United Friends of the Children

Assistant Manager, Scholars Program

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles

Job Title – Assistant Manager, Scholars Program

Reports to – Manager, Scholars Program

Status – Full-time, Exempt

Salary range info is as follows:

 $53,000/year - $63,000/year 


Organization Overview

United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care.

United Friends has been an integral part of the Los Angeles foster care community since our founding by Nancy M. Daly in 1979. Our early advocacy efforts helped establish the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and pass the Foster Care Independence Act. Innovations in direct services span from co-founding the first transitional housing program in the nation for former foster youth to the creation of an 11-year education support continuum that follows foster youth from the seventh grade through the completion of a bachelor’s degree.


Position Overview

Starting as early as the 7th grade and following students through college graduation, The Scholars Program forges trusting relationships with youth as they navigate some of life's most pivotal moments.  Reporting to the Manager, the Assistant Manager provides leadership and support in planning and executing workshops, events, and special projects for our Scholars Program expansion to the Antelope Valley. The Assistant Manager carries a caseload of 7th grade through 10th grade scholars, beginning with only 7th graders in year one and adding a class year at the beginning of each academic year until all grades are served. The Assistant Manager manages and coaches a growing team of counselors serving the Antelope Valley beginning with one counselor in the first year of implementation. The ideal candidate is passionate about direct services, cultivating partnerships, and program execution. In addition, the Assistant Manager works as an excellent problem-solver who is able to serve as a United Friends of the Children representative in cultivating partners to recruit and serve a growing community of scholars in the Antelope Valley.

From Tuesday-Friday, the Assistant Manager will work from either our downtown Los Angeles United Friends office (at least one day/week), a location based in the Antelope Valley (at least two days/week), or will travel to various locations throughout the Antelope Valley and San Fernando Valley to provide on-site visits to foster youth. Saturdays, the Assistant Manager will work from workshop/event locations throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Some evening, weekend, and overnight work is required.


Duties and Responsibilities

Case Management

  • Build meaningful relationships through consistent, regular communication with up to 30 students via phone, video conferencing, email, and in person visits.
  • Provide high quality educational case management for designated caseload utilizing United Friends’ database to document efforts made on behalf of youth.
  • Monitor and support students’ progress to ensure their academic and social-emotional needs are met.
  • Connect students with campus and community based support services.


Staff Development and Management

  • Supervise and coach up to three college counselors.
  • Support the on-boarding and training of counseling staff.
  • Support Manager with planning and executing staff retreats.


Special Projects and Events

  • Assist with implementation of and lead monthly workshops and events.


Partnership Cultivation

  • Conduct presentations and develop MOUs with community partners to generate Scholars Program referrals.
  • Cultivate relationships with enrichment-focused agencies to facilitate high quality and cost-effective opportunities for students.
  • Cultivate relationships with and serve as a liaison with community partners to increase awareness of the needs of foster youth and to ensure students’ success.


Program Evaluation & Data Integrity

  • Support College Counselors’ data entry process in order to ensure timeliness and data integrity.
  • Utilize ETO reports and program dashboards to effectively track progress toward goal completion and mobilize counselors’ efforts to meet grade level objectives.



  • Other duties as assigned.


General United Friends Responsibilities

  • Act as a role model within the organization to uphold and implement United Friends’ organizational values:
    • Embrace program evaluation that leads to excellence and impact.
    • Build effective and empowering partnerships with the youth and community.
    • Create a fun and exciting environment that inspires learning and innovation.
    • Communicate openly, honestly and with humility across all groups.
    • Work together as one organization.


Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a BA degree in a related field
  • 4+ Years of relevant experience, including 2+ years of case management experience
  • Demonstrates experience working with middle and high school students
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Establishes and cultivates respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Balances multiple competing priorities effectively in a fast-paced work environment
  • Takes initiative and works well independently and collaboratively
  • Leads self and others to meet high expectations consistently
  • Conveys thoughts and ideas clearly, listens well, communicates in a solution-oriented manner and incorporates others’ views into work
  • Has a reliable, insured personal automobile


Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • Demonstrated leadership experience
To apply

To apply, submit resume and cover letter, including desired salary, to [email protected] Please note job title in the subject line.