Staff Positions Open

Conexiones Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator

SCHEDULE:

30 hours per week, Full-time — health care insurance included PAY: $18.16 - $21.16 Per hour based on experience

AGENCY:

The Diversity Center LOCATION: Watsonville and Santa Cruz

AGENCY MISSION:

The Diversity Center is building an equitable community where LGBTQ+ people thrive.

For 30 years, people just like you, have come together at The Diversity Center to support each other in creating authentic lives. Last year alone, thousands of people accessed our many affirming programs, trainings, and outreach activities.

The Diversity Center works to build a vibrant diverse community, promote health and well-being, and advance social justice for the LGBTQ+ community.

Our nine paid staff members and more than 300 community volunteers work together to deliver our Youth Program, Conexiones (a program for Latinx youth and young adults in the Pajaro Valley), our Transgender Program, our 60Plus Program (for seniors), our Resource Center and Trainings.

We are looking for a Conexiones Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator to join our team.

POSITION:

The Conexiones Youth and Young Adult Coordinator creates programming and provides resources and referrals in Santa Cruz county with a focus on supporting LGBTQ+ Latinx youth and young adults (YYA) who are 12 - 25 years old in Watsonville.

The Conexiones Youth and Young Adult Coordinator is responsible for working in partnership with the Youth Program Coordinator to run our vibrant county-wide youth program for Latinx LGBTQ+ youth and their allies, with a focus on programming in Watsonville.

Through support groups, workshops, political and social events, Conexiones creates a network where YYA of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds can build community and stay connected.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Facilitate weekly Friday afternoon LGBTQ+ youth group in Watsonville and Sat. youth groups in Santa Cruz.

● Provide support to Gender & Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) throughout the county, with a focus on Middle, High Schools, and Cabrillo College in Watsonville

● Organize events for LGBTQ+ youth in collaboration with Youth Program Coordinator

● Coordinate monthly meet-ups for Latinx LGBTQ+ young adults that focus on leadership, community organizing, and educational workshops

● Conduct regular outreach for The Diversity Center’s programs to Latinx LGBTQ+ YYA

● Provide mentorship and support to local Latinx LGBTQ+ YYA leaders and their allies

● Make referrals regarding immediate needs of LGBTQ+ YYA

● Supervise YYA interns and volunteers

● Organize two larger bilingual events each year for the YYA and Adult LGBTQ+ Latinx community in Watsonville

● Develop and maintain strong working relationships with community partners and stakeholders throughout Santa Cruz County, with a focus in Watsonville

● Assist the Training and Education Department with bilingual presentations and curriculum building when needed (professional development will be provided)

● Actively seek and participate in Watsonville community events

● Manage and update program-related social media

● Complete program administrative duties (data collection, grant reporting, progress reporting, etc)

● Attend staff meetings, supervision meetings, and other meetings as assigned

● Attend and work at key Diversity Center events including our annual Gala, holiday parties, local and regional Pride parades, conferences, and fundraisers

QUALIFICATIONS:

● Must be available to work Friday and Saturdays afternoons for our youth group meetings

● A commitment to empowering Latinx LGBTQ+ YYA

● Bilingual, with proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in Spanish

● Works well independently and collaboratively with a team

● Access to a car and current driver’s license to complete GSA visits and attend events around the county

● Excellent interpersonal skills and sound judgement

● Strong oral and written communication skills

● Passing livescan (fingerprint) clearance PREFERRED

● Related experience providing direct service in a youth development setting

● Experience facilitating workshops/meetings

● Experience with race/diversity/equity issues

● Experience with social networking sites

● Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Applications

● Has a positive attitude

● Time management and organizational skills

The ideal candidate will have the majority of the skills outlined in this job description. However, if you fit most, but not all, of the skills, please apply anyway. In any case, please be direct in your cover letter about your strengths, interests, and “fit” for this position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to staffing@diversitycenter.org by Fri. July 12. Please include Conexiones Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator Application in your subject line. Please also include three references (professional or volunteer work) in your application. Only Word Documents or PDF files will be accepted.

Questions? If you have questions about the position, you can email Program Director, Emilio Barajas at programdirector@diversitycenter.org or by phone at 831-425-5422 x 127.


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