Executive & Operations Assistant, Exempt Full-time; NYC Preferred (open to candidates in YEF key states: AZ, FL, GA, NM, TX); $55,000 – $65,000 commensurate with experience.
Led by young women of color organizers under the age of 35, the Youth Engagement Fund (YEF) is the only donor collaborative dedicated to increasing the civic participation and electoral power of young people. YEF serves as the megaphone for the youth civic engagement within the philanthropic sector as we catalyze and facilitate greater philanthropic investment in building political participation and civic activism among young people, their networks, and communities to accelerate progressive social change. We uplift the voices and agency of young Black, Indigenous, people of color to advance democratic governance and generate a culture of year-round civic engagement. In 2020, YEF granted over $3 million to 53 organizations (movement partners) in 13 states and nationally.
YEF’s grantmaking principles lead through a philanthropic leadership model that: 1) demonstrates commitment to racial equity; 2) supports the advancement and power building of young Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC); 3) adds value to building local infrastructure in key geographic areas with the largest and growing numbers of communities of color; and 4) expands resources for youth focused efforts that create vehicles for youth and communities of color to lead and become life-long civic participants through issues that are important to them. We move money and resources to state-based youth-focused social justice organizations –mainly in the South and Southwest –that engage youth in civic engagement, including non-partisan voter engagement, issue and electoral campaigns. To build, grow and catalyze resources, infrastructure, and leadership in the youth civic engagement sector, YEF (1) provides monetary grants, (2) serves as a connector and convener, and (3) supports access to technical assistance to ensure youth focused groups are equipped with the tools, relationships, and structures necessary for success. YEF brings together diverse donors both institutional and individual, working across issues, and in varied regions, to enable collaborative grantmaking towards the common goals of a more reflective and inclusive democracy.
YEF is committed to Deep Community Care to ensure that the communities we engage define and have agency over the conditions for them to feel safe, supported and healthy; and to Building a New Normal that centers Black, Indigenous, and Youth of Color and their communities, creates intentional pathways to dismantling structural racism and white supremacy, and engages a new wave of politicized young people of color that expands the electorate and transforms American democracy.
Since 2019, YEF has engaged in thoughtful organizational and leadership development processes to meet the demand of the socio-political moment. YEF is guided by the leadership of Executive Director, Alejandra Ruiz who has been involved in the movement for social justice for 17 years since she first shared her story as an undocumented student turned new youth voter. In 2020 YEF optimized capacity and talent to meet the demands of the moment, and the vision for a transformative future in philanthropy. YEF’s team is made up of young women of color with deep expertise, training and lived experience in the areas of democracy and civic engagement, youth leadership, immigration, criminal justice, resource organizing, philanthropy and capacity building. Joining YEF is an opportunity to be part of a new approach to building a philanthropic community towards a vision for intersectional grantmaking. Working with YEF is an opportunity to excel and grow as a leader. YEF has a strong commitment to the personal and professional development of its staff.
This is a vital position in the organization that serves the effectiveness and capacity of the Executive Director, focused on providing direct organizational management and executive support through operations and communications. The Executive & Operations Assistant works closely with the Executive Director and will primarily manage the day to day operations of the organization while serving as the primary point of contact for internal (staff, board, fiscal sponsor’s project manager) and external stakeholders (donors, grantees, and organizational partners). They will collaborate with the Donor Organizing Officer to track, manage and ensure timely progress on deadlines related to grantmaking.
Executive Director Support
$55,000 – $65,000 commensurate with experience. A competitive benefits package includes health, dental, vision, and life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, paid holidays, and generous vacation and sick time. Opportunities for additional training and advancement are available.
Please send a cover letter (max 2 pages) and resume to email@example.com. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
The Youth Engagement Fund is a fiscally sponsored project of NEO Philanthropy. NEO Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.