Los Angeles Program Manager

Young Women’s Freedom Center seeks a LA Program Manager to join our fierce team of directly impacted cis and trans young women of color leaders to oversee the operational management of programming and services, to meet the needs of justice-involved women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people (WGTGNC) in LA. The Program Manager plays a key role in developing relationships with potential partners, engaging youth program participants, and ensuring the successful delivery of all community-based programs and fulfillment of annual, collaborative, and programmatic goals.

About YWFC LA: 

For over 27 years, YWFC has engaged with over 40,000 WGTGNC youth and invested in the leadership and power of youth of color that have been disproportionately affected by various systems in San Francisco and the Bay area. YWFC engagement supports a movement towards systems change through the decriminalization and decarceration of young people. Two years ago, YWFC expanded engagement in Los Angeles County with a commitment to invest in the leadership pipeline of WGTGNC youth directly impacted to lead work to decriminalize and decarcerate WGTGNC youth. We are growing our team and looking for talented individuals that believe deeply in our mission and committed to the growth of the LA site and leadership development of WGTGNC youth.

This position requires someone that is:

  • Strong communication, strong listening and verbal/written communication skills, including but not limited to sending clear and prompt emails, and leading conference calls and meetings
  • Participate and committed to all work activities including personal/professional development workshops, scheduled leadership training, reoccurring staff meetings, partnership meetings, etc
  • Flexible and may be required to work on some nights and weekends as well as travel.
  • Demonstrates an openness to learn and grow in a fast-paced startup environment, self-directed and committed to playing a role in a dynamic and growing team

Essential Duties

  • Work in collaboration with LA Lead Organizer to develop annual goals and execute various projects, and provide training and direction to youth services and support staff ensuring they are meeting the expectations of their positions and have the tools and resources to meet the expectations of their positions. 
  • Support the hiring and training of staff to provide services to WGTGNC youth in detention, upon release at YWFC, and through re-entry and supportive programs, and ensure maintenance of propers clearances
  • Oversee documentation and tracking of all YWFC’s LA programs, including Siblings on the Rise, Freedom Circles and Life Coaching, and youth engagement in Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition.
  • Support all of YWFC’s re-entry and support services including ensuring youth are contacted within 72 hours of release and connected with the appropriate YWFC staff for intake and services, that ReEntry and youth support programs are properly staffed and running at capacity.
  • Build authentic, deeply supportive relationships with WGTGNC youth participating in programs and or ensure staff working with WGTGNC youth are maintaining YWFC standards of conduct, exemplifying YWFC values, and utilizing YWFC methodologies and frameworks.

Reporting and Evaluation

  • Ensure that YWFC staff have the skills and support to meet the deliverables of programs and fulfill the duties outlined in their position agreement including ensuring grant requirements are being met.
  • Oversee all reporting requirements for program participants in YWFC LA programs including;  ensuring all proper forms are completed, progress is monitored, and data is updated.
  • Ensure programs are evaluated and updated on an ongoing basis and that feedback and findings from evaluations are used to develop, revise, and update programs and activities
  • Ensure programs are set up and running based on building leadership pathways for system-involved and formerly incarcerated women.
  • Track participant attendance and engagement, and provide support and accountability to youth organizer fellows around consistent attendance and engaged participation.
  • Maintain program budget, program notes, and collect data pertaining to programmatic goals.
  • Provide monthly program summaries to the Executive Team including quantitative and qualitative data
  • Work in conjunction with the Executive Director, Director of Strategic Projects, and any other appropriate staff members and or consultants to develop and implement evaluative tracking systems for all YWFC programs and initiatives.
  • Ensure program forms, overviews, flyers, curriculums, and any other significant program data is updated and stored appropriately, in accordance with YWFC’s filing and storage procedures


  • At least two years of youth program coordination/management experience
  • Exceptional organizational, attention to detail and administrative skills (Proficiency with Google Suites, calendaring, confirming facilitators, youth  have adequate transportation, etc.)
  • Clear, direct, and diplomatic communication skills, and the ability to empower and communicate with youth and adults from a variety of backgrounds, in person, over the phone, and via email
  • Familiarity with the Juvenile justice system,  criminal justice system, and the foster care system.

We’d Love It If You:

  • Are familiar with the Los Angeles and the Bay Area socio-political landscape and youth service providers, and passionate about youth, community development, issues of WGTGNC youth leadership
  • Have experience designing and teaching curriculum
  • Have practiced conflict resolution and/or restorative justice with youth
  • Experience or desire to engage commissions and task-force.

How to Apply: 

Please send your resume and a thoughtful, one-page cover letter to info@youngwomenfree.org, using the subject line “Program Manager LA_(LastName)”

We strongly encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities and nontraditional professional backgrounds to apply. Young Women’s Freedom Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 18, 2020. 

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we’re not able to respond personally to every candidate. We do review every submission carefully and we will contact those who we’d like to interview.

Position Title: Program Manager 

Program: Site-Based Operational Leadership 

Work location: LA (some travel throughout Bay Area)

Reports to: Director of Strategic Projects (Temporary Basis Executive Director)

Classification: Full-time (1 FTE), Temporary 24 months (possibility of permanent) Exempt

Compensation: $52,000-$55,000 (commensurate with experience)

More info about YWFC:

The Young Women’s Freedom Center is a Leadership and Advocacy organization focused on building the personal and collective power of cis and trans young women and gender non conforming folks that have been incarcerated and experienced life on the streets.  YWFC creates opportunities for the young folks to find their voice,  build their power,  gain skills and opportunities, and to transform the conditions that keep them trapped in cycles of violence, poverty, and incarceration.

The Young Women’s Freedom Center is one of the first non-profits in the United States run and led entirely by young women. From the beginning, we have organized young women who were the most marginalized in San Francisco — those in the street economies and the juvenile justice system — to design and deliver peer-to-peer education and support. Today we offer a vibrant model for linking youth development and youth organizing, with the mission of providing gender-specific, peer-based opportunities for high-risk, low- and no-income young women to build healthier lives and healthier communities. Our programs work to ensure that young women who have been deeply hurt and excluded — who have been homeless, incarcerated, or otherwise severely impacted by poverty — have a place to heal, achieve self-sufficiency and become positively engaged in their communities. All of our programs have been designed using a holistic approach that recognizes each young woman as a whole person who already has the experience and strength necessary to become a powerful leader and agent of change.