CALIFORNIA YOUTH CONNECTION
ANNOUNCES THE FOLLOWING POSITION
Regional Coordinator - Central Valley
Candidates with direct lived experience in foster care strongly encouraged to apply.
Title: Regional Coordinator (Full-Time Exempt)
Location: Fresno, CA
Supervisor: Director of Statewide Engagement
California Youth Connection (CYC), founded in 1988, is a non-profit youth-led organization that cultivates youth leadership to transform the foster care system through legislative, practice, and policy change. We implement our youth-led model through base building and providing a strong foundation and support for diverse approaches to leadership. We believe outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without discrimination of race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.
Reporting to the Director of Statewide Engagement, the Regional Coordinator provides support for youth, ages 14-24, who have experienced foster care, in youth-led advocacy and leadership development activities in county-based chapters throughout California. Primary responsibilities include promoting leadership development, strengthening chapter processes, facilitating community and advocacy efforts, and developing curriculum and training materials.
· Support members of CYC’s youth-led chapters to identify local policy and practice and with identifying goals and strategies for transformation.
· Support all chapters within the Central Valley region and support members’ full participation at all CYC events and activities.
· Provide training to build youth development, including professional development skills, including but not limited to the statewide membership council members, chapter chairs, committee members, and conference facilitators.
· Identify and prepare members for leadership opportunities (e.g., public hearings, presentations, workshops at conferences) by helping members develop their talking points and presentations skills.
· Engage CYC members in community stakeholder meetings by preparing members for participation in meetings and drawing connections between community work and chapter work.
· Assist youth to participate in statewide policy advocacy and leadership opportunities.
· Coordinate and transport youth to regional and statewide events on an as needed basis.
CHAPTER DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
· Meet the unique needs of each chapter through regular chapter visits, general support, trainings and one-on-one preparation work.
· Assist chapters to develop annual goals for training, fundraising, and member and supporter recruitment based on needs assessments.
· Recruit supporters for new and rebuilding chapters.
· Provide mediation and conflict resolution training and assistance to chapter members and supporters.
· Increase membership and participation through social media, community meetings, and partnerships.
· Support efforts of expanding chapter membership through the development of sub-chapters. Conduct trainings throughout the year to train CYC members on local and statewide policy development and necessary leadership skills for participating in policy work.
· Assist with the development of curriculum for chapter retreats and regional trainings.
· Develop training curricula, recruit and train members to be trainers at annual conferences and within chapters.
· Participate in community projects related to CYC’s policy platform and expansion of local chapter work.
· Maintain and expand CYC’s visibility and represent CYC at community events.
· Work with chapters to meet with local policymakers and administrators within the Central Valley region and help support youth to advocate for needs of foster youth.
· Partner with CYC program staff to share resources and best practices, communicate local chapter work and build connections between chapters and member across the state.
· Establish relationships with county decision makers to ensure foster youth voice is integrated into county policy, including quarterly meetings with directors.
· Collect, analyze, and manage chapter level data to measure the impact of various strategies.
· Track participation by members/supporters and update the database with attendance/participant information.
· Prepare and submit all reports (monthly reports, board reports, and expense reports) in a timely manner.
· Review program budget with supervisor as needed.
To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
· Must have at least 3-4 years’ working with youth, preferably within foster care.
· Demonstrated experience in group facilitation and training with the ability to effectively present information to youth, volunteers, staff, and community stakeholders.
· Project management experience and working with teams that have diverse skill levels.
· Experience managing youth and adult volunteers.
· Love working with young adults and creatively developing leadership opportunities.
· Proficiency in using personal computer and various office software packages including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Google calendar, and email management.
· Ability to demonstrate use of clear boundaries working with young adults.
· Valid driver’s license with a minimum of 3 years driving experience.
· Ability to travel up to 2-4 times per week to chapters throughout the assigned region (evening and weekend travel required).
· Ability to attend at least two 3-4 day long conferences annually as well as monthly staff meetings.
· Experience with foster care issues, community organizing, state legislation, policies, and working with government agencies.
· Experience and understanding of K-12 school system as it relates to youth from foster care.
· Ability to read, analyze and interpret state and local legislation.
· Ability to effectively communicate complicated policies and ideas into youth-friendly format.
● Health, vision and dental insurance
● Simple IRA Retirement
● Generous Holiday Schedule, including one week December closure
● Vacation and Sick Leave
● Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to remain in the stationary position for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research, sending and receiving email and participating in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in person; read and write’ apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions. Occasional requirements are to move about the office to access file cabinets, office equipment, etc.
Application Deadline: Priority consideration will be given to those who apply by August 24, 2018.
How to Apply: https://cyc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=15