Community Programs: Academic & Career Mentor – The Unity Council


Community Programs: Academic & Career Mentor

Reports To

Youth Achievement Manager


Community Programs (Latino Men & Boys)


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday - Year Round Position


Local Travel Required



Employee Status

Regular, Full-time, Non-exempt






Two weeks of paid vacation a year, sick time, 13 holidays, up to five floating holidays based on employee status, medical and dental benefits on the first of the month following 30 days of employment, life insurance policy at no cost to employee (with the option of increasing policy amount), flexible spending account for medical and dependent care costs, commuter benefits, 403(b) with employer match, and other benefits. We foster a joyful workplace and offer opportunities for professional development and growth.

Agency Summary

The Unity Council is a nonprofit Social Equity Development Corporation with a 50-year history in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland. Our mission is to promote social equity and improve quality of life by building vibrant communities where everyone can work, learn, and thrive.

Our programs aim to provide the community with the tools, knowledge, and resources to transform their lives and ultimately achieve their long-term educational, career, and financial goals. These holistic programs and services reach more than 8,000 individuals and families annually in five languages. Programs include: early childhood education, youth mentorship and leadership development, employment services, career readiness training, housing and financial stability, senior citizen services, affordable housing and neighborhood development, and arts and cultural events. The Unity Council employs a diverse workforce of more than 250 people who reflect the linguistic, cultural, and ethnic identity of the communities we serve. Our work expands beyond the Fruitvale district and now reaches across Oakland and into Concord.

Program Summary

The Community Programs department houses integrated educational, career, financial and housing services, aimed at removing barriers and providing resources to Oakland’s residents to stay on a path towards social equity. The Youth Achievement program includes our Latino Men and Boys (LMB) program and other youth initiatives that prepare youth of color to thrive educationally and in life. LMB is a school-based, culturally-rooted, educational support program for male identified Latino youth ages 12 to 19 years old in Oakland. The goals of the program are to support youth with high school transition and graduation, college and vocational readiness, health and wellness, and positive relationships. The LMB program connects youth and their parents to needed services to address the needs of the family.

Position Summary

The primary responsibilities of the LMB Academic & Career Mentor are to implement the Latino Men and Boys program and youth activities with high school or middle school youth throughout the school year. To be successful, the Mentor will be committed to social justice, and will work collaboratively with other Mentors, the Youth Achievement Manager and colleagues in Community Programs and external partners.


School Climate

  • Implement healing circles and restorative justice practices for LMB students.
  • Attend weekly COST meetings to ensure understanding and collaborate in the delivery of supportive services.
  • Partner with school-based health center staff to increase health awareness, utilization of school-based health centers, linkage to social service referrals, and host quarterly health education workshops.
  • Communicate effectively and consistently with school administration, teachers, health center staff and parents.
  • Facilitate culturally-rooted curricula, such as El Joven Noble and others, to strengthen cultural and personal resilience.


Individualized Mentorship

  • Teach, model, and reinforce desired pro-social classroom skills (personal accountability, active listening, patience, empathy, etc.)
  • Support students with culturally-rooted mentorship that establishes an environment of trust as a protective factor for trauma impacted youth.
  • Assess students’ strengths and needs (academic, wellness, and personal) to construct individualized plans; maintain and monitor academic and behavioral progress of students; identify needs (e.g., study skills, tutoring, social activities, nutritional needs, etc.) and connect students to resources.
  • Partner with school administration, teachers and parents when behavioral concerns are identified; advocate for holistic, youth- and family-centered solutions.
  • Support coverage at other sites based on program needs and work schedule as directed by the Youth Achievement Program Manager.


Academic Support and College Advising

  • Provide academic advising and assist in preparing students for standardized tests; this includes implementing activities that support reading and writing skills.
  • Support students with one-on-one and small group tutoring that supports academic skills development for focal students with less than a 2.5 GPA.
  • Empower first-generation and/or low-income students to make post-secondary college or vocational education plans.


Employment Counseling and Internship Linkage

  • Support participants in exploring career and post-secondary options
  • Expose students to internship opportunities and link eligible youth to employment opportunities via referrals to The Unity Council’s workforce programs and other partnering organizations.
  • Co-facilitate summer learning program to engage youth in skill building and career exploration activities (college tours, recreational trips, and career fairs).


Parent Engagement

  • Collaborate with LMB Family Engagement Specialist to promote quarterly skill building workshops that empower parents with the tools necessary to support behavioral and academic success.
  • Support clear two-way communication channels to share information about academic, behavioral, and emotional needs.
  • Coordinate resources and link families to community services.
  • Participate in school orientations for students and parents; interpret and explain (in Spanish when necessary) school policies and procedures to students and parents.



  • Work independently to prepare lesson plans and materials for daily instruction.
  • Enter and maintain data for parent engagement and student intervention activities on a weekly basis.
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with referral partners at schools and other community organizations to increase resources for youth.
  • Administer student intake and evaluations; maintain student files and records; document required information; and prepare reports as requested.
  • Participate in community building, and fundraising events, administrative duties, data collection, and organizational reports as required and assigned.


  • Must be bilingual in Spanish and English.
  • Must be able to travel to and from designated school site in Oakland.
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, sociology, public health, education, ethnic studies or related field/Bachelor’s degree in progress will be accepted with years of teaching and or instruction experience.
  • 2 years of youth development, afterschool, and or para-professional experience can be substituted for BA degree.
  • Multicultural competency in working with immigrant, newcomer, low income and diverse youth who face multiple barriers to success.
  • Strong alignment and consistency with The Unity Council’s social equity values, mission and vision
  • Must have a passion for working with youth, mentoring young men, and community development
  • Must have ability to communicate effectively with administration, youth providers, youth and parents

Essential Functions

  • Regularly required to perform basic computer skills with strong MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and social media
  • Regularly required to operate standard office equipment (personal computer, photocopier, fax, etc.)
  • Regularly required to interact with a diverse group of stakeholders and district personnel.

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Fingerprints
  • Physical
  • TB Test

Application Process

Please send us your cover letter and resume in application for this position.

Please put “title of position, your name” in the subject line.

The Unity Council
Attention: Human Resources
1900 Fruitvale Ave., Suite 2B, Oakland, CA 94601

Fax: (510) 535-6923

The Unity Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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