The Youth Program Coordinator will  activate and empower high school and college youth climate leaders by creating strategic plans and ensuring effective program execution. They will hire and manage high school and college interns, coordinate volunteers, and support youth-led organizing, campaigning and events. This position is open until filled and was initially posted in early April, 2023.

SanDiego350 is an inclusive volunteer organization building a movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climate injustice. We support a livable planet and a just society through education and outreach, public policy advocacy, and mobilizing people to take action. We represent approximately 8,000 local volunteers and supporters in the San Diego area. Youth4Climate is the Youth Engagement Team within SanDiego350 and seeks to empower youth to take meaningful action for climate, including strategic policy and advocacy campaigns.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Strategically design Y4C programs: With input from youth and adult volunteers and interns, set goals for Y4C, plan out annual programs and monthly events, identify volunteer leads for each event, and ensure follow-through by tracking projects’ statuses and checking in frequently with volunteers. 
  • Facilitate program execution and webpage: Work with high school and college interns, SanDiego350 staff, and volunteer leads to support ongoing campaigns like Youth v. Oil, large events like the youth climate strikes and summits, and monthly events like socials and the Steering Committee meeting. Work with volunteers to ensure that the webpage is up-to-date.
  • Hire and manage high school and college interns: Identify or recruit potential staff members and screen them through interviews or applications (as appropriate); ensure timely completion of all required documentation; meet with employees regularly, oversee timesheets, exchange feedback about work performance, and ensure that key responsibilities of each role are addressed.
  • Coordinate and engage youth and adult volunteers: Build relationships with volunteers and empower them to take on leadership and responsibilities. Train volunteers, lead biweekly meetings with all project owners to facilitate org-wide communication and resource procurement.  
  • Support grant writing, reporting, fundraising and other organizational needs: Help write grants for Youth-related programs, complete relevant grant and impact reporting, help shape the direction of SanDiego350, and support fundraising events, major actions and campaigns.

Essential Skills

  • Able to plan, coordinate and complete programs and projects independently
  • Highly motivated team player with a proven ability to work with minimal supervision in a dynamic environment and to manage deadlines and changing priorities
  • Strong organizational skills, and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong digital skills (especially Google docs, social media, and database) and competency with social media platforms (especially Instagram)
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of the climate crisis, environmental, and/or social justice
  • Strong public speaking skills and ability to converse with community members with ease
  • Compassionate communication style with the ability to integrate a culture of care and community centered values, including through consensus-building decision making.

Required Experience (in a paid or volunteer role):

  • Leadership: recruiting, engaging, and coordinating volunteers with diverse backgrounds, experience levels, and communication styles, and supporting growth, education, and leadership development 
  • Youth empowerment: experience mentoring, collaborating with, creating programs for, and developing leadership skills of young people, particularly in the context of civic engagement and climate activism. Comfortable working with high school students. 


  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Knowledge of climate change policy and issues 
  • Experience in leadership of climate or civic advocacy projects, campaigns, or organizations
  • Professional education and curriculum development experience (e.g., work in a school)
  • Producing data-driven reports and presentations
  • Experience managing or coordinating people; experience in organizing strikes and civic events

Is this job for you? Are you:

  • Passionate about building people-power and a movement to drive social and political change that centers youth leadership? 
  • Committed to making youth leadership, anti-racism, and environmental justice an integral part of climate action work?
  • Eager to meet new people and build relationships with diverse members of our community?
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, meet deadlines, respond to unanticipated challenges, balance conflicting demands, and adapt to changing priorities, deadlines, and roles?
  • Determined – got grit? Excited to embark on a big learning curve, stretch, and bring your creativity?

Applicant must

  • Be based in the San Diego area and have the ability to work remotely as well as occasionally out of our Hillcrest office, and travel around San Diego County. 
  • Be able to work flexible hours with evenings and weekends regularly required 
  • Have access to reliable transportation and be willing to use it for job-related tasks
  • Pass background check for working with youth and other conditions as programs require.
  • Own a cell phone, laptop, and reliable home internet to use for job-related tasks

Employment Details

  • Full time, working primarily remotely and occasionally in our office 
  • Benefits: Reimbursement for health care costs, sick leave, and paid time off. 
  • Hiring range $50-54,000. 
  • Reports to the Executive Director.

To apply:  Send a single PDF document that includes your resume and a cover letter describing your interest and why you’re the best fit for the position to We will not look at applications through any other platform.

Deadline: The position is open until we find the perfect fit. Everybody who applies for the position will be notified about the status of their application. Thank you for the time and effort you put into applying!

SanDiego350 is committed to being a collaborative group that values a diversity of approaches and perspectives to the work we do because we know this allows the movement to be as strong as it can be. People of color, and of all genders, sexualities, ethnicities, and abilities, and particularly members of communities on the frontlines of climate change, are welcome and encouraged to apply.