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Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Advocates for Youth relies on dedicated staff to accomplish its mission. Below are current job and internship openings.









Senior Program Manager, LGBTQ Health and Rights

SCALE LEVEL: Senior Program Manager

SUPERVISOR: Vice President, Organizational Development/Division Director, Health and Social Equity

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth (Advocates) is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates has provided information, training, and advocacy to youth-serving organizations, policy-makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Through funding from private foundations and government grants, Advocates provides training and technical assistance to schools, youth-serving organizations, community-based agencies and health care providers, to improve their HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention programming for youth, including those disproportionately impacted.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Senior Program Manager will oversee Advocates’ cooperative agreement with CDC’s Division of Adolescent Health (DASH) to build the capacity of three local education agencies (LEAs) to implement school-centered HIV prevention programming for black and Latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM) ages 13 to 19. The Senior Program Manager will provide ongoing, tailored technical assistance, training, and follow-up support to a team of school and community-based partners at three targeted LEAs to:

  1. Implement or expand HIV and STD testing and treatment in schools or school-based health centers.
  2. Increase collaboration between schools, school-based health centers, community-based organizations, and other health care organizations for linkage and referral to HIV and STD testing and treatment, and evidence-based interventions to decrease sexual risk behaviors among teen YMSM.
  3. Develop a systematic process for school staff (nurses, counselors, and social workers) to use to refer students to HIV and STD testing and treatment, and follow-up to ensure services were received.
  4. Assess, develop, revise, and implement policies that impact provision of or access to HIV and STD-related testing, treatment, and prevention interventions to teen YMSM.
  5. Implement programs to promote a healthy school and school-based health center environment for YMSM (e.g., social and emotional climate, safety).
  6. Market HIV and STD testing, treatment and referrals for YMSM ages 13 to 19.

The Senior Program Manager will allocate at least 95 percent of their time to this project. Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the Division Director with strategic planning, including the development and implementation of annual work plans, timelines, and activities.
  • Packaging and implementing an adapted 3MV for black YMSM ages 16 to 19 in selected cities.
  • Adapting, piloting, packaging, and implementing 3MV for Latino YMSM ages 16 to 19.
  • Promoting Testing Makes Us Stronger in three cities.
  • Developing print and online materials.
  • Developing, coordinating, and delivering quarterly webinars.
  • Providing strategic technical assistance, training, and follow-up support to LEAs and their community partners.
  • Supervising the project coordinator and overseeing the work of project consultants.
  • Working with Division Director to conduct monitoring and evaluation.
  • Acting as liaison with CDC DASH and other national partners.
  • Working with CDC DASH to coordinate project activities with other CDC DASH-funded partners and stakeholders.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

The Senior Program Manager will allocate up to 5 percent of their time to the following:

  • Assisting to integrate LGBTQ issues with other Advocates’ projects.
  • Developing working relationships with national, state, and local LGBTQ organizations; sexual and reproductive health organizations; and organizations serving black and Latino communities.
  • Cultivating new contacts and linkages to further Advocates’ mission and expand project effectiveness.
  • Representing Advocates on various working groups, coalitions, and committees, as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s Degree with five years of experience or Bachelor’s Degree with seven years of experience in adolescent reproductive and sexual health. Demonstrated experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating HIV/STD prevention programs for LGBTQ youth of color, in particular black and Latino young men who have sex with men. Demonstrated experience establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships with schools, youth leaders, national organizations, youth-service organizations, and community-based organizations. A successful candidate will have: demonstrated technical skills in the use of evidence-based interventions for populations at disproportionate risk for HIV and other STDs; demonstrated technical skills in provision of technical assistance and training to a wide range of audiences; excellent project management, facilitation, organizational, written and verbal communication skills; experience with grants management (federal grants management a plus); ability to contribute to a positive team environment and be team player; ability to balance multiple projects; and ability to travel. Qualified candidates should be committed to Advocates for Youth’s mission and goals.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience.

START DATE: July 2015

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, resume, three references, and two writing samples by May 8, 2015 to:

Advocates for Youth
2000 M St. NW Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
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Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No phone calls or email inquiries, please.

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