Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Portland Black Chapter (PFLAG Portland Black Chapter) is looking for an energetic Youth Coordinator. The Youth Coordinator will be responsible for developing relationships with area Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) in metro-area schools and other youth-led community organizations, with the goal of strengthening relationships between African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth, their families, schools and the broader Portland, African American community. The culmination of this position will be the successful execution of the first-ever LGBTQ Youth of Color Retreat in the Portland area. The Youth Coordinator will report to the PFLAG Portland Black Chapter Lead Coordinator.
This is a temporary part-time position paying $10.00/hr at an estimated 10 hours per week.
Attend GSA meetings at local area high schools and middle schools, with substantial Black/African American student bodies, with the intent of educating students about the unique challenges of being LGBTQ African American youth and avenues for acceptance and inclusions at school and home, including those programs and activities offered by PFLAG Portland Black Chapter.
Understand and articulate the values of PFLAG and its goal of creating safe spaces to bring people together for meaningful dialogue about the LGBTQ Black/African American community and to then translate those conversations into action plans.
Form relationships with GSA adult and youth leadership and other school officials in support of GSAs both within individual school communities and across the metro area.
Form relationships with staff and youth of other community-based youth-led organizations in the Portland area, serving Black/African American LGBTQ youth.
With the Lead Coordinator, plan, develop and execute a one day LGBTQ Youth of Color Retreat.
Participate in monthly PFLAG Portland Board of Director’s meetings; participate in bi-weekly planning meetings with Lead Coordinator.
Keep a detailed log of all activities related to this position.
Previous work with youth under the age of 24 years.
Demonstrated leadership skills.
Event planning experience, especially events involving or led by youth.
Willingness to be flexible in work schedule.
Excellent time management skills.
Familiarity and previously demonstrated work with LGBTQ Black/African American youth.
To apply: Submit your resume along with a cover letter explaining how you meet qualifications to the following address:
Position closing date: Open until filled. Review of resumes will begin February 1st, 2013.