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