Employment Opportunities

To apply, please contact Executive Director, Jill Hrinda-Patten, at (814) 825-0788 or email resume to advocate@missionempower.org.

REPORTS TO:   M.E.  Executive Director

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Provides the vital function of assisting Mission Empower to communicate with families, children and youth, funders, donors, and the  general community concerning the mission and services of M.E. with emphasis to reaching persons living in poverty; who live in rural areas of Erie County; who have a disability themselves; or who are from diverse cultural backgrounds.


Publications – Writing & Editing

  • The Media Specialist will assist Mission Empower with print and electronic publications from beginning to end.
  • Responsible for interviews and photography for recording stories for the multiple M.E. programs.


  • Write articles and/or gather articles from other sources (request reprint permissions)
  • Work with project team to approve content
  • Assist to Write and publish electronically the bi-monthly M.E. newsletter using the e-newsletter template
  • Gather, write and edit information regarding events, trainings, resources and other news items– both from Mission Empower and other organizations in the state or across the nation.


  • Work with M.E. team to redesign existing content and generate new content for the site

Marketing and Outreach

  • Work with Executive Director to design, edit and publish outreach and marketing materials in print and web based formats.

Social Media

  • Research and post information on Social Media sites
  • Monitor and report on effects of Social Media


  • Majors in the education, marketing, public relations, or communications related fields.
  • Personal experience with a disability and/or related experience may be substituted for education.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the inclusion of youth with disabilities into all realms of life and society.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and editing skills.
  • Have an aptitude for aesthetic design in print and electronic media
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Personal experience with a disability preferred.

SUPERVISOR:   M.E. Executive Director

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Work with the M.E. staff in providing support, empowerment, service, and mentor and leadership opportunities for youth ages 14 – 21 who face the compounded barriers of disability, poverty, and/or racial ethnicity; so youth may be better equipped to navigate through the private and public school system, social service agencies especially in relation to transitioning services, and the community, in order that youth will graduate high school career or college ready and may be better prepared for a productive, independent life.


  1. Assist with the outreach to recruit new youth participants and mentors by working with M.E. staff: to present to schools, social service agencies, and other providers; to staff outreach booths at community events; and to strategize for the advertising campaign utilizing M.E.’s website and other social media outlets.
  2. Assisting staff to coordinate the Youth ENVISION summer Summit for new and returning Youth participants including: researching, planning, coordinating and evaluating the youth summit.  This is one of the main projects of the Intern to assist in coordinating a successful Youth Summit scheduled for August 9 – 11, 2017.
  3. Assist in recruiting, training, and evaluating Youth mentors.
  4. Schedules and facilitate community, volunteer, service opportunities for the Youth participants.
  5. Assists with facilitating the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) which gives guidance to M.E.’s staff on how to improve the services of the Youth ENVISION program.
  6. Participates in Mission Empower’s staff meetings and professional development training opportunities.
  7. Travel independently, as required.
  8. Document Intern’s activities using journals, volunteer timesheets, and other means.
  9. Assist with fundraising activities, grant writing and any other activity or event that raises funds for M.E. to continue our mission of empowerment.


  1. A current enrolled junior, senior, or graduate student at a college or university within the fields of Human Services, education, criminal justice, or organizational leadership.
  2. A GPA of at least a 3.0.
  3. Knowledge of and commitment to empowerment of families and their children so that inclusion of youth with disabilities into all realms of life and society may be realized.
  4. Good oral and written communication skills.
  5. Requires excellent facilitation skills and organizational leadership skills.
  6. Ability to meet deadlines under pressure; Goal and result oriented; ability to meet time commitments and follow through to task/job completion; strong work ethic, output, and capacity for responsibility.
  7. Personal experience with a disability preferred.
  8. Work respectfully and collaboratively with fellow staff, M.E. board and volunteers, and the general community.

This is a volunteer full-time position at 40 hours weekly for the length of a university semester.

Mission Employment Connector

Per Diem Employment

Enjoy the flexibility of making your own schedule while earning up to $12/hourly with this per diem opportunity. You will be a vital role model in instruction & supervising youth in Job Shadows or Work-based Learning Experience Internships.

  • Employer will be flexible on days & times for work
  • Prefer flexibility to work 2nd shift with some weekend hours.
  • The employee will receive the benefits of worker’s compensation Insurance.
  • Current PA Child Abuse, PA Criminal and FBI clearances required.
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Must be minimum of 20 years of age
  • Experience working with youth preferred.
  • A caring attitude with a dedication to assisting others
  • Valid driver’s license in good standing required for most positions
  • A chance to make a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis
  • The employee will receive a bi-weekly income depending upon hours worked.
  • Career development and advancement opportunities

A dynamic work environment where no day is ever the same as the next.