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Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Advocates for Youth relies on dedicated staff to accomplish its mission. Below are current job and internship openings.











Youth Activist Network Coordinator

SCALE LEVEL: Coordinator

PROGRAM: Youth Activist Network

SUPERVISOR: Associate Director of Organizing & Mobilization

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates provides information, training, and advocacy to youth, youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Organizing & Mobilization, the Youth Activist Network Coordinator will assist in efforts to expand, engage, and mobilize Advocates’ Youth Activist Network of 75,000 focusing on college campus based initiatives such as the 1 in 3 Campaign, and the Campus Organizer Team.


The Youth Activist Network (YAN) consists of approximately 75,000 youth from across the United States willing to take action to support young people’s rights to comprehensive sexual health information and services. Through new media, face-to-face meetings, and intensive trainings, Advocates provides these young people with information and builds their skills on issues such as reproductive and sexual health, advocacy, media outreach, and youth organizing, among other topics, in order to create an active and mobilized network of youth activists willing to conduct cultural and political advocacy. Within the YAN, the campus-based initiatives currently include the 1 in 3 Campaign, the Great American Condom Campaign, and the Campus Organizer Team.

The 1 in 3 Campaign is a grassroots movement to start a new conversation about abortion—telling our stories, on our own terms. Through harnessing the power of storytelling the campaign aims to challenge the cultural stigma around abortion and inspire action to strengthen the support for abortion access. Through the 1 in 3 Campaign, Advocates recruits, trains and supports activists from 20 campuses in organizing efforts to end stigma and promote access to abortion services.

The Campus Organizer Team is a project to train, support and mentor activists from ten college campus organizations across the United States, assisting them to mobilize and empower their peers in the fight for honest sex education, condom/contraceptive access, the rights of LGBTQ youth, and/or HIV prevention, among others. Campus Organizers serve as activists, advocates, and spokespeople at the local, state, and national level.


  • Recruit youth activists from college campuses to join Advocates' campaigns.
  • Facilitate youth activist trainings on campus organizing, advocacy, policy, and youth sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice.
  • Conduct on-going technical assistance, providing student organizers with strategic assistance, on-site training, resources, and materials to conduct advocacy activities on their campuses.
  • Serve as a one of the lead event planners of Advocates’ annual youth activist training institute, The Urban Retreat, a meeting of 140 activists held annually in Washington DC by facilitating planning meetings, coordinating staff responsibilities, working with program and policy staff to create overall training agendas, and oversee event logistics.
  • Coordinate two regional trainings for 1 in 3 Campaign activists in target states.
  • Build relationships with local and state reproductive justice organizations.
  • Prepare and develop activism toolkits, campaign materials, and background materials for use by campus activists.
  • Represent the organization in selected coalition meetings and activities, as requested.
  • Write monthly reports on activities.
  • Assist with other specific Youth Activist Network projects as necessary including, but not limited to, alumni engagement.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree required. Must have at least two years of experience with student organizing and a demonstrated interest in young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, abortion access, advocacy, and policy. Demonstrated capacity to work with a diverse group is required along with good judgment, cultural competency, attention to detail, ability to work respectfully with peers and supervisors, and flexibility in a fast-paced environment. Ability to pay keen attention to detail, prioritize and/or seek guidance on how to prioritize projects, and meet tight deadlines. Event planning experience is a plus. Excellent interpersonal, writing, and communication skills. Commitment to Advocates for Youth’s mission and goals.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and three references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . No phone calls, please. Deadline for applications is close of business Friday, October 3, 2014.

Program Manager, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

TITLE: Program Manager, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

SUPERVISOR: Associate Director, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth is an international, nonprofit organization that creates programs and advocates for policies that help young people make safe, responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), Advocates for Youth aims to address high rates of teen pregnancy and contribute new research to the adolescent sexual and reproductive health field by achieving two goals:

  • Increase the capacity of key stakeholders in three communities --Washington, DC, Orangeburg, SC, and Los Angeles, CA -- to address high teen pregnancy and birth rates by developing, pilot testing and evaluating a Community Prevention Framework designed to increase community support, expand funding, strengthen partnerships, expand evidence-based interventions and shift social norms.
  • Create a replicable model to help other communities develop community prevention frameworks by evaluating the planning process, documenting capacity-building training and implementation processes, and disseminating lessons learned.

GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION: Work with the Associate Director, Teen Pregnancy Prevention to coordinate efforts to develop and deliver tailored training and technical assistance; tools; resources; and publications to build the capacity of a Core Partner in each of the target communities to mobilize and support key stakeholders to develop a Community Prevention Framework. Deliver training and technical assistance; compile data for publications; and conduct or coordinate research for the department.

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree with seven to ten years or a Master’s Degree with three to five years of programmatic or specialized technical experience in the following areas: community mobilization, project sustainability, project management, and systems development, preferably in the field of adolescent reproductive and sexual health and/or teen pregnancy.

The successful candidate will bring:

  • Strong management skills, including the ability to develop, implement, and supervise a wide range of activities;
  • Extensive experience brokering, managing and evaluating training and technical assistance activities;
  • Extensive experience developing policy and procedures for the management of training and technical assistance;
  • Keen analytical and research skills with the ability to synthesize and coordinate complex concepts;
  • The capacity to write and speak clearly and persuasively to a wide range of audiences, including OAH project and science officers, Core Partners, and community stakeholders;
  • Extensive skill in relationship building with team members and external partners;
  • Ability to travel up to one week per month;
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate initiative and multi-task to ensure high quality products and customer service delivery;
  • Experience with successfully managing a program in a fast-paced, goals-oriented environment;
  • Experience with grants management (federal grants management a plus); program planning, implementation, and evaluation, and communications;
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and facilitation skills;
  • The competence to handle a dynamic and changing agenda.


  • Collect data for the development of case studies, training materials and other publications, including curricula, fact sheets, bibliographies, literature reviews, planning guides, and toolkits.
  • Maintain a coordinated training and technical assistance calendar and a repository of training and technical assistance experts on collective impact, teen pregnancy prevention, sustainability, capacity development and community prevention frameworks.
  • Facilitate conference calls, technical assistance visits, workshops, and regional training sessions for Core Partners, leadership team members and advisory committee members.
  • Collaborate with Core Partners to ensure that strategic, coordinated technical assistance is identified, brokered, implemented and evaluated.
  • Oversee on-site meeting arrangements for Advocates’ sponsored events as well as trainings and site visits.
  • Respond to oral and written requests for information about teen pregnancy prevention, evidence-based interventions, research, and evaluation.
  • Coordinate efforts of the department to effectively plan, implement, and deliver all work plan activities in order to achieve project goals.
  • Assist with the development of the annual OAH project continuation application, interim/annual report, and final report, and oversee the completion and submission of technical assistance reports to the OAH.
  • Provide direct supervision to project interns.
  • Complete other tasks as assigned.

Qualified candidates should be:

  • Committed to Advocates for Youth’s mission
  • Systems-oriented and effective multi-tasker
  • Independent, highly organized, and detail-oriented self-starter
  • Energetic, hard-working, and enthusiastic team player
  • Flexible, resourceful, and persistent change agent
  • Creative, imaginative, and innovative problem solver
  • Able to problem-solve staff concerns and challenges
  • Diplomatic
  • A leader who enjoys working with others

Anticipated start date: October 15, 2014

Note: that this position is a one-year position contingent on additional funding.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample to:

Suzette Brann at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . No phone calls please.

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