About Community Change and Community Change Action:

Community Change builds the power and capacity of low-income people, especially low-income people of color, to lead powerful and dynamic movements for social change. With our community-based partner groups, we bridge the grassroots and the national, supporting outsider strategies to disrupt the status quo while also building pathways to influence the insider conversation.

Our vision of a better world centers the leadership of impacted people of color to move our work on immigrant rights, economic justice, and racial equity, including a focus on jobs and housing, early childhood care and education, income supports, and immigration reform.

This position also supports Community Change Action, an affiliated 501(c)(4) advocacy organization. While motivated by the same core values – equity, inclusion, and justice – Community Change and Community Change Action operate independently of one another and each organization has its own board of directors.

Position Description: 

The Chief of Staff will leverage their strategic leadership to oversee and advance the effectiveness and impact of the Office of the Presidents. They will work closely with key leadership teams to coordinate, align and build cohesion across the organization and to advance the organizations’ priorities. The Chief of Staff will execute this by:

  • Supporting the strategic alignment and focus between the Presidents;
    Coordinating and driving the activities and decisions of the Presidents with key stakeholders, including those of the Senior Leadership, Executive Team and Boards of Directors;
  • Leading the strategic management and delivery of the organizations’ annual priorities; and
  • Managing effective communication and workflow across the organization.

This is a role for someone who takes a holistic view on organizational and programmatic operations.  They are a natural problem solver,  and thrive in fostering clarity and alignment in complexity by identifying strategic solutions that deliver results and align with our values. This person is confident, compassionate, and takes pride and joy in work that elevates the success of the broader organization, and often play a role that is primarily internal and behind the scenes.

Principal Responsibilities: 

Manage the Office of the Presidents (approximately 50%)

  • Maximize impact of Presidents by aligning strategic focus on the priorities of the Office of the Presidents through strategic time management, internal communications, and effective management of the responsibilities for the Presidents. This will include:
  • Setting and maintaining focus on key outcomes, including the planning and implementation of short and longer-term priorities with the Office of the Presidents.
  • Developing and managing processes within the Office of the Presidents’ office, and within the organization at large, to debrief, learn from and improve our work.
  • Maintaining and reporting on key metrics related to the work of the Presidents.
  • Refine and maintain effective internal communication and workflow processes, systems, and norms of the Office of the Presidents to ensure that the appropriate staff have the information they need, there are clear ways of providing feedback into organizational decisions, and work is managed and executed transparently.
  • Supervise and work with the Senior Advisors to the Presidents to integrate, track and support the Presidents in meeting internal and external expectations and deadlines. Senior Advisors to the Presidents provide high-level strategic support in planning, executing and driving the success of the Presidents’ priority areas of program work. This includes developing and managing effective systems and processes to drive the tactical implementation of the Presidents’ vision across key initiatives, ensuring and supporting the delivery of high-quality products and assets (eg. meeting notes, talking points, visual materials).

Organizational Leadership (approximately 50%)

  • Provide strategic management and coordination of the Senior Leadership Team and Executive Team in implementing organizational priorities, identifying challenges and opportunities, and providing cohesive organizational leadership.
  • Support the Senior Leadership Team and Executive Team in continuing to adapt to changing conditions, innovate, and strengthen the organization’s strategic roadmap, including monitoring & developing a point of view on the implications of industry trends and other social factors, and conducting competitive intelligence.
  • Support strong collaboration among teams and staff to drive programs, maximize impact and nurture organizational health.
  • Organize convenings of and communications between senior staff and cross-organizational bodies to ensure strong internal coordination and alignment, surface questions and concerns; ensure that we have the right makeup of cross-organizational bodies, with an eye toward equity.
  • Provide strategic oversight to staff spaces and practices in the organization to align, build relationships and connections, and inspire learning to advance our work and the movement.
  • Model leadership that inspires organizational values of courage, compassion and creativity.


The ideal candidate has a strategic mindset, results-driven, and possesses a high level of emotional intelligence. They are incredibly thoughtful and decisive, and bring strong energy, joy and passion around advancing racial and social justice issues.

Specific qualifications include:

  • 15+ years of professional experience, with at least 5+ years of working closely with C-suite/VP-level management while also influencing across multiple levels and functions of an organization.
  • 5+ years of team/people management experience.
  • Full understanding of the progressive movement ecosystem (at least 5+ years) and the roles of all the organizations and players within the ecosystem.
  • A strong structural racial, gender and economic analysis in agreement with Community Change’s vision and values.
  • Effective writing and communication skills across varied formats and contexts; ability to communicate complex ideas in clear, concise terms (verbally and written).
  • An organized systems thinker who brings an organizational architecture lens.
  • A relational manager with high emotional intelligence and experience being emotionally supportive to staff during stressful or difficult periods.
  • Experience with coordinating the work of a Board of Directors or comparable experience.
  • Demonstrated program and/or project management skills and significant internal and external stakeholder/partnership experience (nonprofit/social justice organization experience strongly preferred).
  • Impeccable verbal, written, research, communication and deck creation skills, and experience.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and take initiative in an environment with shifting priorities.
  • High-level proficiency in MS Office, Google docs, Slack, Salesforce (or other CRM software) , and social media platforms.
  • Ability to prioritize competing projects and multi-task across a broad spectrum of collaborators, based in various office locations or working remotely.
  • Able to work independently in a fast-paced environment, with a proactive approach.
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours.
  • Commitment to confidentiality and ability to exercise absolute discretion.

This position reports to: Presidents of Community Change and Community Change Action

Classification: Community Change recognizes a staff bargaining unit affiliated with IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is not included in Community Change’s bargaining unit and therefore not covered under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.

Supervisory Responsibility: Senior Advisors to the Presidents

Travel Requirements: Some travel may be required – up to 30% (upon office reopening front he COVID-19 pandemic)

Salary & Benefits: Community Change offers competitive salary and an excellent benefits package which includes 4 weeks of annual paid vacation; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8% employer contribution to retirement account after six months of employment (and 3% employer contribution for the first 6 months); and a choice of generous health insurance plans.

Closing Date of Position: Open Until Filled

Position Location: Community Change/Action is based in Washington, DC.  Remote work is acceptable, however some travel (up to 30%) may be required upon the office reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to apply: Please click here to submit a resume, a cover letter that includes salary expectations and at least two writing samples.

Community Change is an Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this job email your details to employment@communitychange.org