Community Programs: Youth Employment and Career Development Manager

Reports To

Associate Director of Community Health


Community Programs


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday


Local travel may be required



Employee Status

Regular, Full-time, Exempt


2-5 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 Manager supports the Associate Director of Community Health to provide supervision for services that create career, employment and training opportunities for out-of-school youth ages 16 to 24, with a focus on placement into certificated training, internships, apprenticeship and employment. The Manager will participate in workforce program design, implementation, and setting continuous improvement and performance measures, and will work with City-wide partners and businesses, to coordinate strategies and efforts. The successful candidate will work in a department that values a high degree of teamwork and passion for improving educational, employment and economic outcomes for under-resourced communities, particularly youth of color, immigrant, and unaccompanied minors.


  • Working closely with the Associate Director of Community Health, manage all strategies and activities related to implementation of youth career and employment programs.
  • Oversee client assessment and enrollment, career coaching (including job readiness, resume development, interviewing techniques), creation of individual plans, outreach and follow-up.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with businesses and vocational partners to increase vocational certification attainment, internships, summer jobs, and employment opportunities for participants.
  • Manage a caseload of a maximum 5-7 youth clients with complex needs.
  • Monitor progress towards meeting contract deliverables and program goals.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of School-Based Programs and Career Pathways to coordinate seamless access to careers, vocational and training opportunities for graduating seniors at LMB/LMA sites.
  • Utilize social emotional learning framework and youth development principles to maintain a safe and supportive service delivery model.
  • Develop strategies that ensure youth retention and remove barriers for goal attainment; keep current job-readiness curricula.
  • Provide effective supervision of 2-5 youth Career Coaches in order to achieve program goals.
  • Collaborate with other program staff to maintain integrated service processes and program improvements.
  • Coordinate business engagement, career fairs, outreach, and other strategies to promote services and maintain employment placement and vocational training relationships.
  • Participate in planning and implementation of evaluation activities; ensure service and participant data is collected and maintained following protocols.
  • Produce quarterly reports and assist with program analysis to ensure best practices.
  • Track program expenditures and monitor participant incentives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

This description is not exhaustive. This position may change or assume additional duties at any time.


  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Social or Behavioral discipline, and minimum 2-year experience working with youth in a comparable field. Substitution: A Bachelor’s degree may be substituted with some college and 2 years of experience coordinating youth programs.
  • Experience providing effective staff supervision and coaching, utilizing a team-building approach.
  • Experience with youth development practices and working with disconnected youth.
  • Multicultural competency in working with immigrant, low income and diverse communities with educational and economic barriers.
  • Knowledge and/or prior work experience with OUSD continuation programs and community based agencies that serve disconnected youth.
  • Proven ability to establish partnerships, work collaboratively and work with various systems.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Ability to be a self-starter, assume responsibility for achieving outcomes, balance competing priorities, and demonstrate a pro-active approach and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to travel locally (reimbursement for travel).
  • Knowledge of WIOA guidelines, workforce and/or financial capability fields is desired.
  • Fluency 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, etc.)
  • Ability to work on a computer up to 6 hours a day.
  • 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.

Pre-employment Requirements

  • Tb Test
  • 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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