Youth Engagement Coordinator

Job Description

Position Title:  Youth Engagement Coordinator

Project: Building Futures & Foundations Initiative

Reports To: Building Futures & Foundations Director

Compensation & time commitment: Salaried, DOE; Full-time, requires some evenings and weekends

Organization Description

New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks (NMCAN) leverages community partnerships and volunteerism to advocate for and provide services to children and youth impacted by foster care. We authentically engage young people to improve the transition from foster care to adulthood. Through the Building Futures & Foundations initiative, they learn how to manage daily responsibilities, build positive peer networks, and access tools to help them achieve goals related to education, employment, health, housing, and personal finance as well as strengthen their sense of belonging.


BFF includes the following opportunities:

  • The Mentoring Project
  • VIP Leadership Network and the Community Partnership Network
  • Opportunity Passport™
  • Intentional Community Building
  • Sky Scholars
  • Back on Track

Overall Job Description

The Youth Engagement Coordinator is responsible for facilitating and coordinating a robust youth engagement strategy across all BFF opportunities.  The Youth Engagement Coordinator will work closely with other NMCAN staff to assist in the overall coordination of services and opportunities to ensure adherence to organization mission and values.

Major Responsibilities & Duties May Include:

The Youth Engagement Coordinator works closely with NMCAN staff to collectively serve volunteers, community partners, and young people and works to:

  • In collaboration with the Youth Engagement Specialist, conduct outreach to recruit young people to participate in opportunities and programming.
  • Conduct orientation, as well as initial and ongoing training for young people on various topics (i.e., legislative and systems advocacy, leadership development, effective partnerships with adults, life domain development, etc.).
  • Provide ongoing support, guidance, and coaching to young people engaged in opportunities and programming, including life domain development, conflict resolution, emotional and moral support, and providing transportation as needed.
  • In collaboration with the Community Engagement Coordinator, support matched mentor/mentee relationships; including, but not limited to, providing rotating on-call 24-7 crisis management support, facilitating the matching process, facilitating special events to celebrate these relationships, and ensuring provision of ongoing in-service training.
  • Connect young people with new opportunities provided by community partners around housing, education, employment, financial capability, health/mental health, social capital, and permanence. Provide continual education about these opportunities to young people and provide support and coaching as they engage in them.
  • Provide ongoing input, information, and materials as requested, that support internal and external communication efforts about opportunities and programming.
  • Support young people as they advocate for ensuring that the needs of young are a priority in the systems designed to support them and in the broader community.
  • Participate in the continuous quality improvement process to assess the efficacy of BFF and to drive programmatic refinements.  Ensure adherence to data collection requirements.
  • Provide ancillary support for other NMCAN projects by coordinating with and supporting colleagues as needed or requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.


 Minimum Qualifications and Experience: 

Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required.  At least 2 years relevant experience working with young people.  The successful candidate must have working knowledge of program development, community organizing and volunteer management.  Preference for advocacy work and/or knowledge of policies, practices, and resources related to youth transitioning out of foster care, juvenile justice, and/or homelessness.  A strong desire for supporting and empowering young people transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and homelessness is required.


  • Strong desire and ability to communicate, relate, and work with young people ages 14 – 25
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to relate and communicate effectively with people/communities/organizations across systems, cultures, and socio-economic status
  • Strong analytical writing skills and oral communication skills
  • Ability to develop and conduct presentations and training sessions
  • Desire to educate the community about the unique issues facing young people transitioning from foster care, juvenile justice, and homelessness

 Commitment to service

  • Ability to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to effectively work with young people
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude about changing systems and community perspectives
  • Ability and willingness to work nights and weekends to accommodate young peoples’ schedules


  • Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple priorities at once
  • Ability to work well independently and as a member of  a highly integrated team
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and manage conflict
  • Ability to think and plan strategically


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to apply evidence-based practice
  • Familiarity and willingness to utilize social media


To apply, please send cover letter and resume to