40 hours per week, Full time

About the Position

Under the direction of the manager leading the Youth Reclaiming Voice and Power Program, the person selected for this job will coordinate various activities that promote and advance community level youth leadership engagement. The work of this leadership focused initiative takes place in the Pajaro Valley region (Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties) and is focused on developing the next generation of community health focused leaders. Partnering with other local governmental and non-governmental agencies, this position will provide youth the training, support, advocacy and resources needed to create equity focused policy change at schools, in the city, and at the county level. 


About the Agency

Pajaro Valley Prevention & Student Assistance, Inc (PVPSA) has been the leader of youth prevention and intervention services in the Pajaro Valley (South Santa Cruz County and North Monterey County). We believe that every young person in our community should have the opportunity to thrive. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of children, youth and families in the Pajaro Valley by providing health education, prevention services, behavioral health services, and by advocating for public policies that protect the health of our community.


The person selected will work to impart the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Research and develop policies that are youth centered, particularly in the areas of substance use, health and wellness

  • interface between local policymakers, youth and the community at large 

  • Inspiring and recruiting youth to act on issues that impact them, particularly regarding substances. 

  • Training youth to be effective social change leaders  

  • Build a strong, sustainable, youth led leadership and advocacy program 

  • Amplify youth voice and work in partnership with youth

  • Constant communication with youth and families

  • Supports the Program Manager with all necessary tasks needed to meet project deliverables  

  • Conduct public presentations as needed  

  • Convene and/or plan meetings, conferences, and other community-based events 

  • Plan, prepare and facilitate virtual and/or in-person youth workshops on topics such as Leadership Skills and community organizing 

  • Develop meaningful and impactful relationships with youth

  • Data collection and reporting


Employment Standards

  • Prior experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds 

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills 

  • A history of community collaboration to advance positive changes in communities 

  • Community organizing and engagement experience 

  • Engagement and rapport building with hard-to-reach communities. 

  • Good problem solving and conflict resolution skills 

  • A highly motivated self-starter with the ability to coordinate multiple projects and tasks 

  • Strong desire to empower the next generation of leaders 

  • Drivers license required, and ability to provide transportation to youth


Ability to:

  • Manage time effectively given the multiplicity of duties

  • Support youth in implementing culture values into their projects

  • Work flexible hours and days as needed for special events or meetings

  • Prepare and present written and oral reports of various types

  • Work independently and as a team

  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with all stakeholders

  • Work well with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)

Training and Experience

Requires a bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, social services, political science, education or related field from an accredited institution and one year of relevant experience that aligns with elements of the scope of this position (volunteer work accepted).

Salary and Benefits:

Salary Scale: $44,977-$52,376 depending on qualification and experience

PVPSA offers competitive benefits including Paid Time Off, Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Employer Sponsored Retirement Plan among other benefits

How to Apply:

If interested, please submit your submit a cover letter and resume noting salary history and four references to:

PVPSA Human Resources


Mail: 335 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

PVPSA is a drug-free and smoke-free work place and an equal opportunity employer.