The Open Buffalo Youth Organizer, in solidarity with the national coalition Opportunity Youth United, will build a movement of young people to be civically engaged to help transform Buffalo into a place of opportunity, promise and hope for all young people. Opportunity Youth United has a goal to improve the policies and conditions affecting Opportunity Youth (formerly known as at-risk youth) and their peers, with a focus on creating opportunities for young people to reconnect with education, employment, national service, mentors, internships, leadership development, and civic engagement.
Open Buffalo is closely following the Erie County COVID-19 guidelines and may or may not transition to in-office or remote work. The ideal candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, work independently during remote work, while still managing relationships with youth and community partners.
The Youth Organizer position is a temporary, part-time position with a possibility of transitioning into a permanent, full-time position. The position includes benefits and is based in Buffalo, N.Y. This position reports to the Open Buffalo Executive Director.
Outreach & Recruitment
- Build relationships with key stakeholders within the community.
- Spearhead the development of the Buffalo OYU Community Action Team (CAT), a local coalition of young leaders and youth-serving organizations that uplift their voices in the political process and mobilize locally to create community improvement projects of their own design.
- Actively target, recruit, and support a base of young people ages 16-25 to become members of the CAT.
- Maintain ongoing communication with the staff at OYU and other national partners.
- Maintain ongoing communication with the constituents of the CAT via newsletters, updates, individual meetings, and calls to action.
Advocacy and Organizing
- Build and maintain relationships with state, city, and/or county coalitions, advocacy groups, elected officials, and other key stakeholders.
- Mobilize the CAT to work with partners to register people in the community to vote, educate them about the positions of candidates, and mobilize them to actually vote.
- Engage young people ages 16-25 in civic education, registration and mobilization.
- Relevant experience in organizing and policy advocacy with low-income youth
- High school diploma or high school equivalency
- Associate’s or bachelor’s preferred
- Passion for working on social justice issues in the context of Opportunity Youth and communities of color
- Interest and/or experience in working with youth, with a caring and inspiring approach
- Ability to work well both independently and in teams
- Excellent communication skills (written, verbal)
- Flexibility in working evenings and weekends required
Equal Opportunity Employer
Open Buffalo values diversity and inclusion throughout our city and within our organization. People of color, people of all ages, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.
Wages and Benefits
Open Buffalo offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This position pays $19 per hour for a 20-hour weekly work schedule. Includes health benefits and generous time off. Friendly, culturally vibrant, team-oriented working environment.
To apply, please send a cover letter that addresses why you are the right person for the position and resume via e-mail to email@example.com
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.