PLN 1000

Youth Advocacy Manager

Clinical Services, 849 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, California, United States of America Req #231
Monday, May 13, 2024

About PLN

Founded on Skid Row in 1980, Para Los Niños provides education and wraparound support, serving over 10,000 children, youth, and families annually in some of the most underserved areas in Los Angeles. PLN fosters pathways to success by striving for excellence in education, family support, and comprehensive social-emotional, and community-based services.

Through early education, TK-8th grade education, youth workforce services, and family and community services Para Los Niño’s’ model provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to break the cycle of poverty and help children and youth thrive.

Position Overview

Under the direct supervision of the Associate Director, Government and Community Relations (with support from the Managing Director, External Affairs), the Youth Advocacy Manager, will support the Digital Equity and the Cannabis Tax Revenue initiatives to raise visibility and support from elected, civic, and community leaders for Para Los Niños’ mission and work. 

The Youth Advocacy Manager will collaborate with program staff and external partners to build a pipeline of youth advocates in support of Para Los Niños’ Advocacy Initiatives, with a primary focus on Digital Equity and Cannabis Tax Revenue. This is a great opportunity for a dynamic, experienced, entrepreneurial, and thoughtful leader who can work independently to recruit, train, and engage the city’s youth leaders and lead advocacy initiatives to shape the future of Los Angeles. 


The Youth Advocacy Manager will perform a broad range of duties including:

  • Monitor the Digital Equity (DE) and Cannabis Tax Revenue (CTR) Advocacy landscape and research data, policies, and processes.
  • Lead, design, and implement the program for PLN’s youth advocacy councils for Digital Equity and Cannabis Tax Revenue. 
  • Develop goals, as well as short term and long-term advocacy strategies for DE and CTR. 
  • Lead the recruitment of youth and the engagement with coalition members and external partners.
  • Lead the development and implementation of strategies and engagement toolkits to equip students to be knowledgeable and effective DE and CTR advocates. 
  • Develop, support, and lead a cohort of youth from organizations across Los Angeles to engage community leaders and local, state, and federal policy makers regarding DE and CTR. 
  • Meet regularly with youth, partners, caregivers, and families to promote advocacy initiatives and programs. 
  • Develop and conduct/facilitate presentations through informational meetings, teach-ins, retreats, workshops, etc., to build understanding and greater alignment to the DE and CTR initiatives. 
  • Represent PLN in working groups and coalitions to ensure young people’s experiences and needs of youth are uplifted. 
  • Work with the communications team to update external and internal communications (newsletters, social media, etc.) to reflect PLN’s advocacy activities. 
  • Prepare drafts of letters, testimonies, comments, legislative updates, action alerts, and background materials for internal and external audiences.
  • Evaluate and maintain progress and measure effectiveness toward reaching established goals to further refine strategies in successive efforts. 
  • Attend relevant trainings and workshops to stay current on topics and issues related to youth advocacy and the communities PLN serves.
  • Research and support on other advocacy topics that align with DE, CTR, or other PLN initiatives. 
  • Provide weekly update to External Affairs Team.
  • Other duties as assigned, including, but not limited to supporting PLN events hosted by External Affairs.

Qualifications and Experience Requirements

  • Commitment to Para Los Niños’ core values and mission.
  • Minimum 1-3 years of professional experience, preferably in the non-profit sector and/or with a volunteer program Education Requirements.
  • Knowledge of school environments, early education, youth workforce services, and other policies that impact our programs.
  • Self-starter with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and coordinate multiple large projects through planning, prioritizing, and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a multi-layered organization and build strong relationships with diverse stakeholders, including educators, school leaders, other school-based and home office staff, civic leaders, and elected officials.
  • Proficient communication skills: Ability to write memoranda, create reports and facilitate meetings. 
  • Data fluency: Expertise in designing/evaluating both canned and ad hoc reports.
  • Goal Setting: Understanding of outcome-based performance and process for determining key metrics.
  • Comfortable registering as a lobbyist in the City of Los Angeles.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Experience in policy and advocacy.
  • Experience working with legislative staff and elected officials.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Database Experience.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.

Education and Certification Requirements 

  • Successfully pass all post offer, pre-employment screening requirements, including criminal background check, drug test and provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Current certification in CPR/First Aid.  

Other Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license plus ability to provide own transportation to complete travel requirements of job.
  • Hybrid work schedule; must be in office a minimum of two (2) days per week 
  • Work schedule requires occasional evenings and weekends as needed.

Physical Requirements

To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

  • Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend.
  • Must be able to speak and hear well. 
  • Good vision is imperative. 
  • Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. 
  • Employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds without assistance.

Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff

Candidates for employment at Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:

  • Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
  • Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards -- for self, students, and colleagues.
  • Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development.
  • Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
  • Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
  • Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
  • Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively handle challenging situations.
  • Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
  • Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.

Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Other details

  • Job Function Full Time
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $66,498.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $73,810.00
  • Travel Required Yes
  • Required Education Bachelor’s Degree
Location on Google Maps
  • Clinical Services, 849 E. 6th Street, Los Angeles, California, United States of America