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10 Jan 2023

Full-Time Senior Program Manager

Build It Green – Posted by builditgreen Oakland, California, United States

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Job Description

Job Title: Senior Program Manager

Primary Work Location: Oakland, CA

Reports to: Director of Programs

Classification: Full-Time

Salary Range: $90,000 – $94,000 (commensurate with experience)

About you

You’re a creative project manager who understands how to balance working with humans and getting work done. You enjoy the process of figuring out how all the pieces fit together, finding an opportunity to spark transformation, and how to move work forward while supporting others and being responsive to shifting needs. You see potential in improving how things are done to help house a healthy and resilient California, and are excited about helping make it happen.  You’ve seen the housing challenges facing Californians, and you want to help create and enable housing that will support equitable, affordable, and regenerative communities that are accessible to all residents, while able to juggle the ambiguity of a startup culture. If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!

About us

Build It Green (BIG) is a California-based nonprofit dedicated to transforming the California housing system in service of human communities and ecological vitality.  We aim to identify great ideas from a diverse and unique array of players in the housing ecosystem and uplift them through cross-sector collaboration to reimagine the way homes and neighborhoods are built, so we can advance equity, housing affordability, and ecological well-being. We are a human-centered organization that values the lived experiences and perspectives of our team. Learn more at

About the position

A successful person in this role will see whole projects from a strategic point of view and figure out how to mobilize the people, resources, and wisdom — from both within BIG and from among our partners — to enable the work to thrive, while having the capacity to roll up their sleeves and get work done on the ground as needed. They will help develop and launch projects and oversee and coordinate existing programs to ensure that the work of BIG is up to the task of addressing California’s social equity and environmental challenges as those challenges present through housing issues. They will be responsible for making sure resources and lessons learned are shared for the benefit of all, and that the projects continue to align with our strategic vision and aspirations. These programs and projects will be diverse in nature and require adaptability, flexibility and ingenuity to meet rapidly changing needs in the housing ecosystem and to respond to inputs from diverse stakeholders, partners and other collaborators, whether they are BIG lead or in support of collaborative efforts led by others. 

What the work looks like

The Senior Program Manager will work closely with other members of the Program team and network partners to identify great ideas from a diverse and unique array of players in the housing ecosystem and then cultivate those ideas into  projects and programs. Once programs and projects are developed, the Senior Program Manager will, in collaboration with BIG colleagues, leadership, network partners, consultants and others, support those projects and programs through either direct project management or support and coordination of others to ensure they will make California’s housing ecosystem more affordable, equitable, and environmentally thriving. 

Specific work may include (though isn’t limited to):  

  • Ability to see opportunities, gaps, and connections in a complex system and then mobilizing people and resources, from those that we directly control to those that we only loosely influence, to take action.
  • Oversee both major and minor projects and initiatives catalyzed through the network and partners, to ensure alignment with organizational and partner aspirations and maintain a holistic view across projects to champion, coordinate and create innovative collaborations, resources, and opportunities. 
  • Harvest lessons learned from individual projects that have broader implications, create ways to share those lessons with others and implement sharing as needed. 
  • Manage one to two significant programs/ projects (and/or several less intensive initiatives), working groups, and/or programs throughout the year in close partnership with members of BIG’s network, partners and collaborators with direction from BIG leadership. 
  • Facilitate and/ or support discussions with small and large groups— in-person or online—to support idea generation, work planning and/ or discussion.
  • Coach and support other Program staff on effective facilitation and project management.
  • Attend and be a positive representative of BIG at a variety of other organizations’ events, webinars, and conferences throughout the year, both in-person and online, as part of our commitment to continued learning and support of other’s  work.
  • Advise on meeting design and content for programs and projects with both Program and Network Stewardship teams. 
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to develop materials and content to promote our work  and the Network Stewardship team to support member efforts. 
  • Facilitate and coach participants and collaborators to move towards inclusive and intersectional work that furthers the equity, affordability, and environmental housing aims of BIG outside of structured projects.
  • Regularly evaluate work and methods for improvements to current systems. 

Other occasional activities: 

  • Assist in hiring, onboarding, and/or coaching Program Associate(s) or interns under the direction of BIG leadership.
  • Contribute to internal development efforts such as through activities at a staff retreat or hosting an all-staff discussion on a specific project or topic.

Skills & Qualifications

We understand no single applicant will have all of these skills. If you feel you meet most of them and find this job exciting, we encourage you to please apply!

  • Systems thinking, including ability to see across many disparate systems and elements and find areas of intersection, collaboration and impact potential, elevate key transformative ideas or opportunities and connect dots,  and create structure to consistently deliver these lessons and ideas out of a busy, messy ecosystem of activity. 
  • Adept with stakeholder/ partner engagement and communication, including uplifting their contributions and building connections between diverse groups/ individuals.
  • Experience with direct supervision for a minimum of one year of at least one junior staff person or equivalent experience in managing others effectively. 
  • A combination of education and demonstrated success with relatively complex project management dealing with diverse teams, multilayered project challenges and collaborative problem solving.
  • Excellent initiative to give form to loosely defined work, interpersonal communication skills, and ability to follow through.
  • Ability to rapidly reprioritize and negotiate timelines in collaboration with others as context and needs change.
  • Topical knowledge or familiarity in one of the following areas: environmental, climate, building or sustainability sciences or design, urban planning, housing and environmental equity and justice including policy, or other relevant topics to our core work.
  • An eagerness and demonstrated capacity to quickly learn new topics, tools and programs. 
  • A commitment to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout all our work. 
  • Ability to use and learn web-based document management, project management, video conferencing, direct messaging, and other remote work tools.

Optional but helpful qualifications:

  • College degree and/or equivalent years work experience in a related field and/or working knowledge or experience in equitable development,  green building principles and building decarbonization, community development processes and/ or regenerative design.
  • Experience with community development and engagement at any scale.
  • Experience with remote work tools used at BIG, including Google Workspace, Slack, Mural (digital whiteboard), Asana (project management), Salesforce NPSP (CRM), or similar programs.

Physical requirements

Employees must have the appropriate telecommute tools to conduct work at home or at an alternative work location. When working in the office, BIG supplies necessary tools. BIG also provides a Telecommute Expense Reimbursement stipend and a laptop with all necessary software.

  • Considerable time is spent using a computer laptop.
  • May be asked to move objects up to 15 pounds.
  • Ability to travel to various locations may be required such as attending conferences or training sessions within the Bay Area or in- or out-of-state locations. 

Compensation and benefits 

Our office is located in the heart of downtown Oakland at 300 Frank Ogawa Plaza, close to BART and AC Transit lines. Employees based in the Bay Area currently work on a hybrid remote and in-office (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) schedule.  The ideal candidate is based in the Bay Area, but we will also consider candidates based beyond the Bay Area.

The salary range for this position is $90,000 – $94,000. We offer a competitive wage and benefits package that includes:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental and vision insurance 
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with a 5% employer match
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Health savings and flexible spending accounts
  • Work/life balance
  • Flexible schedule
  • 15 paid holidays including a week off before New Year’s
  • Paid time off begins with two weeks per year for 0-2 years of service, three weeks for 2-5 years of service, and four weeks after 5 years of service


The role may require travel, including 2-4 overnight trips per year. 

How to Apply

  • To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter sharing relevant experience and interest via this link.
  • Build It Green is committed to centering equity and inclusion in our programs and across all aspects of our organization to make it a fair, safe, and inclusive workplace. We believe that diversity is necessary to meet our mission. Recruiting and supporting staff to create an inclusive and equitable organization that reflects the communities and places we serve is a priority. People of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and members of other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Since our founding, Build It Green has operated within systems where discrimination and racism are institutionalized, leading to uneven distribution of benefits and burdens based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical and cognitive abilities, and other factors. We recognize we must take conscious action to ensure principles of justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity are central to both our organization and our approach to regenerative neighborhood development. Read more here.
  • Build It Green is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Build It Green  considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Job Categories: Green Building. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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