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Youth Engagement Strategy Director

Company: XQ Institute
Location: Oakland
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:


XQ Institute is the nation's leading organization dedicated to rethinking the high school experience so that every student graduates ready to succeed in life. We work in communities throughout the country, with individual schools and entire school systems, to help them dream big about what high school could be, turn their innovative ideas into action, and create more rigorous and equitable schools. We share what's working with other schools and districts, so they can tailor new models to the needs of their own students and communities. We know that seeing is believing, so we meet people where they are to share the importance and possibility of change through listening, learning, and storytelling. And our open-source tools, based on research and design thinking, empower people to take up the challenge of transforming their high schools with a unifying goal: unlocking the American promise of a high-quality education for everyone.

The Role
The Youth Engagement Strategy Director will be a connector and a builder who leads the ground-up creation of an XQ community of young people who take an active role in the collective rethinking of high school and educational justice in their communities and nationally. Drawing on deep experience in organizing, the strategy director will build XQ's capacity and extend our reach to mobilize young people as advocates, contributors, and leaders in creating the educational opportunities and experiences they need in their high schools. The work of the director will ultimately be evident in the establishment of an enduring and powerful collective of youth and allies, who together make an impact in the nation's most consequential political, social, and economic settings.

The Youth Engagement Strategy Director will partner closely with XQ colleagues in Campaigns, Growth, and Education Content and Tools to ensure that XQ's messaging to young people is consistent across levels and audiences. This leader will have the capacity, credibility, and vision to represent XQ in forging new collaborations across existing and new organizations in the youth advocacy community. Bilingual and bicultural fluency and connectedness will significantly enhance the impact of the youth engagement strategy director.


Youth Engagement Strategy

  • Establish a strategy, tactics, and goals that prioritize youth voice in XQ's thinking and design
  • Create a roadmap of activities and outcomes (e.g., measures of engagement or commitment; concrete results) to drive the core work of a new XQ youth engagement team.
  • Drive planning, operational execution, and overall performance in line with the strategy and roadmap.
  • Identify and create meaningful opportunities to authentically engage young people in shaping the vision for the future of high school.
  • Envision, plan, organize, execute, and evaluate the success of youth-led events such as roadshows, round-tables, etc. Develop and lead through vision, execution, and application of insights from sourcing participants to invitations, registration, and attendee tracking, presentation and materials support, and pre-and post-event evaluations.
  • At all times, demonstrate an open, inclusive, and participatory leadership style that creates space for authentic youth voice. Approach the work in a spirit of listening and speaking up for, but not on behalf of, youth voice. Youth Audience Development
    • Transform the interest of young people in rethinking high school that has been engendered through XQ's showcases across the performing arts and mass media into opportunities for meaningful contributions to systemic change.
    • Define objectives and outcomes for evolving XQ's existing Student Advisory Committee into an "energy hub" for the organization and its initiatives, in a way that showcases XQ's values and beliefs and inspires others.
    • Work with XQ's social, email, and SMS channels to grow our youth following and to excite and inspire them to be XQ champions both online and offline.
    • Lead and manage wider marketing campaigns and products that have a youth-specific focus (e.g., XQ Challenges and badges, College Pathfinder tool, etc).
    • Contribute to the creation of a suite of tools for connecting community members in ways that create value, inspire creativity, and drive engagement for young people.
    • Articulate and establish the ongoing conversational forums-both offline and online-through which youth will maintain connectedness to the longer-term strategic goals of XQ's work.
    • Ensure that XQ approaches and research are accurately reflected in youth-oriented materials and communications.
    • Demonstrate accountability for achieving the anticipated results and meeting targets for engagement, participation, and other measurable outcomes, both quantitative and qualitative.
    • Ensure efficient and seamless ongoing engagement with young people through systems such as working with XQ's Database Manager to organize and grow our youth audience in our CRM system. Youth Engagement Partnerships
      • Identify, vet, and bring on board partners that can strengthen our community of youth; manage relationships with partners and with young people in ways that reflect impeccable ethics and integrity.
      • Explore brand relationships and product and service opportunities; analyze and predict the impacts for both parties of brand and media connectedness.
      • Define and stand up groups and chapter extensions headed by youth leaders, Student Advisory Council, etc Qualifications and Experience
        • 7+ years of relevant experience in youth development (bonus if you have experience supporting youth-led campaigns)
        • A passion for youth agency, educational equity, and social justice
        • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
        • Familiarity with a wide range of digital engagement tools and channels
        • Experience running events and programs
        • A strategic point of view and knack for project management (you can keep an eye on the big picture while managing the details)
        • Ability to build trusting relationships and collaborate well across geographies and generation
        • Thrives in a fast-paced, high-intensity environment
        • Ability to work to a budget and to make it go a long way
        • Proficient using the latest versions of G-Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Salesforce, and ActiveCampaign etc.
        • Ability to work full-time and outside of typical office hours; some evening and weekend work will be required
        • Ability to adapt to challenges and opportunities with a solution-oriented perspective.
        • Excited to understand and articulate XQ's mission and to embody XQ's brand: bold, imaginative, smart, non-conforming, and hopeful
        • Local to Oakland or the greater Bay Area. While this position will start out location-flexible, you will eventually report to our Oakland office.



          XQ Institute offers competitive benefits and salary for this role.
          To Apply
          Please apply online. In your cover letter, please address why your skills, interests, and experience align with the requirements for this role.

          XQ is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. At XQ, promoting, celebrating, and supporting diversity is a core value. Individuals are considered without regard to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual expression, religion, color, veteran status, disability, marital status, or ancestry.

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