Program Director- New Voices Are Rising

Opportunity Type: Job

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+.