Project Coordinator

For over 27 years, YWFC has engaged with over 40,000 cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys and, gender-expansive youth, and invested in the leadership and power of youth of color that have been disproportionately affected by various systems in San Francisco and the Bay area. YWFC engagement supports a movement towards systems change through the decriminalization and decarceration of young people. Over the last four years, YWFC has expanded engagement in 4 counties: San Francisco, Alameda/Oakland, Santa Clara County and Los Angeles County with a commitment to invest in the leadership pipeline of directly impacted youth to lead work to decriminalize and decarcerate youth. 

YWFC has continuously worked with cis and transgender women and girls, trans men and boys, and gender-expansive people in Contra Costa County for several years through systems-based advocacy,  support, and participation in systems change work. The Contra Costa County Project Coordinator role is part of the Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) collective work to expand its strategic priorities in Contra Costa County through a partnership model. We are growing our team and looking for talented individuals who believe deeply in our mission and are committed to the development of a partnership model in Contra Costa County to further expand our outreach.

The CCC Project Coordinator will work in deep partnership with local community-based organizations to establish components of YWFC’s model with a focus on youth involved with the juvenile justice system, the foster care system, and transitional aged youth who have aged out of foster care, are pregnant and/or parenting, young people working in the underground street economy, and youth navigating the criminal justice system. This work will center around the research and needs assessment conducted by local community-based organizations on how cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys and gender-expansive youth and adults are criminalized, over-policed, and incarcerated in the county in alignment with our Freedom 2030 Charter. The Project Coordinator will establish a Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition to further build the political power of directly impacted people in the county. It is the responsibility of Project Coordinator to build with the community, grassroots organizing groups, service providers, elected officials, local government, etc. to keep abreast of local opportunities to advance the work.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Building rapport with cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys, and gender-expansive youth in Contra Costa county, including in juvenile hall, jail, and group homes to ensure folks receive the appropriate support through phone calls, snail mail, advocacy letters, and referrals for appropriate services
  • Support youth navigating systems (juvenile justice, foster care, mental health, etc.) by providing advocacy, resources, ongoing support in self-advocacy strategies and education, and creating opportunities for youth to explore healing
  • Lead local organizing, campaign, and systems-based transformation initiatives
  • Build and maintain a coalition of key partners to support local initiatives and campaigns in the county
  • Cultivate the leadership development and capacity of youth in the county and identify potential leads of SWFC to support, engage, and build local membership of youth organizers 
  • Coordinate communications with SWFC members currently incarcerated and develop relationships with youth organizers 
  • Develop and implement training for SWFC members and community organizers on an ongoing basis and support quarterly Freedom Academies
  • Develop and maintain relationships with SWFC members around the state, and identify opportunities to partner with other chapters and YWFC Lead Organizers in the state
  • Collaborate with the Statewide Organizing Director and Director of Local Strategies on campaign management, advocacy development, and campaign evaluation of local campaign movements 
  • Actively participate in local and state-wide campaigns, committees and legal hearings that advance the goals of YWFC

Strategy and Thought Leadership:

  • Develop and implement strategic vision around the direction of campaign framework and program work in partnership with the Executive and Statewide Leadership Teams, and local community-based organizations in Contra Costa County 
  • Collaborate with local organizations to analyze collected data to develop a strategy to actively engage, and develop a campaign to change conditions in the county and to support a leadership pipeline of youth most impacted to engage in and lead the work in Contra Costa County
  • Support the development of local and statewide campaigns providing research, review,  resources, and campaign evaluations 
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Communications Team and the Executive and Statewide leadership team on communications strategies for campaigns, leveraging traditional and new media to achieve campaign goals
  • Collaborate on events, volunteer recruitment, organizing meetings and regular communication with campaign partners and other allies
  • Design partnerships and relationships that build the strength and viability of campaigns and issue areas
  • Collaborate with the Leadership Team to establish and evaluate the partnership model established in the county

Administrative Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Respond to emails, voice messages, and other correspondence in a timely fashion
  • Work closely and collaboratively with other YWFC staff in the Bay Area and engage deeply in programs at YWFC Oakland 
  • Maintain annual and weekly work plans, meet with supervisor regularly for supervision, attend weekly management meetings and any other meetings that may be requested by the Policy Director, and Executive Team on a permanent or temporary basis
  • Provide monthly and quarterly reports to the Policy Director and Executive Team on progress of campaigns 
  • Ensure the appropriate technology and non-technical tools are being utilized for impact and effectiveness and in a timely manner including; Listserv, email communications, text messaging, data collection systems, postcards, mass mailings, and any other tools to engage, mobilize, and communicate

Requirements:

  • At least two years of youth program coordination/ management experience
  • Exceptional organizational, attention to detail, and administrative skills (with proficiency working with Google Suites, calendaring, confirming facilitators, ensuring youth have adequate transportation, etc.)
  • Clear, direct, and diplomatic communication skills, and the ability to empower and communicate with youth and adults from a variety of backgrounds, in person, over the phone, and via email
  • Familiarity with the juvenile justice, criminal justice, and the foster care systems

We’d Love it if You:

  • Are familiar with the Contra Costa County socio-political landscape and youth service providers, and are passionate about youth, community development, issues of WGTGNC youth leadership
  • Develop personal and professional critical analysis to enhance organizing skills 
  • Have experience designing and teaching curriculum
  • Have practiced conflict resolution and/or restorative justice with youth
  • Experience or desire to engage commissions and task-force

Apply Now!

Email your resume and cover letter to info@youngwomenfree.org with ‘CC Project Coordinator_(Last Name)’ in the subject line

Deadline: April 9, 2021

We strongly encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities and nontraditional professional backgrounds to apply. Young Women’s Freedom Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we’re not able to respond personally to every candidate. We do review every submission carefully and we will contact those who we’d like to interview.

Position Title: Project Coordinator  

Program/ Department: Policy Team/Oakland 

Work location: Contra Costa County (with some travel regionally and nationally)

Reports to: Statewide Organizer (close ties with Policy Director and Director of Local Initiatives) 

Classification: Full-time (1 FTE), permanent, Non-Exempt

Compensation: $27.88/hr-$28.85/hr (commensurate with experience)

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