Program Manager, Youth Leadership & Training - Women's Foundation California

The Program Manager, Youth Leadership & Training (YLT) primarily oversees the Women’s Foundation California overall youth programming, including the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI).  The Program Manager YLT leads planning and execution of the annual multi-day, in-person Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), and facilitates alumni engagement via monthly online workshop series called “Sistah Sesh” and other activities in coordination with the Solís Policy Institute Alums to strengthen and amplify WFC’s Alum Network. The Program Manager is responsible for strengthening networks of young women and gender expansive leaders, developing and implementing leadership trainings, and conducting in-person/online programming for self-identified and gender non-conforming young women. This also includes developing and maintaining relationships with youth serving organizations and an SLI Advisory Committee. The Program Manager YLT is an integral part of the Program Team, engaging with and providing logistical and programmatic support across training programs to foster alignment, integration, and amplified impact.

Essential Duties

Specific responsibilities include (and not limited to):

Program design, curriculum development and evaluation:

  • Plan, develop curriculum, oversee and implement an annual, multi-day in-person Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) and a monthly virtual workshop series known as “Sista Sesh.”
  • Lead in identifying, selecting and preparing speakers and trainers for SLI and “Sista Sesh”
  • Conduct regular outreach and develop relationships with key ally organizations working with young people, including maintaining the SLI Advisory Committee
  • Design and lead the recruitment and application process for SLI
  • Manage communication and implementation of work with SLI related presenters, speakers and youth participants
  • Train Peer leaders to co-lead and support SLI programs and participants
  • Maintain relationship with SLI participants and network of SLI alums
  • Lead in evaluating SLI’s impact on participants, organizations and the community
  • Work with the Sr. Director, Leadership & Training Programs and other Program Managers, to develop multi-generational and integrated programming with the Solís Policy Institute (SPI), as part of a leadership pipeline

Project Management and Administration:

  • Develop, assess, and maintain systems and program management tools to effectively and efficiently coordinate all aspects of SLI and “Sista Sesh” Programming
  • Monitor, track and manage budgets, contract requirements, and program outcomes for youth programs in coordination with the Sr. Director, Leadership & Training Programs and Chief Strategist of Programs
  • Provide organization and logistical support (ie. setting up training rooms, communicating with meeting participants, speakers and guests, distributing schedules/timelines, room assignments, etc.) across leadership and training programs, including SLI and SPI, for in- person/virtual day-long and multi-day retreats and gatherings to ensure events run smoothly.
  • Perform a wide variety of ongoing administrative tasks, including answering email inquiries, calendaring, tracking attendance, creating and organizing documents and files, maintaining a database of SLI fellows, alums, community partners, speakers, facilitators and other service providers, and ordering and keeping inventory of program supplies.
  • Conduct lead up and follow up activities including, mailing participant care packages and/or post-completion gifts, processing expense reimbursements, stipends, honorarium and thank you notes to speakers and guests, etc.
  • Work with the Communications team to manage online information and content related to SLI and “Sista Sesh”
  • Manage and execute overall logistical and administrative aspects of SLI’s application, recruitment, onboarding processes and experience.
  • Manage online learning resources (e.g., Google Classroom) in collaboration with Program Managers.

Other duties:

  • Participate in Program Team meetings and retreats
  • Participate in WFC team meetings and professional development activities. May attend off- site meetings or events, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as needed.


Skills + Experience

  • Knowledge and passion for gender justice issues and commitment to the values of the Foundation
  • Experience in youth leadership training and leadership curriculum development
  • Experience and ability to work with self-identified and gender nonconforming young women from low-income communities and communities of color
  • Demonstrate strong intersectional relationship and leadership training skills.
  • Demonstrated adeptness with project management with outstanding attention to detail and follow through.
  • Experience managing multiple partners, ranging from young women, advisory committee, key ally organizations and presenters
  • Experience in developing and convening in-person and virtual programs, including implementation and evaluation.
  • Experience working with youth-serving organizations
  • Detail-oriented communicator with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Grassroots organizing and/or advocacy and coalition building experience, a plus!

Desired Qualities

  • Possesses a strong commitment to the mission, policies, goals and values of the Women’s Foundation of California;
  • Passionate for gender justice led by self-identified women and gender expansive youth leaders;
  • Drive to innovate, use of new platforms and tools, explore and learn in a collective environment;
  • Committed to leading with humility, approachability, and accessibility;
  • Creative thinker, joyful collaborator, self-starter and detail-oriented organizer with a positive approach, can-do attitude and a sense of humor;
  • Possesses a strong commitment to the self-reflection and interpersonal work needed to create an inclusive and grassroots-driven organization that is at the forefront of gender justice in California;
  • Results-oriented and entrepreneurial;
  • Able to work independently as well as within a team, set and achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgment and maintain confidentiality;
  • Ability to create positive, long-term working relationships by demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and customer service, tact, dependability, diplomacy, and flexibility;
  • Willingness and ability to travel to meetings and other Foundation events.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job’s essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to remain at their desk for long periods while operating a computer to create documents, conducting Internet research and data entry, sending and receiving e-mail and participating in meetings in-person and virtually; communicate on a telephone and in person; read and write; apply logic and focus attention in the presence of distractions. Ability to travel by car and airplane for travel and occasional overnight stays within California.

Additional Workplace Expectations

WFC employees currently work remotely with a four-day schedule.
However, this role requires also requires:

  • Ability to work in evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Ability to travel statewide, including overnight stays, to support the essential functions of the position (3-6 times per year)
  • All WFC employees must comply with organizational COVID-19 protocols as a condition of employment unless they have been approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation for a medical condition or restriction or sincerely held religious beliefs.


We value a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, transgender people, gender non-conforming individuals, and formerly incarcerated people to apply. Our staff and board align around the following organizational values:

  • Community
  •  Wellness
  •  Justice
  • Collaboration
  •  Learning
  • Trust
  • Transformation
  • Joy
  • Abundance

As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit and hire with the understanding of systemic oppression and of the lived reality of people with marginalized identities. We also recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.

Compensation, Work Hours and Benefits

  • This is a full-time, exempt position, with a starting salary range $75,000-$80,000.  Salary offer will be dependent on experience.
  • WFC operates on a 4-day (32-hours) work week – Monday through Thursday.
  • We provide 20 days paid vacation to start which increases over time (25 days after 2 years); 12 paid sick days, 14 paid holidays, and an additional two weeks holiday at the end of the year in addition to a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
  • We provide generous benefits including paid parental leave, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, flexible spending account, a 401(k)-retirement plan match, transportation benefits, wellness stipend, and AD&D insurance with the Foundation covering 100% of the costs of the insurance package.
  • WFC sponsors a Matching Gift Program contributing $2 for every $1 charitable gift made by employees, up to $1,000 per year for WFC and $500 for employees.

Applications & Deadline: Please direct any additional questions or inquiries regarding this position to To apply, upload a cover letter highlighting your interest in the position and what makes you a strong candidate and your resume.  We will review applications on a rolling basis. However, we prefer to receive applications by April 29th. All documents need to be Microsoft Word or PDF files (PDF files are preferred)

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