Associate Director of Programs

Able Works – East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Job type: Full time

Position Summary

Able Works is a faith-based, charitable (501(C)(3)) non-profit organization based in East Palo Alto, CA serving Northern California. Our vision is to live in a society where every individual has the ability to fulfill their greatest human potential. Our mission is to equip individuals with financial education, life skills and assets that enable them to live free from oppression and poverty.

The Associate Director of Programs will work with the Program Managers to implement the current five-year strategic plan with a goal of casting vision for future growth. The capacity to leverage current partnerships while building new ones both within the community and the surrounding communities will be a key role in this position. The Associate Director of Programs is expected to work closely with the Director of Programs and Program Managers to ensure the effectiveness and impact of Able’s programs.

Primary Duties

  • Provide visionary and effective leadership for the LiveAble and FutureProfits programs
  • Implement the strategic growth plan with direction from executive staff
  • Assist in the creation and management of the annual program vision, plan and budget
  • Ensure fidelity to the LiveAble and FutureProfits program design making improvements as needed
  • Develop and oversee strategic partnerships for delivering LiveAble and FutureProfits successfully
  • Deepen existing partnerships and develop new partnerships to further our mission and carry out our plan for growth
  • Negotiate MOU’s, funding, and invoicing as required
  • Ensure compliance with partnership agreements including data collection, reporting, etc. 
  • Develop and oversee metrics, evaluation tools, and systems to measure impact efficiently and effectively
  • Work with program staff to successfully manage progress and success of program delivery
  • Provide oversight to curriculum management for both programs
  • Network with other service providers and stay current on community resources
  • Actively engage in fundraising activities including grant writing and reporting, individual donor conversations and public events
  • Assist Program Managers in training new program staff
  • Assist in developing professional development opportunities for program staff 
  • Manage consultants as needed for special projects
  • Other tasks as required


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Program development and project management skills
  • Proven leadership and management experience
  • Possess a keen understanding of the unique conditions under-resourced high schools students and families encounter in their daily lives
  • Deep knowledge of community resources and partners to support program participants
  • Experience in evaluation and learning
  • Strong and proven communication skills, written and oral
  • Attention to detail and excellent follow through
  • Ability to represent Able Works programs to community partners and funders
  • Strong computer skills, familiar with Mac OS, G-Suite, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and Microsoft Office, Salesforce and / or other databases
  • Organizational and administrative capabilities
  • Cover letter required for this position


  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Prior experience working with underserved high school students and families
  • Degree in social work or counseling
  • Experience in youth ministry
  • Experience with programs focused on economic mobility
  • Experience facilitating small groups and/or cohorts focused on reaching group goals
  • Case management or life coaching experience
  • Financial education and/or coaching experience
  • Personal and career development experience
  • Minority applicants are strongly encouraged to apply

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to or apply on

LiveAble Coach

Able Works – East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Job type: Full time, non-exepmt

Position Summary

Able Works is a faith-based, charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in East Palo Alto, CA serving Northern California. Our vision is to live in a society where every individual has the ability to fulfill their greatest human potential. Our mission is to equip individuals with financial education, life skills and assets that enable them to live free from oppression and poverty.

LiveAble seeks to bring economic self-sufficiency to individuals and their families by helping them move from surviving to thriving through peer support, education, targeted resourcing and mentoring. The program provides a ten-month cohort experience for peers to move forward together in a healthy, positive and encouraging environment. Program participants benefit from coaching, credit counseling, goal setting, educational and career planning, jobs and other needed resources – all with respect and sensitivity to their culture. We partner with program participants so that over time they acquire skills, resources and sustained behavior changes to ensure long-term economic independence.

Primary Duties

Cohort Leadership

  • Recruit program participants through marketing/outreach plan
  • Lead and/or facilitate weekly cohort meetings
  • Intentionally develop community among program participants
  • Customize LiveAble program to meet unique needs of each cohort
  • Coordinate all aspects of weekly meetings including facilities, childcare, dinners, guest speakers, volunteers, etc.
  • Communicate with cohort members on a regular basis
  • Identify potential leaders for future cohorts
  • Plan outings and retreats

Individualized Coaching

  • Schedule and meet regularly with each client for coaching, using a compassionate, non-judgmental approach that balances emotional support and holding clients accountable to their goals for self-sufficiency.
  • Provide resources and referrals as needed to help program participants accomplish goals.
  • Assist participants in setting and accomplishing personal, financial, career and educational goals
  • Perform client intake appointments
  • Assess client needs and establish family action plan with timeline for achieving specific goals and tasks
  • Record progress notes in counseling database system and other documentation of services provided in a timely manner
  • Connect clients with community resources to meet urgent needs, address barriers and strengthen participant coping skills and ability to continue their progress
  • Monitor clients’ progress
  • Advocate for program participants
  • Motivate participants to accomplish goals
  • Track program outcomes in counseling database and assist program manager in compiling data for impact assessment and reporting
  • Maintain files in good order
  • Ensure privacy of confidential data at all times
  • Provide outcome data and stories as needed for Communications and Development


  • Ability and desire to encourage personal growth in others
  • Knowledge of community resources in San Mateo County
  • Experience supporting families who have experienced trauma and require crisis intervention (ex: homelessness, domestic violence)
  • A plus if you are a resident of East Palo Alto, Belle Haven or North Fair Oaks, or have experience working in these communities
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English is a must
  • Must be able to drive you own car to perform duties during the workday
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with other community agencies
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in public speaking a plus
  • Basic understanding of banking and money management
  • Confidence in providing financial coaching including credit counseling, budgeting, savings, and debt reduction
  • Confident and outgoing with an ability to inspire and communicate with program participants
  • Ability to represent LiveAble to community partners
  • Confident in interfacing with volunteers and guest speakers
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality about families being served
  • Reliability and punctuality in attending appointments and meetings a must
  • Resourceful
  • Attention to detail and excellent follow through
  • Ability to research and connect with community resources
  • Willingness to model continued growth in achieving goals of program
  • Fingerprint clearances
  • Familiar with Mac OS, Microsoft Office and Google Suites
  • Organizational and administrative capabilities

To apply, send a resume and cover letter explaining the specific reasons you believe you are qualified for this position to or apply on No hard copies or phone calls. Do not email generic cover letters.