Program Associate, Kindergarten to College

Kindergarten to College, Program Associate

Reports to: Senior Program Manager

About Oakland Promise

The mission of Oakland Promise is to engage the Oakland community to advance equity and economic mobility through cradle-to-career educational opportunities. Founded in 2016, Oakland Promise is a citywide movement with over 50 implementation partners working towards our common vision. Oakland Promise supports children and families from birth through college and career to ensure that postsecondary success is a reality for all Oaklanders. Oakland Promise includes four programs: Brilliant Baby, Kindergarten to College (K2C), Future Centers, and College Scholarships and Completion, that provide a cradle to career continuum of college-focused supports for students. Our goal is to dramatically increase the number of college graduates from Oakland and ensure that all students hold a college-bound identity. We seek a hard working, highly detail oriented individual to join our community in undertaking this important work.

Job Summary:

The Kindergarten to College (K2C) helps K- 5th graders in Oakland think of themselves as college-and career-bound. We work with elementary schools across Oakland, and work closely with school teams to connect with families and students. Specifically, we work with school teams to get families signed up for our Oakland Promise Scholarship, to open college savings accounts, and to conduct college and career workshops for students and families.

K2C is one of four programs within Oakland Promise working to ensure that every child will graduate from high school with the expectation, skills, and resources to complete college and/or be successful in the career of their choice.

Being supervised by the Senior Program Manager, the Associate is responsible for supporting the work of the K2C team. The Associate will ensure that the work meets the needs of all students and families, specifically those who have been historically marginalized. While the person in this role will have the opportunity to work with students, the majority of the work involves interacting with families, school staff and community members.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Kindergarten to College Implementation
  • Ensure that a cohort (~10-14) of our K2C schools implement the program with fidelity
  • Organize and lead K2C programming: scholarship celebrations and account activation, workshops facilitation as needed, college and career week; student enrichment kit distribution
  • Support additional engagement events that drive towards schools’ K2C goals
  • Conduct site visits – mostly in-person – to continue to cultivate relationships with K2C school-based teams
  • Communicate Oakland Promise-wide events
  • Train school staff and/or facilitate K2C informational meetings with families/students & support with scholarship account activation and/or college savings account
  • Design, enhance  and implement outreach strategies to engage families in K2C 
  • Maintain accurate and updated school records – logging, tracking and analyzing school cohort data regularly
  • Program Content & Infrastructure Development 
    1. Lead our 5th grade support strategy, and support with other program design elements
    2. Lead post-secondary workshop content development for the team use during family-facing presentations
    3. Support with community partnership outreach and build out
    4. Support with data and other program infrastructure
  • Organize and/or support  K2C events for Oakland Promise K2C schools
    1. Project plan and lead K2C events, as determined
    2. Plan and lead Oakland Promise Scholarship specific events
    3. Support in planning & executing K2C’s College and Career Week
  • Communications
    1. Create templates, documents and resources that support K2C program outreach
  • Other
    1. Research CSAs, building a college-bound identity, etc. as needed
    2. Be a team player and support with general Oakland Promise events
    3. If bilingual, provide translation and/or interpretation support
    4. Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Spanish-speaking
  • Deep commitment to educational equity
  • Strong organizational skills, excellent attention to details, and ability to manage multiple competing deadlines required
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills
  • Some evening and weekend hours will be required
  • Own vehicle/transportation for travel to sites
  • Creative individual that is willing to implement a variety of engagement strategies
  • Intrinsically motivated individually that is respectfully persistent when needed and empathetic

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching background (highly preferred)
  • Ability to communicate in another language other than English
  • Experience creating and modifying training materials
  • Experience in education, direct experiences in schools with students, families and community preferred  
  • Management, education policy and/or teaching experience preferred


  • Salary $63k-$65k 
  • Full-time exempt position
  • 401k Matching 
  • 15 Paid Holidays per year
  • Medical, dental, vision benefits, vacation, and sick time
  • Some evening and weekend hours may be required

Application Process:

We are looking for candidates with availability to start immediately and encourage you to apply if you are interested in and qualified for the position.

To apply: Send a single PDF (NOT a Microsoft Word document) of a resume and thoughtful cover letter to [email protected] with “K2C Program Associate [Your Name]” in the subject line. Please use your last name and first initial (ex: Doe_J) as the filename of your PDF containing your resume and cover letter.

Failure to follow these instructions may delay the review of your application. Applications that include cover letters and resumes will be reviewed immediately and candidates with the best fit will be contacted for interviews. Unfortunately, the volume of applications will prevent us from responding to all applications received.

Non-Discrimination Policy: 

Oakland Promise is an equal opportunity employer. Oakland Promise is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other unprofessional conduct based on sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sex stereotype, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, gender (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military, and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.

Application Process:

Make a huge difference in the Oakland community! Join our team! Send applications to [email protected]