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Young Invincibles

Director of Engagement

Organizing – Washington DC, District of Columbia
Department Organizing
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor

About Young Invincibles:

Young Invincibles (“YI”) is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization working to expand economic opportunity for young people ages 18 to 34 and to amplify their voices in the national political conversation and policy arena. Founded by and for young adults in the summer of 2009 during the debate over health care reform, YI has quickly grown into a leading voice for young people on the issues of health care, higher education, pathways to jobs/workforce and civic engagement. The organization has achieved major successes in areas ranging from the regulation of college health plans to Pell grants and has successfully engaged hundreds of thousands of young adults online through a network of over 100 partner organizations. Our regional offices (California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and Texas) have increased grant aid for low-income college students, expanded funding for community colleges, and ensured undocumented students can access in-state tuition.

Position Description:

Young Invincibles (YI) seeks a Director of Engagement to develop and lead a holistic engagement strategy across YI’s regions and functions that provide young people with meaningful advocacy skills and engagement opportunities that help drive institutional, local, state and/or federal policy change. In collaboration with YI’s regional directors, the Director of Engagement will oversee the development of curriculum for the range of YI young adult engagement programs and modules for YI trainings and workshops, and the planning of Young Invincibles’ national and regional advocacy campaigns -- building strategies to motivate young adult participation across our issues areas. She/he/they ensure our organizational strategy incorporates authentic constituency feedback.

This is a new position that reflects the organizational strategy and development identified in YI’s three-year strategic roadmap, and its focus on expanding, deepening and modernizing the way YI engages young people. It’s an exciting opportunity for someone to hone strategy development and campaign management skills across a national organization while growing the next generation of young adult leadership.  A deep personal commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is critical to a person’s success of this role, and candidates should be able to articulate how that understanding would shape his/her/their approach to this work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of a holistic young adult engagement strategy for the organization. Includes building an overarching strategy for YI’s youth advisory boards, Young Advocates programs (paid leadership development program), scholars, alumni, and broader supporters/advocates --in partnership and collaboration with YI’s regional teams.

  • Re-envision YI’s grassroots advocacy strategy to maximize youth voice in the political process and the impact of our activists to advance YI’s policy change priorities.

  • In partnership with the YI organizing team - build community (online and offline) among and between young adult engagement programs that exist in the 5 regional offices that will deepen and enrich an individual’s experience with YI.  

  • Work closely with YI’s digital team to ensure a holistic strategy is executed across on the ground and online programs.

  • Develop and implement a strategy for using consumer education as an onramp for engaging more young people in our advocacy work.

  • Provide leadership and strategic direction to organizers, trainers, curriculum developers, and other YI staff.

  • Work with staff and/or outside evaluators to evaluate the literacy, cultural competency, and impact of YI’s training, workshops, and curriculum.

  • Serve as a spokesperson, both with community partners and in the media.

  • Travel to events and trainings throughout the country as needed.

  • Manage relationships with associated vendors and/or consultants.

Qualifications:

  • 5-8 years of experience in organizing, advocacy or campaigns.

  • Excellent oral communication and strong writing skills.

  • Ability to motivate individuals to take action on political issues.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience and the ability to lead a team.

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced atmosphere that requires creativity and resourcefulness.

  • Ability and desire to work with a diverse set of communities.

  • Excellent organizational and time management skills -- demonstrated the ability to work with a wide range of people and manage people’s work without supervising them directly.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment

  • Ability to manage progress on several projects concurrently and prioritize work effectively

  • Curious, collaborative, team-oriented; takes initiative in situations in anticipation of needs.

  • Experience building online and offline digital trainings and/or communities.

  • Commitment and track record of advancing racial equity.

Benefits:

Competitive salary based on relative experience. YI will provide salary information to applicants invited for the first round of interviews. Comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, & vision coverage, company funded HRA plan; 401K retirement, life insurance, generous vacation, etc.

How to Apply:

To apply, please complete the job application on the Young Invincibles job page.

Applicants will need to provide the following documents and information through the online portal.

  • Cover letter to the attention of Aylia Naqvi, Director of Human Resources and Operations, explaining how your qualifications match the needs of the position and your interest in Young Invincibles.

  • Current Resume

  • Any salary requirement

  • Three references, including at least one former supervisor. (YI will not contact references without first checking with the applicant.) 

Young Invincibles is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. Young Invincibles does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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  • Location
    Washington DC, District of Columbia
  • Department
    Organizing
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Manager/Supervisor
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