Youth Engagement Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




2211 South IH-35, Suite 201
United States


Position Overview: The Youth Engagement Specialist will work closely with the Director of Outreach and Education, the Director of Advocacy and Research, and other program staff to engage youth in the mission of Texans Standing Tall and achieve the goals of the organization. The Youth Engagement Specialist will work with youth primarily through the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) and the Zero Alcohol for Youth Campaign (ZAYC) to implement environmental prevention strategies that prevent youth alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use on both statewide and local levels.


The Youth Leadership Council is a workgroup of the TST Statewide Coalition. The Council consists of high school and college students that apply and are selected to serve a minimum one-year commitment. These leaders provide input to the TST Statewide Coalition leadership and work toward implementing evidence-based strategies in their local communities, as well as statewide. The Youth Engagement Specialist will manage the YLC and work closely with Council members on a variety of projects to support the work of TST. This includes developing relationships with students, their adult sponsors, and local coalition members and facilitating regularly occurring conference calls, meetings, webinars, and training for team members.  The Youth Engagement Specialist will plan and host two annual training retreats for the YLC and a specific YLC “track” at the TST Statewide Summit. He/she will also support YLC members in planning and implementing a prevention project or media event in their local communities These activities will be conducted in collaboration with other staff to support TST’s youth-led, adult-supported prevention efforts.


The Zero Alcohol for Youth Campaign (ZAYC) is a program that trains teams of youth to create a community-wide campaign to reduce youth alcohol use. The Youth Engagement Specialist will train and support ZAYC teams statewide in implementing environmental prevention strategies to prevent underage alcohol use. This includes traveling approximately 10 times per year to train ZAYC teams on the campaign. He/she will continually update the ZAYC manual, Community Engagement Guide, materials, and trainings to reflect new data and evaluations; promote the campaign and encourage the formation of new ZAYC teams; work with coalition coordinators and adult sponsors across Texas to implement the campaign; and provide technical assistance to ZAYC teams.


This position acts as a social change agent and requires a great amount of creativity and initiative to recruit, educate, organize, train, and mobilize both adults and youth. The Youth Engagement Specialist will be a liaison between Texans Standing Tall, the Texas Department of Transportation, community coalitions, and student groups. To support both the YLC and ZAYC, the Youth Engagement Specialist must develop relationships with coalition members, closely track project costs, and develop and manage project timelines. The position will also work with other TST staff to identify opportunities for youth engagement in other TST programs.  



·      Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree or higher in communications, behavioral science, political science or related field. Sufficient experience in progressively responsible similar position to demonstrate competency may be substituted for degree.

  • At least three years of experience in program support, project coordination, event coordination, grant management, community organizing, or substance abuse prevention, preferably in the non-profit field.
  • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills in writing and speaking with the general public.
  • Experience working with both adults and student populations.
  • High level of computer proficiency; ability to operate basic office equipment.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Personal vehicle with applicable insurance.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Because TST’s primary purpose is to serve the public, certain positions require a cell phone to fulfill job responsibilities, such as being available off-hours, at meetings, during travel, or other business purposes.
  • Ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds.
  • Small nonprofit experience highly preferred.
  • Commitment to the organizational mission and ideology in order to effectively promote and advance the goals of Texans Standing Tall and its members.



  • Participates in the fulfillment of grant objectives, adheres to funder’s compliance requirements and budget.
  • Participates in the development of grant objectives.
  • Facilitates development of annual goals by students involved in YLC and ZAYC.
  • Participates in development of new initiatives consistent with the organization’s objectives.
  • Plans and develops presentations and working sessions and events on topics reflective of organizational mission and purpose as needed.
  • Assists in preparing presentations and facilitates creation of presentations by YLC members.
  • Conducts process evaluation to evaluate project implementation.
  • Implements a science-based prevention program that uses environmental strategies to reduce underage drinking and other drug use/abuse.
  • Collaborates with other Texans Standing Tall staff on youth engagement activities.
  • Works long and irregular hours as projects require.
  • Promotes, motivates, and advocates for community change; teaches others to do the same.
  • Solicits input from students and adults on YLC and ZAYC to enhance their efforts.
  • Creates tools and resources for youth and adults for both print and web.
  • Trains youth to implement program. Trains adults to support the youth in implementation.
  • Helps develop new ways of highlighting the YLC and ZAYC teams and incorporating youth into prevention efforts.
  • Excels in a team-based, participatory environment and works well working autonomously.
  • Tables at events and makes cold calls to promote the program and solicit new participants.
  • Regularly communicates with students and sponsors and provides technical assistance through a variety of means, including but not limited to phone calls, texting, and email.
  • Provides content for social media posts.
  • Participate in Summit planning meetings.



  • Passion about the mission and vision of Texans Standing Tall.
  • Thorough knowledge of facilitation techniques with a variety of audiences including conference calls.
  • Ability to distill complicated materials into content suitable for laypersons of diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working in a small workplace environment and/or within a tight budget.
  • Working knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drug abuse issues.
  • Knowledge of adolescent brain development, specifically the effect of alcohol on the brain.
  • Experience event planning, coordinating with multiple partners, and promotion.
  • Working knowledge of relationship development and/or management – including outreach through cold calls and tabling.
  • Volunteer recruitment, utilization, and management experience.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively and anticipate next steps.
  • Strong organizational skills, task orientation, and ability to maintain multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to monitor program budget, deliverables, and timeline; produce reports as required.
  • Experience working with the media.
  • Experience generating materials from projects – handouts, promotional materials, training materials
  • Community organizing and/or advocacy experience.



$40,000-45,000 year salaried position, plus benefits.


HOURS: Full-time exempt position; some night and weekend meetings. Travel required.

We believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of creativity and innovation and we actively seek out candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for roles in our organization.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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