Self-Determination Coordinator – San Francisco

The Self-Determination Coordinator role is grounded in YWFC’s approach to personal and structural transformation and is guided by the organization’s 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 all program staff and program participants, playing a critical role in supporting young cis and trans women and girls, and gender-expansive youth in finding their voice, building self-determination, and using their expertise and experiences to advocate on behalf of themselves and others.  

The role of the Self-Determination Coordinator is to ensure that youth 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 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, theory of change, methodology, and fulfill grant requirements, YWFC annual goals, and Site goals.

Skills, Knowledge, and Qualities:

  • Deep familiarity in Bay-Area 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, 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 addressing and resolving 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 SF_(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: 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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