Youth Voice Editor

Title: Youth Voice Editor

Location: California (remote)

Classification: Part-time position

Compensation: $20 per hour, 20 hours per week

ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY

Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is a nonprofit news organization that harnesses the power of journalism and media to improve the lives of vulnerable children, youth and their families.

We report and produce our own coverage, which is published on two distinct platforms: The Imprint, a news website, and Fostering Families Today, a bi-monthly print magazine.

FMC also trains youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems the basics of journalism so they can take a more prominent position in the policy discourse that shapes their lives. The inclusion and amplification of youth perspectives is critical to FMC achieving its mission. Examples of stories published under the Youth Voice program can be found here: https://imprintnews.org/topic/youth-voice.

POSITION PURPOSE AND SUMMARY

FMC seeks a talented and enthusiastic writer/editor who will support key functions of our youth voice program: working with youth on their writing and tracking their progress through the editorial process. This position works closely with the youth voice program manager and The Imprint’s editorial staff. They must be based in California.

The youth voice editor will support FMC’s youth voice program by mentoring and nurturing relationships with systems-involved youth from California and beyond.  They will take the lead in editing youth-written work; and they will assist the youth voice program manager with virtual/in-person training on the role of the media in society and how to write op-eds, occasionally traveling to conduct writing workshops with youth (when CDC health guidelines permit).

The youth voice editor will be involved in story ideation and guiding young writers through the editorial process.  

The ideal candidate will be a strong writer with some policy advocacy experience and familiarity with California’s child welfare community, including youth advocacy organizations.

This is an opportunity for a motivated and detail-oriented individual who wants to make an impact while gaining a broad set of experiences relevant to nonprofit media.

JOB DUTIES

Edit youth-written stories for publication; collaborate with executive editor and associate editor for The Imprint to see stories published 

Conduct live and virtual writing workshops with youth

Build relationships with systems-experienced youth interested in writing

Copyediting of newsletters, grant reports and funding applications for the youth voice program

REQUIREMENTS

Bachelors degree in journalism, communications or related field (relevant experience may be substituted for a degree).

At least two years of professional editing experience.

Strong writing and/or editing skills.

Experience teaching, facilitating groups or leading trainings.

Strong ability to communicate effectively.

Impeccable customer service and interpersonal skills.

Adept at communicating with employees, representatives of other agencies and community members with a variety of styles and needs. Demonstrates patience, clarity and sound judgment in these interactions, and represents the organization with pride and an eye toward long-term success.

Team player with infectious enthusiasm.

Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), Dropbox and G-Suite.

Comfortable working in WordPress a plus.

Comfortable learning new digital tools (AirTable, Slack, Canva, SalesForce, etc.).

Comprehensive knowledge of standard office practices, procedures, equipment, and techniques.

Strongly Preferred But Not Required

Lived experience with the foster care or juvenile justice system

Spanish proficiency

Some policy advocacy experience

Some professional nonprofit experience

Basic understanding of how trauma impacts development and trauma-informed practices for working with groups and young people.

Conflict resolution skills or experience.

COMPENSATION

The youth voice editor will earn $20 per hour for approximately 20 hours per week.

Fostering Media Connections 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. FMC does not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind in the workplace. Applicants of all ages are encouraged to apply.

HOW TO APPLY

If this sounds like a great fit for you, please complete our application form here: https://airtable.com/shrJ0WaQH2jmllF7Z. We also encourage you to take the skills assessments included with this job posting on Indeed.