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Program Specialist

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses: Not paid

Full time
3 - 5 years of experience
Bachelor's Degree
$51,000 to $60,000 per year

Published on 31 Dec 2019

Expires on 31 Dec 2019

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Program Specialist

An Equal Opportunity Employer Committed to a Diverse Workforce

Department:              Community Impact Team (CIT)
Reports to:                 Manager, Regional Partnerships
Classification:            Support Union
Closing Date:             Open Until Filled


United Way Bay Area (UWBA) is leading a network of corporations, government agencies, nonprofits, and individuals to create lasting change for Bay Area residents and families. With a history that spans over 90 years and programs that tackle the issue of local poverty from every angle, UWBA is uniquely positioned to mobilize and motivate all sectors of the community toward the vision of ending the cycle of poverty.

As UWBA responds to cultural shifts in the workplace, fundraising, and digital communications, it is guided by core values of innovation and results-driven creativity. Through a variety of existing and emerging initiatives, UWBA seeks to both strengthen and reimagine its work at all levels in order provide more and better opportunities for struggling Bay Area residents.

For more information about UWBA, please visit

The Opportunity:

The Program Specialist is an excellent opportunity to contribute to meaningful and lasting change for people living in the Bay Area. We are seeking an individual with strong facilitation, relationship-building, and project management skills. Knowledge of the local nonprofit and educational landscape and exceptional analytical skills is a plus. As a member of UWBA’s Community Impact Team, this individual will position families for success by working on UWBA program initiatives, and partnering with community-based organizations, government agencies and education institutions to develop and implement effective programming.

Successful candidates will have experience in working within or overseeing programs and/or complex collaborations, in the public and nonprofit sectors; have excellent written, verbal, public speaking, and other communication skills; have a commitment to social change and helping move people out of poverty; have experience in program design and implementation, collecting and analyzing data to inform program performance; providing technical assistance; and have familiarity with basic office software as well as database systems.

This is a full-time, 37.5 hour per week support union position. 

What you'll do:

      Program Development

  • Lead the coordination of events and activities in the Bay Area, which could include partner convenings, regional workshops/trainings, career fairs, job shadows, hiring fairs, and events for youth, working with employers and CBOs for execution.
  • Build and manage partnerships with community partners in the Bay Area, offering support and technical assistance as necessary. This could entail working with agency leadership/staff to aid in the implementation with new and existing locations.  
  • Develop, coordinate and/or support the delivery of integrated and workforce services to youth and adults. Services must focus on fostering awareness and understanding of careers that lead to self-sustaining wages, connecting individuals to employment or work experience, increasing financial literacy, and accessing networking opportunities.
  • Provide training and support to UWBA corporate and community partners to successfully develop and implement programming including internships, fellowships, technical training programs, etc.
  • Engage in outreach, education, information-gathering, and making connections with community, business, labor leaders, and elected and appointed officials.
  • Conduct or share research on workforce and education best/current practices, services, programs.
  • Act as a primary point of contact and source of information to program areas and UWBA on mutual activities and projects.

       Organizational Development/Support

  • Represent UWBA in coalitions and partnerships with community-based organizations, businesses, labor leaders, and elected and appointed officials.
  • Work closely with leadership and other departments to support projects, including fundraising, events, communication, individual engagement efforts, volunteerism, and grant applications and reporting.
  • Actively contribute to on-going department projects.
  • Support efforts to develop and strengthen impact through several strategic projects, including regional collaboration efforts, digital efforts
  • Other tasks, duties and special projects as assigned.

Who you are:

  • The ideal candidate will possess the following experience, knowledge and skills:
  • Minimum of 3 years of related professional experience in community-based organizations, youth workforce programs, educational institutions, grant-making organizations, or other related agencies
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively and diplomatically with nonprofit, community, labor professionals and leaders as well as corporate executives in all settings
  • Can effectively cope with change, shift gears comfortably, decide and act without having the total picture, and handle risk and uncertainty
  • Demonstrated dedication to learning, researching, and advocating for new practices to better support effective program design and implementation
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills.
  • Rapid, thorough, and accurate implementation of specific projects and tasks required.
  • Meets deadlines and completes tasks with a high degree of accuracy and dependability
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), database and CRM software (Salesforce, ETO), or other online resources and applications
  • Access to a car, valid California Driver's License with car insurance and a clean driving record are conditions of initial and continued employment. Flexibility and mobility to travel to off-site locations within or outside San Francisco as needed.

Salary:  $50,000 - $56,000 Non-Exempt

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

UWBA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender (including actual or perceived gender, and gender identity), sexual orientation, age, marital status, medical condition, religious affiliation, veteran status, national origin, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state, federal or local law. UWBA will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. If you need a reasonable accommodation in order to apply for a job, please let us know. If the reason you need an accommodation is not obvious, we may ask for documentation confirming your functional limitations.

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