Workforce Development Instructor, San Francisco

About the Organization: 

New Door Ventures is an early intervention employment and education program for high-potential transition-age youth (TAY) ages 16-24 who reside in Bay Area communities facing elevated levels of youth disconnection, socioeconomic challenges, and community stress.

Founded in 1981, New Door Ventures was born out of the belief that by providing resources for youth to build foundational education and job skills, personal support, mentorship, and pathways to higher education and career opportunities, these young people can experience greater success in adulthood. Our strategies provide educational and economic mobility for TAY facing significant barriers to obtaining and retaining unsubsidized employment, empowering youth make successful transitions to adulthoods marked by economic independence and engagement with their community.

Since 2005, we have served more than 5,000, and directly employed over 2,700, TAY through our workforce readiness programs with demonstrable long-term impact. According to California’s Employment Development Department (EDD), 74% of our program graduates are employed 3 years after program exit — significantly higher than youth who began but did not complete the program (52%) and all California youth ages 16-24 (40%). EDD wage data also demonstrates that youth who completed our program have higher average annual earnings of 40% one year after program completion and 200% two years after program completion than the year prior to entering the program.

To serve our San Francisco Employment Program we are currently hiring a Workforce Development Instructor.

About the Opportunity:

The Workforce Development Instructor (“WDI”) provides relevant and relatable workforce development and life skills training workshops to youth with the goal of supporting youth to attach to future employment and education. Our Job Readiness Workshops are a core component of our programming and are used not only to educate but to create a peer-learning community. These workshops provide opportunities for participants to process their learning in group and partner discussion, individual written reflection, as well as team-building activities and other lessons. Our research-based curriculum aligns with known predictive milestones for economic mobility: create enabling conditions (e.g., establish safe and trusting relationships), build assets (e.g., resume and interview skills), and promote agency (e.g., goal setting).

This role is non-exempt and is located primarily on-site at New Door’s San Francisco location. Currently, New Door Ventures employs a hybrid work location policy, with a 3:2 office/remote cadence. New

Door’s spacious three-story building in the Mission District of San Francisco is a comfortable, welcoming space, equipped to keep staff and clients protected from transmission of infectious disease. Office space is open-plan and shared with a collaborative, respectful team.

What Success Looks Like:

  • Ability to deliver high-impact, training for youth with a diverse set of learning styles and needs
  • Ability to confidently interact with youth and staff at all levels of the organization. This includes our alumni and (occasionally) our board of directors
  • Engages in collaborative partnership with Workforce Development Specialists for wraparound client support
  • Leading with initiative and a continuous improvement lens
  • The Workforce Development Instructor communicates well with youth and has a healthy understanding of, and respect for, emotional and other boundary-setting The WDI has a high degree of social/emotional intelligence
  • They enjoy working to meet goals, both individually and as part of a team, and are focused on the success of our youth throughout the program
  • Can self-manage and motivate, and experience in trauma-informed work has led them to be aware of self-care needs and how to care for their colleagues
  • Works well with external partners, are nimble, and have a strong personal alignment with New Door’s Values

Primary Responsibilities:

Instruction and facilitation – 40%

  • Conduct high-impact Job Readiness Workshops in various topic areas including but not limited to: positive communication and conflict management techniques, goal setting towards career advancement, digital literacy, job application process, resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, and job retention techniques using various instructional methods.
  • Create and maintain a positive, highly interactive, respectful, and participatory learning environment.

Curriculum Development and Iteration – 30%

  • Collaborate with curriculum team to plan, recommend, and develop new or improved activities and ensure high-quality service to all participants in the program.

Community Engagement – 15%

  • Develop a syllabus of workshops for participants to attend with outside facilitators ranging from a wide variety of topics connected to workforce development, financial literacy, and other life skills.
  • Identify and seek out guest speakers to facilitate additional workshops, career panels, etc.

Managing Learning and Skill Building Development – 15%

  • Work with Learning and Evaluation Manager to develop metrics of success for participants and learning plans to assess job readiness skills and growth.
  • Analyze clients’ learning difficulties and develop course plans accordingly.
  • Work closely with other team members, communicating regularly with assigned presenters and Workforce Development Specialists regarding participants, achievements, and areas of improvement.

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • The equivalent of, or a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a related field
  • 3+ years of experience in vocational training for transition-age youth, adult education, or similar settings
  • 2+ years of experience in direct service to transition-age youth, disconnected youth populations, preferably in a youth employment program
  • Demonstrated classroom success as Workforce Development Instructor or a similar role in the education sector
  • Outstanding pedagogical practices that address multiple learning styles in a variety of settings including in person and online
  • Experience developing curriculum and/or engaging with curriculum in process.
  • Demonstrated excellence in youth development principles and practices
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail, strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently, be nimble and dependable, and demonstrate initiative
  • Knowledge of San Francisco transition-age youth needs and resources, especially for historically oppressed people including those experiencing poverty, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Ability to use appropriate computer and reporting systems including Windows operating system, Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom (Apricot or Salesforce knowledge a plus).
  • Desired, but not required: Bilingual language capabilities, preferably Spanish


The Workforce Development Instructor will earn a starting salary of $54,000 depending on experience. Compensation is reviewed annually. New Door offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, commuter benefits, matched 403(b) retirement savings plan, tuition support, and PTO of ~36 days in the first year including 13 vacation days, ~10 sick days, and 13.5 company holidays.

Organizational Benefits

New Door Ventures challenges staff professionally and provides ample professional development opportunities and on-the-job growth. The Workforce Development Instructor has a direct and significant impact on the lives of program participants, ensuring they receive the highest quality, most relevant work and life skill experience. New Door culture is stimulating and motivating, populated with dedicated, intelligent staff and a strong, established leadership team.

New Door Ventures is a safe space for all, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, country of origin, religion, or ability. BIPOC, LGBTQ++, and all Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. New Door Ventures is a 501(c)3 community-serving nonprofit and an Equal Opportunity Employer that strives to have a diverse team representative of the young people it serves.

How to Apply:

How to Apply: Please send your resume and a thoughtful cover letter letting us know why you think you’d be a great addition to our team. Please include WDI, San Francisco in the subject line and email the resume and cover letter to:

***Submissions sent without a cover letter will not be considered***