Director of Youth Organizing and LeadershipYouth First Justice Collaborative Website
The Youth First Justice Collaborative (YFJC) is excited to announce its search for a Director of Youth Organizing and Leadership. YFJC operates with the belief that the U.S. justice system is inherently racist and advancing racial justice requires dismantling the youth prison model and replacing it with an investment in community and neighborhood-based solutions that promote racial equity. The YFJC is a national resource hub and funder offering a wide array of accessible, responsive, and strategic supports to build the capacity of statewide youth decarceration campaigns. The Director of Youth Organizing and Leadership will spearhead the skill-building and leadership development initiatives for individual youth leaders across these state campaigns.
This role involves designing and delivering comprehensive training programs aimed at empowering young leaders involved in various campaigns to advocate and organize for social change effectively. The Director of Youth Organizing and Leadership will play a crucial role in amplifying the voices of youth leaders, fostering their growth, and equipping them with the skills and resources necessary to drive impactful change in their campaigns, communities, and beyond. This role requires a dynamic individual with a strong commitment to and experience with youth organizing and leadership development, a deep understanding of leadership development principles, and skills and experience in designing and delivering impactful training initiatives.
YFJC strongly encourages candidates with nontraditional backgrounds who are/have been directly impacted by the youth justice system to apply. The Director of Youth Organizing and Leadership would be an essential partner and leader in fostering an anti-racist, diverse, inclusive, and supportive organizational culture in line with YFJC’s values. For more information on YFJC’s guiding principles and values please visit our website.
- Facilitate and coordinate efforts to support youth from diverse backgrounds, regions, and communities across different states to drive collective action toward shared goals and visions.
- Design, build, and implement comprehensive skill-building and skill-enhancing programs tailored to the needs of youth leaders and adults working with youth who are involved in multiple state youth organizing campaigns.
- Design and develop curriculum and training materials focused on community organizing, youth leadership development, advocacy skills, and other relevant areas to support intergenerational youth engagement and leadership development.
- Organize and facilitate workshops, seminars, and training sessions both in-person and virtually, providing guidance, mentorship, and resources to enhance the organizing and leadership skills of youth leaders.
- Partner with campaign teams to identify specific areas for skill development and tailor training programs to address those needs effectively.
- Mentor and support a cohort of youth leaders, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment conducive to their personal and professional growth.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of relevant programs through assessments, feedback, and data analysis, making necessary adjustments for continual improvement.
- Forge partnerships and collaborations with organizations, experts, and stakeholders to expand resources and opportunities for youth leadership development.
- Provide mentorship, guidance, and resources to youth advisory board members, fostering their active participation and contribution to strategic discussions and initiatives.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- A minimum of 7 years of experience developing and leading youth organizing campaigns and/or youth leadership programs.
- Demonstrated understanding of youth leadership principles, advocacy, community organizing, and social change methodologies.
- Experience working with diverse groups of young leaders and creating culturally inclusive and equitable learning environments.
- Strong facilitation and communication skills, with the ability to engage and inspire youth from diverse backgrounds.
- Proficiency in curriculum development, program evaluation, and using various learning modalities.
- Ability to collaborate effectively with campaign teams, stakeholders, and external partners.
- Demonstrated experience working with adults to develop intergenerational organizing practices and processes.
- Passion for social justice, advocacy, and a commitment to empowering youth leaders to create positive change.
DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- Demonstrated humility, curiosity, nimbleness, and resourcefulness.
- Lived experience as a person directly impacted by the criminal legal system
- Knowledge and understanding of change management, a transformative justice framework, and trauma-informed care
LOCATION AND TRAVEL
The Youth First Justice Collaborative is a fully virtual team. Travel needs will be evaluated and determined on an ongoing basis with critical consideration for staff safety as we continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Director of Youth Organizing and Leadership is expected to travel both locally and nationally. Domestic travel by plane and/or train is estimated to be approximately 20-25% of the role depending upon where the Director of Youth Organizing and Leadership is based.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary range: $ $95,000-$105,000
Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance for employees (and their families). Employees can enroll in 401k retirement plan and are eligible for a 3% automatic contribution and up to a 3% employer match on 401k contributions. Employees are also eligible for pre-tax transportation benefits. Employees will receive 160 hours of vacation time, 80 hours of health leave, up to 2 days of casual leave, and 20 hours of volunteer leave annually. Employees will also receive 13 paid holidays throughout the calendar year. Employees are eligible for 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave after 90 days of employment.
START DATE: March 2024
TO APPLY: Submit a cover letter or video (no longer than 1 page or 1 minute), resume, and three references to email@example.com. References will not be contacted unless the candidate is a finalist and finalists will have the opportunity to notify their references before we make contact.
In your cover letter or video, please be sure to address how your experiences match the key responsibilities and required skills outlined above. Your response must address the following question:
What is your experience with youth organizing? Specifically, how do you learn from and incorporate young people in organizational and strategic decision-making?
DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 19, 2024
HIRING STATEMENT: The Youth First Justice Collaborative is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
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COVID-19 Policy: To center the safety and well-being of its employees, New Venture Fund requires that any employee who is required to conduct in-person activities for their job must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within four weeks of their start date. This position may require candidates to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Accommodations may be sought and approved in accordance with the law by contacting human resources at HR@newventurefund.org.