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Manager, Know Your IX


GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

The Youth Activist Network (YAN) consists of approximately 100,000 youth from across the United States willing to take action to support young people’s rights to comprehensive reproductive and sexual health/rights/justice information and services. Through new media, face-to-face meetings, and intensive trainings, Advocates’ staff provide these young people with information, support, resources and opportunities to help them build their organizing skills and mobilize their peers to drive political and cultural change. Advocates’ role is to further nurture and support this pipeline of diverse youth leaders and to partner with them and their adult allies to boldly advocate for changes in the cultural and political environment and to champion program strategies that improve youth sexual health.

Within the YAN, the youth organizing initiatives currently include Abortion Out Loud, the Condom Collective, Engaging Communities for HIV Organizing (ECHO), Free the People Youth Council, the International Youth Leadership Council (IYLC), Know Your IX, the Muslim Youth Leadership Council (MyLC), the Student Organizing Team, Young Womxn of Color for Reproductive Justice Collective, Youth Abortion Support Collective (YouthASC), Youth Resource, and regional Youth Activist Alliances. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Policy, and with support from the Associate Director of Youth Organizing, the Manager of Know Your IX will design and implement programs to engage student survivors in advocacy efforts to stop gender based violence in schools.  

Know Your IX is a survivor led campaign that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. The project envisions a world in which all students can pursue their civil right to education free from violence and harassment.  The Manager of Know Your IX will meet the project’s goals by:

  • Educating college and high school students in the United States about their legal rights to safe educations free from gender-based harms;
  • Training, organizing, and supporting student survivor activists in challenging their educational institutions to address violence and discrimination;
  • Advocating for policy change at the campus, state, and federal levels to ensure meaningful systemic action to end gender violence.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate a cohort of up to 15 Know Your IX youth organizers, including policy & advocacy, student engagement, and communications working groups. 
  • Recruit student and survivor activists from college campuses and high schools to join the Know Your IX campaign and larger IX-Campus Organizing Network (IX-CAN)
  • Facilitate trainings on Title IX, student survivor organizing, policy organizing, media organizing, and op-eds.
  • Conduct and manage Know Your IX youth organizers in providing on-going technical assistance, providing student organizers with strategic assistance, on-site training, resources, and materials to conduct advocacy activities on their campuses.
  • Support the coordination of Advocates’ annual Youth Activist Institute, a meeting of 130 activists held annually in Washington DC by participating in planning meetings, working with program and policy staff to create overall training agendas, and support event logistics.
  • Coordinate regional trainings with Know Your IX activists to strengthen the anti-sexual violence movement and build Know Your IX’s organizing network in target states.
  • Build relationships with local, state and national organizations working to address gender based violence.
  • Prepare and develop activism toolkits, local and national campaign materials, and background materials for use by campus activists.
  • Represent the organization in selected coalition meetings and activities, as requested.
  • Design policy priorities and strategies for addressing gender based violence in schools.
  • Provide policy support and technical assistance to Members of Congress and federal administrative agencies on young people and gender based violence
  • Develop materials, policy briefs, and/or talking points for dissemination to policy makers,
  • administrative agencies, colleague organizations, the media, and young activists, when necessary.
  • Support the Youth Organizing Team, Policy, Communications departments and other Advocates’ departments in implementing national issue-based advocacy campaigns and youth activist trainings and materials. 
  • Work with the Communications department to develop strategies and pieces including media, social media and digital organizing.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned. 

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

We are seeking candidates who excel in youth policy advocacy and organizing, and have strong program management skills. You should have:

  • At least two years of experience with student organizing and mobilization, with a demonstrated interest in gender based violence, Title IX advocacy, and policy, experience organizing as a student preferred.
  • Experience creating and executing strategy for a grassroots policy issue campaign (does not have to be a paid staff role).
  • Experience building strong relationships among diverse communities: cultivate trust, responsive to feedback, thrives in a collaborative environment, and eager to support others.
  • Ability to pay keen attention to detail, prioritize and/or seek guidance on how to prioritize projects, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in training and facilitation. 
  • Commitment to Advocates for Youth’s mission, values, and goals. 

START DATE:

July or August 2021 start-date preferred.

SALARY:

$58,000 – $70,000 commensurate with experience

HOURS & BENEFITS:

This is a full time position (35 hours per week) and includes flexible compensatory time, health and

dental insurance plans, life and short- and long-term disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan,

professional development funds, and student loan pay-down benefit upon start date.

LOCATION:

This position is temporarily remote due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will be based in Washington, DC, upon office reopening. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Please send a cover letter, resume, a short 1-2 page writing sample (such as an op-ed or persuasive essay), and three references to afyhr@advocatesforyouth.org with subject line KYIX Manager and last name. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through the end of June 2021.

 

Advocates for Youth is an Equal Opportunity/Americans with Disabilities Act employer and strongly encourages people of color and LGBTQ people to apply.

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