Program Associate, CA Small Business Coalition for Racial Justice

Oakland, California
Competitive salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes health, dent
Oct 13, 2020
Nov 12, 2020
Position Type
Contract / Freelance
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution headquartered in Durham, NC. Since 1980, Self-Help has provided $8.5 billion in financing to 159,000 families, individuals and businesses. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by providing responsible financial services; lending to individuals, small businesses and nonprofits; developing real estate; and promoting fair financial practices across the nation. The Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations includes Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 150,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago, Florida and South Carolina. Learn more at and

Role Overview:

This is a unique opportunity to join a leader in community development finance for a one-year grant funded position to support our efforts to build and lead a Coalition of community development lenders and nonprofits throughout California who have expertise in working with small businesses, especially those run by Black and Brown entrepreneurs, and serving low-income, low-wealth communities in California.  The Coalition will apply a racial equity lens to guide our work, and engage in the following activities: 1) identify barriers facing Black and Brown entrepreneurs and small businesses, 2) expand access to capital directly and by partnering with other efforts in California, 3) document learnings regarding how to restructure risk, and 4) engage in policy discussions at municipal and state levels, to lay the foundation for structural change in the community development lending system.

Essential Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will collaborate internally and externally to contribute to the strategy and execution of this project. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Supporting the organization’s relationships with key coalition members throughout California, including community-oriented lenders, small business technical assistance providers, community-based anchor institutions, organizations leading racial justice initiatives, and others.
  • Engaging in coalition building through providing support to ongoing partnership management, including support in facilitating/coordinating meetings, developing agendas and materials to share with coalition partners to advance our work, and detailed record keeping to identify key outcomes and next steps from discussions with coalition partners. Conducting detailed analysis of qualitative and quantitative data provided by coalition partners to help identify resource needs, impact results, and other metrics.
  • Supporting the Program Manager in execution of the day-to-day work of this initiative. 
    • This includes but is not limited to:
    • Providing organizational and administrative support for coalition building efforts, including tracking program activities and accomplishments, and tracking grant related expenses to inform program flow, budget, and document learnings.
    • Partnership building and serving as the primary relationship for certain key partners in the coalition.
    • Supporting the Project Manager with other tasks related to managing the coalition and project outcomes.


Credentials, Experience and Skills:

  • Submit a cover letter and resume 
  • Spanish-speaking or other non-English language fluency preferred.
  • Strong commitment to our mission – creating economic opportunity for traditionally underserved communities – and a desire to work actively in such communities.
  • Strong cultural competency and a preference for working in organizations that value diversity, teamwork and collaboration.
  • MBA or graduate degree in urban planning, public policy, community development or another related field preferred, with at least 2 years of relevant professional experience, which could include: community or economic development, consulting, banking, finance, business management, or urban planning.
  • Experience working with small businesses, community development financial institutions, community economic development programs, or organizations leading racial justice initiatives.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
  • Sensitivity to and a desire to work in a diverse and inclusive organization.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and project management skills/experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – demonstrated ability to work effectively in varied professional, socio-economic and cultural contexts.
  • Strong Excel, data analysis and research skills.
  • Proficiency with MS Office.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and presentation skills.
  • Resourceful self-starter and fast learner; effective working behind the scenes.
  • Sincere commitment to teamwork and an interest in the development of colleagues-- both important Self-Help values.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Close vision is required.
  • Employee is regularly required to: sit; talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Employee is frequently required to type and use a keyboard.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Ability to drive and otherwise travel throughout California


Competitive salary, based on experience, plus a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, life insurance, flexible spending plan, retirement plan, paid parental leave, and domestic partners policy.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons, regardless of race, religion, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression (including transgender status), age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, class or family status.