Hope for Youth Program Coordinator/Instructor

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000
Maximum: $55,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



2524 16th Ave S
United States




El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a hub for Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County’s Latino community as we advocate on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice. Through our comprehensive programs and services, we empower members of the Latino community as fully participating members of society. We also work to raise awareness with the public, and government, business and civic leaders about the needs of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States.



The Hope for Youth Programs Coordinator/Instructor coordinates all aspects of the Hope for Youth, College Readiness and Roberto Maestas Leadership Institute youth programs to educate, inspire and lead through cultural enrichment, academic success and community involvement of youth. Supervises the Hope for Youth Program Assistant, work study student(s) and other volunteers.



·        Delivers through class and workshop instruction, El Centro de la Raza’s Hope for Youth curriculum; coordinates and conducts civil rights history sessions, and college readiness, through a partnership with Seattle Public School’s Proyecto Saber program at Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School.

·        Executes and leads the Roberto Maestas Leadership Youth Institute curriculum. Leads monthly workshops to develop a core cohort of 10-15 high school students at Chief Sealth High School, and once per month at El Centro de la Raza.

·        Coordinates and leads leadership development activities to provide RMLI students opportunities to practice leadership skills through civic engagement, El Centro de la Raza events, and timely or relevant workshops or events. Educates enrollees of the Leadership Institute about issues affecting Latino and other communities of color in the areas of education and community empowerment.

·        Recommends, recruits, and upon Directors approval coordinates guest speakers and presenters for civil rights and poetry classes.  Incorporates working with ZULU for hip hop poetry classes. Coordinates and facilitates workshops and community events working in collaboration the Human Services Director.

·        Implements the El Centro de la Raza’s College Readiness curriculum to deliver presentations and workshops to high school and middle school students. Develops partnerships with existing college readiness programs for added support in working with students one-on-one to create individualized post-secondary plans, assist with college applications, financial aid paperwork, and scholarship research and applications.

·        Develops efficient systems to recruit and cross-enroll Hope for Youth participants in the College Readiness program and Roberto Maestas Leadership Institute.

·        Maintains well-organized and up-to-date participant files for all program participants; collects and maintains all appropriate documentation to meet program requirements including school records to document academic achievement and participation of participants in community activities, to meet performance commitments. Oversee and responsible for monthly updated participant and program information collected and entered into the Salesforce database.

·        Produces monthly program reports, mid-year and end-of-year United Way reports, narratives, board reports and success stories. Meets all deadlines as required. Participates and prepares required information for on-site program visits/audits. Supervises program volunteers and records volunteer hours in Salesforce. Performs administrative tasks related to programs.

·        Represents El Centro de la Raza through work relationships with school instructors, and parents to encourage and engage their involvement with their child and program.

·        Responsible for overseeing and coordinating transportation for youth to program events and activities, with the assistance of the Hope for Youth Assistant.

·        Leads the planning, transportation, and overall coordination of students, for the El Centro de la Raza’s Latino Legislative Day, Dia de los Muertos Youth activities, and Annual Youth Graduation event for student participants of El Centro de la Raza’s in conjunction with the Leadership team and other youth programs, supported by the Hope for Youth Assistant.

·        Attends weekly program meeting with the Human Services Director, Charlas, youth team meetings, department staff meetings, and approved program-related meetings or trainings.

·        Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



·        Must perform in a professional manner at all times.

·        Must be able to work with participants from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

·        Must have a proven ability to work well under pressure.

·        Must be able to maintain confidentiality on participant’s documents.

·        Must be highly organized, self-motivated, multi-tasked, detail-oriented, and


·        Must be able to maintain effective relationships with co-workers, participants, parents, community representatives, and the public.


Essential minimum skills, education, and experience:


·        B.A. degree in Chicano Studies a must.

·        7-8 years of work experience

·        5 years of youth development experience or transferrable skills teaching or facilitating groups.

·        Demonstrated involvement and knowledge of Latino and diverse community issues and a proven record of involvement and knowledge of social justice issues or community organizing experience.

·        Must have excellent oral, written and organizational communication skills.

·        Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office.

·        Must have a car and a valid Washington driver’s license and show evidence of insurability.



Works in a general office environment 40 hours per week. Requires a flexible schedule consisting of evening hours or early hours. Requires occasional transportation of youth to events.



The above duties or working procedures describe the chief function of the job and are not considered a detailed description of every duty of the job. Requires a 6-month evaluation period.


This position is eligible for El Centro de la Raza’s full benefit package including medical/dental/life insurance coverage, 401(k) plan, paid vacation and sick leave, and eight paid holidays. In addition to these paid holidays, El Centro gives additional paid time off (up to 5 days) during the last week of December for qualified employees. El Centro employees also benefit from ongoing professional development opportunities.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual English/Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Please send resume to Shannon Armstrong at sarmstrong@elcentrodelaraza.org, or stop by El Centro de la Raza at 2524 16th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144, to drop off a resume and pick up an application. If you have questions, please call 206.957.4626.