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Sacred Heart Community Service (SHCS) located in San José, CA is looking for a multifaceted professional to spearhead efforts to build the capacity and power of partner organizations dedicated to advancing racial justice in Silicon Valley. The position provides executive leadership support to the Race Equity Action Leadership (REAL) Coalition and direct support for the capacity building efforts of REAL members in power building and community development. REAL is a network of leaders from a broad spectrum of community-based organizations jointly facilitated by SHCS and the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. Emerging in the wake of the national uprising in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, the group has worked 1) to build relationships between leaders, 2) to leverage their positional status, talents, and assets to advance movement goals, and 3) to center the voice and power of the constituents they serve, teach, and organize. The position supports REAL organizational development, including member development, operational planning, fund development and donor stewardship efforts. The Director plays a leadership role in organizing campaigns and communications, with focus on narrative shift activities. The person in this position must be highly organized and possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work flexibly, collaboratively, and creatively. The ideal candidate has executive leadership experience in a nonprofit community organizing, community development, human services, or public health setting. They must be equally committed to Sacred Heart’s vision of a community united to ensure every child and adult is free from poverty, an approach of driving policy change through transformational leadership development, and developing campaigns through an anti-racism and anti-oppression worldview. For 58 years, SHCS has been one of the leading institutions fighting poverty in Santa Clara County through a strategy that combines addressing the consequences of poverty through impactful programs while building power with people to push for systemic change.


The Director of Strategic Partnerships leads efforts to strengthen the capacity of partner organizations to build power to advance racial justice in our region. The Director coordinates the SHCS team and supports REAL Coalition member leadership to guide operational planning of activities of the REAL Coalition, including direct implementation support for meetings, trainings, events, and special projects. The position spearheads partner outreach and recruitment, relationship building, and communications. The Director leads fund development efforts, including funder cultivation, reporting, and donor stewardship for the REAL Coalition. The role leads Coalition communication efforts to promote narrative shifts that advance anti-racist policy campaigns and capacity building efforts. The Director supports campaign development through policy research, messaging, media relations, and engagement of direct action committees. The position coordinates and directly supports implementation of training, professional development, and capacity building activities for partner organizations in grassroots power building and community development.


Organization (25-30%)

  • Spearheads the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategic partnership strategy to engage and develop the ecosystem of community-based organizations and allies working collectively to challenge white supremacy culture both internally and through collective public policy campaigns.
  • Leads the development of operating plans for strategic partnerships and the REAL coalition, including developing, tracking, and reporting of impact metrics with an emphasis on base building and racial
  • Ensures project management of REAL coalition activities, including planning, execution, and logistical support for REAL coalition meetings, events, retreats, and special Oversees and directly supports structure, facilitation, presentations, training, and feedback, as necessary.
  • Oversees the development and continuous improvement of REAL structures, policies and procedures, including stakeholder input.
  • Ensures proper administrative support for the work of the coalition, including documentation and reporting of activities, structures for memoranda of understanding, honoraria and subgrants, and partner
  • Leads budget development, oversight, and reporting.

Recruitment/Engagement (10-15%)

  • Spearheads ongoing partner recruitment activities of senior management team and Power and Organizing pa team, including direct outreach, communications, and 1:1s with prospective
  • Leads regular member cultivation planning, execution, and tracking, including relationship building activities, regular 1:1s, and communications with REAL members, in partnership with the Executive Director, Policy Director, Training Director and Analyst.

Fund Development (10-15%)

  • Leads fund development efforts for strategic partnership and REAL Coalition efforts, including identifying and cultivating potential funders, and leading donor stewardship efforts working with the Executive Director and SHCS fund development team.
  • Prepares grant proposals, and ensures data tracking and dissemination of impact reports to funders and stakeholders.

Communications & Policy (20-25%)

  • Leads communications strategy development and implementation, with a focus on narrative shift to center racial justice in policy making.
  • Spearheads external communications efforts, including regular and timely communications with partners, policymakers, media, funders, and allies.
  • Oversees the development of key messages, talking points, policy briefs, correspondence, and participatory action research.
  • Supports advocacy strategy development by identifying policy opportunities and facilitating issue campaign planning and evaluation with stakeholders.
  • Facilitates the development, maintenance, and implementation of web-based advocacy, social media, and communication tools.
  • Represents the REAL coalition and supports member and constituent turnout at public hearings, delegations to policy makers, and external collaborations, as necessary.

Capacity Building (10-15%)

  • Facilitates the development and execution of leadership development, racial equity, and community development training activities for partners.
  • Oversees the subgrantee selection and administration Ensures administrative and funding systems are in place to support partners and reporting to funders.
  • Leads the evaluation and continuous improvement of training and capacity building programs, including regular assessment of membership needs, assets, and goals.

SHCS Leadership (5-10%)

  • Supports the planning and implementation of SHCS programs, events, training, and outreach
  • Serves as a member of the Senior Management Team, and serves as on site manager as
  • Attends Board of Directors, Board subcommittees, and Advisory Committees as
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

  • Strong commitment to our vision of uniting community to ensure every child and adult is free from poverty;
  • 5-7 years of management experience in community organizing, community development, public affairs, human services, public health, or equivalent experience;
  • 2-3 years of policy advocacy, coalition building, or strategic communications
  • Superior verbal, written, and presentation skills;
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, ability to multi-task, and provide quick responses;
  • Four-year degree or equivalent experience;
  • Proficiency with CRM databases (such as Salesforce), web based-communications, Google Workspace, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • The position also requires computer use up to 6-8 hours per day;
  • Must be insurable under the SHCS driving insurance requirements;
  • Must successfully pass a DMV and background


  • Bilingual in Spanish/English or Vietnamese/English desired.
  • 3-5 years of executive/senior leadership experience in community organizing, community development, public affairs, human services, or public health;
  • Direct experience working with low-income populations;
  • Graphic design software proficiency.

Position is exempt, full-time and reports to the Executive Director.


The salary is commensurate with experience. Salary range is $115,000-$125,000 per year.

Benefits include fully paid medical insurance for employees and majority paid medical insurance for qualified dependents, dental insurance, 12 paid holidays, 10 paid sick days per year, paid vacation starting at 10 days per year, additional wellness benefits, basic life and long-term disability insurance, professional development and more.

Sacred Heart Community Service is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employer. SHCS is committed to building a team of people of diverse ethnic, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. We especially encourage members of historically underrepresented and marginalized communities, people of color, women, people living with disabilities, veterans, and LGBTQ+ people to apply. It is the policy of Sacred Heart Community Service to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, pregnancy, medical condition or genetic information, veteran status, national origin, disability, marital or other protected status. SHCS will conform to the spirit, as well as the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.

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