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Program Specialist (Workforce Development)

PositionProgram Specialist (Workforce Development)
Salary$19.00 – $22.00 per hour ($39,520 – $45,760 per year) plus benefits
Reports toDirector of Operations
StatusFull Time; Non-Exempt


Under the supervision of the Director of Operations and the Program Coordinator, the Program Specialist is responsible for program planning and implementation, coordinating and facilitating employment readiness workshops/trainings, and provide qualitative/well-rounded youth workforce and development services. The Program Specialist prepares youth and young adults (age 14-24) with basic education and technical skills that are contextualized around a specific industry sector leading to an articulated path to employment, postsecondary education, further sector training or industry-recognized certification.


  • Support and manage the development and implementation of youth workforce programs.
  • Target citywide outreach and recruitment focusing on priority populations.
  • Conduct assessment, intensive case management, wrap around supportive services.
  • Develop curriculum and facilitate vocational training workshops including resume writing assistance, job interview skill-building and strength/talent identification.
  • Provide personal and vocational guidance for youth using vocational and interest assessments, and develop individualized vocational goals and plans with participants.
  • Coordinate GED attainment services, tutoring services, and basic skills remediation.
  • Act as a liaison and collaborate with other post secondary educational and training services.
  • Contextualized job readiness training, subsidized internships and adult mentoring.
  • Provide job placement assistance, follow up and retention services.
  • Meet all deliverable deadlines according to “Work Plan” to ensure planning process, including design of program and service delivery plan, is comprehensive, timely and completed.
  • Develop policy and procedure recommendations which articulate the comprehensive program model amongst the grantee and coalition partners.
  • Ensure that all program development incorporates local “Youth Program Quality Standards”.
  • Recruit worksite to host program participants for internships and providing support to worksite supervisors.
  • Prepare program participants for unsubsidized employment opportunities.
  • Counsel participants in resolving personal issues that may affect work/school performance.
  • Cultivate relationships with employers, developing jobs for youth and young adults.
  • Support completion of all required written documentation and reports.
  • Support agency-wide events.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
  • Experience working with youth, preferably within youth workforce development programs.
  • Previous experience in program coordination and development
  • Ability to work with ethnically diverse groups of low-income youth as well as English learners to support their social and emotional needs during transition.
  • Experience working with San Francisco's diverse communities and neighborhoods.
  • Experience working with community-based service providers and private sector partners.
  • Excellent organizational and management skills.
  • Experience facilitating workshops for youth and young adults.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and to work independently in a high-pressure environment.
  • Bilingual in Cantonese/Mandarin/Spanish and English is preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for promoting academic achievement and college education.
  • Able to lift or move at least 25lbs
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to pass TB health clearance and fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice and FBI.

Application Procedure:

Please submit cover letter and resume to CYC Main Office via email: [email protected]

Attn: Program Specialist (Workforce)


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