Job and Internship Opportunities

About SMYAL

SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains and advocates for programs, policies and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.

SMYAL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibility, physical or mental handicap, or political affiliation.

Current Openings

Assistant Director, Programs

General Job Description:

The Assistant Director of Programs supports the Programs Director in overseeing the implementation and growth of SMYAL’s programs. As such, this individual supports and manages the Programs staff, including SMYAL’s full-time After-School Programs Manager, Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Manager, and other Programs related full and part-time workers as necessary. Our current programs include weekly after-school programs, community based programs including workshops and trainings for youth and adults, the SMYAL Youth Fellowship, the Peer Health Fellowship, and the DC Regional Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network. 

In this role, the Assistant Director of Programs works to support and maintain current program offering, including program design, application, and evaluation as needed, as well as focuses on strategies to maintain and increase engagement of youth. The Assistant Director of Programs also assists the Programs Director in managing reporting requirements for funders and ending programming as necessary.

This position will include some evening and weekend hours and will require some flexibility in schedule. The position hours per week may increase based on need and availability, and positions hours may be flexed if appropriate. 

Position Responsibilities:

Staff Support and Management- 50%

  • -Manage the day to day work of the After-School Programs Manager, Community Engagement & Youth Leadership Managers, and other full and part time Programs staff as necessary
  • -Support the professional development of the Programs Department  staff
  • -Support youth engagement and recruitment and develop and implement strategies to increase engagement
  • -Provide structured feedback for Programs staff to support their growth within the organization

Administrative- 40%

  • -Create and/ or maintain workshop and training databases as necessary
  • -Ensure all programmatic equipment and supply needs are met and maintained
  • -Support the Programs Director in tracking and managing the Programs budget
  • -Implement and manage systems to track the impact and reach of SMYAL’s non-Housing program offerings, sharing this information with other departments as appropriate
  • -Assist Programs Director in the application and management of grants and grant work

Community Partnerships and Engagement- 10%

  • -Elevate and amplify youth voices and issues in relevant community spaces and events
  • -Assist in maintaining and developing relationships with community partners and organizations, including but not limited to DC Public Schools (DCPS), DCPS LGBT Steering Committee, National GSA Network, and youth-led campaign partners 
  • -Keep up with safe schools and other relevant issues related to LGBTQ youth and LGBTQ youth of color, including the school to prison pipeline and other educational justice issues

Qualifications:

  • -Previous experience managing 3 or more individuals
  • -Previous experience developing and implementing youth programming
  • -Ability to relate to LGBTQ youth and straight allies, particularly youth of color, low-income youth, and youth who have experienced trauma
  • -Background in schools-based or grassroots community organizing is strongly preferred
  • -Experience in implementing youth leadership development programs strongly preferred
  • -Volunteer training and management experience strongly preferred
  • -Must be sensitive to and conscious of diverse identities and marginalization of groups including those based on age, race, class, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • -Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-oppression work, and LGBTQ rights
  • -Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • -Strong planning and organizational skills
  • -Experience with and knowledge of social media tools
  • -Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (particularly Excel), Google Suite, and computer literacy
  • -Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities well and excel in a fast-paced environment
  • -Available to work nights and weekends 
  • -Driver’s License with a good driving record is a plus
  • -Bilingual (Spanish and English) is a plus
  • -LGBT individuals, women, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply

To Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@smyal.org. Please indicate job title in the subject line of your email. Resumes and cover letter must be in Adobe Acrobat (*.pdf) or Microsoft Word (*.doc) format.Please include salary requirements. No phone calls, please.

This position will be filled as soon a great candidate is found. Please submit your materials at your earliest convenience but no later than January 24, 2020. Only those applicants selected for an interview will receive a response.

After-School Programs Youth Fellow (Youth Position)

This will be a twelve month paid part-time fellowship. During this time, Youth Fellows will be provided with access to leadership development opportunities while assisting the SMYAL team with crucial administrative tasks, as well as contributing to SMYAL’s decision making and overall growth. All Youth Fellows must be between 16-21 years old. Fellows must have an interest in supporting and empowering the LGBTQ community and communities of color. 

SMYAL After-School Youth Fellow:

  • Assist Programs staff in the daily operations of our drop in, after-school, and Summer programming.
  • Demonstrate personal and professional commitment to racial and gender equity, accessibility, as well as community safety and accountability
  • With the help of the After-School Programs Manager, increase peer education by developing culturally relevant workshops. (Fellows will be required to develop and give at least four workshops during their time at SMYAL)
  • With the help of the After-School Programs Manager, spearhead outreach and recruitment of youth for SMYAL programs and events.
  • Develop and strengthen other skills they have previously specified as an area of interest, such as activism, social media management, development, etc.
  • Assist with planning, as well as participating in, our annual 4 day, 3 night Activist Camp. Youth fellows are expected to co-facilitate workshops and assist staff as needed.
  • Be an engaged member of the SMYAL Youth Advisory Council, a once monthly group of young LGBTQ leaders in DC, MD, and VA.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Youth program facilitation and co-facilitation
  • Data entry and other administrative tasks
  • Tabling at SMYAL events upon request

Fellows will be provided with:

  • Training in leadership skills, advocacy, and positive youth development
  • Opportunities to provide input into SMYAL’s decision making
  • Access to 3-6 lectures, webinars, summits, and / or conferences

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@smyal.org. In the subject line of your email, please note which fellowship position you are applying for (e.g. “SMYAL After School Programs Youth Fellow.”) In your application, please include any prior experience working in youth work, activism, organizing, the arts, and any relevant community service or classwork, especially if focused on LGBTQ+ community issues.

Youth Leadership Fellow (Youth Position)

This will be a twelve month paid part-time fellowship. During this time, Youth Fellows will be provided with access to leadership development opportunities while assisting the SMYAL team with crucial administrative tasks, as well as contributing to SMYAL’s decision making and overall growth. There are two Youth Fellowship positions: The Youth After School Programs Fellowship, and the Youth Leadership Fellowship. All Youth Fellows must be between 16-21 years old. Fellows must have an interest in supporting and empowering the LGBTQ community and communities of color. 

SMYAL Youth Leadership Fellow

The Youth Leadership Fellow will be expected to work 20 hours a week, with some weekends required. The Fellowship will begin in February 2020, and end in December 2020 (dates to be determined based on SMYAL and fellow availability). As part of their fellowship responsibilities, the Youth Leadership Fellow will be asked to:

  • Assist Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager in the general operations around SMYAL’s leadership work
  • Demonstrate a commitment to communicating across difference, as well as to advancing racial and gender equity
  • With the help of the Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager, conduct workshops for SMYAL youth, and/or SMYAL’s school-based programming. The Youth Leadership Fellow will be required to develop and give at least four workshops during their time at SMYAL 
  • Support the Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager with outreach and recruitment of youth for SMYAL’s youth leadership programs 
  • Assist Community Engagement and Youth Leadership Manager in overseeing all volunteer-basis youth for the duration of their time with SMYAL
  • Develop and strengthen other skills they have previously specified as an area of interest, such as activism, social media management, development, etc.
  • Help organize, and participate in our annual 4 day, 3 night Activist Camp (held in July). The Youth Leadership Fellow is expected to co-facilitate or facilitate solo at least one workshop and assist staff as needed
  • Be engaged members of the SMYAL Youth Council, a once monthly group of young LGBTQ leaders in DC, MD, and VA
  • Attend and help facilitate Little SMYAL’s, a once monthly weekend program for LGBTQ+ youth ages 6-12 

Daily duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Data entry for workshops and tabling events
  • Attending professional development trainings to build communication and facilitation skills
  • Leading workshops for youth and/ or adults in school or community trainings
  • Brainstorming and developing workshops for youth ages 13-24
  • Tabling at/ attending SMYAL’s youth and/or donor events upon request
  • Assisting with after-school programs, which may include facilitation of groups/ workshops

About You:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Competency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google Suite (GMail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.)
  • Interest in uplifting LGBTQ issues and voices, social justice, and racial equity
  • Ability to problem-solve,  multi-task if needed, and work under reasonable deadlines

All Fellows will be Provided with:

  • Trainings in leadership skills and advocacy development, as well as necessary professional development
  • Opportunities to provide input into SMYAL’s decision making
  • Access to 3-6 lectures, webinars, summits, and/ or conferences

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@smyal.org. In the subject line of your email, please note which fellowship position you are applying for (e.g. “SMYAL Youth Leadership Fellow.”) In your application, please include any prior experience working in youth work, activism, organizing, the arts, and any relevant community service or classwork, especially if focused on LGBTQ+ community issues.

Development and Communications Youth Fellow (Youth Position)

Working with SMYAL’s Development and Communications Departments, the Development and Communications Youth Fellow will gain experience in designing and executing projects that advance a non-profit’s strategic communications and fundraising efforts. This will be a twelve month paid part-time fellowship. During this time, Youth Fellows will be provided with access to leadership development opportunities while assisting the SMYAL team with crucial administrative tasks, as well as contributing to SMYAL’s decision making and overall growth. All Youth Fellows must be between 18 and 21 years old, and be able to commit to the entirety of the fellowship. Fellows must have an interest in supporting and empowering the LGBTQ community and communities of color. 

Position Responsibilities: 

The Development and Communications Fellow will be expected to work 20 hours a week, with some evenings and weekends required. The Fellowship will begin in early 2020, and end in December 2020 (dates to be determined based on SMYAL and fellow availability). As part of their fellowship responsibilities, the Development and Communications Fellow will be asked and trained to:

  • Develop monthly social media strategy plan with Communications Coordinator,
  • Draft and edit external facing communications to engage donors and supporters
  • Represent and be able to publicly speak about SMYAL’s work at events, workshops, conferences, and other arenas. Coordinate with programs staff members to speak about programmatic work when possible and providing talking points/coaching, as needed.
  • Assist in writing talking points and prepping youth speakers for events,
  • Assist in the planning and execution of SMYAL fundraising events throughout the year to include pre-event promotions, logistical preparations, and on site event execution.
  • Provide support for SMYAL’s signature event of the year, the SMYAL Fall Brunch, to include auction donor outreach and cultivation, ticket sales outreach, logistical preparations, onsite event execution, and other responsibilities with this major fundraising event with more than 800 guests.
  • Provide administrative support for donor engagement to include preparation of thank you notes, spreadsheet creation and editing, and donor outreach via phone and email.
  • Provide support to outside organizations who conduct fundraisers for SMYAL to include onsite event execution as well as providing marketing materials and support to organizations leading up to the event.
  • Develop and strengthen other skills previously specified as an area of interest, such as activism, social media management, development, etc.,
  • Other duties as assigned by Development and Communications departments

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • General computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Google Apps (Google Docs, Google Sheets, etc.)
  • Comfortable speaking with various public audiences
  • Interest in LGBTQ issues, social justice, and racial equity
  • Ability to multi-task if needed, and work under reasonable deadlines

All Fellows will be provided with:

  • Trainings in leadership skills and advocacy development, as well as necessary professional development
  • Opportunities to provide input into SMYAL’s development and communications activities
  • Access to 3-6 lectures, webinars, summits, and/ or conferences

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@smyal.org. In the subject line of your email, please note which fellowship position you are applying for (e.g. “SMYAL Development and Communications Youth Fellow.”) In your application, please include any prior experience working in youth work, activism, organizing, the arts, and any relevant community service or classwork, especially if focused on LGBTQ+ community issues.

*Accessibility Note: This position requires sitting for long periods of time and occasionally carrying of items over 20 lbs.