Hearing Youth Voices develops working class, Black, Brown young people into courageous and skilled leaders capable of running issue-based campaigns, leading coalition and alliances, and uniting us across our differences to build the power necessary to advance racial, economic, and gender justice. We do this by:
- Base Building and Membership Growth to build the working-class, multiracial majority we need
- Running campaigns on racial, economic, and gender justice issues
- Offering training programs designed to shift institutions and systems towards racial, economic, and gender justice
- Growing new programmatic and systematic alternatives to address community needs
- Civic engagement operations to ensure increased voter participation in issues that we care about
HYV seeks an Organizing Manager who is skilled, able to listen to and follow the lead of Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth, and who is devoted to our mission and principles of racial, economic, and gender justice, youth power, and leadership development. The areas of focus for this position will include: Base-Building, Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Political Strategy.
The Organizing Manager will be responsible for running local and state campaigns that address systematic change. This position will manage and oversee the organizing team. The Organizing Manager will be responsible for recruiting young adults ages 18-25 and developing their leadership via issue-based campaigns focused on racial and economic justice. They will also be responsible for supporting a New London-based coalition of 7 organizations dedicated to advancing racial and economic justice in New London.
- Work with national, local, and state coalition leaders in policy advocacy campaigns and civic engagement that advances HYV mission and vision.
- Coordinate HYV representation in political activities; such as legislative hearings, city council meetings, press conferences, forums, etc.
- Develop and lead campaign strategy.
- Oversee multiple campaigns at once; ensuring connections maintained so campaigns don't end up in silos.
- Develop and Maintain quarterly work plan and goals.
- Meet recruitment goals for the duration of the campaigns.
- Develop and implement a field, communications, advocacy, and digital plan for campaigns.
- Manage and supervise organizers/canvassers during campaigns. Focus on base-building and retention when campaigns are seasoned out.
- Coordinate HYV staff for campaign plans implementation.
- Track campaign progress, results, and present reports periodically.
- Develop and maintain relationships with elected officials in New London, regionally, and at the state level.
- Lead development of policy platforms.
- Manage the staff with transparency and respect, creating a workplace that is results-oriented, professional, innovative and positive.
- Lead weekly supervision of organizing staff.
Design and implement a recruitment strategy to sustain an active membership.
Create and implement evening and weekend events targeting HYV members ages 18-25 and aligned with HYV principles of racial, gender, and economic justice, youth power, and leadership development.
- Meet regularly with Education Justice Youth Organizer to ensure that weekly programming is aligned with HYV campaign goals, actions, and messaging.
- Advocate for individual youth members and leaders as needed
Support and encourage members to move into leadership.
Build relationships with community agencies, social workers, and other community stakeholders who interact with and impact youth.
Input attendance and track member participation in all programs and events using online platforms.
Provide social emotional support to youth members and refer to appropriate social service agencies when needed.
Post regularly on HYV’s social media platforms with program pictures and other updates.
Advocate for and speak on HYV’s principles of racial, gender, and economic justice and youth power in all professional meetings, networks, and partnerships.
- Supports HYV broad political strategy capturing input of HYV Advisory Council.
- Reports directly to Executive Director.
- Provide supervision of youth members during infrequent in-state and out-of-state travel/activities.
- Continued study of political education to deepen political analysis.
- Shop for program supplies and food.
- Other duties as assigned.
Position Type /Expected Hours of Work
This is a full time position, 35 hrs/week. Weekday afternoons and some evenings required. Some weekends are required.
Some travel will be needed:
- In-town travel for meetings.
- Occasional in-state travel (with and without youth) to conferences, meetings, and training.
- Infrequent out-of-state travel for training, actions, and movement-building opportunities.
Qualifications and Skills
You might be the right person for this job if:
- You have a minimum of 4 years experience organizing and running issue based campaigns.
- You have a minimum of 2 years experience in a supervisory position.
- You have experience working with Black, Brown, and Indigenous youth. You have been through or will make an effort to understand the issues that our young people are going through.
- You have proven and demonstrated the ability to work alongside young people, specifically: to listen, take their ideas seriously, and be willing to be led by them.
- You have a strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and a strong belief in the power of young people to make changes in our society.
- You’re multilingual (Spanish or Haitian Creole preferred) and/or able to communicate respectfully with speakers of other languages.
- You love and appreciate youth energy, creativity, and outside-the-box thinking.
- You have a sense of humor and you’re flexible and can roll with changes.
- You’re a good listener. You care about people. You can protect confidentiality and are not judgemental. You’re willing to share your story and make space for others’ stories.
- You have strong written and verbal communication skills.
- You know when to support, when to be stern, and how to set healthy boundaries.
- You’re friendly and genuinely enjoy meeting new people and building relationships.
- You know how to have fun and how to work hard.
- You have a driver’s license and car.
- You’re fluent or willing to learn in Microsoft Office and Google Drive, Iwork, Canva, Facebook, and Instagram.
- You are a courageous leader ready to be part of a team challenging the status quo.
Salary range is $55,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package of sick and personal days, vacation days, and health, vision, and dental insurance.
Hearing Youth Voices is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Black, Brown, and Indigenous people, women, multilingual people, LGBTQQI people, people with disabilities, and longtime New London residents are encouraged to apply.
Please send the following documents and information by email:
- 3 References
- Cover Letter
Hiring Process Timeline
- June 29th; closing job posting
- Week of July 5th; first round of interviews
- Week of July 11th; second round of interviews
July 18th; offering