The World Affairs Council seeks a passionate and qualified individual to coordinate its Global Minds Program. Reporting directly to the Director of Youth Programming, the position’s primary responsibility is to support school-based, youth-led programming and events. By interfacing with administrators, faculty, and students, they will deepen relationships with schools where the Global Minds Program is active. Additionally, as the Council aims to serve underrepresented young people who historically have had limited access to global learning, they will identify priority schools and programs for programmatic outreach. They will provide chapter leaders with curricular support and community resources based on the Council’s youth education portfolio. They will work in partnership with student leaders to develop and enhance critical dialogue and facilitation skills, cultural humility and empathy, and project design and management. The position requires a mission driven, dynamic, high-energy, adaptable person. They must be gifted at working with diverse stakeholders and committed to working with students as equals and amplifying youth voice in this for youth, by youth program.
This position is full time. Duties will be performed remotely until further notice.
Areas of Responsibility
Coordinate youth programming initiatives in collaboration with the Youth Program Coordinator — Education & Digital Engagement and the Director of Youth Programming, implement quality experiences for youth and educators, amplify youth voice and youth leadership opportunities within the Council.
- Apply effective project management and planning skills to develop a full year of educational programming in advance of each academic year, aligned with the Council’s strategic plan.
- Develop a strategic scaling plan and manage chapter growth; conduct outreach to recruit and attract youth and educators to the program and produce appealing recruitment strategies and materials.
- Maintain consistent one-on-ones with youth leaders and adult participants to support their development.
- Utilize positive youth development and youth-adult partnerships principles to guide the work.
Collaborate with the team to plan events, including camps and conferences, and special initiatives as needed.
- Develop training series to prepare adult allies and update curriculum to enhance quality and relevancy of activities.
- Support the development of Youth Fellows and Youth Board Members, plan and develop training and professional development, co-design by youth, for youth programming.
- Through strategic outreach and recruitment efforts increase representation and participation of people of diverse lived experiences across youth and educator programs, and proactively create and deepen intentional partnerships.
Evaluation, Research, & Funding
- Monitor and track chapter activities and ensure chapter programs are reporting meeting attendance and activities in accordance with set reporting expectations.
- Support the continuous evaluation of youth programming using agreed upon shared processes and metrics (e.g. surveys, testimonials).
- Stay up to date on the latest research and data regarding best practices in students’ academic preparedness, youth leadership, youth-adult partnership, community engagement, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Assist in the grant process, including providing and reviewing programming language and programmatic goals and impact.
- Excellent communicator.
- High energy, positive attitude, flexibility, teamwork, and attention to detail; high degree of initiative and sense of urgency.
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion; ability to enthusiastically represent the Council to diverse audiences.
- Experience with social media; MS Office, Google Workspace, and other platforms to support communication, data tracking, and manage outcomes.
- Represent the Council at meetings and events including on evenings and weekends.
- ACT 33/34 Clearances and FBI Background Check are required upon hire.
- Valid driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation for work-related travel is required (once in-person work safely resumes).
- Bachelor’s Degree and/or a minimum 2-3 years relevant experience in the field of education or youth development.
- Experience with leading and/or mentorship of youth.
- Experience with social media; MS Office, Google Workspace, and other platforms such as Slack and Airtable to support communication, data tracking, and manage outcomes.
- Proficiency in a foreign language, in addition to English fluency.
- Resourceful, results-oriented self-starter.
- Thrives in a fast-paced, high-performing environment.
- Appetite for continuous learning and improvement.
- Globally-minded, demonstrates cultural humility.
- Comfortable connecting with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Can-do, will-do spirit.
- Passionate about civic engagement and global learning.
- Deeply committed to increasing youth voice and youth leadership, and SEL.
- Accepts new challenges and ad hoc responsibilities to advance the Council’s mission as needed.
- Genuine interest in world affairs across issue areas (i.e., environment, employment, education, entrepreneurship, and the UN SDGs).
Organizational leadership: Model a high bar for performance; operate with the best interests of both the organization and my team in mind.
Mission-aligned programming and partnerships: Your role is essential to making it easy for community partners, donors, and the general public to understand meaningful opportunities with the Council, ensuring that their participation and/or investment in the Council is seen as transformational rather than transactional.
Proactive problem solving: Proactively develop solutions to challenges, including by constantly looking at big-picture progress on the programs team, and by flagging any potential upcoming challenges in the organization overall.
Application of equity and inclusion lens: Bring deep insight and a practical lens to places where identity, equity, and power intersect with the work. Can recognize ways that your and others’ identities show up and play out in the work, especially as a senior level team member.
Optimistic approach and flexibility: We approach our work with a can-do attitude and a spirit of “yes.” Together, we push work forward through obstacles and adapt quickly as things change (which they inevitably will!). You recognize that there are aspects of the work you will lead and others where you will follow, and you work just as well independently as you do within a team structure.
100% follow-through: As a small but mighty team, we demonstrate a high attention to detail, stay on top of all specific tasks/follow-up items, and general areas of work. We manage short and long-term planning, consistently setting and meeting deadlines.
Relationship-oriented: You recognize the deep importance that relationships with colleagues and allies play in our work, and you build rapport and trust with others.
Always learning: There’s always more to know out there, and you’re hungry for it. You absorb information from your colleagues, from your work, and from keeping up with your field. If something doesn’t make sense, you ask questions until it does, and you apply what you learn in your work.
Open-mindedness: You encourage (and truly welcome!) viewpoints that differ from your own, and you’re able to “sit with” discomfort when people express themselves in ways that aren’t familiar to you.
Compensation and Benefits
- Salary is in the $38,000 to $40,000 range, based on experience
- Competitive insurance package
- Generous paid time off, including Federal Holidays and personal days
- Professional development opportunities
- Flexible teleworking
Candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (e.g. lesson plan, digital presentation, research paper) to firstname.lastname@example.org with Youth Program Coordinator — Global Minds in the subject line.
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a culture of inclusion that celebrates and recognizes the strength in our diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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