MassCOSH Youth Programs Director

MassCOSH Youth Programs Director

The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) is a nonprofit organization that builds the power of workers – both youth and adults – to lead efforts that achieve safe, healthy working conditions. MassCOSH is seeking a Youth Programs Director for its youth-led Teens Lead @ Work (TL@W) youth leadership and organizing program. Teens Lead @ Work has won numerous awards for its ability to give youth a voice in ensuring safe, healthy employment opportunities free from sexual harassment and violence. TL@W youth played a leadership role in groundbreaking changes to the state’s Child Labor Laws, investigated and released a report on violence in retail stores, and wrote the first sexual harassment curriculum by and for youth.

Job description: The Youth Programs Director will support, guide, and coach a team of youth peer leaders as they lead the programs’ young worker safety, sexual harassment and violence prevention education and organizing efforts. TL@W is currently coordinating a climate justice campaign focused on the impact of rising temperatures on students and teachers in Boston Public Schools. The Youth Programs Director will bring out the best in these youth and help ensure that the program is effective. The Youth Programs Director will be supervised by the Executive Director.

• Provide leadership training, coaching and support to youth peer leaders as they plan and lead young worker justice efforts including:
• Research young worker concerns, identify potential policy changes, and lead education and organizing efforts to enact policy changes, be it public policy or within workplaces.
• Conduct outreach and lead trainings and/or conferences.
• Monitor the news or other sources and issue press releases or letters to the editor.
• Meet with government officials to monitor Child Labor enforcement and ensure that youth have a strong voice in policy-making.
• Introduce the program to funders.
• Develop annual personal goals, program objectives, and evaluate outcomes and impact.
• Provide personal mentoring and support to TL@W peer leaders, as well as academic support to help peer leaders succeed in school, apply to college and navigate the financial aid process.
• Coordinate training for TL@W peer leaders on organizing and advocacy skills.
• Assist the Executive Director with grant-writing and funder relations efforts.
• Support and supervise TL@W Fellow and interns (alumni).
• Foster collaborations with youth organizations, unions and other allies to engage them in supporting TL@W’s efforts and engaging youth peer leaders in supporting their campaigns.
• Contribute to organization-wide efforts, such as Annual Event, Workers Memorial Day, membership recruitment, and newsletters.

Skills / experience:
• Extensive experience with youth leadership development, training and support, required.
• Experience with youth-led organizing, required.
• Experience supporting youth of color and working in diverse communities, required.
• Strong writing, networking and public speaking skills required.
• Experience organizing events/rallies, a plus.
• Strong connections/relationships in the community, a plus.
• Knowledge of college application process, a plus.
• Grant-writing experience, a plus.
• Experience with worker health and safety and working with unions a plus.
• Bi-lingual Spanish, Vietnamese, Portuguese or Creole language ability a plus.

* Strong organizational skills
* Flexible, patient and understanding
* Fast learner
* Enthusiastic / positive demeanor
* Open-minded / outgoing
* Good sense of humor
* Creative
* Dedicated
* Payroll and administrative skills
* Competent with Zoom and other online tools
* Able to balance multiple priorities
* Able to work with a wide range of age groups

This position is full time. Salary is $64,275 plus generous vacation and holiday policies, full individual health, dental and 2% contribution to 401K. MassCOSH staff are members of USW Local 9358. This position is based in MassCOSH offices in Fields Corner, Dorchester.

MassCOSH is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to by June 18.
Target start date is August 8, 2022.
All submissions must include a cover letter and resume to be considered.