Office Location: This position will be hybrid, working both in the Chicago, IL 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 IL Programs
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 candidate who has a passion for youth civic leadership work to join our team as a Youth Council Coordinator. We have youth councils at two levels – citywide and neighborhood based models.
- The purpose of the Citywide Youth Councils is to strengthen youth voice and leadership in our local schools, city government and local elections.
- Neighborhood Leadership Initiative(NLI) is a youth leadership program. Youth from three distinct Chicago neighborhoods will build relationships with each other while engaging in community-building, including leading community events, volunteering, and researching issues relating to violence in their neighborhoods.
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 councils also serve as a mechanism for a broader base of Chicago youth to have input on key city policy decisions that affect them.
The Youth Council Coordinator is responsible for supporting the administrative and programmatic work of youth councils in IL. The Coordinator will provide administrative support through maintaining 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.
The Coordinator will also provide programmatic support through co-facilitation of the Council meetings, and coordinating students’ research and work sessions outside of the weekly meetings.
- 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;
- Take the lead with logistics and coordination for in person sessions, including ensuring program supplies, student travel and food;
- Implement programming for the off-hours research students will engage in throughout the school year;
- Help ensure consistent communication with youth, parents and guardians regarding participation, programming and related matters;
- Organize recruitment and student interview efforts, including setting timeline and schedule for youth recruitment and hiring throughout the year;
- Co-facilitate weekly sessions for the councils with the respective CYC or NLI Manager;
- Research and stay abreast of community events for the council to engage in;
- Assist with communication between youth, partners/service providers, and/or parents for the purpose of evaluating situations, solving problems and/or resolving conflicts as needed
- 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 Managers for CYC and NLI;
- Assist other programs and departments as needed with campaign trips and special events, including organizational fundraisers;
- Collaborate with College, Career & Connections (C3) Program Manager and Elections in Action Manager as needed to better support youth;
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: High school degree or GED, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
EXPERIENCE: One to three years of experience in youth programming, advocacy, government, or teaching required.
- Experienced user of Google Workspaces, Zoom, social media platforms, and Microsoft Office products (Excel and Word)
- Willingness to learn and a growth mindset
- Ability to independently research a topic or issue
- Knowledge of Positive Youth Development strategies and values
- Knowledge of Chicago Public Schools’ and charter systems
- Strong public speaking and workshop facilitation skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- 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
- Adept at working both independently and as part of a team
- Experience organizing and leading student fields trips
- Experience facilitating both virtual and in-person youth programming
- Bilingual in English and Spanish
- Experience and/or training with cultural, ethnic, and language diversity preferred
Compensation and Benefits
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with “Youth Council Coordinator, IL” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Candidates should be prepared to provide three professional references upon request.
Deadline for applicant submissions is August 13, 2023.
Please note that due to the number of applications we receive, we will only respond to those candidates whom we would like to invite to interview for the position.
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.