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Lincoln Overview

Oakland, CA
201 to 500 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Social Assistance
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Lincoln impacts more than 4,000 children and their families in the most underserved communities of the greater San Francisco Bay Area through a continuum of academic achievement, family strengthening, and well-being programs. An innovative approach, providing comprehensive ... Read more

Mission: Lincoln disrupts the cycle of poverty and trauma, empowering children and families to build strong futures.

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Lincoln – Why Work For Us?

What We Do

Lincoln provides comprehensive support services with a focus on three core areas that disrupt cycles of poverty and trauma:

Education: Improving academic attendance, literacy, engagement, and achievement

Family: Strengthening stability and creating permanency

Well-Being: Building resiliency and wellness

Every day, in communities throughout our region, Lincoln is providing real solutions to the unique issues our children, youth, and families face. At Lincoln, we go where children and youth are, walking alongside them to develop skills to stay at home and in school. Teams of skilled and diverse staff work together with youth and families to utilize their strengths and build a plan for success. With this critical support, our children, youth and families thrive and build bold futures.

Lincoln has the culturally relevant, adaptive approach that meets the needs of children and families struggling withtraumatic situations. Our multi-generational model sets a new standard of support that changes lives. 

In 1883, Rebecca McWade, our founder, opened her home for what would become the first racially integrated orphanage in Northern California and began Lincoln’s legacy of responding to the needs of children, youth and families.

Today, we reach more than 4,600 kids and families annually and our track record is proven: kids attend school, learn to read and stay with their families. With Lincoln, they beat the odds, realizing their potential, and build successful academic, work and life skills. 

Our Values

We are truth-tellers and adhere to our principles and values.

We provide a caring and supportive environment.

We honor all with dignity and consideration

We constantly work toward the highest standards and never give up.

We stand up for what's right, even in the face of adversity.

We commit to building awareness and proactively challenging issues of bias in our community.

Principles of Care

We honor the diversity, resiliency, and uniqueness of the children, youth, and families we serve, collaboratively drawing and building upon their individual interests, abilities, and skills. We work together to identify and build resources within themselves, their families and their communities.

We actively engage and partner with people important in the lives of the children, youth, and families we serve. We ensure that families are active participants in the planning and delivery of services. We are committed to children and youth being connected to their families of origin whenever possible.

Best Practices
We utilize proven best practices that are sensitive to diverse cultures and communities. We regularly evaluate our methods for efficacy and relevance to achieve positive outcomes for the children, youth and families we serve.

Team-Based and Integration
We are committed to providing an array of services based on the unique needs of children, youth, and families that embrace a team approach. We value the richness and diversity gained by the multiple perspectives of family members, program staff, and community partners.

Early Intervention and Prevention
We are committed to providing early intervention and prevention services that work toward strengthening families and communities to support resiliency, stability, independence, and growth.

Lincoln is growing and we're looking for passionate, innovative, and talented individuals to join our team, and allow us to serve many more children, youth, and families in need!

Join Us

Lincoln is an innovative nonprofit leader on the cutting edge of delivering programs that strengthen families and change lives. Our employees are mission-driven, passionate individuals who have come together from all walks of life and experiences to serve children, youth and families. We share common goals to disrupt the cycles of poverty and trauma, to face issues of race, equity and diversity, and to make a difference in our communities. It takes a team of extraordinary talents to produce the impact that only Lincoln can!

Inspired to join us? Explore the current opportunities.  A challenging yet rewarding career awaits your contributions and talent.

The Lincoln Experience

Employee surveys ranked Lincoln among the top 100 workplaces three years in a row.  Hear what our employees have to say about working at Lincoln.

Professional Development

Lincoln provides professional development opportunities that meet the qualifications for Continuing Education as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are committed to maintaining and supporting a well-trained, diverse staff that begins with an extensive new hire orientation and continues to include ongoing trainings generated by challenges facing our staff, youth and families. Our comprehensive training prepares staff to deeply understand our programs and who we serve, and to increase job and industry knowledge. Training also fosters continuous skills development, so you can advance and grow with us.


Lincoln offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular, full-time employees and part-time employees working 20 hours or more per week. In brief, our benefits package includes health insurance offerings for medical, dental and vision coverage with a substantial employer-paid subsidy for employees and dependents; voluntary offerings for life insurance, long-term disability and flexible spending accounts; Employee Assistance Program benefits; and generous paid-time benefits of at least eight weeks per year combining PTO/sick/vacation and holidays. In addition, after the completion of one year of service, employees are eligible to participate in one of our employer matching and/or sponsored retirement plans and employer-paid group life insurance.

Lincoln is dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with dignity and respect.

Lincoln Reviews

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    "One of the most influential places in my career; I would not have been successful in my graduate program without them."

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    I worked at Lincoln full-time (More than 8 years)


    Supportive, flexible, and strength based. I always felt like I could talk to someone, and I would be supported immediately. This work is very hard and can be taxing, causing burn out, but supervisors and coworkers were always there for me.


    Pay. Although I did receive raises over the years, starting as a milieu staff in residential, to a Master’s level Social Worker, my ending pay did not reflect my degree or experience. I understand this is a non profit; this was the only reason I had to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to pay workers more, to stay longer. I would not have minded retiring from Lincoln if I did not need to survive in the Bay Area.

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Lincoln Interviews



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    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Lincoln.


    One phone interview, followed by in person interview with admin team and final in person interview with CEO. Everyone was very friendly and easy to communicate with openly. Quick responses to emails and next steps throughout the process.

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Lincoln Awards & Accolades

  • Top Workplaces, Bay Area Newsgroup, 2013
  • Top Workplaces, Bay Area News Group, 2014
  • Top Workplaces, Bay Area News Group, 2015
  • COA Accreditation, National Council on Accreditation, 2016
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