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Job Summary

About Telling It

Telling It is a trauma informed resiliency building community-based program that supports the healing and learning needs of under-served school-age youth using best practices from social work and education filtered through the expressive arts so they can lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. Telling It is designed to meet the needs of the youth so they can reach their full potential as engaged community members. For more information go to


Overview of Position

Site Facilitator Trainee will participate in weekly Telling It after-school program sessions, train in age appropriate skills for site facilitation, meet with the Program Director separately to train in the program rationales utilizing the Telling It Toolkit, and under direct supervision develop and lead individual sessions with school-aged youth.

Trainee will learn to

  • Plan and execute two-hour weekly sessions for youth in collaboration with site social worker.
  • Supervise the support team who serve as mentors to the youth.
  • Lead pre- and de-briefing sessions with the support team.
  • Liaise with the community partner.
  • Report to Telling It Program Director on a weekly basis.
  • May obtain and organize the necessary supplies to conduct weekly session(s).
  • Work with the Program Director to recruit and hire community guest artists.
  • Assist Program Director and others in the production of an anthology of the youth’s writings and artwork at conclusion of the program.

Required Qualifications*

  • Reliability is required. In the event Trainee is not able to lead a session, arrangements will be made 24 hours in advance with the Program Director.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Arrive fully prepared to facilitate the sessions. Reliability is critical to this position.
  • Communicate with Program Director on a weekly basis.

Desired Qualifications*

  • A Bachelor's or Masters degree.
  • Knowledge of utilizing the expressive arts and a trauma informed approach to working with youth.
  • Demonstrate maturity and ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Model positive behavior, energy, flexibility and humor.
  • Able to work effectively across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills with the ability to provide written and oral reports.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to problem-solve issues.
  • Able to exercise compassion, professionalism, and discretion with material of a highly sensitive or confidential nature.
  • Have demonstrable passion for the program mission and for an environment that promotes best practices, social justice, and creativity.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.