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Job Opening: Youth Policy Coordinator

Job Title: Youth Policy Coordinator

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

Annualized FTE: 1.0 FTE

Closing Date: June 21, 2019

Organization: Minnesota Alliance With Youth works in partnership with youth to ensure that ALL young people have equitable educational opportunities that foster their individual assets, honor their voices, and prepare them to reach their goals. The Alliance accomplishes this mission through our core organizational values of equity, quality, and collaboration.

 Position Overview

The Minnesota Youth Council (MYC) is a diverse group of youth and adults that represent the changing face of our state and provide much-needed youth perspective into issues throughout Minnesota. The Council is a network of 36 youth in grades 8-12 (4 from each Minnesota Congressional district and 4 at-large), and their adult partners. The mission of the Minnesota Youth Council is to elevate and celebrate the voices and opinions of young people, especially those whose voices are not often heard or are systemically silenced.  The Youth Policy Coordinator will provide oversight, direct support, and coordination to the policy efforts of Minnesota Alliance With Youth.  In collaboration with the MYC team, the Youth Policy Coordinator will support the MYC’s partnership with the Minnesota Legislature, and assist with planning, developing, and implementing strategy on how to engage more young people in local and statewide policy efforts.

Responsibilities

Essential functions include:

  • Support strategic equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts at the Alliance and perform all essential functions with an equity lens

 Policy & Program Management

  • Support the implementation of the Minnesota Youth Council Bill, which formalizes the relationship between the Minnesota Legislature and the Minnesota Youth Council
  • Support policy efforts at the legislature to secure funding for Alliance initiatives
  • Oversee and support the MYC’s policy work, including supporting the youth members
  • Develop relationships with elected officials and key stakeholders at a local, state, and national level to gain support for the work of the MYC and youth issues
  • Schedule and support meetings between youth and legislators
  • Support other organizational efforts and projects as needed
  • Help support and cultivate important policy partners for the work of the MYC and the Alliance
  • Participate in partner policy and advocacy groups as appropriate
  • Support Alliance fundraising efforts

Training & Events

  • Participate in all MYC monthly meetings via an online platform/in person, at least two meetings at the Capitol during legislative session, retreats and other special events
  • Update documentation of best practices, training, and curriculum for youth engagement in policy efforts
  • Create and facilitate policy and legislative engagement training for the MYC members and other youth
  • Support documentation of the policy work of the MYC, for both internal and external purposes
  • Work with youth members in preparing for education related activities and public speaking opportunities

 Engagement & Outreach

  • Support the recruitment and retention of 36 youth council members from across the state, as well as their adult partners
  • Collaborate with MYC team to support, train and develop relationships with MYC members (youth and adults)
  • Support the implementation of a system to ensure that youth statewide are able to use the MYC as a resource to elevate their own voices

 Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to racial justice and educational equity
  • Familiarity with the political and legislative processes
  • Experience developing relationships with elected officials, drafting policy ideas, and following bills through the legislative process in Minnesota
  • Strong understanding of youth engagement in policy, as well as experience supporting youth/adult partnerships
  • Tolerance of ambiguity
  • Presents a young-people-first mindset
  • Understands the context of MN’s education system and the disparities in graduation, discipline and access
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, Board members, external partners and donors
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Adaptability and flexibility with various competing demands
  • Excellent customer/client service
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment
  • Strong commitment to the Alliance core values of equity, quality and collaboration

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, policy, education, youth development, or related field, and/or a combination of education and experience
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Experience navigating the legislative process
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications and partnership development
  • Strong commitment to the Alliance core values of equity, quality and collaboration
  • Ability to shift focus in response to evolving organizational needs
  • Ability to manage large scale programs
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Ability to perform sedentary work as required

Typical Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Able to work at a computer for up to 8 hours per day
  • Able to work in environment that is quiet but with many people demanding attention
  • Able to frequently stand, walk, sit, and climb in performing duties in the office and for onsite and offsite meetings and events
  • Able to maintain regular operation of normal office machines (telephone, computer, copier, and other office machines) is required
  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Able to work evening and weekends for meetings and events
  • Able to travel to community partner locations in the Twin Cities metro area and in Greater MN (St. Cloud, Duluth, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Moorhead, Mankato, etc.)

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is $36,000 – $38,000 plus excellent benefit package. 40 hours per week/52 weeks per year. Office located in St. Paul, MN.

To learn more about Minnesota Alliance With Youth, visit our website at:  www.mnyouth.net.

To apply, interested candidates must complete a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references.  Please send all required materials electronically to kyang@mnyouth.net and include in the subject line Youth Policy Coordinator. Deadline to apply is June 21, 2019.  No phone calls please. Interviews will take place the week of July 1 and/or July 8.

Please note: We are committed to recruiting and engaging individuals without regard to disability, gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation.  We are committed to the principle of equity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of individuals.

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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