Updated April 16, 2021


Position: In-School Work Experience Counselors

In-School Work Experience Counselors (WEC) are responsible for the recruiting, engaging and ensuring their trainees successfully complete 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 development workshops 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 barriers to employment: 40 youth during the school year in two 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 skills workshops and job readiness trainings to teens and young adults.
  • Monitor school and work attendance, GPA, and credit recovery as it relates to the youth’s educational progress.
  • Conduct regular worksite visits to ensure trainees are making adequate progress and promptly resolving all worksite issues.
  • Develop and maintain subsidized internship worksite partnerships (businesses and non-profits) that provide a variety of work experience options for the youth trainees.
  • Coach trainees towards employability through one-on-one meetings 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 YEP’s 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.
  • *Part-time also available if applicants have evening availability.
  • *Other duties as assigned.


  • SALARY | WEC are paid a rate of $23.00-$25.00 per hour (equivalent of an annual full-time salary of $47,840–$52,000), commensurate with experience and education.
  • PERFORMANCE BONUSES | After completing the new-employee evaluation period, and 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 17% (2% set aside for mental health) of gross monthly salary in a flexible cafeteria-style plan, offering medical, dental, and vision plans as well as childcare and education reimbursement options. Example: $50,000 annual salary x 17% = $8,500 in flexible benefits per year.
  • PAID TIME OFF | YEP offers 10 paid holidays, 4 personal holidays, sick leave, and vacation time.

EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS: BA or BS required (will accept applicants graduating college in 2021)

WORK EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS: WEC must have successful backgrounds in employment and job training. All candidates must possess the following: a serious 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; sensitivity 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 1) cover letter and 2) your resume to info@yep.org with “WEC” in the subject line.

 No phone calls, please.

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.