Youth Development Associate

Job Type

Full Time




1900 Fruitvale Ave, Suite 2A
United States


Title: Youth Development Associate

Employee Status: Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt

Department: Community Programs

Reports to: Pathways Manager and Youth Employment Coordinator 

Supervises: N/A

Location: Oakland, CA

Travel: Local

Schedule: Monday through Friday

Salary: $17-20/hour

Benefits: Two weeks of vacation, sick time, 13 holidays, floating holidays, medical and dental benefits on the first of the month following 30 days of employment, life insurance, 403(b) contribution, and other benefits.

Agency Summary

The Unity Council envisions a joyful, united, and engaged community where people have the power to shape their lives. We are a nationally-recognized Social Equity Development nonprofit organization, located in the Fruitvale district 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. Each year, we serve approximately 8,000 primarily low- to moderate-income clients by providing them with the tools to transform their lives and ultimately achieve their long-term educational, career and financial goals. The Unity Council and its affiliates have a diverse workforce of 300 employees.


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 stay on a path towards social equity. Services include job readiness training and coaching, career and job assistance, housing access coaching and workshops, and financial opportunities coaching and resources such as credit building. The Pathways program creates opportunities for residents to increase their educational and vocational attainment, and utilizes data to monitor achievement of economic mobility and social equity goals.


Position Summary

The Youth Development Associate is responsible for supporting youth and young adults with career and college exploration, goal setting, and developing job-related skills. This position participates in program planning and coordination of specific projects, and works collaboratively with school and college staff, career internship sites, and other community partners. Specifically, the Youth Development Associate will recruit participants, assess and place them into various training and educational opportunities, and will support them to successfully draft a post-secondary plan. The Youth Development Associate will support both OYE and STEP teams to conduct the responsibilities listed below.




Outreach & Intake

·        Conduct outreach and recruitment activities, such as career fairs and speaking to interested youth

·        Provide orientation sessions to interested youth to explain services and eligibility

·        Enroll and assess youth and young adults into OYE, STEP, and other services

Workshop & Seminar Facilitation

·        Prepare and co-facilitate job readiness and career exploration workshops for youth ages 14 to 24,

·        Participate in curriculum development and program planning for OYE and STEP

Youth Individual Support

·        Work with youth one-on-one to identify their academic, employment, and career goals

·        Support youth to create a post-secondary plan, including an academic plan during high school

·        Assist program participants to enroll into college or vocational programs

Community Partnership

·        Work with Pathways Manager and Youth Employment Coordinator to engage partners for career exploration opportunities, including internships and workplace sites

·        Work with Pathways Manager to engage college representatives with Pathways initiatives, including info sessions, admission assistance, college tours, and other educational opportunities

·        Engage potential guest speakers for workshops to OYE and STEP youth

·        Collaborate with other Community Programs and Unity Council services to connect participants with additional services needed to succeed in the program


·        Communicate with parents of enrolled OYE youth as needed to support participants

·        Engage parents in activities, and link them to services that address goals of the entire family

·        Problem solve with team members to support participants who face barriers to achieving their goals

·        Collect and maintain client data for program evaluation projects

·        For OYE enter data into Cityspan, CalJOBS, Excel and Google Drive databases

·        Maintain monthly calendars of program and partner events, including monthly seminars, career and resource fairs, and other events/postings that youth can access

·        Participate in program planning and evaluations to maintain OYE and STEP current and effective

·        Engage in team meetings and supervision as scheduled

·        Other duties as assigned



·        Bachelor’s degree, plus 1 year experience in youth development or social services. 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 diverse individuals is required

·        Bilingual in verbal Spanish and English languages is required

·        High degree of comfort presenting information to individuals and groups is required; experience facilitating youth workshops and presentations is a plus

·        Experience with data entry, preparing reports, and maintaining records is required

·        Familiar with youth development principles and post-secondary planning with youth is a plus

·        Experience building and maintaining collaboration with multiple stakeholders (parents, teachers, school counselors, businesses, college representatives)

·        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.


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.


The Unity Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Please no phone calls, apply as directed. Email or mail cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources, The Unity Council, 1900 Fruitvale Ave., Suite 2B, Oakland, CA 94601.




Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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