OVERVIEW: The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. In collaboration with the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center (MLKJFC), DHF is launching the Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative (YFCEI) in Kern and Fresno counties.
POSITION: The Youth Development Associate will work with a small team to implement the Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative (YFCEI) to increase civic participation among low-income, disenfranchised youth and their families. The Youth Development Associate will be responsible for recruiting and working with a cohort of 50 diverse youth. The Youth Development Associate will develop classes, trainings, activities, and civic engagement projects to develop ethics, moral character, and leadership skills necessary for academic, civic and workforce success. Team members work in a rigorous campaign style environment with regularly scheduled Saturday classes, evening and weekend activities.
1. Recruit a cohort of 50 middle and high students through nominations, student interviews, school visits, and home visits with family members.
2. Develop relationships, resources, and power with students and community members, in tune with values and principles of nonviolence and civil rights.
3. Prepare and implement nonviolence leadership classes in evenings and Saturday mornings.
4. Study and practice the principles of nonviolence so that one’s own transformation and change is the basis for working with others.
5. Provide ethical leadership coaching to provide a framework for self-change, as team members develop the capacity to both give and receive coaching with the students, and with other team members.
6. Demonstrate daily practice of journaling, self-reflection, and coaching.
7. Plan and participate in community and public events together with students and parent volunteers.
8. Assist in local and long distance transportation with youth and families.
9. Interact with community members, elected officials, funders, students, school administrators, teachers, and parents of the students, promoting the mission and purpose of the DHF.
10. Participate in meetings with school administrators, advancing relationships that assist in identification, communication and integration of youth in selection, school related activities, and excused absences for YFCEI work.
11. Ensure school administrators and teachers have broad and accurate understanding of the mission and purpose of the DHF & YFCEI; Cultivate relationships.
12. Participate in presentations in schools and classrooms.
13. Participate in staff trainings, meetings, planning, and evaluation to insure execution and evaluation of operational plans.
14. Participate in ongoing training with DHF and MLKJFC team members.
15. Maintenance of records, documentation of expenses, program reporting, program outcome documentation and other office related responsibilities.
16. Photograph, video, and document all classes and events and post on agency server, website and social media platforms.
17. Provide weekly and monthly written management reports to document activities, updates, and results via conference calls and timely updates; Update contacts on the DHF database on a weekly basis.
18. Participate in weekly staff calls, monthly staff meetings, and monthly planning meetings.
19. Participate in DHF fundraising activities and projects.
20. Other responsibilities as assigned.
· Candidates must have 3-5 years’ experience working with youth education or non-profit setting and have a genuine passion and interest in the well-being of youth
· Must have experience with diverse communities (cultures and races)
· A current driver’s license, a vehicle and auto insurance for transporting youth.
· Pass background checks
· Confidentiality is a professional necessity in the work with youth and their families
· Coaching experience
· Excellent time management skills
· Advocacy and policy experience
· Commitment to social justice
· Passion for community organizing
· Experience in developing & providing trainings
· A proactive solutions-oriented approach
· Excellent interpersonal skills (one on one and group dynamics), cultural competency, strong listening skills, and humor
· Patience and flexibility
· Excellent team player
· Written and spoken proficiency in Spanish & English is a plus
· Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook, & on-line tools
· Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative
· Ability to work evenings and weekends
· Strong collaborator, team player, able to adapt quickly to changing situations
· Ability to show warmth and sense humor in this high demanding role
· Experience with fundraising is a plus
Medical, dental & vision benefits. Excellent vacation and optional life insurance.
Level of Language Proficiency
English and Spanish
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send your résumé, a cover letter, salary requirements and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Application for Youth Development Associate” as the subject of the email and name the documents as your last name and the document name (example: “Last Name_Cover Letter”). Please provide documents in PDF file format.