Director, Youth Engagement

Peer Health Exchange

The Details

Location: NYC, New York

Department: Diversity and Equity

Employment Type: Full time

Minimum Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor

Compensation: Approx. Mid $90,000s to Low $100,000s

This is a full-time, salaried position based from any of our PHE locations. All PHE staff are currently temporarily remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Opportunity

As the Director, Youth Engagement you will design and implement best practices across the organization on our youth engagement strategy. In addition to coaching and supporting internal Teams on our youth engagement best practices, this role will collaborate with young people to inform future best practices and standards for our youth engagement work. You will partner with and report directly to the Head, Talent & Equity.

Here’s what you should know:

This is a full-time, salaried position based from any of our PHE locations. All PHE staff are currently temporarily remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking for more information about our awesome benefits, culture and more? Visit our Careers Page and check us out on Glassdoor!

Here’s what you will do as part of our team:

Youth Engagement Strategy

  • Define annual organizational commitments for youth engagement in partnership with Head, Talent & Equity

  • Develop organizational standards for behaviors that amplify youth voice, acknowledging and encouraging diverse identities, truths, and perspectives

  • Create spaces for young people / students’ experiences, perspectives, and identities to support a strategic, holistic, long-term approach that lends itself to enduring and meaningful impact aligned to our organizational vision and mission

National Strategy Implementation

  • Co-design and coordinate the nationwide implementation of PHE’s youth engagement programming with internal colleagues and incorporating youth input

  • Lead the research, selection, and implementation of a youth engagement framework aligned to PHE’s mission; design and deliver related trainings for PHE adult staff members

  • Partner with Organizational Learning & Strategy Team to assess effectiveness of youth engagement strategies, practices, and behaviors

  • Manage, assess, and report on the impact of our youth engagement strategy

Staff Management & Coaching

  • Manage and develop direct report (Fellow, DEI) to a sustained high level of performance through coaching, mentorship, etc. to ensure that they are constantly acquiring new skills, as well as enhancing and growing their current skills

  • Create and implement effective and relevant staff onboarding and training in conjunction with other departments

  • Serve as an internal subject matter expert, sharing knowledge of best practices and trends for engaging high school aged young people, coaching staff members, and making recommendations aligned with internal frameworks

  • Directly supervise and collaborate with high school-aged young people, ensure their perspectives are captured in all youth-facing workstreams, products, and services

The Skills You'll Need

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrate a strong passion for PHE’s mission to build healthier communities with young people; strong alignment with PHE’s core values of Health Equity, Commitment, Communication, Agency, and Impact

  • Direct experience and competence working within/with organizations serving underrepresented communities

  • Commitment to centering youth voice, community partnership, diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Strong communicator and relationship-builder with high self-awareness and emotional intelligence

  • 5+ years of progressively responsible work experience working with young people, youth engagement, and/or community engagement, rooted in anti-adultism and critical thought

  • At least 1 year of experience coaching adult learners across various staff levels

  • Expertise in internal communications, project or program management, and initiative implementation

Preferred qualifications

  • College-level education with an emphasis on human services, child development, sociology, psychology, or similar areas

  • 1 years of management experience

The People

You will partner with and report directly to the Head, Talent & Equity.

The Organization

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) is a national non-profit organization that creates education opportunities for peers to share the tools and resources young people need to make healthy decisions. Since 2003, we have trained more than 15,000 college students to deliver in-person health education to over 188,000 high school-aged young people in communities across the country. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we re-designed our in-person programming to be delivered virtually and partnered with high school students to understand their mental health needs. Following that collaboration, we launched our app for young people ages 13 – 18. In the past year, we’ve expanded from two in-person program models to five in-person and digital program offerings and we are continuing to grow! Our mission is critical, our team is diverse, and our work is vibrant. Check us out on TikTok (@peerhealthexchange)!

Learn more about our responsiveness and shift to digital in this article co-authored by our colleagues “Youths Know What They Need to Support Their Mental Health”!

About the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Team

In 2015, PHE made a bold commitment to moving from intent to action on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Now, we are looking ahead to becoming an organization where a young person we serve could one day see themselves thriving here as an employee. A core definition of equity in our current strategic plan equity is “advancing health equity with young people by amplifying their voices and their leadership”.

The Next Steps

Please submit your resume and cover letter telling us why you are interested in our team and this role!

At Peer Health Exchange, we celebrate difference and are committed to providing equitable opportunities, addressing the effects of power and privilege. PHE is proud to be an equal employment opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, physical disability, veteran status or length of time spent unemployed. We want to empower people to change lives!