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John Burton Advocates for Youth

Higher Education Project Manager

Employment type
19 days ago
Los Angeles

John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) is dedicated to improving the lives of California’s most vulnerable children and youth, including those who are homeless, in poverty and in foster care, by providing direct support today and developing policy solutions for tomorrow. JBAY works in three key areas – housing, education and health. 

We are looking for a Higher Education Program Manager to join our team in Los Angeles, CA (Koreatown).  The Higher Education Project Manager will provide direct technical assistance and capacity building to partnering organizations related to increasing post secondary educational attainment for foster youth and addressing basic needs insecurity among college students both locally in Los Angeles and throughout California.

Note: This position will temporarily work remotely from home due to COVID-19 and may be asked to return to work in the office as local public health guidelines change, at the employer's discretion


  • Organize, develop and deliver in-person and web-based training relevant to project goals.
  • Create written products including training curricula, technical assistance publications, toolkits and policy briefs.
  • Coordinate activities, meetings, and events with a variety of stakeholders including public agencies, school districts, post secondary institutions, community-based organizations, advocates for youth and elected officials.
  • Identify and develop policy solutions to systemic barriers
  • Assist with efforts to enact legislative and administrative policy changes related to project goals.
  • Oversee data collection efforts related to tracking progress towards initiative goals, and prepare project evaluation reports. 
  • Interface with project funders as requested and prepare periodic grant reports. 
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and other JBAY team meetings as assigned.
  • Develop and implement strategies designed to achieve project goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Higher Education, Social Work or related field required, Master's degree preferred
  • 5-10 years of direct experience in a related field 
  • Experience working in child welfare, higher education or in the area of high school to college transition. 
  • Experience in student basic needs or homelessness services, preferred. 
  • Ability to independently manage complex projects and achieve project goals.
  • Strong writing skills, organizational skills and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain strong relationships and collaborate with a wide range of partners. 
  • Strong commitment to the mission of the organization and project.  
  • Able to travel regularly throughout the Los Angeles area and periodically to other areas of California, as appropriate given current local safety guidelines and protocols.  


Salary and benefits 
Salary is $80K+ commensurate with experience.  
JBAY provides full benefits including health/dental, paid leave time and 401(k) plan. 

To apply

Send a cover letter and resume to: [email protected]. Position open until filled.

Cascade Career and HR Development is an independent HR consulting firm, hired to manage this recruitment on behalf of John Burton Advocates for Youth.  Please direct questions about this posting to Lynnette at Cascade Career & HR Development. 

John Burton Advocates for Youth is committed to creating an inclusive environment that welcomes and values differences among our employees, partners, and the communities in which we serve. Our continued success and growth is enhanced through initiatives that promote diversity and equity throughout the organization and our communities. John Burton Advocates for Youth is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.