Program Coordinator/Youth Advocate - Youth Spirit Artworks, Berkeley

Program Coordinator/Youth Advocate 

(Part-Time 20 hours per week)

Position Description:

Youth Spirit Artworks is looking for a Program Coordinator/Youth Advocate to both oversee program activities of our East Bay urban arts job training program empowering homeless & low-income youth and to work as a resources advocate for homeless high school youth in the Berkeley schools who are engaged in YSA’s program.

Hours after school: 

  • Mon. 3:30pm to 7:30pm, 
  • Tues. to Fri. 3:30pm to 6:30pm 
  • with flexibility for the additional 4 hours worked and structuring the specific after school hours covered day to day. 


  • Masters degree in social work or a related area;
  • M. Div. training and interest in working in an interfaith/spiritual context with members of the interfaith religious community a plus;
  • 2+ years experience handling collection of program data, maintaining program records, and completing government reports essential;
  • 2 years experience, as well as ability & passion for performance measurement, including setting and meeting program goals and developing and implementing outcome evaluation tools/systems;  
  • 2+ years experience managing new or expanding programs, developing effective systems for carrying out work;
  • 2+ years experience working with diverse ethnic/racial populations in an urban setting and strong cultural competency;
  • Experience working with homeless/at risk youth a plus;
  • Commitment to & passion for development of a strongly youth-led program with youth leadership at every level;
  • Passion for securing resources for youth, dogged determination to get results meeting youth needs for housing, therapy, legal resources, etc. Willingness to go the extra mile;
  • Experience with curriculum development a plus;
  • Experience engaging, inspiring and managing volunteers required;
  • Ability to be patient, flexible and easygoing with a young/growing program essential;
  • Detail oriented with strong follow through abilities;
  • Punctual, responsible, and dependable;
  • Enthusiastic and hard-working;
  • Strong leadership abilities connecting with and organizing young people;
  • Experience with and commitment to using a strengths-focused (Youth Development) model essential;
  • Ability to work with a small staff, at least in the short-term, essential;
  • Commitment to and experience using non-violent communication, setting limits and maintaining strong boundaries nonviolently;
  • Ability to work in a progressive work culture with strong concerns related to social justice.


Program Coordination (10 hrs per week avg.)
  • Work with program logic model to create/strengthen performance measurement framework and assessment tools for all YSA programs and responsible for carrying out all performance measurement work for YSA;
  • Responsible for all data collection and outcomes reporting related to YSA government contracts;
  • Oversee intern organizing of weekly trainings on diverse subjects pertaining to youth development in alignment with YSA program logic model;
  • Work with Intern & YSA Leader Team & youth in developing and strengthening core program curriculum;
  • Work with Peer Vocations Coordinator in ensuring completion of all participant applicant materials, program assessments and evaluations, and program covenant-related paperwork; 
  • Oversee facilitation of regular Friday Youth Empowerment Group meetings & weekly Monday Leader Team Meetings;
  • Work with Peer Vocations Coordinator & youth Leaders facilitating peer goal setting and fulfillment of individual youth vocational and professional goals and activities needed to reach goals;
  • Seek out interns, volunteers and other resources strengthening and expanding YSA’s training program and work with YSA’s Executive Director as needed in managing these resources.
Youth Advocacy (10 hrs per week avg.): 
  • Carry out regular weekly outreach at Berkeley schools & local agencies referring youth to our program and team with key staff people at Berkeley High & BTech in meeting youth needs for resources and support;
  • Meet with BHS & BTech youth one on one to assess individual youth needs & share about YSA’s program;
  • Obtain information from Peer Mentor Program Leaders regarding needed resources for individual youth based on individual goals set;
  • Carry out work connecting with agencies needed to acquire resources for youth.
Supervision & Support:
  • Supervise youth Peer Vocations Coordinator assisting with goal setting work and other efforts supporting youth;
  • Support Jr. Artists and Apprentice Leaders in their efforts climbing YSA’s Progression Ladder.
Supervised by: YSA’s Executive Director (2 times per month--1 hr)
Weekly Leader Team meetings (1 hr)
Salary: $20,000.  Position has the ability to expand and develop with increasing responsibilities and hours.
Application deadline: November 30, 2013. 
Start date: December 15, 2013 or as negotiated.
Youth Spirit Artworks is a six year old interfaith youth jobs readiness organization based in South Berkeley, on the Oakland border at 1740 Alcatraz Avenue. We are involved in youth-driven studio art making, art sales and community arts activities with homeless, formerly homeless and low-income youth, ages 16 to 25. The mission of Youth Spirit Artworks is to use art jobs and job training to empower and transform the lives of youth, giving young people the experience, skills and self-confidence to meet their full potential. YSA is modeled after the world renowned New Orleans art jobs program, YaYa Inc. For more information visit our web site at: 
YSA is an equal opportunity organization. People of color and GLBTQI applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Posted 11/25/2013 

Send cover letter and resume to

Youth Spirit Artworks,

Sally Hindman, Executive Director,