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GYAN Member Engagement Coordinator

May 22, 2009


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Global Youth Action Network

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The Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) is one of the most expansive youth networks in the world, with more than 1,000 member organizations in over 150 countries. Our strategic partner TakingITGlobal (TIG) hosts the world’s largest online community for socially engaged youth – TIGweb.org. GYAN’s mission is to facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; to support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and to provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.

We are currently looking for a new generation of young, passionate, and committed volunteers to join the GYAN team and help us take this network to the next level. In a recent speech, Van Jones (President Obama’s new Special Advisor on Green Jobs) told a room full of over 10,000 students, "Your generation was born to change the whole system." We agree with him. As our generation faces an unprecedented convergence of challenges - fixing the economic crisis, stopping climate change, eradicating poverty, creating sustainable development, and many more – we recognize that we must come together to find the solutions that are being called for. GYAN believes that if we unite together as a generation we can create the change we want to see in this world.

To achieve this ambitious goal, we are currently seeking volunteers to fill the following roles and responsibilities: Member Engagement Coordinator, Network Outreach Coordinator, UN Liaison, Newsletter Editor, Blog Manager, New Media Coordinator.

Why volunteer with GYAN?
  • This is a great opportunity for you to connect with inspiring youth and youth organizations from around all corners of the world.
  • As part of a fun and dynamic team of young leaders who share a passion for creating change, you will grow your personal network of friends.
  • GYAN and TIG have a strong international reputation within the non-profit sector and UN system, and our reputation is growing. Experience at GYAN/TIG will be respected by future employers, and through the collaborative nature of our work, you have the chance to grow a solid professional network that might help you in your career.
Member Engagement Coordinator
GYAN seeks a motivated young person to join our volunteer team in the position of Member Engagement Coordinator. If you are passionate about youth engagement and interested in gaining leadership experience in project management, facilitation and working in a multicultural online environment, this could be the experience you were always waiting for!

As Member Engagement Coordinator you will be responsible for facilitating information-sharing and collaboration among GYAN member organizations. Our member organizations are primarily connected with each other through an online mailing list; they are encouraged to share experiences, resources and opportunities with each other that can strengthen their work. The position will primarily focus on compiling information and moderating discussions among members, as well as making one-to-one connections among member organizations where appropriate. As Member Engagement Coordinator you are encouraged to develop your own ideas and strategies on how to improve communication with and among GYAN member organizations.

Your tasks would include:
  • Moderating the GYAN membership mailing list and ensure information distributed is timely and relevant
  • Based on member requests, developing themes for a member queries (such as fundraising or project management) and collect, compile and distribute information to members
  • Responding to member enquiries
  • Work with other volunteers to develop policy consultations around United Nations processes, such as the yearly Commission on Social Development
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for an individual with genuine passion and interest in our mission, who is willing to commit at least 5-10 hours per week to the organization for a prolonged period of time (1 year or longer). If you are looking for a short-term position to add to your resume, this is not the right position for you. For the right person, this position offers an incredible opportunity to contribute to the growth of an emerging network, and collaborate with young people from all over the world.

Ideally, you would already bring the following skills with you:
  • Excellent written communication skills with proficient English grammar, spelling and punctuation (we will love you for speaking additional languages, especially Spanish and French!)
  • Creativity and initiative
  • Strong curiosity for and knowledge of international issues, human rights and development, with particular interests in youth engagement
  • Experience in working or volunteering with youth or student organizations
How to apply?
As a global network, we are inviting volunteers from anywhere in the world to apply. However, priority will initially be given to applicants from the New York-Washington, DC-Toronto region. Most of the communication among team members will take place online, but meetings of the volunteer team will initially happen primarily in New York City. If you are interested in this position, please send an e-mail to our team at gyan@takingitglobal.org describing your skill sets (submit a resume or CV if possible) and why you are interested in this position.


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Global Youth Action Network

GYAN works to: :: facilitate youth participation and intergenerational partnership in global decision-making; :: support collaboration among diverse youth organizations; and to :: provide tools, resources, and recognition for positive youth action.