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Now Hiring: San Diego Black Worker Center Lead Program Coordinator

Now Hiring: San Diego Black Worker Center Lead Program Coordinator

SDBWC Purpose: The San Diego Black Worker Center’s purpose is to build a more equitable economy for Black workers across the diaspora and to advance the Black Worker Justice Movement! The SDBWC will organize people power, improve job quality through policy advocacy and fight for workers’ rights.

Position Summary: The San Diego Black Worker Center’s (SDBWC) Lead Programs Coordinator is responsible for providing programmatic, organizing, community outreach, and communications support for the SDBWC’s Director and staff. This position requires incumbents to utilize independence, initiative, and organizational responsibility; being a strategic thought partner in the foundational development of the SDBWC.

Key Responsibilities: The Lead Programs Coordinator serves as a thought partner and implementor of programs and campaigns aimed at building the SDBWC’s organizing power. They are the owner of implementation strategies, events, tactics, and curriculums for the SDBWC’s programs and campaigns, taking responsibility for obtaining their goals and milestones. The Lead Programs Coordinator supports the SDBWC across the following areas:

Program Development & Implementation

  • Assist the SDBWC Director in the development and evaluation of SDBWC programs and/or campaigns.
  • Lead the coordination and implementation of SDBWC program and/or campaign curriculum, strategies, events, and tactics.
  • Partner with the SDBWC Director in the evaluation of SDBWC programs and campaigns.
  • Responsible for obtaining programmatic and campaign goals and milestones.

Organizing & Community Outreach

  • Assist in creating and implementing outreach strategies for base building, program and campaign development, and to expand the SDBWC’s reach.
  • Coordinate educational forums for community residents to learn about the SDBWC mission and purpose.
  • Coordinate and oversee logistics for actions, events, and/or civic engagement opportunities.
  • Lead the coordination of mobilization of community members to actions and events through phone banking, texting, social media, canvassing, etc.
  • Coordinate member recruitment and member retention strategies.
  • Support the SDBWC Director in identifying and maintaining relationships with key organizations and partners.
  • Oversee the SDBWC’s participation in state and regional coalitions, partnerships, and networks; sharing responsibility for obtaining their collective goals and outcomes.


  • Support the SDBWC’s communications initiatives, participating in promoting its presence through print, digital, and social media.
  • Assist in developing communication strategies and tactics that advance the narrative for the Black worker justice movement.
  • Coordinate and implement social media and digital communication campaigns.
  • Assist in the composing and distributing of press releases and media advisories.


  • The ideal candidate must demonstrate a commitment to empowering Black communities, advancing racial and economic justice, and addressing the needs and concerns of Black workers.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in an organization or program coordinating role, assisting with the implementation of multiple projects in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment.
  • Mastery of English language in both written and verbal formats, including ability to revise and edit culturally appropriate communications materials.
  • Proven organizational skills and attention to detail, including complex scheduling and time management.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a proven track record of maintaining competing priorities and managing conflicting deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications including Outlook, Word, and Excel; Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.
  • Excellent leadership skills and the ability to motivate others across teams and departments.
  • Self-motivated, with strong problem-solving abilities and attention to detail.
  • Valid CA driver’s license and access to insured car for work related travel


  • The Lead Programs Coordinator is expected to be able to work independently, with a moderate level of direct supervision.
  • The Lead Programs Coordinator is expected to use sound judgement, in alignment with the SDBWC’s missions and values, in the performance of their duties.
  • The Lead Programs Coordinator may be empowered to make decisions that directly impact their work and shall not make independent and autonomous decisions that impact the SDBWC as a whole, its staff, other SDBWC departments and teams, or those of SDBWC’s Fiscal Sponsor.

Supervisorial Responsibilities:

  • The SDBWC Program Coordinator may occasionally supervise community volunteers.
  • The SDBWC Program Coordinate may have routine and/or regular supervision responsibilities for other full-time staff.
  • This position may be supervised by: SDBWC’s Director. *In the absence of SDBWC’s staff, CPI’s Executive Director.

Salary Range: Initial salary range for this position is between $69,748 and $78,589 per year.

Fiscal Sponsorship and Management Disclosure:
The San Diego Black Worker Center has entered into fiscal sponsorship and management agreements with the Center on Policy Initiatives. The scope of these agreements includes the management of SDBWC’s financial and personnel responsibilities. While this position is under the direct supervision of SDBWC’s authorized representatives and/or other staff, the employment relationship (including payroll, taxes, and benefits) is directly with the Center on Policy Initiatives.

About Center on Policy Initiatives:
The Center on Policy Initiatives is an independent nonprofit that has been at the forefront of the fight for economic justice in San Diego since 1997. We are the San Diego County people’s think tank. We conduct research, generate policy solutions, advance leadership development, and then build alliances to win policies that benefit working families and diverse communities.


Due to the current Covid-19 public health protocols, all interview activities will be conducted remotely by phone or Zoom. Upon returning to regular operations, this position will be located at our offices in San Diego. Given the high volume of applications we receive, it is not possible for us to contact all the candidates. We are also unable to accept calls or direct e-mails regarding the status of applications.

The Center on Policy Initiatives respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe our strength lies in the broad range of people and partners we work with and represent. Inclusion is a driver of our institutional excellence and we seek out the participation of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees, board members, and volunteers.

Written by CPI San Diego