Position Opening: Lead Staff for YouthPower Express Summer Leadership Institutes for Black Youth

Position: Lead Staff for YouthPower: Summer 2019 Session for Black Youth
Position Status: Part-Time, Temporary
Duration: July 15, 2019 – August 23, 2019 (session begins 7/29 for Youth)
Hours: Estimated 20 hours per week (Monday through Thursday from 8AM- 3PM)
Reports to: Director of Youth Services/Executive Director
Salary range: $20-25 per hour 
Posting Date: May, 2019
Close date: Open until filled


The Lead Staff is responsible for planning and staffing the Youth Power Leadership Institutes Summer 2019 Session for Black Youth. The session runs from July 29 – August 23, 2019. 

YouthPower is a youth-led organizing and advocacy hub. Eligible participants for the Summer Session are Black Youth ages 13-19 who are current or previous participants in St. Paul Youth Services' Behavior Intervention or Pre-Charge Diversion programs. 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.

The Lead Staff will co-lead the design and implementation of the Summer Session with experienced youth leaders from previous YouthPower sessions for Black youth "train-the-trainer" model. 

Youth will engage in a semi-structured 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 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.


Proven ability to:

  • design, successfully execute, and evaluate a program for youth in which Black Youth 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 participants

  • 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


  • 4 years of experience working directly with designing and/or facilitating curriculum for Black Youth in a classroom or community setting

  • 4 years of experiences aligning youth work with outcomes

  • 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 Youth

  • 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 humanresources@spys.orgwith "Lead Staff Application Summer" 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.