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.


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.  Employees working a minimum of 30 hours per week qualify for health care benefits on the first of the month after completing 30 days of employment. 


First Place offers employees comprehensive medical insurance through their choice of UHC HMO/PPO or Kaiser Permanente HMO, and the organizations pays employee premium up to 90% of the Kaiser “gold” plan cost.

Dental and Vision

Employees have dental coverage through Delta Dental PPO, with 100% coverage for preventative services, as well as vision coverage through VSP Vision PPO.

Paid Time Off

Full-time employees accrue 15 days of vacation time in their first year of employment, and all full-time employees accrue 12 days of sick time and 2 flex days per calendar year. The organization also provides 11 paid holidays throughout per calendar year.

Life, AD&D, and Long-Term Disability Insurance

First Place for Youth also offers eligible employees basic Life/AD&D and Long Term Disability.  Employees can also purchase additional supplemental insurance for themselves and their dependents. 


Aflac’s supplemental insurance products pay cash benefits directly to the policyholder to help protect against income and asset loss when a specific health event or life situation presents financial challenges. For more than six decades, Aflac voluntary insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress.


LegalShield’s legal plans provide access to qualified law firms and their attorneys with an average of 22 years of experience in family matters, estate planning, financial and business issues, consumer protection, tax, real estate, benefits disputes and auto/driving issues. Unlike other legal plans or do-it-yourself online services, LegalShield has dedicated law firms in 50 states and all provinces and territories in Canada that members can access at a fraction of typical law firm hourly rates.

Additional Benefits:

  • Pre-tax commuter, FSA – Health Care and Day Care
  • Support of career objectives through professional development
  • 401K retirement program

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

8March, 2021

Chief Executive Officer

Oakland Jobs|

The Chief Executive Officer will lead First Place by: strengthening the organization’s financial position; improving fundraising and financial management processes; assuring delivery of exceptional programs that support youth transitioning to independence; and increasing leadership team depth and capability through talent acquisition, training and retention activities. The CEO will manage the big picture but always with an eye on practical impact, program quality and strong direct services workflows.

14April, 2020

Housing Site Specialist

Oakland Jobs|

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.

8February, 2021

Housing Specialist -FT

Oakland Jobs|

First Place is seeking an energetic property management professional to assist with managing the day-to-day operations of housing for a diverse population of young adults. The selected candidate will work closely with the Housing Manager to secure a well-managed and well-maintained portfolio of master leased scattered and single site units throughout the community.

10December, 2020

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.

9February, 2021

TAY Services Case Manager

San Francisco Jobs|

The Case Manager provides intensive, weekly case management for Transition Age Youth (TAY) living at single site affordable housing locations. Through comprehensive case management, the Case Manager helps youth to identify and attain goals in the areas of employment and education, self-sufficiency, health and wellness, relationships, professionalism and personal advocacy.

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