Youth Development Specialist East Bay Region

About the Organization:

In the San Francisco Bay Area, there are over 20,000 youth aged 16-24 who historically are 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 borne 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. New Door clients represent a population of historically excluded youth in San Francisco. A typical client profile has a combination of critical risk factors: limited work experience, a background in foster care, justice system involvement, substance abuse histories, experience of homelessness, connection with gang activity, and lack of positive adult support.

In 2020, 321 youth were served through our employment, training, alumni services, education, case management and graduate services.  As a result, 86% of youth were employed and/or in school six months after graduating from New Door’s programs.  We’ve identified that one of the biggest challenges for youth is connecting their education and interests to a career, and the criticality of helping them uncover their passion and motivations to find their “why?” so they can do their best work.  Over the course of the last year, we’ve received consistent feedback that continued support is essential for their success as they transition to independent adulthood.   

At New Door Ventures, we believe youth are assets. We are currently seeking a Youth Development Specialist to join our established, collaborative, East Bay Regional Youth Development Team.

About the Program:
New Door has a vibrant team approach to our work with transitional age youth. All Youth 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 to youth development 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.

New Door clients represent a population of under-served youth in San Francisco and Alameda County. A typical client profile has a combination of critical risk factors: a background in foster care, justice system involvement, significant substance abuse histories, experience of homelessness, connection with gang activity, and lack of positive adult supports.

About the Position:
At New Door, Youth Development Specialists (“YDS”) provide case management, advocacy, and life and job skills training to youth with a goal of supporting youth to attach to future employment and education. New Door YDS have a dual role which includes supervision to youth in their job-training internships as well as case management. 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. 

In addition to this core work, each YDS works on multiple special projects as needed, including (but not limited to), workshop curriculum development, outreach and recruitment, and collecting beneficiary feedback. 

This role is non-exempt and is located at New Door’s West Oakland location. Office space is on-site with one of New Door’s community partners, and is shared with that program as well as a collaborative, respectful team. In collaboration with Lincoln and other site partners, an in-person schedule will be determined. Travel between program sites (for the purposes of case management and supervision) is expected. New Door has a continuing commitment to staff health and safety from infectious disease and environmental wellness, and all relevant CDC/DPH and CalOSHA guidelines will be followed in New Door spaces.

What Success Looks Like:

  • Ability to confidently interact with staff at all levels of the organization. This includes our alumni and (occasionally) our board of directors 
  • YDS’ take initiative, particularly with respect to problem solving 
  • They have a healthy understanding of and respect for emotional and other boundaries with youth and are able to communicate their needs 
  • YDS’ have a high degree of social/emotional intelligence 
  • They enjoy working with external partners, are adaptable, and have a strong personal alignment with New Door’s Values
  • 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
  • Lastly, they are able to 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

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Case Management (caseload of 10-12 Transitional Age Youth)
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Job Training and Skill Development
  • Unsubsidized Job Placements
  • Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Relational and Organizational Support
  • Community Outreach and External Relationship Management
  • Case Notes and Documentation Maintenance
  • Youth-centered Activities Coordination

Required Qualifications & Skills:

  • 2+ years’ experience in direct service to Transitional Aged, disconnected youth populations, preferably in a youth employment program
  • Outstanding facilitation and presentation skills 
  • Demonstrated excellence in youth development philosophy, skills, and practice
  • Experience with and enjoyment of 1:1 case management; excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, inspire, and instruct young adults (ages 16-24)
  • Knowledge of Alameda, San Francisco, and / or Contra Costa County Transitional Age Youth population needs, available resources, and a network within similar community-based organizations
  • Knowledge of the barriers that exist for historically oppressed people including those experiencing poverty, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ individuals
  • Agility and flexibility; successful work history within a scaling organization
  • Self-motivated, comfortable with both independent and collaborative processes
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a related field or its equivalent
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) and database user skills
  • Touch typing
  • Understanding of case notes and / or documentation
  • Access to a car; licensed, insured driver

Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Conversational Spanish language skills
  • Teaching background
  • Comfort with digital interaction and tools including Zoom, Google Classroom, Microsoft Office, Video facilitation & appearing on-screen in a variety of scenarios
  • Desired, but not required: background in Workforce Development; history as a Credible Messenger

Organizational Competencies

  • Task and Client Management
  • Focus on Impact and Effectiveness
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Initiative, Learning, and Decision-making
  • Self-Management


Youth Development Specialists at New Door Ventures earn from $50-$54K annually dependent on experience. 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, 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: 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 YDS, East Bay in the subject line and email the resume and cover letter to: 

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