NLCMHA recognizes that services to children and youth must meet the needs of the child, incorporating the family in intervention and change and preserving family values. The Community Coordinator serves as the Liaison for Northern Lakes and collaborating agencies involved in children and families. The Community Coordinator works with collaborating agencies within the counties NLCMHA serves for children and families receiving crisis services. This position coordinates collaborative bodies servicing children and families in the NLCMHA 6 counties, serving as consultant across all 6 counties and providing direct collaborative support in several counties. This includes roles unique to each county in their implementation of state and community initiatives in accomplishing their missions to improve outcomes for community residents, particularly children and families, through collaborative planning and delivering services using comprehensive, data-based, systemic approaches. The Community Coordinator position reports to the Operations Manager as assigned and has no supervisory responsibilities.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS (listing Position Specific functions first):
- Develop and coordinate the protocols and systems of the Family Assessment and Safety Team (FAST).
- Provide direct coordination and support to FAST Teams in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Crawford, Roscommon, Wexford and Missaukee Counties.
- Promote, educate, and outreach to agencies and communities regarding the FAST Mobile Crisis Team for Children.
- Build collaborative relationships among community partners with the purpose of serving children and families in crisis.
- Lead Steering Committee; specifically facilitate meetings, develop agendas, take and share minutes, distribute materials, lead subcommittee activity and follow-up, annual goal and priority setting.
- Capture important information to be shared with group.
- Facilitate communication among group members, mediating conflicts and promoting solutions that benefit children, families, and the community.
- Work alongside Child and Family Services to gather and ensure complete FAST staffing calendars for adequate coverage at all times.
- Attend community events as needed (school fairs, senior expos, suicide walks, etc.)
- Serve as community liaison for FAST program.
- Co-Chair the Crawford County Collaborative and serve on the Roscommon County Collaborative; provide support by taking minutes and serving on committees.
- Leaders for the compliance related to prevention as identified by CARF accreditation standards, the Michigan Mental Health Code and Medicaid Behavioral Health Regulations.
- Participate in grant opportunities relative to prevention that become available in all communities served by NLCMHA as requested.
- Obtain and provide information to collaborative/workgroups on existing programs, model interventions, Evidence Based Practices, financing strategies, issues with relevance for systems reform and other matters relevant to the work and effective operation of the FAST teams.
- Track, monitor, and maintain data records.
- Provide or arrange for training and consultation on emerging state and local collaborative planning process, collaborative leadership, group process, systems reform for children and families, prevention (definition, principles, and theory), and effective services models.
- Coordinate the planning, monitoring, and reporting for the FAST Mobile crisis response team.
- Provide technical assistance with a strategic planning process that outlines goals and monitors progress.
- Prepare and submit narrative and financial reports to funding sources.
- Facilitate the creation of media packages for activities as requested.
- Prepare regular reports for MDHHS and coordinating agencies involved as requested, including outcome data.
- Attend regional/state technical assistance meetings.
- Respond to all requests for information and clarification.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in human services field or education.
- Knowledge of crisis services and child and family services preferred.
- Direct experience in service delivery, community organization, service planning, and policy analysis preferred.
- Involvement in systems level planning, prevention program development, group process, training and consultation and grant writing preferred.
- Group facilitation experience preferred.