Program Manager: Oakland


The Program Manager will collaborate with the YWFC Team on the development and operational management of programming and services, to meet the needs of justice-involved women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people (WGTGNC) in Oakland. The Program Manager plays a key role in developing relationships with engaging youth program participants, and ensuring the successful delivery of all community-based programs and fulfillment of annual, collaborative, and programmatic goals.

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: Siblings one the Rise

  • Ensure the Siblings Rising Internship curriculum, job descriptions, and schedule are updated on an annual basis (more frequently as needed) and the program content is relevant to organizational goals, values, principles, and meets the needs and expectations of the program. 
  • Responsible for the hiring, training, leadership and professional development of Siblings on the Rise interns, including management of data collection, facilitation of on-the-job training, and organizing skill development in collaboration with Lead Organizer
  • Responsible for the day-to-day supervision of Siblings Rising Interns and the daily functions of the program, and provide bi-weekly supervisions to review leadership development plans
  • Develop and maintain strong partnerships, and serve as the primary point of contact between all partners and outside facilitators for all youth employment program-related questions and concerns.
  • Maintain data systems for reporting, timesheets of youth, sign in sheets of vocational training workshops, and all content systems management documentation for city funding.

General Duties

  • Work in collaboration with staff 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 Level 1 programs with a small caseload of life coaching for WGTGNC youth and collaborate with Self Determination Life Coaches on Level 1 and 2 programs, including Freedom Circle, Freedom Circle graduations, youth-driven community projects, special events, and other outings  
  • Oversee documentation of YWFC’s detention programs serving WGTGNC youth ensuring quality relationships amongst facilities (and their staff) and YWFC staff, that YWFC is in compliance with facilities contracts and is exceeding expectations of the facility,  and to support the ongoing cultivation of relationships.
  • Support all of YWFC’s detention and 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 young women participating in programs and ensure staff working with WGTGNC youth are maintaining YWFC standards of conduct, exemplifying YWFC values, and utilizing YWFC methodologies and frameworks.

Reporting and Evaluation:

  • Oversee all reporting requirements for program participants in YWFC Oakland programs including completion of appropriate forms, and data tracking and monitoring
  • Ensure programs are evaluated and updated on an ongoing basis and ensure evaluation findings  are utilized to develop, revise, and update programs and activities
  • Ensure programs are set up and running based on building leadership pathways for system-impacted and formerly incarcerated WGTGNC youth
  • Enter data into appropriate City Management Systems (CitySpan) for city and county grant requirements and internal organizational system in a timely manner
  • Provide monthly program summaries to the Site Director including quantitative and qualitative data of all programmatic activities, i.e Siblings on the Rise, Life Coaches Documentation, Stipend Tracking and more
  • Work in conjunction with the Site Director and 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 1 year 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 Oakland Area socio-political landscape and youth service providers, and passionate about youth, community development, issues of WGTGNC 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-Please send your resume and a thoughtful, one-page cover letter to, using the subject line “Program Manager Oakland_(LastName)”

Application Deadline: Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

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.

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 and Programmatic Leadership 

Work location: Oakland (some travel to surrounding counties)

Reports to: Site Director  (Temporary Basis Executive Director)

Classification: Full-time (1 FTE), 40 hours/week, permanent, Non-Exempt

Compensation: $25-$28.84/hour (commensurate with experience)

About Young Women’s Freedom Center: 


Founded in 1993, Young Women’s Freedom Center (YWFC) is a leadership and advocacy organization led by systems-involved young and adult women and transgender gender non-conforming (TGNC) people of color who have grown up in poverty, worked in the underground street economy, and have been criminalized by social services such as foster care, welfare, and the mental health systems.

By offering safety, sister- & siblinghood, economic opportunities, accessible education and healing, we build self-determination, confidence and self-worth. 

Our sisters and siblings support one another in living self-determined, healthy and fulfilling lives, while building our individual and collective leadership to change conditions, culture and policy toward decarceration and decriminalization.

We believe that those most impacted by cycles of poverty, violence, exploitation and incarceration are the experts in their own lives and best positioned to identify and lead the change needed to support true and transformative justice.


To create a groundswell of formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted girls, women and TGNC people to lead a movement to successfully decarcerated girls, women and TGNC people in California to lead Freedom 2030 – a ten-year political organizing, culture change & legislative campaign.

What we Know

  • Those most impacted by incarceration and cycles of intimate, community and state violence have the most information and are best positioned to lead legislative and community-change toward safety, healing and transformative justice. 
  • When girls, women and TGNC people most impacted by these cycles lead, we bring everyone with us. Our families. Our communities. Our societies. 
  • Poverty is a key driver of incarceration and recidivism: Girls, young women and TGNC youth living in poverty experience high rates of sexual exploitation which leads to further risk for incarceration.
  • Providing economic opportunities for formerly incarcerated and systems-impacted people is crucial to breaking cycles of poverty, exploitation and incarceration. 
  • The skills used to survive the street, incarceration, foster care and public institutions are transferable to movements for change, social enterprise and community businesses.