Priority Deadline: Applications received before July 26, 2021 will be prioritized. Position is open until filled.
Ideal start date: Late September 2021
Please submit cover letter, resume and three references to:
Subject: Youth Organizer (FULL NAME)
No phone calls please.
FEEST is an organization led by youth of color in South Seattle and South King County working to improve health in their schools. We believe that systemic change is necessary for young people’s physical and mental wellbeing. Rooted radical joy, we elevate youth of color as powerful organizers toward health justice.
At the foundation of our work are youth-led dinners where students gather around food, celebrate and share culture, and build community with peers. Building community on campus creates a foundation for our long-term organizing. Our campaign work focuses on building power toward policy changes that increase food access for all students, particularly food that is fresh, free, and culturally relevant. Due to COVID-19 much of our campaign work has shifted online, however this position normally involves on-campus organizing.
Required Skills & Experience:
- Minimum 1 year of experience (paid or volunteer) working with high school youth through mentoring, leadership development or organizing
- A proven track record in supporting the leadership of young people of color, youth from immigrant families and youth from low-income backgrounds; and a willingness to take leadership from young people themselves
- Experience in or demonstrated commitment to incorporating the arts and cultural work in education and organizing to build collective power
- Experience developing curriculum for workshops, leadership trainings, or political education for diverse audiences
- Strong facilitation skills
- Strong planning and time management skills
- A demonstrated knowledge and commitment to apply racial, gender and economic justice lenses to youth and organizing work
- Ability to build strong relationships with community partners, young people and work towards coalition building and a collective vision
- Ability to work with a team, have strong communication, sense of humor, collaboration and self-initiative; ability to give and receive constructive feedback
- Experience with grass-roots organizing strategies
- Experience with strengths-based conflict resolution and transformative justice tools
- Experience and knowledge of food justice and healthy equity work
- Experience in building out programs within a school setting and district administrators
- Familiarity with South Seattle and/or South King County
Primary Job Responsibilities
Empower youth fellows to organize, build power, and win policy changes that increase healthy food access for all students. Manage youth skill building, leadership development, and execution of creative, joyful tactics to build the movement for health equity in South Seattle and South King County.
Youth Organizing (45%) – Youth leaders strategize and run dynamic, engaging campaigns that win tangible improvements
- Establish dynamic and energizing organizing programming with new youth leaders at respective school sites or online
- Engage in collective visioning with staff and youth to create FEEST’s organizing strategy
- Conduct creative and effective outreach and relationship building strategies to build a strong base of supporters and strengthen health justice campaigns. This includes cultivating deep relationships with student population, dinner participants, community allies, and staff at each school
- Support youth campaign research by running engaging strategies to collect community feedback, researching policies, elected officials, campaign tactics
- Support youth leaders in developing comprehensive organizing strategy, power mapping, and executing tactics to put pressure on Decision Makers
Youth Mentorship & Skill Building (35%) – Youth leaders are trained and mentored to design and run engaging and effective campaigns
- Coordinate and facilitate 2-4 youth leader meetings a week at respective school sites or online
- Design and facilitate weekly organizing curriculum and meeting agendas; plan out youth skill building and development each quarter
- Mentor youth leaders in organizing skill building and preparing for Decision Maker meetings
- Co-design and facilitate a two week youth organizing summer camp for incoming leaders. Responsibilities include: Developing curriculum on youth organizing, food justice, skill building, leadership development; managing new partnerships, guest speakers, volunteers; coordinating food and transportation logistics
- Co-design and facilitate quarterly all-leader team retreats, and annual fellowship graduation, including; curriculum and agenda development, food and transportation coordination
Admin (15%) – Campaign team planning and coordination is efficient; FEEST relationships are strong
- Steward school and district relationships. This includes prompt communication and relationship management with Decision Makers, school staff, allies, community partners
- Create efficient and proactive work plan to execute strategic program outcome goals
- Manage program budgeting, track fellow attendance, curriculum, and time sheets
- Coordinate annual outreach and hiring of new youth leaders
Organization-wide (5%) – All team events are supported with collaborative spirit
- Manage youth participation and leadership development for organizational events including Fresh Flavor and Make Food Make Fam
- Participate in team-wide fundraising activities including phone-banking and individual asks
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the position is open until filled, but applications received on or before July 26,2021 will be prioritized.
- Salary range: $48-51k annually with room to grow, 40 hours per week
- We provide full medical, dental and vision benefits, generous paid time off, and access to professional development each year.
- Job location: Remote work to start due to COVID-19. Resuming in-office operations TBD.
- Access to a vehicle is highly recommended. Our program sites are far-reaching across White Center, South Seattle, Rainier Beach and Sea-Tac and our office is not very accessible by transit.
FEEST is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, queer, gay, lesbian and/or bisexual people, transgender, genderqueer and/or non-binary folks are encouraged to apply. Work is performed in an office environment. Some heavy lifting and physical labor is required during special events. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.