Teen Program Coordinator—San Mateo

Under the supervision of the Director of Youth Development, the YouthFirst Program Coordinator is responsible for providing a range of services and programs to teens and delivering high quality Jewish values-based educational experiences. The goal of our programming is to provide young people with the knowledge, skills, experience and community resources they require to overcome challenges, as well as build skills that will help them realize their full potential as they approach adulthood. The Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing designated program components in accordance with current best practices in the area of positive youth development. They are also responsive to changing needs of our community and in the environment, and adapt programs as needed.

The Director and the Assistant Director of Youth Development support the Program Coordinator by providing guidance and facilitating collaboration throughout the cycle of program activity, as well as by facilitating a team approach with the YouthFirst team. The YouthFirst Program Coordinator understands and assists in meeting budget and services goals, understands the mission and objectives of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and works within the limitations of the Agency’s resources and performs all duties in compliance with agency standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Outreach and Recruitment

  • Contributes to development of strategies for outreach to local schools, Jewish organizations, youth groups, and synagogues to identify students who could benefit from participation in YouthFirst programs
  • Represents JFCS in the community to inspire support and involvement of potential participants, funders, volunteers and collaborating organizations
  • Maintains regional database and disseminates information to perspective participants and community partners
  • Works closely with Marketing Communication to create outreach materials/social media content for YouthFirst programs
  • Participates in community networks relevant to the programs

 Key YouthFirst Programming

The Coordinator implements a range of relevant and meaningful programmatic opportunities that build teens’ connections to each other and the wider community. These include:

  • Internships
  • Leadership development
  • Service learning and advocacy projects
  • Career exploration
  • In collaboration with team members, works to develop and deliver program content in accordance with program standards.
  • Organizes and coordinates all aspects of programs, including planning activities, working with teen leaders as appropriate, managing program logistics, and following up to ensure smooth operations
  • Integrates social media strategies into program planning, promotion, and implementation
  • Effectively integrates Jewish values, teachings, and traditions into programs to increase Jewish identification and involvement of YouthFirst participants, as appropriate

General and Administrative

  • Complies with JFCS Strategic Plan, Annual Work Plan and Budgets as applicable
  • Works to ensure successful volunteer involvement in JFCS
  • Contributes to reports to organizations and foundations supporting YouthFirst
  • Links teens/families to appropriate services throughout JFCS and the broader community as part of JFCS system of integrated care
  • Complies with the Jewish Family and Children’s Services Policies and Procedures Manual and all other standards for performance.

Other Responsibilities

  • Represents the YouthFirst Program to the community as requested
  • Understands the mission and goals of the Agency and works within the Agency’s resources to accomplish goals and objectives
  • Carries out program responsibilities in compliance with Agency and Funders’ expectations and standards

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Working knowledge of positive youth development programming and principles
  • Ability to effectively engage with teens via social media tools
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Jewish values, traditions, holidays, and customs; knowledge of Jewish organizations in the area preferred
  • Excellent technical and computer skills including Word and Excel and ability to effectively use the Internet
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings, as assigned
  • Ability to reliably travel to programmatic locations, schools and facilities within the region. If operating a vehicle, a current Driver’s License and proof of motor vehicle liability insurance is required

Required Education and Experience

  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with youth, in Jewish volunteer management or a related field of work is required
  • Previous experience in effectively running all programming in a virtual environment, including creatively interfacing with digital platforms and utilizing digital tools to engage teens in meaningful experiences
  • Experience facilitating large groups, both in person and in virtual settings, possesses networking and outreach skills and ability to clearly present program goals and to work collaboratively with diverse staff

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. Competitive compensation will depend on experience and proficiency level. We offer a robust array of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; paid holidays; paid vacation and sick leave; 403(b) plan; and life and disability insurance.

Application Process

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To be considered for this position, you must meet the requirements and competencies listed above. Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Please be aware that JFCS requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  This position will require the successful candidate to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated by their start date.  JFCS is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations to those individuals who are unable to be vaccinated for COVID-19 consistent with federal, state, and local law.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, veterans, and disabled individuals. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status. JFCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees so classified.