US Youth Years Operations Consultant

Youth Venture Arlington, Virginia Arlington, Virginia


Position at Ashoka

US Youth Years Operations Consultant  
Location: Washington, DC     |     Type: Part Time or Full Time      |     Experience Level: any 


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. 

Role Summary 

Working closely with Ashoka Youth Years, Ashoka Changemakers, and young people to ensure effective and professional support for our upcoming Changemaker Challenges. This role is ideal for professionals looking for short-term and flexible roles with a passion for working with young people in entrepreneurial environments. 

This role is for operations-minded and detailed oriented do-ers with a deep appreciation for mechanics and a thirst for making stuff work.  You will be supporting our partnership work for delivery and renewal through program implementation, convening logistics, outreach, and quality control.  
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 a world where everyone has the skills to solve problems and create the change they want to see in the world.  

A Typical Challenge Cycle 

Outreach Period  

Goal: Source hundreds of high-quality entrants that match evaluation criteria and build a network of young innovators. 
  • Conduct and delivery outreach for each Challenge, including cold emailing and calling prospective partners, current partners, school leadership, educators, parents, and young people.   
  • Research, contact, and communicate with prospective partners (schools, non-profits, libraries, other youth-serving organizations) to communicate our opportunity.  
  • Manage inboxes and text lines to answer questions throughout the engagement journey.  
  • Process applications each week to correct missing information, and send out parental notifications, as necessary. 
  • Deliver weekly outreach reports.  

Review Process  

Goal: Ensure a thorough and thoughtful review process with attention to equity, quality, and professionalism. 
  • Organize and manage additional review process procedures such as the reference check process.  
  • Review applications as needed to offer meaningful, productive feedback for all applicants to help grow their ventures.  
  • Quality check external communications materials, such as bios, announcement emails, long-form stories, press releases, etc.  
  • Review, quality check, edit, and distribute all written feedback on applications to applicants. 
  • Answer applicant questions with the support of the Challenge Team. 


Goal: Support the Events Team in delivering high-quality, youth-focused, and once-in-a-lifetime events with operational and logistical support.  
  • Collate and organize registration information from all summit attendees. Keep track of important information (allergies, dietary and medical needs, rooming preferences)   
  • Communicating all summit updates, schedules, and plans with young people, chaperones, and parents  
  • Research fun activities to incorporate into Event programming. Source vendors for transportation, restaurants, etc. 
  • Assist travel team with flight bookings and scheduling for all summit teams   
  • Manage all inboxes and test lines to respond to all questions about event logistics.   
  • Collecting all agreements and contracts, ensuring all details are clearly outlined, filled, and signed. 


  • Ensure a smooth rollout and management of seed grants and post-Challenge deliverables, such as reporting and planning for the future. 
  • Collect, process, and distribute seed grants with the Finance Manager.
  • Document and summarize efforts and recommendations with the core team for partner reporting and future learnings.  

Your Skills & Experience 

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

  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills for internal and external communications in English. Must be able to professionally and thoughtfully communicate with young people, partners, parents, and educators throughout the week with ease.  
  • You are detail-oriented, no matter how small the task. 
  • You have an appreciation for mechanics and a thirst for making stuff work. 
  • You are able to work under deadline, but flexible enough to move fluidly when deadlines shift, priorities change, and revisions need to be made.  
  • You are always thinking 2-3 steps ahead by asking questions, solving problems, testing out solutions, and being proactive.  
  • You have excellent execution skills in delivering outcomes while managing competing priorities and ambiguity.  
  • You identify as a changemaker and see the potential in all young people being powerful changemakers. 
  • You are able to pass a US Background check.  

Additional Details 

  • Location: Virtual  
  • Working Style: Hybrid  
  • Travel: none required  
  • Time: we are open to part-time (20 hrs/week) and full-time (40 hrs/week) for short-term (<6 months) or 1-year-long contracts. When applying, please tell us what you are looking for! 
  • Salary (projected as a full-time role yearly based in the DMV): $50,000 - $55,000 (dependent on experience)   
  • Role Type: contract, does not include benefits such as healthcare or PTO package. Instead, consultants get a 25% premium to cover their additional expenses 
  • 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 
  • Flexible hours: while many people work during standard business hours (9 AM – 5 PM ET), our team frequently hosts events on weekends and evenings and works with partners and teammates across time zones. Every week is different. This is not a standard 9-5 role. We will build a schedule with you!   

Our Team Values

  1. Creators of solutions
  2. Work with integrity and transparency 
  3. Lead with empathy 
  4. We are playful and have fun 
  5. An eye for discovery, wonder, and innovation
  6. Own our leadership

Our Team Dynamics

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.

Hiring Process 

  1. A screening call with the hiring manager. 
  2. Team Interview with other members of the team you would be working closely with. 
  3. An Ashoka Criteria Fit Interview to talk about your entrepreneurial and changemaking experiences, leadership experiences, new ideas, fit for Ashoka’s culture, and more with a member of a different team.