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.
Reports to: Director of Communications
The Communications and Development Coordinator will work with the Director of Communications and Development Director to generate support for and raise awareness of SMYAL’s work empowering LGBTQ+ youth. While this position works most closely with the communications and development teams, it will require cross-departmental collaboration with SMYAL’s programmatic departments including housing, mental health services, and youth development and community engagement. The ideal candidate would be passionate about LGBTQ+ issues and using communications as a tool to educate, inspire, and engage diverse audiences.
Applicants may send resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line Communications and Development Coordinator. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received with an ideal start date of Mid-February/Early-March 2023. No phone calls, please.
Salary range is $45,000-$50,000 with excellent benefits, which include health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement, vacation and sick time. This position works both virtually and in person at our main offices, located in Washington, DC.
This will be an eight month paid part-time fellowship, from February to September. During this time, Youth Fellows will be provided with access to professional development opportunities while assisting the SMYAL team with crucial administrative and programmatic tasks, as well as contributing to SMYAL’s decision making and overall growth. There is one Youth Fellowship position open: The Drop In Programs Youth Fellowship. All Youth Fellows must be between 16 and 24 years old. Fellows must have an interest in supporting and empowering the LGBTQ community and communities of color.
The Drop-Ins Youth Fellow will be expected to work 20 hours a week, with some weekends required. The Fellowship will begin in February 2023, and end in September 2023 (exact dates to be determined based on SMYAL and fellow availability). The Fellow must be available during Drop Ins programming times: currently virtual programming on Wednesdays from 4:30-6pm and Thursdays 5-7pm EST and in-person programming on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4-7pm EST. The remaining hours will be determined together between the Fellow and Manager. The Fellow must also be available for weekly Staff and Team meetings on Thursdays and weekly check-in meetings with the Manager.
The Youth Fellow will be paid an hourly rate of $17 an hour.
Applicants may send resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line Drop-In Programs Youth Fellow. Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. No phone calls, please. This position works both virtually and in person at our main offices, located in Washington, DC.
Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. SMYAL believes in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as bringing your authentic self to the workplace. So if you are excited about this position but your past experiences do not align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply anyways! You may be just the right person for this or other positions.