Director of Community Programs - Alternatives in Action

Type: Full-Time

County: Alameda

Agency: Alternatives in Action

Agency Description:

At Alternatives in Action (AIA) we believe young people are powerful. In our schools and community programs, we see young people striving for more voice, more connection, more ownership, and more meaningful ways to make a difference - for their own future and their communities. Because we believe in the power and promise of young people, we inspire them, support them, and create opportunities for young people to make a real difference. As our youth practice cascading leadership, take meaningful action, and build real relationships with adult allies & peers, they experience empowerment that will help them shape a secure future for themselves, their families, and their communities. Each year, we develop the leadership skills of over 1,300 youth, with thousands of additional children & families benefiting from the community-based projects created by our participants.


The Director of Community Programs will manage diverse programs and staff including extended day/afterschool youth leadership and career development programming, family engagement and continued development of community school work. Our community school development includes building partnerships and resources to provide holistic support to young people and their families. We have two positions available at different locations:
MCCLYMONDS YOUTH & FAMILY CENTER (MYFC): This position will be based at McClymonds 75% time and will provide management support for an additional site 25% time. The MYFC serves as a collection of programs focused on the academic, social, emotional and physical health of children, youth and families. Programs are offered to both McClymonds and the greater West Oakland neighborhood. McClymonds, a High School that has a rich history of empowering student achievement and leadership, has served as a neighborhood hub in West Oakland for over 100 years. Yearly, the high school serves approximately 312 students, 77% of whom identify as African American.
LIFE ACADEMY OF HEALTH & BIOSCIENCE: This position will be based at Life Academy 75% time and provide management support for an additional site 25% time. Life Academy operates a Middle and High School in East Oakland and serves approximately 250 students, 96% of whom are of immigrant and Latino origins. Life Academy has offered an award winning, career linked, academic and career readiness curriculum since 2001 and has a strong parent organizing and family engagement base.

Job Responsibilities

· The Community Programs Director reports to AIA Deputy Director and works in partnership
with school leadership to develop, assess and implement community school strategies
· Develop and support the Manager of Community Programs to operate a high quality
extended day program
· Provide oversight and program development support of the Family Engagement program and
activities and manage the Parent Coordinator/Coach staff
· Develop, cultivate and manage multiple contracts including funding from Oakland Unified
School District/21st Century & ASES contracts, Alameda County Health Care Services
Agency and the Oakland Fund for Children & Youth
· Develop and manage effective relationships and partnerships with school district
administrators, teachers, representatives from community organizations, and parents/families
of youth
· Partner with development staff in grant and report writing and fund-raising activities
· Implement systems for evaluating participant development, tracking attendance, and
completing all necessary paperwork
· Collaborate with staff across departments to maintain strong strategic planning, evaluation
and continuous improvement of all programs
· Represent Alternatives in Action at conferences and events
· Participate and lead organizational development activities including staff meetings,
professional development opportunities, and bi-monthly staff reflection activities


· Bachelors required; Masters in Social Work, Education or other relevant degree preferred
· Experience providing educational/youth development programs and supports in school and
community-based settings
· Demonstrated experience administering complex grant funded programs with rigorous
attention on evaluation measures and compliance
· Excellent communication, facilitation, organization, writing, and team-building skills
· 5+ years experience supervising and training adult staff
· Demonstrated ability to write grants, develop programs and keep detailed records
· Passion for promoting youth development practices and working towards social change
· Ability to manage multiple projects, work independently and as a team-member
· 5+ years’ experience providing trauma-informed, strengths-based service in communities
and/or with youth that have experienced marginalization and oppression
· Flexibility, sense of humor, strong commitment to collaboration, self-reflection, and
· Willing to work some evenings and weekends and possess a valid California driver’s license
and reliable transportation (Reimbursement is provided for travel between program sites)
· People of color strongly encouraged to apply
· Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred for the Life Academy position

How To Apply

To apply please submit the following documentation with the position title in the subject
line by email to: attention Human Resources.
1. Resume
2. Cover letter
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to with the
position listed in the subject line. Due to the expected volume of candidates, we are unable to
reply to each applicant.

Application Deadline: 7/31/2018