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Community Change is both a name and a statement of our purpose. Community Change is a national organization founded in 1968 by leaders of the civil rights, labor, and anti-poverty movements as a living memorial to Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Community Change Action is a 501(c)(4) national advocacy organization aligned with Community Change, its 501(c)(3) sister organization.

These organizations believe no one should struggle to make ends meet, and that sweeping change comes when directly affected people lead a movement powered by community organizing, big ideas, and the ballot box. The people closest to the problems must lead the struggle for change and social movements anchored by community-based organizations drive social change.

The role of Community Change is to put people who are directly affected at the center of the conversation not to speak for them. Since its founding, Community Change has built the power of people directly affected by injustice people of color, women, immigrants, people struggling to make ends meet to envision and fight for a society where all people and communities thrive.

Community Change has won billions of dollars for investments in communities of color and helped expand social programs to improve the lives of families struggling to make ends meet. Community Change played a pivotal role to build the modern immigrant rights movement. Community Change brought community organizing into electoral politics, and in 2018, Community Change Action joined with core allies to run one of the largest independent programs that turned out infrequent voters of color.

The country needs sweeping, systemic change, so Community Change has embarked on a 15-year plan, our Path to Power, to enact it. The strategy includes four interconnected pillars: strengthening Black and immigrant leadership and power at the grassroots; reimagining the practice of community organizing for the 21st century; developing and deepening lasting electoral power at scale in communities of color; and developing visionary ideas and winning a bold national agenda for economic and racial justice and immigrant rights.

For more information on Community Change Action, please visit: and for Community Change, visit:

Against the backdrop of turbulent times, Community Change Action and Community Change are at an exciting moment of transition and are seeking one highly skilled individual to simultaneously hold the positions of President of Community Change Action and Vice President of Community Change. This combined role provides for strategic leadership over both organizations which are legally separate, yet maintain integrated staff and infrastructure support. The new President of Community Change Action/Vice President of Community Change will be a close partner to Dorian Warren, the newly named President of Community Change.

This unique and dual role provides the two aligned organizations with a valuable shared leadership model, designed to draw on the strengths of a collaborative and high-impact executive team.

The leader serving as President of Community Change Action/Vice President of Community Change must be an articulate, critical thinker and problem solver capable of moving us toward the long-term vision for the work of the two organizations. This will take place by creating innovative strategies, facilitating a spirit of teamwork, fundraising and uniting diverse constituencies around common solutions. This position requires someone who is a good listener, self-driven, and who has the ability to motivate others through proactive leadership to achieve results. At its heart, this position calls for a true organizer and leader someone committed to the values and principles of grassroots change.

The President of Community Change Action/Vice President of Community Change will collaborate with leading progressive social justice organizations at the local, regional, and national levels; lead efforts to address the most pressing issues facing low-income communities and communities of color; and guide both Community Change and Community Change Action to an even stronger position that impacts national policy change.

The President of Community Change Action reports to the Community Change Action Board of Directors while simultaneously reporting to the President of Community Change, as Vice President of Community Change.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work in a strategic partnership with the leader serving as President of Community Change /Vice President of Community Change Action to provide direction and leadership toward the achievement of Community Change Action and Community Change s missions, strategies, and annual goals and objectives guided by the Path to Power
  • Serve as an inspirational leader in the progressive movement, providing thought-leadership in policy and movement-building. Act in an official decision-making capacity on all operational and organizational matters for Community Change Action.
  • Establish and maintain positive and collaborative relations with Community Change and Community Change Action Boards, staff, partners, allies, and supporters, and inspire them to take action toward organizational goals. Play an active and leading role in building a relational, transparent culture of excellence.
  • Apply a focus on thoughtful and intentional organizational development with a commitment to professional growth for team members at all levels. Demonstrate attentiveness, availability, and willingness to invest in staff development and cohesion. Apply experience and expertise to the management of selected senior staff and/or teams.
  • Partner intensively with the President of Community Change and other executive leadership and Boards to secure, increase, and sustain organizational revenue, with particular focus on cultivating and growing the major donor base. Personally, cultivate and steward a number of high-level donor and funder relationships. Share responsibility with the President of Community Change, the Institutional Advancement team, and both Boards to plan, implement, and evaluate annual fundraising activities, major donor development, and grant solicitation.
  • Act as one of the lead spokespeople for Community Change and Community Change Action, representing both organizations to the media, elected officials, local partners, and national allies as well as the general public to strengthen both organizations position and roles.
  • Steward and engage the Community Change Action Board around the work of the organization. Recommend yearly budgets for Community Change Action Board approval.
  • The leader serving as Community Change Action s President and Community Change s Vice President will be a creative leader who is deeply committed to the organizations mission and values. They have knowledge and meaningful on-the-ground experience in community organizing, grassroots advocacy, and/or community-based electoral strategies. Top candidates will demonstrate overall leadership, management skills, and proven dedication to build the power and capacity of low-income people especially low-income people of color, women, and immigrants to change those institutions and policies that affect their lives.

    While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for social justice, and support for Community Change Action s and Community Change s core agenda of immigrant rights and racial and economic and gender justice.
  • A proven track record providing strategic leadership and effective management of a sizable, complex public purpose organization or program.
  • Significant experience supervising and developing staff and teams. Experience directing and managing organizational change. The more varied and broader the leadership experience, the better. Demonstrated commitment to the values of equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.
  • Strong public presence with compelling written and oral presentation skills.
  • Significant fundraising experience including responsibility for managing donor relations.
  • Experience building and managing alliances and coalitions that deliver results.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and negotiation skills. Tenacity, flexibility, resilience, and high-energy personality.
  • Significant base organizing and/or community-driven electoral experience. An understanding of public policy and political processes. Experience planning and running issue and/or political campaigns, managing political spending and compliance.
  • Ability to travel domestically up to 40% of time.

  • Associated topics: chief executive officer, director, director of finance, executive management, manage, president and provost, provost, supervisor, senior associate, vice president

    * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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