Start Date: September 2022
This position seeks a candidate with a strong background in community engagement and
outreach, community-based participatory research design, and community capacity
building. The Program Director is a senior-level staff position that will develop and
coordinate a program to strengthen the ability of Oakland community leaders and
organization working to prevent community violence. This role requires the ability to
coordinate curriculum/program development, logistics, assessment, and evaluation, and
developing deep relationships with the participating organizations and leaders.
Intellectual curiosity, solution-driven, commitment to the organization’s mission,
flexibility, and creativity within the position’s specifications are assets, as is knowledge of
the Oakland or the San Francisco Bay Area. This position requires a combination of
facilitation, research, analytical writing, and oral skills, communication skills, experience in
database development/management, community engagement and outreach, and public
speaking. Resource development and fundraising skills are desired to support program
sustainability and scaling. Applicants must have a solid ability to juggle multiple projects.
ABOUT URBAN STRATEGIES COUNCIL (the Council)
Founded in 1987, the Urban Strategies Council (Council) is a regional anchor organization
dedicated to advancing economic, racial, and social equity in the Bay Area. Our mission is
to eliminate persistent poverty in the San Francisco Bay area by working with partners to
transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities. To achieve this
mission, we focus our work on increasing the knowledge, capacity, and strength of Black
and Brown leaders and organizations in the Bay area and dismantling systemic barriers to
opportunity for Black and Brown residents.
The Council works regionally and nationally to provide research, data and policy analysis,
strategic planning, program development and evaluation, capacity building and advocacy in
service of advancing equity. Our core competencies are research, community engagement,
collective action (through collaboration building), community leadership development, and
policy innovation/advocacy. Our work ranges from grassroots organizing support and
community leadership training programming, to local government consulting, community-
focused research, and advocacy on behalf of the communities we serve.
Our work specifically focuses on the region’s most vulnerable youth and young adults -
young people who are at risk of being excluded from the region’s educational and economic
opportunities. USC serves as the backbone organization for the Elevate Youth California
youth leadership development program in Vallejo and Oakland; Oakland-Alameda County
Opportunity Youth Initiative (OYI); Transformative Pathways youth employment program;
Youth Opioid Response Program; and Oakland-Alameda Alliance for Boys and Young Men of Color.
The Council also does a significant amount of work addressing issues of community safety
and justice. We are a founding member of and fiscal agent for the Justice Reinvestment
Coalition of Alameda County (https://www.jrcofac.org/) and most recently, have worked on
developing alternative to police response programs for Oakland and Antioch, CA. We led
the community engagement and strategic planning effort for Oakland’s newly formed Dept.
of Violence Prevention, and we partner with the Urban Institute on an evaluation of
Oakland’s public funding for violence prevention initiatives.
The Council offers a dynamic, exciting environment to apply your skills and to further
develop your experience in an organization with a strong reputation for quality research and
collaboration. We offer a hands-on, collaborative, professional work environment with a
team of passionate, experienced staff committed to their work and to our goals.
ABOUT THIS WORK
This position will support the Council’s capacity building contract with the Oakland Dept. of
Violence Prevention. This position reports to the Council’s President & CEO.
SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE:
1. Leading program recruitment/follow-up; project planning and implementation;
training program implementation; data management; and administrative operations.
2. Supporting data-driven research in identifying and replicating best practices for
community organization and leader capacity building.
3. Conduct a review of literature, policy papers, and online resources on organizational
4. Assess training needs for community-based organizations and leaders.
5. Partner with community stakeholders regarding employee training needs and
organize, develop, or source training programs to meet specific training needs.
6. Liaise with subject matter experts (private, public, and nonprofit sector) regarding
7. Develop training aids such as manuals and handbooks.
8. Facilitate learning through a variety of delivery methods including classroom
instruction, virtual training, on-the-job coaching.
9. Design and apply assessment tools to measure training effectiveness.
10.Track and report on training outcomes.
11.Provide feedback to program participants and management.
12.Evaluate and make recommendations on training material and methodology.
13.Manage logistics for training activities including venues and equipment.
14.Establish and maintain relationships with external training suppliers.
15.Manage training budget.
16.Keep current on training design and methodology.
17.Develop data-driven storytelling products such as blogging, social media to
communicate project work to the broader community.
18.Outreach to vulnerable communities (specifically communities impacted by
19.Create resource development inventory for capacity building projects and support
staff on grant writing and resource development.
20.Perform other duties as required
1. Bachelor’s Degree required. Master's Degree preferred. Desired fields of study fields
of study, include Public Health, Public Policy, Planning, Community Development,
Economics, Ethnic Studies, Business Administration, or other social sciences.
1. 3-5 years of relevant experience in project management and coordination.
2. 2-4 years’ experience in research, data analysis, and interpretation, and report
3. Excellent written and oral communications, including experience with report writing
and public speaking/training programs.
4. Meeting facilitation skills.
5. Experience with online databases for data research, analysis, and report
6. Use of social media for communications activities.
7. Strong administrative management skills (including network coordination).
8. Comfortable working with partners from diverse backgrounds (academia, policy,
technology, civil society) and with people from diverse ethnic, linguistic, and
1. Understanding of theories of social change.
2. Experience staffing a collaborative project/community-based network.
3. Knowledge of Oakland and the city’s community-based organization infrastructure.
4. Previous experience with City of Oakland Human Services contracting.
5. Knowledge of Violence Prevention datasets, policies, and best practices is a plus.
6. Experience in creating and implementing work plans for projects, work groups.
7. Experience developing new relationships and partnerships and the ability to identify
shared goals among a diverse group of stakeholders.
1. Directly impacted by or from a community impacted by violence. Oakland/Alameda
County residency preferred.
2. Demonstrated experience conceiving, planning, and managing a project or program
from conception through implementation.
3. Knowledge and experience working with local programs and services for opportunity
youth, including those involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems
4. Experience working with diverse stakeholders including youth of color, their families
and community-based organizations supporting their positive development.
5. Organized, self-motivated, with great attention to detail.
6. Team oriented – brings a collaborative spirit to a team focused on advancing equity
outcomes and holding each other accountable.
7. Bi-lingual skills (written and oral) and/or bicultural competence a plus
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Compensation is commensurate with experience, ranging from $80,000-$90,000 annually.
This is a full-time exempt hybrid (remote and in-person) position with excellent benefits,
including: 100% coverage of the employee’s medical, dental, and vision. Employee will
receive the following paid holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday,
Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans' Day,
Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. In addition, full-time staff receive the day after
Thanksgiving, and the week in between Christmas and New Year’s as paid holidays.
Employees accrue California-mandated sick time. Vacation time is flexible (on an as
needed/requested basis), and an employee-funded retirement plan is available. This
position is funded through 6/30/23 (with an extension through 6/30/24 based on 1st year
performance). Start date: September 2022.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER & COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY,
Urban Strategies Council Is An Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual
orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, educational background,
protected veteran status, or any other characteristic. Black, Indigenous, and people of color,
LGBTQ identified people, undocumented people, formerly incarcerated people, or people
with family members of currently or formerly incarcerated people are strongly encouraged
To apply for the Research Assistant position at the Urban Strategies Council, please send
your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please put PROGRAM
DIRECTOR – CAPACITY BUILDING in the email ‘Subject’ line. No phone inquiries please.
The Urban Strategies Council is an equal opportunity employer.