Peralta Service Corporation: Director of Social Enterprise

Reports To

Chief Operating Officer


Peralta Service Corporation


Oakland, CA


Monday through Friday


Local travel may be required


$90,000.00 - $105,000.00 annually

Employee Status

Regular, Full-time, Exempt


Peralta Service Corporation 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

Peralta Service Corporation (PSC), a subsidiary of The Unity Council is a nonprofit social enterprise that generates revenue to achieve social outcomes related to increasing the economic self-sufficiency of low-income adults, with barriers to employment through the provision of workforce development training and living-wage employment. As a nonprofit organization, ownership is public and ultimately lies in community stakeholders, rather than investors. Therefore, any profits generated by Peralta Service Corporation are reinvested in the company and used to strengthen the social enterprise.

PSC was established in 1975 as a social enterprise subsidiary of the Unity Council. After a period of dormancy, the subsidiary was revived in 2000 and began operating a successful commercial property maintenance program and safety and neighborhood ambassador program that currently employs between 50-60 adults and performs contract services for approximately 25 different entities.


Position Summary

The Director is responsible for managing and maintaining existing client contracts, staff and program finances. The Director will have primary responsibility for maintaining client relationships, marketing and developing new relationships that ultimately lead to new business. The Director will address personnel issues such, performance management, employment practices and employee relations. The Director will work closely with Human Resources to fill the needs of the client contracts and the needs of employees. This position will work closely with the Chief Operating Officer to grow PSC revenue, the scope of the program and depth of training and services for the employee. The Director will create and manage annual budgets and manage all aspects of daily operations of PSC. Additionally the Director may be asked to present to the Board of Directors and to participate in grant writing where applicable for the program.


General Duties

  • Build and develop customer relationships, strategic alliances, industry contacts, and service providers to forward PSC mission statement. Promote and maintain an environment of exceptional customer service both internally and externally.
  • Support supervisory staff in maintaining organizational focus, and the use of best business practices.
  • Develop the operations for the social enterprise focusing on good financial practices, customer satisfaction, best business practices and employee growth and development.
  • Represent the organization to the public and foster a positive image to clients and supporters.
  • Utilize business experience to help improve communities and to support the employee’s ability to become financially independent.
  • Write and administer grants, report grant outcomes

Management and Development

  • Create a work environment that fosters teamwork, personal growth, confidence, and success.
  • Supervise, mentor, and develop team.
  • Source, hire and train team, both effectively and within budget.
  • Ensure employees are adhering to company policy and administering practices in a supportive and equitable manner.
  • Motivate and support staff.

Financial Management

  • Prepare annual draft budget.
  • Manage budget and control expenses.
  • Develop financial projections.
  • Develop and monitor financial reports.
  • Manage supervisors and their direct reports to ensure the operations runs in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Monitor cost to minimize labor overruns, make recommendations and implements solutions as directed.
  • Establish and manage the appropriate financial and operational measures and policies to ensure smooth business operations.



  • BA or equivalent degree required, Master’s degree preferred in any of the following disciplines: Business, Sociology, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Welfare, or other related field.
  • Minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in a nonprofit or socially responsible organization.
  • Minimum of five years supervising staff and project teams.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience managing client contracts.
  • A proven track record of sound financial management and the ability to grow revenue.
  • Strong analytic skills and the ability to lead strategically.
  • At least five years’ experience working with low income, diverse and reentry population.
  • Experience employing and developing adults with barriers to employment.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written.
  • Leadership and teambuilding and coaching skills.
  • Demonstrated organization and planning skills.
  • Valid California driver’s license required.

Essential Functions

  • Must be PC literate in MS Office (Word and Excel).
  • Regularly required to operate standard office equipment (personal computer, photocopy machine, fax machine, etc.).
  • Must have the ability to work on a computer up to 6 hours a day.
  • Regularly, required to use hands to operate computer and other office equipment.
  • Close vision required for computer usage.
  • May be required to perform physical work.

Pre-Employment Requirements


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.

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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