We are hiring! Updated May 15, 2020

In-School Work Experience Counselors (WEC) – responsible for the recruitment, engagement and successful completion of their trainees in our workforce training programs. All counselors have direct service responsibilities and are expected to facilitate the training and educational activities of the trainees on their caseload. Work Experience Counselors are responsible for helping trainees overcome barriers to employment, to attain professional competencies through training and to secure ongoing, unsubsidized employment in jobs that provide a living wage.  Counselors must be able to build relationships with trainees while modeling healthy boundaries and providing support in a way that encourages professional development.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide case management to Oakland teens who have significant barrier to employment–40 youth during the school year in 2 groups of 20 youth and 33 youth in the summer
  • In partnership with each youth, develop an Individual Service Strategy (ISS) which includes program, educational, personal and career goals/objectives.
  • Recruit youth for program participation from a variety of community partners, public agencies and community outreach while keeping program eligibility and program fit in mind.
  • Work on a team of counselors to schedule, facilitate, and teach weekly employability skill workshops and job readiness trainings to teens and young adults.
  • Monitor attendance, GPA, and credit recovery as it relates to the youth’s educational progress.
  • Perform regular worksite visits to ensure trainees are making adequate progress and all worksite issues are resolved promptly.
  • Develop and maintain subsidized internship worksite partnerships (businesses and non-profits) that provide a variety of work experience options for the young adults.
  • Coach trainees towards employability through one on one meeting and small group sessions.
  • Consistently implement program guidelines, rules and structure.
  • Complete and review all program related paperwork including files, case notes and biweekly timesheets.
  • Assist with lobby duty, receiving and keeping the culture of our space professional and warm.
  • Serve as liaisons and YEP representatives throughout the Oakland community.
  • Be available to work 10:30am 7:00pm, Monday-Friday, during the school year and be available to occasionally work ½ day on Saturdays – not more than once per month.
  • Other duties as assigned.*


  • SALARY – WEC are paid a rate of $22.50-$25 per hour (equivalent of an annual full time salary of $46,800–$52,000), commensurate with experience and education.
  • PERFORMANCE BONUSES – Upon completion of the new employee evaluation period, If YEP meets its quarterly outcome goals WEC are eligible to receive up to a 10% bonus, calculated on a quarterly basis. YEP counseling staff have an average bonus rate of 7% ($500-1,150 per quarter).
  • BENEFITS – YEP offers a competitive benefits package of an additional 15% of gross monthly salary in a cafeteria style plan that is flexible and offers medical, dental, and vision plans as well as childcare and education reimbursement options.
  • PAID TIME OFF – YEP offers 10 paid holidays, 4 personal holidays, sick leave and vacation time.


WORK EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS: WEC must have successful backgrounds in employment and job training. All candidates must possess the following: a profound commitment to working with at-risk youth and young adults; a strong ability to organize & problem-solve; ability to multi-task at an extraordinarily high level; ability to thrive in a high energy, demanding work environment; be sensitive to the needs of our client population and maintain clear counselor/client boundaries;  a strong, demonstrated work ethic; strong public speaking, verbal and written communication skills; and a serious dedication to working in a non-profit environment in order to better the lives of underserved youth in the Oakland community.

This position is also contingent upon your ability to:

  1. Pass a fingerprint and background check (required of all YEP employees).
  2. Access to a vehicle at least 20 hours/week, a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter and your resume info@yep.org with “WEC” in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

Chef/Culinary Trainer – responsible for training and meal production operation in YEP’s new commercial kitchen. The program will be training between 6-12 young adults in culinary arts and production. The culinary trainees will produce the meals for other YEP trainees and a transitional community housing site.


  • Determines culinary training and food production needs
  • Develops culinary “living classroom”  program curricula and integrates the training into the meal production schedules
  • Develops menus and produces 40-60 dinners 4 times per week with the culinary trainees as the kitchen team
  • Teaches trainees in the basics and more advanced skills of culinary arts by following established curricula
  • Supervises cooking and coordinates trainee assignments to ensure economical and timely food production
  • Trains participants in methods of food preparation and cooking, sizes of portions, and garnishing of foods to ensure food is prepared in the prescribed manner
  • Supervises trainees through on-the-job, hands-on training in methods, sanitation, and safety by following an established curriculum
  • Demonstrates professional culinary techniques and a professional attitude and manner at all times
  • Works with recruitment and job placement partners by communicating all pertinent issues
  • Conducts weekly culinary assessments and maintains records of progress
  • Formulates training policies, programs, and schedules, based on knowledge of identified training needs, company production processes, business systems, or changes in products, procedures, or services
  • Organizes and develops training manuals, reference library, testing and evaluation procedures, multimedia visual aids, and other educational materials
  • Maintains records and prepares statistical reports to evaluate performance of trainees


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the experience, knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Demonstrated ability to teach culinary arts and food preparation
  • A minimum of 3+ years of production experience in the food service industry
  • Experience with safety and food handling sanitation standards
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and effective communication with multi-cultural clients
  • ServSafe Manager Certifications
  • A commitment to working with low-income, young adults of color in Oakland who face multiple, significant barriers to education and employment
  • A strong belief in education and work experience to change the trajectory of an individual’s life
  • Enjoy working in a high energy, demanding work environment and seek feedback and coaching from peers and supervisors
  • Strong public speaking, interpersonal, and written communication skills

In order to qualify for the position, candidates must:

  1. Pass a live scan background check (required of all YEP employees).
  2. Have access to a vehicle at least 20 hours/week
  3. Provide a valid driver’s license and proof of car insurance.


Bachelor’s Degree and three-to-five years related experience.


The physical demands 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 essential functions.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include Close vision and Peripheral vision. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear.


  • SALARY – the Chef/Culinary Trainer is a full-time employee with an annual salary of $60,000-65,000 commensurate with experience and education.
  • BENEFITS – YEP offers a competitive benefits package in a cafeteria style plan that is flexible and offers medical, dental, and vision plans as well as childcare and education reimbursement options.
  • PAID TIME OFF – YEP employees receive 13 paid holidays, sick leave and vacation time.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a cover letter to mclark@yep.org.  No phone calls.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: The Youth Employment Partnership, Inc. actively seeks to hire, promote, and provide services to individuals without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin or age. If you need accommodations, please contact the office.