Queer & Ally Program Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive and commensurate with prior experience and education




8711 MacArthur Blvd.
United States


Position Title: Queer and Ally Program Coordinator

Program Name: LOUD (Loving Our Unique Design)

Reports To: Director of Health & Wellness

Status: Full-Time – Salary Position


About Youth UpRising

Youth UpRising (YU) exists to build healthy, economically robust communities in East Oakland and the surrounding county by harnessing the leadership of young people, improving the systems that most impact their lives and advancing community development. 

Since opening in 2005, YU has gone from eight to nearly eighty staff, emerging as East Oakland’s leading community transformation engine, praised as a national model by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2010. Housed in what was once an abandoned supermarket, YU is now a 25,000 square-foot state-of-the-art community transformation center annually serving about 3000 unduplicated Alameda County youth, ages 13-24. With a campus that includes an onsite health clinic, an internet café and a multimedia center, YU offers core programming in four areas: Education and education, health and wellness, civic engagement, and art and expression. YU also operates a social enterprise hub that creates jobs and provides industry-specific training in high-growth sectors that facilitate a young person’s transition into the workforce and nurture Education opportunity.

While YU’s mission is to cultivate community transformation, East Oakland is at the epicenter of the violence and poverty shaping the poor outcomes and disparaging perceptions plaguing Oakland and Alameda County. Yet Youth UpRising’s work is grounded in the belief that by providing comprehensive services and supports for the community’s most at-risk young people and engaging them as partners in improving the community, we can create healthy eco-systems that can change the place without displacing the people. 

For more information about Youth UpRising go to: www.youthuprising.org.


LOUD Program Queer and Ally Coordinator - Position Summary

Currently, there are few organizations in East Oakland serving the LGBTQI community. In partnership with Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY), YU seeks to be the leader in service provision to LGBTQI-identified youth in order to build community, safety, supportive programming representative of the unique experience of the LGBTQI population in this area.

The LOUD Program Coordinator serves as the lead staff person for the LGBTQI work with youth and staff at Youth UpRising. The coordinator will lead as a partner with Youth UpRising’s program leadership team to help design programming; plan and implement events; and act as a liaison with GSAs on local high school campuses around East Oakland; and execute a leadership framework for the Youth Interns. The coordinator will plan and implement a series of health education and awareness events throughout the year, and facilitate a minimum of two weekly groups.


They will also lead the recruitment, curriculum design, training, and supervision of the Youth Interns.


The LOUD Program Coordinator will be an advocate for LGBTQI youth in adult spaces and connect youth with opportunities to represent and have their voices heard in spaces that can influence policy.


The LOUD Program Coordinator is responsible for:


Duties and Areas of Responsibility

Youth Leadership

  • Serve as an individual source of support and case management to LGBTQ youth
  • Supervise and coordinate Youth Interns to address LGBTQI community needs
  • Support implementation of Stay WOKE, a leadership and social justice training program for a group of 8 youth
  • Co-develop, implement and facilitate curriculum for weekly support groups with youth interns
  • Ensure an LGBTQI-inclusive lens and perspective into greater Youth UpRising programming
  • Collect and enter program participation data in agency tracking system


  • Develop strategic partnerships with local high school Gay Straight Alliances & LGBTQI serving organizations
  • Create presentations for local high schools and middle schools that address LGBTQI inclusivity and social justice
  • Collaborate with existing Gay Straight Alliance Clubs on East Oakland school campuses to provide GSA Leadership Trainings as well as linkage and resource support as needed for youth and staff
  • Attend community roundtables on Oakland-wide LGBTQI policy and event development and advocate for the inclusion of youth in said meetings

Community Outreach and Events

  • Recruit for and maintain weekly groups to include LBGTQI and Allied youth.
  • Build relationships with CBOs serving the LGBTQI community throughout Oakland in order to improve East Oakland youth’s linkage and access to appropriate services and safe spaces as well as develop collaborative programming.
  • Develop and implement events highlighting LGBTQI safety and greater awareness of issues faced by LGBTQI-identified youth.

Qualification and Competency Requirements

Positional Competencies - required of the Queer & Ally Youth Coordinator.

  • INDEPENDENT- Ability to work independently to meet program deliverables
  • EDUCATION– HS Diploma degree or equivalent experience required.
  • EXPERIENCE – Emphasis in working with youth in urban community environments, as well as experience advocating for and engaging with LGBTQI youth and/or other marginalized communities; experience in recruitment and working with young people around project planning and implementation
  • LOCAL KNOWLEDGE - Understanding of current pressing issues in Oakland; understanding of the intersection of ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual identity
  • ENGAGEMENT Comfortable engaging youth and providers. Ability to plan events and promote program.
  • DATA MANAGEMENT – Ability to track and analyze data/information and input it into the data tracking system.
  • EXPERIENCE WITH YOUTH - High comfort level working with at-risk youth and ability to develop positive rapport with the youth in both one-on-one settings as well as group settings; Experience working with diverse populations of youth around issues concerning gender, sexual identity, class, and ethnicity
  • COMMUNICATION - Strong organization and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • TASK MANAGEMENT –Ability to manage multi-task, support multiple team members, and shift priorities
  • SCHEDULE - Ability to work flexible hours. Some weekend and evening availability required.
  • COMPUTER LITERATE - Computer literacy a must.
  • LANGUAGE CAPACITY - Bi-lingual language capacity in English/Spanish is desirable. Interpersonal skills necessary to effectively interact with diverse populations (i.e., multilingual, multi cultural and of low income) and to organize and motivate volunteers from multiple communities;
  • Transportation is required and valid California Driver’s license; good driving record (DMV check will be conducted); and proof of current automobile insurance.


Core Competencies - required of all staff for successful performance at YU.

  • HIGH PERFORMANCE - Strong work ethic • Results oriented • High energy • High integrity • Reliability • Committed to Excellence • Takes initiative and gets things done • Demonstrated success in an entrepreneurial setting, with the ability to think strategically while executing tactically within a resource-constrained environment.
  • ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS - Detail oriented • Tracks results • Demonstrates good work habits • Effectively uses their and other people’s time • Comes to tasks/meetings well prepared • Has basic computer skills • Develops efficient systems, processes and tools •
  • FLEXIBILITY - Adapts to new information or circumstances • Willing to wear many ‘hats’ to get the job done • Creative in troubleshooting and finding solutions • Able to flourish in a fluid environment •
  • POSTITIVE ATTITUDE - Able to maintain composure, hope and a sense of humor amid challenges • Able to remain positive and see solutions among difficult issues • Stamina • Able to manage and diffuse stress •
  • SOCIAL SKILLS - Able to work with a variety of people • Able to communicate with respect and clarity • Open to different viewpoints • Able to disagree without animosity • Self-aware • Compassionate • Collaborative • Able to give and receive candid feedback • A role model •
  • CRITICAL THINKING - Thinks interdependently, framing the goals of one department/project within the entire vision • Sees current issues and challenges within a broad framework • Makes decisions that have the greatest long and short term positive impact • Thinks ‘outside the box’ – beyond given paradigms • Able to access resources (money, people) to advance solutions • Able to reflect on and improve both content and delivery • Open to developing awareness of the structural factors (socioeconomic context) impacting our communities •

Deadline to Apply: Applications accepted until position is filled. 

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with prior experience and education

How to Apply: Email resume, cover letter and three professional references to talent@youthuprising.org. Include “LOUD Program Coordinator” in the subject line.

Youth UpRising is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

Youth UpRising strives to reflect the diverse community it serves.

LGBTQI-identified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



How to Apply: Email resume, cover letter and three professional references to talent@youthuprising.org. Include “LOUD Program Coordinator” in the subject line.