Regional Coordinator

Oakland, California
Feb 28, 2018
Mar 30, 2018
Position Type
Full Time

Regional Coordinator

Candidates with direct lived experience in foster care strongly encouraged to apply.

Title: Regional Coordinator (Full-Time Exempt)

Location: Bay Area  

Salary Range: $48,000-$52,000 

Supervisor: Director of Member Engagement

Our Story

California Youth Connection (CYC) was founded in 1988 by foster youth and adult supporters.  It has evolved into a vibrant statewide youth leadership, advocacy and training organization with county-based chapters throughout California, four satellite offices, and a budget close to $3 million. CYC empowers, and educates current and former foster youth providing them with leadership and advocacy opportunities to be the lead agents of change for system improvements throughout the state through legislative, policy and practice change.

We believe outstanding people are the key to our success. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit individuals without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

We offer the following benefits:

  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Medical co-pay reimbursement ($400 limit)
  • Simple IRA Retirement
  • Vacation Time
  • Sick time
  • Life/Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance

Position Summary

Reporting to the Director of Member Engagement, the Regional Coordinators provide support for foster youth (ages 14-24) led advocacy and leadership development activities in county-based chapters throughout California.  Primary responsibilities include promoting leadership development, strengthening chapter processes, facilitating community and advocacy efforts, and developing curriculum and training materials.



  • Support members in specific region of CYC’s youth-led chapters to identify local policy, practice and challenges foster youth face in their community and identify goals and strategies for transformation.
  • Support all chapters within region of responsibility and ensure access to available CYC resources and ensure full participation at all CYC events and activities.
  • Provide training and support to build youth development, including professional development skills, including but not limited to AB members, chapter chairs, committee members, and facilitators.     
  • Identify and prepare members for leadership opportunities (e.g., public hearings, presentations, workshops at conferences) by helping members develop their talking points and presentations skills.
  • Engage CYC members in community stakeholder meetings by preparing members for participation in meetings and drawing connections between community work and chapter work.
  • Assist youth to participate in statewide policy advocacy and leadership opportunities.
  • Coordinate and transport youth to regional and statewide events on an as needed basis.


  • Meet the unique needs of each chapter through regular chapter visits, general support, trainings and one-on-one preparation work.
  • Assist chapters to develop annual goals for training, fundraising, and member and supporter recruitment based on needs assessments.
  • Recruit and train supporters for new and rebuilding chapters.
  • Provide mediation and conflict resolution training and assistance to chapter members and supporters.
  • Support efforts of expanding chapter membership through the development of sub-chapters. Conduct trainings throughout the year to train CYC members, supporters and chapters on local and statewide policy development and necessary leadership skills for participating in policy work.
  • Assist with the development of curriculum for chapter retreats and regional training.
  • Develop training curricula, recruit and train members to be trainers at annual conferences and within chapters.


  • Participate in community projects related to CYC’s policy agenda and expansion of local chapter work.
  • Maintain and expand CYC’s visibility and represent CYC at community events.
  • Work with chapters to meet with local policymakers and administrators within region of responsibility and help support youth to advocate for needs of foster youth.
  • Partner with CYC program staff to share resources and best practice, communicate local chapter work and build connections between chapters and member across the state.
  • Build relationships with county decision makers so foster youth voice is integrated into county policy, including quarterly meetings with directors.
  • Collect, analyze, and manage chapter level data to measure the impact of various strategies.
  • Track participation by members/supporters and update the database with attendance/participant information.
  • Prepare and submit expense reports in a timely manner on at least a monthly basis.
  • Review program budget with supervisor on an annual basis.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • At least 3-4 years’ working with youth, preferably within foster care
  • Demonstrated experience in group facilitation and training with the ability to effectively present information to youth, volunteers, staff, and community stakeholders
  • Project management experience and working with teams that have diverse skill levels
  • Experience managing youth and adult volunteers
  • Love working with teenagers and creatively developing leadership opportunities
  • Proficiency in using personal computer and various office software packages including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Google calendaring, and email management
  • Ability to demonstrate use of clear boundaries working with young adults
  • Valid driver’s license with a minimum of 3 years driving experience.
  • Ability to travel up to 2-4 times per week to chapters throughout the assigned region (evening and weekend travel required).
  • Ability to attend at least two 3-4 day long conferences annually as well as monthly staff meetings.

Strongly Preferred

  • Community Organizing with young people, preferably within foster care.
  • Experience with foster care issues, community organizing, state legislation, policies, and working with government agencies.
  • Experience and understanding of K-12 school system as it relates to youth from foster care.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret state and local legislation.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complicated policies and ideas into youth-friendly format.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to travel by plane, train, bus, and rental cars; drive and transport young people; remain in the stationary position for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research, sending and receiving email and participating in meetings; communicate on a telephone and in person; read and write’ apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions.

Application Deadline: Email your resume and cover letter by March 12th for priority consideration. Position will remain open until filled.

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