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Youth Advisory Council Program Manager

Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Job Details

Oakland Office (Alameda County) - Oakland, CA
Full Time
$69,958.00 - $69,958.00 Hourly


Position Title: Youth Advisory Council Program Manager

Reports To: Associate Director of Alameda County

Community: Alameda County

Office Location: Oakland, CA (up to 50% hybrid role of in-person and remote)

Compensation: $69,958/annually, generous benefits package

About Fresh Lifelines for Youth

Fresh Lifelines for Youth is an award-winning non-profit whose mission is to partner with youth to unlock their potential, disrupt the pipeline to prison, and advance justice in California and beyond. By 2030, through partnering with young people, communities, and systems, FLY will contribute to the fight for equity and justice by taking concrete steps to dismantle California’s pipeline to prison, equip 30,000 youth to transform their lives and create meaningful opportunities for them to live healthy, free, and productive lives. For more information about Fresh Lifelines for Youth, please visit: www.flyprogram.org

Program Summary

The Alameda County Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a collaborative effort between the Alameda County Probation Department (ACPD) and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) to create systemic change through the inclusion of youth voices. The YAC will engage youth council members ages 17-25 who have been impacted by the Juvenile Justice System. Youth will provide input on current system processes, policies and practices and will be a part of decision making that will positively impact youth directly impacted by the system. Youth will be supported through personal and professional development through one-on-one check-ins, group support, and community partnerships. As a new advisory council to Alameda County, the YAC is a great opportunity to elevate youth voices to make transformative change.

Position Summary

The Youth Advisory Council Manager (YAC Manager) is an Alameda County FLY staff member who assumes responsibility for all functions of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). They will oversee the Lead Youth Voice Coach of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) & the Youth Voice Coordinator. They will take the lead in maintaining stakeholder and community partnerships, manage the budgets and system change strategies for the Alameda County Youth Advisory Council.

Position Responsibilities

Youth Recruitment, Training, and Development

  • Responsible for day-to-day managing of Youth Advisory Council youth, contract requirements, and meeting all deliverables and outcomes (i.e. youth recruitment, youth service hours, attendance targets, etc.) with support from the Alameda County Associate Director

  • Work in partnership with community organizations and the ACPD to recruit and engage 10-12 youth who are system impacted between the ages of 17-25 to participate as paid youth Council Members

  • Support the Youth Voice Coach in the leadership development of youth through 1:1 coaching and motivational interviewing utilizing an individual professional development plan to identify barriers to participation and to harness strengths and build on opportunities for growth based on youths’ needs and interests

  • Increase youths knowledge and capacity to impact change through 30-36 hours of training in collaboration with FLY’s Youth Voice Department and community partners on relevant areas such as authentic storytelling, public speaking, circle keeping, and systemic racism. etc.

  • Co-facilitate meaningful group meetings to ensure council members have a safe and brave space to collaborate, give and receive feedback, and lead effective activities and events

  • Lead YAC youth in planning and debrief meetings leading up to community activities, workshops and trainings; including providing relevant and appropriate feedback to youth to support their professional growth and development.

Program Operations and Management

  • Work closely with the key leadership collaborators to ensure that programmatic funding and grant requirements are met and that program budget and resources are managed effectively to deliver high quality services

  • Ensure the YAC planning and processes are all youth informed and youth driven including youth of various backgrounds and experiences; and strategically develop, plan, and manage YAC-related activities, timelines, project protocols, reporting, analysis and collection of data

Program Staff Supervision and Performance Management

  • Supervise, coach and evaluate two direct reports: the Youth Voice Coach and the Youth Voice Coordinator

  • Lead weekly team meetings and 1:1s with direct reports. Provide guidance, oversight and feedback.

  • Develop training plans and training for staff in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Director and Talent team.

  • Conduct annual performance reviews and professional development plans in collaboration with direct reports.

Community Engagement and Stakeholder Management

  • Invest in community relationships and collaborate with community partners who are imperative to the success of youth voices being incorporated into the juvenile justice system decision making processes.

  • Work closely with Juvenile Justice System partners to ensure youth voices are integrated and identify areas where youth will contribute in systems meeting, provide feedback to system professionals, and advise collaborators and decision makers designed to influence change in the system.

  • Lead monthly meetings with ACPD in order to strengthen and maintain stakeholder relationship; specifically, regarding opportunities for YAC members to participate in system meetings and/or focus groups to provide feedback to system professionals

  • Engage the larger community in the YAC’s work through the design and facilitation of focus groups, surveys, meetings, and presentations.

Enhance Program Policies and Procedures

  • Collaborate with the Alameda County Associate Director and FLY’s Youth Voice Department to facilitate the creation of the YAC bylaws, participant selection, oversight, training, participation opportunities, and support to ensure a successful term year for the YAC.

  • Document and manage the process to create, update, and then improve all program protocols, documents and tools, event/activities, and training guides and manuals.

  • Participate in the evaluation process of the YAC and work with the ACPD evaluator to identify and collect data outcomes to measure success and impact.

Note on Qualifications: In FLY’s quest for an equitable hiring process, candidates are encouraged to apply even if they feel they only meet 75% of the position requirements.

Compensation & Benefits

This position is a full-time/part-time non-exempt/exempt role at a rate of [$/hourly/annually] with differential pay options based on an advanced degree and, when applicable to the role, speaking another language. Our Total Rewards Package also includes the following:

  • Use a FLY-provided stipend towards various healthcare insurance options, dental, vision, retirement, life insurance policy, FSA (flexible spending account), dependent care, and more!

  • 10+ PTO Days

  • 12 Holiday Days

  • FLY provides 3-4 additional "rejuvenation days off" twice per year in July and December

  • Wellness Funds ($325/year)

  • Professional Development Assistance ($200/year)

  • Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care.

  • Employee Assistance Program (paid for by FLY)

  • Yearly Staff Retreat, Team “Dayaways,” Summer BBQ, and other FLY Events.

  • Customize your Work Schedule (dependent on supervisor approval based on positional and departmental needs)

  • Hybrid of In-Office and Remote Work (frequency of required in-person work is dependent upon the role)

  • 8 Hours of Civic Engagement

  • Mileage Reimbursement.

At FLY, we have adopted a no-negotiation policy. This policy reflects our commitment to equity and ensuring that the offers we make to our candidates reflect competitive and appropriate compensation given the market and the role.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion

At FLY, we embrace a diversity of identities, beliefs, thoughts, and experiences. We commit to creating an organizational culture of equity and inclusion to better serve our youth and communities. FLY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive for an inclusive culture and a staff team that reflects diversity. Applicants for all job openings will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex/gender, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status or any other consideration made unlawful under any federal, state or local laws. We strongly encourage women; people of color, people who identify as part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities; people with experience in the juvenile justice or criminal justice systems; and people with disabilities to apply. Fresh Lifelines for Youth is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to job applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at (408) 263-2630 or compliance@flyprogram.org

COVID-19 Vaccination

At FLY, we are committed to the safety of our employees, clients, and all others who enter our workplace. As such, FLY would like to make clear that the COVID-19 vaccination is a condition of employment. However, FLY does allow staff to apply for exemptions based on medical history or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. This must be approved through FLY’s compliance department. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact us at (408) 263-2630 or email compliance@flyprogram.org

What to expect

  • Application with 8-10 questions and an applicant screening question.

    • No Cover Letter Required

  • 2-3 Interviews (for many roles, at least 1 would be in person)

  • Meet w/FLY youth

  • Work Product (Done in advance of the Final Round Interview)


Position Requirements

The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to equity, social, racial, and economic justice. They will be passionate about youth development, youth voice, youth leadership, and systems change. The candidate will believe in FLY’s vision and mission and will resonate with FLY’s values: accountable, dedicated, respectful, equitable and just, loving, innovative, hopeful, and youth-centered.

Core Competencies: Skills and behaviors that FLY expects and develops all staff to exhibit across all positions at various levels of proficiency (early stage, intermediate and advanced)

  • Cultural Responsivity: Demonstrates an openness and commitment to equity, justice, and belonging. This includes being aware of one’s own bias and privilege, building an understanding of systems of oppression, and valuing diverse perspectives; you take actions to learn and contribute to an environment that creates power-sharing, access, and opportunity within our community.

  • High Quality: The ability to own your work, be accountable, and take initiative to produce high-quality results. This includes setting and achieving standards that demonstrate a high level of care and commitment to our mission, our population, our colleagues and our partners.

  • Collaboration: The ability to work effectively within a team and intentionally across teams to contribute to FLY’s mission and agency goals. When working with others, you exercise your strengths and build on the strengths of others.

  • Communication: The ability to convey information effectively with consideration of the situation and audience. This includes communicating clearly with people of different backgrounds and cultures in which you demonstrate self-awareness, empathy, and active listening.

  • Problem Solving: Applies critical thinking to problem solving that considers multiple perspectives and actively identifies creative solutions to address individual and systemic challenges.

  • Adaptability: The ability to adapt and respond to change effectively. This includes engaging in continuous learning, maintaining a solutions orientation, and proactively seeking opportunities to be supportive of change that best serves our mission.

FLY’s Leadership Competencies: Skills and behaviors that FLY expects and develops all staff in Leadership positions to exhibit across various levels of proficiency (early stage, intermediate and advanced)

  • Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates self-awareness and the ability to process one’s own emotions and the impact and influence on others. This includes maintaining a compassionate and authentic perspective of issues and information that allows you to effectively work through challenges with teams and to respond with empathy.

  • Change Management: The ability to recognize a need and assess the readiness for change. This includes effectively promoting and building commitment toward change and successfully guiding your team through the implementation process.

  • Strategic Decision-making: Effectively structures and facilitates inclusive decision-making processes. This includes responsibly making informed decisions to improve organizational health and impact through the use of key information to problem solve and to identify equitable solutions.

  • Develops & Motivates Others: Motivates, inspires and supports teams and individuals through strong coaching, mentorship, and targeted development activities. Builds healthy and effective teams through regular feedback, collaboration, role clarity and conflict resolution.

  • External Relationship Builder: Invests in and builds strong, trusted and ongoing relationships with external partners and cultivates new relationships. This includes the ability to analyze and understand relationships as a strategy for achieving the mission, which often means navigating complex relationships while anchoring to FLY’s values.

  • Project Management: The ability to create project plans, implement plans with effective delegation to team members, and manage those plans to intended impact, while adjusting the course when needed. This includes managing at various levels of complexity and scale, as well as anticipating potential barriers and evolving plans to achieve the desired impact.

Note on Qualifications: In FLY’s quest for an equitable hiring process, candidates are encouraged to apply even if they feel they only meet 75% of the position requirements.