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Healing Justice & Youth Organizer

Job Description

SQSH’s Healing Justice & Youth Organizer works to actualize SQSH’s mission of building new systems for healing justice, youth leadership, and resource connections. They will lead the launch and expansion of our SQSHBook Resource Guide to empower community members to more effectively navigate the St. Louis resource ecosystem, and to increase resource systems’ accountability and responsiveness to queer St. Louisans’ needs and values. They will also support GSA activities, coach Queer Youth Peer Leaders (QYPLs), and lead SQSH’s pilot initiative to strengthen community connectedness, peer support, and identity-affirming school climate for queer/LGBTQIA+ youth at a local high school in St. Louis County. They will lead programming and support collective healing spaces for/with our STARLING Healer Collective, and connect queer and BIPOC youth to STARLING healing services through the St. Louis City & County System of Care.

This is a highly people-facing role that requires a passion for building relationships, ability to facilitate personal and collective healing, familiarity with the St. Louis resource ecosystem, passion for reimagining resource directories, dedication to creating structures for and empowering queer youth to lead, and a knack for creating safe spaces where others feel comfortable opening up. A successful candidate understands how to facilitate difficult conversations, manage varied relationships, lead collaboration efforts while de-centering oneself, identify connections between different parts of St. Louis communities, and facilitate transformative justice approaches to intra-community conflict.

An ideal candidate is well-equipped to convene diverse healers and community resources, with experience building trusting intergenerational relationships among queer St. Louisans and taking a queer-focused approach to community-building work. They have experience facilitating collaborative meetings, building cohorts, aligning diverse stakeholders on common objectives and community norms, transparently discussing harm within our community, and facilitating collective agreement on action steps. They are good at engaging community partners over a long period of time, and building consensus and buy-in towards common goals. They are good at deep listening and appreciative inquiry, including curiosity to ask questions, build understanding, and show appreciation for what is shared.

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