Program Director

Housing, Land & Development Team / Community Rights Team · OAKLAND, California
Department Housing, Land & Development Team / Community Rights Team
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor
Compensation Between $65,000 and $85,000 depending on experience

Causa Justa :: Just Cause builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities. Born through mergers between Black organizations and Latino organizations, we build bridges of solidarity between working class communities. Through rights-based services, policy campaigns, civic engagement, and direct action, we improve conditions in our neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, and contribute to building the larger multi-racial, multi-generational movement needed for fundamental change.

Political Context

Before the pandemic, Black, and Brown families were already more likely to be evicted, uninsured, or locked up. COVID-19 has shown that these inequities mean life or death for our community members. As state sponsored violence continues to take the lives of Black and Brown community and the social and economic factors of the public health crisis intensifies - now more than ever we need to prioritize rights based services, basebuilding, and organizing. CJJC brings these strategies together with civic engagement and grassroots policy change to organize residents and tenants to cancel debt  and defund the police on both sides of the Bay.


The primary role of the Program Director at Causa Justa : Just Cause is to provide leadership, strategy and support to the work of our three program teams: 1) Community Rights, 2) Housing, Land and Development, and 3) Basebuilding to advance our vision for Black and Brown Unity, Transformative Organizing, and Movement Building. 

The Program Director will report to the Deputy Director, and work closely with the Associate Program Director, Executive Director, and other members of the Strategy Team.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

The Program Director works with the Strategy Team to lead the strategic development and management of the organizing programs of the organization. This includes elements of: Community Rights campaigns, Tenant and Housing Rights Campaigns, power building through rights-based services, member recruitment, retention, and leadership development.  The Program Director also represents CJJC externally in advocacy work, media work, and participates in various local, regional, state and national alliances.  Key responsibilities include providing political and planning support to the program staff, through supervision and leading program evaluation and planning processes, and identifying and implementing strategic new opportunities or programs.

Program Development and Staff Management - 50% 

Program Strategy and Implementation - 30%

  • Develop annual and monthly work plans for the department which include developing the necessary vision, assessment, organizational structures and division of labor for implementing the existing work.
  • Develop emerging work in response to strategic junctures (‘coyunturas’).
  • Represent the organization in strategic alliances that result from new program work or that will result in future new work.

Supervise up to 3 Direct Reports - 20%

  • Supervise lead program staff
  • Support program leads with supervision of other program staff
  • Set overall program staff expectations and responsibilities
  • Develop and implement staff development plan and activities

Organizational Leadership and Team Management - 30%

    Organizational Leadership and Management - 5% 

    • Contribute to overall development and implementation of organizational vision, strategy and political analysis.
    • Participate in the development and implementation of the annual state of the organization and organizational priorities document, as well as the Strategy team workplan.

    Team Management - 15%

    • Identify opportunities for intra-program alignment or coordination across CJJC
    • Plan and facilitate program team, leads teams, or staff meetings 
    • Support others who represent the organization in strategic alliances and coalitions


    Align and Integrate within Team and Cross-Team Priorities - 10%

    • Lead program assessment, evaluation and planning processes
    • Work with the operations team to develop and implement an effective volunteer program to meet annual program priorities 
    • Work with the administration and operations team to develop and implement effective program related systems and process
    • Work with the directors’ and operations teams to develop and implement organizational policies within the program work and with program staff and members

    Fundraising & Communications - 20%

    Fundraising – 10%

    • Work with fundraising team to achieve program related fundraising goals.
    • Work with fundraising team to develop reports on program evaluation and analysis
    • Build relationships with funders of this work and influence philanthropy around program issues. 
    • Participate in organizational fundraising drives & campaigns

    Communications Strategy and Implementation – 10%

    • Articulate and communicate both internally and externally CJJC’s vision, strategy, organizing model and political analysis, and the specific program strategies
    • Work with communications team to achieve visibility goals for program work 
    • Provide media interviews as needed
    • Write occasional analysis pieces, blog posts, and deliver presentations around program issues.
    • Amplify the organization’s social media on your platform  


    The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

    • Embrace Causa Justa :: Just Cause’s mission and commitment to transformative organizing, Black and Brown unity and movement-building with a strong commitment to social, racial, gender and economic justice
    • At least 2-3 years experience as a director OR 4-5 years as lead organizer with social justice organizations
    • A successful track record of basebuilding, leadership development, and campaign work
    • Experience with leading teams and supervision of multiple staff to build trust, unity and accountability 
    • An ability to follow organizational leadership and take leadership in making suggestions/interventions informed by the basebuilding work of the organization
    • Ability to work effectively with public officials and a variety of stakeholders from grassroots groups, advocates, researchers, and litigators to build campaigns and coalitions.
    • Strong personal organization skills and ability to meet deadlines working remotely
    • Ability to be in regular communication throughout the day and on the different platforms the organization uses (Signal, Basecamp, Google docs and email)
    • Computer skills – familiarity with Word, Excel and web browsers required and Google Calendar & Google Drive, graphic design programs &/or social media platforms preferred; ability to use smartphone for work-related apps and communication 
    • Bilingual Spanish and English valued in our language justice work but not required 
    • Understanding of anti-Black racism and how to challenge it 

    We will consider a candidate’s full range of educational, professional, and life experience. CJJC does not require that candidates possess any specific degrees or levels of formal educational attainment.


    • Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, with an expected annual salary range between $65,000 and $85,000
    • CJJC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health, dental, and vision insurance; 401k plan, and generous paid-time off - including eligibility for a paid 3-month sabbatical after five years' employment.
    • People of color, immigrants, women, femme, trans* and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply.
    • To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why you are interested in this position and sharing your relevant experience.  
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    • Location
      OAKLAND, California
    • Department
      Housing, Land & Development Team / Community Rights Team
    • Employment Type
    • Minimum Experience
    • Compensation
      Between $65,000 and $85,000 depending on experience