New York State Psychiatry Institute
  • 05-Apr-2017 to 15-May-2017 (EST)
  • PI-Behavioral Health Services and Policy
  • New York City, NY, USA
  • $41,997.00 Plus $3,026.00 LOcation Pay
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Full Benefits According to Percentage of Full Time


The Youth Coordinator will work with the OnTrackNY program to provide support for the development, implementation and evaluation of activities related to a grant recently awarded to New York State (SAMHSA Healthy Transitions Grant).

The funds will be used to expand New York State's OnTrackNY initiative which focuses on delivering training and implementation support to agencies providing specialized early intervention services for adolescents and young adults experiencing a newly emerging psychotic disorder.

The Youth Coordinator will work with the program leadership and trainers to ensure that services and systems effectively engage youth at one of the two new program sites.

In addition to the above responsibilities, the incumbent will assist with mental health services research projects in DBHSPR. This includes assisting OMH Policy at Columbia University and NYSPI conducting year-long research projects on topics of interest to the New York State Office of Mental Health.

An ideal candidate will have firsthand experience with receiving mental health treatment services and should be comfortable with using that experience to enhance his/her work within the program.


This position is based in the Center for Practice Innovations (CPI) in the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research (DBHSPR), at NYSPI. The incumbent will report to the Project Director.

Responsibilities, tasks, and activities for the OnTrackNY initiative will include: 

  • Working with the program leadership and staff to ensure that OnTrackNY services effectively engage youth (includes coordinating and engaging youth in social media campaign and youth council) 
  • Contribute to the development of promotional materials, outreach and engagement strategies, and other enhancements to the OnTrackNY model in areas of culture, gender, and sexuality 
  • Coordinating and assisting in the evaluation of activities under the grant, including conducting interviews with program participants and staff 
  • Enhancing program's relationships with youth organizations in proximity to the new program site and throughout the NY State 
  • Making presentations about the program to the community, youth groups, and schools

Responsibilities, tasks, and activities for the OMH Policy Scholars research projects include: 

  • Assisting with recruitment and consent procedures with study participants and interviewing participants 
  • Data collection, checking, extraction, cleaning, analysis, and summarization 
  • Manuscript revision, literature reviews, and other duties as required 


An ideal candidate will have firsthand experience with receiving mental health treatment services and should be comfortable with using that experience to enhance his/her work within the program. 

  • Experience and/or interest in youth leadership and advocacy 
  • Experience and/or interest in with community-based mental health services 
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to speak with small and large groups of people 
  • Experience with Social Media, Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Google applications 
  • Bachelor's degree is preferred 
  • Experience with peer support preferred 
  • Bilingual preferred

Special requirements: Occasional travel (at least once a month) to the clinical site and community agencies located in Manhattan is required.

The Research Foundation is a private not-for-profit corporation and is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. Excellent Benefits Package. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Minority/Women/Disabled/Veteran Employer. VEVRAA 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) compliant.

Depending on the physical work location and/or job duties, the successful candidate may be required to be screened through the NY State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs and/or screening through the New York State Central Child Abuse Register prior to assuming any duties that will involve contact with patients and/or children.

Applications will only be accepted through website at: then click on Employment Opportunities. Applications will be accepted only during the posting dates as listed at the top of the job announcement. Contact information:

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