Community Programs: Associate Director of Economic Development

Reports To

Director of Community Programs


Community Programs


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday


Local travel may be required


75,000-85,000 annually

Employee Status

Regular, Full-time, Exempt


3-5 staff


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, aimed at removing barriers and developing skills and resources for youth, adults, seniors and small business owners to achieve and maintain equitable economic, career, health and housing outcomes. Services include: 1) school-based achievement & mentoring programs and career youth programs; 2) employment and financial services and resources; 3) low-income resident services, senior wellness, and housing access; and 4) resources and development for small business owners in the Fruitvale. Services are multi-lingual, culturally-rooted and available for Oakland or Alameda County residents (based on funding).

Position Summary

The Associate Director of Economic Development will oversee a diverse portfolio of programs and initiatives aimed at promoting economic mobility and growth for low-income residents and small businesses. This key leadership position will lead program design, management and supervision of workforce, financial and small-business programs, as well as data analysis to establish impact and best practices. The successful candidate will have experience in community development, staff supervision, contract management and partnership building.


  • Lead career, employment and financial programs, sector-based initiatives (with particular focus on healthcare, transportation, and construction), and the Fruitvale Business Improvement District.
  • Work closely with Director and Managers on program design, planning, contract management, evaluation and data analysis to ensure outcome-based programming and
  • In coordination with the Director, represent the organization with funders, businesses and partners, particularly to increase opportunities for under-represented communities in growing sectors.
  • Develop and maintain deep relationships with businesses and workforce partners to develop strategy, programming and partnerships that address the needs of growing industries and employer partners.
  • Establish and maintain collaborations and partnerships with stakeholders, business and other providers to improve economic self-sufficiency and upward mobility outcomes for adults and small businesses.
  • Provide effective supervision to staff and interns and foster teamwork.
  • Coach staff to provide skill-building workshops, client assessment, individual coaching and resources related to career development and financial capability.
  • Collaborate with other departments and programs to build cross-program initiatives that benefit shared clients, entry-level staff, and promote service delivery integration.
  • Oversee data collection, management and analysis for supervised programs to identify program successes and gaps, establish impact and submit reports; ensure staff capture needed
  • Oversee creation of program literature, and present impact findings and best practices as needed.
  • Oversee curricula design for job readiness and essential job skills training.
  • Write reports and contribute to proposal writing as
  • Lead assigned community engagement initiatives that advance The Unity Council’s mission and goals.
  • Participate in leadership, department meetings and supervision, as well as agency-wide staff committees as desired, and agency
  • Other leadership and management-level duties.
  • Ability to travel locally.


  • Three years of experience designing and leading workforce, asset building or vocational programs, and supervising staff
  • Two years of experience with contract management, business development, data management/analysis and program evaluation
  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, public administration, education, business or related field; Master’s degree is a plus
  • Competency in working with underserved, low income individuals, with low educational attainment, and English language learners
  • Strong alignment with The Unity Council’s mission, vision and commitment to achieving social equity
  • Experience forming and maintaining collaborative networks, creating business plans and program plans
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, and presentation skills
  • Ability to be a self-starter, assume responsibility for achieving outcomes, and balance competing priorities
  • Ability to develop, support and hold staff accountable to maintain high quality services, while utilizing a team-building approach
  • Experience producing reports and monitoring contracts
  • Knowledge of financial capability and income support programs is strongly preferred
  • Knowledge of career pathways in healthcare, transportation, construction, advanced manufacturing, retail, and/or I.T. fields is desired
  • Bilingual in Spanish is desired

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
  • Regularly required to operate a motor vehicle

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Background

Application Process

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

E-mail:  jobs@unitycouncil.org.

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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