Deputy Director, Go! Austin/¡Vamos! Austin (GAVA)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $62,500
Details: Commensurate with experience



Start Date


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3710 Cedar Street
Suite 230
United States


Go Austin/Vamos Austin (GAVA)

Deputy Director Position


Go Austin/Vamos Austin (GAVA) is a coalition of residents, community leaders and nonprofits working together to improve community access to healthy living in Austin’s Eastern Crescent. GAVA develops strong networks of grassroots teams who lead efforts to  increase access to and participation in physical activity and improved nutrition, while aligning the efforts of organizations and institutions to create systemic changes for health equity. GAVA’s successful place-based work in South and Southeast Austin has created positive impacts citywide, and planted seeds for replication in other geographies.

Deputy Director Description

The Deputy Director will ensure organizational effectiveness by providing leadership to translate GAVA’s high-level strategic goals into best practices for project management and day-to-day operations.  GAVA’s Deputy Director will serve directly under GAVA’s Executive Director, overseeing the implementation of a strategic approach to community organizing coalition-wide and advancing GAVA’s efforts in Austin’s Eastern Crescent. The Deputy Director will fulfill duties as a Program Director to GAVA’s various Sector Managers, develop and provide content expertise on “Community Permanency” issues (land development, climate resiliency and housing), and interface with GAVA’s clinical partners in the healthcare space.

The Deputy Director will report to and work in partnership with the Executive Director. Since this is a new position at GAVA, the Deputy Director will have the opportunity to build out the operations management function and ultimate list of duties and responsibilities.

Sector Manager Responsibilities

  • Manage GAVA Sector Managers (SMs) including Food & Economic Development, Coordinated School Health, and Community Safety.  Collaborate and provide strategic guidance to SMs at partner organizations (Early Childhood, Physical Activity)
  • Share data needs with ED and GAVA evaluation team
  • Identify potential policies, conversations, and partnerships that could further GAVA’s health equity work
  • Build partnerships with high-level community stakeholders to further GAVA’s mission
  • Create protocols for equitable distribution of city funds, and neighborhood influence on large public works projects
  • Follow high-level policy and funding issues regarding housing and anti-displacement
  • Identify partnerships to leverage funds for GAVA replication and evaluation in new geographies, and manage some relationships including those with clinical partners.
  • Co-create strategies for policy change or program adaptations that decrease barriers to quality early childhood resources, retail food access, community safety, equitable parks funding, school health, and economic development
  • Report to GAVA Executive Director in regular meetings and to colleagues in team strategy meetings

Program Manager Responsibilities

  • Improve the operational systems and processes in support of the organization’s mission. Specifically, oversee the work of GAVA’s managers, information flow and management, business processes and organizational planning, in coordination with the Executive Director
  • Document, maintain, and/or improve operational systems, processes and best practices to guarantee organizational cohesiveness, clarity, and overall well-being
  • Participate in strategic planning processes with a focus on organizational management
  • Collaborate with Executive Director to guide and strengthen GAVA’s work on anti-displacement.
  • Recruit, interview, and onboard new hires to team, and in coordination with the Executive Director, plan the use of the team’s human resources re: delegation of tasks and accountabilities

Tasks and Duties

  • Oversee that sector managers and organizers are reporting wins monthly and updating team action plans quarterly
  • Schedule regular staff meetings and work with directors and organizers to set and plan coalition meetings and other large convenings
  • Employ best practices and operational processes and inform the rest of the team
  • Work with GAVA’s external HR manager to ensure GAVA is adhering to HR policies and procedures and ensure that GAVA’s employee handbook is up to date
  • Work with GAVA’s executive director (ED) to create and improve partnership procedures and best practices with coalition partners (funded and unfunded)
  • Meet individually with internal staff, partners, and external stakeholders on a regular basis to advance GAVA’s efforts

Qualities of a successful candidate:

The ideal candidate will have a deep understanding of community organizing and organizational partnerships, and an ability to relate to and connect with individuals and groups from every background. Candidate will demonstrate high-level analytical skills, a strong project management background, excellent communication and networking skills, and personnel management experience.

  • Ability to navigate institutional networks and build relationships with collaborative partners
  • Desire to meet new people, foster connections and collaboration, and drive community health outcomes
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude, show concern for people and community, demonstrate presence, self-confidence, common sense, and good listening ability
  • Strong strategic planning and problem solving skills

Job Requirements

  • 3+ years experience in community organizing or public policy
  • 5+ years in project  and personnel management
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Provide own transportation, some travel required
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations


Employer paid health, dental and vision insurance (United)

Employer IRA matching

Paid time off starting at 10 business days plus five-day holiday break.

Level of Language Proficiency

Excellent speaking and writing in English is a requirement.

Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages is a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

2-year degree

How To Apply

Please send resume or CV and a cover letter to