Youth Engagement Specialist

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Program Specialist V– The Program Specialist V is selected by and directly reports to the Texas System of Care (TxSOC) Project Director in the Office of Mental Health Coordination (OMHC). The Program Specialist V position supports the TxSOC and works within HHSC OMHC. The Program Specialist V works under the direction of the TxSOC Project Director with latitude for use of initiative and independent judgment. The Program Specialist V provides vision and support for youth engagement projects under the TxSOC. The Program Specialist V will be responsible for providing technical assistance to communities and agencies related to enhancing authentic youth voice and participation, developing and implementing training on youth engagement and leadership, and building readiness in systems for youth voice. The Program Specialist V will facilitate and support the development of state youth advocacy or advisory groups. This position will also build relationships with agencies and organizations that support and serve youth; make presentations on behalf of TxSOC; stay abreast of policy issues related to state and national youth activities and issues; and represent TxSOC in meetings and workgroups. The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment that emphasizes innovation through new ideas, team building, recognizes individual differences as a source of strength, leads by example, and engages in continuous process improvement.

Duties include: Works with partners to coordinate and implement mental health focused projects/initiatives under the TxSOC grant. Provides leadership and support on project management, strategic planning and oversight and reporting on key mental health targeted initiatives. Reviews proposed federal/state statutes and regulations that impact HHSC/mental health services and provides consultation and guidance to ensure compliance. Represents TxSOC on external/internal councils, committees or workgroups. Works on cross-agency initiatives and projects that will enhance or fill gaps in mental health services for children, youth, young adults, and families. Conducts research as needed. Escalates issues to the TxSOC Project Director as appropriate for decision making and/or resolution.

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