Position Opening: Lead Staff for YouthPower
Leadership Institute for Black Girls & Young Women (Fall 2018 Session)
Position: Lead Staff for YouthPower: Fall 2018 Session for Black Girls & Young Women
Position Status: Part-time, Temporary
Duration: Approximately 6-8 weeks with potential for permanent and/or full-time employment
Hours: estimated 12 hours per week (Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30 - 6:30 + some daytime, evening, and weekend hours)
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary range: Depending on Qualifications
Close date: Open until filled
JOB DESCRIPTION & RESPONSIBILITIES
The Lead Staff is responsible for planning and staffing the YouthPower Leadership Institute Fall 2018 Session for Black Girls and Young Women.
YouthPower is a youth-led organizing and advocacy hub. Eligible participants for the Fall 2018 Session are Black girls and young women ages 13-19 who are current or previous participants in St. Paul Youth Services' Behavior Intervention or Diversion. Eligible, interested youth complete an application and interview process. The application is focused on leadership, goals, skills, hopes, and dreams. Youth participants earn stipends for their full participation.
Youth will engage in a semi-structured, established curriculum of Healing & Identity, Exploration & Innovation, and Policy Change. They will participate in site visits and community forums, identify and develop individual strengths and goals, learn practices for self- and community care, participate in cooperative leadership strategies, engage in critical analysis and creative thinking, prioritize issues, imagine solutions, and communicate their priorities to policymakers and hold them accountable.
The Lead Staff is responsible for designing daily activities aligned with the overall curriculum to ensure the completion of specific experiences and outcomes; establish and practice a culture of high expectations and accountability and high support; organize and lead the day-to-day programming; and document activities and progress. Depending on qualifications and experience, the Lead Staff may also co-lead additional trainings with youth on YouthPowered practices.
YouthPower believes in creating a community that wraps its arms around our youth, and the Lead Staff will be part of a dynamic team including the Executive Director, Interims Program Manager, and other staff and issue experts who provide strategic and staffing support.
We seek a dynamic, creative, organized, and compassionate individual with a demonstrated commitment to partnering with youth to heal, grow, learn, express themselves, and dismantle systems of oppression.
RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIRED SKILLS
Proven ability to:
design, successfully execute, and evaluate a program for youth in which Black girls and young women were the primary participants
design a curriculum and lesson plans
develop individualized learning plans
engage youth in program planning
to build community, create rituals and set clear expectations - preparing space, clean up, building communities,
follow data collection and analyst expectations.
facilitate to different learning styles.
balance big-picture strategy with day-to-day activities to ensure outcomes are achieved
form and sustain positive 1-on-1 relationships with youth, foster teamwork among youth, and maintain healthy professional boundaries
manage and support a team including allocating responsibilities, leveraging strengths, and developing skills
follow through on commitments and communicate any changes to plans in a timely way
form creative partnerships and identify and secure (non-financial) resources needed to achieve a goal
communicate high expectations and hold youth accountable in ways that allow them to learn and grow
engage a diverse range of personalities and learning styles
analyze situations with nuance, engage in systems thinking and analysis of power dynamics and structural barriers, engage in and elicit imaginative thinking, facilitate constructive, inclusive discussions, synthesize complex topics into accessible language and draw on multiple strategies to ensure youth comprehension, participation, and engagement
positively engage and regularly communicate with families of participant
Demonstrated commitment to youth work as skilled work.
Demonstrated commitment to families as loving experts.
Demonstrated commitment to racial equity and inclusion.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentations and public speaking
Excellent judgement, constructive problem-solving skills, and ability to maintain confidentiality
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Self-motivated and ability to work effectively as a member of a team
Positive attitude, flexibility, and growth mindset
Asset-based, intersectional view of youth and commitment to centering youth voice
Ability to hold youth accountable in a constructive and compassionate way
Passion for St. Paul Youth Services’ mission and values
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, equity, and cultural responsiveness
High level of personal and professional integrity
PROFESSIONAL / EDUCATIONAL & RELATED REQUIREMENTS
4 years of experience working directly with Black girls and young men in a classroom or community setting
Demonstrated expertise in areas such as youth development, mentoring, human relations, wellness, restorative justice, the arts, education, and/or recreation
Familiarity with public systems including education, health, housing, juvenile justice, employment, economic development, and how these systems intersect
Understanding of trauma-informed care, culturally-responsive healing, racism and other systems of power and oppression – relating specifically to Black girls and young men
High School Diploma or Equivalency
BA degree, or some college in a relevant field, is preferred but not required
CPR or First Aid training and certification is preferred
Must have current driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance
Must successfully complete the pre-employment process for the position, including a job-relevant criminal background check
Must have the flexibility to travel overnight
Direct resumes and cover letters, including descriptions of relevant past projects, to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Lead Staff Application" in the subject line. Applications only - no calls or inquiries please.
The selection process will include a portfolio review in which final candidates will be asked to submit some original work such as a curriculum, project case study, video documentation or other evidence of their program design and execution skills.
St. Paul Youth Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Candidates representing communities of color and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.