Program Manager of Leadership Development and Advocacy

The Program Manager of Leadership Development and Advocacy is responsible for the implementation of Urban Habitat’s leadership development initiatives to help build the power of low-income people of color. This position primarily manages the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI), which includes recruiting candidates, refining the curriculum, and supporting the placement of the fellows. The person will also co-design and co-facilitate training series and sessions in partnership with other staff and community allies. The Program Manager of Leadership Development and Advocacy will also support policy and advocacy campaigns and coalitions, both locally and regionally, and identify ways in which to incorporate policy campaigns into the BCLI curriculum and ongoing BCLI activities with fellows and alumni.

Summary of Duties/Responsibilities

  • Lead candidate recruitment, interview, and selection process for the BCLI.
  • Identify BCLI training needs and update learning objectives and curriculum as needed.
  • Recruit and prepare speakers and content consultants from a network of experts and partners.
  • Cultivate relationships with BCLI alumni, elected officials, city staff, policy organizations, and community groups who can serve as allies, program speakers, and technical advisors.
  • Co-lead and co-facilitate BCLI trainings and convene learning sessions throughout the year with BCLI fellows and alumni.
  • Match BCLI fellows to appropriate boards and commissions and support their placement with regular technical assistance.
  • Enhance alumni engagement program to facilitate ongoing professional development, networking, and support of incoming BCLI classes. This work may include evening programming.
  • Coordinate coalitions and engage in policy campaigns, and identify opportunities for BCLI participation.
  • Support Urban Habitat’s and our partners’ policy and advocacy campaigns through advocacy, trainings, and leadership development.
  • Co-develop and co-facilitate additional leadership development initiatives.
  • Represent Urban Habitat at conferences, public meetings, and media events, as needed. 
  • Coordinate special projects, assignments, activities, and other duties as assigned.

Summary of Qualifications

Education and training: Bachelor’s degree with content knowledge in one or more of the following: urban planning, public policy, transportation, affordable housing, or environmental studies. Master’s degree a plus.

Work experience: At least three (3) years experience in public policy, public administration, public health, urban planning, community development, or social/environmental justice field. At least one (1) year of experience in training and facilitation.

Specific skills/subject knowledge:

  • Experience with training, facilitation, and curriculum development.
  • Knowledge and experience working on regional equity, urban planning, and housing rights from an equity perspective.
  • Experience working with or significant exposure to grassroots organizing.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with community, policy, labor, and government stakeholders; existing relationships in Bay Area politics and social/environmental justice organizations a plus.
  • Knowledge of the field and experience with race and class focused trainings that integrate a justice (social, environmental, economic, or gender) lens.
  • Political acumen and prior experience developing and implementing social/environment justice policy campaigns; stays current on research and news in the field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Organized and detail-oriented. Takes initiative, is creative and resourceful.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and work well under tight deadlines.
  • Computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Bilingual preferred.

Characteristics of the Position

  • Travel throughout the nine Bay Area counties.
  • Job requires some evening and weekend activities. These may include, but are not limited to, meetings and workshops.

Salary Range: $68,000 - $82,000, DOE, plus excellent benefits

Application Instructions
Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to: Please put “Program Manager of Leadership Development” in the subject line of your email.

Urban Habitat is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category. We strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.