The California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) is the largest reinvestment coalition in the nation. Since our inception, we have worked with our members and allies in the fight for economic justice. CRC envisions a future where we reimagine systems of capital built around anti-racist economic justice systems; where capital centers on the needs of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities first and foremost. Our campaigns focus on closing the racial wealth gap by moving from an economy based on extractive profit-taking to an economy centered on people-driven investment, where Black and Brown communities are not only at the center of that investment, but also are the drivers and decision-makers of that investment.
In the past six years, CRC campaigns have resulted in more than $60 billion invested in California BIPOC communities to promote affordable housing, homeownership, small business ownership and other community-driven investments. Our advocacy and legal actions have resulted in corporate and public policy wins and have provided financial restitution to people harmed by discriminatory business practices. CRCs Executive Director has testified as a subject matter expert before Congress and has been profiled and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Univision and other national media outlets.
The California Reinvestment Coalition seeks an experienced, mission-driven Program Manager to lead CRC’s new Resilience Fund initiative, a two-year, $4 million program to reimagine systems of capital centered on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. Guided by an Advisory Committee of community leaders, the Resilience Fund will provide capacity building, technical assistance, and grants to a support cohort of 10-12 BIPOC-led nonprofits in becoming certified Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Cohort members will build their operational capacity, strengthen organizational balance sheets, and develop loan funds and investments to expand small business ownership and affordable housing in low-income communities of color throughout the state.
This position calls on someone with proven project management skills and a depth of knowledge designing and leading philanthropic initiatives, with a focus on racial and economic justice. To keep the lived experiences of people and communities at the center of this grantmaking and capacity-building initiative, the Program Manager should have significant lived and/or professional experience working closely with BIPOC communities that have been historically excluded from mainstream financial systems and access to capital.
The Resilience Fund Program Manager reports to the Executive Director and/or their future designate. This full-time salaried position is based in California and is currently slated for two years, with continued employment contingent upon future funding.
Strategy Development and Implementation
- Working with the Executive Director, Chief Development & Finance Officer, and CRC staff, implement programmatic and grantmaking strategies in support of CRC’s overall mission and in compliance with grant funding from corporate and foundation donors.
- Research community needs, refine philanthropy strategies, and develop goals for impact in response to changing economic, political, social, and environmental conditions.
- Promote and participate in fostering open-mindedness and a culture of learning, including learning and evaluation activities to guide the evolution of programmatic work, gather data and evidence about the effectiveness of grantmaking and capacity-building strategies, and adapt practices as needed.
Project Management – Grantmaking and Cohort Selection
- Manage all aspects of cohort member selection, ongoing engagement, and grantmaking process, including grant reporting requirements and timelines. Set and communicate deadlines and timelines with CRC staff and cohort members. Identify resource gaps and contingencies for successful program implementation.
- Work with Communications Manager to promote the fund to potential applicants, funding partners, and CRC members.
- Develop and help lead Community Advisory Committee with the Executive Director to inform program design, select cohort members, and review progress, including scheduling and coordinating committee meetings, providing summary dockets, and reaching out to individual committee members as needed for expert advice.
Project Management – Capacity Building and Peer Learning
- In collaboration with strategic partners/contractors, design and manage two-year capacity building, technical assistance and peer learning programs, supporting individualized and shared goals and objectives of cohort members.
- Work with Executive Director and CRC program staff to integrate social justice training and community advocacy into workshops, and create a learning environment that celebrates and embraces the richness of the cohort and challenges white supremacy thinking within the financial/philanthropic sector.
Evaluation and Impact Measurement
- Work with Advisory Committee and cohort members to develop evaluation methodologies and metrics built upon a shared program structure, vision, mission, and priorities to shape community-driven solutions that align with CRC’s mission of challenging the roots of racial and economic injustice.
- Design and review progress reports, conduct evaluations of cohort members, and work with Executive Director to monitor use of grant funds.
- Provide written reports and materials detailing program progress and impact, including an interim report and final report for funding partners and periodic updates to Advisory Committee and CRC board.
- At least 5 years in philanthropy, managing capacity building programs or related field
- Second language, particularly Spanish is preferred
- Demonstrated experience managing complex, multi-year projects; experience with Asana or other project management platforms.
- Strong written communications
- Commitment to social and economic justice
- Bachelor’s degree required
- Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000
- Competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vacation/paid time off, and 401k retirement savings plan.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with Resilience Fund Program Manager in the subject line. The position is available until filled. No calls, please.
The California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) is the largest statewide community reinvestment coalition in the country, with over 300 member organizations across California that provide services to tens of thousands of Californians. CRC members include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, housing counseling agencies, small business technical assistance providers, legal services agencies, and community-based organizations.
CRC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. In addition to federal law requirements, CRC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.
The California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) is the largest reinvestment coalition in the nation with three hundred member organizations. Since our inception, CRC has worked with our members and allies to provide greater economic equity and access to financial resources for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities throughout California. CRC envisions a future where we reimagine systems of capital built around anti-racist economic justice systems; where capital centers the needs of BIPOC first and foremost, and where we move from an economy based on extractive profit-taking to an economy centered on people-driven investment, where Black and Brown communities are not only at the center of that investment but are the drivers and decision makers of that investment.
CRC’s members include CFDI’s, housing counselors, affordable housing providers, tenants’ rights organizations, small business technical assistance providers, multi-service agencies, and other community-serving organizations. This network of “financial first responders” work directly with impacted communities in hard-to-reach urban and rural communities.
In the past six years, CRC bank accountability campaigns have resulted in more than $60 billion investment in California BIPOC communities. As a core pillar of our work to close the racial wealth gap, these campaigns have resulted in investments that promote affordable housing, home ownership, and small business ownership and other investments that benefit BIPOC communities.
CRCs also successfully advocates for equitable investment and consumer protections at the federal and state level regulators and legislators. We have secured CFPB action in defense of low income communities and our statewide wins include the nation’s most comprehensive HomeOwner Bill of Rights, the first in the country right of first offer for tenants in foreclosure sales and EBT for Free. We are currently advocating for corporate landlord accountability and designing the CA State CRA.
CRC reimagines systems of capital that reverse the legacy of redlining and ongoing structural racism through building an alternative to the extraction economy where capital is redistributed and BIPOC communities hold power not Wall Street. To this end we will begin to offer training support to our member organizations in understanding the history and legacy of structural racism and the decades of advocacy to rectify the exclusion of Black people from financial systems of building wealth and how today this embedded racism also impacts other people of color communities.
Ideal candidate will be well-versed in how racial and economic justice issues are related. She/he/they have a deep and well-formed understanding of political, institutional, and structural barriers that BIPOC communities face in building economic power and wealth.
Ideal candidates for the position also have experience building common cause among broad array of stakeholders. Some experience training and developing pedagogy for adult learners including those with little experience in formal learning settings and/ or are limited English speakers, will be helpful.
This position is part of the Organizing team and as such is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Bay Area organizational members and partners and individual leaders we train. The position is supported by the Organizing and Campaigns Director.
The candidate must be based in one of the five Bay Area counties, or you must be willing to relocate. Post COVID co-working in our Oakland office a few times a week is required. Some travel to Sacramento, Los Angeles and other regions in CA is required. Adequate notice will be provided prior to any travel.
Racial Justice Training and Leadership Development:
- Lead curriculum development for training of CRC members: staff of organizations and clients of organizations. Specific modules for housing, capital for small businesses and banking generally will need to be developed.
- Lead training/ workshops and convene member organizations across communities (initially this will be done remotely during COVID).
- Further develop materials and collateral needed for training
- Collaborate with content experts to shape, update, and communicate CRC’s positions on public policy and racial equity issues
- Works closely with community partners to design and implement objectives and strategies that accomplish CRC’s racial equity focused campaign goals
- Contribute meaningfully to coalition building such that CRC’s members and the BIPOC communities they work with are represented in each policy campaign
- Lead preparation and coordinate regular visits of CRC member orgs with policy makers and, as needed, with Federal, State and local elected officials
- Participate in stakeholder coalitions and workgroups on behalf of CRC in order to influence policy development and maintain a consistent presence in community, government, and political circles
- Work collaboratively and positively with Organizing and Campaigns team and other programmatic staff to achieve overall program goals and advance the mission of CRC
- Contribute to long term strategic planning
- 2-3 years of organizing/community engagement experience and/or program and corporate or public policy advocacy experience
- Experience in Adult Popular Education methods, a plus
- Experience in policy development and advocacy strongly preferred
- Experience working with a diverse group of community-based organizations, coalition building, and relationship building, strongly preferred
- Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work independently, required
- Regional and Statewide travel required once the pandemic is over
- Spanish language, preferred
- Salary Range: $70,000- $80,000
- Remote work stipend
- Benefits package includes medical, dental and vision plans at no cost to the employee. A 5% employer contribution in a 401k retirement savings plan. Generous PTO.
CRC staff currently and for the foreseeable future work remotely.
Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for the job, to email@example.com. Include Senior Organizer in the subject line. The job is open until filled.
We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, people with disabilities, LGBT individuals, and foreign-born individuals to apply. CRC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. In addition to federal law requirements, CRC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.