Thursday, March 29, 2007

BOSTON: EC Hotlines Specialist Job Opening

Objective: Coordinate administrative operations and outreach efforts for Statewide Emergency Contraception Hotline and Website at AAC. Help recruit, train, support, and supervise sexual health and family planning hotlines volunteer counselors. Serve as information and content manager for EC Website.


  • Remain abreast of current Emergency Contraception, reproductive health, family planning, and sexual health related news and research by attending appropriate continuing education events or forums, reading applicable journals, etc. Help to provide staff and volunteers with updated resources and information through personal conversations, notebooks, handouts, and email.
  • Conduct statewide EC Hotline and Website outreach, program advertising, volunteer recruitment, and follow-up activities.
  • Build and maintain community relationships throughout the five regions of Massachusetts. Distribute information (though trainings and materials such as brochures, posters, and Hotlines cards) and recruit volunteers and interns.
  • Work with Hotlines Manager and Hotlines Supervisor around volunteer supervision. Co-supervise and support Hotline volunteers and interns who provide up-to-date Emergency Contraception, family planning, sexual health, reproductive health, HIV, hepatitis, birth control, and STI information, supportive counseling, and referrals.
  • Provide Emergency Contraception Hotline shift coverage as needed. Receive and respond to calls, emails, and walk-in requests from providers, and consumers with questions in a timely, sensitive manner. Assist callers in assessing their situations, needs, and options. Make appropriate referrals as necessary.
  • Present Emergency Contraception, family planning, sexual health, and reproductive health trainings both internally and externally as needed.
  • Work with Hotline and other AAC staff around Hotline volunteer recruitment, screening, training, and retention issues.
  • Respond to Hotline volunteer inquiries, send applications to appropriate candidates, conduct pre-training interviews, administer post-training tests, conduct post-training exit interviews, and keep the AAC Volunteer Coordinator updated on the status of all Hotline volunteers.
  • Aid in the development, planning, scheduling, and facilitation of program in-services. Coordinate training logistics. Help develop and prepare appropriate materials.
  • Maintain updated internal and external agency referrals for the EC Hotline and website; work with appropriate staff overseeing the resource database and website.
  • Submit regular reports to Hotlines manager on program activities and data.
  • Staff and supervise some evening and weekend shifts as needed in conjunction with other Hotlines staff.
  • Carry emergency staff beeper in conjunction with other Hotlines staff.
  • Attend unit, department, and agency meetings as required.
  • Work closely with agency’s Marketing Department to ensure information on website is accurate.
  • Complete other tasks and responsibilities as required.


  • Bilingual in Spanish and English desirable;
  • Supervisory experience, preferably of volunteers;
  • Hotline or peer counseling experience;
  • Community networking experience;
  • Emergency Contraception and/or family planning, sexual health, reproductive health related work experience or training;
  • Experience working with people in crisis and/or who have experienced trauma;
  • Experience using word processing, database, desktop publishing, PowerPoint and spread-sheet software;
  • Administrative work experience;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • Ability to pay close attention to details;
  • Ability to work independently as well as to function as part of a team;
  • Ability to interact professionally with and fill requests from the public;
  • AIDS and family planning sensitivity and awareness; and
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment;
  • Valid driver’s license.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter with position specified to:

Professional Recruitment Box WS
294 Washington St., 5th floor
Boston, MA 02108
or FAX to (617) 437-6445 send it via email to

Thursday, March 22, 2007

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice Conference this weekend!

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom

March 30-April 1, 2007 -- Hampshire College Amherst, MA

Register online

Do you want to learn more about reproductive freedom and social justice? Or are you a longtime activist looking for inspiration and rejuvenation? Whether you are new to the movement or a veteran organizer, join us at the 21st annual national conference “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom.”

On March 30-April 1, 2007, campus and community activists will be gathering at Hampshire College to unite for reproductive justice. We are expecting a large turnout—last year there were over 1000 participants from the US and abroad. We offer more than 30 workshops and trainings. Conference speakers address reproductive freedom as it relates to a broad range of social justice initiatives including economic justice, health care reform, racial equality, the war on terrorism, freedom from violence, youth liberation, civil liberties, and LGBTQ rights.

For more information, check out our website at or contact us at (413) 559-6976 or

Monday, March 12, 2007

Issues That Matter - EC After OTC

Issues That Matter - EC After OTC

Wednesday, March 21 - Wednesday, March 21
6:30 - 8:00pm

Join us for March's Issues That Matter - EC After OTC to discuss how to fill in the remaining emergency contraception gaps.

Issues That Matter: EC After OTC

Christina Tenuta, Director, Emergency Contraception Program at NARAL Pro-Choice New York & the national Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign
Galen Leigh Sherwin, Acting Director of the Reproductive Rights Project at New York Civil Liberties Union
Aishia Glasford, Policy Analyst at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Nicole Lawrence, Peer Educator for NARAL Pro-Choice New York's Teen Outreach Reproductive Challenge Program

Join us as we learn about the remaining emergency contraception barriers for undocumented women, those under the age of 18 and those facing obstacles at the pharmacy.

Wednesday, March 21
6:30 until 8:00 pm

470 Park Avenue South, 7th floor
Located between 31st and 32nd Streets

Please RSVP by March 19th to Debbie at 212-343-0114, ext. 3525 or This will be a very popular event and space is limited. RSVP is required.

Contact Debbie to RSVP or for more information.

Back Up Your Birth Control Day March 20th!

The Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign is committed to spreading the word about emergency contraception, a safe and effective method of back up birth control.

This year, on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 the sixth annual Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action, a coalition of more than 100 women’s health and medical organizations will undertake dozens of educational activities nationwide to send an important message to teens: back up your birth control with emergency contraception.

Since the FDA approved OTC sales of EC for adult women, but kept the prescription requirement for teens younger than 18, the Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign understands that promoting knowledge and use of this safe and effective back up birth control method is even more important than ever. That’s why the Back Up Your Birth Control Campaign is using thousands of BUYBC campaign materials to mobilize activists around the country to educate the media and medical community and host Back Up Your Birth Control EC education activities on college campuses, with legislators, and for public health officials.

Please visit and our new teen site EC education Materials are available for order on our website.