Careers

Careers2019-09-03T14:24:38-07:00

First Place for Youth is rapidly growing. We are an innovative and entrepreneurial nonprofit organization whose programs proactively challenge the trends among former foster youth by building self-esteem, self-reliance, and forging the skills necessary for successful independent living. First Place for Youth is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

First Place is dedicated to creating a work environment that is invigorating, fulfilling, and based on mutual respect, where creativity and innovation are both recognized and rewarded. We are strongly committed to our employees’ personal and professional development and believe that our staff are the most important assets of the organization.

Without informed, empowered, and satisfied employees, First Place cannot support foster kids as they learn to support themselves. In order to achieve our mission, First Place believes that all staff must embody our core competencies in their behavior and actions:

The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

First Place staff possess strong drive, initiative, and motivation. We use data to improve performance. We are resilient in persisting through setbacks and focus on results.

Strategic Thinking

First Place staff think interdependently, framing the goals of our department within the entire mission of First Place. We seek and utilize resources to inform and contextualize our own work. We prioritize goals so as to achieve success.

Investing in the Potential of Others

First Place staff believe in the limitless potential of our young people, our staff, and the organization. We create and utilize opportunities to build capacity so as accomplish performance objectives. We create opportunities for recognition of success, as well as provide a supportive environment in which to learn from mistakes.

Effective Communication

First Place staff use strategic and direct communication to overcome obstacles to organizational success. We respectfully ask questions, challenge, and communicate both positive and difficult messages to our colleagues and the young people we work with.

Courage

First Place staff speak about issues truthfully and without blame. We ask questions in order to learn and are willing to be accountable for our own work. We lead by example, displaying behavior that respects the mission, young people, and organization of First Place.

Just as First Place supports our young people, we also believe in supporting our employees and their families with a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • Generous healthcare options through CalChoice, providing options for PPO, HMO or Kaiser medical insurance; Dental and Vision coverage;
  • Life Insurance, Long-Term Disability Insurance and an Employee Assistance Program;
  • 401(k) retirement program that allows employees to make pre-tax investments in a wide selection of funds. First Place matches your contribution up to 3.5%.;
  • Pre-tax commuter, child care, and health flex spending accounts;
  • Generous paid time off benefits, including vacation, holidays, sick time and float days; and
  • Professional development to support all staff in achieving their career objectives.

At First Place, you’ll be working with a talented, driven, and dedicated team of employees who strive for excellence in everything we do.

We are committed to ensuring a fair and equitable recruiting and hiring process that results in the appropriate match of skills, knowledge, experience, and job requirements.

  • Applications are accepted electronically and will be reviewed by the appropriate hiring manager who evaluates overall experience, education, and skills required for the position.
  • If we’re interested, we’ll email you a Predictive Index Survey. This only takes a few minutes to complete and can be done electronically.
  • The next step, if we’re interested, would be to invite you to our office for an in-person interview with the hiring manager and key staff members.
  • There may be up to two rounds of interviews.
  • Before an offer is made, we will check references.
  • Offers of employment are conditional upon our receipt of documentation that candidates have satisfied the following requirements:
    • Fingerprint clearance via the Live Scan Service which checks the FBI, Department of Justice and Child Abuse Indexes;
    • Clearance of TB and Health Screen;
    • Copy of Official transcripts for positions that require a degree;
    • DMV printout and proof of automobile insurance for positions that require driving.

Open Positions

25June, 2020

Staff Accountant

Oakland Jobs|

The Staff Accountant works under the supervision of the Director of Finance, providing management with financial information by researching and analyzing information from the general ledger system and from reports from other departments. Responsibilities include maintenance of Government and Private Contracts, including proper allocation/distribution of accounts receivable, general ledger and financial reporting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The Staff Accountant maintains financial reports, records and general ledger, prepares and analyzes budgets and performs general bookkeeping, and assists in the month-end closings.

24June, 2020

ILSP Youth Specialist

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The ILSP Youth Specialist plays a critical role in supporting a young person as they deal with the excitement, rigors and uncertainty of adulthood and departure from foster care.  This position works closely with providers, such as social workers, attorneys, group home personnel, teachers, mental health clinicians and administrators to ensure participants successfully work towards achieving their Education and Employment short- and long-term goals that work towards the youth’s long-term permanency. Critical youth objectives are identifying permanent connections, enrolling in and continuing post-secondary education as well as exploring vocational training and end employment opportunities. The ILSP Youth Specialist meets individually with the youth on their caseload to provide intensive services focusing on education and employment, while working with the primary providers in each participants’ life and providing community resources as needed. There will be a portion of this work that will need to be done virtually due to COVID safety measures, however there will be a combination of virtual and in person work required.

14April, 2020

Housing Site Specialist

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First Place for Youth is seeking to fill a Housing Site Specialist position for our My First Place program in Alameda, CA. This position will provide critical on-site support to foster youth ages 18-21 who are living on their own often for the first time. The selected candidate will work out of the designated office space in an eight-unit complex that houses up to 17 youth in Alameda at the former naval base in the City of Alameda. The Housing Site Specialist is needed to be on the Alameda site grounds most nights in order to respond to emergencies and address after hours crisis with the youth tenants.

7September, 2018

Intake Specialist

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The Intake Specialists is the initial contact point for in-care and emancipated foster youth who are looking to access the My First Place supported housing program. The Intake Specialist is responsible for completing intake documents, researching and providing resident referrals to support services and oversees the assessment, referral and admission process for youth entering program.

29April, 2020

Education and Employment Specialist

Oakland Jobs|

The Education and Employment Specialist provides targeted employment and education support to youth in our supported housing program. They must understand what it takes to support youth skills and resources to secure and retain employment along with a solid understanding of the traditional school, post secondary, and alternative education systems.

22January, 2018

Education and Employment Specialist

San Jose Jobs|

The Education and Employment Specialist provides targeted employment and education support to youth in our supported housing program. They must understand what it takes to support youth skills and resources to secure and retain employment along with a solid understanding of the traditional school, post secondary, and alternative education systems.

24June, 2020

Education Advocate

San Francisco Jobs|

First Foundation focuses on stabilizing in-care foster youth with the goal of helping participants achieve their high school diploma and continue on to post-secondary education.  The Education Advocate plays a critical role in supporting a young person as they deal with the excitement, rigors and uncertainty of adulthood and departure from foster care.  This position works closely with providers, such as social workers, attorneys, group home personnel, teachers, mental health clinicians and administrators to ensure participants successfully obtain their high school diploma or equivalent. Critical youth objectives are attaining a high school diploma, identifying permanent connections, enrolling in post-secondary education as well as exploring vocational training and end employment opportunities. The Education Advocate facilitates groups while working with the primary providers in each participants’ life to bring about a successful and smooth transition from high school. There will be a portion of this work that will need to be done virtually due to COVID safety measures, however there will be a combination of virtual and in person work required.