Community Programs: Program & Evaluation Specialist

Reports To

Director of Community Programs


Community Programs


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday


Local travel may be required


$21.63 - $24.04

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 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) achievement, career and wellness youth programs; 2) employment and financial coaching and resources; 3) 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 Program and Evaluation Specialist supports the Director of Community Programs in monitoring contracts, program performance and impact, data management, and reporting. The Specialist will work with the Director and department managers on monitoring progress towards goals, data collection and analysis, and meeting reporting deadlines. The position offers opportunities for participating in program design, grant-writing, and leading special projects. The successful candidate will have background in program planning, evaluation, and data management for social service organizations. Opportunities for growth and training.


  • Work closely with the Director towards planning and executing departmental goals and activities, program planning, and evaluation of services
  • Lead contract monitoring and compliance activities to ensure programs are meeting goals, and issue corrective actions as needed
  • Lead monitoring of data collection and data management using Salesforce, Excel and other databases
  • Work with the Director in creating and monitoring tools and protocols for program management and evaluation
  • Work closely with Director and Development department in responding to funding opportunities
  • Support the Director and Managers with special projects that respond to emerging community needs
  • Actively foster collaboration and integration of services across teams within Community Programs
  • Participate in data analysis and creating program materials and dashboards that demonstrate impact and progress towards social equity goals of the department and the organization
  • Maintain calendar of important contract deadlines, milestones and department-wide events
  • Represent the department at city, partner and community meetings and events as assigned by Director
  • Other administrative and management support responsibilities as assigned by Director


  • Master’s degree (or second year student) in public health, public administration, or related field. A Bachelor’s degree will be considered with 2 additional years of experience
  • A minimum 1 year of work or intern experience with social service community-based organizations
  • Experience with or coursework in program planning, data analysis, and evaluation methods is highly desired
  • Experience with grant-writing or professional writing is highly desired
  • Experience with Salesforce or other databases is highly desired
  • Excellent time management and problem solving skills
  • Excellent writing skills are required (a sample will be requested), editing and proofreading experience is a plus
  • Multicultural competency in working with immigrant, low income and diverse communities
  • Ability to be a self-starter, assume responsibility for achieving outcomes, balance competing priorities, and demonstrate a collaborative, team-building approach
  • Strong alignment and consistency with The Unity Council’s social equity values, mission and vision

Essential Functions

  • Advanced computer skills with strong MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and social media skills.
  • Regularly required to operate standard office equipment (personal computer, photocopier, fax, etc.)
  • 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 intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities or requirements for the position. This position may change or assume additional duties at any time.

Pre-employment Requirements

  • background check

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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