Girls Inc. of the Valley Employment Opportunities

 

Request for Proposals:
Strategic Planning Consultant

INTRODUCTION: Girls Inc. of the Valley is requesting proposals from qualified strategic planning consultant(s) to conduct a far-reaching and inclusive input process to inform a Strategic Plan and guide the organization’s work over the next 3 years. The selected consultant(s) will be responsible for assisting the strategic planning committee of volunteer Board Members, community members, and staff by supporting vision-making and providing guidance in defining and developing strategic priorities, data management (collection, analysis, presentation) including engaging with organizational stakeholders and drafting materials and reports. There is no expressed or implied obligation for Girls Inc. of the Valley to reimburse responding consultants for any expenses incurred in preparing proposals in response to the request or for attending any meetings or conferences related to preparing or presenting proposals.

BACKGROUND:
Founded in 1981, Girls Inc. of the Valley is an independent affiliate of the national organization Girls Inc., the country’s leader on issues affecting girls and young women. Girls Inc. of the Valley delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. In a pro-girl and girls-only environment that is physically, socially and emotionally safe, the Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated, and independent young women. Girls Inc. of the Valley welcomes youth who identify as girls regardless of their assigned sex at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity or expression during their time at Girls Inc. This position maintains our commitment to gender equality and justice by welcoming all youth who experience gender-based oppression (including but not limited to transgender girls, cisgender girls, transmasculine youth and non-binary individuals).

EQUITY:
Girls Inc. is committed to fight alongside and for girls against racism, sexism, inequity, and all forms of oppression. We believe that the systemic inequities of the world can be fixed. Every day we provide girls the support to become the new generation of leaders essential to an equitable society.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
● An observable commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
● Demonstrated ability in strategic planning with nonprofit organizations
● Financial acumen, consideration of capital campaigns
● Exemplary written communication/presentation skills

ELIGIBILITY:
Consultants should be experienced in working with organizations in the development of a responsive strategic plan. In addition, experience working with educational and/or nonprofit organizations is preferred. The intent of the Request for Proposal is to garner proposals from qualified strategic planning consultants to work in partnership with the Strategic Planning Committee, the Girls Inc. of the Valley Board, the Girls Inc. of the Valley staff and community stakeholders. The successful proposer will work directly with the Strategic Planning Committee and the Executive Director to ensure all activities in this project are completed.

EXPECTED BUDGET
Girls Inc. of the Valley has allocated $12,500 for the Strategic Planning Consultant. Include justification for funds over the $12,500 amount in the proposal.

EXPECTED PROJECT TIMELINE
November 17th, 2022: Questions and letters of intent submitted
December 1st, 2022: All proposals received by Girls Inc. of the Valley
Week of December 5th: Proposal review meetings
December 9th, 2022: Notification of selected consultant
December – June 2023: Development of Strategic Plan
June 2023: Presentation of Strategic Plan/Vision to Board of Directors

PROPOSAL CONTENTS AND REQUIREMENTS:
● Cover Letter to include the consultant name, address, contact person, and all other applicable contact information.
● Project approach including an outlined process and strategy .
● Identify the name and title of the primary consultant and any other key team members who will be assigned to this project. For each, provide a summary of qualifications and experience and bio.
● Cost estimate for the proposed Project Approach, and any other project-related costs as outlined in the Expected Budget above. Include hourly rate(s) as well as estimated project completion cost.
● List 1 – 3 references and examples of similar projects

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION SCHEDULE:
Communication of intention to submit proposals are due to Kim Colwell, kcolwell@girlsincvalley.org, on or before November 17th, 2022. Any questions are due to Melyssa Brown-Porter, melyssa_brown-porter@di-mgmt.com on or before November 17th, 2022. Proposals must be received by Kim Colwell, kcolwell@girlsincvalley.org, no later than 5:00 pm on December 1st, 2022. Proposals received later than the date and time specified will not be considered unless previously arranged. Girls Inc. of the Valley assumes no responsibility or liability for late delivery or receipt of responses. In order to be considered eligible for the project, the consultant who would be assigned to the project, must be available in person or by phone/videoconference to respond to questions the week of December 5th, 2022. The project will be awarded and terms finalized on that date or shortly thereafter. Selection of a consultant under this Request for Proposal does not commit Girls Inc. of the Valley to procuring any services pursuant to this Request for Proposal. Girls Inc. of the Valley will negotiate contract terms upon selection.

 

Youth and Family Support Counselor
Salary: $50,000-60,000 – Full time/Exempt

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW: Girls Inc. of the Valley delivers life-changing programs that inspire girls* to be strong, smart, and bold. Our research-based curricula delivered by trained professionals equips youth to achieve academically, lead healthy and physically active lives, manage money, navigate media messaging, and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Girls Inc. of the Valley is an independent affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization, the nation’s leading expert on issues affecting girls and young women. *Please see our website at www.girlsincvalley.org to learn more about our inclusive gender identity statement.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Reporting to the Senior Director of Programs, the Youth and Family Support Counselor will be responsible for supporting youth members of Girls Inc. and their families through groups and case work services. This position generally requires the candidate’s physical presence at our office in Holyoke, MA, with the opportunity for occasional remote work.

The Youth and Family Support Counselor will:
• Build relationships with Girls Inc. program staff, participants, school partners, community
contacts and Girls Inc.’s mental health consultant to implement after-school, site-based
and/or virtual programs in alignment with our mission and in support of youth mental health
• Develop and implement pro-social curricula to address the emerging needs of youth today
• Be a strong group facilitator and have an understanding and appreciation for harm reduction
and trauma-informed principles
• Launch new substance use and mental health support group programming
• Provide short-term individual or family counseling
• Make community resource referrals
• Complete monthly grant reporting and billing
• Conduct client intakes and quarterly assessments

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Master’s degree in social work, mental health counseling, psychology or comparable field
• Passion for the Girls Inc. mission
• An awareness of and commitment to social justice education and promoting diversity, equity
and inclusion within the organization including support for gender equity, reproductive
justice, trans rights and anti-racism
• High level of comfort and skill with computer applications, technology, email, Zoom, Microsoft
Suite, and Google Suite
• Sense of humor and ability to roll with the ever-changing nature of working with youth

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

• Licensure preferred (LCSW, LICSW, LMHC)
• Experience in harm reduction, peer support, youth development and/or school settings
• Bilingual (Spanish/English) candidates given favorable consideration
• Valid driver’s license, with good driving record, and ability to drive a 15-passenger van

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Sandra Loya, Director of Business and Operations, at sloya@girlsincvalley.org. Applications accepted on rolling basis (posting will be taken down when position is filled)

 

Program Facilitators
$17.20/hour

Middle and High School Programs | 1 full-time position available
About 70% of programming derives from our Health Sexuality curriculum with the remaining 30% encompassing a variety of youth development programs geared toward participants ages 12-18. Activities may include academic support, advocacy, leadership and life skills.

SUMMARY: Come grow with us! Girls Inc. of the Valley is expanding and we are seeking creative, energetic individuals who are passionate about inspiring all girls* to be strong, smart, and bold! Research-based curricula, delivered by trained professionals, equip youth to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Girls Inc. of the Valley is an independent affiliate of the national Girls Inc. organization, the nation’s leading expert on issues affecting girls and young women. (*Please see our website at www.girlsincvalley.org to learn more about our inclusive gender statement.)

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Program Facilitators lead high quality programs for Girls Inc. participants in our Holyoke Program Center and in our school-based programs throughout Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield. Primary responsibilities include group facilitation and group management, program development, and administrative tasks. Programs take place primarily during the school day and
after-school hours. Some evenings and weekend hours will be required with advance notice.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Passion for the Girls Inc. mission
• High School diploma or GED, working towards or completion of a college degree preferred
• 2 years’ experience working in a summer program, out-of-school environment, early childhood
development, school system or a related field
• Computer literacy including Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams)
• An awareness of and commitment to social justice education, gender equity, reproductive justice,
trans justice and anti-racism
• Ability to communicate, support and work with students with diverse backgrounds and abilities
• Must maintain a valid drivers license. Position requires ability to drive program vans.
• First Aid and CPR certified, or a willingness to attend training
• Must be Covid vaccinated and boosted, or be willing to get vaccinated before employment
• Bi-lingual (Spanish) highly desired

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter clearly stating the position(s) you would like to be considered for, résumé, and names/contact information of three references to Sandra Loya, Director of Business and Operations, at sloya@girlsincvalley.org. Applications accepted on rolling basis until positions are filled.

Are You Interested in a Summer Job or Internship With Girls Inc. of the Valley?

We invite you to fill out this form so that we can save your contact information and reach out to you when we begin hiring for summer 2023 positions:

Summer 2023 Employment Interest Form

*Please note that this interest form is NOT an application and that you will be asked to submit an application at a later date in order to be considered for employment. *

Why work at Girls Inc.?

  • Option for 100% employer-paid health insurance and life insurance
  • Dental and vision insurance available at an affordable cost
  • Employer retirement contribution partial-match offered after 1 year
  • LGBTQ-friendly environment
  • $1,000 differential for bilingual (Spanish/English) staff
  • Regular staff appreciation events and professional development opportunities