Deputy Chief of Programs at Community Change

Full Time
Senior Executive

About Community Change and Community Change Action

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation. 

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income support, and immigration.

This position also supports Community Change Action, an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own Board of Directors.

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the Chief of Programs, the Deputy Chief of Programs will oversee the day-to-day work and sharpen the vision and output of the following issue-specific teams: Immigration, Economic Justice, Field Support, Black-led Organizing, and Strategic Campaigns. In addition to partnering closely with the Chief of Programs, the Deputy Chief of Programs will serve as a thought-partner, collaborator, and day-to-day manager of five direct reports and the members of those teams. The Deputy Chief of Programs also plays a leadership role in the implementation of the organization’s base-building program, including digital organizing. 

A portion of time will be spent working with Community Change's sister organization, Community Change Action.

Areas for Leadership 

The Deputy Chief of Programs role calls for a skilled organizer and engaged manager, with experience in strategic analysis and managing multiple programs implementing long-term power and capacity-building strategies. This position will rely on the ability to see across organizing programs, in service of an aligned and intersectional approach that ensures consistent and quality application of organizing.

The specific focus areas for the Deputy Chief of Programs are listed below: 

Campaign and Organizing Strategy

Partner with the Chief of Programs to identify opportunities for alignment and bring program areas together under a cohesive strategy that leverages the strengths, relationships, and resources of each tactic. Remove barriers and create pathways to increase effectiveness and productivity for partner organizations and their goals. Oversee management of program budgets by organizing staff to ensure effective use of organizational resources.

Key Qualifications: Demonstrated track record in grassroots movement-building, with emphasis on person-to-person experience through field and base-building. Experience creating and implementing a complex organizing strategy, with lessons learned from successes and challenges. Networks and understanding of the organizing context in immigrant rights, economic justice, and/or racial equity are important. Organizing experience or networks in either the Deep South or the Midwest are a plus. 

Collaborative Leadership

Apply experience and knowledge of the organizing landscape to serve as a thought-partner, collaborator, and direct manager to Immigration, Economic Justice, Field Support, Black-led Organizing, and Strategic Campaigns teams and their respective team leads. Contribute to organizational culture and health with a motivational, engaging, and partnership-oriented approach to supporting and developing teams. 

Key Requirements: Seasoned community organizer with previous roles in management, program design and implementation, including a strong track record of successfully managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently. Skilled facilitator and trainer with experience leading diverse groups through complex issues and conflict resolution.

Day-to-Day Management

Support organizing staff in the development and monitoring of work plans, campaign plans, and events/actions, including regular assessment and adjustment as necessary. Manage and train organizing staff, interns, and fellows, ensuring regular supervision, evaluation, and coaching on best practices for transformative organizing. Build staff capacity, implementing tools and systems that focus on accountability and growth.

Key Requirements: Experience with staff management and development, including working with staff who have already served in leadership roles. Ability to delegate with experience making and communicating hard decisions. Organizational skills and experience bringing together team members’ individual goals to align with a larger strategy and workplan.  

External Engagement

Occasionally represent the organization in key partnerships and coalitions on the local, state, and federal levels, as needed. 

Key Requirements: Comfort with public speaking and engaging with diverse audiences. Ability to communicate effectively via virtual platforms and in person, in both small and large groups.

Travel Requirements: This role relies on a deeply relational approach with colleagues and partner organizations. Approximately 40-50% of time in U.S.-based travel expected. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary range of $180,000.00 - $195,000.00 annually. Community Change also offers an excellent benefits package, which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans. Learn more about the Community Change values and benefits at: Classification: Non Union 


This is a remote position, with the ability to be based anywhere in the U.S. Staff based outside of the D.C. area work from home offices or from designated shared office spaces.

Equal Opportunity

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform. We strongly encourage the interest and applications of people of color, women, and people in the disabled and LGBTQ+ communities. Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

COVID-19 Requirements: Community Change requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (within six weeks after the start of employment) unless a medical or religious exemption or other exemption allowed under applicable law is requested and approved. All offers of employment are contingent on compliance with this requirement.  An employee will be considered fully vaccinated once (i) two weeks have elapsed since after the employee has received the final dose of a primary COVID vaccine series (e.g., two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, two doses of the Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine) and (ii) the employee has received any booster vaccine dose currently recommended by the CDC for those in the employee’s age group. Should the CDC subsequently recommend additional boosters or should an employee otherwise become newly subject to a CDC booster recommendation, an employee shall continue to be considered fully vaccinated if the employee gets the additional booster within one month of the change.




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