Position Title: Program Coordinator, DC

Office Location:  This position will be hybrid, working both in the Washington, DC office as well as remotely, engaging with staff and stakeholders through virtual platforms. This position is not eligible for paid relocation.

Reports to: Managing Director of DC Programs

Schedule: Full-time

Mikva Challenge is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to develop youth to be empowered, informed, and active citizens and community members who will promote a just and equitable society.  We do this by engaging youth in Action Civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. Youth in Mikva’s programming experience unique civic learning opportunities in political campaigns, public policy advocacy, government internships, and youth activism programs. Our approaches include direct youth work, teacher support, and liaising with civic leaders and institutions. We believe strongly in the potential of youth and are committed to youth power and voice.

Mikva Challenge evaluations show the lasting impact of its programs.

82% of students reported an increase in their civic knowledge.

77% of students developed their sense of civic agency and increased their future commitment to civic action.

83% of students took on new civic leadership.

79% of students reported gains in their socio-emotional skills — many of which have direct academic outcomes.

About the Position

Mikva Challenge is seeking a Program Coordinator to join our team to support our youth civic leadership work. The Program Coordinator is responsible for supporting the programmatic and administrative work of our Citywide Youth Councils and Issues to Action teacher programs in DC, as well as providing key administrative support for a new National Youth Summit in DC. Through our Action Civics model, young people engage in deep reflection, community mapping, participatory primary research of their peers, research and root cause analysis, and strategy development to develop youth-led policy recommendations, hold youth forums and/or advocate for youth priorities to key local decision-makers. The ideal candidate is highly professional, upbeat, organized, flexible, able to build strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders, and passionate about youth development.

Core Responsibilities

  • Event planning and administrative support for a new national youth summit;
  • Provide co-facilitation support for the two Citywide Youth Councils with the respective CYC Manager;
  • Establish and maintain program logistics and documentation for the assigned councils, regarding member attendance, case notes for member interactions, leadership development, evaluations, social media updates, and other related data entry;
  • Communicate with a variety of local and national stakeholders 
  • Research and stay abreast of community events for the council to engage in;
  • Help ensure consistent communication with youth, parents and guardians regarding participation, programming and related matters; 
  • Support recruitment and selection efforts of students
  • Help youth design effective surveys, analyze survey results, and utilize research in powerful ways to further youth interests and goals in partnership with the Director of Data and Evaluation and the CYC Manager;
  • Assist other programs and departments as needed with trips and special events, including organizational fundraisers; 
  • Collaborate with the Issues to Action Manager to support administrative needs of the teacher based programming;
  • Collaborate with the Operations Team to identify and execute administrative tasks and identify opportunities for process improvement. 
  • Provide high-level administrative support, calendar management and assistance to assigned program staff
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

Education: High school diploma or GED, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Experience: One to two years of experience in youth programming, event planning, and/or advocacy/political experience, with strong administrative experience.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experienced user of Google Workspaces, Zoom, social media platforms, and Microsoft Office products (Excel and Word)
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Excellent time management skills with proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Experience planning, supporting and/or facilitating youth programming
  • Experience with advocacy, organizing, and/or political campaigning 
  • Knowledge of Positive Youth Development strategies and values
  • Willingness to learn and a growth mindset
  • High energy and a willingness to be flexible and creative
  • Ability to engage, manage and cultivate relationships with diverse stakeholders with a varied range of perspectives

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience organizing and leading student fields trips
  • Knowledge of DC Public Schools’ and charter systems
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Experience and/or training with cultural, ethnic, and language diversity preferred

Compensation 

The salary range for this position is $40,000 to $50,000 annually commensurate with experience. We offer a competitive benefits package to include paid time off, medical, dental, vision, 401K, disability and life insurance.

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to careers@mikvachallenge.org with “Program Coordinator, DC” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Equity Statement

Mikva Challenge is an equal opportunity employer and we highly value diversity in our workplace. Mikva Challenge provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, political affiliation, marital status, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. Applicants from historically underrepresented and/or marginalized communities, including people of color, are strongly encouraged to apply.