Actively Recruiting:

Position title :
CivicSpark Program Director

Type of Position :
Staff (Full-Time)

Organization/Program Description :

CivicWell, formerly the Local Government Commission, is a nonprofit supporting sustainable solutions and the leaders who implement them. We inspire, equip, connect, and cultivate leadership for local innovation and community change, particularly for leaders responding to the climate crisis and its impact on their communities.

CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address environmental and social equity community resilience issues such as: climate change, water resource management, and access to opportunities. Each year, CivicSpark recruits Fellows who serve community needs by implementing projects across California.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Position Description :

We are looking for a dynamic and outgoing leader to join our team to guide and grow the CivicSpark Program in various ways including providing and support for a larger program team, developing a program strategy and overseeing implementation, program operations (both fiscal and programmatic), and participating in the overall CivicWell leadership team.

Job Duties :

The Director has primary responsibilities for overall program direction including initiating, assessing, and setting goals for the Program in alignment with the strategic priorities of CivicWell; researching, planning, developing and implementing new programs; developing and approving budgets; and overseeing all program operations including hiring, training and mentoring staff.


Primary Program Direction Responsibilities


● Develop, execute, and communicate a comprehensive program strategy (including annual planning activities) that reflects the organizational and program missions including a commitment to practices that promote a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

● Identify emerging trends, potential challenges, and new opportunities that might affect the program’s success.

AmeriCorps Oversight

● Oversee AmeriCorps grant development, grant and contract administration, and reporting activities including tracking progress toward overall performance measure targets and program compliance.

Operational Oversight

● Build a strong and cohesive team structure through direct supervision, mentorship, feedback, and clear decision-making structures.
● Working with the COO, establish a clear program infrastructure (roles, responsibilities, outcomes) and work with the team to operationalize and implement the infrastructure.
● Provide support to ensure the team has the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to succeed and grow.
● Working with CivicWell fiscal staff, oversee and manage all aspects of the program budget including forecasting, tracking, and planning.
● Review, administer, and manage program and partner contracts.

Leadership and Development

● Participate in the CivicWell Leadership Team, coordinating organizational-wide alignment and engagement with CivicWell program areas and the Executive Team.
● Serve as a leadership voice for CivicWell and the CivicSpark program and build a diverse network of allies, stakeholders, donors, and supporters.
● Lead development and fundraising activities to secure partnership match funding as well as identify and secure additional discretionary program funding sources.
● Lead definition and implementation of evaluation activities.
This position will require occasional travel.

Requirements :


● A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Political Science and Government, Public Policy, or a relevant field and at least five years of experience with increasing leadership responsibility.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● Prior experience with public speaking and facilitation in large and small group settings.


We are searching for candidates with:
● Program operations experience with experience in scaling programs and a history of developing and managing program performance metrics.
● Experience managing an AmeriCorps or similar fellowship, internship, or educational program.
● Development and fund-raising experience (sponsorships, grants, or other forms) with prior success in raising funds over $50K or more.
● Program management experience including both developing and managing large and complex project budgets of $500K or more and grant reporting for foundation, state, or federal entities.
● Experience cultivating a culture of diversity and inclusion and advancing structural perspectives and improvements for equity and justice.
● Experience supervising, and coaching individuals and teams to develop strong leadership and accountability in professional standards.
● Experience building strategic and programmatic partnerships with diverse coalitions and networks.
● Data management experience (e.g. CRM utilization, database utilization)
● Impact evaluation experience (study design, and implementation)
● Experience with curriculum development and/or leadership development practice

Additional Benefits :

This position is full-time and exempt and is located in California. The ideal candidate must have the ability to travel to Sacramento, CA when required and throughout the state of California as needed. The annual full-time salary range for this position is $98,000 – $110,000 (based on qualifications). The benefits package includes:
● 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and long-term disability coverage.
● Vacation: Ten days of paid time off accrued in years one and two / three weeks accrued during year three.
● 12 paid holidays per year.
● Access to the CivicWell’s Employee Assistance Program.
● 401K retirement plan with an employer contribution which is currently up to 4% of salary. Full-time employees are eligible to participate in the plan after one year of employment.

Contact Information :

Applicants should email their resumés and cover letters describing their qualifications and interest in the position to Aisha Salahuddin at CivicWell ([email protected]). Please use the subject line “CivicSpark Program Director Search.” Or if you prefer, you may fill out the application form below.

CivicWell is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Our agency embraces a diverse & culturally rich workforce, and we welcome all candidates to apply.

Please submit applications as soon as possible. The position is open until filled.