Career with STL Youth Jobs
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Careers with STL Youth Jobs


STL Youth Jobs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to bridge the divide between our region’s youth and the growing skills gap in our workforce. STL Youth Jobs was created in 2013 as a mechanism to change the landscape of employment opportunities for youth living in underserved areas so they are connected to opportunities through which they can gain experience and develop skills required to meet employment demands. From exploration to acceleration, STL Youth Jobs aims to be responsive to a variety of ages and skill levels by meeting youth where they are within their career journey.

The following positions are available with STL Youth Jobs:



The Development Manager will support a culture of philanthropy within the organization and will use a donor-centered approach to build and cultivate lasting relationships with current and prospective donors. The Manager is responsible for assisting the Executive Director and Board of Directors with the design and execution of annual development plans, including major gifts and individual giving, grant strategies, corporate and foundation relations, and stewardship of current and prospective donors. The Manager works closely with a dynamic team and passionate supporter base to help accomplish important mission goals and substantially grow the organization. The expected fundraising goal for 2021 is $2m.


Fund Development and Cultivation

  • Work with the Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement strategic/fund development annual plans and budgets for all fund development activities to progressively increase revenues. Evaluate plan regularly with Executive Director and Board Chairman.
  • Assist with the development of an aggressive grant and corporate development agenda, including outlining goals and identifying risks and targets for growth.
  • Serve as writer and project manager on grant applications (both narrative and budget) and grant reports.
  • Identify collaborative funding opportunities.
  • Provide support to the Executive Director, volunteers, and Board members as they cultivate and solicit donors for organization-wide priorities.
  • Assist with a moves management program for individual donors that includes all aspects of the giving cycle, including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for a specified donor portfolio.
  • Work alongside the Marketing Manager to develop dynamic presentations and proposals that show impact and demonstrate need. Present this information in small and large group settings.


  • Interface with the Board of Directors, attending board meetings as needed and serve as staff lead relating to all fundraising engagement priorities for the Board of Directors.
  • Participate in all evaluation activities, including data collection systems and all contracts and activities related to program evaluation and measurement.
  • Work with appropriate staff to compile annual audit needs and ensure that special programs donor files, records, and revenues are recorded and maintained accurately.
  • Assist with other projects as required by the Executive Director.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; a minimum of 1 year experience in fund development, communications, marketing, business, or another related field. CFRE certification is desirable.
  • Demonstrate successful donor relationship management with experience working with high-level corporate representatives and foundation executives, preferred.
  • Experience in soliciting and securing corporate gift and foundation grants at or above $50,000.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience in fundraising information systems, donor research, and relationship management. Knowledge of donor management software.
  • Experience working with a Board of Directors and Board-level committees.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities.
  • Ability to work and make judgments independently and take initiative.
  • Ability to work within an innovative and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Detail and deadline-oriented.
  • Excellent written, oral, and communication skills.


  • 35 hours/week, salaried exempt
  • Salary is commensurate with experience
  • Benefits include medical, dental, and vision coverage and paid vacation
  • Flexible working environment
  • Collaborative workspace at a tech and art co-working space (STLYJ staff are currently working remotely)
  • Working in a small and nimble team and playing a vital role in a growing organization


  • Interested candidates must send a cover letter, salary expectations, and electronic version of their resume to Subject Line: Development Manager.
  • No phone calls, please. Only those candidates who meet our qualifications will be contacted. No staffing agencies, please.

2 Practicum Opportunities (for MSW graduate and BSW undergraduate students)

Two positions are available (foundation and concentration level). Roles and responsibilities are designed around a student’s areas of interest and the organization’s need. Hours are flexible and can be adjusted to fit the needs of the students. For the time being, all staff members and practicum students are working remotely with the possibility of occasionally working in-person. Opportunities for periodic external virtual meetings with contractors, employers, donors, events, and strategic partners will arise.

  1. Macro Practicum Position – MSW Concentration Level (Nonprofit Management)

This practicum position is available year-round to MSW students interested in further developing skills in marketing, development, organization partner relationships, and/or evaluation. This practicum is an ideal opportunity for students interested in nonprofit management. The STL Youth Jobs staff is a small team of 5 individuals. Students have the opportunity to work in all departments with all staff members. Duties will be customized and can range from, but are not limited to: 

Marketing and Communications

  • Storytelling of the organization, partnership and youth experiences
  • Manage assigned responsibilities of the organization’s internal and external communications plan including assisting with the creation of press releases, social media strategy development, branding and marketing strategy, database management, etc.
  • Create marketing collateral and messaging to reach audiences of youth participants, donors, and employer partners
  • Develop talking points, handouts, and infographics


  • Assist with grant writing and fundraising support from individuals, foundations, corporations and government grants
  • Assist the Director of Development with cultivation strategy for prospective donors
  • Prepare and submit letters of intent grant proposals (including all supporting materials, i.e. letters of support, budgets, etc., and grant reports, as directed by Director of Development
  • Support in managing donor relationships through preparing cultivation materials and follow-up
  • Assistance with organizing and managing the donor relations database
  • Assist in designing and creating the annual impact report
  • Assist with implementing a new individual giving program

Employer Relations

  • Assist Director of Employer Relations with employer recruitment, outreach, and communication
  • Research regional labor trends and sectors, as well as local companies with skilled high-demand job opportunities
  • Research educational and career pathways available to youth in St. Louis

 STL Youth Jobs Ambassador/Civic Engagement Group

  • Design and assist with the formation of an STL Youth Jobs Ambassador/Civic Engagement Group comprised of youth participants to serve as program ambassadors (to funders, press, partners, etc.) and perform peer-led leadership and civic engagement trainings/activities
  • Research partner organizations to implement the program, best practices of youth-led groups, determining size and participation criteria for members, outlining benefits to members (compensation, professional development, etc.), suggesting meeting times and formats, etc.

 Program Evaluation Planning

  • Customized evaluation project around assessment of job coach performance, revenue income, increased engagement from employer partners, or more
  • Conduct follow-up surveys and focus groups with past participants
  • Develop a set of recommendations for engagement with past participants, including incentives, resources and referrals, and case management
  • Will meet the evaluation requirement for required courses

 Other duties as assigned

Required Skills

Because this position is mostly remote, a supervisor will check-in with students twice a week and do consistent follow-up. This also requires that the practicum student work independently with strong skills in:

  • Organization
  • Task management: track tasks and progress, presenting weekly updates
  • Time management
  • Writing and grammar
  • Communication: must be good at following-up via email and phone
  • Being a self-starter and taking the lead on projects
  • Being A digger! Someone that does research and deep-dives when needed
  • Flexibility and being a team player

Desired Skills

  • Graphic design or familiarity with Canva (this is entry-level but willingness to be creative in designing social media and marketing materials)
  • Experience with Square Space and web design

To Apply

2. Micro Practicum Position: MSW or BSW Foundation Level (Program)

This practicum position is available beginning in the spring semester (January) for MSW or BSW students interested in working in direct practice with youth, community development and resourcing, program development, and more. Student’s duties can range from, but are not limited to:

Case Management/ Follow Up

  • Employment: assistance with resume building, interviewing skills, job searching, etc.
  • Education: assisting youth with getting to the next step on their educational journey
  • Facilitating group job training sessions with youth
  • Follow-up with clients to gather post-program data
  • Follow-up with clients to ensure the application is complete
  • Follow-up with clients regarding questions that may arise
  • Matching youth with appropriate employers
  • Social media outreach with alumni

Program Development

  • Working with the STL Youth Jobs Director of Partnerships & Impact to make evidenced-based improvements to the existing program model
  • Researching best practices of other youth programs and identifying ways to weave them into the current model
  • Create a packet of resources for the youth (job readiness tips, job search techniques, employment centers, etc.)
  • Opportunities to attend meetings with the leadership team to gain insights into the program
  • Assist partnering agencies as needed

Youth Recruitment

  • Connecting with various youth-serving organizations to inform the community about program updates, applications, etc.

Project of Interest

  • Use practicum experience as an opportunity to learn. Identify and carry out a project close to your heart that will benefit the STL Youth Jobs team.

Other duties as assigned

To Apply