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Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN)

Community Liaison for Central and West Tennessee (excluding Shelby County)

Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN)

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Job Summary

JOB TITLE: Community Liaison

REPORTING: Director of Belonging

STATUS: Full-Time, Exempt

OVERVIEW:

Scientific research has shown that our brains develop at a rapid pace in the earliest years of life. Positive relationships with adults during this critical time have a profound impact on brain development, providing the support and stability necessary for long-term health and well-being.

The Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) concentrates on prenatal care to the child’s sixth birthday by delivering education, training, and resources to assist caregivers, educators, healthcare providers and other professionals in their everyday interactions with infants, young children, and their families. By focusing on early relational health, AIMHiTN contributes to healthy communities and a productive workforce for generations to come.

AIMHiTN values diversity, equity, and inclusion and intentionally seeks to embed these principles in our services. We have an unwavering commitment to individual and organizational efforts to recognize and address bias, to embracing cultural and lived experiences, to removing historically oppressive barriers to inclusion, and continuing to evolve as an organization where all infants, young children, and the caregivers and professionals who care for them feel that they belong.

AIMHiTN is seeking someone to provide programmatic oversight for the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) in the area of Community Engagement to ensure effective partnership with stakeholders across agencies and disciplines to support the mission and vision of AIMHiTN. This position requires expertise in relationship building as well as training and technical assistance. This professional must be a creative, critical thinker with strong attention to detail. Bilingual abilities are a plus.

GENERAL SUMMARY:

The Community Liaison will be responsible for:

  1. Building relationships with all stakeholders in the IECMH community.
  2. Promoting and Coordinating membership in AIMHiTN.
  3. Promoting, coordinating, and organizing AIMHiTN awareness events throughout the state of Tennessee. Providing outreach and information to professionals and agencies about infant and early childhood mental health, Infant Mental Health Endorsement® and the Infant Mental Health competencies®.
  4. Coordinating and maintaining updates of available IECMH services and programs across the promotion, prevention, intervention, and treatment spectrum.

Job Responsibilities

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Educate, network, and represent AIMHiTN at community stakeholder events.
  • Present in front of groups of diverse stakeholders and tailor presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Maintain, Promote, and Expand AIMHiTN Membership.
  • Maintain documentation to successfully chronicle the progress of our community engagement efforts.
  • Ensure that all community engagement data is accurately entered into the required documentation system.
  • Responsible for generating monthly, quarterly, and annual data reports for submission to AIMHiTN Leadership team in a timely manner.
  • Operate as the primary contact person for all community engagement matters and keeping the Program Director informed of requests.
  • Work with the Director of Belonging and other AIMHiTN staff to identify opportunities to promote or improve community outreach efforts to develop strategic plans and action steps to reach both short and long-term agency goals.
  • Create strategic partnerships by identifying and engaging diverse groups of stakeholders to advance the agency mission and vision.
  • Implement shared initiatives by working inclusively with individuals, networks, and organizations.
  • Research grant opportunities and communicate potential funding sources to the AIMHiTN Leadership Team.
    • Assist in the development of successful proposals.

Working Conditions:

  • This position will be remotely based from any location within Tennessee. In-person presence for regular staff meetings and other responsibilities is required.

Qualifications

Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • Master’s degree with 3-5 years’ experience preferred, minimum bachelor’s degree with 5-7 years’ experience required, in human services, social work, early childhood, or related field with significant program development or community engagement experience.
  • Understanding of characteristics, service needs, and programming for target population.
  • Culturally astute: Understands, communicates, and works effectively and respectfully across demographical, socio-economic, and all other diverse cultures.
  • Knowledge of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®.
  • Understanding of engaging the early childhood education and infant and early childhood mental health professional populations.
  • Effective leadership skills, experience in working in collaborative environments, and excellent communication skills.
  • Proficient in independent work environments.
  • Knowledge of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (social emotional development).
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in community engagement and organizing events.
  • Hold or achieve IMH Endorsement® within the allotted time frame at the Infant Family Associate (IFA) category or above.
  • Knowledge and/or experience in multiple systems working with infants, toddlers, and young children (i.e., early intervention, childcare, early education, Head Start/Early Head Start, child welfare, home visiting, mental health).
  • Familiarity with results-based accountability practices (data collecting, surveying, etc.)
  • Excellent speaking, communication, writing, and relationship building skills.
  • Detail oriented and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple sources and types of information.
  • High degree of comfort and competency in using MS Office Suite, Outlook, listserv, and social media.

Additional Information

Benefits

Benefits include:

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance.
  • Monthly cell phone/internet coverage stipend of $150.
  • In the absence of an employer-sponsored retirement program, employees will receive a 5% retirement stipend included in the staff’s bi-weekly payroll direct deposit.
  • 1.5 days of paid leave per month (or the number of days established in the current Policy and Procedures Manual, whichever is greater) – annual leave can be carried over from one calendar year to the next and accumulated up to a maximum of 10 days.
  • Sick leave at the rate of one day per month- sick leave can be carried over from one calendar year to the next and accumulated up to a maximum of 45 days; up to 3 days paid leave for a family death.
  • 10 paid holidays, self-selected by staff.
  • Winter respite holiday from December 25th through January 1st.

How to Apply

TO APPLY:

Send a resume and cover letter addressing the question “How do you envision building and expanding relationships in communities throughout Tennessee to allow for programmatic growth and sustainability?” Also, please speak to the following: “How do you envision your role in supporting the mission and vision of AIMHiTN?” and a 1–3-page professional writing sample to Keena Friday Gilbert keenafg@aimhitn.org by close of business October 28, 2022.

Details

  • Date Posted: October 24, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Communications / Marketing / PR
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: $42,000
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk; M-F; remote