Youth & Schools Coordinator

Do you:

–          Like working as part of a team?

–          Want flexibility with your work schedule?

–          Support the LGBTQ community in Colorado?

–          Manage multiple projects, programs, and priorities at once?

–          Enjoy working with young people?

–          Love working with diverse stakeholders in developing coalitions?

–          Take your work seriously but not yourself?

 One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families, is accepting applications for our Youth & Schools Program Coordinator.  This is an existing role that will have ownership of our Youth and Schools program. 

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Jessica Zender, Denver Political Organizer, at jessicaz@one-colorado and include “Youth & Schools Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Please use your cover letter to communicate why you are excited to work at One Colorado and highlight any experience you have working with youth and schools along with engaging with diverse stakeholders. Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, April 24, 2020, but applications will be accepted until position is filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

While these are not requirements for applicants, these are the nice-to-have things that would help fill out our current team. So, if you possess any of these skills or experience, be sure to highlight them in your cover letter as well. 

  • Experience developing youth leaders
  • Event planning
  • Experience working within a school setting or with middle school, high school, and college-aged youth
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Experience as a trainer or excitement to learn those skills


POSITION TITLE: Youth & Schools Program Coordinator
REPORTING TO: Health Equity & Training Director
LOCATION: Our office is located at 1490 N Lafayette, Suite 404, Denver, CO 80218.
STARTING DATE: June 1, 2020
COMPENSATION: Salary is $40,000 with a full benefits package with medical, dental, retirement plan with partial employer match, generous holiday and paid time-off benefits, professional development budget, and cell phone reimbursement.

The One Colorado Youth & Schools Program Coordinator will:

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Support (40%)

  • Create, manage, and execute a strategic plan for the safe schools program
  • Engage and expand our network of active GSAs in Colorado high schools and colleges
  • Identify, engage, and train youth leaders for the Statewide Youth Leadership Council to help guide all aspects of the program 
  • Plan regional leadership summits to connect, train, and empower LGBTQ youth across the state
  • Support LGBTQ students, advisors and/or GSAs to build coalitions with other student groups
  • Work directly with local districts, community organizations, and students to influence policy change, LGBTQ advocacy, and youth organizing 
  • Strengthen GSA participation in ongoing civic engagement activities, including LGBTQ Lobby Day, at the local, state and national levels

Communications (25%)

  • Develop, update, and distribute student and educator resources
  • Work with communications staff to identify and train LGBTQ youth messengers
  • Work with the political and organizing team to plan and host local community events to engage supporters and coalition partners in our safe schools program

Comprehensive Laws and Policies (15%) 

  • Research and understand federal, state, and local policies that impact school climate and the lived experiences of LGBTQ youth in Colorado
  • Stay current with existing and latest best practices in creating safer schools for LGBTQ students
  • Engage and empower youth, educators, community leaders, and stakeholders to advocate and organize around district policies and implementation
  • Present at various educational and youth-based conferences, community events, and schools on issues that impact students, including bullying and harassment, civic engagement, and youth advocacy
  • Partner with Colorado education associations to assess and develop model policies for inclusion of LGBTQ youth at all levels within a school district
  • Work within schools and districts to enact, implement, and comply with Colorado’s harassment, non-discrimination, and bullying policies, which protect students based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity 
  • Train students, educators and administrators on bullying prevention strategies and how to respond to anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment

Reporting (10%)

  • Develop and track clear and concise measurements for program success
  • Produce weekly updates for reporting purposes
  • Track and document progress of GSAs and policies across the state – including the number of participants and GSAs – while helping to demonstrate this progress through reports and other communications materials
  • Other duties as required

Development and Grants (10%)

  • Work with development team to track all grant requirements 
  • Attend and participate in the planning of fundraising events 

The One Colorado Youth & Schools Program Coordinator must also be an enthusiastic self-starter with high energy and a commitment to social justice. This person must be flexible, resourceful, and creative. The candidate must be independent and easily adapt to a fast-paced environment. They will be capable of taking responsibility for specific goals and measurable outcomes within designated timeframes, and they will be able to develop a plan and coordinate initiatives through successful completion. The successful candidate will have experience working with and organizing youth, an understanding of effective youth-adult partnerships and experience in program management.

The successful candidate will have exceptional “people skills” that will be used to work effectively with educators and education leaders, LGBTQ and allied youth, colleagues, partner organizations, and volunteers. They will have the ability to recruit, organize, and mobilize youth and volunteers.

Qualified individuals will bring a minimum of one to two years of volunteer or paid experience in social justice and/or grassroots organizing, with at least one year of experience working directly with youth. They must also have the ability to maintain flexible work hours – including weekends, evening hours, and in-state travel 5-10 days per month.

One Colorado Education Fund is an aggressive advocate of inclusivity and welcomes applications from all, particularly from people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants or refugees, people with disabilities, veterans, and people from low- or moderate-income backgrounds.

One Colorado Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, height, weight, disability status, veteran status, military obligations, marital status, political party affiliation, or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable federal, state, or local law.