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Director, Youth Policy and Programs 

Full time, permanent 

Washington, DC (Chinatown) 


DC Action for Children seeks a strategic and dynamic Director of Youth Policy and Programs to lead a team of policy experts and youth organizers who seek to improve the lives of young people in the District of Columbia. 

DC Action for Children and DC Alliance of Youth Advocates recently merged to form an even stronger, independent voice for children and youth. We convene and lead a citywide coalition of over 130 youth-serving organizations, young people, and concerned residents working to ensure all youth have access to the services, supports and opportunities they need to make the successful transition to adulthood. The Director will lead a team of policy analysts and youth organizers using data-driven analysis and the lived experience of young people to inform the creation of youth policies and programs that break down structural barriers to improve outcomes for DC’s children and youth, particularly youth of color who are regularly denied opportunities due to systemic racism. 


We’re shaping fair and equitable public policy so that all of DC’s children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard. 

With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a focus on race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change. 


● Collaborate with cohorts of young people and diverse organizational partners to understand the challenges and opportunities facing DC youth 

● Manage a passionate and powerful coalition (include an active steering committee and issue based working groups) comprised of youth, nonprofit partners and community members 

● Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and targets including but not limited to: community-based providers, other local/youth advocacy organizations, District Government officials, the DC Council and the Executive Office of the Mayor 

● Plan and facilitate coalition community engagement and advocacy activities around the core issue areas of Expanded Learning and Youth Homelessness to establish and execute annual policy advocacy goals and strategies 

● Support the development of youth focused policy, advocacy and budgetary recommendations on key issues through high quality research, and analysis and community engagement. 

● Track and publicly report changes to policy or programming that impacts a wide spectrum of youth issues 

● Effectively communicate these goals and progress to external stakeholders (member organizations, funders, media, and policy makers) 

● Manage and supervise staff: policy analysts and a youth voice program manager 

● Lead, coach, develop youth policy team to achieve policy and program objectives on behalf of DC youth that might be include other issue campaigns 

● Coordinate with the organization’s communications team to manage external communications to ensure consistent and clear messaging 


Experienced movement-builder. Your previous work includes at least 7 years of building and playing a leadership role in transformative collaborations designed for social change. 

Issue fluency in our core issues. Experience and expertise with at least one of our youth policy core areas: expanded learning, homelessness, out of school time, or workforce. 

Commitment to diversity and inclusion. You have a strong commitment to anti-racist principles and can comfortably lead a diverse and inclusive coalition and manage diverse stakeholder relationships. 

Strong interpersonal skills and connections in the community. You have a strong set of relationships in the local DC community, ideally including community-based organizations, direct service providers, and policy, advocacy and grassroots organizing groups along with the ability to cultivate new relationships. 

Proven success as a manager. You have demonstrated management experience, managing projects and teams with diverse skill sets in a campaign-oriented advocacy environment. 

Facilitation experience. You are a skilled facilitator with the ability to build trust and enable diverse groups to find alignment. 

Great sense of humor. You complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment. 

In it for the long haul. You are not just looking for a one year engagement, but have a long-term vision and want to see the fruits of your labor 

Excellent project management skills. You empower others to act and hold yourself and others accountable. 


The salary range for this position is $70,000-$75,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. DC Action for Children offers a generous benefit package, a great team, and a working 

environment committed to fostering staff growth and leadership. 


To apply, please complete the Director, Youth Policy and Programs Job Application and upload your resume along with two writing samples, both professional samples that highlight your savvy advocacy and superb writing skills. 

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please. 

DC Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action for Children seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from DC Action for Children.