1609 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
3938 Benning Road NE
District of Columbia
Opportunity: The Young Women's Project is a dynamic, brave organization that develops leaders, takes on institutions, and builds youth power in DC. We are looking for an experienced program Manager with a strong background in school-based program implementation and curricula development and a proven commitment to youth leadership and reproductive justice. This position offers an exciting combination of program management, evaluation, curricula development, training, and reproductive health advocacy. It is an extraordinary opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of DC youth and play a critical role in a growing organization.
Organizational Background: The Young Women's Project builds the leadership and power of young people so that they can transform DC institutions to expand rights and opportunities for DC youth. Based in Washington, DC, YWP programs engage under-resourced youth of color, ages 14-22, with a focus on teen women, youth in foster care, and homeless youth. Our work focuses on three DC youth realities: poverty, unemployment, and poor health outcomes. About 57% of our youth educators and 70% of our young adults live or go to school in Ward 7 and 8, communities that are disproportionately impacted by teen pregnancy, youth unemployment, and poor educational outcomes. Guided by these needs and opportunities, YWP is building a citywide network of youth educators and community problem solvers. Our model engages youth on three levels starting with self-advocacy. Youth staff and members build their skills in communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, goal setting) and guide them to advance their own rights and opportunities and navigate the complex systems of child welfare, education, and health care. Next, YWP employs youth and invests in their development as workers and community change agents. Last year, more than 250 youth worked 3-12 hours a week as educators, advocates, researchers, trainers, and community outreach workers. Youth work on teams and with a manger, apply their skills, develop professional behavior, put together a portfolio of work products, and earn a paycheck. Third, youth and adult staff work side by side to create and advocate for policies and programs that increase youth rights, resources, and job opportunities. YWP's work is organized into two program areas, driven by long-term-system-change-focused goals.
Ø The Peer Health and Sexuality Education Project (PHASE) engages DC youth as peer educators and advocates who work to improve health outcomes and reduce unplanned pregnancy by expanding comprehensive sexuality education, ensuring access to community and school based health care, and developing supportive policies. As PHASE’s main program, the Youth Health Educator Program (YHEP) hires 250 youth each year from 24 DC public high schools who work in their schools and communities educating their peers, distributing condoms, and referring youth to clinics. Working in partnership with DC Public Schools and the Department of Health (DOH), YHEP educators earn $8.25 an hour for up to 6 hours a week and receive more than 50 hours of training in sexual health, STI/HIV prevention, peer education, contraception, LARCs, clinic referrals, counseling, facilitation, adult-youth partnership, project development, data collection and other issues. Last year we hired 246 youth who distributed 133,000 condoms and conducted 31,095 educational interventions reaching more than 7,000 youth and made 1,500 referrals to school based clinics.
Ø The Youth Poverty Program builds the power and leadership of system-identified and homeless youth -- training them as leaders and advocates, who work to expand educational and employment options, improve placement conditions, and expand youth rights. To address the needs of emancipating youth, YWP launched the Center for Youth Adults (CYA) in February 2017 to build the capacity and networks of 100 young adults each year who are emancipating from DC’s foster care system. Supported through a contract with the Child and Family Service Agency, this center-based program covers a range of interventions including casework, group capacity building training, support groups, employment opportunities, financial assistance, and leadership development. Young adults work toward meeting individual benchmarks for employment, parenting, education, housing, health, and other areas; several work on staff and leadership teams to guide and build the program.
Position Summary: The Manager will works as part of a staff team of three and will be responsible for a broad range of duties including the big picture work (program management, staff team development, curricula development, planning and evaluation) as well as the nitty gritty work of site management, youth training, and youth team development, and coordinating youth-led projects. Because PHASE trainings are scheduled after school from 4:00 pm-6:45pm four days a week, the Manager must be available during these hours at least two days a week. The position involves frequent visits to DC public and charter high schools. The Manager will be based out of the Dupont office but work out of the Benning office 2 days a week.
Salary Range: $50,000-$60,000 with benefits (vacation, sick, health insurance, IRA, disability)
Youth Development & Site Management
- Develop, support, train, and manage PHASE youth staff;
- Adapt and develop curricula and training materials as needed
- Conduct core and advanced reproductive health training for new staff
- Develop and manage the work of an advanced Level 2 team
- Oversee youth recruitment, support, and operations for school-based peer educator program at 4 sites.
Program & People Management
- Working with Coordinators, manage school-based recruitment and training for 24 school-based sites and 200 youth educators;
- Develop and manage a small team include two full time coordinators and two part time interns
- Oversee all program systems including employment, training, and data collection Develop and implement operational plans;
- Develop program curricula and training materials using program benchmarks
· Prepare reports, records, and related program documents as needed;
· Manage program evaluation, tracking, and reporting systems;
· Build networks/maintain relationships with organizations and school personnel;
- BA in education, public health, youth development, social justice, social work, or related fields.
- 3 years of experience as a facilitator and trainer; skilled in popular education and experiential learning;
- 3 years of experience working with youth including foster youth, court-involved, homeless, or opportunity youth and ideally in the capacity of peer educator, trainer, or youth staff
- 2 years of experience managing multi-strategy programs;
- Deep, demonstrated commitment to building youth power and working with youth as partners to improve youth serving institutions and experience working within a youth development framework;
· Knowledge of and experience in sexual health, violence, mental and physical health, and with youth-serving systems; commitment to comprehensive sexual health education
- Extraordinary problem solving skills and capacity to navigate a variety of youth-serving agencies;
· Highly organized with a demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage complex projects
- Demonstrated experience with assessment and program evaluation and data management systems
- Flexibility, adaptability, can-and-will attitude are essential
Benefits include health insurance, sick and vacation leave, disability, IRA match of 3%
Level of Language Proficiency
English (fluency required)
Spanish (proficiency helpful)
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and four professional references to: Nadia Gold-Moritz (firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write PMRJ in the subject line. See www.youngwomensproject.org for more information. Interviews will be granted on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. The Young Women's Project is committed to affirmative action.