The Position: Program Coordinator

Location: Kern

Job Summary

The Program Coordinator will report directly to the President/CEO while working closely on projects and activities related to event planning, community outreach, database management, and social media as needed.  This position will conduct community outreach, plan and execute community meetings and support with overall grant deliverables. 

About Building Healthy Communities:

We are a nonprofit organization working to advance health and racial equity in Kern through collaborative partnerships with community based organizations, community groups, residents, youth, health agencies, education institutions and other community partners.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

  • Implement and coordinate frequent communications with community partners, residents and youth, and promotion of the Building Healthy Communities work

  • Attend and support with executingBHC related meetings including monthly staff meetings, where the program coordinator will play a key role in planning and identifying opportunities that will work towards the goal of advancing health and racial equity in Kern

  • Create flyers for special projects

  • Coordinate support for translation of materials

  • Conduct community outreach 

  • Attend and support with coordinating and executing BHC events 

  • Assists with compiling data for activity reporting, grant tracking progress, and grant reporting

  • Track BHC events and collect staff event report forms, photos, videos, PowerPoint presentations, action plans, applications, surveys, and files materials as appropriate

  • Maintain positive engagement with partners, residents, and youth using whole-person and growth-mindset approaches

  • Supports BHC-wide events as needed

  • Other tasks as assigned

Knowledge Skills & Abilities

  • Proficient in Microsoft Applications

  • Excellent writing skills with a focus on promotion, media 

  • Proficient knowledge and experience with social media platforms

  • Experience in web design and content production

  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team

  • Organizational, project planning, and leadership skills

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills: ability to interact and work effectively with staff members, community leaders, board members, donors, and volunteers

  • Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative

  • Strong problem-solving skills

Required Qualifications

  • Must pass background check

  • Written and spoken proficiency in Spanish & English is a plus

  • Reliable transportation, driver’s license, and auto insurance  

  • Available to work evenings and weekends

Education & Experience

  • Associate of Arts Degree preferred from an accredited college

  • Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate

  • 2+ Years’ experience in a community outreach role preferred

  • Social justice advocacy experience preferred

  • Experience and passion for community organizing

  • Administrative Experience

Please send resume and cover letter to

Here are a few job opportunities our partners are looking to fill right now.

The Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC) is hiring a full-time employee in Kern County. The Climate and Environmental Justice (CEJ) Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of CCAC’s various programs that address environmental inequities in California’s low-income and disadvantaged communities, with a focus on the San Joaquin Valley. CCAC’s CEJ programs include both air pollution and greenhouse gas reduction activities. Examples include, but are not limited to, clean transportation infrastructure and incentive programs, residential building decarbonization, community-based air monitoring and notification, air pollution source identification and emissions reduction, and climate resilience and adaptation.  The Central California Asthma Collaborative (CCAC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and direct services, building regional capacity, and advocating for sensible policies that improve health and address inequities by reducing environmental impacts and emphasizing the prevention and management of a chronic disease. Please find the job description here: CEJ Coordinator CCAC _2.1.231

Community Action Partnership of Kern is hiring an Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator. The OAC organizes, and directs outreach, communications, and public relations for CAPK and develops promotional brochures, and literature. Oversees the creation and distribution of news releases, publications, newsletters, and special articles. Coordinates CAPK exhibit and materials for recruitment, outreach and awareness events. Maintains the CAPK website(s), Facebook, and other social-media resources and will act as the primary media liaison for CAPK. Coordinator will receive assistance in performing these duties from Community Development staff. Salary Range: $68,598.40 To 82,326.40 Annually. Click here to find the job description: Foundation_Outreach and Advocacy Coordinator 11.27.2018

Faith in the Valley Kern is seeking a Community Organizer in Kern County. Community Organizers with Faith in the Valley Kern work to engage and develop grassroots leaders based in member congregations and their surrounding neighborhoods. Community Organizers train individual grassroots leaders and organizing teams to identify priority community concerns, research potential solutions and secure commitments from policy makers to implement these solutions to improve the community. This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The Community Organizer develops and implements programs that drive community engagement and inspires community members to get involved in their local communities. Salary starts at $62,400 per year. Learn more here: Kern Job Description

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability is hiring a part-time Outreach Associate to be based in the Bakersfield office. The pay range is between $17 – $23 per hour. The position comes with benefits including, 100% employer-paid health insurance, 401(k), sick and vacation time. To apply, please email the resume and cover letter to Olivia Faz at out with any questions. Please find the job description here: 2022.Outreach Associate (1) (3)





United Against COVID (UAC) Coalition to Host Vaccination Clinics

Bakersfield, Calif. – The United Against COVID-19 (UAC) Coalition is partnering with the state to host three vaccination clinics, specifically targeting agricultural workers. One clinic will be held on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m and Sunday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the David Head Center, 10300 San Diego St., Lamont, 93241, where 500 doses will be administered. A third clinic will be held Sunday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at El Mercado Latino, 1999 Edison Hwy, Bakersfield, 93305, approximately, 300 doses will be administered.

Agricultural workers can register for the vaccination by calling (661) 383-2588.

The United Against COVID-19 Coalition received funding from the Public Health Institute’s Together Towards Health Initiative to implement door to door canvassing and outreach and education to Kern County communities most impacted by COVID-19. To date, the Coalition has directly reached thousands of individuals. The UAC Coalition is educating vulnerable populations, distributing PPE, and providing a range of other services in a variety of languages and with cultural respect.

“The strength of our coalition is our ability to communicate effectively with the residents who are most threatened by this pandemic,” Gladys Flores of Unidad Popular Benito Juarez. “We are trusted messengers who know these families, live in these communities and therefore understand their concerns and can get them the help they need to survive.”

Some UAC member organizations have also received funding through the California Community Health Project which funded over 300 community based organizations throughout the state. Members of the coalition are All of Us or None, Building Healthy Communities Kern, Dolores Huerta Foundation, Jakara Movement, Lideres Campesinas, Unidad Popular Benito Juarez, and Vision y Compromiso.



In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the #Health4Kern team compiled a list of community resources available to Kern residents. We hope that this list make it easy for residents and community organizations to find programs and services aimed at helping individuals impacted by COVID-19.

This is a working list, if you know of any additional resources, please send an email to, and we’ll be sure to add it.

To access the guide in English, click here. 

To access the guide in Spanish, click here.



Census day is one year out from today and to officially kick-off outreach efforts the Kern Complete Count Committee (KCCC) held a press conference this morning in front of the Beale Library.  The campaign hopes to achieve a complete an accurate 2020 Census by encouraging Kern residents, particularly Hard-To-Count communities to respond to the questionnaire.

A fair count is critical to the well being of Kern because the count will determine the number of seats we have in the U.S. House of Representatives for the next ten years as well as how millions of federal dollars will be distributed to communities.

This is money for schools, hospitals and roads. This is money for updating our infrastructure and enhancing quality of life. The more accurate the Census count, the better it is for Kern.

Join the Kern Education Justice Collaborative on January 17  6 p.m. for a Community Forum regarding Kern High School District (KHSD) and learn how you can help ensure all students are treated fairly and get the education they deserve.

Come and learn about what the Kern High School District is doing regarding:

  • Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS)
  • Hiring and Training of Diverse Staff
  • School Climate

The meeting will be held at Millcreek Church, 1660 S St., Bakersfield, CA 93301. For more information, please call California Rural Legal Assistance at (661) 725-4330.




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Press Release

The Tour includes a series of special live musical performances inside prisons along with community activationsthroughout California’s Central Valley

Oct. 2, 2018 — Los Angeles, CA — Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy-winning artist, actor and activist Common will embark again on the Hope & Redemption Tour alongside his new nonprofit organization Imagine Justice. Imagine Justice’s Hope & Redemption Tour: Central Valley will take place from Oct. 10 – 13.

“This work and this Tour is deeply rooted in my love for people and my commitment to helping create a world where we all can thrive. I believe that all of us deserve the tools, access, resources and opportunities neededto navigate our lives and cultivate our best selves,” said Common.

Starting on Oct. 10, Common will visit and perform inside three different prisons in three days throughout California’s Central Valley to instill hope, love and humanity in the men and women who are incarcerated. In addition to the live concerts in various correctional facilities, Common will take part in a series of community events to engage, build with and inspire local communities and organizations, including a town hall with youthleaders in Bakersfield, a speaking engagement at Fresno City College and a #SchoolsNotPrisons event inMerced. The Tour will conclude on Oct. 13 with a special visit to a California Division of Juvenile Justice youth facility and a meeting in Stockton with Mayor Michael Tubbs and local community leaders.

“I’m very grateful to go on this journey again to instill hope in our brothers and sisters who are incarcerated and engage youth leaders in California as we go on Imagine Justice’s Hope & Redemption Tour: CentralValley,” said Common.

The Tour is supported by the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and The California Endowment’s Building HealthyCommunities initiative centered on community power building for health and racial justice in South Kern County, Fresno, Merced, Stockton and other communities throughout the state.

“We’re proud to join Common in lifting up the Central Valley’s youth leaders and their bold vision for a healthier and more just California,” said Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment. “Weshare his commitment to justice, both in communities and inside prisons where hope lights the way toward apositive future.”

ABOUT THE HOPE & REDEMPTION TOUR Common dedicated countless hours advocating for criminal justice reform, engaging with local communities and instilling hope in the men and women inside prison as part of his Hope & Redemption Tour that started in 2017. On March 28-31, Common kicked off the Tour by playing three shows in three different prisons in four days. In August, Common hosted a special free community concert, Imagine Justice, on the grounds of the Capitol building in Sacramento with J. Cole, Andra Day, Ledisi, Goapele and more to advocate for criminal justice reform for an audience of over 25,000 people. The next day,Common joined multiple organizations in the State Capitol for several meetings with the governor, numerous caucuses and other legislators to discuss a number of bills that were all eventually signed into law in September. Following his visit to the State Capitol, Common traveled to Folsom State Prison and Lancaster State Prison to perform for the men in prison.

ABOUT IMAGINE JUSTICE Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to advocate for communities around the country, to fight for justice and equalityand to stand united against injustice wherever it appears. Common’s newly founded Imagine Justice will focus on criminal justice reform, coalition/community building, immigration, bringing humanity to communities who are often dehumanized in society, civic engagement and leveraging the power of art to inspire and spark change. Follow Imagine Justice on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.

ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA ENDOWMENT The California Endowment, a private statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to quality health care for underserved individuals andcommunities, and to provide fundamental affordable improvements in the health status of all Californians.Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges theconventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health.Through its Health Happens Here campaign and 10-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools and with prevention. For moreinformation, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at

ABOUT ANTI-RECIDIVISM COALITION The mission of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC) is to change lives and create safe, healthy communities by providing a support and advocacy network for, and comprised of, formerly incarcerated young men and women. To accomplish this mission, ARC advocates for fair policies in the juvenile and criminal justice systems and provides a supportive network and reentry services to formerlyincarcerated individuals. In addition to peer support, ARC offers wraparound services, including casemanagement, trauma counseling, housing, education and employment assistance, mentorship, and opportunities for civic engagement. Today, ARC serves more than 1000 formerly incarcerated men and women. For more information, see


By Dean Welliver, South Kern Sol

The Third Annual LGBTQ Youth Summit hosted by the Kern County LGBTQ Youth Roundtable was held this past Saturday at Cal State Bakersfield. The summit offered middle school and high school aged LGBTQ youth a space where they could be themselves without judgement, make new friends, and learn about the resources that are in the community to support them.

“The goal of the event is to bring the LGBTQ community of Kern County together and to ensure young people who identify as being part of the community do not feel isolated,” said Gloria Garcia, lead organizer of the event and LGBT Community Worker at California Rural Legal Assistance.

To Julian Melendez, a senior at Foothill High School, the LGBTQ Youth Summit provided an opportunity for LGBTQ youth to connect to their culture.

“It gives a lot of youth a lot of information that they didn’t receive in school and this way we interact with our own gay culture we are more in tuned especially because in Bakersfield there isn’t very much pride,” said Melendez.

Melendez also noted the importance of having an event like this in Bakersfield.

“I feel like it is important having it in Bakersfield because it does much to combat the conservative nature of Kern county and I feel like it raises lots of awareness for these types of issues,” Melendez said.

Read more from South Kern Sol here.