Youth Network Coordinator

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy

LOCATION:  Minneapolis, Minnesota

REPORTS TO:  Senior Youth & Policy Manager

TYPE:  Full Time

EXPECTATIONS: 100% of Climate Generation operations and programming are currently transitioning back from remote to mitigate risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Once on-site operations resume, this position has the potential to be semi-remote with some required on-site expectations. Applicants must reside in Minnesota.

Do you want to support high school youth leaders passionate about climate justice?

Do you believe in community relationships and intersectional solutions?

Do you want to be part of a collaborative, joyful, and creative team?

 Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy empowers individuals and their communities to engage in solutions to climate change. Based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Climate Generation strategically engages and empowers youth, educators, decision-makers and the public to foster climate literacy and action with the goal of building a more equitable and resilient future for all. 

All across the world, young people are calling for a just transition to a resilient climate future that is equitable for all. Climate Generation’s Minnesota based youth program, Youth Environmental Activists (YEA!), takes climate change action in schools, communities, and local-elected bodies, to build youth power. The YEA! Network is an intensive mentorship program for diverse youth ages 13–18 who want to advance climate justice through the strength of the youth climate movement. Youth apply to be mentored in climate justice and healing organizing skills to lead climate action; building community power with peers to build public will and advocate for collective change. Youth learn and practice organizing and civic engagement by engaging in the youth climate movement through peer education, storytelling, intergenerational organizing, and collective advocacy.

Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status and other protected status as required by law. We actively seek to build and maintain a diverse workforce and foster the leadership of people of color, indigenous people, people from working class backgrounds, women, LGBTQ+, and all people of varying and intersecting identities. 

Position Description

The Youth Network Coordinator will help advance youth leading action and climate justice organizing in Minnesota. This position will support Climate Generation Youth Programs, in particular providing mentorship to students in the Youth Environmental Activists (YEA!) network. The Coordinator will coach youth and work closely with the Senior Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Campaigns Coordinator to support youth leadership development and campaigns. This position involves regular evening and weekend work (including Monday evenings).


Essential Responsibilities

 Programs Support (60%)

  • Convene and facilitate the YEA! Network through regular (currently weekly) meetings, including program planning, facilitating peer mentorship, and strategic outreach to schools.
  • Support student leaders, youth program staff, and partners to orchestrate the Fall Kickoff, Youth Climate Justice Summit, youth retreats, and other youth events.
  • Provide direct mentorship to students to support their leadership in each of their school/home communities, including peer engagement, student-led action projects, and statewide campaigns.
  • Work with Senior Youth Coordinator and Youth Campaigns Coordinator to develop engaging training materials, digital resources, and field trips for student leaders to support grassroots organizing and leadership development.
  • Support youth to build their skills as anti-racist leaders, and help foster a community that centers those youth most marginalized by dominant US culture.
  • Engage high school students in the broader youth climate movement through education, collaboration, advocacy, and action, working closely with partner organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with educators/Earth Club advisors, and organizational partners to cultivate mutually beneficial and lasting relationships
  • Maintain open, transparent lines of communication with the Youth and Policy Manager and Senior Leadership.
  • Work with youth program staff and the rest of the Programs team to support deeper engagement of youth statewide.
  • Support youth program staff with preparing grant and program recap reports

Communications (30%)

  • Mentor student leaders on their role as Climate Generation ambassadors
  • Support student leaders to provide timely and consistent blogs and other media
  • Mentor student leaders to provide remarks at peer workshops, public events, and press conferences
  • Provide content for Climate Generation communications, including the website, monthly e-newsletter and educator e-newsletter, mailed newsletter, annual report and blogs
  • Develop and share resources and products that promote Climate Generation initiatives including webinars, workshops and presentations
  • Coordinate with Program Managers and Communications Manager to ensure programs collateral is brand consistent, current and available for outreach opportunities


Organizational Health (10%)

  • Participate as an active member of the Climate Generation team through participation in bi-monthly team meetings, team planning days, antiracism leadership, and other essential Climate Generation activities.
  • Support cross-program efforts with educators, community engagement, development, and other organization-wide events

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in a related field, such as youth leadership development, community organizing, and/or climate justice
  • Commitment to antiracism with experience in racially and geographically diverse communities
  • Passion for climate justice and the different ways that people power can create change.
  • Ability to communicate intersectional concepts for multiple learners at different levels of understanding
  • Facilitation skills to navigate conflict, group dynamics, and adapt to challenges
  • Ability to work collaboratively and creatively with a small and dedicated team
  • Demonstrated ability to build trusted and authentic relationships with youth and partners
  • Comfortable with technology or ability to learn, including Zoom, Google docs, Slack, Canva, and conferencing tools
  • Bi-weekly evening and weekend work commitments
  • Committed to an equitable workplace and integrating antiracism into program planning and operations

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience facilitating teen groups, peer education, and events
  • Experience with grassroots community organizing in diverse racial and geographic areas.
  • Strong understanding of intersectional solutions of climate and racial justice

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary range for this position is between $38,000-40,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Full-time, exempt position, working 40 hours per week
  • Flexible work-from-home options
  • 20 days of PTO (increases with years of employment), 6 paid holidays and a holiday break from December 24th through January 1
  • Three percent matching contribution of annual salary to 403(b) retirement plan after one month of employment
  • Medical insurance provided through BenefitsMN with Medica and Colonial Life Dental (80% of monthly premiums are covered by employer for Medical and 10% Dental) and Flexible Spending Account for out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Cell phone reimbursement ($20/month) and travel/mileage reimbursement.
  • Located in the Greenway building with access to biking trails and light-rail transit, as well as indoor bike storage area and showers
  • Foster a respectful, collaborative, and fun work environment and fantastic teammates!

Hiring Process and Timeline:

  • Please submit a resume and cover letter to Put “Youth Network Coordinator, last name, first name” in the subject heading. The deadline to submit for this position is July 16th
  • Climate Generation engages a thorough screening process. You may be asked to participate in multiple screening activities. All staff who work with minors must complete a background check
  • Ideal candidate will be available to commence employment mid-August