Youth Engagement Coordinator
Under the direction of the Manager of Valley’s Voice and Communities That Care, this position supports the mission of the organization by building youth leadership and advising opportunities, and developing pro-social events for middle school through young adult populations. This position works closely with young people, ensuring a youth-led, adult supported framework in all initiatives.
Young people in the community are able to leverage their voice and make impactful change. Youth identify key issues and lead projects and processes as catalysts for change. Leadership, education, and community engagements are critical components to Valley’s Voice. This position will grow the existing youth-led framework engaging high school students. This position will facilitate the development of Valley’s Voice for the middle school population.
Pro-Social Opportunities- In partnership with young people, ages middle school through young adults, identify events, activities and spaces that offer safe and healthy opportunities. Through a youth-led model, this position will facilitate growing events and activities that support the healthy development of young people.
Understand and model the Positive Youth Development principals
Teach youth leadership skills in an engaging manner
Coach and support young people using various techniques
Break down learning and communication into concrete steps
Facilitate meetings and projects by supporting from the sidelines
Provide positive, constructive feedback
Ensure consistent communication with students on youth communication platforms
Provide structure with youth-led projects
Set aside own ideas to be open to recommendations from youth. Allow this to be a truly youth-led, adult-supported process.
Build relationships with community partners to expand the opportunities available to youth and young adults.
Participate in Mountain Youth team meetings
Perform general office duties and support with Mountain Youth projects as needed
Support in fundraising efforts and sustainability strategies to maintain the work of the overall organization
Support other programs and efforts as needed and as available
Participate in regular one-on-one and team check-in meetings to align different efforts and resources across the organization
Be a champion for youth and advocate for policies, practices, and efforts that support their overall healthy development
Interest in and commitment to positive youth, family and community development, as well as overall community health and safety. Bilingual English/ Spanish language speaking and bicultural preferred. Experience working with youth in secondary education, community building, and youth development preferred, or equivalent combination of experience and training.
Ability to thrive independently as part of a dynamic team in a growing organization
Ability to build rapport with diverse groups of young people
High level of professionalism
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent listening skills, and ability to extract and synthesize key themes
Innovative and creative; ability to be flexible and adaptable based on youth priorities and needs
Comfort in community settings with diverse partners and stakeholders
Strong meeting facilitation skills, addressing diverse viewpoints and bringing groups to consensus
Excellent organization and planning skills, with attention to detail
Strong computer skills including Microsoft office programs, Google platforms and social media
Ability to commit to a flexible schedule, including weeknight and weekend commitments as youth are available
Willingness to travel throughout the Eagle River Valley for meetings, programs, and events
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full-time salary position. The salary range is $39,000-$45,000, and will be commensurate with experience. A generous benefits package is available including paid time off, paid professional development, flexible and remote work scheduling opportunities, health and dental insurance, and more.
Cover letter and resume should be submitted to Sandy Schroeder at email@example.com
About Mountain Youth
Mission: To continuously and collaboratively improve the lives of youth in the most powerful ways possible.
Vision: All youth in our community thrive
Values: Trusted Leadership; Inclusive; Bridging Community; Positive Youth Development
History: Mountain Youth was founded in 2001 as the Eagle River Youth Coalition. It was designed as a collaborative vision of Leadership Vail Valley, the Eagle CARES Survey team and Eagle County to provide cohesion among youth service providers. Mountain Youth was tasked with building Positive Youth Development (PYD), a strengths-based approach to adolescence, throughout the Eagle River Valley.
Mountain Youth was charged with overseeing data assessment to ensure the community had an honest measure of youth behaviors and perceptions and a way to analyze effectiveness and gaps in youth services. These outcomes continue to drive Mountain Youth in collaborative planning of youth services. We work with many service providers, so the community can effectively assess and meet the changing needs of youth, ultimately mobilizing the community for positive change.
Mountain Youth has a wide reach with a vision, a mission and core values rooted in making youth a community priority, Mountain Youth rallies support to enable youth to reach their full potential. We listen to the needs of the community and respond with programs that educate, enhance and encourage strong relationships and positive decision making. Continuing to use the PYD framework, Mountain Youth provides substance use prevention, safe driving education, youth advocacy and parent education throughout the Eagle River Valley.
Mountain Youth’s work ensures Eagle County youth remain a priority; striving to be a community where young people are equipped with skills that support healthy bodies, healthy minds and improved decision making and leadership skills to guide their lives. We are a nimble organization focused on creating a better Eagle County for all — giving youth a voice in
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