Self-Determination Coordinator – Oakland

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-Sufficiency, 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. The Self-Determination Coordinator works directly with justice-involved young cis and trans women and girls and gender-expansive youth in Oakland, playing a critical role in supporting young women in finding their voice, building self-determination, and engaging them in the work.  

The role of the Self-Determination Coordinator is to ensure that folks at YWFC are provided support from a peer-based, restorative justice, 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 young women 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, and fulfill grant requirements, YWFC annual goals, and Site goals. 

Skills, Knowledge, and Qualities:

  • Deep familiarity in Oakland socio-political landscape and youth service providers, and passionate about youth, community development, issues of youth leadership.
  • 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, 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 “SD Coordinator Oakland_(LastName)”

Deadline: November 1, 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: Oakland with some travel to surrounding counties

Reports to: Oakland Site Director (work closely with Program Manager)

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

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

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