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.
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.
EXPERIENCE and SKILLS REQUIRED:
- 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
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:
ONLINE COMMUNICATION AND ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES:
- 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
. No phone calls please.
Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Health and Rights
SCALE LEVEL: Program Coordinator
SUPERVISOR: Associate Director, LGBTQ Health and Rights
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 improve HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention programming for youth disproportionately impacted, including LGBTQ youth and youth of color.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Through funding from private foundations and government grants, Advocates provides capacity building assistance, including technical assistance and training to schools, youth-serving organizations, community-based organizations and health care providers, to improve their HIV/STI and teen pregnancy prevention programming for youth disproportionately impacted.
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: The Program Coordinator will assist program staff with Advocates’ cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to increase the capacity of targeted local education agencies (LEAs) and community-based partners to improve their programs, policies, systems and environments to meet the sexual health needs of Black and Latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM) ages 13 to 19. The Program Coordinator will support the Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Project, by providing tailored training, strategic technical assistance, and small seed grants to community-based organizations to redress homophobia within the local communities and create safe spaces for LGBTQ young people, in particular youth of color. The Program Coordinator will support YouthResource, Advocates’ youth leadership program for LGBTQ youth, including recruitment, training, and supervision of youth leaders, as well as development of advocacy campaigns addressing LGBTQ health and rights issues.
- Develop and maintain a partner database
- Coordinate informational mailings
- Write and disseminate an electronic newsletter
- Maintain a project listserv
- Review, research and update publications, including fact sheets
- Assist project staff to design, tailor, coordinate and conduct technical assistance andtraining, including webinars, for LEA partners and Anti-Homophobia and Transphobia Project partners
- Assist project staff to conduct needs and assets surveys to assess policies and programs of LEAs
- Recruit, supervise, and train LGBTQ youth leaders. Work with program staff to conduct monitoring and evaluation, tracking program deliverables using both qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods
- Assist project staff with the coordination and implementation of youth leadership training and development at the annual Urban Retreat.
- Cultivate new contacts and linkages to further Advocates’ mission and expand program effectiveness
- Work with program staff to formulate work plans, time lines, and activities designed to achieve project goals
- Participate in organizational strategic and operational planning
- Carry out other responsibilities, as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of two years of experience in adolescent reproductive and sexual health, including HIV/STI prevention and LGBTQ-related policy issues, and/or a relevant field—preferably health education or public health. Experience advocating for the needs of LGBTQ youth, in particular Black and Latino young men who have sex with men. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with schools, youth leaders, national organizations, youth-service organizations, and community-based organizations, particularly people of color organizations helpful. Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance to youth-serving providers. Candidate must have excellent organizational, written and verbal communication, management, administrative, and interpersonal skills. Candidate should also have demonstrated technical skills in preparation of written materials. Candidate should have the ability to travel.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience.
START DATE: June, 2014
TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and three references by May 9, 2014 to
with Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Health and Rights in subject line.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No telephone calls or email inquiries, please.