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Youth & Community Engagement Director
New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, California
Date Posted 06/27/2022
Nonprofit-Youth Service
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Youth & Community Engagement Director

Full Job Description

About the Organization:

New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to disrupting the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students by accelerating educator effectiveness. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC works with leaders at all levels of a system to center students’ needs to transform professional learning. In 2019-20, NTC developed the instructional leadership of over 8,000 instructional leaders to reach 25,000 teachers and impact the learning of 1.8M students in over 360 districts across 25 states. For more information, please visit: http://www.newteachercenter.org/ .

Important notice to applicants: NTC has a mandatory COVID - 19 vaccination policy that requires all employees to attest to vaccination; medical or religious accommodation will be reviewed upon request in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Job Summary:

The ideal candidate will have broad and deep understanding of the national dialogue on youth/student/community engagement and its interconnectivity with the nonprofit K-12 teacher development field and communications. The role is designed for an individual with strategic capacity to collaborate and coordinate cross-functionally to strengthen internal and external connections and develop and pressure-test key organizational research questions and strategic engagements related to the organization’s mission. Critical to the role are refined writing and big picture synthesis skills to serve as content creator and liaison for cross-departmental sharing, ideation, capacity building, planning, and messaging.

Responsibilities & Essential Functions

The following is an overview of the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. The employee may perform other duties as required.

Program Strategy

  • In alignment with NTC’s theory of change, develop a dynamic youth agency strategy to demonstrate how student agency contributes to a compelling and relevant narrative that is intrinsic to how the organization is living up to its mission and vision
    • support VP, CPO and Program team with internal and external stakeholder engagement of strategy and communications of impact to program offerings and delivery.
  • Provide effective thought-partnership to the Senior Advisor, the Chief Program Officer, and CEO as appropriate on the organization's overall youth and community engagement strategy.

Advance Organizational initiatives on elevating youth engagement, voice and agency

  • Lead current and future grant funded workstreams focused on elevating youth input and agency in NTC’s professional development content and processes, including shifts in adult mindsets and behaviors to establish and/or build on enabling conditions.
  • Develop and conduct research that informs workstreams and forthcoming recommendations on ways the organization can more fully leverage youth and community engagement in our proposed work, goals, and objectives for future grants
  • Support funder communication, including writing reports
  • Collaborate with Director of Internal learning to support our exemplar Youth Advisory team.
  • Interface with strategic partners, researchers, philanthropic organizations and parents and youth in service of meeting deliverables and commitments related to workstreams
  • Partner with Program Delivery to pressure test youth/community engagement-focused content and facilitation in key limited testing sites to move through cycles of continuous improvement

Management and Leadership

  • Lead implementation of the youth engagement strategy entrepreneurial, fast-paced, results-oriented culture with limited guidance and a service-oriented mindset.
  • Coach and develop others, particularly NTC program staff striving to implement new offerings and ways of working (i.e. consultative approach).
  • Invest in others and manage a significant amount of change required to align program offerings with NTC’s theory of change and priority populations.
  • Directly support the VP with fostering a strong, positive, high-performing team environment and provide mentorship and guidance to staff as required.
  • Engage in to personal learning and development and openness to feedback.
  • Model youth and community engagement, leadership and positive culture-building for program, within the portfolio and across the organization in alignment with NTC’s mission, core values, theory of change, and commitment to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizational culture.
  • Effectively facilitate collaboration across diverse groups of people, functions, levels and contexts both internally and externally.

This position may include other duties as assigned.


  • Deep understanding and comprehension of key education issues and challenges, including those affecting communities that have been historically marginalized.
  • Deep understanding of current research and best practices to engage youth, families, caretakers, community-based organizations in collaboration with educators at various levels to establish and maintain fruitful partnerships.
  • Familiarity with organizational development concepts, flexibility in adapting capacity building approaches, especially from a place-based and equity/inclusive perspective.
  • Passionate commitment to and belief in NTC’s mission and diversity, equity and inclusion - for the students NTC serves but also as a critical part of a healthy organizational culture
  • Broad knowledge of best practices for working and engaging with and building optimal learning environments for underserved students - specifically students of color, English Language Learners, students with disabilities, immigrant students, and students living in poverty
  • Exceptional creativity and problem-solving skills and ability to navigate through change and effectively manage change management - internally and externally
  • Focus on results and ability to thrive in a culture of accountability
  • Comfort with public speaking and communicating both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to multitask and oversee a variety of partnerships; comfort and experience in acting as the public face of the organization in external engagements
  • Strong decision-making skills and the focus and determination to see projects through to the end
  • Self-directed, able to work independently, and committed to building and being part of a high performing team


  • Bachelor’s degree required; Masters degree or other graduate degree preferred
  • 6+ years experience in youth/parent/community engagement, youth development, education nonprofit communications, marketing, or related field
  • Experience in external representation with partners, funders, and other stakeholders
  • Knowledge of best practices in pre-K-12 education; school community partnerships; general academic strategy and experience interfacing with high-level district official
  • Non-profit experience is preferred

ADA Requirements/Working Conditions:

  • Work normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment
  • Travel as needed, up to 30%
  • Limited physical effort required
  • Requires a valid driver’s license
  • Driving, grasping, hearing, repetitive hand motions, lifting under 50 pounds, pulling, pushing,reaching, sitting, talking, typing
  • Important notice to applicants: NTC has a mandatory COVID - 19 vaccination policy that requires all employees to attest to vaccination; medical or religious accommodation will be reviewed upon request in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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