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Youth Advocacy Specialist

Sacramento (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Sacramento (United States of America)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Communication and Public Information
  • Closing Date:

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Job Overview: The Youth Advocacy Specialist is responsible for delivering youth services under the REACH (Refugees Engaging for Activism and Community Health) program. The Youth Specialist will work alongside the Youth Specialist and Youth Program Coordinator as well as a team of 6-12 refugee youth to inform the community on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention and intervention. The Youth Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for community advocacy activities as detailed below.

Major Responsibilities:

Community Advocacy

·Conduct listening sessions and administer surveys to community members, collecting data on substance abuse in the community.

·Provide at least 15 tailored community presentations annually to reduce stigma and increase awareness around substance use and prevention.

·Work in tandem with school districts and other community-based organizations to highlight youth eligible for REACH services.

·Communicate with the Youth Team to update presentations, ensuring that content is consistently revised to meet the needs of the target population.

·Provide Tech School trainings alongside the Youth Program Coordinator to teach youth valuable digital skills that will inform them on topics relevant to substance abuse prevention and intervention.

·Develop and enhance Tech School curricula including digital resources used, topics covered, content, guest speakers, and activities between peers.

·Oversee monthly social media campaigns on the topic of ATOD prevention and intervention including coordinating outreach, marketing, and prizes and quarterly youth social events

·Engage youth on the Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) in all aspects of community advocacy including in-person and digital outreach events, presentation preparation, and the selected of outreach events.

·Document client participation and progress, adhering to grant requirements.

·Track all grant progress including hours covered in leadership trainings per participant, as well as hours per participants in Tech School to ensure all grant outcomes are met or exceeded.

·Organize and execute the annual Social Media Showcase community event showcasing youth’s prevention work and advocating to policy makers.


·Complete administrative responsibilities including tracking time and effort, annual development of professional goals, and the 90 day onboarding plan.

·Other responsibilities as assigned.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:Youth Program Coordinator

Position directly supervises: Interns and volunteers

Indirect Reporting: Luke Johnson, Workforce Development ManagerInternal and/or external contacts: Coordinates regularly with Sacramento Workforce Development team and local partners

Job Requirements:


·Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree a plus

Work Experience:

·1-3 years experience with youth counseling, case management, or coaching strongly preferred.

·1-3 years experience working in or managing grant funded programs.

·1-3 years experience in ATOD prevention or intervention.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

·Multi-cultural experience and demonstrated ability to communicate well with youth of varied backgrounds required

·Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking and presentation creation

·Proven ability to take initiative, creatively problem solve and lead with versatility in a fast-paced work environment

·Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required

·Experience using data and fiscal tracking systems strongly preferred

·Flexible availability necessary

Language Skills:

·Proficiency in a refugee language such as Dari, Farsi, or Pashto an asset

Working Environment:Standard office environment

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.


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