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Program Manager Position

Reports to: VP of Program Development and DEI

Organization: United Way of Central Eastern California

Project: Kern County Farmworker Essential Skills Training Program

Location: Bakersfield, California

Position Type: Full-time, Exempt

Pay Rate: $66, 560/ year (2-Year Grant Position)

Benefits: Eligible for Medical, Vision, Dental & Life Insurance at the beginning of the following month and 401k plan upon completion of 90-days of full-time.

Description: United Way of Central Eastern California is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Program Manager to lead our Kern County Farmworker Essential Skills Training Program. This innovative program aims to uplift and empower farmworkers in Kern County by providing comprehensive workforce development opportunities.

Job Summary: The Program Manager will oversee the implementation and coordination of the Kern County Farmworker Essential Skills Training Program. This individual will be responsible for managing all aspects of the program, including stakeholder engagement, resource allocation, and program evaluation. The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and leadership skills and experience working with diverse populations.


  • Develop and implement a comprehensive program plan in alignment with project goals and objectives.
  • Coordinate with local stakeholders to establish partnerships and enhance program success.
  • Oversee participant recruitment, selection, and retention efforts.
  • Provide individualized career counseling and mentorship opportunities for program participants.
  • Manage program budget and resources effectively.
  • Monitor program activities, outcomes and adjust as needed to ensure program success.
  • Prepare reports and presentations for funders, stakeholders, and other interested parties.


  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, business administration, or related field (Master’s degree preferred).
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in program management or related field, preferably working with underserved populations.
  • Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to build and maintain relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience in grant writing and fundraising preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and project management software.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (required).
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, with a strong commitment to equity and social justice.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in the position to Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 12, 2024. If selected for an interview, you will need to submit a writing sample. United Way of Central Eastern California is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Medi-Cal Outreach Specialist

Reports to: Health Manager

Organization: United Way of Central Eastern California

Location: Bakersfield, California

Position Type: Full-time

Pay Rate: $18 an hour

Position Summary: The Medi-Cal Outreach Specialist, as a trusted community representative, will be required to attend at least 23 monthly community outreach events, conduct organic outreach, collect detailed data, and support applicants in applying for the MediCal enrollment and reenrollment process. They will engage with the community and identify families and residents who need support with the MediCal enrollment application, reduce barriers to applying or reapplying, and connecting them with the onsite MediCal Enrollment Specialist at the United Way office in Bakersfield.

An individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed below at a satisfactory level:
You will be required to participate in specific training and professional development workshops.
Conduct outreach, utilizing materials provided by United Way of Central Eastern California and Kern Health Systems to reach homeowners in Kern County
A strong candidate will demonstrate dedication as the MediCal Outreach Specialist and prioritize the work of the MediCal program.
Maintain accurate records of activities, staffing, training, services provided, and participant assessment data.
Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services and reflect the community and population served.
Submit regular progress reports responding to the performance measures identified in the grant agreement, as well as financial reports describing actual expenditures of grant funding.
The ideal candidate will support any needed communications and public affairs requests, as needed.
Maintaining of records through a data collection system, utilization of all required data collection tools by strict deadlines.

Minimum requirements include:
Education: Minimum of an associate degree or 2+ years of experience

• Technical and analytical skills
Strong communication skills
Advanced computer abilities
Strong leadership skills with staff and volunteers
Strong organizational skills
Positive attitude and desire to serve
Ability to take lead with little direction
Experience working with and supporting volunteers
Public speaking, meeting and community event facilitation
Bilingual (English & Spanish)
Knowledge of Microsoft products: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, Outlook, OneDrive.

Experience: 35 years of experience in positions with progressively increasing responsibilities related to project management and/or community building

Physical Demand: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, and walk for extended periods of time.

An individual must be able to demonstrate the following competencies at a satisfactory level:

Accountability/Results Orientation Is accountable for the achievement of assigned work projects. Collaborates with others to establish work project parameters, desired results/outcomes, and resource requirements. Keeps team leader(s) informed on work progress and changes in work direction. Takes ownership of work and outcomes achieved, selecting the best work approach. Protects the United Way brand, promoting its relevance and status to the extent possible. Behaves ethically and honestly in all activities done on behalf of UWW (United Way Worldwide) and the movement. Demonstrates a commitment to UWW’s values, including diversity and inclusiveness.

DecisionMaking/RiskTaking Evaluates available information and recommends a course of action. Contributes own assessment of risks and implications of decisions in team decisionmaking efforts. Develops and proposes effective alternative solutions. Uses judgment appropriately in decisionmaking. Knows when to shift decisionmaking upwards.

Teamwork Collaboration Shares pertinent information and keeps team members informed on a regular basis. Ensures that processes, systems, and resources are available and direct them properly to enable the team to efficiently accomplish its goals and objectives. Able to adapt quickly to changing conditions or performance expectations. Able to focus on assignments during periods of change and/or uncertainty.

Relationship Management Utilizes rapport to build trust and collaboration with others. Identifies and shares mutual benefits/needs in working together. Is ethical in dealing with others to achieve the desired results. Interacts and communicates with diverse stakeholders effectively. Fosters and maintains working relationships across the United Way system. Formulates and communicates in an ethical and politically sensitive manner.

Communications Expresses work issues and problems in a clear and concise manner. Communicates effectively with others up, down and across the organization to achieve expected organizational results. Gives and receives constructive feedback. Seeks direct input on team effectiveness and environment.

Innovation/Creativity Develops and implements innovative approaches to accomplish tasks that impact others in and outside of their own team. The ideal candidate is able to reasonably “take risks.” Assists others in developing new systems, products, processes, and procedures. Strives to stay current on new or emerging trends and capitalizes on them. 

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