Youth Collaboration Coordinator
Baltimore City Office
Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
Our Story: The Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP) works to end homelessness in Maryland by providing free civil legal services to people who are unhoused or unstably housed, and by engaging in broader systemic advocacy to address the root causes of homelessness. HPRP collaborates with persons who have experience of homelessness in its advocacy efforts, in recognition that people have power and expertise to determine solutions to systemic issues affecting their lives. HPRP’s Homeless Youth Initiative (HYI), launched in 2012, serves and collaborates with youth and young adults aged 25 and younger who are unhoused or unstably housed and separated from their parents or guardians, with a particular focus on TLGBQIA+ (Trans, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and more) youth. HYI provides free civil legal representation, “know your rights” education, and policy advocacy. HYI seeks to deepen its capacity for meaningful and equitable collaboration with youth. Learn more at www.hprplaw.org.
Reports to: Ingrid Lofgren, Homeless Youth Initiative Director
- Support the Baltimore City Youth Action Board (YAB), a group of young leaders with experience of housing instability or homelessness that is part of the Baltimore City homeless services Continuum of Care (CoC): https://journeyhomebaltimore.org/youth-action-board-yab/.
- Assist individual YAB members with identifying and pursuing personal goals, accessing information and resources, and networking;
- Build the YAB’s capacity to identify group goals, including policy advocacy and systems change priorities, and effectively move projects forward;
- Engage as an ally for the YAB in adult-centered meetings and decision-making spaces, ensuring that members are up-to-date on what is going on and able to effectively assert their influence;
- Collaborate with the YAB and Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Homeless Services to evaluate and improve YAB structure, policies, and practices; and
- Provide administrative support, such as scheduling and facilitating meetings, taking notes, following up on tasks, tracking YAB member hours for compensation, etc.
- Identify or develop meaningful youth leadership and collaboration opportunities for youth who are not part of the YAB in partnership with HYI staff, youth, and community partners.
- Support all phases of HYI youth leadership and collaboration opportunities, including planning, recruitment, communications and other event/meeting logistics, compensation, soliciting youth/partner feedback, HYI self-assessment, etc.;
- Manage HYI social media, including creating youth-centered content and engaging followers; and
- Facilitate training/capacity building opportunities for HYI staff and partners.
- Trauma-responsive approach to interaction with youth, partners, and colleagues;
- Build personal knowledge and skills related to youth collaboration, equity, systemic advocacy, and relevant substantive policy issues;
- Track progress toward youth collaboration goals, and assist with grant writing and reporting as needed;
- Participate in ongoing race equity work within HPRP;
- Contribute to a respectful and affirming environment for youth, as well as for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) individuals and TLGBQIA+ persons; and
- Work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving challenges and/or conflicts.
Required Skills and Qualifications:
- High School Diploma or G.E.D
- Passionate about supporting youth individually and through systemic change
- Resourceful and proactive problem-solver
- People-person with good communication skills
- Knowledgeable about Baltimore City resources and connected to community groups; and
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and social justice by using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences.
Although the following are not required, they are valued for this position:
- Lived experience of housing instability or homelessness
- Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree
- Community organizing experience
- Policy/legislative advocacy experience
- Case management experience
- Computer skills
Compensation: $40,000 - 45,000 annual salary depending on experience. Full health coverage (medical, prescription, dental) for employee plus contribution toward family coverage; long-term disability; life insurance; ability to contribute to HPRP’s 403(b) plan (employer supplemental salary contribution determined annually); Vacation (20 days), sick leave (10 days), personal days (3 days), holidays. Some evening and weekend hours required, and HPRP provides for a flexible work schedule. During the COVID-19 pandemic, HPRP has created special family/dependent care leave and is primarily teleworking, with some community based outreach and use of office space as needed.
To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (and specify “Youth Collaboration Coordinator” in the subject line). We are looking for thoughtful, personalized cover letters that demonstrate the applicant’s qualifications and interest in being a passionate and resourceful advocate for youth experiencing housing instability, ability to navigate systems and identify resources, and connections to Baltimore City. We are looking for applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of oppression and structural racism, including how structural racism perpetuates barriers to housing and income. References will be requested if you are selected for an interview. Resume reviews begin immediately and applications will be
accepted until the position is filled.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: HPRP requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed by human resources.
HPRP is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We believe that having a staff, board, and volunteers with diverse personal and professional backgrounds and lived experience enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates an environment where all members of our community can thrive. We strongly encourage applications from Black people, Indigenous peoples, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, members of the TLGBQIA+ community, people with lived experience of poverty and/or homelessness, and people from other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.