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Program Director

The Workers Lab seeks a Program Director (PD) to advance our work supporting organizing efforts and enterprises that build scalable and sustainable power for working people in the 21st century economy. The PD will manage the day-to-day program needs of The Workers Lab.  S/he will assess and analyze the fields of economic justice, worker organizing, entrepreneurship, and economic development to identify opportunities for partnership, grants, and investments. S/he is expected to share substantive knowledge with partners in the field, funders, board members and investors. In addition, s/he will also serve as a ‘connector’ of partners with practitioners, government officials, scholars, non-profit and corporate sector leaders, and other donors on issues of common concern. S/he will work closely with our Director of Communications and Fundraising to identify funding opportunities and to disseminate lessons to the field.  


The Program Director is the primary staff member responsible for the development of grant and programmatic portfolios and all related activities. Working as a member of The Workers Lab team and under the management guidance of the CEO, this PD will develop The Workers Lab’s grant recommendations, establish and implement a monitoring and evaluation framework, and ensure shared learning. The PD will play a leading role in shaping specific grant activities, ensuring all activities are designed to deliver the goals of The Workers Lab.



The Program Director should be dedicated to social, economic, and racial justice and must be able to thrive within a nimble institution with internal demands and address organizational responsibilities with the same amount of care as those in the external field.  S/he will have strong relationship management skills to manage a significant amount of partner communications, grant making processing, and convening.  The ability to prioritize, write and communicate succinctly and project manage are crucial for this role. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Develop grant making activities in a team-oriented context that are aligned to the strategic goals of The Workers Lab.
  • Manage grant making process and portfolio, including quarterly grant planning, undertaking periodic reviews of progress with grantees, performing grantee site visits, reviewing financial and narrative reporting from grantees, and reviewing and approving grant status reports.
  • Work with The Workers Lab partners to develop proposals for grant and loan recommendations, determine the goals for a grant or loans, its activities, expected results, indicators of success and budget.
  • Develop and implement field, grantee, and partner convenings relevant to review opportunities, challenges, and advances.
  • Recommend and participate in learning and evaluation activities to guide the evolution of programmatic work.
  • Report regularly on the progress of the strategies including planned activities and emerging impacts in written form to be shared with a broad public audience.
  • Represent The Workers Lab the government, media, academic, business, philanthropic, and civic leaders through meetings, updates, speeches, briefings, and interviews.
  • Demonstrate outstanding professional relations with colleagues across the organization and with external constituents, serving as a substantive and reputational ambassador for The Workers Lab.
  • Collaborate with peers, Directors, and Officers of the Foundation to promote learning, exchange and strategic partnership. Learn from and collaborate with key stakeholders inside and outside the Foundation.
  • Produce independent research on emerging bodies of work and the role The Workers Lab could substantively contribute to them or not.  
  • Serve as direct co-manager, mentor, and coach to Program Assistant.


  • BA/BS (or equivalent combination of education and experience) in relevant field of study plus a minimum of 10 years experience in the fields of economic development, entrepreneurship, or worker organizing in a role that manages high volume people interactions and administrative processing.
  • Deep understanding of social and economic justice landscape in the United States.
  • Fluency in English; Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • Exceptional leadership presence – internally and externally.
  • Exceptional communications skills – excellent verbal and written skills, strong public presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development



  • Commitment to The Workers Lab mission and core values of supporting worker organizers and entrepreneurs to build power for working people in the 21st century economy.
  • Humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor.
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues.
  • Action-oriented and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams.
  • Experience and interest in program evaluation.


Travel expected, approximately 20%, mostly for grants related work, but also to attend team conferences, retreats, and meetings. Given that we work across different time zones, some non-traditional hours for early or late calls are an occasional expectation of this role.

This is a full-time position offering competitive salary, benefits, vacation, and retirement. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities. Location flexible with preference for Bay Area and New York based candidates.


All applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample (no longer than 1,000 words) to by October 1, 2017.

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