You Built It. We’ll BOOST It.TM

YU seeks a collaborative and courageous President and CEO to provide visionary leadership and management of YU, its staff and its partnerships ensuring healthy and sustainable growth and strategically positioning YU as a leader in the field of youth leadership development and urban community transformation. The President and CEO will be responsible for all aspects of YU’s programmatic and fiscal management including annual evaluation, fund development, strategic planning and budgeting. The President and CEO will maintain and grow successful and productive local, regional and national community relationships. The President and CEO will represent YU's organizational goals and values in a clear and inspiring manner and assure that the organization has a long-term strategy to achieve its mission in alignment with its values.


  • Internal Management
  • Community & Media Relations
  • Financial Planning & Management
  • Fundraising & Funder Relations
  • Event & Vendor Management


  • ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT – A minimum of four years of senior management experience including a budget of $3 million or more and leading fund development, financial management and contract negotiations; Prior experience as an Executive Director of a publicly/privately funding nonprofit organization is preferred
  • EDUCATION – A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in areas such as youth development, social justice, public policy or business administration is required (Eight years or more of professional experience may be considered in lieu of a degree); Master’s degree is a plus
  • SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT – Experience creating effective organizational infrastructure including programmatic framework and systems for evaluation, financial management and core operations; Demonstrated commitment to integrate methods for leadership development
  • MESSAGING – Strong capacity for and experience with public speaking and knowledge of campaign development
  • EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS – Exceptional communication skills including the ability to research, assimilate and analyze information, compose documents and present data clearly and concisely
  • POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE - Of the City, County, State and Federal landscape including issues of funding, public safety, programmatic collaborations and best practices for community transformation
  • YOUTH LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE – Demonstrated capacity to work with youth; Articulated philosophy and commitment to youth leadership development; Programmatic experience
  • PEOPLE MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE – Over five years of experience training, managing and developing a diverse team of leaders
  • PROGRAM MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE – Experience planning, developing, managing and evaluating programs
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE – Demonstrated experience organizing and managing events and campaigns
  • PERSONAL CAPACITY – Capacity to serve as a role model with commitment to behavior that uplifts youth and fosters transformation
  • AVAILABILITY – Some evenings or weekends
  • COMMUNITY ORGANIZING – Experience a plus
  • BILINGUAL – Spanish proficiency a plus

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience, and full benefits.​

Youth UpRising

About Youth UpRising

 Youth UpRising (YU) - a national model for youth development and urban community transformation located in Oakland, CA  - seeks a dynamic and collaborative President and CEO to provide visionary leadership and management. Oversight responsibilities include fiscal
management and programming to increase physical and mental wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement of at-risk youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Read on to learn more about this opportunity and apply by May 15, 2018. 

To apply, send a cover letter, resume and list of three references on or before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to Email applications are required – use the Subject Line: President and CEO, Youth UpRising. Documents must be Microsoft Word or PDF files only (PDF files are preferred). Resume review begins immediately.

For more information, read the full Position Announcement.

Application Instructions & Deadline

Since it’s opening in 2005, Youth UpRising (YU) has grown from a barebones operation to a $6 million
organization with a 29-member staff operating in a bustling, 25,000-square-foot, high-tech youth leadership
development center including a café, media arts center and health clinic. YU serves Alameda County residents between the ages of 13 and 24 – primarily at-risk youth. Through innovative, culturally relevant programming in the areas of Arts and Expression, Career and Education, Health and Wellness and Social Enterprise, YU attracts an astounding and ever-expanding membership of over 4000 youth.

YU’s mission is rooted in community transformation driven by investments in youth and young adults that
result in the personal, social and economic transformation of all residents. YU exists to build healthy,
economically robust communities in East Oakland and the surrounding county, creating social change by
harnessing the leadership of young people through consciousness raising, personal transformation, hard skill
cultivation and leadership development.

Youth UpRising is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Youth UpRising strives to reflect the diverse community it serves. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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