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Assistant Director - Youth & Family Services

Palo Alto, CA

Job Type:

Full Time

About the Role

The Youth and Family Services Assistant Director supports the program director to deliver high-quality accessible bereavement services to children, teens and families. The Assistant Director works to ensure efficient and effective operational, technical, and administrative support for all existing Youth and Family Service programs including client consultations, peer grief groups, workshops, Journeys Program, and volunteer coordination and engagement. This role interfaces regularly with clients and volunteers, and collaborates with other Kara programs, schools, and community partners. Additionally, this position is responsible for managing all efforts related to the planning and implementation of Kara’s annual weekend Youth Grief Camp (Camp Kara).

About the Company

Serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1976, Kara provides comprehensive grief support, crisis response, and education to individuals and communities facing the difficult realities of death and dying. Serving more than 4,000 individuals annually, Kara provides a wide breadth of bereavement support and grief education services to the community, including individual and group peer support; in-house psychotherapy; on-site crisis intervention; bereavement education and training services; Camp Kara, a 3-day bereavement camp for children and youth ages 6 to 17; and community events.


Through a time-tested and highly effective peer support model (adopted from the Shanti Model), nearly 200 Kara volunteers, trained and supervised by staff, accompany grieving adults and children on their journey through grief. Our peer grief support services are offered in English and Spanish at no cost to the bereaved individual or family. We are funded primarily by charitable donations and the heartfelt generosity of the community we serve.


Kara is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and maintains no affiliations with any religious or government-based organizations.

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