About Community Change and Community Change Action
“Community Change” is both a name and a statement of our purpose. Community Change is a national organization founded in 1968 by leaders of the civil rights, labor, and anti-poverty movements as a living memorial to Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Community Change Action is a 501(c)(4) national advocacy organization aligned with Community Change, its 501(c)(3) sister organization.
These organizations believe no one should struggle to make ends meet, and that sweeping change comes when directly affected people lead a movement powered by community organizing, big ideas, and the ballot box. The people closest to the problems must lead the struggle for change and social movements—anchored by community-based organizations—drive social change.
The role of Community Change is to put people who are directly affected at the center of the conversation—not to speak for them. Since its founding, Community Change has built the power of people directly affected by injustice—Black, Indigenous and people of color, women, immigrants, people struggling to make ends meet—to envision and fight for a society where all people and communities thrive.
Community Change has won billions of dollars for investments in communities of color and helped expand social safety net programs to improve the lives of families struggling to make ends meet. Community Change played a pivotal role to build the modern immigrant rights movement. Community Change brought community organizing into electoral politics, and in 2018 and 2020, Community Change Action joined with core allies to run one of the largest independent programs that turned out infrequent voters of color.
The country needs sweeping, systemic change, so Community Change has embarked on a 15-year plan, our Path to Power, to enact it. The strategy includes four interconnected pillars: strengthening Black and immigrant leadership and power at the grassroots; reimagining the practice of community organizing for the 21st century; developing and deepening lasting electoral power at scale in communities of color; and developing visionary ideas and winning a bold national agenda for economic and racial justice and immigrant rights.
For more information on Community Change Action, please visit: https://communitychangeaction.org/ and for Community Change, visit: https://communitychange.org/.
The Chief of Programs will leverage their strategic leadership to build and lead an integrated organizing, electoral, and policy and advocacy unit to advance the mission and priorities of Community Change’s Path to Power. Together with the senior leadership team, the Chief of Programs will maximize impact of the organization by strategically aligning and building across the organization and with partners. The Chief of Programs will be responsible for the strategy, implementation, and oversight of Community Change’s organizing, electoral, and policy advocacy work.
This is a role for someone who is authentically aligned and has a deep personal commitment to the mission and strategy of the organization. They take a holistic view on organizational and programmatic operations. They are a natural problem solver and thrive in fostering clarity and alignment in complexity by identifying strategic solutions that deliver results and align with our values.
This position also supports Community Change Action, an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors. The Chief of Programs reports into the Presidents of Community Change and Community Change Action.
The ideal candidate will have a strategic mindset, be results-driven, and possess a high level of emotional intelligence. They are incredibly thoughtful and decisive, and will bring strong energy, joy, and passion around advancing racial and social justice issues.
While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, a successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
Program Leadership and Management (60%)
- Establishes and leads an integrated organizing, electoral, and policy and advocacy unit.
- Provides a strategic vision for the unit, sets goals, monitors progress, and evaluates outcomes.
- Oversees the coordination, integration, and delivery of all organizing campaigns and electoral initiatives – promoting collaborative relationships and ensuring that the expectations of funders, partners, constituents, clients, and other stakeholders are consistently met.
- Demonstrated ability to integrate the work of field organizers and advocacy to influence policy and campaigns.
- Integrates and advances the use of data and technology for program management, evaluation, and analysis.
- Budgets and monitors programmatic operations to ensure sound fiscal and system management.
- Supervises senior-level organizing/field, policy and advocacy and electoral staff.
External Relationships (25%)
- Builds and manages strategic partnerships and alliances with organizations and individuals to advance the organization’s mission.
- Manages relationships with allies and partner organizations.
- Elevates the Community Change/Action brand, priorities, and programs to increase visibility across key stakeholders.
Executive Leadership and Organizational Strategy (15%)
- Plays a key role in helping to lead overall development, strategic planning, and management of the organization.
- Works with the senior leadership team to ensure integration and consistent alignment around resources, talent, and strategy.
- Integrates and advances policies and practices for racial and gender equity and inclusion.
- Manages and leads a high-functioning team to deliver capacity-building programs that will aim to meet specific goals and targets.
- Plans for and effectively manages change.
In addition, candidates will offer:
- A proven track record in developing strategic programming, organizing, and/or campaigns for progressive, civil rights, social justice, or related organization(s).
- Seasoned fundraiser, and strong understanding of budget development and management.
- Strong leadership and management skills, including the ability to develop talent and foster a positive and creative work environment.
- Full understanding of the progressive movement ecosystem and the roles of all the organizations and players within the ecosystem.
- An ability to lead, build and participate in teams including a willingness to circulate widely, communicate openly, listen well, and learn from others.
- Ability to manage a complex, ever-changing workload and organize time efficiently.
- Flexibility, resilience, a sense of humor, and the desire to be part of a courageous, creative, compassionate culture and environment.
- High emotional intelligence, excellent judgment, and consistent follow through.
- A strong structural racial, gender, and economic analysis in agreement with Community Change’s vision and values.
- An innovative thinker that is able to translate strategic thinking into action.
- Effective writing and communication skills across varied formats and contexts; ability to communicate complex ideas in clear, concise terms (verbally and written).
- An organized systems thinker who brings an organizational architecture lens; integrity, honesty and a balanced, non-partisan approach.
- An ability to work with multi-issue, intra-departmental campaigns and teams and community leaders.
- 15+ years of professional experience, with at least 5+ years leading at an executive C-suite level of an organization, with a strong preference for leading an organization as Executive Director.
- 5+ years grassroots organizing experience and experience leading campaigns (federal, state, local, or issue areas).
Compensation & Beneﬁts
A robust benefits package reflects the organizations’ values and enables staff to lead their work and personal lives with presence, power, and vision. Community Change offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans. To learn more about our employee benefits and Community Change’s values, please visit here.
Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is not included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and therefore not covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.
While Community Change is based in Washington, DC, we are open to candidates outside of DC, with a preference for the East Coast. We anticipate this role will spend time in DC and travel as needed once restrictions have lifted.
Alicia Salerno and Melissa Madzel of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] or apply directly online here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. Internal applicants, individuals who have held significant leadership experience within the Community Change/Action community, including current Community Change/Action staff, former Community Change/Action staff, and staff who have held senior leadership within a Community Change/Action partner organizations, are strongly encouraged. If you are interested, please submit as early as possible.
Community Change Action and Community Change’s work on social, economic, and political equity as well as the pursuit of a just society is informed and inspired by the diversity of its staff. Community Change Action and Community Change celebrate diversity in gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, class, ability, life experiences, and background. Community Change Action and Community Change are committed to maintaining a work environment that recognizes, understands, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of each member of its team.
Community Change Action and Community Change are Equal Opportunity Employers – women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Koya Partners
Koya Partners, a member of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.
At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.
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