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Youth Learning Experience Specialist

Are you dedicated to helping young people find their voices and make a difference in their communities? Do you welcome the challenge of joining us in creating a new youth-centric program that will not only impact the learning offerings at the Kennedy Institute, but will build a whole new visitor experience? For this grant-funded position, we are looking for a team member dedicated to amplifying the stories and impact of young people and comfortable mentoring youth of all backgrounds. We are eager to learn from you, and our new youth advisors.

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This position comprises two complementary and interrelated functions in support of a grant funded project highlighting the importance of and how to become involved in Youth Movements. Reporting to the Director of Education, Family and Youth Programming, the Youth Learning Experience Specialist (YLES) will assist us in developing our first dedicated Youth Action Committee, developing projects and opportunities for local youth to impact and produce Kennedy Institute programs and experiences; the YLES will also assist in the production and installation of our visitor experiences, bringing their organizational and process skills to the project and connecting all aspects of our work with external stakeholders, advisors, and creative partners. The YLES will be experienced in fostering young people, and will co-create a collaborative process where youth can use their civic voices and apply their perspectives to new visitor experiences. We seek an enthusiastic, team-oriented candidate who can both work collaboratively as well as independently, and is passionate about youth activism and encouraging our next generation of leaders to take civic action.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with staff, identifies meaningful roles and responsibilities for the Youth Advisory Committee, plans daily tasks and activities for the Youth Advisory Committee, supervises, supports and evaluates Youth Advisors and assists in integrating their work into the Youth Movements project & exhibit.
  • Mentors approximately 8 youth members of the Youth Advisory Committee in developing skills relevant to projects at the Kennedy Institute by providing leadership, assisting in curriculum development, problem solving, and coaching. Youth will be selected from Boston and other Gateway cities.
  • Provides organizational support to the Director of Education, Family and Youth Programming and the Senior Exhibit and Content Developer to ensure successful execution of the details of the combined projects related to youth. This may include communicating with vendors and advisors, creation of spreadsheets, maintaining project tracking systems and communication tools, scheduling meetings, and updating all project stakeholders on the status of the project.
  • Works collaboratively on project team to develop engaging and innovative experiences and conversations around the impact of youth in the public sphere;
  • May be asked to accompany staff on outreach and community events to promote the Institute and its offerings;
  • Adhere to strict confidentiality policies regarding the Institute and its visitors;
  • Follow and promote a safety-conscious workplace, placing the security of visitors, staff, interns, and volunteers as a top priority, including collaboration with Institute security staff;
  • Other duties as required.


  • High school diploma required, Bachelor Degree with relevant work experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Strong background in youth engagement and development work required, with evidence of supporting youth program development and implementation;
  • Awareness of current issues and perspectives in which youth are engaged. encouraged;
  • Experience representing the interests of young people in organizations, clubs, and community endeavors to leaders, adults, and organizers.
  • Familiarity of youth programs within an organizational setting such as museums, school, or community groups.
  • Other relevant experience for this position could include: community organizing, working with young people of varying abilities, social justice work;
  • Multilingual a plus;
  • Demonstrable organizational skills required, with a high attention to detail and strong office software competencies, including Google and Microsoft products;
  • Interest and knowledge in civic engagement, public policy, or history encouraged;
  • Proven ability to respond to changing needs and priorities;
  • Possesses the personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and reliability;
  • Ability to take initiative and effectively problem-solve;
  • Ability to create and maintain good working relationships with a variety of diverse internal and external team members;
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check required.
  • Evening and weekend hours will be required.

The physical demands and work environment described for this position are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Duties are performed indoors in an office/workstation environment. Duties may require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, talking, hearing, and long periods of computer viewing.

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Please email resume and cover letter to, with the title “Youth Learning Experience Specialist” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. The Institute does not retain external search firms. No solicitation calls will be entertained.

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.