Stakeholder Engagement Specialist

Primary purpose:

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist will work to improve adolescent sexual health by mobilizing partners to support the work of SHIFT NC, its projects, and its policy goals, and by implementing new youth leadership strategies to ensure that adolescents and young adults play a meaningful role in the organization’s decision-making, programmatic, and advocacy efforts. The Stakeholder Engagement Specialist will report to the Director of Strategic Communications.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and support a network of responsive adult and youth advocates who can influence policymakers throughout the state, and work with SHIFT NC’s contract lobbyist to mobilize advocates.
  2. Advise, design, and champion the integration of new youth leadership strategies throughout the organization.
  3. Design, implement and evaluate strategies for developing new relationships and enhancing existing relationships for key stakeholder groups.
  4. Coordinate youth engagement activities, including developing work plans, recruiting participants, and ongoing management.
  5. Build connections between SHIFT NC and leaders, influencers, and groups within the scope of SHIFT NC’s mission. Strategize to elevate youth voices in these relationships.
  6. Help program staff ensure that projects/initiatives are creating and executing well-designed project-level stakeholder engagement and community mobilization plans.
  7. Track existing and developing relationships, and help the organization nurture engagement over time.
  8. Facilitate state and local awareness and advocacy efforts in support of adolescent sexual health.
  9. Work with initiative leaders, communications staff, and evaluation staff to ensure that adolescents and young adults are informing the organization’s programs.
  10. Advise SHIFT NC on how to grow youth engagement over time, and create a shared vision for youth leadership and involvement.
  11. Assist, as needed, with fundraising, fee-for-service, and advocacy tasks.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A minimum of 2 years of paid or volunteer experience in one or some combination of the following: community organizing, advocacy or political campaigns, political education and skill-sharing, and/or experience working with young people in a peer or professional context.
  • Strong interest in issue or political advocacy or public policy.
  • Ability to communicate about adolescent sexual health and related issues in a way that is clear, positive, and accessible to a diverse group of people with varying experience levels.
  • Strong commitment to SHIFT NC’s mission and vision.
  • Welcomes, recognizes, and appreciates others’ suggestions, points of view and contributions while working to create a work environment that is inclusive and collaborative.
  • Feels comfortable challenging the status quo and leadership to further the voices of youth within the organization.
  • Actively participates in collaborative efforts while demonstrating respect for colleagues.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice in driving team and organizational results.

Position Duration: This position is budgeted through June 2019 with potential to continue based on funding availability.

Deadline for Application Submission:  August 20, 2018

Start date:  Negotiable

Salary Range: $45,000-$50,000 

Application Procedure: Please submit resume and cover letter to: by August 20, 2018, close of day.

About SHIFT NC: SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) is leading North Carolina to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health. After 30 years of success in adolescent pregnancy prevention, we've expanded our scope to include adolescent pregnancy, HIV and STIs, sexuality, healthy development, relationships, and access to care. Learn more at

SHIFT NC offers equal opportunity to and prohibits the discrimination against or harassment of anyone based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, handicapping condition, or other reasons prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination and opportunity policy extends to employment, membership, board service and leadership, volunteerism, and participation in any of the organizations programs or services.