Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate/Manager

24 Jul, 2020


Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate/Manager

National Network for Youth
Washington, DC

The National Network for Youth is recruiting for either a Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate or Manager, depending on the experience and qualifications of the individual. The person hired will assist in advancing key National Network for Youth (NN4Y) programs and NN4Y’s federal policy agenda by mobilizing, equipping, and inspiring NN4Y’s network, as well as new stakeholders, to take action on holistic solutions to youth, young adult, and young family homelessness, rooted in the real experiences of young people and local service providers.

This is a full-time, salaried position with generous benefits. The Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate/Manager will work from home and must be based in the Washington, DC area.  For this reason, only applicants living in, or willing to relocate to, the DC Metro area will be considered.  The National Network for Youth is committed to developing a diverse and dynamic team and welcomes applications from people of color, individuals with disabilities, LGBT+ individuals, and individuals who have experienced homelessness.

Job Responsibilities:

The Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate/Manager reports to the Executive Director, and is responsible for, but not limited to the following:


  • Mobilize local, state and national partners to take action on legislative and policy issues related to preventing and responding to youth and young adult homelessness;
  • Manage all of the National Network’s policy initiatives, advocacy and grassroots activities in collaboration with the Executive Director;
  • Work with NN4Y members, youth advisors and Policy Advisory Committee to co-create NN4Y’s federal policy advocacy agenda;
  • Oversee outreach to a wide-range of service providers who are active and may become active in supporting NN4Y’s policy and advocacy priorities;
  • Train and support youth, service providers, and other partners to become effective policy advocates; Draft policy action alerts, analyses, talking points, public comments, and other documents;
  • Support coalition-building and outreach to identify, build relationships with, and strategically engage new allies from diverse backgrounds and political beliefs;
  • Monitor and research legislative matters that impact children, youth, and families experiencing homelessness;
  • Develop and implement a strategic policy agenda to each established issue priority that includes achievable goals and performance measures;
  • Build and sustain effective and positive working relationships with congressional staff and federal agency staff;
  • Conduct research on assigned policy issues;
  • Write fact sheets and policy briefs that can be used by advocates seeking to advance our policy initiatives;
  • Provide public presentations, webinars and monthly members policy webinars to regularly communicate and advance our policy agenda, provide broad federal policy updates, answer questions and equip others to engage in advocacy in support of our agenda;
  • Direct and organize NN4Y’s participation and comments on legislation, hearings, proposed regulations and administrative policy issues;
  • Represent NN4Y in policy-related working groups and meetings, and work in coalition with other organizations that share NN4Y’s priorities; and
  • Performing other related duties and tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.


  • Participate actively in NN4Y’s internal strategic development and expansion to share responsibility in developing an inclusive culture that centers equity;
  • Be the primary point of contact for managing our Certificate on Human Trafficking training;
  • Provide support to the Executive Director in managing, developing and overseeing time-limited and ongoing projects ;
  • Keep track of personal and program expenses, submit receipts and expense reports monthly;
  • Help manage and track membership. 


  • Spearhead multi-media public education campaigns designed to extend the impact of NN4Y’s legislative and policy advocacy work;
  • Support strategic advocacy communications, including online videos, infographics, testimonials, op-eds, and other creative communication tools;
  • Build strong working relationships with staff of youth-serving agencies and other policy advocates;
  • Draft and edit press materials, including releases and advisors;
  • Draft reports, fact sheets and summaries of pertinent policy information for diverse stakeholders, including community based service providers, young leaders and other advocates
  • Draft content for the website to ensure the online campaign information is up-to-date and engaging;
  • Respond to telephonic, electronic and written requests for public policy information from organization members and the general public;
  • Provide regular updates and support to  NN4Y members, Youth Advisors and the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) to ensure they inform and advocate for NN4Y’s policy and advocacy work on the most urgent issues;
  • Manage all aspects of NN4Y’s Policy Advisory Committee including regular meetings and ad hoc feedback, as well as recruitment and individual support; and
  • Prepare regular reports for the Board of Directors on NN4Y’s policy advocacy activities and progress.


The Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate/Manager must excel in persuasion, writing, and speaking, be result-oriented, skilled in building and sustaining relationships, and have strong policy knowledge and organizational skills. They should exemplify each of NN4Ys core competencies: being a strong communicator, a team player, and self-directed. Specific requirements include:

  • A track record of effectively mobilizing people to take action on policy and legislative issues;
  • The ability to clearly, accurately, and knowledgeably articulate NN4Y’s advocacy positions, effectively rebut opposition arguments, and persuade others to support NN4Y’s advocacy agenda;
  • Significant knowledge of homelessness/housing issues, particularly as they impact youth, children, families;
  • Clear, concise, and persuasive public speaking and writing abilities;
  • Some knowledge of the federal legislative process;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing issues most relevant to youth at-risk of and experiencing homelessness;
  • Experienced and comfortable with public speaking, group facilitation and consensus building among diverse stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing priorities, strategies, and circumstances.
  • Active listening and problem-solving skills;
  • A high level of attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness;
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with many different stakeholders, including youth, staff, fellows, law clerks, interns, board members, and external partners;
  • Ability to self-organize, pay attention to detail and manage projects and staff;
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability;
  • Strong interpersonal and consensus building skills, and demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with a team and with stakeholders in a fast paced environment;
  • Sound judgment and respect for confidentiality;
  • Willingness to travel as necessary;
  • Excellent writing, speaking and analytical skills;
  • Strong self-motivation with the ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications and partnership development;
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to be extremely effective independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment;
  • Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions;
  • Willingness to work beyond normal workday, weekends or more than 40 hours a week as necessary;
  • Demonstrated ability to handle a heavy workload, and achieve results while displaying high standards of excellence and integrity;
  • Ability to adapt to quickly changing schedules and priorities;
  • The ability to develop and manage a work plan with multiple projects and deadlines, while ensuring alignment and thriving as a collegial member of a small but mighty team; and
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize all forms of social media as well as working knowledge and proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as Google documents, sheets and forms. (Knowledge of Canva and Mailchimp a plus,)

Some travel (approximately 5 trips per year) is required.

National Network for Youth provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or veteran status. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

About National Network for Youth

The National Network for Youth (NN4Y), a national non-partisan public education and advocacy organization, is seeking a talented and driven individual to be our Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate. This position is a full-time salary position with generous benefits and will report directly to the Executive Director. The Program and Grassroots Advocacy Associate must be creative and enjoy working within a small, entrepreneurial environment that is mission and results driven.

How to Apply 

Please email a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (3-5 pages maximum and preferably related to policy or advocacy) to by Friday, August 14, 2020.

Job posted: 2020-07-24