YPR Coordinator

Organization and Program Overview:


SAARA is partnering with Young People in Recovery (YPR) to envision a world where everyone can access the necessary resources to recover from substance use disorder.

SAARA’s mission is to transform Virginia communities through hope, education, and advocacy for Substance Use Disorder.


YPR’s mission is to provide the training and networks all individuals, families, and communities need to recover and maximize their full potential.


Chapter Vision and Overview:


The YPR Coordinator will support people in or seeking recovery by empowering them to obtain stable employment, secure suitable housing, and continue and complete their educations. The Coordinator will also advocate on the local and state levels for better accessibility of these services and other effective recovery resources. This peer-based network relies on monthly workshops and pro-social events, quarterly advocacy events, and regular all-recovery meetings.


Essential Responsibilities:

Note: This position will work up to 20 hours per week

  • Complete YPR’s online orientation and study YPR Leadership Handbook

  • Oversee all Chapter events (all-recovery meetings, pro-social events, advocacy events, chapter workshops) and operations with fidelity to ensure YPR Chapter compliance

  • Communicate weekly with designated Regional Chapter Coordinator

  • Recruit Chapter Members and develop Chapter Leadership Team

  • Communicate weekly with Chapter Leadership Team

  • Engage in grassroots community outreach via emails, phone calls and face-to-face meetings

  • Utilize the YPR Connect portal to submit past event reports, upcoming event submissions, and funding requests

  • Register Chapter leaders, members and supporters through the appropriate platforms (YPR Connect/YPR website)

  • Secure free or inexpensive venue space for Chapter meetings and events

  • Collaborate with RSS Peer Support Specialists and Site Implementers to build bridge between the Chapter and other YPR programs

  • Collaborate with other YPR Chapter Leads for statewide joint events and advocacy efforts

  • Support and encourage the many pathways of recovery


Marginal/incidental functions and other related tasks, as assigned.


Location: Hybrid Virtual and In-Person


Official Title: YPR Coordinator


Compensation: $15/hr


Required qualifications:

  • Understanding of substance use prevention and recovery

  • Positive and supportive attitude toward all pathways of recovery

  • Sensitivity and awareness of the unique needs and stigmas associated with underserved populations

  • Excellent organizational, communication, and leadership skills


Preferred qualifications:

  • Personal experience in recovery

  • Experience working successfully with young adults

  • Experience working successfully with people with substance use disorders

  • Experience working successfully with diverse communities

  • Previous training and certification in trauma-informed response, cultural competency, and peer education

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)

  • Experience work with advocacy organizations and/or elected officials


Physical demands and work environment:

  • Occasionally required to stand

  • Occasionally required to walk

  • Occasionally required to sit

  • Frequently required to utilize hand and finger dexterity

  • Continually required to talk or hear

  • The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than 10 pounds


**This role will start out part-time, with the goal to move Full-Time before the end of the year


People in recovery are encouraged to apply.


Diverse candidates encouraged to apply.


To apply: Please send resume and letter of interest to Lindseyj@saara.org with the subject line “YPR Chapter Lead”. Please indicate where you saw this posting or how you heard about the position.




SAARA is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate, and we will take affirmative action to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, nation or origin, age, religion, creed, disability, recovery status, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.