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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.

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Coordinator, State Policy & Partnerships

TITLE: Coordinator, State Policy & Partnerships

DEPARTMENT: State Policy & Partnerships

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, State Policy & Partnerships

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth champions programs and policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates has been providing information, technical assistance and training on youth sexual health policy and practice for youth activists, youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the United States and internationally. Advocates' philosophy of Rights.Respect.Responsibility informs all of its work. The organization promotes youth rights to sexual health information and services, models youth-adult partnerships in all its efforts, and holds society responsible for its role in providing young people with all of the information and the tools they need to make responsible decisions about their sexual health.

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth's State Policy & Partnerships Department works with state advocacy partners and coalitions to build their capacity to advocate for and sustain progressive youth reproductive and sexual health policies at the state and local level, as well as works with national colleague organizations to effectively collaborate and partner on state-based initiatives. The Department partners and works closely with select state advocacy organizations to help engage youth leaders and mobilize networks of youth activists in support of youth sexual health and rights -- through the Cultural Advocacy and Mobilization Initiative (CAMI). Issue areas of focus include comprehensive sex education; youth-friendly HIV/STI prevention, testing and treatment; LGBT health and rights; and confidential, affordable contraception and abortion services and care. Advocates for Youth continually strives to develop and implement the most up-to-date strategies and tools to engage policy makers, elevate the work of youth activists and shift the societal paradigm to recognize youth sexual health and rights.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Coordinator will work closely with state partners through the Cultural Advocacy and Mobilization Initiative (CAMI) project, as well as provide needed support to other state-based organizations and coalitions. The roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting CAMI partners in creating and implementing state-specific youth advocacy plans and building capacity to engage and mobilize youth activists on youth reproductive and sexual health/rights.
  • Coordinating with CAMI partners, including ongoing conference calls, site-visits, webinars, trainings, strategic planning and other ongoing organizational support requests.
  • Providing technical assistance and training on issues of policy and advocacy, youth- adult partnerships, youth leadership and youth mobilization.
  • Assisting with at least two major annual conferences, including trainings, program planning, logistics, coordinating travel and lodging, and other administrative and logistical tasks.
  • Attending and/or representing Advocates for Youth at a wide range of events, including national conferences, summits and/or coalition meetings.
  • Other organization and administrative tasks, as assigned.


  • Two or more years of experience in youth mobilization in support of reproductive and sexual health/rights or another progressive issue area, such as: economic justice, racial justice, immigrants' rights, LGBTQ rights, and/or reproductive justice. Commitment to youth activism and leadership is essential.
  • Bachelor's Degree preferred, but not required.
  • Strong interest in public policy (especially at the state and local level) is preferred.
  • Strong writing and communication skills; interest in social media strategy is preferred.
  • Strong training and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to travel is required (roughly 20% of this position).

SALARY: Commensurate with experience

START DATE: June 2014

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, and three references by April 11, 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with Coordinator, State Policy and Partnerships in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No telephone calls or email inquiries, please.


Communications and Online Coordinator

SCALE LEVEL: Coordinator

SUPERVISOR: Associate Director, Communications

Organizational Description: Advocates for Youth is a national nonprofit that champions programs and advocates for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Job Duties and Responsibilities

The Communications and Online Campaign Coordinator’s primary duties will be to help develop, test and carry out digital marketing and action campaigns to expand Advocates for Youth’s presence and effectiveness online, with a particular focus on Advocates’ social media and email communications. This position will work within the Communications department and report to the Associate Director of Communications. Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies which help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health including: comprehensive sex education, contraception access, HIV/AIDS prevention, abortion access and LGBTQ health and rights.

Specific responsibilities will include:


  • Assist in day-to-day management of Advocates email outreach, including producing and sending email communications to ensure an overall branding and cohesive narratives for Advocates’ email communications
  • Work with program staff and the policy department to create and maintain online campaigns that promote policy and cultural change and build grassroots databases.
  • Participate frequently in the editorial work of Advocates websites—writing, assigning, developing, and editing blog pieces, including pieces highlighting cultural flashpoints and the work and achievements of Advocates youth activists.
  • Assist in the execution of online advertising campaigns, including Facebook and Google Ads.
  • Conduct blogger, and social media influentials outreach.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • Coordinate Advocates’ social channels, including creating and posting content and conducting outreach, community management and comment moderation on Facebook and Twitter, as well as other channels as needed including Tumblr and Instagram.
  • Track, analyze, and report on metrics for Advocates social media performance.
  • Provide assistance and advice regarding social media and online campaigns to staff, youth activist and organization partners.
  • Coordinate social media events such as tweet chats, and Google Hangouts, including event promotion, coordination with special guests and allied organizations, moderating the events, and conducting post-event follow-up and reporting back on results.
  • Design and promote simple graphics for Advocates social media channels, including event promotions and featured Facebook graphics.
  • Track trends on social media as they relate to Advocates’ work and issue set.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


  • A minimum of a Bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience in the online communications field, preferably with an emphasis on social media. Prior communications or journalism experience also preferred.
  • Experience developing and executing online advocacy, email, or social media outreach plans.
  • Significant experience managing social media communities in an administrator capacity.
  • Strong research, writing and editing skills. A strong eye for detail, including proofreading skills, and a thoughtful, analytical approach to managing complex tasks.
  • Graphic design experience and proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or similar design software.
  • Experience with reporting on online metrics, preferably for social media.
  • The ability to be self-directed and work well with competing priorities, meet deadlines, and manage workflow processes involving multiple people.
  • Demonstrated experience and judgment working both collaboratively and independently.
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and write, edit, and manage distribution of communications quickly.
  • A commitment to Advocates’ missions and goals.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, an email and one other writing sample by March 7, 2014 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . No phone calls please.


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