Communications Director

22 Mar, 2021


Communications Director

Ya-Ya Network
New York, NY

The YA-YA Network is looking for a Communications Director with a passion for education justice and experience mentoring youth!


About YA-YA: The YA-YA Network is a youth-driven advocacy organization that advances youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social transformation. We build the capacity of young people to influence policy, improve institutions, and change systems that directly impact youth, their families, and the communities in which they live.

YA-YA has worked at the forefront of youth issues in New York City throughout its 20 year history. You may know YA-YA from our successful campaign to stop the proposed cut of student metrocards in 2009, or recently from our work as part of the larger #PoliceFreeSchools movement.

We are currently growing our campaign to bring greater transparency and accountability on the racist placement and use of metal detectors in NYC public schools. We believe that metal detectors are the entry-way into the school to prison pipeline for many of our BIPOC students. Our campaign is an intervention in the continued funding of carceral infrastructures in our education system that siphons funds away from integral resources for students, teachers, guidance counselors, and other school professionals and paraprofessionals. YA-YAs are currently pressing the NYC DOE for specific changes to Chancellor’s Regulation A432 which governs the protocols for use of metal detectors in schools.


At YA-YA, we believe that transformative youth leadership is central to creating better social and economic futures for our communities and beyond. Through our programs, young people gain knowledge, skills, experience, and a network that supports them to advocate for themselves and others, facilitate discourse, think critically, and work collaboratively in challenging the status quo. The YA-YA Network is a youth-driven, citywide, anti-racist, anti-sexist organization.

Position details: Full time, $50,600 per year, with $500 per month towards health insurance, and paid leave. This position is currently remote but we expect to be back in our beloved midtown office by late summer/ early fall. Once we’re back to operating in person, YA-YA will cover the cost of metrocards for staff members.

The YA-YA Network currently comprises a team of seven staff members. We’re looking for someone passionate about social justice and interested in growing a communications program with us.

The Communications Director manages the creation of content for YA-YA’s development, programs, events, and advocacy while providing mentorship to YA-YAs in the roles of the Communications Associate, Media Interns, and other youth leaders. In other words, as this communications program grows, you will be supporting a small team of young people working together to produce social media content. The Communications Director will produce, and oversee the production of, digital media content in collaboration with the development team (two staff members), youth associates, and program leaders. They will also produce digital content for grassroots campaigns within YA-YA and the DSC-NY coalition YA-YA belongs to.

You will:

  • Help us develop the Communications Program, a youth-centered initiative that will provide opportunities for cross-program collaboration, skill-sharing (especially with regard to political education and civic-engagement), and sustain the YA-YA’s development needs and advocacy.
  • Create graphics and short video content (we use Canva and iMovie but knowledge of Photoshop and Premiere is a plus)
  • Mentor a young person, our Communications Associate, who will support you in producing media content for program recruitment and YA-YA’s grassroots campaign.
  • Oversee YA-YA’s website, and social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to ensure posts are being made regularly and within YA-YA’s political voice. (We’re hoping to make our social media, particularly Instagram, more accessible to our youth members so that they can post directly)
  • Work in collaboration with Development Assistant teams to produce output across all development and media projects.
  • Grow and sustain relationships with ally community orgs and help YA-YA grow its base of collaborators.
  • Spearhead Giving Tuesday and other fundraising campaigns to grow YA-YA’s base of potential funders.
  • Create the YA-YA Newsletter (bi-weekly), and recruitment materials for program, editorial content, occasional media output for our coalition campaign with Dignity In Schools – NY (DSC-NY) and in projects with ally organizations.
  • Support in facilitating communication and collaboration between team members.
  • Support youth on the communications team in meeting project deadlines (this include mentorship in editing, content review, mentorship in writing, graphic design and video creation, and maintaining the political voice of the organization on social media)

Position Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Skills in graphic design (we use Canva) and video creation
  • Experience with branding and building campaigns on social media
  • Strong leadership skills and experience collaborating as part of a team
  • Experience mentoring youth or working alongside youth as a youth advocate
  • Experience in fundraising and leading fundraising campaigns
  • Experience working with NGOs and community organizations
  • You are passionate about the work we do!

To apply please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Please put “Communications Director” in your subject line.

POC, queer folk, and women especially encouraged to apply.

Job posted: 2021-03-22