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Associate Director
Japanese Community Youth Council

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Associate Director

Japanese Community Youth Council

Job Summary

Job Type
Full-time, Management
Job Last Posted
Job posted 3 days ago
Job Role
Youth Activities Coordinator
Employer's Industry
Nonprofit, Education

Job Description

Title: Associate Director, Upward Bound

Position: Full-time 40hrs/week, Exempt position; some evenings & weekends

Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education (DOE); Continuation of position based on renewal of annual funding 

Compensation: DOE, Excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 403(b), paid vacation and holidays


The JCYC Upward Bound (UB) Program identifies, selects and assists low-income high school youth that have the potential to be the first generation in their family to attend college. UB provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of UB is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. UB is committed to creating supportive relationships with students and providing safe environments for students to grow personally and academically. UB is committed to: 

  1. Providing academic and advising services at school sites and in the community.
  2. Serving all students without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religious creed, national origin, age and economic status.
  3. Assisting and acting as a resource to all who are interested in continuing their education.

UB is a college access program of JCYC. JCYC’s mission is to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multicultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond. For more information about UB and JCYC, visit or OVERVIEW: The UB Associate Director will assist the College Access Department Director to provide leadership, coordination & supervision of 2 JCYC Upward Bound programs.  

  • Assist the JCYC College Access Department Director to monitor the accomplishment of grant objectives, and the implementation of services as stated in UB grant;  
  • Manage partnerships and resolve problems with target school personnel;
  • Serve as the initial liaison to coordinate program requests from outside entities;
  • Coordinate activities with staff to develop strategies for determining participant eligibility, recruitment methods, and organization of student documents;
  • Communicate progress of program objectives, activities and staff updates to Dept. Director on a monthly basis;
  • Assist the Dept. Director to manage allocation of budget resources for academic year (e.g. field trips, Sr. Weekend Retreat, Saturday College) and summer program activities;
  • Assist the Dept. Director to analyze student demographic data and program performance reports as generated from the Salesforce Database;
  • Conduct periodic reviews of participant files and eligibility documentation to assure program compliance with the U.S. DOE regulations;
  • Assist Dept. Director to prepare and complete reports for submission to U.S. Department of Education.
  • Oversee the academic year instructional program, including implementation of the Saturday College Academy, and the 6 week Summer Program;
  • Assist High School Educational Advising staff to implement these core activities to address the academic needs of the UB participants and successfully achieve grant objectives;
  • Coordinate with the Sr. High School Educational Advisor to plan the UB summer program including the development of the summer academic curriculum.
  • Assist the Dept. Director with hiring, managing and developing a high performing collaborative team (full-time & part-time staff) committed to achieving the values of JCYC and meeting grant requirements;
  • Lead training for new staff and provide ongoing professional development trainings for all staff;
  • Conduct monthly staff check-in meetings to monitor progress of workload and achievement of caseload according to timely benchmarks during the school year;
  • Prepare bi-annual program and staff evaluation reports of target school sites and complete annual staff performance evaluation reports;
  • Collaborate other College Access Department services with the Associate Directors of its sister programs, Educational Talent Search (ETS) & SF College Access Center (SFCAC);
  • Assist the Dept. Director to facilitate internal staff grievances, and resolve corrective disciplinary actions if and when needed.
  • Collaborate with agency programs to provide youth with additional college access support;
  • Develop and maintain positive and formalized partnerships with schools, the district, colleges, and community agencies that result in additional resources for UB students;
  • Advise students at service sites (e.g. target schools, outreach events) as needed;
  • Participate in college fairs, parent nights and student workshops as needed.
  • Participate in agency and other College Access program related meetings, activities, committees and conferences as required;
  • Participate in advocacy initiatives prioritized by JCYC;
  • Support program specific civic engagement activities to ensure participants understand the importance of participating in the democratic process;
  • Perform related duties as needed.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of two years of experience managing staff, and projects to achieve excellent results and expand organizational impact
  • Possess 1-2 years of experience with college access advising and/or supporting students to achieve their educational goals
  • Knowledge of non-profit agencies and/or pre-college outreach programs
  • Ability to build cooperative relationships with high school, university and community agency personnel
  • Effective communication (written & verbal) and critical thinking skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented, and demonstrates initiative
  • Computer Literate; Strong working proficiency of MS Word, Excel and Google apps


  • Experience with diverse ethnic student populations 
  • Demonstrated understanding of obstacles facing low-income, first-generation youth
  • High degree of adaptability and flexibility in a growing work environment
  • Bilingual preferred (Tagalog, Spanish, Chinese)

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants MUST submit ALL of the following: 1) Resume and 2) Cover Letter to: PLEASE NOTE: Upward Bound, a college access program of JCYC, actively seeks to hire and promote individuals, recruit volunteers and provide services to individuals without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religious creed, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or presence of non-job related conditions or disabilities. All employees of the JCYC participate in a criminal background investigation. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

Business Overview

Our Story

JCYC’s mission is to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multi-cultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond. Through a continuum of services, JCYC programs can support children and youth from the time they start pre-school until they are ready to move onto college. In addition to providing direct services, JCYC has also organized and continues to lead some of the largest and most successful youth collaborations in San Francisco.


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