Parent and Youth Engagement Specialist

Position: Parent and Youth Engagement Specialist
Reports to: Director, Mission Promise Neighborhood
Pay Range: $72,000 – $76,000


Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) – Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.

MEDA is advancing strategies to create asset building opportunities for San Francisco’s Latino families and in the Mission District through: (1) our core, integrated Asset Building Programs related to housing, financial capability, workforce development, business development, and tax preparation; (2) serving as a backbone agency to advance educational opportunity and family economic success through the Mission Promise Neighborhood; (3) creating and preserving affordable housing and commercial real estate in the Mission District through Community Real Estate; (4) providing access to capital and innovative financial products through the Adelante Fund; and (5) Policy and Advocacy efforts that support our mission. 


The Parent and Youth Engagement Specialist will play a vital role in advancing the Mission Promise Neighborhood. This individual will be responsible for coordinating parent and youth-focused projects that center the voices of MPN parents and youth to inform the MPN scope and strategies. The position will increase the visibility of MPN within the target community while strengthening partnerships with parents and youth, and partner organizations. This position spans both strategy and supporting staff on the ground to help ensure effective engagement of parents and youth and make connections to leadership development opportunities. The ideal candidate will be creative, organized, and passionate about MEDA’s mission. 


  • Community Engagement: developing and nurturing strong relationships with MPN partners, participants, and community members.
  • Collaborate with all Mission Promise Neighborhood staff and partners and identify community members who can play key roles in MPN activities. 
  • Provide parents and youth with opportunities to participate in MPN-related activities and to inform the City, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), funders, and other stakeholders of the work of MPN and the benefits to youth and families. 
  • Arrange and attend events, public forums, conferences, and meetings to build and maintain community relationships. 
  • Support parents in co-designing and co-creating MPN activities and strategies that relate to children and youth.
  • Collaborate with MPN staff to create a parent and youth referral system for leadership opportunities. 
  • Develop a directory of organizations and programs offering parent engagement opportunities and develop connections with organizations in order to refer families. 

Leadership Development: 

  • Identify potential leaders in the community, provide training, and integrate them into the MPN activities. 
  • Manage and facilitate the MPN Parent Council with thought partnership of key MEDA and MPN staff. 
  • Develop the structure of the MPN Youth Leadership Council in partnership with youth in the community. 
  • Help to build the capacity of parents and youth to speak to media and deliver testimonials at public forums, meetings, and events, ensuring consistency of messaging on MPN.  
  • Connect parents and youth with city-wide board and council opportunities that influence issues related to families.
  • Identify youth summer internship opportunities for high schoolers and work collaboratively with MPN staff and partners to support youth in applying for internships, such as Opportunities for All and CORO Fellowships that offer youth leadership development.
  • In partnership with the MPN team, co-create a Kinder Transitions Ambassador group to support parents with first-time kinder enrollment.
  • Collaborate with the Abriendo Puertas PLC to build strategies to inform, recruit and track Abriendo Puertas program graduates for facilitator training and participation in other leadership opportunities.
  • Facilitate a photovoice project to support parents with developing their stories of success for sharing with multiple stakeholders. 

Other Duties:

  • Develop and implement a system to evaluate the success of the community engagement and leadership development efforts that includes clear metrics around the number of parents and youth participating, how well the Parent and Youth Engagement Specialist and MPN team is leading this work to engage parents and youth, and how parents and youth are better off as a result of participating in MPN leadership development activities.
  • Conduct focus groups to improve parent engagement strategies.
  • Share the model with other organizations and initiatives across the city and at conferences across the country.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, communications, or nonprofit management plus 3 -5 years of experience working in low-income communities of color 
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required
  • Self-motivated, outgoing, energetic, creative problem-solver, strong initiative, and an ability to work collaboratively across teams 
  • Experience in creating and implementing community engagement activities targeted to Spanish speakers and immigrants
  • Strong background and experience in Adult Popular Education methods
  • Experience working with a diverse group of agencies, coordinating services and communication
  • Experience working within an educational setting, such as a public school district, preferred
  • Excellent verbal & interpersonal skills and presentation skills required
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and work independently and collaboratively as part of a team, self-starter


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