Overview: FVLC's youth programs include prevention education and youth leadership development activities centered on the issue of teen dating violence. These programs support young people to understand and take action against dating violence in the context of community violence by developing solutions through peer advocacy, social media messaging, and policy development. The Youth Program Manager is a well-organized, creative problem solver who has the ability to genuinely connect with young people and communicate effectively with management, volunteers, funders and others. The Youth Program Manager will reach out to networks of individuals and organizations to ensure Oakland youth have opportunities to be change agents in their communities in order to end violence. This person must be excited at the prospect of growing with our organization as we move to increase community engagement. The position is supervised by the Associate Director.
The Youth Program Manager will be responsible for managing two grant projects: Dating Matters and Start Strong Oakland. FVLC has partnered with the Alameda County Public Health Department on Dating Matters, a five-year initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Youth Program Manager will supervise AmeriCorps volunteers to deliver a multi-session, in-class teen dating violence prevention curricula program for students in ten Oakland middle schools. The Youth Program Manager will be responsible for hiring and training AmeriCorps members, participating in curricula delivery, tracking all Dating Matters student data, and collaborating with community partners to ensure successful implementation of project activities.
Start Strong Oakland is a three-year project funded by the Blue Shield Foundation of California to engage young people in Oakland to develop violence prevention materials to share with their peers and adult allies. The Youth Program Manager will supervise and collaborate with the Youth Organizer to develop a curriculum structure for youth leaders, create relationships with community partners, coordinate youth leader meetings, and organize community engagement events/activities. The Youth Program Manager will also, in partnership with the Associate Director, interview, hire, and partner with project consultants who will assist with curriculum development and project evaluation.
Skills & Abilities: A successful Youth Program Manager is someone who thrives in complex situations involving many factors. You enjoy managing all the variables, devising new options, and figuring out the best way to get things done. You are at your best in dynamic situations. You have the ability to perform professionally and a willingness to change directions, modify objectives and refine goals when the circumstances demand. You are a self-starter who can recognize when processes can be improved and will take the initiative to improve them.
The Youth Program Manager also recognizes and cultivates the potential in others and prepares them for the future. When you interact with others, your goal is to help them experience success. You are fulfilled by seeing growth in others, and people often seek you out for help and encouragement. You connect with young people with ease. You are comfortable interacting with different kinds of people and find it easy to carry on a conversation in a variety of settings.
You are a powerful communicator and feel a strong need to bring ideas to life – to energize them, make them exciting and vivid. You can take a dry idea and enliven it with images, examples and metaphors – this is why people like to listen to you. You easily transform innovative ideas into immediate action and posses a unique ability to create motion and momentum in others.
Lead project development, including creating and reviewing curricula for violence prevention and leadership classes for youth leaders in partnership with the Youth Organizer and project consultants.
- Develop, implement, and oversee all youth program activities in partnership with FVLC management. Duties may include designing and monitoring program goals and outcomes, managing evaluation activities, and assisting with the development of grant proposals.
- Build and maintain relationships with community partners, including targeted Oakland Unified School District school sites and other non-profit agencies working in Oakland on violence prevention.
Provide direct supervision to all youth program staff and volunteers and help guide the organization in the growth and development of the FVLC's youth programs.
- Collaborate with community partners who are also participating in the Dating Matters project, including the Alameda County Public Health Department, Youth Radio, the Oakland Unified School District, and CDC sub-contractors, as well as those partners participating in the Start Strong Oakland project.
- Provide classroom instruction at targeted middle and high schools in Alameda County.
- Oversee the youth leadership program, including developing strategies for recruitment, screening, training, recognition, and support of youth interns.
- Represent FVLC in the community at collaborative meetings, resource fairs, etc.
This position is not limited to those duties listed in this position profile. Duties and responsibilities may be changed, expanded, reduced, or deleted to meet the business needs of FVLC.
- Regularly monitor and assess data for the youth department, and assist with preparation of program reports for internal and external audiences.
- Work in partnership with other FVLC program managers to ensure effective coordination of services, with a focus on building capacity to develop a youth-friendly culture.
- Bachelors Degree in related field plus 3 years experience in youth development or education OR at least 5 years experience working with adolescent youth.
- Knowledge of local, regional, and national issues related to teen dating violence.
- Knowledge of community organizing strategies preferred.
- Knowledge of and experience working within the Oakland Unified School District.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Demonstrated presentation workshop facilitation skills.
- Familiarity with community-based organizations in Oakland currently serving and working with youth.
- Supervisory experience preferred.
- Ability to relate well with people from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
- California domestic violence counselor certification (40-hour training, can be provided upon hire).
- Criminal background check (provided upon hire).
- Valid California driver's license with an insured automobile.
- Knowledge of Alameda County service providers preferred.