CALIFORNIA YOUTH CONNECTION
Candidates with direct lived experience in foster care strongly encouraged to apply.
Title: Regional Coordinator
Location:Los Angeles, CA
Supervisor: Deputy Director of Programs
- Health, vision and dental insurance (employee- 100% plan available)
- Retirement plan option (up to 3% match)
- Generous PTO (holidays, sick, and vacation)
<!--[endif]-->Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance
California Youth Connection (CYC) was founded in 1988 by foster youth and adult supporters. It has evolved into a vibrant statewide youth leadership, advocacy and training organization with county-based chapters throughout California with five satellite offices. California Youth Connection (CYC) is a non-profit youth-led organization that nurtures youth leadership to transform the foster care system through legislative, practice, and policy change. We implement our youth-led model through base building and providing a strong foundation and support for diverse approaches to leadership.
Outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of Programs, the Regional Coordinators provide support for young people who have experienced foster care (ages 14-24) to engage in youth-led advocacy and leadership development activities in Los Angeles County. Primary responsibilities include promoting leadership development, strengthening chapter processes, facilitating community and advocacy efforts, building local relationships to strengthen access to decision-makers to build the social capitol of members, and increase visibility for funding opportunities, and developing curriculum and training materials.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide technical assistance related to youth-led practices that support strong and impactful youth-led chapters in a specific region.
- Support CYC chapter members to identify local policy, practice, and system-level challenges that create barriers for youth who have experienced foster care at the local level, and identify goals and strategies to address those challenges.
- Provide training and support to build leadership and professional development skills for participation in activities that include but are not limited to Statewide Membership Council (SMC) participants, chapter chairs, statewide committee members, and facilitators.
- Identify and prepare members for leadership opportunities (e.g., public hearings, presentations, workshops at conferences) by helping members develop goals for the presentation, develop curriculum, create their talking points, and strengthen their presentations skills.
<!--[endif]-->Ensure members have the information and resources needed to participate at all CYC events and activities.
- Coordinate and transport youth to local, regional and statewide events on an as needed basis.
CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
- Meet the unique needs of each chapter through regular chapter visits, general support, trainings and one-on-one preparation work.
<!--[endif]-->Assist chapters to develop annual goals for training, building a budget, member and supporter recruitment, as well as starting new sub chapters when applicable.
<!--[endif]-->Maintain and cultivate relationships with funders to support the work of the chapters.
- Assist chapters with monitoring and planning for revenue and expenses that impact member participation in regional and statewide activities, including specific chapter-level grants and contracts.
<!--[endif]-->Coordinate with chapters and other departments to plan regional council meetings three times a year, which includes logistic planning, program management, etc.
<!--[endif]-->Recruit and train volunteer supporters, in addition to ongoing trainings to ensure active chapter volunteers have a strong understanding of adolescent development, CYC’s mission and vision, youth-led practices, etc.
<!--[endif]-->Provide mediation and conflict resolution training and assistance to chapter members and supporters.
<!--[endif]-->Work closely with the Policy Team to conduct trainings throughout the year to CYC members and supporters on local and statewide policy development and necessary leadership skills for participating in policy work.
<!--[endif]-->Work closely with the Training Coordinator and Policy team to develop youth-led training curricula, recruit, and train members to be trainers at annual conferences, chapter retreats and regional trainings, and for fee for service activities.
<!--[endif]-->Collaborate with CYC program staff to share resources and best practice, communicate local chapter work and build connections between chapters and member across the state.
- Build relationships with county decision makers so youth voice is integrated into county policy, including quarterly meetings with directors.
- Local and regional travel 3-4 times per week to community meetings and chapters throughout the Los Angeles region (evening and weekend travel required).
<!--[endif]-->Attend local policy meetings related to CYC’s policy agenda and expansion of local chapter work.
<!--[endif]-->Maintain and expand CYC’s visibility and represent CYC at community events.
<!--[endif]-->Work with chapters to meet with local policymakers and administrators within region of responsibility and help support youth to advocate for needs of young people who have experienced foster care.
- Plan expenses in advance for regional and local engagement activities.
<!--[endif]-->Collect, analyze, and manage chapter level data to measure the impact of various strategies.
<!--[endif]-->Track participation by members/supporters and update the database with attendance/participant information.
- Prepare monthly activity reports.
- Prepare and submit expense reports in a timely manner on at least a monthly basis.
Review program budget with supervisor on an annual basis.
CYC reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- At least 3-4 years working with youth and youth-led practices, preferably within foster care.
<!--[endif]-->Demonstrated experience in group facilitation and training with the ability to effectively present information to youth, volunteers, staff, and community stakeholders.
<!--[endif]-->Project management experience and working with teams that have diverse skill levels.
- Experience managing youth and adult volunteers.
<!--[endif]-->Love working with teenagers and creatively developing leadership opportunities.
<!--[endif]-->Proficient in using personal computer and various office software packages including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Google calendaring, and email management.
- Ability to demonstrate use of clear boundaries working with young adults, community members, funders, and other stakeholders.
- Extensive travel locally and regionally 3-4 times per week to community meetings and chapters throughout the Los Angeles region (evening and weekend travel required).
<!--[endif]-->Ability to attend overnight events lasting 1- 3 nights such as, two statewide conferences, Training for Trainers (T4T), quarterly Statewide Membership Council Meetings, staff retreats, and bi-monthly staff meetings.
- Community organizing with young people, preferably within foster care.
- Experience with foster care issues, community organizing, state legislation, policies, and working with government agencies.
<!--[endif]-->Experience and understanding of K-12 school system as it relates to youth from foster care.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret state and local legislation.
<!--[endif]-->Ability to effectively communicate complicated policies and ideas into youth-friendly format.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to work in the Los Angeles regional office. Must be willing and have the ability to drive a motor vehicle up to five hours. Travel regularly throughout the Los Angeles region and occasionally to the statewide office. Ability to operate a computer and participate in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in person; lift up to 20 pounds, read and write, and apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions.