Volunteer Coordinator, DC

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights invites applications for the position of Volunteer Coordinator in the Young Center’s DC regional office. The Young Center is dedicated to promoting the best interests—safety and well-being—of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. The immediate focus of the Young Center’s work is to serve as Child Advocate (best interests guardian ad litem in immigration proceedings) for unaccompanied and separated children pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act. The Young Center is at the forefront of best interests advocacy for unaccompanied immigrant children and is the only organization in the country serving as Child Advocate for detained, unaccompanied children pursuant to the TVPRA.

The Young Center works on a volunteer-based model; we train lay volunteers, who—supervised by our staff—act as Child Advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children. The DC Volunteer Coordinator will manage the DC office’s volunteer program, including recruitment, training, and retention. This position will also oversee the day-to-day operations and administration of the DC office.


  • Manage site’s volunteer program, including recruitment, training, and engagement.  
  • Work with the National Volunteer Program Coordinator and the corresponding Volunteer Coordinators in Young Center’s other sites on continuing education opportunities for volunteers, as well as strategies for volunteer engagement.
  • Develop and implement outreach plans to recruit new Child Advocates, including identifying stakeholders and building strategic relationships.
  • Manage and maintain all volunteer records.
  • Oversee volunteer compliance with multi-state background clearance process, including updated clearances for longstanding volunteers.
  • Lead staff planning and logistics for the site’s Child Advocates trainings, including creating and administering an annual training budget.
  • Oversee day-to-day office operations and administration, including relationships with vendors and facilities management, as well as Young Center headquarters operations staff
  • Create and maintain case files in Young Center’s client database and assist with managing case referrals and appointments to cases by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
  • Coordinate all events (fundraisers, meetings, conferences, etc.), including space, and refreshments, materials, technology, and supplies.
  • Serve as point of contact for:
  • National Volunteer Program Coordinator
  • Managing Director


  • B.A. degree
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Significant experience as a volunteer or working with volunteers
  • Excellent writing skills (English) and organizational skills


  • Ability to take initiative and to work in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Enthusiasm for a volunteer-based service model and commitment to identifying and implementing strategies to recruit and retain volunteers.
  • Passion, tenacity and optimism for the issues affecting immigrant children and their families.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Physical demands include regular attendance; keyboarding; sitting for long periods (at least 5 hours a day); driving. Ability to use computer, telephone, and copy machine. Ability to travel by plane, car and other conveyances within U.S.

Job offer is conditioned on clearance of fingerprint criminal background check, child abuse and neglect check (CANTS) and tuberculosis test.

The Young Center is an "at-will" and equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Young Center encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or veterans’ status. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


Salary is commensurate with experience. The Young Center provides excellent benefits including health/dental/vision insurance (employee & dependents) at no cost to the employee, paid vacation and sick time, and a 401(k) plan. 

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please apply through our website at theyoungcenter.org/careers, including a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For inquiries regarding the status of your application, please write to jobs@theyoungcenter.org; no information will be provided by phone. For more information about the Young Center, visit us at theyoungcenter.org.