Iowa Department of Administrative Services Youth Initiatives Coordinator in Des Moines, Iowa

Youth Initiatives Coordinator


Youth Initiatives Coordinator


$12,530.00 Annually


Des Moines - 50319 - Polk County, IA

Job Type



379 Iowa Department of Human Rights

Job Number



7/28/2017 11:59 PM Central

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Point of Contact

Betsy Penisten at

To Apply

Apply directly to the employing agency: Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Sarah Fineran AND Betsy Penisten, Department of Human Rights, 321 E. 12th Street, 2nd Floor, Des Moines, IA 50319, or e-mail to AND

Job Description

This is a courtesy posting for a non-merit position. Positions in this class are exempt from the screening and referral requirements of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services – Human Resources Enterprise. Please follow instructions in the "To apply" section for directions on how to apply for this position.

POSITION SUMMARY:A full-time AmeriCorps position (1,700 hours annually) will develop and strengthen positive youth development programs and promote positive youth development in DHR, a state agency. The major responsibilities will be coordinating the activities of the Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) and assisting with additional DHR youth initiatives designed to provide opportunities for underrepresented youth in civic leadership. With a special emphasis on recruiting underrepresented youth, the project will conduct outreach to provide information on the available youth opportunities and provide training to youth to prepare them for leadership.


  • Coordinate all aspects of the Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) program including orientation workshops, trainings, meetings, and organizing the annual event at the Capitol, for up to 100 youth.

  • Recruit and conduct a joint orientation for new IYC and State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) members.

  • Conduct regional youth leadership trainings for youth 14-21 years of age, which require arranging meeting places, communicating with youth, and developing agendas.

  • Engage and communicate with the youth participants, sponsors, and other stakeholders to improve the program

  • Maintain the Iowa Youth Congress website and publications, and assist in research and data analysis.

  • Involve youth participants in AmeriCorps sponsored service projects.

  • Partner with SIYAC and implement a joint training curriculum for IYC and SIYAC, and other youth groups.

  • Partner with the Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development (ICYD) and community organizations to increase access to opportunities and develop culturally enriching activities for minority and underrepresented youth.

Participate on the DHR Youth Initiatives Committee, and assist DHR in conducting all youth initiatives including:

  • Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)

DHR Human Right's Chapters

  • Capitol Girls

  • Write Women Back into History Video

  • Build a Brighter Future Seminar Series

  • MLK Call to Serve Contest

  • ?New Iowa Youth Leadership Program

  • Provide technical assistance and training to youth and adults related to youth involvement. Examples of topics covered include: youth leadership, adult-youth partnerships, positive youth development, service project development, agency readiness working with diverse youth.

  • Assist in the planning and implementation of state and community initiatives and activities in conjunction with the AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach program.

PAYMENT and BENEFITS: AmeriCorps members receive a MODEST MONTHLY LIVING STIPEND of $1,044 ($12,530 annually) and upon completion of 1,700 hours of service qualify for a $5,775 educational award. Benefits include student loan forbearance or deferment while in service, child care benefits, and individual healthcare insurance. This position also provides valuable leadership and problem-solving skills that all employers are seeking. AmeriCorps members are not employees of the State of Iowa. The office for the successful candidate will be in DHR, Des Moines, IA.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

High school diploma (or equivalent); college degree preferred.


State of Iowa


379 Iowa Department of Human Rights


Lucas State Office Building

321 E 12th St

Des Moines, Iowa, 50319.