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Program Director- New Voices Are Rising
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

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Program Director- New Voices Are Rising

Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment

Job Summary

$52k-65k per year
Job Type
Job Last Posted
Job posted 11 days ago
Job Role
Head of Program, Youth Specialist
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Job Description

About the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment 

The Oakland-based Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment supports community driven action for the environment, community health, and people’s rights. Our New Voices Are Rising program engages high school students from Oakland’s most impacted neighborhoods, encouraging youth to step forward as a new generation of environmental justice leaders. Each year our Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy provides intensive training for 16 students; and our school year Fellowship program engages 3-5 high school student Fellows in organizing, research and outreach projects around climate justice and environmental equity.  Staff and Fellows also lead workshops and service activities on high school campuses and in the broader community.   

Position Summary 

The Program Director is the lead staff person for the New Voices Are Rising program. They spearhead a collaborative process to shape the long range vision for the program; set the program’s goals for youth leadership development and advancing environmental justice; secure program funding; maintain partnerships with funders, community partners, and government officials; and coordinate the overall management of the program, including direct supervision of one full-time staff member.   

The Ideal Candidate 

The ideal candidate is deeply committed to, and experienced in, youth development, community-driven work, environmental justice education and advocacy. They are comfortable working with youth of color from Oakland, including queer youth, and passionate about encouraging young people to step forward as community leaders. They are a strong writer with experience in nonprofit fundraising, particularly government grant writing and reporting. They have strong project management skills, and experience with program planning, assessment, and managing complex grant contracts. The ideal candidate is excited to work collaboratively with other staff, community members and students to set the overall program direction, and vision.   

We encourage candidates to apply who were born and raised in Oakland, and who are comfortable conversing in Spanish.  We also strongly encourage people of color to apply, as well as candidates who identify as women, femme, non-binary, or LGBTQ+.

Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Program Design & Management: The New Voices Are Rising Program Director takes the lead in setting the vision and overall direction of the program, shaping the curriculum arc, designing, managing and evaluating impact, and securing funding. 
  • Student Engagement: The Program Director provides overall guidance in implementing programs for student engagement and youth development around environmental and social justice issues, and supervises and supports the Program Coordinator in youth-facing work. 
  • Fundraising/Development: The Program Director works closely with Development and New Voices staff to plan and carry out fundraising activities, taking the lead on grant writing and reporting, and designing specific projects that respond to government and foundation RFPs. 
  • Grants Management: The Program Director leads a collaborative grants management process, and is ultimately responsible for ensuring that grant deliverables are completed, that data tracking systems are created and used, and deadlines met.
  • Partnerships: The Program Director takes the lead in establishing and maintaining partnerships with community groups, government agencies, elected officials and local schools to coordinate collaborative projects and advance environmental justice.

For further detail on Duties and Responsibilities please see the job description posted on our website.  


Required Qualifications  

  • Strong commitment to environmental protection and social justice.
  • A minimum of five years combined experience in youth leadership development, community organizing and environmental advocacy or policy work required, including experience working with youth of color and queer youth.
  • At least two years experience developing and implementing programs, including curriculum development and program planning, management & evaluation.
  • Strong writing and project management skills.
  • At least two years experience in grantwriting, reporting and nonprofit fund      development with significant experience applying for and managing complex      government grants or multi-partner grants from large foundations.
  • Careful  attention to detail, and ability to work under multiple priorities and      deadlines with a collaborative problem-solving approach and the      flexibility to thrive in a small office. 
  • A minimum of a two-year college degree required, with four-year college degree preferred.
  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule based on student activities and      agency and partner scheduling constraints, including occasional evenings      and weekends.

Desired Qualifications  

  • Experience working with Oakland youth or on Oakland environmental justice issues at a community level.
  • Familiarity with local, regional and statewide decision-making bodies, community organizations, environmental advocacy organizations, and organizations serving youth.
  • Experience in program evaluation, including setting up evaluation systems for accurate and valid assessment, and analyzing data to draw conclusions and make recommendations.
  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish or another language commonly spoken in the Bay Area.
  • Licensed driver able to transport students to and from activities and events.


Salary, Hours, and Benefits 

Full-time, exempt, at-will position, starting annual salary in the range of $52,000 - $65,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Benefits include fully paid platinum-rated health insurance (medical/dental/vision); sick leave which exceeds California standards; generous vacation and paid holidays; FSA and matched 401k; plus sabbatical and professional development opportunities. General Rose Foundation office hours are 9:30am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday, but schedule is flexible and hours fluctuate to accommodate program activities.   


How to Apply 

Please send 1) a resume, 2) a letter that specifically discusses why you want this job and how your education and past experience make you an excellent fit for this position, and 3) a writing sample which illustrates your grantwriting and/or impact evaluation skills to: . Please write “New Voices Are Rising Program Director” in the subject line of your email, and include how you learned about the position in your application. Applicants will be acknowledged via email. No phone calls or mailed applications, please.   Applications must be received by December 16, 2019..     


The Rose Foundation is an equal opportunity employer that embraces diversity. Our office is in a commuter-friendly location five blocks from Lake Merritt BART; located near Jack London Amtrak, AC Transit including the 72R, 12, and Broadway Free Shuttle, and Oakland’s network of bike lanes.  

Business Overview

Team Size

1-10 team members


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Commuter Benefits
Health Benefits
Paid Time Off
Retirement Benefits
Casual Dress
Pet Friendly
Community Oriented
Mission Driven
Work-life Balance
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