US Youth Years Outreach Specialist (Youth Challenges)

Youth Venture Arlington, Virginia


Position at Ashoka

US Youth Years Outreach Specialist (Youth Challenges) 

Location: Washington, DC     |     Type: Contract     |     Experience Level: Junior 


About Ashoka  

Ashoka invests in people who see the world not as it is, but as it could be; who seek to change a broken system instead of letting it continue. We call them social entrepreneurs, and over the past 35 years, we have supported more than 3,800 Ashoka Fellows as leading social entrepreneurs in 70 countries. 

Our work is based on a fundamental insight: Behind every social innovation, there are human beings. Supporting the best of them, and connecting them with a network of peers, is the most effective way to bring about social change. 

Our vision is a world where everyone is a changemaker – a world where everyone has the skill and confidence to drive social change and is committed to the good of all. 

About Ashoka’s Youth Years 

Ashoka Youth Years is on the forefront of a movement to inspire every young person to become a changemaker - anyone who takes action to solve problems or create opportunities for the greater good. In partnership with young people and influential institutions, we build and activate communities of change leaders that are shifting the framework on how society views youth and how youth view themselves. 

Summary: Working closely with Ashoka Youth Years, Ashoka Changemakers, and young people to ensure effective and professional support to our upcoming Changemaker Challenges.  

What is a Changemaker Challenge? We partner with companies and organizations to activate young people across the country to send in their ideas for change. Challenges activate a large network of young changemakers around a particular field or topic to build the demand for changemaking while also mobilizing a large group of media, youth-serving organizations, parents, and Ashoka Fellows. Throughout the engagement, we support young people to scale their ideas and teams, amplify their stories, create a space to connect young changemakers with each other, generate ideas for peer activation, and engage key stakeholders in understanding the importance of changemaking. Ultimately, these communities are built to mobilize everyone around the idea of building an "everyone a changemaker world."  

Check out one of our past Changemaker Challenges here. 


  • Reach out to regional networks and Network Partners via phone, email, and social media  
  • Source high-quality entrants that match evaluation criteria and build a network of innovators.   
  • Design Network Engagement Plans for YV engagements, in collaboration with Challenge Managers & other members of the Challenge team, creating opportunities for people in the social change ecosystem to connect with each other and benefit from the network effect 
  • Offer 1:1 support to teams of young people to apply to the challenge and grow and foster their ideas, most often through virtual office hour 


  • Regional mobilization   
  • Stakeholder database  
  • High-quality applications  
  • 3-5 Network Partners  
  • Localized email templates  
  • Challenge entry reviews  
  • Weekly outreach numbers report  
  • Support sessions for entrants  
  • Outreach events and activities  


Successful candidates will possess most of the following skills and experiences:   

  • At least 2-3 years of experience in the community building and management or network communications field   
  • Excellent communication skills  
  • Detail orientation, with an appreciation for mechanics and a thirst for making stuff work   
  • Ability to work under deadline, but flexible enough to move fluidly when deadlines shift  
  • Eager to solve problems and be proactive. Always thinking 2-3 steps ahead. 
  • Identifies as a changemaker and sees the potential in all young people being powerful changemakers as well. 
  • Fluent in English 
  • Able to pass a US Background check 

Additional Details:

  • Location: Rosslyn, Arlington, VA (expected to be in the office a few days a week once our office opens back up post-pandemic)  
  • Travel: Travel within the US for partnership support throughout the year (dependent on the pandemic)  
  • Salary: $40,000 - $45,000 (dependent on experience)  
  • Role Type: This role would be a limited-term, contract position  
  • This is a U.S.-based position: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire  

The Team  

As part of our Ashoka global team-of-teams, you will interact with the executive leadership team and entrepreneurial staff from around the world who are working on a variety of different issue areas. You will work closely with partnership managers and an extended challenge team to bring our changemaker events to life. You will also have meaningful interactions with global Ashoka colleagues from all over the world.