Community Leadership Institute – Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $58,000.00




1032 S Jackson St
United States


Puget Sound Sage is a dynamic regional organization dedicated to building power and reshaping the economy and urban environment for workers and communities. Our growing organization is committed to racial justice and connecting community and worker organizing to achieve quality jobs, affordable housing, shared prosperity, and a healthy environment. Our team works with community, faith, environmental, labor and immigrant organizations to win innovative policy and build power in the region. This position is ideal for a dynamic, people-oriented movement builder with strong follow up, personal management and relationship building skills. If you have experience working in a fast-paced environment, a deep personal commitment to racial and economic justice and community organizing experience then this job is for you. Puget Sound Sage is also committed to the personal and professional development of their staff, and can increase staff responsibilities based on interest and professional growth.


The CLI Program Manager works collaboratively with Puget Sound Sage’s Program Team and reports directly to the Deputy Director. This Program Manager is responsible for managing our Community Leadership Institute, a 6-month cohort based leadership development program that provides resources and training to a cohort of emerging leaders of color to be able to infuse a racial equity agenda on strategic municipal boards and commissions.



  • Program Recruitment: Develop and implement strategies to recruit fellows to the CLI program.
  • Alumni Engagement: Develop an alumni program for former CLI fellows to maintain sustained support as they sit on local boards and commissions.
  • Skill Building and Connecting Training to Current Policy Trends: Reach out to allies, other governmental staff and local leaders to provide relevant skills building trainings to CLI fellows.
  • Coordination: Coordinate and facilitate all CLI meetings and trainings.
  • Public Trainings: Host semi-regular skill building trainings on municipal governance and policy for local leaders and elected.
  • Program Evaluation and Program Development: Assist with program development, such as grant reporting, strategic planning, and evaluation of the program to ensure successful implementation of goals.


Other Duties

  • Support the build out of future leadership development programs at Puget Sound Sage.
  • Participate in Sage events including occasional organizing events and actions.
  • Contribute to our culture of fundraising.
  • Attend and support staff team-building and training events, including conferences, database training, and internal development trainings.
  • Participate in meetings and trainings to advance Sage’s organizational commitment to economic and racial justice.


The ideal candidate will be mission-driven, persistent, flexible, diligent with follow-though and have the ability to maintain confidentiality. Specific professional requirements include the following:

  • Demonstrated experience and passion in community and/or coalition organizing.
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills to move towards consensus and value a diversity of opinions. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a preference for candidates with community, coalition or union organizing experience.
  • Strong follow up and personal management skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong personal commitment to social justice – including economic, racial and environmental justice.
  • Knowledge of local and regional policy related to transportation, housing, labor and environment.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.


Full family health benefits; 401k contribution; generous vacation and personal time, and flexible work environment.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

  • Email a résumé, cover letter and at least three professional reference contacts in PDF format to Please put CLI Manager and YOUR NAME as the subject line of the email and address the cover letter to Michael Moore, Operations Manager.
  • Please label the cover letter and resume with your first and last name.
  • In the body of the email, please let us know how you found out about the position.
  • This position is open until filled, but priority review will be given to candidates who submit their applications by April 18th. Applications received after that date may be reviewed in a second round.
  • No phone calls please. Only applicants who are offered interviews will receive a response. 

Puget Sound Sage is committed to hiring and advancing personnel with an explicit regard to advance women, people of color, LGBTQ people, and other people from traditionally underrepresented communities. Further, we are committed to working with allied organizations which do the same.