Climate Justice Youth Organizer
with Youth on Board
Youth on Board, a leader in the field of youth organizing and voice in Boston and beyond for over 25 years, seeks an enthusiastic and driven individual who is experienced with youth organizing and is interested in environmental justice to join our team as a Climate Organizer. This position is fast-paced, varied, and exciting.
Our ideal candidate will connect and work with young people and understand climate justice through a racial equity lens and have a strong interest in social activism, youth organizing, and coalition-building. The successful candidate must have strong relationship building skills, strong writing and communication abilities, and willing to work with the Youth on Board team on a variety of projects, both climate-related and not.
The Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) is a group of high school students from across the Boston Public School system that is co-administered by Youth on Board in partnership with the Boston Public Schools. The Climate Organizer will work closely with BSAC’s Climate Team.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
As the Climate Justice Youth Organizer, you will work with high school student leaders and program alumni and staff to engage on multiple climate-related projects and campaigns. You will be engaging, purposeful
and deliberative in your interactions with others, building trust and buy-in with a wide range of
individuals including Boston Public Schools administrators and teachers, community-based organizations, coalitions such as Green Justice Coalition, City and State policymakers, and national grassroots campaigns.
Working with our small but dedicated staff, the Climate Organizer is an integral part of the climate justice work, reporting directly to the Director of Youth on Board. The Climate Justice Youth Organizer will design and run climate team meetings represent YOB at outside meetings and events, and ensure projects are successfully implemented by facilitating partnerships, planning events and actions, tracking progress toward goals, and becoming an expert in the field. You’ll be immersed in the Boston climate organizing scene and ensure that young people of color and low-income youth are at the center of the movement. The position will be responsible for working directly with the Climate Team, prepare written materials for the climate justice work, including grant reports and proposals, email correspondence, position papers, and social media. It is also responsible for day to day support of our youth network, ensuring they attend meetings, are present at hearings, etc.
While environmental issues are the cornerstone of this position, active engagement in other Youth on Board projects is expected.
We’re looking for someone who shares our values -
Listens to and respects the voices of young people as leaders;
Committed to ensuring access of information about climate change and environmental justice; for all, especially historically marginalized communities who will be most impacted by climate change, and
A team player who brings a positive attitude and flexible approach, and who is comfortable navigating a variety and diversity of personalities and work styles and appreciation for the position.
And can get the job done -
Ability to connect with, listen to, and support young people living in Boston
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, as well as a high level of comfort using Google tools such as Gmail, Google Shared Drive, and Calendar
Operates well in an organizational culture that is fast-paced, and requires juggling multiple campaigns, projects and deadlines;
Understand climate change and environmental justice terms, themes, and trends;
Excellent people skills, both with youth and adults;
Very strong writing skills;
Strong communicator via email and phone;
Able to work and conduct research independently, and
Works well in a team
Preference is for a full-time candidate, however, hiring the right person is key. We are willing to discuss ¾ time and flexible schedules with qualified candidates.
The position requires attending regular evening and some weekend meetings.
At least 5 years experience in organizing, youth leadership and management
People of color, women, LGBTQ+ are strongly encouraged to apply
Youth on Board values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We actively recruit and encourage people of color, individuals from the LGBTQIAA+ community, and others who identify as a part of historically marginalized communities to join our team. We support equitable opportunity for all people and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for positions in our organization.
Salary $45-65k, commensurate with experience
*Youth on Board is a project of YouthBuild USA*
Please email cover letter and resume to - put Climate Justice Youth Organizer in the subject line. Thank you.