Program Associate, Human Rights Education Youth Engagement


Program Associate, Human Rights Education Youth Engagement

Speak Truth to Power (STTP) Department

Reporting to: Program Director, STTP

Full-Time, Exempt

Salary Range: $58,500-$65,000

Location: Washington, DC or New York, NY (Due to current COVID-19 status, this position may be remote until further notice)

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is seeking a Human Rights Education (HRE) Youth Engagement Program Associate to further the organization’s work on its human rights education program, Speak Truth To Power. This position within Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights provides for a unique opportunity to synchronize and grow a youth engagement program to facilitate students to take action around human rights issues; providing support mechanisms for human rights educators engaged in bringing human rights activism to their students; and supporting the student facing activities in our human rights whole school approach. The HRE Youth Engagement Program Associate would be responsible for the management and evaluation of Speak Truth to Power's youth engagement work and initiatives in accordance with the standards set out by the organization.

About STTP:

The Speak Truth to Power program consists of a wide range of assets including lessons, in-person and online trainings, and toolkits that will help U.S and international educators bring STTP and human rights learning into their educational ecosystem.


Program Development:

  • Grow and synchronize STTP youth engagement and organizing program, serving as the day-to-day lead on youth programming/organizing design, implementation, assessment and coordination

  • Serve as youth engagement and organizing resource and point of contact for human rights whole school implementing teams, affiliates, teachers and partners

  • Assist in developing, revising and implementing innovative (custom and standard) Speak Truth to Power and human rights education youth facing programming such as arts-based contests and including presentations, site specific agendas, handouts, exercises, and other resource materials

  • Identify youth engagement opportunities for collaboration across other programs and departments

  • Contribute to communications collateral such as team updates, briefing reports, talking points, impact stories, etc.

  • Contribute to the development of the Speak Truth to Power Program team’s strategy as needed, such as by documenting lessons learned from key projects or preparing briefings

External Engagement:

  • Expand capacity of the STTP Youth Advisory Board by coaching alongside them through program design, implementation and evaluation

  • Maintain and cultivate positive working relationships with key stakeholders, including human rights whole school implementing teams, partner organizations supporting organizing, service-learning and internships, and STTP Lead Educators

  • Manage youth facing events in collaboration with implementing partner including: evaluation of program needs, assisting with implementation, and after-event follow-up with site contact

  • Monitor developments, best practices and opportunities in the field.

A successful candidate must have the following skills and experiences:

  • At least 2 years working experience in youth facing settings (education, schools, non-profit, and/or community organizing);

  • Prior experience in or familiarity with human rights, human rights education and community organizing;

  • A demonstrated passion for RFKHR’s mission and demonstrated commitment to community-centered advocacy;

  • Strong facilitation and public speaking skills and experiences;

  • Experience supporting the design of training/facilitation materials;

  • Ability to work on CRMs (Customer Relationship Management) platforms such as Salesforce or similar;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and presentation software such as Powerpoint, Prezi Blackboard Collaborate, Zoom or similar;

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;

  • Strong attention to detail and able to scope out errors, including a willingness to own and fix mistakes;

  • Exceptional time management, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and projects at once;

  • Innovative thinking, willingness to voice your opinions, and a strong work ethic are essential;

  • Strong sense of teamwork that builds positive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, and a willingness to help others;

  • Believes in inclusivity when working with colleagues with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

Benefits and other Perks:

  • Flexibility and independence to help manage your work and home life: Staff have the ability to work from home or telecommute (post-COVID). During the pandemic, staff have a $500 remote supplies fund they have access to help create a more functional and comfortable work from home environment.

  • RFKHR values your health: RFK Human Rights covers 100% of individual-only costs of our platinum medical, dental, vision benefits, and subsidizes the cost for dependent coverage.

  • RFKHR understands the importance of financial planning and saving:
    • An automatic contribution of 7% of your salary after your first year of employment.

    • A College Saveup/Loan PayDown program with an automatic $200/monthly contribution for any current loans or future loans.

    • An automatic monthly cell phone & internet speed stipend of $125/monthly to offset any phone & internet expenses.

    • Employees receive a $1,000 benefits card each calendar year to use towards food and home & life purchases to help support work from home needs.

  • RFKHR values your growth: RFK Human Rights provides an annual $2,000 professional development stipend to all full-time staff to use towards any courses, conferences, or training that would further one's professional learning and development. As well as professional development days/hours to complete these courses.

  • RFKHR loves to celebrate human rights advocates and our hard work! We do so by hosting award ceremonies, galas, summer outings, holiday parties, potlucks, domestic and international staff retreats, and spur-of-the-moment social outings.

To Apply:

  • Submit your resume and cover letter to with “Your Name + Youth Engagement Program Associate” in the subject heading.

  • In your cover letter please include how you heard about this role, your qualifications, and why you’re interested in this position.

No phone calls please. RFK Human Rights will contact qualified candidates directly.

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights is an equal opportunity employer and believes we are stronger and more effective by working internally and externally with people of all abilities, diverse backgrounds, and a range of perspectives, particularly those who have historically been marginalized or underrepresented. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We do not discriminate in our hiring practices and in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seek a diverse applicant pool.