We’re working hard to bring the YCD experience to the youth of New Mexico.

YCD is excited to announce plans for the first annual New Mexico Diversity Conference, for students from rural and urban, large and small, public and private high schools throughout New Mexico to come together, discuss the social issues impacting them and make their communities safe for everyone.  The event is planned for Spring 2019 and likely to be held in Albuquerque.

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Help Wanted

YCD is currently seeking the help of a talented educator or community member based in Albuquerque, to shepherd the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Diversity Conference through the planning process over the 2018-2019 school year.

Job Purpose

The New Mexico State Organizer is responsible for the successful recruitment, support and empowerment of the Executive Committee for YCD’s New Mexico Diversity Conference.

This group of 15-25 high school teenagers from various local schools is responsible for selecting all workshop topics, speakers, performers, themes and other content for the statewide New Mexico Diversity Conference for high school students and teachers, to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico starting in Spring 2019.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plan: Using the YCD model as a guide, set a draft schedule and agenda for the Executive Committee to meet weekly leading up to the New Mexico Diversity Conference date. Seek out and identify a venue for Committee meetings, keeping in mind access for students from various backgrounds and using different modes of transportation.
  2. Connect: In consultation with YCD’s program staff and student co-chairs, identify competent leaders in the local community who can join Executive Committee meetings and lead the group through workshops on identity, purpose, empathy, leading peer discussion groups, and exploration of social issues challenging students at their schools. Arrange and coordinate at least one group community service project with a local non-profit organization. Introduce or connect YCD staff to relevant school and district administrators and other community members to make the program a success.
  3. Recruit: Publicize and market the opportunity to join the Executive Committee to all high school students in the Albuquerque Metro area, with support from YCD staff. Monitor sign-ups to ensure sufficient numbers of students register to join, and ensure diversity of students on the Committee, with attention paid specifically to racial and gender representation in the group.
  4. Train: Provide training to Executive Committee student co-chairs on how to lead group discussion, drive a group toward consensus, and manage challenging interpersonal interactions, so that the student co-chairs are equipped to lead all EC meetings independently.
  5. Supervise: Provide a supportive presence during all Committee meetings. Intervene only when absolutely necessary or to protect the safety of students involved.
  6. Mentor: Provide feedback to student co-chairs and other leaders throughout the planning process so they can continually grow their skills in managing a group of peers.
  7. Boost: Encourage the group to reach a collectively-determined fundraising goal for the program, with advice and support from local fundraising experts as needed.
  8. Manage: Maintain conference supplies and inventory and manage a small budget for local expenditures.
  9. Setup/Cleanup: Arrive early before meetings to setup, and cleanup the meeting space when finished, as necessary. Recruit student assistance for setup/cleanup if needed.
  10. Support: Work with YCD staff to provide logistics support leading up to and on the day of the conference, as necessary. Assist with local volunteer recruitment. Provide an on-the-ground point of contact for inquiries related to the program.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate is a credentialed middle or high school teacher with at least five or more years of classroom experience, or a local non-profit organizer with a background in social work, psychology, education, or related space and who works regularly with diverse groups of teenagers. The right candidate is located in the Albuquerque Metro area.

Qualifications include:

  • A deep understanding of one’s own identity and privilege, and an ability to engage others on these topics in an honest, transparent and constructive manner.
  • The ability to effectively mentor, facilitate and guide young people through challenging conversations, including topics such as identity, race and ethnicity, stereotypes, understanding political differences or current events, and more.
  • The ability to support and empower young people in their decision-making process, without influencing or overwhelming the process with one’s own viewpoints.
  • An unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.
  • The ability to positively engage with a wide range of stakeholders and cultures, including parents, teachers, school administrators, school board members, volunteers, and others from urban, suburban and rural areas of the state.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, a positive attitude, and an enduring commitment to support all young people, no matter who they are.

Compensation and Review

YCD estimates the total commitment for this role to be roughly 75 hours of work spread over an 8-month period. Work begins in September 2018 and will complete in April 2019. Most obligations are on weekday evenings (approximately 2 hours per week); there are a limited number of Saturday obligations as well.

In recognition of the work required to make this role a success, YCD is prepared to offer a stipend to the right candidate. No benefits are available outside of the stipend. This role is considered a contractor and not an employee of YCD. The role is renewable annually, pending review from YCD staff.

How to Apply

Contact Caleb Munro at (720) 507-0746 or cmunro@ycdiversity.org with any questions or to indicate your interest in this role.