Job Opportunities

Job Opportunities

MISSSEY seeks to recruit and hire talented and passionate people who will be outstanding contributors to our organization. We maintain a strong commitment to survivor leadership and inclusion, and we highly encourage survivors, women, people of color, and LGBTQ-identified individuals to apply for any of our open positions. Applications are generally accepted on a rolling basis. Send resume and cover letter to (unless noted otherwise in job description).

Executive Director (Permanent Position)

Transitional Age Youth Drop-In Center Facilitator (Permanent Position)





Since 2007, MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) has devoted its energy to the heartbreaking epidemic of human trafficking by supporting and advocating for youth who have been commercially sexually exploited. MISSSEY is a survivor-informed organization that is providing services to, and creating systemic change with survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in the Bay Area.

With growing attention and urgency throughout the US to confront human trafficking, MISSSEY is a nationally recognized leader in the field. Created to respond to the needs of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC), MISSSEY provides CSEC-specific services through intensive life coaching, focused advocacy, a daily drop-in center, and professional and community trainings. With deep connections, broad support throughout the community and a committed staff in place, MISSSEY is in a strong position to continue to impact the lives of commercially sexually exploited youth. To continue this impactful work, MISSSEY is looking for our next Executive Director.


Primary Responsibilities:

Staff Leadership

  • Support a cohesive, collaborative and effective staff team, and ensure human resources and management practices support a high performing, client-services focused culture.
  • Co-Create annual work plans and measurement tools with and for staff members.
  • Cultivate an inclusive, fair, enthusiastic and collaborative work environment.


Organizational Strategic Planning

  • Oversee continuous program evaluations and work with the Program Director and direct service staff to develop program enhancements when necessary.
  • Lead the development, implementation, and oversight of strategic operating plan including yearly fundraising.
  • Ensure that MISSSEY has effective communications and marketing strategies and materials, and that the agency’s brand identity is strengthened and maintained.

Relationship Manager

  • Build partnerships to help realize the organization’s mission and goals, including relationships with other community based organizations, businesses, government agencies, foundations, and individuals.
  • Serve as an effective spokesperson and advocate for the agency to a wide variety of audiences, and represent MISSSEY’s program and beliefs to funders, partners, donors and the general public.

Revenue Driver

  • Oversee creation and implementation of development and marketing strategies to strengthen community perception and support.
  • Work closely with the Board, development consultants, and grants and development staff to grow and maintain contributed revenue.
  • Maintain current and secure future government contracts to ensure continuity of services. Ensure unrestricted revenue to carry on operations.
  • Cultivate and build relationships with a wide range of funders, including, but not limited to, foundations, corporate and individual donors, and governmental agencies to sustain and secure resources for the annual operating budget.
  • Communicate effectively, and with accountability, to Board, volunteers, funding sources, and the general community.

Programmatic Impact

  • Assume overall accountability for programmatic success, including ensuring outcomes are set, measured, met, or exceeded.
  • Oversee continual assessment of program relevancy and sustainability, and stay well informed on trends in youth development and services for vulnerable youth and CSEC.

Financial and Administrative Management

  • Ensure that MISSSEY operates in a financially sustainable manner, and that it maintains systems and practices that support effective financial management from the executive office to the program management level.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and its committees to ensure strong and appropriate fiduciary oversight, governance, and engagement.
  • Develop, manage, and monitor financial models and budgets.

Board and Volunteer Development

  • Work in partnership with Board of Directors on appropriate issues including organizational policies, strategic direction, fundraising, and community relations.
  • Develop and leverage Board skills and capabilities.
  • Prepare regular financial and organization reports for the Board.


Desired Experience and Skills / Key Qualifications:

  • A minimum of three years proven organizational leadership and management of a growing organization.
  • Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree in human services, leadership, or administration preferred).
  • Experience with nonprofit fundraising approaches, annual campaigns and major donor campaigns. Proven success in building and maintaining funder relationships and attracting adequate resources.
  • Experience in staff management, performance reviews and goal setting, and an ability to foster collaboration and inspire teamwork.
  • Strong fiscal/budgetary experience, including grants oversight.
  • Integrity, honesty, strong emotional intelligence and commitment to professional excellence.
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to partner with and leverage nonprofit Board members diverse effectively.
  • Advocacy experience and passion for human rights and social justice
  • Understanding of the commercial sexual exploitation and the social inequities that contribute to this issue.
  • Survivor applicants strongly encouraged.


To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume that outlines how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications of the position to

In the subject line of your email, please include your name, the job title for this position, and the company name (“Your name, Executive Director – MISSSEY”).

Compensation is commensurate with experience.

MISSSEY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to recruiting candidates from diverse backgrounds.






MISSSEY, Inc. (Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth) is a community-based organization in Oakland, CA, founded in 2007 to respond to the needs of commercially sexually exploited children. We are a survivor-centered organization supporting young people, age 12-24, through direct services including intensive case management, one to one mentoring, and a daily drop in center. In addition to providing direct services, we work diligently for systemic change and contribute to the growing movement to end commercial sexual exploitation. Commercial Sexual Exploitation is a serious human rights issue that deserves a powerful, collective response.


Position Summary

The Drop-In Center is a space for victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation that provides a safe environment where they can learn new life skills, build peer relationships, access resources, receive crisis support, and build internal resources that reduce their vulnerabilities to being re-victimized by the commercial sex industry. The TAY Drop In Center Facilitator ensures that programming for transitional age youth in the Drop In Center is gender specific, culturally responsive, trauma informed, strength-based, and developmentally appropriate (GCTSD), as well as informed by survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the TAY Drop-In Center Facilitator is responsible for developing and maintaining drop-in center services for transitional age youth, including peer-support and transition services to survivors accessing the drop-in center. The TAY Drop In Center Facilitator serves as a role model for survivors accessing the space and leads activities and support services for transitional age youth at the center. The TAY Drop In Center Facilitator involves the community in the drop-in center as volunteers and is an important part of MISSSEY’s volunteer program. Additionally, the Drop-In Center Facilitator works within the limitations of MISSSEY’s resources and in compliance with grants, contracts and agency policies and procedures.


Drop-In Center Facilitation

  1. Facilitates drop in center groups for transitional age youth and co-facilitates large groups with the Drop In Center Coordinator and/or Community Mentors on a daily basis.
  2. Provides services in the drop-in center in compliance with contracts and grant awards, including the following:
  • Educational and life skills workshops
  • Creative arts activities
  • Peer support
  • Healthy food
  • Special events and field trips
  1. Develops drop-in center curriculum in keeping with contracts and grant related goals and objectives. Maintains a monthly calendar of events.
  2. Orients participants to the drop-in center; provides support and resources to all participants.
  3. Serves as a role model for participants.
  4. Assists participants in achieving behavioral goals, developing interpersonal relationships, as well as resolves conflict between participants as needed.
  5. Provides crisis intervention and de-escalation to participants as needed.
  6. Facilitates intakes, assessments, and develops safety plans with participants eligible for drop-in services as needed.
  7. Oversees the incentive program for TAY drop-in center participants, matching financial incentives with achievements.
  8. Ensures that the drop-in center space is attractive and clean, and that supplies are stocked and used wisely.
  9. Plans menus and prepares food for the drop-in center; monitors food budget ensuring compliance with budgeted allocations.
  10. Conducts outreach to young people to engage in drop in center services, and maintains sign-in sheets of all clients that visit the drop-in center in a binder; inputs data into database on a daily basis.
  11. Works collaboratively with the Program Manager, Drop In Center Coordinator and Director of Programs to evaluate programming and collect client feedback.
  12. Supports workshop facilitators, volunteers, and interns in conducting their work in the drop-in center space.
  13. Works with partners and fosters meaningful collaboration with supportive services for the drop in center.
  14. Speaks and trains the community, including conducting youth presentations as needed.



  1. Annually, as part of supervision, develops a professional development plan identifying personal goals, objectives and activities.
  2. Actively participates in supervision and staff trainings.
  3. Enters volunteer data into Salesforce and participant data into Cityspan; produces reports as needed.
  4. Writes short articles for MISSSEY’s newsletters and messages for Facebook.
  5. Communicates relevant information and needs between clients and other direct service staff.
  6. Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  7. Other tasks asked of you.





High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)



  1. Experience providing direct services to youth and transitional age youth, as well as group facilitation experience preferred.
  2. Experience working with communities of color and LGBTQ youth.
  3. Experience developing curriculum and facilitating groups required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  1. Ability to be dependable and present
  2. Knowledge of and commercial sexual exploitation and vulnerabilities to sex trafficking
  3. Ability to respond to youth in a positive and loving manner
  4. Ability to serve as a role model for youth being served
  5. Ability to administer a procedure that ensures confidentiality of participant records
  6. Knowledge of crisis intervention and de-escalation
  7. Ability to develop positive relationships with participants, colleagues and supervisors
  8. Ability to assume a leadership role in initiating workshops and activities
  9. Ability to work with teens and accommodate the specific needs of teens
  10. Ability to read, write, speak, understand or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position


Additional Requirements

  • Complete a background check.



This is a full time, non-exempt position with benefits.

  • $36,421 annually.


MISSSEY is an equal opportunity employer. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.