Open Position: Seattle Youth Development Manager

Job title: Seattle Youth Development Manager
Reports to: Seattle City Lead
Location: Seattle, WA

About citiesRISE 

citiesRISE is a multi-stakeholder initiative challenging cities around the world to turn the tide on mental health and well-being. Through research and on-the-ground experience, citiesRISE is learning and sharing what makes cities and communities mental health friendly, especially for young people within underserved populations. The mission is to mobilize leadership, resources, and practical action through proven methodologies of collective action and a network approach.

citiesRISE was founded in 2016 and is now positioned to dramatically deepen its impact through the expansion of current initiatives and the launch of new global programming to bring meaningful and sustainable progress to communities across the world. Our current scope of programming is focused around implementing and scaling mental health interventions in schools, colleges, and communities with the underlying principle of promoting youth voice and leadership. citiesRISE has established partnerships to catalyze collective action across sectors to fundamentally transform the story of mental health around the world. We are currently working in five cities across four countries: Chennai, Nairobi, Bogotá, Seattle, and Sacramento.

Position Summary

citiesRISE is seeking a Seattle Youth Development Manager to manage the implementation of citiesRISE Seattle. They will also work closely with other citiesRISE city teams, especially citiesRISE Sacramento. The citiesRISE Seattle program includes the Seattle Youth Challenge Award (young leaders and youth-led organizations implementing mental health innovations with support from citiesRISE), a network of young leaders in mental health, and interventions in schools, colleges, and communities. The Seattle Youth Development Manager will work closely with the Seattle citiesRISE team to grow citiesRISE Seattle, building relationships and exploring partnerships with other programs, local government, youth-serving organizations, young people themselves and others.

Meaningful youth engagement is core to the citiesRISE model and the Seattle Youth Development Manager will collaborate with and support youth leadership in every activity. This hands-on position is responsible for creating an environment where youth are connected, feel empowered, and are supported to form a strong youth leaders network.


The Seattle Youth Development Manager will be primarily responsible for the following activities:

  • Provide support for Seattle Youth Challenge Award awardees by developing strong relationships and “becoming a part of the team”
  • Engage and manage a network of young leaders in mental health through various activities, including helping to organize and hosting youth events and connecting young leaders with decision-makers and fostering mentorship and learning opportunities
  • Identify and build relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Work with technical experts and partners to design new mental health programs in schools, colleges, and communities
  • Create and implement operational plans – including completing report requirements and other requests for information from central staff
  • Oversee program budget creation and management
  • Monitor and report Seattle program progress and performance
  • Track program deliverables and outcomes and ensure timely completion of tasks
  • Identify implementation challenges and risks for resolution as appropriate

Required Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience (three years) in public health or related field
  • Three to five years of program management experience, including in low-resource settings
  • Ability to interpret and apply mental health research to programming
  • Deep knowledge in and experience applying youth development practices and principles
  • Project management experience and critical thinking skills
  • Experience working directly with young people and/or implementing youth programming
  • Ability to broker and manage partnerships
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Strong writing, communication, and technical skills
  • Understanding of and commitment to equity and social justice

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience working with individuals living with mental health or substance use challenges
  • Five or more years of program management experience, including in low-resource settings
  • Understanding of local behavioral health system
  • Ability to robustly design, monitor, and evaluate programs
  • Experience in education programming
  • Experience working with technologies to improve public health
  • Project management certification

To Apply 

Email resume and cover letter to with subject line: Seattle Youth Development Manager. References will be requested as needed.

Compensation and Benefits

We are seeking an individual of outstanding quality with a respected track record. Compensation and benefits will be competitive and commensurate with experience.

citiesRISE provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Individuals from all backgrounds and with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply.