Careers

Co-Executive Director/Co-Director

Having been open for 10 years, we’re in a growth phase to expand our programming and become a permanent institution in Oakland. We seek a passionate, experienced community leader to join a dynamic team: the three Co-Directors of United Roots. Our office culture encourages self-care practices, learning together as a community, and the growth of individuals. Our facility houses cutting edge media and tech equipment, and we are a community-led space in Oakland that supports the next generation of young leaders. We utilize a collective decision-making model, and staff members work together to create and develop organizational systems and procedures. The Co-Director will work from our main office at 28th St. & Telegraph Ave. in Oakland and interface with staff and youth on a daily basis (our general business hours are Monday through Friday from 12:00-8:00pm, and on occasion Staff work during off-hours and weekends).

Job Details

As a small organization, United Roots provides an intimate and collaborative working environment. While the Co-Director will be the point-person for managing the below responsibilities, some of these things only occur on a monthly or quarterly basis, and often times the leadership team works together to execute major projects.

Executive Leadership

  • Be the face of the organization and represent United Roots at conferences and community events
  • Build relationships with key funders, organizations and community partners to further expand the work of the organization
  • Represent United Roots in coalitions, alliances and business projects
  • Support with Strategic Planning, and implementation of a 5-year organizational plan

Fundraising

  • Solicit donors for the organization, specifically major donors for launching new initiatives
  • Build relationships with fou​ndations, and support with writing grants for general operations & new initiatives
  • Oversee donor communications, and work with Development Staff around donor engagement in fundraising campaigns
  • Establish connections with companies and corporations around in-kind giving and other funding opportunities
  • Build relationships with investors and venture capitalists to support business projects being launched by young adults at United Roots

Communications

  • In partnership with the other Co-Directors, manage strategic growth: grants tracking and reporting, fundraising campaigns, donor database, and annual reports
  • Oversee external communications and work with Operations & Programming staff to implement communications strategies: conduct organizational website updates; programmatic newsletters and blogs; social media communications; distribution of youth-produced media (this includes supporting with licensing agreements)

Finance

  • Review financial reports and work with the Co-Directors to create and monitor organizational budget
  • Conduct financial projections and map out multi-year strategies for growing and sustaining the organization
  • Support with investigating and implementing systems for investing surplus funds

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in Executive Leadership of an organization
  • 10+ years of experience working in low-income communities of color
  • Experience working with organizations that engage youth and young adults
  • Familiarity with the Oakland community and culture, and a commitment to supporting the long term residents of Oakland
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed care, restorative justice, and culturally relevant healing practices
  • Commitment to cooperative business strategies and economic equity for all people
  • High level of attention to detail, with the ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated commit​ment to data quality and accuracy
  • Familiarity with nonprofit finance and accounting regulations
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong command of Microsoft Excel, Google Apps and QuickBooks Online required
  • Knowledge of databases and accounting systems preferred (e.g. Salesforce, Quickbooks, Google Suite, Dropbox, etc.)
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives
  • Exceptional interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, the board of directors, collective members, staff and youth
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to take initiative; ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and can quickly learn new skills to meet the organization’s needs

Job Details:

Works With: ​Co-Directors of United Roots
Start Date: ​December 2019
Salary & Benefits: ​Salary & benefits equitable to other employees at United Roots and commensurate with experience
Classification: ​Full-time, Exempt
H​ours/Week: ​32 hours a week; general work schedule is Monday through Friday from 12:00-8:00pm (schedule is flexible and determined by work projects)
Education: ​Bachelor’s degree or equivalent recommended, Master’s degree or equivalent preferred
Years of Experience: ​3-5 years in non-profit or grassroots organizing sector

Please submit the following​:

  1. A thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position and how your qualifications align with the above requirements and United Roots’ focus and mission
  2. Include a current resume
  3. Email to: ​Careers@UnitedRootsOakland.Org

Front Desk Administrator

As a small organization, United Roots provides an intimate and collaborative working environment. While the Administrative Assistant will be the point-person for managing the below responsibilities, some of these things only occur on a monthly or quarterly basis, and often times the staff works together to execute projects.

Hours per Week: 20-40 hours per week
Work hours: Monday through Friday noon to 8pm.
Compensation: $19/hr depending on experience

Job Details

Essential Job Duties

Administrative

  • Provide administrative support
  • Run background checks for volunteers
  • Manage the operation of the front office, including: attendance tracking, distribute mail, answering phones, files and archives, etc.
  • Data entry and day-to-day management of Salesforce database by ensuring membership records are accurate and entered in a timely manner

Operations/Facilities

  • Opening and closing building, set up center for daily programming activities
  • Manage security cameras
  • Light cleaning and organizing of center, coordinate with contractors for weekly cleaning
  • Gather and empty trash, compost, and recycle bin
  • Assist in ordering office & program supplies
  • Work with staff to coordinate building maintenance and repairs
  • Water plants in garden and in center

Program Support

  • Oversee and assist programs using the space and distribute stipends
  • Support program staff with coordination of events, youth recruitment and enrollment
  • Manage, schedule, set up media labs, check in/out equipment to youth
  • Conduct equipment inventory and supervise equipment including organizing storage room, purchases, and repairs
  • Assist with outreach, enrollment, social media content, outreach, posting for organization & programs
  • Assisting members with computer access, printing, and scanning
  • Conduct building orientations for new members

Qualifications:

  • Prior experience doing administrative work
  • Familiarity with working with youth in a community setting
  • An understanding of the Oakland community and social justice advocacy
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and organization. Ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with nonprofit organizations
  • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Basic computer skills and eagerness to learn new things
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Salesforce, Google Apps and QuickBooks Online a plus
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, adaptable – ability to work on a team
  • Self-starter, motivated, and able to take initiative; ability to function effectively in a fast-paced environment and can learn new skills to meet the organization’s needs
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • All prospective staff must pass a background check

JOB DETAILS

Works With: Operations Director is the supervisor

Start Date: ASAP

PROFESSIONAL LEVEL

Professional

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit the following to: tammy@unitedrootsoakland.org

  1. A thoughtful cover letter outlining your interest in the position and how your qualifications align with the above requirements and United Roots’ focus and mission.
  2. Current resume and references.

United Roots is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion or national origin. Women and People of Color applicants encouraged to apply.

Due to the volume of responses, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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