Statewide Youth Organizer


The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is a statewide disability organization that administers programs and serves as a membership association that connects California’s Independent Living Network. The mission of CFILC is to increase access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers (ILCs).


Under the direction of the Statewide Community Manager, the Statewide Youth Organizer assists in overseeing and coordinating the Youth Organizing Disabled & Proud (YO! Disabled & Proud) program and coordinates with the Disability Organizing Network (DOnetwork). The position works across CFILC programs and represents the youth voice on services and policy issues. The Statewide Youth Organizer coordinates and oversees youth activities, including attendance of meetings, trainings, and events. The Statewide Youth Organizer serves as the liaison for youth representing and working with community organizations and CFILC programs.

This position is based in Sacramento, CA and may include travel within the state of California and occasional travel outside of California. This position is a regular non-exempt full-time position.  Must be able to work in the office and remotely when necessary.


$22.40 – 26.90 per hour. This is a Regular Full-Time Non-Exempt position. CFILC offers a generous benefit program that includes vacation, sick time, medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, FSA, and retirement plan.


Community Organizing:

  • Oversee, coordinate and assist in managing the YO! Disabled & Proud program through developing curriculum, recruiting disabled youth, providing mentorship for disabled youth, and facilitating internship opportunities for disabled youth;
  • Facilitate in-person and online YO! Disabled & Proud and DOnetwork campaign activities;
  • Recruit trainers, presenters, and speakers to advance the YO! Disabled & Proud program;
  • Lead community organizing and volunteerism meetings and activities with disabled youth (16 – 28 years of age);
  • Coordinate and develop community organizing tools and resources;
  • Organize regional and statewide community organizing events;  
  • Develop and maintain relationships with California’s 28 Independent Living Centers, national, statewide and local disability rights organizations and coalitions dedicated to disability justice;
  • Assist in coordinating volunteer opportunities for youth at Independent Living Centers as well as other disability led organizations across the state;
  • Serve as a representative for CFILC and organize disabled youth to participate in public policy discussions and public hearings impacting youth with disabilities;
  • Work with CFILC communications team to develop social media posts and strategies to connect with disabled youth;
  • Assist in developing and executing additional in person and virtual organizing strategies with the Statewide Community Manager.

Training & Technical Assistance:

  • Provide mentorship and peer-to-peer training for disabled youth;
  • Work in collaboration with CFILC staff and partners to provide technical assistance from disabled youth-centered perspectives; and
  • Conduct and coordinate community organizing training sessions and workshops for the IL Network and external partners.


  • Coordinate with Statewide Community Manager to develop and track monthly, quarterly, and annual reports;
  • Present reports and program goals to funders and stakeholders; and
  • Develop additional reports as needed for programs and grant deliverables.


The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skills, and ability desired.  Reasonable accommodations are available to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

  • Work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with the ability to multitask and meet deadlines;
  • Work both independently and collaboratively with a team to meet deadlines and complete projects;  
  • Comfortable giving presentations and public speaking;
  • Knowledge of independent living philosophy, history of disability rights, disability justice, and disability culture; 
  • Ability to organize and lead (online and in person) meetings and activities for disabled youth;  
  • Ability to work with diverse cultural communities and under resourced socioeconomic communities;
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office 365, including: Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • Experience using a variety of social media platforms; and
  • Ability to arrange necessary transportation for work activities must be maintained throughout employment.


Associates Degree and one year experience working with disabled youth.  One to three years of experience in providing direct services leading a community organizing campaign or coalition for disabled youth.


Bilingual English/Spanish or fluency in languages other than English, including American Sign Language;

Identify as a person with a disability;

Trained in Community Organizing or Campaigning; and

Knowledge of California political processes




The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level of the office working conditions is low to medium.

Equal Employer Opportunity Statement:

CFILC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CFILC provides reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Please notify us if you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process.


Applicants must email a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources
Email Address: [email protected]
Subject Line Title: Statewide Youth Organizer

No phone calls or faxes will be accepted.