Operations Associate (FCYO)

The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) seeks a highly-organized, passionate and multi-talented candidate with a commitment to supporting youth-led social justice to fill a new Operations Associate (OA) position that will manage administrative and logistics support to the organization’s expanded programming. Reporting to the Manager of Operations & Development, the OA will support FCYO’s current and emerging programming across areas including: event planning and logistics, financial and general operations and grants administration. The ideal candidate brings a strong commitment to social justice issues, attention to detail, eagerness to work in youth and young adult organizing sector, interest in philanthropy, experience with event-planning and administrative duties and the ability to thrive and succeed in a dynamic, fluid workplace environment.

The OA can be based in New York City or Philadelphia, PA will and work directly with the Manager of Operations & Development, but will also work closely with the Executive Director, other FCYO staff members and FCYO Board of Advisory members.


Administration (40%): The OA will manage the organization’s financial management and organizational management, collecting and reconciling credit card reports, drafting consulting contracts, drafting grant agreements, processing invoices and payments, updating monthly cash flow statements, and coordinating FCYO’s virtual office. The OA will also carry out administrative duties with regard to FCYO’s Funder Advocacy & Communications, including updating contact lists, organizing and aggregating data and creating data reports.

Logistics (30%): The OA will manage the logistics for multiple program-specific convenings and meetings, as well as FCYO staff and Board of Advisors meetings, across the country, including helping to plan and implement FCYO’s National Youth CORE Convening in 2017. This will include planning meetings, booking travel and accommodations, coordinating with vendors, coordinating and providing transportation, and providing on-the-ground support to manage logistics of events across the country as well as helping to shape the overall events.

Fundraising & reporting (20%): The OA will support FCYO’s fundraising by helping to draft grant proposals, create project budgets, collect due diligence documents, and write and submit grant reports.

Program Support (10%): The OA will provide direct support to FCYO program staff and Board of Advisors in developing and implementing initiatives in support of the youth organizing field. This could include assisting in grant review processes, developing strategy, creating communications materials, representing FCYO at external events.


  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience in a professional environment
  • Interest in fields related to current program initiatives (community organizing, youth development, youth civic engagement, food justice, school wellness, and public health) strongly desired
  • Strong aptitude for, and interest in, administrative, financial, and operational processes
  • Experience with MS Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint, and PowerPoint and ability to learn other software as needed
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Skilled in event or meeting management, with the highest degree of attention to detail and demonstrated poise under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people
  • Handles multiple priorities and meets deadlines, and anticipates and proactively responds to work requests
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and values collaboration and teamwork
  • Strong commitment to social, economic and racial justice issues
  • Consistent and dependable for full-time work and able to work overtime when needed
  • Willingness and ability to travel within the United States between 10-25 days a year

Physical Demands

Candidate must have the ability to communicate via voice telephone and teleconference, read and understand written communication, and generate written communication manually and using a computer. Candidate must have the ability to travel by airplane, and handle on-the-ground logistics for convenings, traveling and meeting with multiple vendors and transporting meeting materials. Candidate must also have the ability to sit at a desk for 2-3 hours at a time, lift and move documents and supplies not to exceed 25 lbs., and bend to file and retrieve documents.

Location: New York City or Philadelphia, PA

Job Type: Full-Time, exempt.

Start Date: September 1, 2017


Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and long and short-term disability coverage; 401K; generous paid vacation and sick time off; and other types of paid leave.

FCYO is a project of and fiscally sponsored by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. FCYO is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from women, people of color, and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender communities.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.


Interested applicants should send a resume and one-page cover letter by July 18, 2017 to Will Buford, Operations and Development Manager, at [email protected] Please put “Operations Associate” in the subject line of your message. No phone calls please.

About the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing

Founded in 2000, the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is a dynamic collective of social justice funders and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social change. FCYO’s mission is to increase resources to the field of youth organizing and promote the leadership of low-income young people and young people of color in social justice organizing. Our work is focused on the following program areas:

  • Strategic Grantmaking & Capacity Building: to strengthen the organizational capacity, sustainability, power, and efficacy of youth organizing groups.
  • Infrastructure Development: to build a more connected youth organizing field with shared strategies to engage more young people, expand power, and address pressing issues
  • Funder Advocacy and Communications: to build an aligned and growing base of funders committed to youth organizing and to expand the base of knowledge about this work.

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