Walk with young people impacted by adversity on their individual journeys to heal from trauma, restore resilience, and embrace their own potential. Founded originally as orphanage in 1895, today Side by Side operates in four Bay Area counties offering a comprehensive array of services that include behavioral and mental health counseling, early intervention in schools, LGBTQIA+ support, special education, and transitional housing for foster youth.

Side by Side employees come from all walks of life, with widely varying backgrounds and experiences, but with the shared goal of honoring each client’s unique needs and strengths in order to prevent the escalation of troubling behavior and help set youth on a positive path towards a future with connection and meaning. United by this objective, our programs celebrate creativity and join together overcoming any challenges along the way. Side by Side’s deep impact is due to our most valuable asset: our compassionate and committed staff.

A significant majority of both our clients and staff are people of color and/or are part of the LGBTQIA+ community. We strive for our workplace to be a safe place where everyone is respected and valued for who they are, and we make conscious efforts to ensure that our culture and norms do not perpetuate oppressive practices. Understanding that many of our young people and their families experience the effects of systemic racism, discrimination and marginalization, Side by Side works to recruit and retain a workforce that reflects the clients and diverse communities we serve. Learn more by reading our Statement of Inclusivity.

Interested in what it’s like to work at Side by Side? Hear from some of our longest-tenured staff.

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Board Member Positions Open

Join Side by Side’s board of directors! We welcome energetic board members who are, first and foremost, passionate about our mission. We seek board members who can be strong ambassadors for Side by Side through utilizing their networks and connections to help build awareness of, and support for, our impactful work. Side by Side also needs members with demonstrated leadership skills to help govern the Board and guide the organization in implementing its programmatic vision. In particular, we are recruiting new board members who represent the diversity of our client base, the regions in which we work, and/or have lived experience that mirrors that of our clients. Learn more.

Employee Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, with an additional salary increase available for staff in roles designated as bilingual
  • 3 weeks paid vacation for F/T employees increasing to 4 weeks vacation after 2 years of service (for all non-school based employees). School based employees receive PTO for over 7 weeks during school closures
  • 2 weeks sick leave for F/T employees with 2 additional sick days for direct service staff and 4 additional for school staff
  • 9 paid holidays per year
  • 100% employer-paid Medical for F/T employees, plus a generous contribution for P/T employees and/or their dependents
  • Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Long Term Disability insurance up to $9,000 per month, plus $50,000 Life and AD&D insurance
  • 403b Retirement Plan
  • Professional development and other learning opportunities including unlimited access to over 1,000 behavioral health courses online
  • FREE Employee Assistance Program including up to 10 complimentary personal counseling sessions per problem, per year for staff and dependents
  • Employee recognition program with $1,000 bonus awards
  • Employee referral bonus of up to $1,000

Some benefits pro-rated for P/T employees

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