|ABOUT US: InnerCity Struggle (ICS) is a social justice, community-building and membership driven organization based in the Eastside of Los Angeles. ICS works with youth and families to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities. We organize youth and families in Boyle Heights, unincorporated East Los Angeles, El Sereno and Lincoln Heights to work together to advance social and educational justice. Through the high school established campus-based clubs called United Students (US), we organize and engage high school youth and provide leadership development, cultural and political education, including academic services to empower young people to develop into agents for social change. The purpose of United Students is to build student power to organize toward educational justice and create campaigns to challenge the existing social and economic inequities in the current educational system.
JOB DESCRIPTION: The US Site Organizer would be responsible for effectively operating the United Students clubs at (2) Eastside high schools, which require advanced organizing skills to facilitate school-change campaigns. We are looking for someone with previous experience in developing popular education curriculum for youth, facilitating and coordinating youth leadership training and a track record of effective base-building.
|Key Responsibilities include:
- Lead role in organizing youth leaders to address issues impacting Boys and Men of Color locally, regionally, and statewide
- Participate and coordinate coalition work related to eliminating health disparities confronting youth of color, particularly males
- Coordinate student-led campaigns specific to educational justice at the regional and local level at (2) high schools
- Develop and implement effective and efficient outreach strategies to engage youth at (2) school sites (i.e. Phone-Banking, conducting classroom presentations, coordinating lunch-time outreach, etc.)
- Develop youth friendly curriculum focused on political education topics and leadership development skills
- Develop and maintain relationships with school staff, faculty, and other key allies
- Develop relationships and maintain communication with parents/guardians of US members
- Work with other US staff to coordinate cross-campus activities
- Responsible for the development and training of core youth members to recruit, engage, and sustain the involvement of an active base of youth members in educational justice campaigns at their school
- Travel for United Students related activities (retreats, conferences, trainings, networking)
- And other duties as identified by the Youth Organizing Coordinator
ICS is seeking a person who meets the following qualifications:
- Strong grounding on issues impacting Boys and Men of Color locally, regionally, and statewide
- Coalition building experience a plus
- College Graduate who holds, at minimum, a Bachelor of Arts Degree – or related experience
- Minimum 2 years experience in youth organizing or community organizing in low-income communities of color
- Ability to multi-task and work in a fast paced, time sensitive environment
- Ability to work weekends as needed or required by the Youth Organizing Coordinator
- Track record of accomplishing goals and objectives individually and in a team atmosphere
- Experience in developing program and communication materials
- Effective and concise writing and communication skills
- Ability to work effectively with school, district leaders, and community allies
- Experience in grass-roots fundraising
- Ability to work in a team setting and provide/receive constructive feedback
- Microsoft Office/Excel and Adobe Illustrator experience – emphasis on program material development, flyers and brochures
- CA drivers license and access to a reliable automobile (with at minimum, liability insurance)
- Bilingual in Spanish is preferred
*Salary to be negotiated based on qualifications and experience. Full medical benefits included.
Email Cover Letter and Resume to: Irene Rocha,
Youth Organizing Coordinator
Deadline for accepting applications:
October 31st, 2014
Please include “United Students Site Organizer Position” in the subject line of your email. Cover Letter must address why you are interested in the position and what strengths you would bring to the organization.
No phone calls or site visits please.