FAMILY VIOLENCE LAW CENTER
Founded in 1978, Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) helps diverse communities in Alameda County heal from domestic violence and sexual assault, advocating for justice and healthy relationships. We provide survivor-centered legal and crisis intervention services, offer prevention education for youth and other community members, and engage in policy work to create systemic change.
FVLC’s Youth Program:
Since 1996, FVLC’s Youth Program has educated middle school, high school, and college students throughout Alameda County on dynamics of healthy and harmful relationships and has trained peer educators to share that information throughout their school, neighborhood, and extracurricular communities. FVLC’s Youth Program is a community-engaged effort to work with youth and adults to ensure everyone has the information they need to prevent and address dating and sexual violence, and intervene on adultism, classism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, immigrant oppression, ableism, and more.
The primary goal of the Youth Organizer will be to support Oakland youth and community members to make connections between systemic oppression and harm in young people’s relationships, and to support the development of strategies to prevent such harm. The Youth Organizer will be responsible for supporting the Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), a peer educator and community organizing training program that runs for 20 sessions every academic semester. The Youth Organizer will support recruitment efforts, curriculum development, and program implementation and evaluation. This person will also participate in developing and implementing adult-facing trainings on the prevention of dating and sexual violence among youth, including work with community-based staff, clinicians, educators, public health professionals, librarians, and more. The Youth Organizer should be firmly grounded in social justice practice - specifically, popular education - and have strong community organizing experience. The position is supervised by the Youth Program Manager (YPM).
Skills & Abilities:
A successful Youth Organizer is someone who is at their best in dynamic situations. You have the ability to perform professionally, and you have a willingness to change directions, modify objectives, and refine goals when circumstances demand. You are a self-starter who can recognize when processes can be improved and will take the initiative to improve them.
The Youth Organizer ideally has experience serving as a cultural translator, moving between different professional and community settings, and understanding the strengths and challenges within each context. Code-switching is an important skill set that is highly valued in FVLC’s Youth Program because we often work with youth, adults, and professionals from different parts of Oakland, who have varying levels of formal/informal education. Many of the adult professionals we train to be aware of dating and sexual violence that youth experience come from different kinds of organizations and professional constraints, including mandated reporters. It is essential that the Youth Organizer understand that there is a need to be creative and strategic when working with diverse youth and adults.
The Youth Organizer needs to be driven by a strong ethic of education, and this means meeting people where they’re at, but not leaving them there. You are patient, caring, and thoughtful. The Youth Organizer is a bridge-builder and can appreciate different perspectives while helping to connect people across differences. This is done best when approached with curiosity and enthusiasm.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
● Identify and connect with youth and adults across diverse Alameda County schools and communities
● Train youth in peer education, social justice frameworks, and healthy relationships strategies
● Partner with youth leaders to create peer education opportunities
● Explore opportunities for increased community-led decision making and participation
● Participate in training on Close 2 Home model of community engagement
● Coordinate meetings, events, and trainings for youth and allies
● Work with youth to develop and implement culturally-responsive art mediums, presentations or workshops focused on harm in relationships and their communities
● Coordinate with community partners and school-based educators to recruit peer educators
● Develop and adapt curriculum for RAPP
● Train adult youth-serving professionals who work in various capacities (including clinicians, educators, community-based program staff, etc.)
● Participate in occasional one-time workshops or presentations to build awareness in larger community
● Manage FVLC's youth-facing social media presence
Interacting with Youth Program Manager (YPM)
● Work with YPM to create and implement youth leadership development activities
● Co-develop curriculum to incorporate multi-modal approaches to community-based education (experiential, movement exercises, didactic, individual reflection, arts-based methods, etc.)
● Check-in regularly (twice weekly) to establish sustainable and clear expectations, explore avenues for ongoing professional development, and delineate short- and long-term goals and responsibilities
● Work with YPM to distribute responsibilities, with attentiveness to age, class, race, and professional dynamics
Additional responsibilities as assigned.
· Experience with youth and/or community organizing or education
· Experience facilitating workshops or classes both virtually and in-person with dynamic participation
· Understand approaches and challenges to fostering youth leadership; knowledge of youth development models and/or experience working in support of youth leadership
· Demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity, and minimizing the harm of dating and sexual violence in our communities
· Familiarity with Oakland’s strengths and challenges, its neighborhoods, schools, and other institutions
· Experience engaging multiple stakeholders in collaborative processes for collective impact
· Comfort in new situations, including capacity to offer ideas and respond to feedback in a dynamic exchange
· Excellent interpersonal (one-on-one and group) communication skills. Ability to apply these skills across a range of relationships and environments, including with youth, colleagues, and external partners.
· Familiarity and capacity working in low-income and immigrant communities, and communities of color
· Ability to be flexible and creative when responding to challenging situations
CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt, full time.
COMPENSATION: Starting salary is $25.64 per hour, commensurate with education and experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, flexible spending account, generous vacation plan.
TO APPLY: Please send resume and cover letter to email@example.com, with “Youth Organizer” in subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
NON-DISCRIMINATION: Family Violence Law Center is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. No aspect of employment will be influenced in any matter by race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression (including individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or non-gender conforming), physical disability (including HIV or AIDS), medical condition, perceived physical disability or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by statute. Applicants belonging to any, or more than one, of these groups are urged to apply. FVLC maintains a policy of non-discrimination with respect to employees and applicants for employment in compliance with all applicable laws.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be regularly required to walk; sit; drive; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee may be occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Consistent with our obligations under state and federal laws, reasonable accommodations will made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions except when such accommodation would cause Family Violence Law Center an undue hardship
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment may include settings of the court room, community places, and/or office environments. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Consistent with our obligations under state and federal laws, reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions except when such accommodation would cause Family Violence Law Center an undue hardship.
FAMILY VIOLENCE LAW CENTER
Founded in 1978, Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) helps diverse communities in Alameda County heal from domestic violence and sexual assault, advocating for justice and healthy relationships…