Summary: The Youth Engagement Manager leads HOPE’s youth leadership development work, including overseeing Youth Action Board and youth resident engagement and organizing. Main areas of work include membership development; development, implementation, and evaluation of youth engagement systems and leadership development programs; and support for youth participation and leadership in HOPE’s food systems, and school food initiatives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
(1) Program development and management
- Develop and implement HOPE’s Community Action Plan, serving as lead on youth engagement programming in collaboration with community and government stakeholders and consultants.
- Lead development and monitoring of our youth engagement work plans and support the development of policy campaigns, built environment, and food systems work areas to ensure projects are coordinated and move forward within set timelines.
- Plan for the long-term sustainability of HOPE’s initiatives, serving as primary staff on community and youth engagement work and co-lead with other Program Managers on policy campaigns, built environment, and food systems initiatives.
(2) Grow, maintain, and manage HOPE’s youth membership
- Develop, implement, and evaluate recruitment, orientation, and training of youth members, ensuring HOPE’s membership is representative of targeted communities in Oakland
- Serve as main staff point of contact and support for all youth members and work with other HOPE staff to co-support adult members. This includes maintaining regular communication, such as meeting reminders and group and one-on-one check-ins, coaching, and support.
(3) Support and foster leadership of HOPE members to lead HOPE’s initiatives and policy and systems change efforts
- Work with HOPE staff and partners to identify members’ training and leadership development needs
- Develop, implement, and evaluate a tailored leadership development and training plan for members that support youth member participation and leadership of HOPE’s food systems, policy campaign, built environment, and school food Initiatives
- Identify opportunities and pathways for youth members to participate in and grow into leadership roles within HOPE’s initiatives and campaigns
- Build and facilitate a pipeline for youth members who graduate from HOPE’s leadership development programs to advance to other advocacy, employment, educational, or volunteer opportunities.
- Work with Evaluation Team to develop and implement regular learning and evaluation practices and systems to ensure meetings, training, and activities advance HOPE’s program and policy goals and make programmatic adjustments as needed to improve effectiveness and impact
(4) Integrate principles of youth development and organizing, adult allyship, racial and economic equity, and healing into HOPE’s community and youth engagement work
- Work with Youth Leaders and adult allies to plan and facilitate weekly Youth Action Board meetings, and other activities, with a dual focus on structural change and personal healing. This includes developing agendas, preparing meeting materials, supporting community facilitation, and incorporating regular political education and healing practices into meetings and activities.
- Convene weekly meetings with Youth Action Board adult allies to program plan, troubleshoot common issues, and develop and implement adult allyship, youth development and organizing, and racial equity training and resources
(5) Strategic Partnerships
- Identify, develop, and maintain relationships with institutional partners that may support with financial or technical resources in the short and long term (e.g. City, County, aligned initiatives)
- Identify policy needs/opportunities and propose avenues to address them
(6) Evaluation and Documentation
- Maintain documentation, track monthly progress towards work plan goals and objectives, participate in an annual evaluation process
- Refine program design and activities based on evaluation findings
(7) Support collaborative infrastructure and functioning
- Implement and refine (as needed) HOPE's structure, policies, and procedures to carry out Community Action Plan
- Work with collaborative members to develop policies and procedures as needed to support programmatic work
- Work with Project Director on writing grant proposals and reports
Education and/or Experience
(1) At least 3-5 years of experience in any combination of
- Program coordination
- Community organizing
- Youth and community organizing
- Leadership development
(2) At least 2-3 years of experience in any combination of
- Working with low-income communities of color in Oakland or similar community
- Working with youth ages 14-24
- Campaign development and policy advocacy
- Community outreach
- Planning and delivering training
- Program Evaluation
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Project management skills with a focus on accountability and outcomes
- Knowledge or interest in food systems, built environment, and youth issues
- Strong interpersonal skills with a wide range of people and communities
- Deep understanding of racial and economic equity and ability to operationalize those values into organizational practice, both in organizing for structural change and creating space for community healing from historical trauma
- Collaborative working style
- Emotional maturity, integrity, excellent judgment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Highly organized and self-motivated
- Knowledge of community and youth development and organizing models and methods
- Strong commitment to social change
- Strong facilitation skills
- Excellent computer skills using Microsoft Office
- Able to work well independently and as part of a team
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The employee must have the ability to attend meetings, sit and operate a computer up to 8 hours per day.
While this is an office position, weekly travel to other locations in and around Oakland is required to purchase food and other materials for meetings. A personal vehicle, rideshare, or public transportation may be utilized.
HOPE, a project of Tides, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military status, marital status, familial status, caregiver status, predisposing genetic characteristics, veteran or active military service member status, pregnancy, arrest or conviction record, unemployment status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
We are putting our employee health and safety first by:
- Conducting fully remote hiring and onboarding processes
- Working remotely due to the current COVID-19 pandemic
- While travel is a requirement of the role, non-essential travel has been suspended