Program Director

4 days left

Brown Hope
Portland, Oregon
$80,000 – $85,000
Oct 16, 2020
Oct 31, 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
High School
Willingness to Travel
50 - 75%
Experience Level

Job Title: Program Director

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

Pay Grade: Salaried, $80,000–$85,000

Benefits: Six holidays, sick time, PTO accrual, medical, dental, vision, life, and long term disability insurance.

The Program Director will be a visionary and effective leader who helps to achieve Brown Hope’s mission to lead community grounded initiatives to make justice a lived experience for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people in Oregon.

As the first Program Director for our growing nonprofit, the Program Director position is key to our success.  If you are passionate about justice for Black, Brown and Indigenous people in Oregon this is an opportunity to use your skills and knowledge to develop program frameworks, share successful metrics and engage with the community in an honest and transparent manner.

The work won’t be easy—there is much to accomplish and do every day to live our mission.  You are tenacious, engaged and focused.  You can see the potential and execute on the vision to make our programs come to life.

Your skills:

  • provide leadership in program design, impact evaluation, and advocacy.
  • provide collaborative leadership in resource development, grants writing and management, while also promoting and maintaining solid community collaborations, with an equity based lens.
  • demonstrate a commitment to developing and executing informed strategies, with clear metrics and outcomes identified, and credibly represent Brown Hope and its community partners, both locally and nationally.


Brown Hope is a community solution for racial justice. We develop Black, Brown, and Indigenous leaders to create powerful strategies that build community resilience and inspire transformational change. Guided by our 12 Principles of Hope, we organize four programs which help to advance our goals to transfer power and capital to Black, Brown, and Indigenous Oregonians: Blackstreet Bakery, Power Hour, Black Resilience Fund, and Equity & Beyond. As a nonprofit incubator, our programs evolve to meet critical needs in the community.

Brown Hope proudly has a team of diverse and passionate staff and volunteers. We offer a high energy work environment that encourages flexible work schedules, collaborative leadership, and multiple opportunities for professional advancement. 


  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Significant experience in grant writing and management
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, including excellent oral, written and listening communication
  • 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)



  • Oversee the quality and success of all aspects of program operations, management, relationships, staff and volunteer training and supervision.
  • Work with leadership to develop and implement plans for strategic priorities, operational infrastructure, systems, processes, and personnel.
  • 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.
  • Create program measurement tools, oversee data collection and evaluate outcomes 
  • Monitor program budgets, create and execute timelines, oversee grant and contract compliance
  • Strengthen relationships with/for significant private and government grants and contracts.
  • Assist with concepts for development and marketing, and continues to position Brown Hope as a thought leader around its defined mission and goals.
  • Build Brown Hope’s advocacy program by developing partnerships and coalitions with other racial justice organizations.
  • Represent the organization at conferences and other public events; leading activities, speaking roles and trainings


Brown Hope respects and celebrates diversity. Brown Hope does not discriminate on the basis of class background or current income; employment status or type of employment; race; ethnicity, color, or national origin; religious background, creed, or affiliation; gender, gender expression or gender identity; sex; sexual orientation or sexual identity; age; height or weight; immigration status; past, present, or future disability, medical, or health condition; veteran or military status; relationship (marital or partnership) status; or any other protected status in accordance with federal, state, or local laws. 


By 5pm Friday October 23rd, 2020, submit a resume addressing your experience relevant to these responsibilities and qualifications as a member of the Brown Hope staff. Also submit a cover letter that answers these three questions:                    

Question 1: Share a brief biography about who you are and your goals in life.

Question 2: Describe your experience with Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities in Portland.            

Questions 3: Describe your experience with nonprofit program management.            

Submit your application via email, directed to and the subject line ​MUST BE: “[last name] Program Director Application.”