DC Program Director
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Ready to advance your career? The Community Purchasing Alliance (CPA) seeks a full time Program Director to join our rapidly growing team and advance our mission of strengthening community institutions in Washington, DC.
Our cooperative supports over $17 million in annual purchasing, leveraging the buying power of schools and congregations to return wealth to local communities. With $13 million in contracts going to Black and Brown owned businesses since 2017, we have only begun to scratch the surface of what’s possible with cooperative purchasing.
We are looking for someone who is DC based who has experience working with local, Black and Brown owned businesses and/or communities. We are open to different levels of education, professional, and volunteer experience. Apply today if you are:
- Relational: You build authentic relationships with others (internally and externally) based on mutual trust and respect, especially and including when there are lines of difference (across race, ethnicity, status, sexual orientation, ability, creed, or gender identity) involved.
- Mission aligned: You believe in our mission and the communities we serve and bring with you an enthusiasm for building a more just and equitable economy.
- A fast learner: You are a lifelong learner with strong problem solving skills. You listen closely for the need underneath the complaint or concern, and work collaboratively to devise solutions.
- Proactive and personable: You have excellent communication and listening skills and have experience working with key decision makers. (Bonus points if you have a background in community organizing.)
- Strategic: You build strategies to tackle complex work and can clearly communicate your approach to others.
- Self-motivated: You are someone we can depend on to operate with integrity and actively advance our program work with or without guidance.
- Cooperative: You understand what it takes to grow a cooperative organization (or you're interested in learning more about the cooperative movement). You are a standout colleague who openly invites and engages a variety of opinions but also makes decisions to move a process forward.
As a Program Director, you'll co-lead our engagement with DC area members from top to bottom. This includes leading core program areas (like Janitorial, Waste/Recycling, or Security), eventually developing a new program area based on your assessment of the needs of our community. Most importantly, you’ll work with our members and preferred vendors every day, listening deeply for common pain points and collaboratively building solutions that are clear and make a positive impact on our community.
We need your added capacity to (1) take advantage of new opportunities from current members, (2) build out new bodies of work that meet member needs, and (3) reach out to new potential members and business owners to connect them to our network of community leaders.
Compensation & Benefits
CPA practices 100% salary transparency. Compensation for this position starts at $80,000 and will be adjusted based on prior experience using our Pay Equity Matrix. Benefits include semi-remote work, generous PTO, health coverage, retirement matching, flexible schedule, a professional development stipend and much more.
Our Hiring Values
The Community Purchasing Alliance recognizes that in the US, legacies of oppression are perpetuated through, among other things, hiring practices. White people, men, straight people, and wealthy people are given access and preferentially hired into well paying, high-esteemed jobs over people of color, women, trans people, queer people, disabled people, displaced people, and poor and working class people. CPA is committed to participating in socially just hiring practices that counter these pressures. Through this practice we strive to maintain a cooperative make-up which values and centers the voices of those who have been historically excluded from positions of leadership and power.
We make an intentional effort to recruit a diverse applicant pool with regard to race, ethnicity, sex, gender, religion, age, ability, size, sexual orientation, marital status, familial status, economic status, class background, language, nation of origin, and documentation status.
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