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Thanks for your interest in a position with Critical Exposure.  We are currently hiring for a Program Coordinator position. Position description and qualifications are below.


CE seeks two Program Coordinators to join our team in Washington, D.C​. to support community-based youth organizing and leadership development of D.C. youth of color ages 14-21. The Program Coordinators will focus primarily on fostering youth-led campaigns by adapting and implementing our curriculum with groups of 10-15 youth in D.C. high schools, community-based organizations, and/or in our city-wide afterschool programs at our own site.

This position is an opportunity to work in partnership with young people and engage with community members and school leaders to bring about real local change. Candidates must demonstrate a deep commitment to racial and social justice and institutional change.

Experience facilitating similar projects with low-income youth, youth of color, and/or youth in Washington, D.C. is a major plus.


In order for long-term, structural change to take place, we believe those impacted most directly by an issue must be the ones leading the fight for solutions. Our adult program staff develop the leadership capacities of young people so they can work collectively to effect change around issues of educational injustice impacting their lives. Critical Exposure is not an organization that provides social services to youth or advocates on behalf of youth.


The Program Coordinators will lead engaging trainings and activities to develop youth’s political analysis, photography and organizing skills in high school classrooms and our citywide afterschool programs. Working in pairs with other program staff, Program Coordinators will co-facilitate 2-3 separate groups of youth, 2-3 times per week, over the course of the school year. Coordinators provide key leadership for base-building in schools and identifying ways to link youth’s school-based organizing efforts to existing city-wide campaigns. In high school classrooms, Coordinators work closely with partner teachers to tailor our curriculum. During the summer, Program Coordinators will lead the implementation of the Summer Youth Facilitation Institute (SYFI), our summer employment program for CE youth leaders.

Program Coordinators will:

● Lead planning, implementing and strengthening of assigned programs.

● Support the development and implementation of youth organizing campaigns (within a school or citywide).

● Build relationships with youth leaders, school staff, community organizations, elected officials, etc.

● Archive young people’s digital photographs for campaigns and photography exhibits.

Coordinators will also take the lead on one of these priorities:

1. Youth Wellness: Coordinate CE response to youth needs and connect youth to supportive resources (i.e. from

activities CE can facilitate proactively, supporting youth in active crisis, to scholarship opportunities).

2. Recruitment: Recruit individual youth and build community across youth cohorts.

3. Photography: Grow photography curriculum to strengthen youth photo collections and campaign strategy.

The assigned area of responsibility will be determined based on candidates’ experience, interest, and our team

make-up to ensure the above priority areas are collectively held.


● 2+ years of experience working with youth of color from diverse class backgrounds, ages 14-21.

● Experience with group facilitation, interactive workshop design and implementation.

● Experience with community organizing and/or campaigns.

● Working knowledge of D.C.’s public education system.

● Demonstrated ability in at least one of the following areas:

a. Youth Wellness: Demonstrated ability to respond to youth in crisis, provide appropriate support, and

incorporate trauma-informed practices for staff and the organization.

b. Recruitment: Demonstrated ability to build genuine connections with youth and to boost interest in

programs and leadership opportunities. Demonstrated ability to build group cohesion.

c. Photography: Advanced digital photography skills and ability to design workshops to train youth.

● Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and some weekends.

We are looking for candidates with the following characteristics:

● Strong intersectional social justice analysis, values and self-awareness practices.

● Ability to build healthy, balanced relationships with high school-age youth of color and adult colleagues.

● Ability to be self-directed and thrive in a highly collaborative team environment.

● Ability to create and/or adapt processes to strengthen the way teams and the organization operate.

● Eagerness to contribute talents and a desire to develop new strengths.

Candidates must have passion for, and commitment to:

● Developing the power and agency of D.C. youth to be community leaders effecting social change.

● Undoing all forms of internalized, interpersonal, and institutionalized oppression.

● Making public schools and communities accountable to youth.

● Laughter, creativity, and play in social justice work and life.


Salary for positions is competitive and commensurate with experience. We offer a generous benefits package including health, dental, retirement, and paid time off. We are committed to a healthy work-life balance and tailor continuing education opportunities for all staff.

Ideal candidates will be prepared to make a 2-year (minimum) commitment.

To apply, ​please submit a cover letter and resume to with “CE Program Coordinator” as the subject line.


We are not currently hiring any Interns at this time.