Job Announcement: Pukúu is hiring a Youth Organizer!

Pukúu Cultural Community Services (Pukúu) is proud to announce Youth Organizer position!

We are looking for an experienced Youth Organizer to work alongside Pukúu Cultural Community Services’ (Pukúu). Executive team to oversee civic/grassroots organizing work in the Los Angeles County. As the Youth Organizer, you will coordinate grassroot civic/organizing work through base building, leadership development and other activities such as case management as needed with 14- to 24-year-olds. You will also work with other staff, volunteers, and local Native organizations to organize and develop campaign events, delegations, alliance work, electoral organizing, and represent the agency in community coalitions. You will have the chance to work with programs and the board of directors as well as interact directly with the public. We expect dedication and high-quality work from our employees and provide competitive pay, benefits, and rewards for exceptional results. If you are ready for a challenging and fast-paced job with opportunities for advancement and career development, contact us with your application.

Job Title: Youth Organizer at Pukúu Cultural Community Services

Reports to: Operations Manager and Executive Director

Salary: $45,000.00 Grant Designated

Benefits: Medical and Dental

Job Type: Full-time (40 hours)

Project Description

The Youth Organizer for Pukúu Cultural Community Services will lead and manage new Youth Leadership Program focusing on civic engagement and health initiative. Youth Organizer to use transformative leadership development skills using culturally rooted model and trauma informed approaches with youth to conduct base building activities.  Promoting Indigenous Youth Leadership to Improve Health is geared towards supporting culturally competent youth leadership development and community organizing to improve health and wellness outcomes for Native American youth in northern Los Angeles County. The program aims to 1) improve organizational infrastructure to support transformative youth organizing as a core practice to advance health equity of Native people 2) increase capacity and skills of staff and youth leaders to practice transformative youth organizing to advance health and racial equity and promote community health 3) enhance capacity to share the impact of youth leadership development and transformative growth outcomes through storytelling techniques to advance health, wellness, and community equity and 4) strengthen digital infrastructure to support organizational leaders and youth engaged in the leadership development program.


Responsibilities and Duties

  • Under the direction of the Executive Team, the Youth Organizer is responsible for supervising program, events, and grant outcomes.
  • The Youth Organizer coordinates program budgeting and contracts with the Executive Team.
  • The Youth Organizer will document all youth interactions and input that data into a database.
  • Conduct regular base building activities that are culturally rooted model and trauma informed with 14- to 24-year-old Native youth including but not limited to: community outreach, community presentations, assess for basic needs and case management as needed.
  • Lead Native Youth transformative leadership development work through Native Youth meetings, skills building and reflection sessions, coordination or regular one-on-one check-ins, and political education.
  • Lead leadership development tracking methods, oversee youth numbers, and measure each member’s individual leadership development goals.
  • Support local and statewide education organizing and campaign work through action research, coordinating campaign events, delegations, and electoral organizing including systems change campaigns and movement building.
  • Participate in ally events and meetings to build and maintain Pukúu visibility and community solidarity.
  • Contribute organization-wide responsibilities for Pukúu.
  • Participate in all grassroots fundraising campaigns and maintain a portfolio of individual and organization prospects for solicitation.
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
  • Responsible for meeting facilitation and note taking for program.
  • Provide support and participant for organization-wide and regional campaigns and events.
  • Other responsibilities as required and assigned by Executive Team.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in (related to job) or relevant positions work experience in labor union.
  • One or more years of experience leading youth organizing efforts and/or educational advocacy.
  • Strong commitment to sovereignty, social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment.
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building skills, particularly with Native youth.
  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to work in groups.
  • Ability to energize, inspire, and move young people to action.
  • Excellent planning, problem-solving and organizational including transformative leadership skills.
  • Must possesses excellent oral, written communication skills, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Must be dependable, punctual, self-directed, willing to take initiative, detail-oriented, and courteous and personable when dealing with the public.
  • Ability to work independently and make decisions when Executive team is not present.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects as well as meet deadlines.
  • Must have excellent analytical, oral, and writing skills, and have working knowledge and understanding of current tribal and state laws and regulations.
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and a variety of applications.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the company’s insurance carrier.
  • Flexibility to work afternoons, occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state as needed.
  • Must pass Department of Justice’s Background Check.
  • Must have intermediate or higher MS Office software skills and be able to create and manage excel or excel like spreadsheets.
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills and an ability to prepare clear, accurate and concise summaries and reports in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and comprehend project goals and priorities, work independently, exercise sound judgment, and acclimate to adaptive project management.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Utilize conflict resolution skills.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and Pukúu Cultural Community Services. If hired, the applicant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus minimum two years of relevant work experience in labor union.
  • Previous history with one or more of the following areas: action research, campaign strategy, curriculum development, alliance building, media outreach, grassroots fundraising, campaign development and educational policy.
  • Relevant professional qualification in community outreach will be an advantage.
  • Proficiency with Apple and Microsoft operating systems.
  • Knowledge and experience working in the American Indian community.
  • Flexibility in scheduling and hours.


Physical Demands

  • Requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Requires repetitive movement of the fingers, wrists and hands.
  • Occasionally involves fieldwork, which is subject to the environmental conditions of the season.
  • Ability to walk or hike up to a mile periodically.


Desirable Qualifications:

  • Understanding of American Indian protocols and historical policies.
  • Experience working with tribal governments, processes, and policymaking.
  • Proficiency in GPS technologies and associated software.



This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding electronic and hardcopy files containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe, tribal department, and tribal citizens. The Youth Organizer must maintain confidentiality of all work product or files pertaining to Pukúu Cultural Community Services and the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, tribal departments, citizens, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribe. Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.



Comprehensive medical, dental, and paid holidays a year.


Drug Testing Policy:

The successful applicant for employment must submit to and pass a drug test for illegal substances prior to employment being confirmed.


Native American Indian Preference: Preference for employment shall be given to qualified Native American Indian applicants.


This job description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; and nothing in this herein restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Read more about Pukuu at www.pukuu.org


Please submit application and resume to eric.sanchez@pukuu.org