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Youth Organizer

Position Overview: 

The Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) is a grassroots member-led organization principally comprised of young women of color within the Rockaway Peninsula. Rockaway Youth Task Force builds power to secure social, economic, and racial justice for residents of the Rockaway Peninsula and beyond. Rockaway Youth Task Force develops politically conscious youth leaders who are invested in improving themselves and their communities through member-led campaigns, leadership development, movement building, and cultural expression.

Job Description: We are looking for an experienced, personable, energetic Youth Organizer to strengthen and support our base of youth leaders in Far Rockaway, Queens. The Youth Organizer will also support our youth members in leadership development and organizing around social justice issues relevant to young people of color. As a key member of a small staff, the ideal candidate would be an energetic organizer with a commitment to social justice, community organizing, and civic engagement; flexible and effective in a fast-paced and evolving environment, and has a great sense of humor.

Youth Organizer Responsibilities:

Leadership Development

  • Develop weekly political education trainings for youth organizers
  • Facilitation and coordination of weekly political education trainings
  • Support and coordinate youth organizers to facilitate political education and workshops
  • Integration of members into campaign and base-building work, and logistic coordination
  • Regular check-ins with membership base with a focus on social-emotional learning

Base Building:

  • Conduct street outreach, school presentations, organizational outreach, phone calls and text to youth within the community
  • Work with RYTF youth participants to plan, develop, and execute RYTF base-building events, including outreach plans
  • Retention – Implementation of strategic membership development and retention plan to move members into areas of more active leadership within RYTF.
  • Coordinate events and outings for youth organizers to foster team-building
  • Update and maintain RYTF’s member platform

Campaigns:

  • Work with RYTF youth membership to identify issues/areas of interest
  • Create and implement campaign strategies that center youth leading the work

Other Responsibilities: 

  • Coordinate activities and events for youth organizers such as college visits, retreats, celebrations, parties, special events, etc.
  • Participate in staff meetings and training
  • Share light chores to maintain the organization and neatness in the office

Qualifications & Skills of Ideal Candidate:

A successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to the mission and vision of the Rockaway Youth Task Force and have experience working with youth through organizing; a commitment to social justice and youth leadership, and excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills. The position will be based out of Far Rockaway, Queens. The ideal candidate must be ready to work with and engage young people in Rockaway communities and schools.

Other Information: The work schedule includes evening and weekend meetings and events. Candidates requiring strictly a 9 to 5 schedule will not be a good fit for this position. This is a full-time salaried position.

How to apply:  As pdf attachments, please send your resume and cover letter to Jobs@RYTF.org with the subject line stating “Youth Organizer”. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please. We appreciate all applicants, but please be advised that we can only respond to those we intend to interview. For more information about the Rockaway Youth Task Force, please visit our website at www.RYTF.org  

If you are interested email your resume to jobs@rytf.org .

Urban Farm Manager

Position Overview:

The Rockaway Youth Task Force (RYTF) is a grassroots member-led organization principally comprised of young women of color within the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY. RYTF builds power to secure social, economic, and racial justice for residents of the Rockaway Peninsula and beyond. We are looking for an experienced, skilled, and strategic Urban Farm Manager. 

Job Description: The Farm Manager supports all production and maintenance needs of our one acre Urban Farm. The Farm Manager will perform a variety of tasks including but not limited to seeding, watering, planting, harvesting, coordinating produce, weeding, composting, mowing, mulching, and pruning. They will also be responsible for greenhouse maintenance as well as chicken care. The Farm Manager will also support distribution through our farm stands, working with garden members and volunteers. They will regularly work alongside high school-aged youth employees/volunteers as well as adults.

Responsibilities: 

  • Daily maintenance requirements of the farm such as seeding, planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, and management of garden beds.
  • Coordinating of farm stands
  • Engage with farm stand visitors, garden members, and volunteers
  • Serve as a positive role model to youth employees, community members, and adult volunteers
  • Engaging in site visits from funders, elected officials, peer programs, and others;
  • Coordinating special events on the farm such as fundraisers and community events;
  • Engage in staff meetings and program planning as necessary.

Qualifications: 

  • Excited to learn urban farming best practices and techniques;
  • 4 – year degree (not required)
  • Ready to work outside, in all types of weather;
  • Open to direction, constructive criticism, and works well in a team;
  • Willing to take initiative and lead farm tasks with groups of farm employees and volunteers
  • Commitment to food justice
  • Welcoming and positive attitude
  • Ability to work collaboratively with those from various racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Able to lift up to 40 pounds.

Preferred: 

  • Expertise in urban farming
  • Experience in the operation of farm stands or markets
  • Knowledge of chicken care
  • Comfortable using Microsoft suite and Google Drive
  • Familiar with the Rockaway community
  • Carpentry and other building skills

Other Information: The work schedule includes evening and weekend meetings and events. Candidates requiring strictly a 9 to 5 schedule will not be a good fit for this position. This is a full-time salaried position.

How to apply:  As pdf attachments, please send your resume and cover letter to Jobs@RYTF.org with the subject line stating “Urban Farm Manager”. The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls, please. We appreciate all applicants, but please be advised that we can only respond to those we intend to interview. For more information about the Rockaway Youth Task Force, please visit our website at www.RYTF.org  

If you are interested email your resume to jobs@rytf.org.

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