Program 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 Program Associate (PA) position that will provide support to the organization’s expanded programming. The PA will support FCYO’s growing communications and funder advocacy work, helping to develop communications and funder advocacy materials, implement a multi-faceted, narrative communications plan, and participate in the development and implementation of FCYO’s various funder advocacy and education events. The PA will also provide support to all areas of FCYO’s current and new programming launching in the fall of 2016 across areas, including: event logistics, grants management, program evaluation and financial administration. The ideal candidate brings a strong analysis of social justice issues, knowledge off the youth and young adult organizing sector, some experience with philanthropy, exceptional writing skills, experience with administrative duties and the ability to thrive and succeed in a dynamic, fluid workplace environment.

The PA will be based in Oakland, CA and work directly with the Manger of Operations & Development, but will also work closely with the Executive Director, Program Director and Board of Advisory members.


Communications & Evaluation (40%)

The Program Associate will be a key member of the communications & funder advocacy team, supporting the planning and implementation of FCYO’s communications plan across various programs. This will include helping to program implementation plans, creating narrative content, digital strategy, managing FCYO’s email list and social media, media research, writing blog and social media content, updating FCYO’s website, managing online event registration, attending funder and movement convenings to represent the organization, evaluating programs and using data and narratives to further FCYO’s funder advocacy plan.

Administration (20%)

The PA will support the organization’s financial management and organizational management, collecting and reconciling credit card reports, drafting consulting contracts, processing invoices and payments, updating monthly cash flow statements, coordinating meetings. 

Logistics (20%): The PA will provide logistics support to several program specific convenings 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, 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%): Support FCYO’s fundraising by helping to draft grant proposals, collect due diligence documents, and write and submit grant reports.


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in social justice work with an entry level of understanding of the youth organizing landscape nationally, including experience with youth organizing groups. Experience in fields related to current program initiatives (community organizing, youth development, youth civic engagement, food justice, school wellness, and public health) strongly desired.
  • Strong communications skills including excellent writing, editing and critical reading, preparing and delivering presentations, and strong oral communication skills; comfortable presenting information at meetings and conferences, and representing FCYO in the broader community.
  • Strong social justice analysis and understanding of movement building strategy across multiple social justice issues.
  • Basic financial management and accounting skills.
  • Experience with digital communications writing and using social media in a professional capacity (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
  • Strong skills with MS Office suite, including using basic financial management/accounting applications of Excel.
  • Some experience with grantwriting and fundraising desired.
  • Experience in event logistics planning and event management desired.
  • Graphic design and web development experience a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people.
  • Outstanding creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, while working independently, managing multiple projects effectively.
  • Second language fluency a plus.

Location: Oakland or San Francisco Bay area preferred.

Job Type: Full-Time, exempt.

Start Date: September 1, 2016

Compensation: 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.

More information about FCYO can be found at  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 cover letter by July 15, 2016 to Will Buford, Operations and Development Manager, at [email protected] Please put “Program 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, Advisory, and Learning: to build an aligned and growing base of funders committed to youth organizing
  • Research and Communications: to expand the base of knowledge about the impacts of youth organizing and develop a shared narrative around this work

 To date, FCYO has:

  • Developed and disseminated eleven installments of the Occasional Papers Series, one of the most referenced resources on youth organizing, and conducted national field scans on the trends, challenges and opportunities in the field;
  • Distributed over $6.5 million in grants to youth organizing groups and intermediaries through our grantmaking programs;
  • Influenced numerous foundations to fund youth organizing, and supported foundations in developing their own grantmaking strategies;
  • Organized historic national gatherings and meetings of youth organizing groups to network, provide peer support, and share effective practices and resources.

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