Self-Determination Coordinator

The Self-Determination Coordinator role is grounded in YWFC’s approach to personal and structural transformation and is guided by the organization’s guiding principles of Sisterhood/ Siblinghood, Self-Determination, Spirituality, and Social Justice. The Self-Determination Coordinator works to ensure that participants of YWFC’s programs have the support, resources, access, and advocacy needed to support them in their healing journey, as well as accessing their own power and voice to navigate the systems and conditions that impact their lives. The Self-Determination Coordinator works closely with Youth Advocates and Community Organizers and program participants, playing a critical role in supporting cis and trans young women, trans young men, and gender-expansive youth in finding their voices, building self-determination, and using their expertise and experiences to advocate for themselves and others.

The Self-Determination Coordinator will ensure that folks at YWFC are provided support from a peer-based, culturally grounded, gender-specific, and restorative justice framework. They will also ensure that the organization has the proper resources, support, and partners in place to support this work. They are responsible for conducting initial intakes and assessments, working with cis and trans young women, trans young men, and gender-expansive youth to identify their needs and strengths, assisting them in developing personal and professional goals, and providing support in accessing community resources such as housing, child care, educational programs, etc. Additionally, this person is responsible for ensuring that all coaching approaches and methods are in line with YWFC’s mission, vision, values, and fulfill grant requirements, as well as YWFC’s annual goals and Site goals.

General Duties

  • Building rapport with youth and young people on-site at YWFC and off-site at program locations including juvenile hall, jail, group homes, and San Francisco county jail, to ensure folks receive the appropriate support through phone calls, snail mail, advocacy letter, and referrals for appropriate services 
  • Conduct interviews, assessments, and develop Self-Determined Life Maps and provide resources for youth and young people on-site at the Center and off-site at program locations including juvenile hall, jail, and group homes, and in the community
  • Work as a part of the YWFC team, supporting young folks connecting to YWFC after detention through Level 1 and 2 Leadership Programs, ensuring activities are cohesive and coordinated amongst program staff and the Executive Director
  • Provide orientation and training to new staff, interns, and volunteers who will support leadership programming of YWFC’s guiding principles, methodology, and policy and procedures  
  • Plan, facilitate, and oversee Level 1 programs, including Freedom Circle, Freedom Circle graduations, youth-driven community projects, special events, and other outings  
  • Work with young people to increase their ability to advocate for themselves and navigate the systems and service providers they are involved with
  • Coordinate early career exploration and leadership development, including sharing job opportunities, scholarship information, college tours, financial aid workshops, career mentoring, and healing-centered opportunities
  • Engage participants as community experts and provide leadership-based economic opportunities for participants to begin to engage in YWFC’s work as appropriate and as a part of a larger site-based strategy
  • Collaborate with SF Lead Organizer on building organizing capacity and skills for young people ready to step into those roles
  • Collaborate with the Participatory Defense Coordinator to monitor referrals and provide support to cis and trans women, trans men, and gender-expansive people on an ongoing basis
  • Provide monthly progress reports to the Program Manager and Site Director to ensure participants are building their capacity and working towards self-sufficiency
  • Maintain and strengthen relationships and work with the staff of organizations working with participants, including, but not limited to Probation Departments, Public Defenders, community-based agencies, School Districts,  Social Workers, etc…
  • Participate in Mic-Check meetings with other team members to ensure holistic support and additional support strategies needed to better support participants
  • Participate in YWFC’s movement, policy, and local campaign work on an ongoing basis including; participating in strategy and strategy related meetings as necessary, participating in work to advance local campaigns, represent the organization publicly as requested and approved, and participate in coalitions and other community-based work as approved/ requested by supervisor
  • Support participants in navigating systems (juvenile justice, foster care, mental health, etc.) by providing advocacy, resources, and ongoing support in self-advocacy strategies and education

Administrative Duties

  • Participate in organizational events, staff meetings, training, and staff development opportunities on an ongoing basis
  • Embody and model the values of the YWFC: Sisterhood/ Siblinghood, Self-determination, social justice, and spirituality
  • On an ongoing basis, work to ensure the organization’s mission, vision, and guiding principles are a guide to your work at the Center and that all program activities, curriculums, etc. are developed based on these principles
  • Represent the organization in the community, with funders, stakeholders, partners, and with cis and trans young women, trans young men, and gender-expansive youth who we work in a respectful manner that embodies the organization’s values and is in direct alignment with your job description and role on the leadership team

Knowledge and Skills

  • The person must be comfortable and professional in interacting with diverse community partners, custody staff, students, and colleagues with diverse heritage and backgrounds
  • Ability to interact effectively with program participants, donors, colleagues, board members, volunteers, public figures, and community leaders
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, CRM, email, and general computer/ internet use
  • Willingness and ability to grow professionally, be accountable, and expand skills and adapt to evolving organizational environments and constantly changing circumstances
  • Ability to maintain strong and appropriate boundaries with personal identifying information when interacting with program participants or community or program partners
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously
  • Advanced problem-solving skills; tactfully address and resolve questions/ concerns

Apply Now!

Email your resume and cover letter to with “SD Coordinator SF_(LastName)” in the subject line

Deadline: February 19, 2021

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.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 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: Self-Determination Coordinator

Program: Leadership and Advocacy

Work location: San Francisco with some travel to surrounding counties

Reports to: Program Manager of Level 1 Programming 

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

Compensation: $24.03-$26.44/hour (commensurate with experience)

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