WOEIP is a resident-led, environmental justice nonprofit helping West Oaklanders achieve healthy homes, healthy jobs, and healthy neighborhoods for all who live, work, learn, pray and play in our community. We have a twenty-year track record of using participatory research and collaborative problem-solving techniques to drive policy change, community development, and coalition-building in West Oakland and beyond. 

Our team is small but expanding, and is looking for a technically-minded Senior Project Manager to keep our core projects moving forward and running smoothly, while embedding environmental justice principles at every level of the work. This hands-on role provides an opportunity to shape a growing suite of technical projects in various stages of maturity, and develop a more holistic vision for how we deliver across program areas.

Goals and outcomes for the role

  • Projects embody environmental justice principles and practices, and successfully integrate WOEIP’s collaborative problem-solving methods and philosophies to deliver on our mission.
  • Project details, status, and reporting data are well defined, tracked, clearly communicated, and accessible to everyone who needs it.
  • Project stakeholders and participants experience a collaborative environment that makes people feel supported, empowered, and equipped to do their work.
  • Processes and systems keep projects and programs moving forward and trackable.
  • Project-related activities, meetings, and events are collaborative, productive, and efficient for all involved.

Responsibilities

The Senior Project Manager will guide and coordinate our expanding portfolio of programs and projects. This is a hands-on role responsible for day-to-day project operations, but will be empowered to guide our strategy and begin to shape a more robust programs team over the coming year or two. 

  • Program strategy (10%)
    Inform a cross-organizational vision for our projects and program areas under the direction of our two co-directors.
  • Owning Our Air (AB617) (60%)
    Coordinate activities and reporting for our flagship Owning Our Air/AB617 program, a robust blueprint for reducing air pollution exposure in West Oakland, in collaboration with the AB617 Steering Committee and planning team.
  • Other projects (30%)
    Guide ongoing technical projects focusing on indoor air filtration, roadside air monitoring, green infrastructure, and renewable energy. This includes the West Oakland Resilience Hub, a multi-facility renewable energy development project to anchor a more adaptive neighborhood, and Prescott Greening, aimed at reducing freeway and transportation impacts on air quality and quality of life in one of West Oakland’s heaviest hit neighborhoods, among others.

Common across all projects

  • Coordinate stakeholder meetings, including scheduling, agenda planning, and speaker booking.
  • Remote and in-person meeting facilitation that centers participatory practices. 
  • Relationship management across diverse groups of people with sometimes competing interests and priorities. 
  • Information management, including document organization and distribution in support of remote collaboration. 
  • Develop and manage project timelines.
  • Support budget planning and maintenance. 
  • Problem-solving, troubleshooting, and generally finding creative solutions to project challenges as they arise (including the ability to de-escalate conflict).
  • Formal reporting of  program activities and progress to management and the public. 

Qualifications

The right candidate has demonstrated experience in the following areas.

  • Has 5+ years experience managing highly technical projects within a community development and engagement setting.
  • Hands-on experience juggling different aspects of project management while anticipating needs to keep projects moving forward, including time and calendar management, stakeholder communications, budgeting, knowledge management, and impact reporting.
  • Can translate the language of engineers and planners into community-friendly approaches that support collaborative problem-solving and implementation.
  • Is committed to learning and applying Environmental Justice principles when working with community members, administrative staff in multiple levels of government, business representatives, allies, and our team.
  • Exercises exceptional judgment and discretion, particularly when working with stakeholders: WOEIP works with opinionated advocates, highly-trained academics and scientists, government agencies, community members, and everyone in between. We rely on diplomacy and discretion to balance these relationships and the Sr. Program Manager will be a visible manifestation of this.
  • Communicates with clarity, kindness, patience, and discretion: We’re looking for someone who embraces open communication, and can get their point across respectfully and effectively both in-person and online.
  • Is extremely comfortable with digital tools and platforms, such as Google and Microsoft Office Suite, Asana or Trello, Zoom and other video conferencing software, and is comfortable selecting and setting up software and systems to support our work.
  • Speaks and writes English fluently, with an additional preference for the ability to also communicate in either Spanish, Mandarin, or Arabic.

Compensation and organizational culture

  • This is a full-time exempt position, beginning immediately at 40 hrs/week. Salary range is $50,000-65,000 annually, with flexible PTO, health benefits payment, and remote work options. Our office will be reopening this year and some on-site work may be required (with health precautions in place). This role has the potential to expand into a broader strategic programs role overseeing a project team if desired and deemed appropriate. 
  • WOEIP is  an equal-opportunity employer. We are a small team that values direct and open communication, power-sharing and leadership development, acknowledging our own and each others’ unique lived experiences and relationships to privilege, and centering the voices of those most impacted by our work. We especially welcome candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of color, LGBTQ+, or other underrepresented or historically marginalized groups, as well as those with connections to West Oakland. If you need accommodation for a disability during the application process, please let us know.

How to apply

Send a letter explaining your interest in the role, along with a resume, to working@woeip.org. Due to limited capacity, we cannot accept phone calls, personal emails, or walk-ins. We appreciate your understanding.