Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Details: DOE



Application Deadline



United States


Do you love Oakland? Do you appreciate educators and afterschool programs? Do you believe in the power of young people? Do you value community service as an important tool to empower, inspire, and transform ourselves and our communities? If so, read on.

UR is seeking a thoughtful, humble, curious, passionate leader for the position of Program Manager. As a grassroots nonprofit in Oakland, this is a unique opportunity to impact our organizational and programmatic growth, while also empowering hundreds of young people in Oakland to create service solutions to challenges that matter to them in their communities.

This position is a collaborative one, working with the Executive Director in all aspects of organizational and programmatic operations. We are a small team with a big vision. We share responsibilities from the mundane to the inspiring. Our successes, challenges, and failures are mutual. We strive to continuously improve in all aspects of our work and you will have the opportunity to make an immediate and lasting impact. 

In this position, the manager will: 

·       Secure, nurture, and expand partnerships with non-Title 1 schools and afterschool agencies in Oakland;

·       Cultivate and enhance program quality through comprehensive training, coaching, and support of program site leaders, as well as attentive monitoring and evaluation of programs;

·       Creatively design, develop, and implement new program offerings in line with our mission, vision, and values;

·       Develop and encourage deep relationships with program site leaders, principals, and afterschool teams at each partner site;

·       Elevate and manage UR’s storytelling on social media, in grant reports, and through other outreach and communications techniques and tools;

·       Manage program grants, including proposal writing and reporting;

·       Grow UR’s donor base;

·       Support the implementation of all elements of UR’s strategic plan; 

·       Work with the Executive Director to achieve revenue and program growth; and,

·       So much more!

Other necessary details

Start date: August 1, ideally

Salary: Target compensation is between 45K-55K FTE, depending on experience

Location: Oakland, CA

Generally, we offer a flexible work environment. On most days we’ll spend some hours working together at our office near wonderful Lake Merritt. Afternoons focus on visiting program sites (usually 2:30 – 5:30 pm, especially T/W/Th) during the academic year. There is also some opportunity to work remotely. There will be times when work on weekends or evenings may arise. 


This role does require regular travel around Oakland and occasionally throughout the Bay Area.

This could be the job for you, if you are:

·       A current or former teacher and/or youth development professional

·       A proven storyteller—in blogs, narrative reports, on social media

·       Passionate about Oakland, education, afterschool, teachers, and students

·       Experienced (and/or interested) in program evaluation

·       Capable at communicating and working with diverse populations

·       Relational. Much of this position centers on relationship-building.

·       Excited about our mission

·       Open-minded

·       Eager to learn

·       Ready to support all aspects of fundraising

·       A master juggler of multiple, often competing priorities

·       Willing to take on any task

·       Bilingual (English/Spanish)

·       Experienced in MS Office, Canva, LittleGreenLight or other donor CRM, Quickbooks

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

If you’re interested in joining Team UR, email with the following: an essay explaining why you believe in the Upward Roots mission, what excites you about this position, and how your past experience has prepared you to make an immediate impact in this role? Please limit your response to one-page in total. You may also include a resume with relevant professional experience. 

Due to the volume of applications, we can only contact those individuals who are invited for further consideration. No phone calls please.

Upward Roots is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics (or those of a family member) or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.