3.1 min readBy Published On: September 18th, 2013Categories: Features0 Comments on South Boston CAN


South Boston CAN – a very important local organization has two announcements.  One – they have a new website: www.southbostoncan.org and two –  they are hiring for the following position – Part-time MAPP Coalition Coordinator, South Boston CAN Coalition

Mission Statement   
CAN is a diverse partnership of service providers and community residents engaged in active collaboration to increase social and emotional well-being, over all mental and physical health and decrease substance abuse in the South Boston community.  Through the sharing of resources and information, we identify emerging social trends, develop strategies, and implement and sustain holistic community-wide efforts.

Job Description
The MAPP Coalition Coordinator is responsible for overall implementation of the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) processes (MAPP is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health) and all CAN activities using a broad understanding and application of public health planning and prevention models.  CAN has MOUs with multiple granting partners to provide substance abuse services throughout South Boston.  In order to reach our goals, we are looking to expand our coalition, conduct a community needs assessment and engage in strategic health planning.  The MAPP Coalition Coordinator works in partnership with the Greater Boston Regional Center for Healthy Communities and other stakeholders.

Responsibilities include the completion of:

Community Needs Assessment: Assist CAN to gather and assess quantitative and qualitative data to characterize the substance abuse, and other health needs and resources of the South Boston community.

  • Facilitate community-wide needs assessment
  • Access existing sources of epidemiologic data on local substance use
  • Oversee qualitative data development and collection including survey development and/or focus groups

Community Engagement: Build CAN’s capacity and reach by developing new community partners throughout South Boston’s diverse community.

  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders at the neighborhood, city and state level 
  • Engage community residents in coalition activities

Strategic Planning: Assist in the strategic planning process for CAN including development of Coalition goals and objectives; oversee activities of all CAN Working- groups/ committees.

  • Review logic models and oversee implementation and action plans associated with strategic planning process and grants that we have MOU with.
  • Engage and educate community partners and stakeholder groups
  • Ensure that participants represent the diversity of the community
  • Attend Coalition, subcommittee meetings and coalition events (Every 3rd Tuesday) of month
  • Take minutes from meetings in order to create an historic record and complete timely progress and final reports to funding sources
  • Communicate results to coalition and community residents

Internal Coalition Coordination:

  • Manage Memoranda’s of Understanding (MOUs) and other partnerships, including local, city, state and federal partners
  • Coordinate internal and external communication using media, mailings, forums and community outreach
  • Establish and coordinate Coalition structure and activities including, CAN Steering Committee, Coalition working groups, subcommittees and community residents and community partners


  • The MAPP Coalition Coordinator will report to a co-chair of the CAN Steering Committee.


  • Educational Requirements
  • Minimal requirements B.A. or B.S. Background in public health, social work or community organizing preferred.   (Work experience of equal worth would be considered.)


  • Experience in community organizing
  • Background in substance abuse and/or mental health services
  • Knowledge of strategic and action plans and/or logic plans.
  • Knowledge of evidence based strategies for substance abuse prevention and/or treatment
  • Experience with program development and implementation
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Available for Coalition meetings, subcommittee meeting and coalition events


  • Knowledge of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP), and/or other community-based participatory research methods.

Send resume and cover letter to Kay Walsh, co-chair of South Boston CAN.

Email: [email protected]

Kay Walsh
South Boston Action Center
424 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
Phone: 617-269-5160 ext. 126