City of Boston

Immigrant Youth Organizer

Req ID
2024-26330
Dept
Immigrant Advancement
Position
Regular Full-Time
Location
May Community Participate
Salary Min
60,470.46
Salary Max
83,867.28
Union
MYO
Openings
1
Posting End Date
7/30/2024
Contact Email
paola.reyes@boston.gov

Overview:

The Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement (MOIA) strives to strengthen the ability of immigrants to fully and equitably participate in the economic, civic, social, and cultural life in Boston. MOIA also promotes the recognition and public understanding of the contributions of immigrants to the City. The Immigrant Youth Organizer, under the Civic Engagement Coordinator's guidance, supports the Immigrant Youth Advancement Program (formerly “Dreamers Fellowship”) to provide equitable and engaging work experience opportunities for immigrant youth aged 14-24, regardless of their immigration status.

 

Community Organizing: Community organizing is the practice of identifying and developing leaders to create spaces for them to engage with local stakeholders to advance local issues of concern. Organizers can build relationships with impacted community members and serve as mentors to guide them through civic endeavors, tactics, and techniques that provide a voice for historically underrepresented communities. This role in particular focuses on immigrant youth in the City of Boston.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Supports the day-to-day operations of the Immigrant Youth Advancement (IYA) Program.
  • Work collaboratively with the Civic Engagement Coordinator and other program staff to ensure a cohesive and effective program approach.
  • Ensure that program activities provided by partner organizations align with its objectives and that they are engaging and meaningful for immigrant youth participants.
  • Collaborate with community organizations, schools, and local agencies to identify and connect with immigrant youth who can benefit from the program.
  • Build and maintain partnerships to enhance program offerings and resources.
  • Maintain accurate records of program activities, participant data, and any relevant reports required of partner organizations.
  • Identify opportunities for expansion; develop and execute strategies to scale up the program's capacity to serve up to 1000 immigrant youth in the next fiscal year.
  • Create an inclusive and welcoming environment that respects cultural diversity and promotes a sense of belonging.
  • Foster a safe and supportive space for immigrant youth to share their experiences and challenges.
  • Promote and implement strategies to ensure equitable access to program opportunities across the City of Boston for all immigrant youth, regardless of their immigration status, such as the Mayor’s Youth Council.
  • Raise awareness about immigration-related issues and their impact on young people by learning from youth experiences and identifying opportunities for continued MOIA advocacy to address the needs.
  • Participates in regular office responsibilities, including phone coverage.
  • Coordinates, facilitates, attends, and supports meetings as needed.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Implement an outreach plan to engage the IYA network of community partners, including a biweekly newsletter (a significant percentage of the Organizer’s time will be spent in the field, conducting outreach and building community institutional relationships to generate new contacts and members).
  • Regularly communicate with the IYA network community partners to support inputting and tracking of youth names, participation, and contact information.
  • Conduct regular follow-up communication with the IYA network to ensure engagement and gather feedback.
  • Think creatively about existing campaigns and coalitions and consider how immigrant youth can meaningfully contribute.
  • Assist community partners in developing a shared curriculum for youth to build their capacity for public speaking, community organizing and a focus on youth wellbeing.
  • Identify and cultivate partnerships with ally organizations to expand support for immigrant youth and foster opportunities to represent MOIA on relevant coalitions in Massachusetts.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have at least three (3) years of full time, or equivalent part-time experience working with immigrant youth or in youth development programs, community organizing efforts, program development and implementation, and/or organization of training and community events. Bachelor’s degree can be substituted for two (2) year of the required experience.
  • Familiarity with issues related to youth empowerment and leadership development.
  • Knowledge of relevant local resources and services for immigrant youth.
  • Experience in program coordination or management is a plus.
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, especially with young people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Cultural competency and sensitivity to the unique needs of immigrant youth and communities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with community partners and stakeholders.
  • Previous experience with data collection and program evaluation preferred.
  • Ability to organize and inspire cooperation and collaboration.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge of the diverse immigrant communities across Boston.
  • Fluency in English and another language preferred.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate evenings and weekends events.
  • Detail-oriented, excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to plan workflow and multi-task.
  • Boston Residency Required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

 

Terms:

Union/Salary Plan/Grade: EXM/MO-7

Hours per week: 35

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