, you will oversee the work of two expert consultants with strong community connections, and work in collaboration with other MassTAPP staff to plan meetings, develop timelines, and produce deliverables in a timely manner. Also, you will be expected to be responsive to requests and directives from the Director of Problem Gambling Services at DPH.

To fulfill these responsibilities, you should have the following skills:

•Be an excellent relationship builder. Whether with clients or within the team, qualified candidates must be able to work collaboratively and build trust and respect, both in-person and virtually, knowing that whatever the medium, excellent rapport is the basis for an effective working relationship.

•Be a strategic thinker who understands the value of technical assistance as a means of supporting and guiding community-level prevention work.TA providers offer valuable resources and insights to communities while maintaining their role as an outside advisor, not a member of the coalition or planning group.

•Communicate clearly and effectively with people in a wide range of roles.Qualified candidates need to understand and be able to explain prevention best practices and research, while at the same time recognizing the complexities of implementing these practices on the ground.

•Have strong attention to detail while still able to see the forest through the trees.Qualified candidates must be flexible and creative while also able to work within the confines set out by our funder.

•Know how to help people succeed.Qualified candidates must value diversity—diverse opinions, perspectives, and experience—and draw on this value to identify the best ways to help clients be successful—whoever they are and whatever they are striving to do.

Specifically, the T/TA Assistance Associate (II) for the Prevention of Problem Gambling will be expected to:

• Develop and maintain a timeline for planning

• Convene stakeholders, develop outcome-focused agendas, and lead/facilitate meetings

• Conduct focus groups and key informant interviews

• Analyze assessment data, identify key themes, and lead the process of moving from information to action

• Develop messages and interventions for the prevention of problem gambling

• Develop and update materials and tools for strategy implementation

• Provide TA to community-based organizations implementing gambling preventions strategies with youth

• Provide TA to Recovery Centers implementing strategies to prevent problem gambling among men with a history of substance misuse

• Participate actively in regular TA team meetings, providing input on community needs and emerging issues.

• Plan in-person meetings and events that are useful and interesting to prevention providers in the state.

• Develop and deliver presentations on current topics at conferences, trainings and other meetings.

• Plan and facilitate distance-learning events, including webinars and peer-to-peer sharing opportunities.

• Collaborate with others in the state’s prevention system, including evaluators, consultants, and state-level contract managers, to develop and deliver the most useful and effective services and resources for grantees.

• As needed, draw on the expertise of MassTAPP colleagues to identify and deliver specific services for clients.

• Coordinate administrative and logistical tasks associated with planning and providing services to grantees.

• Monitor and report services provided, and meet other reporting requirements.

• Fulfill other duties, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:Qualified candidates must have a clear passion for prevention, be committed to staying current on research and related issues, and be excited to meet the needs of both community and state level clients.

Specifically, candidates must have:

• Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred

• With Bachelor’s degree, 7–10 years related experience working at the community level in prevention, health promotion, program implementation, and/or youth development

• With Master’s degree, 5–8 years related experience (as above)

• Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and community members in diverse communities, in particular urban communities of color.

• Project leadership or supervisory experience

• Experience in strategic planning and data-informed decision-making at a programmatic level

• Experience leading or facilitating collaborative efforts across sectors (e.g. health care, juvenile justice, child welfare, education) and within/across communities

• Knowledge of current practices and issues in the field of prevention.

• Experience providing trainings to community- level decision makers

• Experience using a range of computer applications, instructional design, and conducting Internet research

• Excellent writing skills and verbal communications skills.

• Ability to work independently and as a part of a team, and can do so in-person and virtually.

The preferred candidate should also:

• Be familiar with SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)

• Have experience providing technical assistance at the community level.

• Be comfortable with technology.

• Either be a Certified Prevention Specialist or in the process of obtaining certification.

• Have an understating of Massachusetts communities.


EDC, 43 Foundry Ave Waltham Ma, 02453

No phone calls, please

Posted: 10/2/17

As an EOE/AA employer, EDC does not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status. EDC is a smoke-free workplace.