Program Director ( Criminal Justice & Democracy)

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Criminal Justice | Full-time



Color Of Change is the nation’s largest racial justice organization. As a national force, driven by more than five million members, we help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us by moving decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on critical issues so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society.  Our organizing program is rooted in Black joy that centers our shared values, uplifts our culture and affirms our experience.


Color Of Change is seeking a full-time Program Director to help lead the development and implementation of programs, systems and strategies that promote the effectiveness of the Criminal Justice & Democracy Campaigns team and work.

As Program Director, you will work closely with the Deputy Senior Director of Criminal Justice & Democracy Campaigns to design and carry out processes for tracking, evaluating and reporting on our work to internal and external stakeholders; to produce special events and programs to advance the team’s strategic priorities; and to create and implement people-centered strategies that foster high performance and an exceptional team culture. You will also support the Deputy Senior Director in leading and managing the powerful cadre of force multipliers who bolster our campaigns. The right candidate will be committed to getting results in a fast-paced environment and be able to handle competing priorities.

This position reports directly to the Deputy Senior Director of the Criminal Justice & Democracy Campaigns team and will work closely with team members throughout the team and organization to achieve Color Of Change’s mission.


The position is based out of our Washington D.C. office and reports to the Deputy Senior Director of our Criminal Justice & Democracy Campaigns Team. Job responsibilities are as follows:

  • Own the development and maintenance of timely tracking tools and serve as liaison across the Criminal Justice & Democracy Campaigns Team to effectively and efficiently capture information on campaigns and other movement building activities and monitor progress to goals.
  • In consultation with senior members of the team, own the development and execution of professional and leadership development experiences, including but not limited to trainings, workshops and peer to peer learning opportunities.
  • Support the Deputy Senior Director in gathering data on team member experience through pulse surveys and other tools and leveraging findings to shape people and culture strategy.
  • Assist with the planning, production and/or coordination of convenings, panels and other special events designed to advance the team’s campaign strategy and build the capacity for winning on it.
  • Assist with the preparation of talking points, memos, reports, and slide decks to effectively communicate about our work to internal and external audiences, including senior leadership, partners and funders.
  • Manage service providers, vendors and consultants and project plans as needed to achieve program goals.
  • Be Responsive. We are a racial justice organization that must remain consistently responsive to the news cycle and what's happening in the world. As such, this is not a standard 9-5 job and as part of your role, you may be called on to work early mornings, evenings, late nights, and weekends when moments break.
  • Participate actively as a member of the Criminal Justice & Democracy Team, the Campaigns Department s Team, and overall COC leadership to share responsibility in developing an inclusive, learning-based culture that centers campaigns to make real-world change in the lives of Black people. 


In this role and organization, strategic thinking and writing ability are paramount. While experience in a similar role in the civil rights sector is not required, experience in communications and a commitment to civil rights and racial justice is. A qualified candidate should have:

  • Proven skills and deep experience in research, strategy, program development, management, organizing and digital campaigning.
  • Strong writing and verbal skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role, especially via reports, slide decks, memos, and other strategy-related documents.
  • Experimental and strategic thinking. No matter what the challenge is in front of you, you’ll break it down and try problem-solving with a mix of traditional and non-traditional approaches.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. You are confident in interacting with other staff, external partners, organizations, and consultants.
  • Top-notch organization skills. There’s a lot to keep track of in this role, and nothing can fall through the cracks. Managing multiple priorities, timeliness and attention to detail is key.
  • Ability to effectively use a Black/racial justice frame of reference to write strong and persuasive strategic plans and program development materials.
  • Constructive optimism. The work that we do – be it political, organizing, or creative – is all about the art of the possible. While we’re looking to remedy deep structural issues, our progress comes incrementally – a series of wins, some small and some large, that help advance us closer to the systemic change we seek.
  • A commitment to civil rights and racial justice.


Interested applicants should click the "Apply for this position" link and submit a resume and COC-specific cover letter. Applications will be received on a rolling basis. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 


This is a full-time exempt position. The salary for this position is $105,000. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package. 

Color Of Change is an equal opportunity employer. Color Of Change prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.