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Current Opportunities

Program Coordinator

About-Face Workshop Leaders (Volunteer)

Blog Writers (Volunteer)

Summer 2016 Internship: Online Presence Program Intern

Social Media Activist (Volunteer)

About-Face Awareness Activist (Volunteer)

About-Face Activist (Volunteer)

Board of Directors Membership

Program Coordinator

The About-Face Program Coordinator role is full of variety and interesting projects for a person who takes initiative, loves to engage and communicate with people, and truly understands About-Face’s mission. The Program Coordinator ensures that About-Face’s Media and Action program in schools and communities and our activism/outreach activities are infused with creativity, quality, and effectiveness for the young people we serve. At About-Face, we are professionals who also have fun doing our important work.

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: About-Face office in downtown San Francisco and potential for flexible telecommuting. The Program Coordinator must be based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Required Experience and Skills
— 2-5 or more years full-time in a professional environment
— Education: Bachelor’s Degree or higher
— Valid driver’s license
— Extremely organized; great with planning, logistics, and details
— Creative thinker and idea generator with sharp problem-solving abilities
— Clear communicator via phone, e-mail, and in person
— Good writing skills
— Must be a consumer of mainstream media and knowledgeable or willing to learn what media teens are consuming
— Ability to work equally well independently and with others
–Experience in recruiting and working with volunteers
— Experience leading and organizing awareness campaigns (social action or marketing), including internet-based campaigning
— Ability to craft messages for different audiences
— Experience with social media, including Instagram and Tumblr, preferably in representing an organization
— Basic video-editing skills
— Basic photo-editing skills
— Culturally competent: Able to work with people from many racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and family backgrounds and those of all genders and sexualities

Preferred Experience and Skills
— Marketing or communications background
— Educational background in gender issues, including effects of media on women and girls
— Taught or worked with teenagers as an adult
— Youth Development or Youth Worker training or certificate
— Technology experience including using projectors with laptops running PowerPoint, blogging, web programming (HTML), and/or producing images for use on a web site
— Demonstrable WordPress skills or previous management of a web site with more than 15 pages

Overall Responsibilities
The Program Coordinator’s responsibilities fall into two main aspect areas: Coordinating our established school/community media-literacy programs and engaging youth in activism, both online (through our web site, social media, e-mail, mobile messaging) and in person on the streets of Bay Area cities and elsewhere.

The Program Coordinator will plan all About-Face programs, including short workshops and after-school and summer programs. Training and supporting our volunteer Workshop Leaders is also a key responsibility. Equally, the person in this role will maintain and enhance About-Face’s digital strategy through web-based technologies and apps. The Program Coordinator will employ our sassy, smart tone to inspire our audience to take action and learn more.

Specific Duties
— Stay up-to-date on the latest research on adolescent girls’ well-being, as well as media that is popular with teen girls
 Activism and Outreach Aspect
— Work with About-Face volunteers and other groups to plan at least two in-person actions per year
— Table at street fairs and other outreach opportunities to the public
— Manage videography and video-making to document events
— Outreach to press to gain coverage for actions
— Update and maintain web site, including blog and Gallery of Offenders/Winners
— Help create and execute social action campaigns including social media, texting, online petitions, and e-mail
— Social media strategy updates
— Work with SPARK Action Squad, a national group of young women activists, to help them plan their own actions
— Organize and lead Twitter chats
— Maintain social media editorial calendar/posting schedule based on our strategy playbook and trending content
— Track visitors, engagement, and other metrics with the goal of improving all metrics (Google Analytics, social media insights within platforms)
— Create text, visual, and some video content for online channels
— Keep an eye on current social media and internet trends/major happenings, and be able to translate those into opportunities for About-Face’s online presence
— Develop and maintain web site content on a regular schedule and in line with our strategy
— Community building: Engage visitors through commenting, sharing, moderating, and responding
— Implement improvements to web site based on strategy recommendations
School and Community Program Aspect
–Support our current Workshop Leaders and outreach, recruit, train, and support 20 new Workshop Leaders each year.
— Provide excellent communication, mentoring, and feedback (giving and receiving) for Workshop Leaders regarding their facilitation and ask for their feedback on how to improve workshop content.
— Plan and facilitate trainings of stand-alone workshop for new workshop leaders. Facilitate volunteer appreciation of workshop leaders and create opportunities for them to connect with each other online and in person.
— Recruit, plan, and train a specialized group of workshop leaders to facilitate long-term program.
— Plan and lead parent and adult education sessions
— Plan and lead one-time workshops and multi-session curriculum delivery in schools and organizations in the Bay Area
— Promote curricula to teachers, counselors, principals, group liaisons, and parents to secure regular workshop requests.
— Communicate regularly with workshop requesters on workshop logistics and evaluation follow-through and accuracy in data collection. Receive feedback from workshop requesters about the services and workshops provided.
— Create and follow program budgets and report on progress to Executive Director
— Work with Program Evaluation Consultant to maintain evaluation process for programs
— Recruit, train, and supervise Program Intern(s) every semester (summer, fall, spring) to support the program.

About Our Workplace and Management
In this role, the successful candidate will take initiative, problem-solve, and work effectively in our flexible workspace, as well as communicate well and clearly. The Program Coordinator will report to the Executive Director and have the support of our School and Community and Online Presence interns. The Program Coordinator will receive appropriate feedback and performance reviews to support their success.

About-Face values diversity. People of color, people with disabilities, and LGBT persons are encouraged to apply. Our office building is wheelchair-accessible.

Benefits and Duration
This is a 30 hour/week, short-term contract position with potential for extending to long-term employee status. Hourly rate: $17-25/hour depending on experience and skills. Benefits are not provided at this time.

Ideal start date: Week of April 4 or 11, 2016

Applying
Does this listing describe you? If so, please send a cover letter and résumé to Jennifer Berger, Executive Director, at workwithus@about-face.org, by March 31 if possible. Please wait two weeks before following up. After interviewing with us at a later date, you may be asked for sample social media posts, a writing sample, and references.

 

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About-Face Workshop Leaders (Volunteer)

About-Face is searching for a few great workshop leaders!

woman near PowerPoint with Pretty Little Liars on screen

Our Program Manager, Tanya Beat, delivering an About-Face workshop.

Our School and Community Program teaches young women the media-literacy skills they need to truly understand the media they’re seeing to reduce the effects of harmful media messages. We tailor our workshops to young women from all backgrounds and income levels. About-Face workshops are sassy, edgy, fun, creative, and interactive. We go to schools and other organizations throughout the Bay Area to teach young women and their male peers how to dissect all types of media including magazine ads, music videos, TV commercials, Internet content, and movie clips.

Workshops are between 50 and 90 minutes, and can be for girls only or young women and men in the same room.

In the past 8 years, we have reached more than 5,000 young women and men in the Bay Area. We are looking to reach even more, and to make sure we have a diverse group of workshop leaders from all backgrounds. That’s where you come in!

If you’re a Workshop Leader, you’re passionate about the work we do and looking for a way to make a powerful difference in young women’s lives. You’re also outgoing, energetic, youthful, and sensitive to issues around body image, race and ethnicity, class, and gender. You love talking with groups, thrive being in front of an audience, and knowing your subject well helps you. While you love talking to friends about the things that are most important to you, you also listen to other people’s points of view and are able to engage in a productive discussion. You have a flexible schedule that would allow you to visit schools during weekdays once per month. You’re able to relate to high school students, you’re up on the latest mainstream media, and maybe you get a hip-hop hook stuck in your head every once in a while. You live, go to school, or work in San Francisco, Peninsula/South Bay, or the East Bay. And last but not least, you have access to a reliable vehicle.

If this describes you, you may just be a great About-Face workshop leader!

This is a volunteer commitment, not a full-time job. However, workshop leaders do receive travel reimbursement for each workshop they deliver.

Our programs function best when we have workshop leaders of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. Women/men of color and LGBT individuals are encouraged to apply.

Next Steps

1)  By the specified deadline, send your résumé via e-mail to Tanya Beat, Program Manager, at tanya [at] about [hyphen] face [dot] org. No formal cover letter is needed, but do tell us why you think you can contribute to About-Face’s work and mission.

2)  We will notify you of your status and potentially schedule a Skype or in-person interview.

Please contact us before the application deadline if you have questions or concerns.

Application Deadline: Friday, February 12

Mandatory Training Dates: Saturday, February 20 (part I) and Saturday, March 12 (part II)

 

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Blog Writers

We are not currently looking for new bloggers, but be sure to check back for future opportunities to write about how women and girls are portrayed in the media! You can read our blog here.

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Summer 2016 Internship: Online Presence Program Intern

Are you looking for an internship that will be a mentorship opportunity, professional training, and a way to make a difference for women and girls around how they look at media messages? About-Face is looking for a super-organized natural writer and visual communicator with a love of promoting good causes, and who is an Internet “natural”, with experience with Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Note that our internships are unpaid. The Online Presence Program Intern will work with our Online Presence Coordinator to provide support and great ideas around communicating with our audience.

We require that interns be eligible for credit or hours through their school or university. Please check with the appropriate department/educator and confirm this is possible in your application.

Timeline and time commitment: This internship will ideally take place at the end of June to mid-August 2016, 12-16 hours per week (depending on your school’s requirements). Most work hours will be in our downtown San Francisco office, which is accessible via major public transportation.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Duties and responsibilities may include, but may not be limited to:
— Learning how to or expanding your experience in posting on social media platforms for an organization
— Writing new content and updating content on our web site, including our Gallery of Offenders/Winners
— Researching effectiveness of our social media and web site to inform improvements
— With other interns, creating and executing an action that furthers About-Face’s message

REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS
— Excellent, natural writer with impeccable grammar and spelling
— Basic graphics skills including image editing (Photoshop or another application)
— Willingness to learn new technology (especially social media, WordPress) and confidence with technology (HTML knowledge and coding NOT required)
— Deep experience with Internet communications, including Tumblr and/or Instagram
— Initiative-taking, critical-thinking skills, and generation of your own ideas
— Ability to communicate effectively with a manager via phone and e-mail

TO APPLY
Apply by Friday, April 29, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applying earlier will help. Ability to receive credit through an internship program or requirement for your academic institution is highly preferred. (Please check with the appropriate department/educator in advance of applying and confirm this is possible in your application.)

To apply, e-mail the following to Jennifer Berger, Executive Director, at iwanttovolunteer [at] about [hyphen] face [dot] org.

— IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL: A brief e-mail cover letter (no more than 1 printed page) that tells us
1) why you’re a good fit for this role;
2) name of your current college, or university;
3) whether you will be able to receive credit and/or hours (see above); and
4) number of total hours or weekly hours you will be available to work with us.
and
— ATTACH:
1) A resume or another description of your previous work and volunteer experience.
2) A writing sample that is NOT an academic paper (blog article, essay, other long-form writing).

We aim to respond by 7 business days after you apply, when we may ask you to interview in person at our San Francisco office, or via phone or Skype. At that time, you may also be asked to provide contact information for three references.

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Social Media Activist

If you’re always hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites, like spreading online love, write catchy comments and love About-Face’s message, then being a Social Media Activist could be a great volunteer position for you. Use the awesome power you have through your social media networks to get our important message out there! This is especially great if you don’t live in the San Francisco Bay Area. As part of being a volunteer with About-Face, you’ll be invited in person or via videoconference to our All-Team Meetings held about once per month.

To apply: Fill out our Volunteer Application here! We’ll take a look and may contact you for an interview.

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About-Face Awareness Activist

This volunteer position involves working at About-Face’s street fair and event tables to inform curious people about our work. This is an exciting volunteer position if you are outgoing, like to talk about media literacy, body image, and self-esteem, and enjoy meeting new people. As part of being a volunteer with About-Face, you’ll be invited in person or via videoconference to our All-Team Meetings held about once per month.

To apply: Fill out our Volunteer Application here! We’ll take a look and may contact you for an interview.

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About-Face Activist

Are you not specifically interested in social media or don’t want to narrow down your volunteering too much? Become an About-Face Activist! This volunteer position includes a lot of the About-Face fun. Help us set up and organize events, participate in activist stunts, and be a good ambassador for our message. As part of being a volunteer with About-Face, you’ll be invited in person or via videoconference to our All-Team Meetings held about once per month.

To apply: Fill out our Volunteer Application here! We’ll take a look and may contact you for an interview.

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About-Face Board of Directors

About-Face Board of Directors at About-Face Embody Awards, December 2014

About-Face Board of Directors at About-Face Embody Awards, December 2014 (l to r): Dan Dworkin, Julie Barton, Janet Hohbach, Prachi Parvin, Jennifer Berger, Jane Ahlering, Kelly Allen, Shailushi Ritchie.

About-Face, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, has vacancies on its board of directors. If you are passionate about helping young women understand the media’s effects on their self-esteem and body image, and preventing the many problems (including eating disorders) that can result from our truly crazed media environment, read on.

Our mission: About-Face equips women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image. To do this, we lead media-literacy education and advocacy training for young women and men; parent education sessions on media, self-esteem, and body image; maintain a resource-filled web site with our blog and Gallery of Offenders.

Are you committed to working with a group of dedicated, passionate people to support an organization that makes significant changes in the way girls and women see themselves through the lens of the media? Join the About-Face Board of Directors and make your impact!

Who are you?
You are fierce. You are empowered. You make change happen. You are seeking an opportunity to take your volunteerism to the next level in the ways you donate both your time and money. And you have personal and professional skill sets that you are committed to sharing with a group of like-minded women and men.

In this round of recruitment, we are specifically looking for professionally minded individuals who have a wide variety of skills, not limited to:

  • Fundraising
  • Finance: accounting, other finance
  • Sales
  • Psychology/Psychiatry
  • Nonprofit leadership
  • Law
  • Public relations/marketing
  • Health care

What is the recruitment process?

The About-Face board recruitment process begins with a few short-answer questions about your interests and background that is filled out and e-mailed to our office along with your resume. Following your submittal, your application will be reviewed by About-Face’s board and you will be contacted. If it is determined that there is a mutual interest, you will be invited to an interview. Selected board members will be invited to begin their board service at the following month’s board meeting.

Who is the About-Face board?
We are a focused and fun group of women and men who are committed to changing our culture for us all. You can see our bios here.

What will be expected of me as an About-Face board member?

  • Share your expertise, perspective, and viewpoint.
  • Attend monthly 2-hour board meetings in person in San Francisco (currently second Tuesday of each month), and spend about 30 minutes preparing for each board meeting.
  • Contribute in a productive way to discussions about the organization; have a willingness to hear all members of the group.
  • Contribute to the organization by giving and raising a pre-determined amount of money each year (currently $200).
  • Fundraise for About-Face in your networks according to our yearly fundraising plan.
  • Build awareness for About-Face among your networks.
  • Make a six-month trial commitment to the About-Face board of directors. (A full board term is 2 years.)

About-Face values ethnic, age, and gender diversity. Women of color and members of the LGBT community are especially encouraged to apply.

If you believe girls and women need help to navigate our media environment and want to explore being part of an effective, professionally run board, please send the following information to Jennifer Berger, About-Face’s executive director, at jberger [at] about [hyphen] face [dot] org by the second Tuesday of each month. We take board applications on a rolling basis.

* Your résumé, in PDF or Word format, attached to the e-mail.
* A brief e-mail (no longer than 1 printed page) answering the following questions:
1) Why do you want to be an About-Face board member? What excites you about About-Face?
2) Why do you support the About-Face mission?
3) Will you be able to fulfill the expectations of board members?
4) What do you think of as your strengths? What unique qualifications would you bring to About-Face’s board of directors?

We are looking forward to receiving your application!

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