Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $65,000
Details: full-time, exempt employee



Start Date


Application Deadline



2781 Telegraph Avenue
United States


Organizational Description

United Roots was born from the convergence of four youth organizations in Oakland, and was founded as a collective of Oakland-based arts activists and youth leaders from the Turf Unity movement. United Roots has a 4,000 square foot storefront building in Central Oakland (KONO Business District) and was the first “green” youth center in Oakland, with amenities like solar panels and a bamboo floor. United Roots believes in a holistic approach to engaging low-income youth of color in Oakland and our program methodology includes connecting young people to culturally relevant healing practices, and therapeutic activities like collaborative art making. United Roots is part of a network of youth organizations utilizing cultural healing methodologies to build alliances between young people living in some of the toughest neighborhoods in California. United Roots also provides cutting edge training in media production, pairing young people with industry professionals to create socially-impactful media. United Roots provides free access to media equipment, music studios and a performing arts space to young people in Oakland, and we are a youth-led media hub for The California Endowment. The Gameheads program offers tech training, such as coding, app and video game development, as well as IT Training, to youth of color in Oakland; utilizing technological innovation to address social issues in Oakland.

United Roots engages and empowers low-income youth of color ages 13-30 in socially innovative ways, with a focus on:

  • Personal Development: creating a safe, sustainable environment to heal and grow through ritual, cultural healing practices, and wellness services.
  • Creative Arts Education: instilling confidence and developing talent through digital and performing arts.
  • Career and Workforce Mentorship: cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship through fellowships, mentorship, employment pipelines and business incubation.
  • Civic Engagement: building coalitions between communities of color, decision makers, and employers to advocate for community change.

To watch a short video about United Roots youth programs go to:

Since its founding in 2009, United Roots has:

  • Built the first “green” youth center in Oakland, California
  • Partnered with over 50 youth organizations, government agencies, and local businesses; partnered with 10 public schools
  • Established a partnership with Impact Hub Oakland to create the first Youth Impact Hub co-working space and business incubator in the world
  • Provided over 1,000 young people with educational, professional, and personal services.
  • Released hundreds of media projects, including full-length albums, music videos, posters & billboards, websites and short films (to view youth-produced content go to:
  • Provided the physical space, equipment, and mentorship necessary to catalyze high-level business opportunities for youth, including supporting young people in Oakland with launching their own enterprises, such as a music publishing entity, a social impact clothing company, media production services and more (to watch a video about the Youth Impact Hub Oakland program at United Roots go to:

Position Description

We’re in a growth phase right now, with a focus on further developing our program models and implementing new socially innovative ideas for engaging young people in Oakland. We seek a person that has extensive experience providing youth programming to join our dynamic leadership team: the four Co-Directors of United Roots and our Program Staff. Our office culture encourages self-care practices, and our facility houses cutting edge media and tech equipment. We utilize a collective decision making model, and staff work together to create and develop organizational systems and procedures. The Program Manager will work from our office at 28th St. & Telegraph Ave. in Oakland and interface with staff and youth on a daily basis (our business hours are Monday through Friday from 12:00pm-8:00pm).

Duties & Responsibilities

As a small organization, United Roots provides an intimate and collaborative working environment. While the Program Manager will be the point-person for managing the below responsibilities, some of these things only occur on a monthly or quarterly basis, and often times the Programming Committee works together to execute organizational projects.  


  • Co-Manage core programming at United Roots, including things like cultural activities, healing circles, art making and community organizing
  • Be a point-person and liaison between programmatic departments and key staff, including Youth Impact Hub Fellowship, Determination Black Men’s Group, United Roots Media training programs, Gameheads video game program and more
  • Develop and implement programmatic models for our youth drop-in services, including providing activities for youth members and managing usage of our media center/music studios, co-working office space and makerspace
  • Organize needed trainings, workshops and events with a focus on business development, soft skill development, networking events, and marketplace/vending opportunities
  • Supervise drop-in programs, and provide ad-hoc case management and life coaching to youth in need of mentorship, including:
  • Conduct check in’s, build and maintain positive relationships with youth participants
  • Make referrals to appropriate agencies for things like mental health services, legal support, housing, and college enrollment support
  • Assist with healing circles and provide a restorative justice process as needed to resolve youth & staff conflicts, including:
  • Be on-call for program staff to refer youth in crisis
  • Meet with individuals in conflict and staff to discuss appropriate actions
  • Schedule & help hold Restorative Justice circles when needed
  • Oversee and assist other organizations and programs utilizing the space, including meeting with potential programmatic partners, setting up partnership agreements, and developing MOU’s, including:
  • Interface with organizations and event organizers
  • Submit invoices & collect payments
  • Coordinate building orientations
  • Schedule programs/events
  • Support Program Staff with programmatic logistics as needed, including:
  • Distribution of youth stipends
  • Youth recruitment and enrollment for classes & programs
  • Managing of media labs, as well as checking in/out media equipment to youth


  • Coordinate programmatic data tracking using our Salesforce online platforms, including intakes of new youth members
  • Document interactions with youth members, including case management notes, incident reports and tracking of success stories
  • Coordinate social media content for programs, including outreach and enrollment for new programs, as well as occasional blog posting for the organization
  • Accounting tracking of project-based programmatic budgets as needed
  • Conduct building orientations for new organizational partnerships as requested

Operations / Facilities

  • Support Operations Staff in enforcing clean-up procedures at the end of programs
  • Oversee the Program Staff updating of computers and software as needed
  • Oversee the Program Staff conducting equipment inventory, and support with supervision of equipment including organizing storage room, purchases and repairs
  • Assist youth members with computer access, printing, and scanning during drop-in hours
  • As needed, support with opening and closing building, assure building is set up for daily programming activities
  • Assist in purchasing & ordering office & program supplies as needed
  • Work with Operations Director to coordinate building maintenance and repairs, including updating and/or replacing furniture


  • Prior experience developing and managing youth programs
  • An understanding of and commitment to the Oakland community and social justice advocacy
  • Familiarity working with youth in a community setting, and ability to manage multiple programs and projects
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and organization
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, adaptable - ability to work on a team
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to take initiative; ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and can learn new skills to meet the organization’s needs
  • Demonstrated commitment to healing practices and trauma-informed care
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills
  • Basic computer skills
  • Commitment eagerness to learn new things
  • Restorative Justice values and experience a plus
  • Knowledge of media equipment (video cameras, microphones, etc) and software (Adobe Creative Suite, Pro-Tools, etc) a plus
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • All prospective staff must pass a background check

Job Details

Works With: Executive Director is the supervisor, also works with Organizational Co-Directors and Program Staff of United Roots

Term: minimum of 6 months, start date is January 14, 2019

Hours: 40 hours a week, general work schedule is Monday through Friday from 11:45am-8:15pm (and on occasion rearrange schedule to do after-hours and weekends for special events)

Years of Experience: at least 3-5 years in nonprofit or grassroots community sector

United Roots is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion or national origin. Women and People of Color applicants encouraged to apply.

Due to the volume of responses, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.


Basic health & dental package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in English language required, and any additional languages a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please submit the following to:

  1. A thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position and how your qualifications align with the above requirements and United Roots’ focus and mission.
  2. Current resume and references.