Associate Director – Boston Mobilization – Cambridge, MA

Boston Mobilization is a small, grassroots, 35-year old nonprofit that supports youth-led social justice efforts through anti-oppression training, education, organizing and consulting. We are a vibrant space where young people from Greater Boston come together to build relationships, learn about social justice, collaborate on organizing campaigns, develop leadership skills and have fun!

We are seeking a full time associate director to support our continued organizational growth. This position represents a significant leadership role for an entrepreneurial leader in social justice movements and organizations. The Associate Director is responsible for enhancing the internal organization and infrastructure necessary for Boston Mobilization’s continued success and growth and for stepping into program roles as a facilitator, youth worker, popular educator and organizer. The vision is for this person to eventually move into the executive director role.

An ideal candidate should be able to both think broadly and strategically about our work, move with agility between hanging out with teens, nonprofit administration, and envisioning alternatives to the racism, capitalism and violence of our current world and also be detail oriented and organized about the implementation and structures necessary to move our vision into reality.

Because this is a wide-ranging role, the associate director is not expected to have every skill on this list. The associate director is expected to have the appetite to gain whatever skills they may not already have.

Working in close collaboration with the executive director, part time staff, and youth and adult program staff, the associate director’s responsibilities include


Work with Executive Director to develop organizational priorities and oversee their implementation.

Serve as a thought partner to Executive Director.

Work with Executive Director to develop and implement fundraising strategies, including some grantwriting, relationship building with donors, grant reporting and supervision of part time grantwriter.

Build organizational infrastructure to support Boston Mobilization’s work, including finance, administration, human resources, facilities and technology.

Support ongoing board development.

Steward and initiate relationships with partners including private and public schools, youth serving nonprofits, local organizing efforts, faith communities, and universities.


Work with the part time operations coordinator to maintain and update website and database.

Coordinate all communications including newsletter, participant recruitment, social media presence and regular communication with youth leaders (text, email, phone calls and social media).

Coordinate the creation of consistent, engaging mission-based materials.


Provide expert facilitation and curriculum development for training and consulting work.

Support Sub/Urban Justice School Year and Summer youth programs including, build compassionate, accountable relationships with youth leaders, support youth leadership development through education and community organizing, and create responsive, engaging program innovations.

Direct programming for college interns including hiring and supervision of college interns.

Develop and implement new ways for volunteers to add organizational capacity.


Three years of significant leadership experience as a program director, executive director or similar position in a social justice context.

Commitment to youth leadership development, popular education methods, and community organizing as a strategy for systems transformation.

Commitment to racial, economic and gender justice.

Ability to implement vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment and lead change.

Ability to see an idea through to completion without teamwork, but without close supervision.

Ability to face uncertainty with creativity and initiative, flexibly share leadership and build consensus. When necessary, can make tough decisions.

Success supervising and mentoring staff and supporting professional and leadership development.

    Significant experience with:

-facilitation -popular education methods -curriculum design in the following areas: race, class, gender, heterosexism -program development and implementation

Comfort and agility working with young people with and without privilege.

Familiarity with technology and databases (Including word processing, internet, Google Drive/Documents, DropBox, Salesforce, WordPress, Adobe)

Excellent interpersonal skills with people of all ages including teens.

How to apply

Please send resume and cover letter (NO CALLS) in one document to by April 15th, 2015 (applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled – if you’re seeing this post, the position has not been filled). In your cover letter, please thoughtfully address the following:

What are you excited about working for Boston Mobilization?

How does your work and lived experience position you to effectively lead this organization?

How do you envision Boston Mobilization’s future?

Boston Mobilization is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, and/or transgender people are warmly invited to apply for this position. Position open until filled (NO CALLS).