Youth Mobilization Manager

Youth Mobilization Manager

Full time, permanent

Hybrid, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC


At DC Action, we know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when they have a fair chance.

And we also know how much stands in their way -- particularly our young people most affected by poverty and racism. These are powerful injustices, and they must be met with an equally powerful response.

We’re uniting all those fighting on behalf of DC’s children and youth to pursue a single, shared vision for what it looks like to grow up in our city. Because, while childhood exists on a continuum from birth to adulthood, the systems, programs and organizations designed to support our children and youth are too often fragmented by age.

Together with our young people, parents and community partners, we’re advocating with one voice for public policies that support kids at every step from early childhood to early adulthood. We are stronger, louder and more effective together. And, whether we are focused on helping a toddler learn her letters or a young man pursue his professional passion, we share one goal: that all of DC’s children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.

Please visit Our Policy Priorities to learn more about our work, values and impact.


We can’t address structural racism without addressing how it blocks education and economic opportunities for Black and brown children, youth and their families. DC Action fights to ensure that young people have access to the housing, health, learning spaces, jobs and other support they need and deserve. We engage in collective action advocacy to ensure sufficient funding and equitable implementation of resources. The Youth Mobilization Manager will work closely with our Out-of-School Time Coalition and Youth Economic Justice and Housing Coalition to ensure young people are a driving force in setting our campaign priorities and that their voices are centered in public debates to help bring about change.


  • Build and develop relationships with community-based organizations who provide direct services to young people, developing a ladder of engagement for them to play an active role in our coalitions and advocacy campaigns
  • Work directly with young people identified by coalition members to provide advocacy training and leadership development that will result in ensuring their voices are elevated in issue discussions at coalition meetings, events and with policy makers
  • Support coalition leads in the planning and execution of meetings, youth-led town halls, forums, round tables, including but not limited to preparing agendas, recruitment, materials, and other communications
  • Develop and conduct advocacy workshops to increase the youth voice capacity of our coalition members and allies
  • Collaborate with DC Action’s communications team on relevant story banking and message development for narrative shaping efforts and preparation of youth witnesses for hearings, town halls and other opportunities
  • Support the policy team with survey and data collection efforts, particularly those that directly engage young people to ensure their voices and experiences are at the center of the issue
  • Support on other relevant projects, as assigned. 


  • A strong commitment to improving the lives of children and youth
  • Passion for economic, racial and social justice
  • At least four years of experience with youth advocacy and organizing, especially in the areas of youth development, housing, workforce
  • Previous campaign experience, a demonstrated ability to bring people of different backgrounds together, share their stories, and mobilize them to take action
  • Self-motivated and entrepreneurial. The ability to work independently, but also able to collaborate and work as part of a team and with diverse partners
  • Excellent communication, writing and verbal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a small, fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization committed to the well-being of children and youth 


The salary range for this position is $60,000-$70,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. DC Action offers a generous benefit package, a great team, and a working environment committed to fostering staff growth and leadership. We are able to offer our employees 100% employer-sponsored medical, dental, vision insurance, student loan assistance, 401K retirement plan with employer match, generous vacation, personal and sick time, family and medical leave, days off to vote and volunteer, along with an employee assistance program offering counseling, mental health and financial support.


To apply, please complete the Youth Mobilization Manager Job Application and upload your resume along with two professional writing samples.  

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.   

DC Action recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from DC Action.