YUCA is Hiring!
We’re looking for a great Development Director to be part of our team!

About YUCA: YUCA (Youth United for Community Action) is a grassroots community organization created, led, and run by young people of color, majority from low-income communities, providing a safe space for young people to empower ourselves and work on environmental and social justice issues to establish positive systemic change through grassroots community organizing.  YUCA is committed to achieving environmental and social justice by transforming systems and ways of oppression. We believe youth need to be understood, seen as relevant, supported to build individuality and to nurture their voice in a space where they can unlearn systems of oppression and make decisions that promote and implement social and environmental justice principles.  

About the Position:  The Development Director oversees YUCA’s fundraising, communications, and financial management to ensure that our organization is well-sustained. The Development Director is responsible for:  

  • Foundation and Grassroots Fundraising: Work with Executive Director to create and implement a long-term sustainable fundraising (foundation and grassroots) plan for YUCA.  Researches, pursues, identifies, and completes foundation, government, and/or corporation proposals and reports in a timely manner.  Tracks YUCA’s spending for grants received.  Ensures all grassroots fundraising activities are conducted. 
  • Communications: Creates, implements and maintains publicity materials for YUCA that promote YUCA’s work, including but not limited to website, newsletters, annual reports, and donor packets.
  • Budget/Finances:  Work with Executive Director and staff to develop and maintain program budgets, track and oversee income and expenses monthly and yearly.
  • Organizational Maintenance: Coordinates and provides logistical support for hiring processes for YUCA staff.  Works with the Operations Manager to maintain administrative paperwork and systems and nonprofit systems maintenance. Ensure that YUCA is fully compliant with laws that govern non-profit status
  • Organizational Development Activities: Participate in organizational development activities including but not limited to staff development, staff meetings, retreats, fundraising, and some program support.  Be a mentor to young people of color.
Qualifications:  The ideal candidate should have excellent writing skills and is able to articulate YUCA’s vision and work effectively to donors, funders, and community members. She/he should be able to multi-task, meet deadlines efficiently, is proactive and takes initiative on his/her work, has financial/ budget management experience, and is able to drive.  This person should have computer skills (Word, Excel, design, and financial software such as Quickbooks), and is a team player.  She/he should be detail oriented, possess good time management skills, be a “people person”, able to work under pressure, a team player and in a fast-paced environment.  Candidate should have a knowledge of social justice issues and have a commitment to the empowerment of low-income young people of color.  Fluency in Spanish, Tongan or Samoan is also desired.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary range is $45,000 – 50,000/year with medical, vision, dental, and life insurance benefits. Position is 40 hours per week.  During the probationary period however, the salary rate begins at $42,000/year and will be brought up to the minimum $45,000/year rate upon successful completion of the period.  Specific hours may vary and will include some weekends and evenings. Duration: Two Year Minimum.   

Location:  East Palo Alto 

Position Starts Monday, July 22, 2013.

To apply, please submit a one page cover letter, a resumé, and a 2 page maximum essay that answers the following.  In addition, please attach a writing sample (max 5 pages) on

  1. Tell us about a successful experience you’ve had raising money.  What was your goal?  How did you achieve it?  Did you reach it? What were your lessons learned?
  2. Tell us about an experience you’ve had working as a team.  What did you do?  What were lessons learned?
  3. Tell us about an experience you’ve had having to meet deadlines. What are work habits you have that enabled you to meet that deadline?
  4. What’s your ideal workplace?
  5. Where do you see yourself in the next 2-5 years?

Please submit the above by email, mail, or fax to:

YUCA, 2135 Clarke Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303; 

Fax: (650) 322-1820; Email: info@youthunited.net