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YES Youth Leaders Coordinator

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The YES Youth Leaders Coordinator is a full-time position that engages the Leaders youth cohort, ages 14-15, in out-of-school and weekend programming that includes nutrition, physical education, and outdoor activities. The Youth Leaders Coordinator works closely and collaboratively with the YES team, Contra Costa County Health Services, and school, community, and outdoor partners. They use Policy, Systems, and/or Environmental (PSE) change, and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) frameworks to promote activism and change in their community. The Youth Leaders Coordinator maintains good working relationships with participants, partner organizations, and the general community. They support program development, data management, reporting, and evaluation. They work both on and off-site and report to the Youth Leadership Pathway (YLP) Program Manager.


Program Coordination (70%) 

  • With the support of the YLP Program Manager and the Director of Programs & Partnerships, the Youth Leaders Coordinator develops and implements weekly workshops and activities using PSE and YPAR frameworks that engage youth leaders in nutrition and physical activity education where they learn how to advocate for community improvements.
  • Conducts outreach, recruitment, and the selection of 10 to 15 youth leaders from diverse life experience and cultural backgrounds, and engages them in a ten-month Youth Engagement Team (YET) cohort.
  • Develops and facilitates weekly YET workshop activities that are centered in youth voice, and strengthen relationships amongst youth, adults, and community allies.
  • Uses nature-based, healing-centered, and Youth Development best practices that weave trauma knowledge and sensitivity to nurture the leadership of young people and prepare them for activism and outdoor experiences.
  • Documents the changes in knowledge, attitudes, and skills of youth leaders as well as PSE changes in their community.
  • Supports youth leaders with the collection of data and information to present their findings during YES programs, at community events, and with various community partners and allies to and raise community awareness and enact a PSE change.
  • Helps inform evaluation design and program development and revision to reflect the emerging community, issues, and current youth culture.
  • Provides youth with a clear understanding of their leadership roles, and ensures there are appropriate orientations and trainings available for them to succeed in their roles.
  • Works collaboratively with youth and their families to overcome challenges youth may encounter in or outside of YES programs and connects them with the YES Wellness Specialist so they can navigate those challenges.
  • Supports the YLP team with the implementation of teen outdoor activities that include overnight backpacking, camping, kayaking, day outings, etc., and other community or outdoor leadership opportunities.
  • Coordinates logistics and meal planning, organizing gear, prepping media equipment, etc., for workshops and outdoor activities.
  • Provides supervision, group management, and conflict resolution during activities by modeling teamwork, cooperative effort, and creative, peaceful resolution of conflict.
  • Develops and provides program materials including assessments, surveys, brochures, flyers, and forms to youth and their families as needed.
  • Participates in professional development training as needed.
  • Conducts ongoing follow-up with youth leaders, parents/caregivers, schools, and partner organizations as needed.

Administrative Tasks (10%) 

  • Alongside the YLP Program Manager, creates the annual Leaders program budget and adheres to expenditures.
  • Completes monthly time logs, writes quarterly activity reports, enters data, and develops presentations as needed as part of their grant requirements.
  • Plans, inputs, and coordinates the production of program data for reporting purposes.
  • Conducts regular evaluation of the process and outcomes of the program to ensure cultural responsiveness and success.
  • Develops and maintains efficient systems for organizing and administering work.
  • Ensures that program materials, including assessments, surveys, brochures, flyers, and forms, are maintained, translated, and kept up to date.
  • Supports the YES team as needed.

Organizational Leadership (3%) 

  • Understands and is committed to the organization’s vision, mission, and values and communicates YES’s strategic direction to staff, constituents, and partners.
  • Aligns work to the organization’s strategic plan mission, vision, and goals.
  • Identifies new program opportunities and collaborations that align with YES’s values and enhance impact.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments in the field and program areas.
  • Participates in committees, and represents the organization in collaboratives, conferences, fundraisers, and other platforms to promote their leadership development.

Staff Supervision (15%)

  • Directly supervises the Youth Engagement Teen Leader.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises youth leaders who support the YES team during program activities.
  • Indirectly supervises volunteers, seasonal interns, program facilitators, and other staff supports
  • Maintains a strengths-based approach to staff management that draws out the talents of the team.

Fundraising related responsibilities (2%)

  • Supports with one fundraising event annually with event preparation, set-up, clean-up, and/or staffing during the event. May also include supporting youth and/or alumni to speak during events, in video interviews, or in sharing their stories for written content.
  • Contributes content, such as stories, program summaries, and anecdotes, to communications and fundraising efforts including the annual report, eNewsletters, direct mail, etc.

Physical demands

The position requires frequent use of computer and handwritten work; requires prolonged sitting or standing through the course of the workday; requires the ability to bend. The position also requires the ability to carry up to 30 lbs on backpacking trips and to hike or be on your feet for most of the day and may require you to sleep outside in inclement weather conditions. Applicants must be physically fit to hike and lead outdoor activities while maintaining the stamina to support others.


  • Passionate about nurturing the leadership of young people by engaging them in nutrition and physical education, and connecting them to the outdoors.
  • Experience with community organizing and ability to represent YES well when collaborating with community partners and participants.
  • Ability to engage with adolescent youth from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and work with them as partners to foster a team approach.
  • Comfort and ability to communicate with parents/caregivers and other supports in young people’s lives.
  • Experience with group management and/or have prior experience teaching and leading activities in a classroom setting or after school programs.
  • Ability to engage in problem-solving and decision-making to come up with the best outcome.
  • Experience camping or backpacking, and be comfortable outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, & PowerPoint), Internet (Google Calendar, Google Drive), and data entry platforms (Salesforce or equivalent).
  • Experience maintaining databases with participant information.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Organized with rigorous attention to detail and organizational protocols.
  • Excellent verbal skills, including public speaking and written communication.
  • Ability to articulate a vision about preparing youth for the future – social, economic, cultural, and personal perspectives – to partners, funders, and the larger community.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends in outdoor settings.
  • Exercise professional behavior and sound judgment at all times and maintain appropriate boundaries with participants.
  • Ability and willingness to drive youth at times to local or outdoor destinations with either a rented, or agency vehicle.
  • Be 21 years of age or older, must have their own transportation.


  • Bilingual in English & Spanish
  • Familiarity with the Richmond community and/or other Communities of Color.
  • Experience in the field of Youth Development and/or Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) change, and/or Youth
  • Participatory Action Research (YPAR) frameworks or similar.


This is a full-time, 40 hours/week position. The salary range for this position is $56,000-$60,000.

YES offers a generous benefits package to all regular full-time employees that include:

  • 100% medical, dental, vision coverage
  • 403b retirement matching program
  • 10 days vacation in the first year with incremental accruals thereafter, 7 days sick time, 12 holidays,  1 day paid time off for birthdays.
  • Paid holiday closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Increased starting salary for employees who are fluent in the language spoken by the majority of program participants and/or their families.
  • Fully paid 6-week sabbatical program after 6 years of consecutive employment
  • Professional development opportunities


Please email your resume and cover letter to Maria Chan, Human Resources Manager at with the subject line “YES Youth Leaders Coordinator.” The position is open until filled.

YES is an equal opportunity employer and requires all employees to have received an FDA- approved vaccine against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. You will be part of a team that values a diversity of cultures, perspectives, and lived experiences. We carefully consider every applicant who takes the time to apply. YES strives to reflect the community it is proud to engage with and strongly encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to consider working at YES. We seek talented and qualified individuals regardless of age, ancestry, color, creed, ethnicity, gender identity, marital status, military obligations, national origins, physical abilities, race, religion, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

No phone calls, please.

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