Career Advisor - Oakland

Oakland, California, United States | Programs | Full-time


About Rubicon

A $16M non-profit Rubicon, provides direct services at six locations in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and operates a growing commercial landscape social enterprise program that is a leader in sustainable practices. Rubicon transforms East Bay communities by equipping people to break the cycle of poverty. Recognized as a national leader in workforce development, Rubicon provides individualized one-on-one career advising, job search support, financial education, wellness and legal services, to very low-income people who face significant barriers to achieving economic mobility.

Rubicon is a 2022 Great Place to Work, on a journey towards becoming a high-road employer and an anti-racist organization. We are committed to systems change and advocacy through efforts like expanding and deepening Employee Resource Groups; the launch of an internal Racial Justice Task Force; and implementation of talent and culture supports that acknowledge and facilitate healing from the direct and indirect effects of racial trauma.

Rubicon actively recruits staff members with a diversity of culture, thought, and lived experiences who are not only highly skilled, but who consistently demonstrate a commitment to our vision of an East Bay without poverty and are passionate about this work.

Career Advisor - Oakland

The Career Advisor assists program participants with the process of making informed career decisions leading to full-time employment at the regional self-sufficiency standard. This includes helping them choose a career and identify a pathway to career-oriented employment. This can happen early in an individual’s program or after employment has stabilized. This involves working with a variety of career assessment tools and personality inventories and engaging in occupational exploration and planning exercises through group and individualized services. Based on the knowledge and information obtained in the Pathways planning process, and with 1:1 counseling from a Career Advisor, the participant selects one or more of three possible pathways: Career/Vocational Training, Career/Education, and/or Career/Entrepreneurship. The Career Advisor also supervises a small team of Employment Coaches.

This is a full-time, non-exempt position reporting to the Director of Community Based Programs.


  • Assessments and Goal Setting: Review employment, educational and training backgrounds with program participants, administer and interpret standardized career assessments and personality inventories and from these, help participants develop their career goals.
  • Partnerships:  Build and maintain robust partnerships with organizations offering degrees, credentials, and/or skills training for competitive employment in the local labor market as well as coordinate transitional employment opportunities. This includes evaluating and monitoring training, education and entrepreneurial programs for relevancy and effectiveness and acting as liaison between these providers, program staff and participants, as necessary.
  • Career Planning and Guidance: Help participants identify pathways to career-oriented employment at or above the self-sufficiency wage standard and help them select, and apply for educational, vocational or entrepreneurial training opportunities.
  • Coaching: Provide individual coaching and conduct group workshops in furtherance of individual participant career needs. (The ability and willingness to deliver honest, productive feedback and to motivate will be critical to effectiveness).
  • Team leader: Provide leadership and support to Employment Coaches: supervise 1-2 Employment Coaches and monitor performance. Provide training, coaching and skill development in the following areas:  job search skills, adherence to policies and procedures, ECM and other data and document collection processes.


  • Comprehensive career advising/coaching experience and expertise; Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) or Nationally Certified Counselor certification highly desirable.
  • Active listening, critical thinking, and the ability to Inspire and motivate others.
  • Teamwork, interpersonal flexibility, excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Skillful teamwork and leadership; solid organizational abilities; excellent oral and written communication.
  • Technology: Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint); Knowledge of computerized career assessments and software and experience with online LMI resources preferred.
  • Cultural Responsiveness and an alignment with our values and commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • If you don’t currently possess our organizational core competencies of Trauma Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, and Coaching, Rubicon provides training.

This position requires the incumbent to travel to Rubicon meetings and partner sites.  If the candidate opts to meet these travel requirements by driving, proof of a valid and current driver license, current auto insurance, and an acceptable Motor Vehicle Report are required.

  • $25-$28 DOE.
  • Medical, Dental and Vision health plans. Kaiser and Sutter Health options.
  • 3 weeks paid vacation and sick leave, 13 paid holidays.
  • 4 days paid restorative holiday between Christmas and New Years.
  • Employer sponsored and matched retirement plan.
  • Pre-tax transportation and flexible spending accounts.

Rubicon requires proof of vaccination for employment.

Rubicon is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values diversity of culture, thought, and lived experiences. We seek talented, qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, conviction history, uniform service membership/veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical conditions, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression regardless of physical gender, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. 

Rubicon uses E-Verify to validate the eligibility of our new employees to work legally in the United States.