About Young Invincibles
Young Invincibles (YI) is a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization committed to creating economic opportunity for young adults ages 18 to 34 by amplifying their voices in the political process. YI centers the voices and lived experiences of young people through young adult engagement programs that provide professional and leadership development opportunities for young activists and advocates.
Creating opportunity—whether economic, educational, or improving social determinants of health—is the north star of YI. YI trains young adults furthest from power and privilege, compensates them for their work, introduces them to mentors in the fields they are interested in pursuing, and shapes and creates policy together with them to improve their lives and their communities. Every young adult leaves YI programs knowing their voice and their story can help change their communities and the world.
This unique young adult engagement work coupled with extensive research and data analysis, federal and state legislative and policy advocacy, and creative storytelling strategies fuels national and regional efforts that drive policy change and create lasting impact.
Twelve years ago, YI was founded to disrupt an inequitable power dynamic during the federal debate about health care reform, with a particular emphasis on elevating the voices of young people who did not have a say in the political discourse. That spirit fueled the organization as it built out its programs across the country and created regional offices in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and Texas. Over time, YI broadened its focus beyond health care to include higher education, workforce and jobs, and civic engagement—issues that drive economic mobility.
Today, YI is a leading young adult advocacy organization with 35+ full time staff, a national office in Washington, DC, five state offices, and a $5.5M annual budget. The organization is at an exciting inflection point, moving into a new strategic plan and with a new Administration, and is seeking an ambitious, forward-thinking, inspiring, and inclusive leader who fundamentally understands and champions the power of young people in this important political and social moment.
About the Position
The Executive Director will work with a talented team across the national and regional offices to set the vision and overall strategy for the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors and managing a robust and diverse senior leadership team, the Executive Director is responsible for raising the funds necessary to achieve the YI vision, leading staff who are passionate about equity and progress, overseeing the operations of the organization, and serving as a public face and voice with media, supporters, and key partners.
The ideal candidate has a record of success in leading a large team and building a shared vision across national and regional offices and across a broad range of seniority and tenure. The Executive Director must bring a strong grasp of the elements of successful policy advocacy and the ability to help the organization leverage its high-quality core programs (including young adult engagement and organizing, policy analysis and research, digital and earned communications, and storytelling) to achieve policy and social change. Significant movement building and / or organizing experience, and a deep understanding of the issues and experiences young people face are critical to success in this role.
The ideal candidate brings a deep and proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and understands how to lead an organization through this lens. Given the ways in which racism leads to unequal distribution of resources—impeding people of color’s equitable access to health care, higher education, and financial well-being—YI recognizes that it can and must do more to strengthen its cultural competency and commitment to racial equity. The Executive Director will champion and model these efforts internally and externally with the entire YI community.
The position offers a rare opportunity to design the next chapter of a highly successful non-profit advocacy organization at a transformational moment in time.
Specific responsibilities include:
Strategy and Vision
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Management and Operations
Fundraising and Communications
Desired Experiences and Attributes
The ideal Executive Director is passionate about and committed to YI’s mission and brings the following experiences and attributes:
Young Invincibles is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. Young Invincibles does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.
About Young Invincibles
Young Invincibles (YI) is a nonprofit policy and advocacy organization committed to creating economic opportunity for young adults ages 18 to 34 by amplifying their voices in the political process. YI centers the…