The Program Director will help shape and implement the strategic vision for the Women’s Foundation of California (Foundation), ensuring that the Foundation’s programs are innovative and aligned with our core belief that those who directly experience injustice are best suited to develop solutions that ultimately benefit all Californians.
The Program Director works closely with the Chief Program Officer (CPO) and Foundation staff to help shape and implement the strategic vision for the Women’s Foundation of California (Foundation), ensuring that the Foundation’s programs are innovative and strategic and aligned with our core belief that those who directly experience injustice are best suited to develop solutions that ultimately benefit all Californians. For 40 years, the Foundation has taken an intersectional, inclusive approach to building a California where all our communities are healthy, safe, and economically secure.
The Director works closely with the program team to ensure that the Foundation’s programs are cohesive and strategic and implemented effectively. The Director leads curriculum and program development for the nationally acclaimed Women’s Policy Institute (WPI)-State, WPI-Local, and Philanthropy and Public Policy Institute and serves as lead facilitator for WPI-State. The Director represents the Foundation in public settings, provides leadership in multiple social movements, and offers timely opinion and analysis to Foundation management, constituents and board members on issues impacting gender, racial, and economic justice. This position requires frequent overnight travel.
Program Leadership & Oversight
- Provide leadership, oversight, management and supervision for all aspects of the Women’s Policy Institute (WPI), which includes three distinct yet interrelated fellowship programs: 1. Philanthropy, 2. State and 3. Local.
- Serve as lead facilitator for the WPI-State program, ensuring the flagship program of the Foundation continues to train grassroots gender justice leaders from across the state.
- Leverage and steward strategic partnerships and relationships that help ensure the success of Women’s Policy Institute fellows and alums, including relationships with public officials and their staff, community leaders, and key partners.
- Provide leadership and management of the Foundation’s programmatic efforts including training and convening community-based leaders. Identify priorities, gaps, and trends in program areas and make recommendations accordingly.
- Cultivate new relationships and networks to broaden the awareness and deepen the impact of the Foundation’s programmatic work.
Team & Organizational Management
- Support the Foundation’s Program Team by providing guidance, mentorship and direct supervision of WPI staff (remote and in-office), and consultants. Create opportunities for team members’ leadership and professional development and ensure that Program team members are supported, valued, appreciated and motivated to produce high-quality work.
- Participate in Foundation staff and Program Team meetings on a regular basis.
- Engage in other activities as needed or assigned to successfully move the Foundation’s mission forward.
- Minimum 6 years’ experience with progressively more responsibility planning and managing multiple mission-driven programs within a large nonprofit setting, and staff supervision;
- Passion for and knowledge of issues and challenges faced by cis and trans women, gender-variant, genderqueer, and non-binary individuals; and trans men;
- Experience developing curriculum for training programs;
- Experience in large group facilitation, adult learning, and experiential training programs;
- Demonstrated understanding of state public policy and policy advocacy and community organizing for policy change;
- Experience supervising staff, solid working understanding of leading effective team, evaluating staff and addressing performance issues;
- In-depth understanding of creative training methods and best practices;
- Advanced project management experience and expertise with effective project management practices;
- Excellent analytical, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills; ability to innovate, with capacity to create or seize opportunities to improve program effectiveness and organizational outcomes;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including confidence and comfort with training WPI fellows and alums and public speaking in front of a variety of audiences;
- Demonstrated experience overseeing programs that successfully engage diverse communities; strong understanding of best practices related to cultural competence of gender, racial, and economic justice issues;
- Demonstrated history of innovative program design and implementation experience supporting creation of funding proposals and budgets;
- Evidenced commitment to an interdepartmental, interdisciplinary team approach to work; strong collaboration and conflict resolution skills;
- Excellent computer and technology skills including proficiency with MS Office suite and familiarity with using databases and online project management tools; must be comfortable learning and using new technology;
- Ability to conduct regular overnight travel throughout California and the United States. At times, up to 30% of the position’s time will be spent traveling.
- Possesses a strong commitment to the mission, policies, goals and values of the Women’s Foundation of California;
- Committed to leading with humility, approachability, and accessibility, and helping team members grow and learn by being a mentor, facilitator and coach;
- Possesses a strong commitment to the self-reflection and interpersonal work needed to create an inclusive and grassroots-driven organization that is at the forefront of gender justice in California;
- Results-oriented and entrepreneurial;
- Able to work independently as well as within a team, set and achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced work environment;
- Demonstrated ability to exercise good judgement and maintain confidentiality;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a team;
- Creative thinker, joyful collaborator, self-starter and detail-oriented communicator with a positive approach, can-do attitude and a sense of humor;
- Ability to create positive, long-term working relationships by demonstrating a commitment to teamwork and customer service, tact, dependability, diplomacy, and flexibility;
- Willingness and ability to travel to meetings and other Foundation events.
Compensation and Benefits
- This is a full-time, exempt position, with a salary range of $90,000-105,000. Offer will be dependent on experience.
- We provide 15 days paid vacation to start which increases over time (20 days after 5 years, and 25 days after 10 years); 12 paid sick days, 15 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule.
- We provide generous benefits including paid parental leave, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, flexible spending account, fitness reimbursements, a 401(k) retirement plan match, transportation benefits, and AD&D insurance with the Foundation covering 100% of the costs of the insurance package.
Our Values and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
At the Women’s Foundation of California, we believe outstanding people are the key to our success. We value a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, transpeople, gender non-conforming individuals and formerly incarcerated people to apply.
As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit and hire with the understanding of systemic oppression and of the lived reality of people with marginalized identities. We also recruit and hire without regard to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, prior conviction, arrest history, disability, marital status, veteran status or age.
Application & Deadline
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume, combined in one document, with the subject line: Director of Programs to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should highlight why you are interested in the position and what makes you a strong candidate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. All documents need to be Microsoft Word or PDF files (PDF files are preferred).