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The Minnesota Youth Collective is a 501(c)(4) organization powered by young people to build a more representative and progressive state for all Minnesotans. We empower the next generation of leaders to take our rightful seat at the decision-making table, elect people who reflect our values, and shape legislation to better the lives of Minnesotans.

We do this by:

  • Supporting and investing in the leadership of young people from underrepresented communities — communities of color, native communities, LGBTQIA+ folks, women, and working-class people.

  • Centering young voices and stories around issues that matter to us and driving real change around these issues.

  • Giving young people opportunities to exercise their political power at every level of government, from working to make local schools more equitable all the way up to holding our representatives in Congress accountable.

  • Making voting more accessible for young people — from registering them to vote to giving them the tools to get their friends out to vote.

  • Weaving art, music, and culture into democracy to make it more approachable and more awesome!



ADVOCACY ORGANIZER

Position Overview

As the Advocacy Organizer, you will work with the organizing team to execute program and advocacy plans to expand the impact of young voices in our democracy through civic engagement and voting. You will work throughout the state to expand access to the ballot, to increase voter turnout, and to help young people connect the issues they care about to voting. You will foster the leadership of other young people, giving them opportunities to lead on the work. You will also work to connect art, music, and culture to the democratic process—this might look like partnering with a young local artist to host an event for other young local artists, or registering voters at a show.

The ideal candidate for this position is passionate about their community, and about changing power dynamics in our democracy to empower young people to take on leadership. They are also committed to expanding access to the ballot for young folks. Candidates should also have a commitment to social justice, anti-oppression, and undoing institutional racism and seek to use the Advocacy Organizer role to further internal organizational goals around these efforts. Staff leadership development is a key piece of the organization’s vision, and you will have access to significant training and learning resources.

Tasks and Responsibilities (Including, But Not Limited To):

  • Lead organizing on the expansion of early vote polling places throughout the state, including on college campuses

  • Work within the organizing team to develop an in-depth civic engagement and advocacy plan to ensure young people are heard at the ballot box

  • Lead work on our Democracy Done Right campaign

  • Recruit and manage volunteer teams, fostering their leadership every step of the way

  • Register young people to vote and talk to them about the issues they care about

  • Organize ballot access expansion and advocate for policies at the state legislature, as well as municipal legislative bodies

  • Organize to increase youth voter turnout

  • Use tracking and reporting systems, and report out to the organizing team on a regular basis

Skills/ Qualifications

*If you don’t have all of these skills or qualifications, that’s ok! Please still apply.

  • A commitment to social justice, anti-oppression, and undoing institutional racism

  • A self-starter, comfortable with taking initiative and ownership over projects

  • Experience managing volunteers

  • Ability to multitask, and know when to ask for help

  • Creative and flexible, able to think outside the box and react to situations quickly

  • Willing to work irregular hours when necessary

  • Comfortable engaging with those you don’t know

  • Strong time management skills, or the willingness to learn those skills

  • Passion for democracy and ballot access!

  • Basic understanding of voter registration process

Details

Send a resume and three references in a PDF, attached to an email explaining your interest in the position to Rahhel Haile (rahhel@mnyouthcollective.org); please include “Advocacy Organizer” in your subject line. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis, and this position will be open until filled. Compensation is $36,000 a year as well as paid vacation, retirement and benefits. This is a full time permanent position with varied evening and weekend requirements. This position may also require some occasional travel throughout Minnesota, and reports directly to the Program Director.

SUMMER FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Position Overview

As a fellow at the Minnesota Youth Collective, you will participate in an 11-week-long training and organizing cohort. A training curriculum to develop your organizing, leadership and personal development skills is at the center of the program. You will use the skills you learn to work on our economic and racial justice agenda items, as well as an effort to expand access to the ballot throughout the summer. You will not only build skills, but learn how to utilize those skills to make real change. Things like an understanding of movement ecology, lobbying, data analysis, and digital organizing will be developed alongside skills like event planning, story telling, voter registration, and electoral organizing. Fellows will be reporting directly to the Organizing Manager. Fellows will also be paired with a mentor in the last few weeks of the fellowship, based on their goals and interests.

The ideal candidate for this position has a desire to learn and grow as an organizer, a willingness to be held accountable to organizational and programmatic goals, and the ability to work closely with others in a team dynamic. They are passionate about their community, and about changing power dynamics in our democracy to empower young people to take on leadership. The ideal candidate also has a commitment to social justice, anti-oppression, and undoing institutional racism and seek to use organizing and the fellowship to further internal organizational goals around these efforts.

Tasks and Responsibilities (Including, But Not Limited To):

  • Use tracking and reporting systems

  • Help maintain a organizational culture that is fun, inclusive and welcoming

  • Work a full 20 hours per week

  • Attend trainings organized by both MNYC staff and outside trainers

  • Attend programmatic and individual check ins with the organizing staff

  • Register young people to vote and talk to them about the issues they care about

  • Participate in voter education work to increase voter turnout in 2019 municipal elections

  • Work as a team to build a large event at the end of the program

  • Assist with organizing for early voting centers on college campuses across the state

  • Lobby city officials and hold them accountable to campaign promises

  • Help create coalitions of young people to build real change around issues that young people care about

Skills/ Qualifications

*If you don’t have all of these skills or qualifications, that’s ok! Please still apply.

  •  A desire to learn organizing skills

  • A commitment to social justice, anti-oppression, and undoing institutional racism

  • A self-starter, comfortable with taking initiative and ownership over projects with support

  • Ability to multitask, and know when to ask for help

  • Creative and flexible, able to think outside the box and react to situations quickly

  • Comfortable engaging with people you don’t know

  • Strong time management skills, or the willingness to learn those skills

  • Commitment to developing an organizational culture that is inclusive, genuine, accessible, and fun

Details

Send an email explaining your interest in the position and a PDF of your resume to Aurora Vautrin (jobs@mnyouthcollective.org); please include “MNYC Fellowship” in your subject line. Applications submitted before April 26th will be given priority consideration. Applicants must be available for a start date of June 3rd; compensation is $15 per hour for 20 hours per week. The program starts on June 3rd and will run through August 16th.

Minnesota Youth Collective is deeply committed to social, racial, gender, and economic justice. We strongly encourage persons of color, black and brown folks, indigenous people, women and gender nonconforming people, LGBTQ individuals, and those who are unemployed or underemployed to apply.


MINNESOTA YOUTH COLLECTIVE IS DEEPLY COMMITTED TO SOCIAL, RACIAL, GENDER, AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE PERSONS OF COLOR, INDIGENOUS FOLKS, WOMEN, LGBTQIA+ INDIVIDUALS, AND THOSE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED OR UNDEREMPLOYED TO APPLY.