Youth Development Program Manager II

The Ecology Center

The Ecology Center’s mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. The Ecology Center transforms the ideas of sustainability into everyday practice. We offer information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change. We are working toward a world of resilient communities, zero waste and toxics, equal access to healthy food, sustainable resource use, and a safe and stable climate.

Founded in the run-up to the first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center has been a regional and national leader on a wide range of issues, turning vision into action and cementing it with advocacy. We operate the nation’s first and longest-running curbside recycling service, nationally recognized food and farming programs, and model education and engagement activities.

We are a committed, congenial, and diverse staff dedicated to making the world a better place through action. Every employee is integral to the success of our organization. We value vision, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. If you are passionate and qualified, we encourage you to apply to be part of our team.

Program Description

The Ecology Center has a long history of supporting the development of youth leaders. Our youth development program serves youth  15 to 24 with a focus on high school and transitional-aged young adults. Youth participants are recruited for the program through community partners and the City of Berkeley Youth Works program prioritizing disadvantaged youth from communities historically underserved and underrepresented in the environmental movement.

The program begins with two annual cohorts (Spring and Summer) of 15 local youth completing approximately 150-hour paid Youth Environmental Academy (YEA). This Academy is based on a structured environmental literacy curriculum, on-the-job training, and experiential learning. 

Upon completion of YEA, youth are eligible for a yearlong paid internship where they get deeper training, mentorship, and leadership cultivation. Upon completion of the Youth Internship, youth are eligible to become Youth Program Assistants for one year helping programs with the daily functions of the Ecology Centers service-based programs. The goal is that upon completion of the Youth Program Assistant role, they would be ready for an entry-level position in the Ecology Center or like organization.

Operations During COVID-19

The Ecology Center Youth Development Program is currently working in a hybrid configuration. This includes activities by youth in person and online. Youth shifts are following the same protocols as other employees with outdoor shifts in the farmers’ markets, online shifts supporting other programs, and occasional indoor shifts in our retail store following social distancing and other COVID-19 precautions. Meetings are generally online at this time with plans to return to the office gradually in 2022 pending further developments. The Youth Environmental Academy is also hybrid until further notice, with Roots of Success, general meetings and other assignments online, some outdoor meetings and field trips in person, and occasional short indoor activities following COVID-19 protocols. 

Summary of Responsibilities

The Youth Development Program Manager II works under the direction of the Executive Director to plan and execute professional youth development programming designed to develop the next generation of environmental leaders from East Bay under-resourced communities and communities of color. The Youth Development Program Manager is the organization’s lead staff person engaging young people and providing support to other Ecology Center staff in youth engagement and oversight. The Youth Development Program Manager develops and oversees all aspects of our youth programming, including leading the Youth Environmental Academy, supervising program staff, and overseeing related youth outreach and engagement. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage, develop and implement plans, policies, goals, and objectives for the Ecology Center Youth Development Program in accordance with the goals and strategies of the Ecology Center mission and strategic plan, funding commitments, and in compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal regulations
  • Plan, organize, and execute annual Summer and Winter Youth Environmental Academies for Youth Scholars, including planning, developing curriculum, recruiting, facilitating, and implementing cohort programs for approximately 15 youth scholars
  • Plan, organize and execute internship and mentorship programming for Youth Interns and Youth Program Assistants
  • In collaboration with Executive Director and other key staff and youth, develop and execute the expansion of youth nutrition education and other relevant topical programming and youth staffed outreach and education activities currently referred to as our Farmer’s Market Hub and Community Pop-Ups
  • Develop and oversee annual Youth Development Program budget in collaboration with Deputy Director and Executive Director; monitor departmental income and expenses
  • Participate in developing funding strategies and take leadership on preparing proposals, managing grants, and preparing grant reports in collaboration with Development Director
  • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of Youth Development staff and Youth Scholars, Interns, and Program Assistants
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of program quality and implement improvements 
  • Provide significant on-the-job environmental literacy training for Youth Scholars
  • Lead programmatic efforts such as our food justice-related outreach at Berkeley High School and other “pop-up” tabling and public engagement
  • Develop and maintain key partnerships with City and other Governmental and community-based and neighborhood organizations.
  • Present at conferences and workshops; lead and participate in coalition and activities that further Ecology Center strategic goals
  • Work with other Ecology Center staff to coordinate Youth Development activities with other programs, participate in weekly staff meetings and organization-wide strategic planning, promotion, and events
  • Participate in Leadership Team to advance and promote youth development across the organization
  • Ensure that youth participants observe safe operating practices and comply with organizational safety policies
  • Maintain familiarity with, follow, and ensure youth compliance with all Ecology Center policies and procedures in the performance of daily duties
  • Provide leadership on increasing the organizational capacity to provide high-quality youth development programming, including staff training, and systems development and implementation
  • Perform other duties as assigned 


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

  • Significant experience working with youth and managing youth programming
  • Practical and robust understanding of adolescent development principles
  • Demonstrated ability to elicit respect from youth interns
  • Demonstrated ability to create appropriate structure and processes for youth development
  • Excellent knowledge of youth development techniques and resources
  • Ability to set high professional standards, and be a proactive worker; Must possess excellent organizational skills
  • Training, demonstrated professional experience, and/or lived experience working with BIPOC and other marginalized youth with specific competencies relating to social and racial justice 
  • In collaboration with Communications Team, lead content development and communications to highlight and promote Youth Development programs, activities, campaigns, and overall mission of the organization
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Must possess strong team, networking, and group collaboration abilities
  • Must be hard-working and possess a “can-do” attitude toward getting the job done correctly and in a timely manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with others from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • Proven ability to work independently and exercise good judgment in a variety of environments and situations
  • Extensive knowledge and high computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and other applications
  • Experience preparing fundraising proposals, grant execution, and reporting
  • Experience with evaluation, program improvement, and accountability to public agencies 
  • Experience building organizational capacity for youth development programming
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain key partnerships with public and private institutions 
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff, project assistants, youth, and volunteers
  • Experience developing and managing program budgets

Special Requirements

  • Must possess a current, valid CA driver’s license 
  • First Aid and CPR Certification (or willingness to become certified)

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree, and two years of progressive experience working with and supervising youth or,
  • High school diploma and five years of related employment experience, including two years of progressive experience working with and supervising youth

Physical Demands

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.  While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to: 

  • Regularly talk or hear up to 6 hours a day
  • Regularly sit, type, and use the mouse up to 7 hours a day
  • Regularly sit and stand from a chair up to 20 times a day
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus
  • Ability to work outdoors in any weather
  • Occasionally drive a passenger van 
  • Occasionally drive in dry and wet weather, usually during daylight hours, but occasionally in the evening hours
  • Occasionally stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms
  • Regularly climb stairs
  • Occasionally get in and out of a car up to 6 times a day
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds


This is a full-time position, weekend and occasional evening scheduling is required especially during the Youth Environmental Academy. 


Starting salary range is from $65,585.52 to $72,137.52 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Please note that only internal candidates are eligible for the highest starting salary. This position is eligible for benefits which include a fully-vested 401K plan, vacation/sick/holiday pay, Employee Assistance Program, store discounts, and paid employee medical, dental, and optional vision plan. 

How to Apply:

  1. Complete application found at
  2. Send completed resume, and cover letter in pdf format to
  3.  Please use “Youth Development Program Manager” in the subject line.

Application Deadline

Open until filled.  Please apply early as this position may close at any time.


We value diversity. People of color, people LGBTQIA-identified, women, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA.