The student-led movement to end mass atrocities.

Opportunities

IMG_1309From the beginning, STAND has been youth-led, not only at the campus level, but also at the national level. We offer several levels and types of engagement. Members of our volunteer Managing Committee (MC) coordinate our Action Committees, develop STAND’s national advocacy focus areas, craft our public brand and messaging, and coordinate our grassroots organizing efforts. Managing Committee members work closely with Action Committees to develop our short- and long-term advocacy and grassroots organizing strategies, create educational materials, resources, and activities for our grassroots members, and work with partner organizations to advance shared goals.

STAND prioritizes inclusivity in our youth-led movement. We welcome submissions from all qualified applicants.


Managing Committee (MC) Positions

The Managing Committee (MC) leads all aspects of the STAND movement and organization. 

Comprised of STAND’s highest-level activists, the MC oversees Action Committees, develops national campaigns and programming, and mobilizes our grassroots network. The MC is responsible for looking out for STAND’s long-term future, and making sure we’re effectively working toward our mission to end and prevent genocide and mass atrocities. The MC works as a remote team from across the United States.

MC members vary in their skills and interests. We encourage you to highlight in your application your leadership experiences, skills and talents, and any STAND focus issues or regions that you are most interested in. Some MC members will be facilitating Action Committees, and others will be working to develop communications, policy, fundraising, grassroots outreach, and educational materials. In either type of role, you will be responsible for communicating daily with other MC and Action Committee members via Slack (our team communication platform), attending weekly team calls, regular Action Committee calls, and creating educational and campaign materials. Most MC members will have two roles and share responsibility for an AC or program area with one other team member. The (co-)leads are in charge of their program area(s), with some support from outside advisors, partners, and one STAND staff member. MC positions require a strong sense of initiative and responsibility. 

We consider these positions to be the equivalent of a part-time internship and expect MC members to prioritize their time accordingly. In return, we are happy to provide professional references and recommendations for exceptional team members, as well as professional development resources and opportunities throughout the year.

Time Commitment: Approximately 10 hours per week for the duration of the 2022-2023 academic year (August-May).

Responsibilities:

All MC members must…

  • Attend weekly MC calls and regular Action Committee calls, send weekly progress reports via Slack, and communicate with MC and AC members on a daily basis
  • Take part in all advocacy actions
  • Contribute to STAND’s organizational fundraising efforts, mobilizing personal and professional networks to raise funds, and inspiring others in their community to do the same, through in-person fundraisers, annual appeals, merchandise sales, and more
  • Attend two team planning retreats, in August/September and January, for several hours a day over 3-4 days (funds and availability will determine if the retreats are held virtually or in-person in Washington, DC)

Action Committee Leads will… 

  • Set agendas for and lead monthly Action Committee calls
  • Lead committee discussions on action and campaign development, create timeline(s) for implementation, and follow up with members to ensure follow through on assigned tasks
  • Develop relationships with contacts in your region and/or on your campus to support and advise advocacy efforts, conveying excitement, enthusiasm, and motivation for their work and STAND’s campaigns

Depending on your position, at-large MC members will… 

  • Education: Coordinate writers for and copyedit regular conflict updates; draft blog posts and educational materials that committee and grassroots members can use to learn about STAND’s areas of focus
  • Policy: Coordinate with partner organizations, analysts, and scholars to inform and develop STAND’s policy stances; advise the MC on potential collaborative actions and sign-on letters from partner organizations
  • Communications: Work with the authors of various written pieces (i.e. blog posts, op-eds, website language, campaign materials, etc) to ensure that sources are sound and that there are no grammatical or spelling errors; effectively communicate with authors to ensure changes are made in a timely manner; create graphics and other content for social media; review all national communications like mass emails
  • Outreach: Manage existing and new STAND contacts with chapters, individuals organizing on campuses, and passionate educators; onboard new chapters and provide them with the necessary materials for success; develop regular outreach newsletter
  • Fundraising: Lead development of at least two fundraising campaigns; coordinate leaders and members to develop campaign materials; engage the grassroots network in planning events, social media, and other actions; support grantwriting and foundation research
  • State Advocacy Lead Manager: Recruit and hire new SALs; onboard, train, and supervise SALs; support progress toward deliverables

Requirements:

  • Current high school, college, or graduate school student OR youth under the age of 25 years; located in the United States for the duration of the 2022-2023 academic year
  • Sense of responsibility and initiative; self-starters and self-motivators are a must
  • Professional demeanor and ability to represent STAND positively to external partners
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Patience and flexibility
  • Strong leadership skills, especially the ability to motivate and hold others accountable
  • Background knowledge about STAND’s areas of focus is helpful, but the willingness to develop a strong understanding and learn from others is most important
  • Ability to motivate local activists by conveying excitement and enthusiasm about STAND, STAND’s initiatives, and the cause of atrocity prevention

Click here for the Managing Committee application; in addition, please send a resume and a 1-3 page writing sample as attachments to info@standnow.org. Please include your full name in the name of the documents.

Please direct any questions to info@standnow.org.

Action Committees

Action Committees aim to educate young people on issues related to a specific issue or conflict area, center voices of affected populations, and provide spaces for movement-building and political activism on each given issue. Committee members are welcomed at all levels of commitment, from those able to take one action a month, to those wanting to mobilize their communities, research policy options, and creatively fundraise for STAND’s work. You can take part in as little or as much as your schedule allows!

Current Action Committees include:

  • Burma
  • East Turkistan (Xinjiang, China)
  • United States
  • Yemen

The Managing Committee reviews current and proposed topics for ACs and other issue areas each year. We welcome suggestions for additional topics from members.

Click here to access the Committee interest form. After you submit, an Outreach lead will contact you with information about next steps. We accept new members at any time!

State Advocacy Leads

STAND State Advocacy Leads (SALs) are the field organizers of the youth-led genocide prevention movement. SALs coordinate STAND’s grassroots advocacy strategy in their local community. They learn how to write and publish op-eds, meet with policymakers, engage local leaders and influencers, research current events around the world, and mobilize their community. Along with our governing Managing Committee, SALs are part of STAND’s Leadership Team.

Time Commitment: Approximately 5 hours per week during the academic year

Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly SAL team calls and occasional full Leadership Team calls
  • Write op-eds and letters to the editor for campus and local newspapers
  • Research areas of interest related to STAND focus regions, topics, and/or advocacy strategies
  • Meet with local policymakers in-district or virtually
  • Plan and host local educational, training, and/or fundraising events
  • Contribute to STAND national campaign planning and implementation
  • Mobilize community members to take urgent actions

STAND will provide trainings, toolkits, skills-building workshops, and peer mentors to support you in all of the above. We will work with you to set and meet your goals.  SALs are also encouraged to participate in Action Committees and/or local chapters.

Qualifications:

  • Youth (age ~15-24) based in the United States for the duration of the academic year
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Understanding of basic advocacy and campaign strategy
  • Interest in the prevention of genocide and identity-based violence
  • Ability to learn about state-specific policymaking processes

Apply:

  • Fill out this application and email a resume and short writing sample to info@standnow.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please direct any questions to info@standnow.org.

Student Director(s)

As the visible leader of the STAND constituency and the supervisor of the Managing Committee (MC) and Action Committees, the Student Director (SD) makes sure all of the pieces fit together in STAND’s short-term and long-term organizational planning, campaign development and implementation, and outreach strategy. As SD, you will be responsible for facilitating internal MC discussions via Slack (our team communication platform) and weekly video calls, coordinating workflows for the implementation of national programming, working with Staff to plan national events such as MC retreats, and representing STAND at public speaking engagements. Working closely with STAND Staff, you’ll also play a key role in developing relationships with partner organizations and in fine-tuning STAND’s strategic plan.

Applications for Student Director are closed until Spring 2023.