California Youth Connection (CYC), founded in 1988, is a non-profit youth-led organization that cultivates 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. We believe outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without discrimination of race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age
This Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager is a multi-dimensional position that supervises and supports the success of a team committed to base-building, local policy, and implementation strategies that impact young people in foster care. They are responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with key county stakeholders, including child welfare directors and board of supervisors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Supervise and support a team of Community Advocacy Coordinators.
- Manage professional development so that staff are well equipped to support county-level chapter sustainability and impact, including the support of a coaching culture and ensure CYC operates from a solid youth-led, and mission and values-driven framework.
- Take lead on cultivating meaningful collaborations with youth and other social justice movement organizations, county-level stakeholders, and county directors.
- Support the success of statewide and local initiatives and advocacy strategies that are centered on equity, racial and gender justice, and demonstrate authentic engagement of youth and young adults in base-building campaigns, communications strategies, and implementation of meaningful change.
- Collect data on the work and strategies of the team to demonstrate successes and improvement needs to inform current and future organizational structure.
- Cultivate relationships and collaborate with external stakeholders, including legislators, funders, community organizations, and government agencies.
- Enhance and establish CYC’s relationship with volunteer organizations to build a robust volunteer base.
- Create trainings and facilitation multi-generational meetings and spaces.
- Work with communications staff to capture and promote CYC’s accomplishments through electronic and print materials, and presentations.
- Draft content for quarterly newsletter for distribution to chapters, supporters, staff, and Board of Directors with suggested youth action.
- Work with communications and evaluation staff to maintain CYC’s public image through electronic and print materials, and presentations.
- Implement organization-wide processes for performance evaluation measures.
- Monthly program reports for CDSS and other funders.
- Maintain an updated database of members, supporters, community stakeholders, partners, and policymakers.
- Prepare and submit program and expense reports in a timely manner on at least a monthly basis.
- The Advocacy and Community Organizing Manager will have:
- Experienced manager with at least two years of a proven record of using sustainable tools to support the success and growth of new and seasoned professionals.
- Excellent knowledge of advocacy, policy, strong base-building skills and demonstrated success in organizing, strategizing, and following through on youth-led campaigns. Ideal candidates would have four years of experience in youth base-building or other allied progressive social justice movement or other applicable work.
- Personal experience, mentored, and/or worked directly with youth who have experienced foster care and other systems and the ability to build rapport with those young people.
- Bring inspirational presence, reliable leadership, and enthusiasm for the CYC mission and vision to community meetings, workgroups, and other strategic sites.
- Excellent individual and group communication skills (written and verbal); ability to apply these skills across a range of relationships and environments, including with youth and young adult program participants, co-workers, and other colleagues in the field.
- Ability to handle a variety of projects and assignments at once with attention to detail.
- Excellent time management, project management, and delegation skills and willingness to embrace adaptability. Ability to apply creative and critical thinking to improve existing programming.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Gmail, Google-Docs and Calendar, database programs, and other online information management.
- A current driver's license with at least 3 years driving experience, car (or access to transportation), automobile insurance, and cell phone.
- Strong commitment to the organization’s mission and values, including a love for working with young people and seeing them as the catalyst for change.
- Proactive, gets joy from seeing results, and a curiosity and love of continuous learning.
- Exercises good judgment and values healthy interpersonal workplace relationships.
Medical, Dental and Vision (includes chiropractic and acupuncture): 100% of employee premium covered
Paid Vacation: Starting at 2 weeks/year
Sick Leave: 12 days/year
Paid Holidays: 11 days, plus a weeklong closure at year-end
Retirement: Simple IRA up to 3% match
Life Insurance: $50,000 coverage
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 travel by plane, train, bus, and rental cars; drive and transport young people; remain in the stationary position for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research, sending and receiving email and participating in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in-person; read and write’ apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions.