Learning & Development Associate
The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing
Learning & Development Associate
National - Remote
The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) is a philanthropic intermediary that brings funders and youth organizers together to ensure that young people have the resources, capacities, and infrastructure they need to fight for a more just and democratic society. FCYO believes that to move toward justice, BlPOC youth, working-class young people, young women, and queer and trans youth have a critical role to play in transforming economic and social conditions. To build this kind of power, youth organizing must build bases at significant scale, develop broad strategic alliances, and elevate public narratives that promote our vision of social justice and true democracy. Our work is grounded in our close relationships with the youth organizing field and a commitment to meaningful partnerships between funders and youth organizers.
FCYO seeks a highly-organized and passionate candidate with a commitment to youth leadership and social change to join our team in a new Learning & Development Associate position. Reporting to the Learning & Development Director, the Learning & Development Associate will help scale FCYO’s role as a knowledge-building institution by supporting both our learning and evaluation activities as well as our institutional fundraising. The ideal candidate will be well organized and data driven and bring strong writing skills, have familiarity with mixed-methods research and/or grant writing experience, and an understanding of and commitment to youth organizing. Most critically, the Learning & Development Associate will align with the belief that documenting our learning is an essential component of building stronger movements and be motivated to gather the pieces and parts necessary to develop compelling research publications and grant proposals.
FCYO is a fully remote organization. Staff can be located anywhere in the US only. Some travel is required though FCYO is conscious of COVID-safety and will continue to monitor the ongoing conditions.
Grant Writing (35%)
FCYO is on the heels of a significant organizational growth spurt, with a budget of $12.6 million that includes grant funding from over 35 foundations. As our institutional fundraising has expanded, we are looking to strengthen the capacity of our development team - specifically, to enlist a Learning & Development Associate who will support FCYO’s rolling institutional fundraising calendar via grant writing. Responsibilities include:
Collaborate with Learning & Development Director to gather and maintain up-to-date information on organizational activities and impact
Draft narratives, make revisions, and prepare for submission approximately 10-15 grant proposals and reports per year
Ensure all key documents and FCYO’s grant files are up to date and appropriately recorded in our Salesforce CRM
Actively contribute as a member of FCYO’s Funder Organizing and Resource Mobilization team
Since its founding, FCYO has served as a go-to source for up-to-date information about youth organizing, with many prominent contributions, including our national youth organizing field scans and Occasional Paper Series. Over the next period, we will be pursuing several exciting research projects designed to build knowledge about the youth organizing field, share emergent lessons from our work, and further establish our leadership in youth organizing theory and praxis among funders, organizers, and the general public. These projects range from internal program evaluation, to funder advisory work, to our upcoming 2025 National Youth Organizing Field Scan. The Learning & Development Associate will play a key role in FCYO’s efforts to collect and organize pertinent information, including conducting research with both the youth organizing field and the philanthropic sector. Responsibilities include:
Support basic to moderately complex data collection on a range of research projects, including administering surveys, conducting interviews and focus groups, generating fieldnotes, coding transcripts, contributing to code refinement and analysis, and supporting interpretation/write-up
Maintain FCYO’s grantee cohort information database, cleaning and updating data as needed
Support information requests from FCYO staff, including pulling requested data and creating basic data visuals for grant proposals and communications materials
Collaborate with Learning & Development Director and FCYO Program staff as needed to build and refine processes to track and measure FCYO program outcomes
Admin and Program Support (15%): All FCYO staff members are expected to complete ongoing administrative tasks (such as credit card reports and timesheets), attend internal meetings, and participate in organizational strengthening activities (such as staff retreats or training). In addition, as FCYO has a small staff team supporting a wide community of youth organizing groups and philanthropic institutions, team members are often required to support organizational programming, including grantee convenings, board meetings, and funder briefings as needed.
Skills & Qualifications
At FCYO, we consider a wide range of professional experiences, volunteer work, coursework, and other transferable skills born of experience to be relevant qualifications. You do not need to possess all the skills and qualifications listed to be considered for this position.
Minimum of 2 years of experience in social justice work with an entry-level understanding of the national youth organizing landscape
Strong writer with demonstrated ability to clearly communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences across multiple writing styles and forms
Research experience, including qualitative data collection and analysis (experience with quantitative data analysis a plus)
Experience writing fundraising materials; grant writing experience is strongly preferred
Ability to work independently on detailed tasks while managing multiple deadlines
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people
Highly organized and able to remain engaged and motivated in a fully remote work environment
Strong skills with MS Office and Google, including Excel and Google Sheets
Salesforce experience preferred
Work Environment and Physical Demands
The person in this position frequently interacts and communicates with staff and stakeholders, both remotely and in person. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, video conferencing tools, and phones. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
All staff members support organizational activities that involve national travel by airplane, handling on-the-ground logistics for convenings, traveling and meeting with multiple vendors, and transporting meeting materials. Must be able to remain in a stationary position for 2-3 hours at a time; move documents and supplies weighing up to 25 lbs; and position self to file and retrieve documents.
Travel Requirements: 2-4 days of national travel per month.
Job Type: Full-Time, exempt.
Process: We are accepting applications for this position through October 26, 2023. Accounting for several holidays and a busy programming season, we expect to make an offer by mid-December with an anticipated start date in January 2024.
Start Date: January 2024
Compensation: Salary is $65,000-$80,000, commensurate with experience. In addition, FCYO offers a full benefits package including 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 and Bend the Arc value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture, and provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other legally protected status. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non-conforming individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
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 submit a resume and cover letter (in Word or PDF file) that describes your experience, commitment, and any relevant personal background. You can apply and upload your documents via the GREEN APPLY BUTTON at the top. Questions should be addressed to Kel Kroehle, Learning and Development Director at email@example.com . Please put “Learning & Development Associate” in the subject line of your message. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted through October 26, 2023.
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