Employment Opportunity: Program Director - Capacity Building


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.


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.


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.


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

capacity building.

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

instructional design

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


Education Requirements

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.

Required Experience

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

economic backgrounds.

Desirable Experience

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.

Desirable Characteristics:

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 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.



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.


To apply for the Research Assistant position at the Urban Strategies Council, please send

your cover letter and resume to careers@urbanstrategies.org. Please put PROGRAM

DIRECTOR – CAPACITY BUILDING in the email ‘Subject’ line. No phone inquiries please.

The Urban Strategies Council is an equal opportunity employer.

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