Job Listing: Youth Voice Organizer
SOAR‘s mission is to elevate community voice to influence policies and practices that impact children, youth and families. We do this by convening coalitions, aligning strategies, and engaging communities in partnership, and developing family and youth leadership through strength-based approaches. School’s Out Washington serves as the host agency, fiscal sponsor and employer of record for SOAR.
Reports to: SOAR Director
Location: 801 23rd Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98144
The Youth Voice Organizer will lead SOAR’s youth work to accomplish our goals of developing youth leadership, inspiring youth civic engagement, and elevating youth voice to influence planning and development of local policies, initiatives, and programs. The Organizer will conduct outreach for, convene and staff the King County Youth Advisory Council; and will facilitate SOAR’s role as local anchor organization for Opportunity Youth United. The right person for this position will have a commitment to social justice, and passion for the value that youth voice and perspectives bring to education, human services, government, and business communities. They will be able to apply good judgment in a variety of situations, and to work independently, as the majority of work hours will be spent in the community. The Organizer will have outstanding communication skills, including the ability to give and receive critical feedback. They will identify needs and propose solutions proactively, asking for help when needed. The successful candidate will find personal satisfaction and enjoyment in bringing together diverse young people from around our large county, so they can experience the power of making change.
The primary responsibilities of the Youth Voice Organizer are to:
- Conduct outreach to invite young people ages 16-24 to join the King County Youth Advisory Council.
- Convene regular meetings of the King County Youth Advisory Council. With members, plan and co-facilitate Council meetings; convene project-specific working group meetings as projects arise.
- Provide mentoring and leadership/professional development training and opportunities to Council members.
- Provide support to Council members who take on project leadership, outreach and organizing responsibilities.
- Stay informed on relevant trends, issues and research pertaining to youth, opportunity youth, community organizing, civic engagement, and local politics.
- Prepare work plans and progress reports to present at scheduled check-ins and staff meetings; maintain accurate records and documentation.
- Monitor assigned project grants to ensure compliance and accountability.
In collaboration with the SOAR team, the Youth Voice Organizer will:
- Organize a Community Action Team within the Council that brings the Opportunity Youth United movement to life locally, through civic engagement opportunities and collaboration with local and regional stakeholders.
- Represent SOAR and the Council within education, alternative education, youth development and opportunity youth communities in King County; develop relationships within those communities to facilitate successful outreach and partnerships.
- Respond to community requests for youth speakers and panels; support speakers and panelists; serve as moderator of panels.
- Assure that On-Call Employees, Consultants, and Volunteers/Interns are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background. Incorporate volunteers, where applicable, into program operations.
- Participate in strategic planning and capacity building of SOAR, including retreats.
- Participate as requested in the development of grant and project proposals and budgets.
The ideal candidate for this position will possess many, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, competencies and qualities of character:
- A minimum of two years of organizing experience, with a focus on youth organizing and leadership building; undergraduate degree in a field related to organizing or youth services is preferred.
- Experience and expertise in community organizing strategies, tactics and grassroots activism.
- Solid understanding and experience with social media campaigning and messaging.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams, participate in cross-agency planning and work with a diverse set of stakeholders, coalitions and partners.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally, including public speaking.
- Commitment to working toward racial equity in educational systems, social justice, civic engagement, and youth development.
- Administrative skills including computer literacy in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Strong attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate records and documentation.
- Outstanding work ethic, self-motivated, ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
- Ability to travel independently throughout King County, including valid WA State driver’s license, current liability insurance, and willingness to use personal vehicle for outreach activities.
- Ability to work frequent evenings and weekends.
- Experience and comfort working in and with diverse communities.
- Sense of humor, humility and respect for self and others.
Hours and Salary Range
- 40 hours per week; frequent evenings and weekends required.
- Annual salary range: $38,000-$45,000 to be determined based on experience and qualifications.
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Classification: Full-time, Exempt
- Benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, long-term disability and Paid Time Off.
How to Apply
Best Consideration Date: July 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m. PST
(Resumes will continue to be accepted after the best consideration date. However, preferential consideration is given to those resumes submitted by the best consideration date. The announcement will remain posted until the position is filled.)
To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to email@example.com with "SOAR Youth Voice Organizer" in the subject line or send to:
SOAR Youth Voice Organizer
School's Out Washington
801 - 23rd Avenue S., Suite A
Seattle, WA 98144
SOAR, hosted and fiscally sponsored by School’s Out Washington, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SOAR is committed to addressing racism, sexism, heterosexism and other discriminatory practices, and to working toward racial equity through undoing institutional and structural racism. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+ individuals are encouraged to apply.