Community Programs: Youth Career & Community Engagement Coach

Reports To

Associate Director of Community Health


Community Programs


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday


Local travel may be 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 achieve equitable outcomes. Services include academic and wellness mentoring for youth, college and job readiness, career and employment assistance, housing access services, and financial opportunities coaching and resources such as credit building and income tax preparation. We provide opportunities for youth and adults to increase their educational, vocational attainment, and achieve quality of life, economic and social equity goals.

Position Summary

The Youth Career and Employment Coach is primarily responsible for supporting Oakland youth and young adults, ages 16-24, with career readiness and vocational exploration services. Through 1:1 case management, coaches empower youth to access employment training, vocational pathways, educational programs and financial capability services that address barriers to employment. This position works collaboratively with a cross-functional team, within the Community Programs Department, to support the STEP program and contributes to Summer Summit activities for youth ages 16-24.

The Youth Career and Employment Coach also spearheads STEP’s outreach efforts to ensure equitable outcomes for marginalized youth and young adults. This position collaborates with the Youth Career and Employment Coordinator to design marketing strategies that include social media, canvassing, place-based outreach and year-round recruitment events.


Community Engagement (50% of time)

  • Leads outreach efforts that inform community members, local organizations, and partners about STEP services
  • Designs targeted outreach and recruitment activities to increase access to employment for Out-of-School/Opportunity/Disengaged/Transitional Age Youth in Oakland
  • Develops and maintains all outreach materials (flyers, online forms, social media posts, website content, etc.).
  • Conducts individual and group orientations for potential clients (Career Center orientation, WIOA Application, CASAS Assessment)
  • Collaborates with the Development and Communications department to maintain the Youth Career Development Instagram page and Unity Council website
  • Partners with the Youth Career Employment Coordinator to maintain monthly calendar with program and partner activities, including seminars, career and resource fairs, and other relevant youth events
  • Facilitates cohort and drop-in workshops in job readiness, leadership development, career seminars and civic engagement
  • Collaborates with Youth Career and Employment Coordinator to research youth workforce policy and develops strategies to engage staff and participants in a broad range of advocacy activities

Individualized Coaching (50% of time)

  • Enroll and maintain a minimum caseload of 20 WIOA Youth
  • Provide individualized coaching to identify youth’s employment and career goals
  • Collaborates with Out-of-School/Opportunity/Disengaged/Transitional Age Youth to create action plans that address barriers to employment, vocational training, and/or post-secondary enrollment
  • Conducts individual orientation sessions, reviews eligibility requirements, social emotional and financial assessments
  • Contributes to co-facilitation of site-based classroom instruction
  • Conducts biweekly (every other week) 30-60 minute coaching meetings with active participants.
  • Enrolls participants into program database (CalJOBS) within 3-5 business days of training completion (if participant of cohort component); or within 3-5 business days of eligibility determination and identifying participant outcome (if drop-in service participant)
  • Partners with Program Coordinator to place youth into career development opportunities, including internships, credentialing, and employment programs, as needed.
  • Collaborates with other Community Programs and Unity Council staff to connect eligible participants to credit repair and financial capability programs; vocational training provided by the WIOA Adult programs; Housing Access services; etc.
  • Collects and maintains client data as required by CalJOBS and actively implements confidentiality guidelines.
  • Attends team meetings, professional development sessions, and bi-weekly supervision check-in’s as scheduled by management.
  • Participates in program planning and ongoing evaluation activities.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree, plus 1 year experience in youth development. A Bachelor’s degree may be substituted with High School diploma or GED, and 2 years of relevant work experience
  • One year of experience working with immigrant, low income and/or diverse individuals is required
  • Experience working with opportunity or disengaged youth is strongly preferred
  • Experience facilitating youth workshops and presentations
  • Familiar with youth development principles and post-secondary planning
  • Experience working in multiple projects, assignments, and/or programs; highly effective multitasking skills
  • Ability to work as a team member and possess an enthusiastic and collaborative approach
  • Excellent administrative skills and attention to detail
  • Strong alignment with The Unity Council’s social equity values, mission and vision

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, 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
  • Ability to work with a diverse client population
  • Some travel required; subsidized travel reimbursement and stipends available

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Physical exam
  • TB test
  • Background/Fingerprint clearance

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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