The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) builds power at the state and local level to change public policy, galvanize public support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception. Using a partnership model, we provide state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to create national change from the ground up. We are a force multiplier – we form strategic partnerships with a wide range of organizations to directly impact the reproductive health and lives of women across the country. Each year, NIRH works in at least 20 states and more than a dozen localities; NIRH has partnered with more than 170 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in 43 states and 64 localities across the country in the last decade.
The National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, with associated PAC’s and IEC, conducts nonpartisan advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive health, rights and justice in states and cities across the country.
TORCH® is a nationally recognized peer education program that centers Black and Brown youth in New York City and combines sexual and reproductive health/rights/justice education with leadership and youth organizing training.
After a rigorous training program provided by staff and interns, TORCH® peer leaders share their knowledge with other young people by facilitating sexuality education workshops through a reproductive justice lens around New York City. Through the Leadership and Community Action initiative TORCH® peer leaders learn the basics of community organizing and put their skills to action by developing a campaign of their choosing to work on throughout the year.
TORCH Workshops for Youth include:
Exploring Gender and Gender Identity
Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
Healthy Adolescent Relationships
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Reproductive Justice 101
Community Organizing 101
The National Institute for Reproductive Health is looking for a talented and innovative full-time Sexuality Educator. The Sexuality Educator will work closely with the Youth Initiatives Coordinator, to develop and implement all educational programming and training for TORCH Peer Leaders. They will apply creative and critical thinking to improve existing programming, as well as assist with community education and training during the school day to young people, teachers and/or youth service providers.
- Facilitate sexuality education workshops and leadership development workshops to TORCH peer leaders and other high school students throughout NYC, as requested.
- Train newly initiated TORCH peer leaders to facilitate TORCH’s workshops for youth, with a strong emphasis on sexuality education through a reproductive justice lens.
- Work closely with TORCH peer leaders and staff to co-create new and original curricula content and workshops offered to community.
- Assist with strategizing social media presence, planning and daily postings.
- Assist at conferences and health fairs, as needed.
- Assist in the occasional planning and execution of TORCH special events:
- Annual Conference
- Teen nights
- Collaboration w/ community partners
- Assist with community outreach, program planning and scheduling of workshops.
- Assist with outreach and recruitment of youth to join our program starting spring 2020.
- Prepare for and co-facilitate daily training sessions for New Peer Leaders during the summer.
- General administrative work as needed. This may include completing outreach and data paperwork in a timely manner, prepping materials for workshops and special events, compiling receipts for financial reports, etc.
Desired Experience and Skills
- 1-2 years of experience developing and facilitating sexual health/rights/justice and leadership workshops and trainings, ideally to Black and Brown youth, strongly preferred.
- Commitment to social, racial, and reproductive justice such as through engagement with the Movement for Black Lives, intersectional and/or Black queer feminism, and/or transformative/restorative justice and community healing and accountability.
- Track record / Motivation to organize young people around issues affecting them and their communities.
- Enthusiasm for TORCH’s mission with a strong personal commitment to youth development and sex positivity.
- Committed to openness, transparency and equity.
- Compassionate and self-motivated with the ability to communicate effectively with a team working towards common goals.
- Has excellent organizational skills, manages time effectively and has the ability to multitask.
- Comfort traveling around NYC boroughs to observe and occasionally facilitate workshops and/or trainings.
Salary will range between $50-55K a year. The National Institute for Reproductive Health offers an excellent benefits package.
Email a thoughtful cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Sexuality Educator” in the subject line.
The National Institute for Reproductive Health is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH strives to build and support an equitable work community that attracts, develops, and retains exceptional people. As a member of the reproductive freedom movement, NIRH aims to foster leadership and raise the voices of historically marginalized people, including but not limited to Black people and people of color, indigenous/native peoples, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled/differently abled people, and low income people. We strongly encourage candidates of these and other diverse backgrounds to apply.