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Program Associate, K-12 Student Leadership

Active Minds

Active Minds

Posted on Monday, August 14, 2023

Job Description

Status: Full Time
FLSA: Exempt
Location: Washington, DC


Active Minds is seeking a skilled and dedicated “youth first” Program Associate, K-12 Leadership. This important role will manage programmatic and administrative components of Active Minds’ K-12 Initiatives that impact and empower youth to advocate and mobilize for their own mental health and the wellness of their broader communities. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Student Leadership, the Program Associate will manage program outreach and communications directly with youth who engage in Active Minds K-12 Initiatives programs, event logistics and planning, track program deliverables, and help the team ensure the quality and fidelity of Active Minds’ K-12 programs and initiatives.

Active Minds is developing middle school programming through Active Minds’ unique youth empowerment lens and peer-to-peer approach to mental health. The ideal candidate is an emerging professional with growing knowledge and strong desire to help create tools, resources, and opportunities for youth to champion mental health change among their peers, institutions, and communities. The Program Associate, K-12 Student Leadership is dedicated to mobilizing youth around mental health, especially youth who have been historically and purposely marginalized including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian youth and LGBTQ+ youth.

Active Minds is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults. Through our presence in more than 1,000 high schools and colleges, communities, and workplaces, and with a wide-reaching public audience, Active Minds is creating communities of support and saving lives. Founded in 2003 by Alison Malmon after the tragic suicide of her brother, Brian, Active Minds is dedicated to supporting a new generation in ending the silence, helping to make mental health as highly valued as physical health. We approach our work with a racial equity lens and are committed to the continued process of being and becoming a more anti-racist and inclusive organization. Through our many programs, we are changing social norms and behaviors related to mental health across the country.


  • Program development: Contribute to the tailoring and expansion of current Active Minds programming to K-12 schools and youth, with special emphasis on supporting BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth.
    • Review, develop, and expand program content for the Active Minds Mental Health Advocacy Academy.
    • Maintain and manage relationships and communications with youth participants, including supporting youth in navigating the Mental Health Advocacy Academy application and acceptance process, engage with youth using social network platforms like Discord, and connect youth with Active Minds teams when there are organizational requests to support broader mental health advocacy and mobilization opportunities.
    • Develop and review content for the Peer-Powered Mental Health Curriculum for High Schools.
    • Develop and review content for the Active Minds Your Voice is Your Power resource hub, a mental health resource hub for youth and young adults.
  • School Recruitment and Community Engagement: Support outreach strategies to reach youth, school and district administrators, and other community partners to help recruit youth to participate in high school Active Minds programs.
    • Coordinate and facilitate meetings and presentations with key community leaders. Meetings may be virtual or in-person.
    • Represent Active Minds at school health and public health conferences either by exhibiting and/or presenting.
  • Program onboarding and technical assistance: Develop and facilitate onboarding strategies for K-12 Initiatives programs:
    • Coach, train, and support potential and current program facilitators to help ensure instruction quality, fidelity, and comfort supporting youth in facilitating the Peer-Powered Mental Health Curriculum for High Schools.
    • Facilitate office hours for youth who participate in any K-12 Initiatives programs.
  • Administration: Maintain and track organized records including event details, communications, and program status in the organization-wide CRM system, Salesforce.


About You

  • At least 1-3 years of demonstrated experience developing and maintaining K-12 school health programs with key K-12 stakeholders, including youth, parents and caregivers, educators, school administrators, and community partners.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to deliver effective presentations, trainings, and write reports and correspondence.
  • Effectiveness in a team setting and self-driven/independent motivation.
  • Experience with Microsoft and Google products and online meeting tools.
  • Experience with Salesforce or another CRM.
  • Belief that equity and social justice are important and driven to listen, reflect, and act on this belief.
  • Advocate for social entrepreneurship and a believer in young people making an impact.


Active Minds is a place where every employee matters. We value diverse perspectives, radical authenticity, and a community-driven approach. We dream big, offering flexibility to staff while we work to achieve our mission. As such, we are proud to offer competitive salaries and benefits and an environment that is friendly to remote working and life/work balance. 

Active Minds is an equal opportunity employer that works to advance racial equity and social justice in an increasingly multicultural and globally connected world. We value diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background, intersectional identities, and lived experiences. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities. Active Minds encourages all to apply for our open positions as we depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.


This position offers an initial salary range of $50-55K along with robust benefits. The starting pay for this position is equal to others at the same level throughout the organization. Candidates whose experience meets both the minimum and preferred qualifications may be considered for a starting salary that exceeds the current amount. The role sits within Active Minds Level 1 salary band, and as such, has the potential to grow to $65k over time. FLSA Status: Exempt.

Active Minds has an industry-leading and competitive benefits package that includes Health, Vision and Dental Insurance, Paid Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, Company Wide Mental Health Days, 401(k) Matching, HSA and FSA Options, Life Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability, Fully Paid Parental Leave, Wellness Reimbursement Program, and Professional Development Stipends.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover through this application form. 

Active Minds is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming workplace. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. It is important to us to reflect the communities we serve. Active Minds thus recruits, hires, trains, compensates, and promotes our staff regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.