Self-determination Life Coach – Santa Clara County

The Self-Determination Life Coach 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-Sufficiency, Spirituality, and Social Justice The Self-Determination Life Coach works to ensure that participants of YWFC’s programs have the support, resources, access, and advocacy needed to support them in their healing journey. The Self Determination Coordinator works closely with Youth Advocates and Community Organizers and program participants, playing a critical role in supporting young cis and trans women and girls, trans men and boys, and gender-expansive youth in finding their voice, building self-determination, and in engaging young women in the work.  

The role of the Self Determination Coordinator is to ensure that youth at YWFC are provided support from a peer-based, restorative justice framework, culturally grounded, and gender-specific framework, and 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 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 position is responsible for ensuring that all coaching approaches and methods are in line with the organization’s mission, vision, values, fulfill grant requirements, YWFC annual goals, and Site goals. 

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 trans young men, and gender-expansive youth who have been incarcerated and experienced life on the streets. YWFC creates opportunities for 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.

Skills, Knowledge, and Qualities:

  • The person must be comfortable, mature 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, staff colleagues, board members, volunteers, public figures, and community leaders;
  • Strong organizational skills, 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 to expand skills and adapt to evolving organization 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
  • Experience or interest in working with directly impacted youth, and commitment and passion for supporting their power and leadership 
  • Capacity to build safe working relationships with youth, that are supportive and build trust and self-determination, and don’t replicate harmful system power dynamics

Apply Now!

Please send your resume and a thoughtful, one-page cover letter to, using the subject line “Self-determination life coach SCC_(LastName)”

Starting Date: January 3, 2022. Position open until filled

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 Life Coach 

Program: Leadership and Advocacy

Work location: San Jose (Santa Clara County) with some travel to surrounding counties

Reports to: SCC Program Director (work closely with Program Coordinator)

Classification: Full-time (1 FTE), permanent, Non-Exempt

Compensation: $24.03-$25.00/hour (commensurate with experience)

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