Now Hiring! Youth Climate Coordinator

Title:  Youth Climate Coordinator
Compensation: Contract position, part-time 20 hrs/week, $1250/month (with potential to grow into a full-time position, pending funding)
Timeframe: August 2013 – July 2014

Throughout history youth have been at the forefront of social change. We believe in the power of young people to affect change at this critical time. We also believe that the Midwest, home to the nation’s biggest climate polluters and solutions, is a critical place to organize and mobilize for the clean and just future we want for all of our children. The Will Steger Foundation’s Emerging Leaders Program is committed to growing a strong and diverse climate movement by educating, empowering, and engaging a new generation of climate leadership in Minnesota and across our nation’s heartland.

The Will Steger Foundation Youth Climate Coordinator position directly support WSF’s Youth Program Director and the Emerging Leaders Program, and is responsible for fostering and supporting youth climate leadership across the Midwest, managing relationships with youth climate organizations across the region, and helping the Will Steger Foundation and its partners grow a strong, diverse, and coordinated Midwest youth climate movement. While the Youth Climate Coordinator will coordinate with our high school program, the bulk of this position focuses on engaging young people ages 18-30.

Summary of Job Functions (including percentage of time spent/task):

1. Coordination of WSF Mentorship Program – 75% WSF has received renewed funding to grow our mentorship programming between youth climate leaders and veteran staff at environmental organizations across the Midwest to engage more participants in an ‘egalitarian learning model’ that values both people as experts.

  • Work with the Youth Programs Director to conduct outreach, match participants, provide orientation, and support mentor-matches for the 10-month mentorship program
  • Track, capture, share, and evaluate participant learning

2. Capacity-building for youth climate organizations across the Midwest – 15% WSF plays a key roll in supporting a coordinated network of Midwest youth-run climate change organizations.

  • Support the development and effectiveness of student statewide networks across the Midwest, through mentorship and funding access
  • Support continued Midwest coalition building between statewide networks and key youth climate organizations across the region, through conference calls, regional events and in-person meetings

3. Support for cross-generational collaboration on climate solutions across the Midwest – 5% WSF works closely with the RE-AMP Network to engage youth in the robust network of over 120 non-profit organizations and Foundations working together across the Midwest towards the goal of 80% carbon reductions by 2050.

  • Foster strategic connections between youth climate organizations and veteran environmental organizations working in the same state around shared goals and campaigns
  • Act as a conduit for information and opportunities for action between youth and veteran environmental organizations across the RE-AMP Network

4. Support to grow the WSF Emerging Leaders Program – 5%

  • Assist Youth Programs Director with fundraising opportunities and materials that support the program.
  • Support local and regional media outreach for the program, including blogging and press releases as needed
  • Organize WSF participation and youth programming in a minimum of 2 high-profile regional events per academic year.
  • Represent WSF and the Emerging Leaders Programs at events and conferences and where relevant, provide presentations for formal and non-formal audiences on WSF programming and resources.
  • Assist WSF in further program development, including synergy with other WSF programs and evaluation


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Experience in environmental and/or social activism
  • Interest in and familiarity with environmental justice
  • Experience with group facilitation • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage complex logistics
  • Strong computer skills and comfort with social networking tools
  • Ability to travel out of state 4+ times per year

Application Process:

Deadline August 9th.

Please email or mail in a one-page letter of interest and resume to Abby Fenton, WSF Youth Programs Director:

Abby Fenton Will Steger Foundation,
Youth Programs Director RE-AMP Youth Climate Coordinator
(612) 278-7147 x103


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