Youth Outreach Specialist

Aug 16, 2017
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Stanford University

Youth Outreach Specialist

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The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University is seeking a Youth Outreach Specialist to perform administrative and operational duties in support of Bay Area Headspace pilot sites based within the department's Community Partnerships Team and affiliated Center for Youth Mental Health & Well-being. Headspace is a critical first step toward developing a national youth model for public mental health. It is an initiative which seeks to provide early intervention services for individuals ages 12-25 as well as increase access to mental health support and provide youth and adolescents a comfortable space with wraparound services including school support and web-based connectivity.

The Youth Outreach Specialist will contribute to the development of the local youth advisory board and overall youth outreach strategy for both Bay Area Headspace pilot sites. The Youth Outreach Specialist will need to be able to form partnerships with youth servicing agencies within Santa Clara County in order to understand the youth demographic and ensure its diversity is appropriately reflected on the advisory board and in the marketing strategy; collaboratively develop a peer support component to service delivery and establish a pipeline for continued youth involvement at an advisory level.

The Youth Outreach Specialist will be involved in the development of the initial messaging and marketing campaign for Bay Area Headspace to include naming, branding, marketing strategies and a social media plan. The Youth Outreach Specialist will work with the youth advisory board and pilot implementation team to incorporate focus group results into development of the Headspace center “look and feel” and all marketing, outreach and peer support strategies. In addition, it would be expected that the Youth Outreach Specialist contribute to and help implement innovative best practice initiatives based on the needs of young people in relation to mental health issues.

Duties include:

  • Assist in designing experiments, exercising independent initiative and judgment gained from completing a variety of high level assignments, including activities such as defining variables, formulating hypotheses, and selecting subjects, sources of information, or planned and coordinating experimental protocols.

  • Adapt or work out the details of new, nonstandard procedures, with the supervisor providing only general guidance and suggestions.

  • Interpret, synthesize, and analyze data using scientific or statistical techniques.

  • Solve problems, and make decisions which affect the direction of the research and result in independent contributions to the overall project.

  • Select and apply standard calculations and formulas independently to compile data or process documents; often serve as a resource for research methods and numerical analyses.

  • Co-author sections of research publications and regulatory reports as needed.

  • Complete project-related administrative and budgetary responsibilities of a limited scope as needed.

  • Supervise staff or students as needed, including oversight and instruction on techniques, as well as consultation on project work.

* Other duties may also be assigned

Stanford University, located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, is one of the world's leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world.

Supporting that mission is a staff of more than 10,000, which is rooted in a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award- winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers


  • MA/MS in social science field, educational counseling or MSW

  • Experience working with adolescents and young adults in a mental health or health related field

  • Strong Community engagement skills

  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of stakeholders including adolescents, family members and health professionals from other agencies

  • Prior experience with social media as a communication tool


Bachelor of Arts degree in an applicable social science related field and two years applicable experience, or combination of education and experience in an applicable social science.


  • Comprehensive understanding of scientific theory and methods.
  • General computer skills and ability to quickly learn and master computer programs.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent judgment.
  • Ability to work under deadlines with general guidance.
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to complete detailed work accurately.

  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work with human study participants.

  • Developing supervisory skills.


  • Frequently perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, writing by hand, and sort/file paperwork or parts.
  • Rarely twist/bend/stoop/squat, kneel/crawl, rarely reach/work above shoulders, operate foot and/or hand controls.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • May be exposed to blood borne pathogens.

  • May be required to work non-standard, extended or weekend hours in support of research work.

    Job: Research

    Location: School of Medicine
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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