Community Programs: Associate Director of Community Programs -Youth Services – The Unity Council


Community Programs: Associate Director of Community Programs -Youth Services

Reports To

Director of Community Programs


Community Programs


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday


Local travel is required



Employee Status

Regular, Full-time, Exempt




3-5 direct reports, team of 12-15


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 offers a spectrum of integrated services to remove barriers and develop skills and resources for youth, adults, seniors and small-business owners to achieve and maintain equitable economic, career, housing and wellness outcomes. Services include: 1) achievement, career and wellness youth programs; 2) career, employment, financial and housing coaching and resources; 3) small-business development in the Fruitvale and East Oakland; 4) support services for our low-income properties and for seniors. Our services are multi-lingual, culturally-rooted and available for Oakland or Alameda County residents (based on funding).

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Youth Services will oversee school-based, programs (Latino Men & Boys, Latina Mentoring & Achievement) and career development (STEP) youth programs. This is a senior leadership position with the opportunity and responsibility to participate in the development of the vision, goals and strategies of the organization. The Associate Director will lead youth program design, contract management, supervision of service implementation, and participate in data analysis and sharing of best practices. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in youth development, school systems, social justice, team and partnership building, staff supervision, and contract management.


  • Lead program design, planning and evaluation to improve social equity outcomes for youth and their families, with a focus on youth of color and immigrant youth.
  • Join organizational leadership in setting strategy, vision and responding to emerging needs.
  • Oversee contract deliverables and contract renewal, manage budgets and participate in grant writing.
  • Provide effective supervision; ensure service quality; foster a team oriented and supportive workplace.
  • Oversee data collection and analysis for youth programs to demonstrate impact, identify gaps, and submit timely reports; share outcomes and best practices with partners, community and funders.
  • Ensure staff have the skills and resources needed to provide individual and group-based services related to college/career exploration, career development, and job placement and retention.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with school representatives, other youth providers, health providers and stakeholders; raise visibility of social justice issues affecting youth at city and county level.
  • Participate in city and regional workforce initiatives and advocacy that improves quality of life and career and college outcomes for underrepresented youth (Black, immigrant, women and LGBTQI).
  • Leverage resources and partnerships to enhance services and coordination of services for unaccompanied minors and newcomer youth ages 16-24.
  • Create or coordinate creation of tailored curricula, lesson plans and coaching materials that support social emotional learning, health and educational goals for school-based programs; skill acquisition and career pathways for workforce programs; and youth and leadership-development across all programs.
  • Work closely with other service areas in Community Programs to maintain service integration model.
  • Participate in leadership meetings, supervision, staff committees as desired, and agency


  • Three years of experience managing educational, workforce or leadership youth programs
  • Three years of experience supervising staff (not interns/participants) in school or social service settings
  • Competency in working with immigrants and youth of color; demonstrate knowledge of anti-racism strategies and alignment with the organization’s mission, values and commitment to social equity
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, education, ethnic or women studies, or related field
  • Experience working in, or closely with, schools, school districts, and/or youth career development
  • Ability to be a self-starter, assume responsibility for achieving outcomes, and balance competing priorities
  • Demonstrate experience working collaboratively and utilizing a team-building approach
  • Ability to train, support and hold staff accountable to maintain high quality, impactful services
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and strong presentation skills
  • Experience producing reports and monitoring contracts and budgets
  • Background in curriculum design, distance learning, and ELL practices is preferred
  • Bilingual in Spanish is preferred

Essential Functions

  • Advanced computer skills with strong MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and social media skills
  • Regularly required to operate standard office equipment (personal computer, photocopier, fax, )
  • Regularly required to sit for long periods of time, and occasionally stand and walk
  • Regularly required to use hands to operate computer and other office equipment


This description is not an exhaustive list of responsibilities or requirements.

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Background Check

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, underrepresented communities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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