In the San Francisco Bay Area, there are over 20,000 youth aged 16-24 who have been historically excluded from the education, employment, and social support they need to successfully transition to adulthood. The events that occurred in 2020-21 caused the already growing opportunity gap to expand exponentially.

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 economic opportunity and stability in independent adulthood. 97% of New Door youth are low- income people of color who are experiencing barriers to employment and education.

In 2021, New Door served more than 200 youth through our employment, transition and education services. As a result, 85% of youth were employed and/or in school six months after graduating from New Door’s programs.

To provide capacity across our Employment Program we are currently hiring a Workforce Development Specialist.

About the Program:

New Door has a vibrant team approach to our work with transitional age youth. All Youth Workforce Development Specialists work collaboratively to develop and execute youth programs, provide individual case management and support to a young person, and participate in the broader Bay Area youth employment community. New Door emphasizes an outcome-focused approach and places high value on the power of relationships to transform the lives of the young people we serve. The ideal candidate will share our commitment to personal integrity and advancing equity.

A typical client profile has a combination of critical risk factors: limited work history, low income, a background in foster care, justice system involvement, significant substance abuse histories, experience of homelessness, connection with gang activity, and or lack of positive adult supports.

About the Opportunity:

At New Door, Workforce Development Specialists (“WDS”) provide case management, and life and job skills training to youth with a goal of supporting youth to attach to future employment and education. New Door WDS have dual roles of case management as well as supervision of youth in their job-training internships or individualized work plans. Work-site supervision includes working closely with site supervisors to whom interns report in order to ensure youth have all the tools they need to succeed in their assigned jobs.

This position, designed to provide capacity across our employment program, will serve youth in both San Francisco and the East Bay. It is a pilot position, currently planned for a limited term of one year from the date of hire. The Dual Region WDS will provide capacity in many ways and will be assigned to cover vacations, leaves of absence, vacancies, and/or heavy intake periods. This is a role for someone with a high degree of flexibility with interest in building relationships with young people, adult allies, and programs in both San Francisco and Oakland.

This role is salaried, non-exempt and is located in either the Mission District of San Francisco or Downtown Oakland. Currently, New Door Ventures employs a hybrid work location policy, with a 3:2 office/remote cadence.

What Success Looks Like:

• Ability to confidently interact with youth and staff at all levels of the organization. This includes our alumni and (occasionally) our board of directors

  • WDS’ take initiative, particularly with respect to problem-solving
  • They have a healthy understanding of and respect for emotional and other boundarieswith youth and are able to communicate their needs
  • WDS’ have a high degree of social/emotional intelligence
  • They enjoy working with external partners, are adaptable, and have a strong personalalignment with New Door’s Values
  • They enjoy working to meet goals, both individually and as part of a team and arefocused on the success of our youth throughout the program
  • Lastly, they are able to self-manage and motivate, and experience in trauma-informedwork has led them to be aware of self-care needs and how to care for their colleagues

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Case Management: Meetings are in-person or digital
  • Workshop Facilitation: both in-person and remote
  • Job Training, Skill Development, and Job Placement
  • Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation, including curriculum
  • Relational and Organizational Support
  • Community Outreach and Relationship Management with Employer site and Referral partners
  • Case Notes and Documentation Maintenance
  • Content creation and delivery on digital platforms, primarily Zoom, Google Classroom,Prezi, and PowerPoint
  • Youth-centered Activities Coordination (post-Covid restrictions)

Preferred Qualifications & Skills:

  • The equivalent of, or a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a related field
  • 2+ years of experience in direct service to Transitional Aged, disconnected youth populations,preferably in a youth employment program
  • Demonstrated excellence in youth development principles and practice
  • Outstanding in-person and online facilitation and presentation skills
  • Experience with and enjoyment of 1:1 case management
  • Knowledge of San Francisco Transitional Age Youth population needs, especially for historically oppressed people including those experiencing poverty, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ individuals, along with available resources and community-based organizations that support such 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.Organizational Competencies
  • Task and Client Management
  • Focus on Impact and Effectiveness
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Initiative, Learning, and Decision-making
  • Self-ManagementCompensation

    The Workforce Development Specialist will earn a starting salary of $50,000.00 – $54,000.00 depending on experience. Compensation is reviewed annually. New Door offers a generous benefit package including: medical, dental, vision, matched 403(b) retirement savings plan, tuition reimbursement, 13 vacation days per year, commuter benefits, and 13.5 company holidays per year.

    Organizational Benefits

    New Door Ventures challenges staff professionally and provides ample professional development opportunities and on-the-job growth. Youth Development Specialists have 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, LGBTQIA+, 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: 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 WDS in the subject line and email the resume and cover letter to: Submissions sent without a cover letter will not be considered.