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I Have A Future, youth organizing group Hiring for Co-Lead Organizer

Location: Dorchester

Job Description:
Organizational Overview
I Have a Future is a statewide community of youth organizers and allies who build power to win youth jobs and end mass incarceration through transformational leadership development, direct public action, and policy change.

Youth organizers, teachers, and young people from across MA formed the Youth Jobs Coalition in response to 2009 state budget cuts that would have left 4,000 youth unemployed. The YJC was successful in reversing the budget cuts and winning supplemental funding through our first annual Youth Rally and legislative meetings. In 2014, we expanded our framing to become I Have A Future so that we could focus on all the ways that structural racism denies young people of color opportunities.

Our victories in the past 14 years include securing $28.3 million for YouthWorks jobs programs, increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour, blocking a discriminatory “teen sub-minimum wage,” passing phase one of juvenile record expungement, and raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 7 to 11 years of age. We continue to organize our constituents and use the Rally to push the momentum for youth justice.

Our core constituency is reflective of an organizational value that those most affected by the issues of youth unemployment and youth criminalization should be at the center. As such, our core constituency is young people of color. We believe that it’s our duty to uplift their voices in a system that continues to leave them unheard. Here, they are given opportunities to strategize and practice the skills of direct public action and policy change.

Position Overview
IHAF is seeking a Lead Organizer to work with our current Executive Director on campaign strategy and execution, leadership development, and coordination of campaigns across the organization. The Lead Organizer will also work with our other Lead organizers and full staff.

They will engage a team of youth in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan through programming, outreach and popular education. They will lead the work with Boston youth around improving and building more economic opportunities for young people across Massachusetts. They will do outreach, recruit and hear students in schools. With our small team of adult staff and youth leaders, the Lead Organizer will identify opportunities in the campaigns to amplify the stories of youth, particularly low-income youth of color. They will also work as part of our organizing team on state and city wide campaigns.

Recruitment, Hiring, and Training
● Implementing the complete interview and hiring process of all successful applicants for youth organizer positions
● Train and support youth in outreach, community organizing skills, storytelling, equity/economic justice and the MA Statehouse legislative calendar.
● Manage existing programming and create new programming that gets more people of all ages to prioritize the importance of #FullYouthEmployment including community listening sessions, and job fairs in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.
● Attend other trainings and workshops to make connections, gather input on projects and educate about the importance of this campaign (this includes monthly coalition gathering meetings)
Lead Organizer Management
● Increase the IHAF member base in target neighborhoods and across the city through outreach, engagement and relationship building, virtually and in person, focusing on the following communities:
○ Boston (esp. Dorchester and Roxbury)
○ Chelsea
○ Worcester
○ Springfield
○ Brockton
● Coordinate your team of youth organizers to collect youth job stories, flyer for events, lead trainings and more
● Maintain existing and build new relationships with Legislators, Policy Makers, Community Development Corporations, grassroots organizing groups, local businesses and other group/institutions/community leaders, as well as press/media platforms
● Help plan and execute our Annual Youth Justice Rally
● Help plan and execute fundraising events and other all-member events
● Other related duties as assigned by supervisor and coalition
● Supervisory Responsibility: This position supports and supervises youth organizers ● Track volunteer and member participation in our database
● Providing monthly reports as part of an ongoing evaluation of the program’s success ● The Lead Organizers must first ensure buy-in from the IHAF coalition on the overall direction of campaigns. This means having a coalition mtg where coalition members vote by majority to support the direction of the campaigns.
● Maintains the structure and policies of the program to ensure safety and security, and reports problems. Shares in weekly staff chores (including but not limited to cleaning common areas, staff office, staff bathroom).
● Regularly ongoing assessment will occur throughout your time with the organization in a mutual way. A more formal assessment will occur at 6 months, with an opportunity for other staff and leaders to also share their appreciation as well as invitations for further growth.

● Understand the role of community organizing in developing powerful strategies and actions to change laws and narratives. Furthermore, they’re eager to improve on what has been done
before through research, training, and experimentation.
● Strong racial analysis and understanding of intersectionality in fighting for social change ● A self-starter who is detail-oriented, able to take initiative and ownership of projects, and able to provide creative and strategic feedback in the planning process
● Experience working with young people, particularly through a youth organizing and youth development lens
● Ability to produce high quality work in a fast-paced environment while multitasking ● Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; public speaking, facilitation, ● Ability to balance interests, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
● Relational working style – ability to listen well, collaborate, give and receive feedback, and coach effectively. IHAF is a small team and we want to see each person grow! ● Visionary leader who can hold both the big picture and the details

● Knowing another language is also a great asset to have for this job (Spanish, Cape Verdean Creole, and Haitian Creole are most often used in the area, but any additional language is always great).
● YouthWorker certification and experience is a plus
● Prior non-profit management experience a plus
● Fundraising and grant writing experience a big plus

Salary: This is a full time salaried position ranging from $60-65k/year depending on experience. IHAF offers a flexible schedule with competitive benefits. In addition to salary, medical and dental insurance, and paid time off, I Have A Future highly values pers

Contact Name: Keturah Brewster
Contact Email: [email protected]
Contact Phone Number: (857) 333-8985

Other information:
I Have A Future is an equal opportunity employer, and we make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions.