MAKE AN IMPACT
Be a part of our diverse, mission-driven team striving across the country to ensure foster youth lead opportunity-rich and choice-filled lives.
BUILDING A JUST WORLD
First Place is dedicated to removing barriers and creating a more equitable future for foster youth. Our team believes in the limitless potential of every individual.
CHANGING THE ODDS
Since 1998, First Place has pioneered California’s extended foster care programs, providing housing and comprehensive services to transition-age foster youth. Our 25-year track record speaks for itself.
CREATING EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS
Since our inception, we have been providing results-driven service to young people, building evidence, and changing public policies to improve the lives of as many transition-age foster youth as possible.
Become part of a transformative organization that drives lasting change and ensures a brighter future for all transition-age foster youth.
“Working at First Place has been a pivotal change for me. It has encouraged me to know more, do more and become more than what I knew. I value being part of a team that is changing the concept of what independence looks like, what hope feels like and how life can be after emancipation.”
– Carmen Gomez, Youth Development Specialist
First Place’s Strategic Pillars
Continue to demonstrate programmatic success in facilitating youth attainment of self-sufficiency
Increase financial sustainability by closing gaps in publicly funded programs and exploring strategic partnerships for innovation and expansion
Increase organizational focus on expanding influence and advocacy for system change in California and nationwide
Advance principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, transforming First Place for Youth to a further equitable, anti-racist institution
Providing comprehensive support to young people as they build the skills for healthy, independent lives as adults.
Guiding young people in pursuit of education and career pathways that lead to long-term living-wage employment.
Working with property owners and First Place support teams to ensure participants have safe housing that meets their needs.
Measuring the impacts and outcomes of First Place programs to ensure the effectiveness of programs and support ongoing improvements.
Advancing First Place’s mission and vision through legislative advocacy and strategic collaboration with provider and stakeholder partners.
Expanding the national reach of First Place programs and supporting our network of provider partners in delivering high-quality services.
Building awareness and strengthening relationships with supporters to ensure sustainable funding for our work.
Ensuring the smooth financial operations of the organization across all programs and offices.
Shepherding and monitoring First Place’s partnerships and government contracts.
Enabling organizational success through recruitment, retention, and administrative management.
Shaping and advancing the long-term vision of First Place’s programs and advocacy.
First Place for Youth is a premier organization, and we want our talent to feel excited, appreciated, and valued at work. We are committed to recognizing and rewarding individual and group performance by providing equitable and competitive compensation. In addition, First Place offers a generous benefits package to help our employees maintain a healthy life-work balance.
15 days of vacation time in your first year12 days of sick time2 flexible holidays13 paid holidaysPaid sabbatical
Employee’s choice of Kaiser or UCH HMO/PPOUp to 90% of premium covered by First PlaceDelta Dental Premium PPOVSP VisionPre-tax Flexible Spending Account and commuter benefits
First Place supports employee learning and advancement through ongoing, embedded training and annual professional development allowances.
Employees are automatically enrolled into our Fidelity 401K retirement savings plan, which includes a partial employer match of contributions.