Kids Kicking Cancer is an evidence-based innovative program that merges modern integrative medicine with traditional martial arts. Specially trained black belt martial artists teach breathing, visualization, and relaxation techniques, in addition to traditional martial arts moves, to help empower children and provide them with a sense of power, peace, and purpose.
Our Heroes Circle program allows very sick children with all types of illnesses to be in the center of a circle that inspires and teaches the world how to “breathe in the light and blow out the darkness.” The Heroes Circle is now functioning in over 90 facilities in 7 countries. Our goal is to lower the pain of one million children by 2025.
Kids Kicking Cancer is looking to hire a full-time Program Specialist to join our Programming team. This position will play a critical role in assuring that our kids and their families are provided with services and resources to address any number of issues they may be dealing with. We are looking for someone to bring energy and creativity to this role, helping to create welcoming and engaging programs. Our kids and their families come from diverse backgrounds and often have a varying degree of needs (medically, socially, financially, etc.), so you will be tasked with following up to better understand how we can best serve the kids outside their martial arts classes. Being comfortable building relationships with families, organizations, and hospitals is an important part of this position.
This role is based in Southeast, Michigan with a focus on Michigan families, but will have global connection as a member of the Global Program Team and will report to the Global Program Director. Currently, our program team is working remotely with eventual hopes to be in-person again.
- Play a key role in planning activities and program development with program team support, this includes recruitment and intake of new families.
- Build and maintain connections in creative ways to children and families, both virtually and in person (when safe to do so).
- Work with program team to produce family support programs for kids, teens, families, parents, etc., including marketing, planning, implementation, logistics, and evaluation. These events occur throughout the year and often focus on holiday programs.
- Manage and provide support on special projects, grant programs, national and international programs as needed.
Children and Family Support
- Engage in clinical relationships with children and families facing serious pediatric illness, as well as everyday challenges, providing therapeutic support and interventions.
- Maintain and build network of referrals and resources of external support services including hospital social workers, child life specialists, local and national organizations that help families in need.
- Build connection and respond to individual family’s specific needs through crisis intervention, emotional assistance, or responding to concerning behavior with follow up.
Best Practices and Conference Assistance
- Assist with ongoing educational programs such as annual Psychosocial and Palliative Care Conference preparation, outreach, and communication with speakers.
- Apply for and develop evaluation to offer CEU credits for conference.
- Support and assist with research studies taking place in the organization.
- Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
- Master’s degree in Social Work, Child Life, or other similar and related clinical degree.
- 1-3 years of experience as a social worker, child life specialist or other direct care role in a clinical setting.
- At least 1-3 years working directly with youth or families, experience working with teens/adolescents a plus.
- Experience working in diverse communities ideally having specific experience with populations of children & families experiencing illness and under-resourced communities.
- Experience in Trauma-Informed Care a plus.
- Highly developed organizational, planning, time management and prioritization skills.
- Friendly, outgoing and approachable personality that thrives on relationship building.
- Excited about working in a flexible, team oriented, evolving environment.
- Ability and experience coping and managing with family/caregiver emotional stress, cultural diversity and non-judgmental of individual lifestyles.
- Willingness to work some nights and weekends for programs and classes (most martial arts classes are in the afternoons/evenings).
- Experience with evaluation and evaluation tools a plus.
- Basic graphic design/marketing experience a plus but not required. (ie. Canva/Adobe, etc).
To apply please use form below or send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your cover letter should highlight specific programming experience and why the work of Kids Kicking Cancer is exciting to you.