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CLOSED: Youth Leadership Coordinator

By 11 February 2022March 31st, 2022No Comments

The Youth Leadership Coordinator will develop, recruit for, and implement Hamkae Center’s summer youth leadership program, New Leaders Collective (NLC), to create meaningful opportunities for college-age (18-24 year old) Asian Americans to learn about and engage with issue-based work in Virginia. Separately, the Youth Leadership Coordinator will facilitate meetings for Asian American youth in Virginia to develop their understanding and leadership related to our ongoing campaigns, as well as build strategic relationships with institutions and organizations that work with Asian American youth in Virginia to further collaboration and partnership.


Youth Leadership Development (80%) 

  • Hire and manage college-age Asian American participants for NLC, including providing coaching and direct feedback
  • Strategically recruit participants in priority counties or places where we have existing, ongoing goals and work with communities most impacted by the issues
  • Develop and implement a curriculum for NLC that emphasizes organizing and civic engagement skills through workshops, discussion, personal reflection, and hands-on application, with the goal of advancing ongoing education equity campaigns
  • Facilitate biweekly meetings for Asian American youth to develop their understanding and leadership in a variety of social change topics related to our ongoing campaigns
  • Integrate participants into existing opportunities for action with varying campaigns
  • Support ongoing development of participants through relationship building, trainings on needs as they arise, and navigating tough conversations with youth about identity and social justice
  • Train participants to be effective allies when working on issues by which they are not directly impacted, including understanding systems of racism and oppression, using appropriate language, and seeking input from people who are directly impacted
  • Evaluate overall success of programs, identify opportunities for programmatic growth, and develop processes to implement changes
  • Build strategic relationships with relevant institutions and organizations that work with college-age Asian Americans in Virginia

Miscellaneous (20%)   

  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Participate in year-round organizing, civic engagement, and fundraising campaigns with rest of Hamkae Center team
  • Carefully track time and communications to ensure appropriate assignment to c3 or c4, direct and grassroots lobbying, and electioneering
  • Ensure planned curriculum and activities are c3 or c4 compliant depending on the context 
  • Provide data for reports as requested
  • Other duties as assigned

Key Skills & Qualifications

  • Mission alignment: commitment to social, economic and racial justice; believes in a community’s ability to support each other, organize and achieve desired goals together
  • Coach and learning mentality: helps others grow; uses coaching, training, and feedback to develop others and support problem-solving; sees mistakes as learning opportunities; seeks and engages well with feedback
  • Attentive, empathetic leadership: enthusiastic to meet and engage with people; empathizes with the communities we serve; able to put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference; listens closely to understand needs or concerns and takes steps based on that input; gets back to people in a timely manner; takes pride in providing clear, helpful information
  • Communication/Relationship-building: able to connect with individuals across diverse and marginalized populations
  • Comfortable with technology: able to plan and implement internship virtually 
  • Strong sense of ownership and resilience: plans ahead and finds alternative paths, when needed, to get to the finish line; bounces back from setbacks and rejections; holds a high bar even when things are hectic; stays on top of all specific tasks/follow-up items and general areas of work; consistently meets deadlines
  • Flexibility: pushes work forward through obstacles and adapts quickly as things change


  • Prior experience working with Asian American youth in Virginia 
  • Prior experience developing and implementing curriculum 
  • Prior knowledge of or experience in education equity 
  • Has been a Virginia resident for 3+ years 
  • Bilingual in English and an Asian language 

Additional Details

Location: remote; Northern Virginia
Job Type: part-time (20-25 hours/week)
Duration: ongoing
Reports to: Civic Engagement Manager, as part of the Civic Engagement Team
Pay: $21/hour

To Apply Applications are closed.

Email your resume and cover letter to with the subject, “Hamkae Center Youth Leadership Coordinator”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with priority given to those submitted before March 14, 2022.

About Hamkae Center

Hamkae Center organizes Asian Americans in Virginia to achieve social, economic, and racial justice. Through community organizing, public policy advocacy, civic engagement, and youth leadership development, Hamkae Center works to build a future in which low- and middle-income, immigrant, people of color, and marginalized communities can fully participate in U.S. society and work together as makers of lasting change. We are the Virginia affiliate of the NAKASEC Network. Other members include HANA Center (Illinois), Woori Center (Pennsylvania), MinKwon Center for Community Action (New York), and Woori Juntos (Texas).

Hamkae Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People from a wide range of backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace and supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.