Youth and Family Specialist

Community Impact · Hutchinson, Minnesota
Department Community Impact
Employment Type Full-Time

Southwest Initiative Foundation Job Description

We believe that dignity and belonging are core human values and that all people deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

We are a human-centered organization and acknowledge that people have different needs and aspirations. We commit to removing barriers that prevent full participation in southwest Minnesota’s abundant opportunities. We use our resources to create opportunities for all people to thrive in the communities they call home. 

The Southwest Initiative Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.


Youth and Family Specialist

Position Summary:

The Youth and Family Specialist performs a wide range of technical and interpersonal activities across southwest Minnesota to build and strengthen southwest Minnesota’s children, youth and families. Through program management and community engagement, this position creates community connections and resource deployment in opportunities that impact critical needs for the education and well-being of children birth-to-18 and families across southwest Minnesota. Thriving youth and families are core to the success of SWIF’s Grow Our Own Initiative, so this content expert works to focus the impact of the foundation in areas that create opportunities for economic mobility to ensure that all people - especially those with the fewest resources - can access what they need to succeed in school and life. Through our cradle to career approach, this person will synchronize and implement appropriate emergent strategies that impact early childhood, youth mental health, and wholistic models of family care and support, centering on single mothers.

The Southwest Initiative Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Provide structure for children, youth and families programming. Focus alignment between programmatic work, community needs and the organizational strategic plan. Carry out program granting criteria and efforts. Review proposals and prepare grant recommendations
  • Foster community building opportunities to expand Grow Our Own programmatic work across the region around the ecosystem supporting single mothers that includes: Content Expertise, Community Connections and Resource Deployment
  • Deliver field knowledge of child, youth and family issues and opportunities to local youth service practitioners that provide research and emerging opportunities, keeping abreast of trends and strategies in the field
  • Investigate and work as a resource to relay high impact strategies that create economic mobility for youth and families
  • Create annual programmatic workplans and budgets; prepare grant, board and annual reports
  • Facilitate community and regional dialogues; engage and empower local leaders
  • Participate in internal staff functions, meetings and events; professionally and accurately represent SWIF to constituents of all kinds
  • Serve on appropriate committees, boards and other work teams, as appropriate
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Educational or knowledge base and interest related to children, youth and family development fundamentals, principles, and issues. This is a mid-entry level position.
  • Relationship-building, facilitation and training, grassroots organizing, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; ability to clearly articulate, present, and promote ideas and issues before a wide range of stakeholders
  • Commitment and passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Collaborative approach within multiple channels of community
  • Demonstrated track record of building strong relationships with allies and across lines of difference
  • Capacity to navigate the complexity of diverse environments and stakeholder groups, seeking to understand and drive towards common goals from competing perspectives.
  • Ability to work within a team toward shared outcomes
  • Strategic orientation
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and collaborate with multiple teams, both in-person and utilizing technology tools; strong critical thinking skills
  • Commitment, excitement and passion toward the organization’s mission
  • Knowledge of or personal ties to southwest Minnesota and its people preferred



Core Competencies:

Manages Complexity, Values Differences, Cultivates Innovation, Nimble Learning, Resourcefulness, Demonstrates Self Awareness, Situational Adaptability, Plans and Aligns, Strategic Mindset, Drives Engagement


Southwest Initiative Foundation employees are expected to demonstrate the organization’s core values of Integrity, Equity, Curiosity, Collaboration and Optimism.



Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of CRM systems and Microsoft Office 365; ability to learn and adapt to new technologies
  • Ability to speak multiple languages
  • Ability to lift 20 pounds on occasion
  • Current driver’s license and an insured personal vehicle as this position requires travel, mainly within the southwest Minnesota region.



Status:                                   Reports To: 

Full Time, Exempt                       Vice President for Community Impact  


Office Location: 

SWIF region-based field office with regular Hutchinson office presence, or Hutchinson-based with flexible work option

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  • Location
    Hutchinson, Minnesota
  • Department
    Community Impact
  • Employment Type