Program Director

Posted by
Brown Hope
Portland, OR
Published 18 days ago

SUMMARY: The Program Director will be a visionary and effective leader who helps to achieve Brown Hope’s mission to create connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous (2BI) leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective healing. Guided by our 12 Principles of Hope, our radical vision is to reverse and overcome historical trauma through four stages of healing, beginning with the individual and culminating in systems change. Our Program Director will be a hands-on leader to provide strategic vision and staff management to support two programs: Mutual Aid and Black Resilience Fund. This position will be a member of Brown Hope’s leadership team, working with the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Programs to share responsibilities around operations, grants management, and program evaluation.



  • Oversee the quality and success of three Brown Hope programs: Mutual Aid, Black Resilience Fund, and Blackstreet Bakery. This includes: program operations and assigned staff supervision.
  • Monitor program budgets, create and execute timelines, oversee grant and contract compliance
  • Strengthen relationships with/for significant private and government grants and contracts.
  • Participate in recurring leadership meetings with the CEO and Director of Programs.
  • Provide feedback for development and marketing, and position Brown Hope as a thought leader around its defined mission and goals.


  • Actively supervise assigned staff. Monitor activities, train, coach, mentor, and provide performance feedback as necessary. 
  • Foster a learning culture within the organization, to identify solutions to issues challenging program success, and inspire greater collective impact
  • Invest time and resources in training, development, support for, and succession of program staff to accomplish goals and to build team members capability and confidence.

GRANT & PROJECT MANAGEMENT (does not include grant writing)

  • Provide active leadership in implementation of grants projects to ensure all grant projects are realistic and grant agreements are fulfilled.
  • Work with leadership to develop and implement plans for strategic priorities, operational infrastructure, systems, processes, and personnel.
  • Collaborate with Program Leadership on final grant reports, review activities to confirm all deliverables and expenditures are completed and accurately recorded.
  • Provide, on an as needed basis, staff training on grant and project management practices.
  • Review and recommend options for the improvement of grant and project management procedures.


  • Provide the CEO with on-going reports on department goals progress and plans, on at least a monthly basis.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the CEO.
  • Represent the organization at conferences and other public events; leading activities, speaking roles and trainings. Credibly represent Brown Hope and its community partners, both locally and nationally.
  • Collaborate with Director of Programs on to ensure program surveys are completed with Mutual Aid, Black Resilience Fund, and Blackstreet Bakery.


  • 4+ years of nonprofit program management experience
  • Understanding of Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities, including historic and contemporary
  • Ability to work in a high stress, fast paced environment and able to troubleshoot and switch priorities quickly
  • A flexible problem solver, good at striking the balance between innovation and continuity, deliberation and action, independence and collaboration
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal direction, showing initiative, creativity, self-discipline, effective time and project management skills
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care models
  • Experience with program research and evaluation
  • Demonstrate a commitment to developing and executing informed strategies, with clear metrics and outcomes identified
  • Be a culturally competent leader: eager to learn, open to diversity, a good listener, and capable of working well with people from different backgrounds and identities
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including excellent oral, written and listening communication
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and project management skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills. The ability to coach and mentor staff and effectively manage performance issues. 
  • Ability to create, monitor, and adhere to a fiscally responsible budget.
  • Cooperative & collaborative team member. Ability to communicate in a professional and respectful manner with all clients, co-workers, stakeholders, community members, public officials, and other business partners. 
  • Integrity, credibility, and passion for supporting the communities Brown Hope serves
  • Experienced and competent in online tools for remote team work, communication, and documentation (particularly G Suite, Zoom, Slack)


Work is usually performed in an indoor office environment, or remote home office environment, with long periods at a desk. Work is oriented to community service and subject to constant work interruptions. Position requires the employee to regularly facilitate meetings and deliver presentations to community members, and other business partners, in both small and large groups. Employees may work under the stress of continual contact from clients, community members, co-workers and business partners, and the pressure to meet deadlines. Requires flexible work schedule and may be required to work evenings and weekends. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Position may require the ability to travel regionally for work activities.

SUMMARY: The Program Director will be a visionary and effective leader who helps to achieve Brown Hope’s mission to create connection with Black, Brown, and Indigenous (2BI) leaders through the heart, mind, and voice to inspire our collective…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 9, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    July 28, 2021
  • Professional Level


$76,000 - $82,000


Full benefits package including medical, dental, PTO, and other perks

Full benefits package including medical, dental, PTO, and other perks


Portland, OR, USA

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