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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Program Director

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Program Director



Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Arts Program Manager, Live Exploratory Arts Program Manager, Youth Program Manager, Director of Ceramics, Program Specialist
Location: Onsite and the Sonoma Community Center and out in the community as needed. Some remote work is possible.
Salary & Benefits: Approximately $80,000-85,000 annually, depending on experience, plus mileage reimbursement. Paid vacations & sick time; medical & dental insurance, 401(k) Safe Harbor Plan with 4% company match.

About this Role: As Program Director at the Sonoma Community Center, you will work closely with the Executive Director to develop and implement programs that align with the Center’s values and mission. You’ll manage our program staff team and ensure that our classes, workshops, performances, events, and other activities are community-responsive and deliver high-quality experiences to all participants.

As primary liaison between the program staff team and our organizational leadership, you’ll also play an important role in creating and actualizing a new 3-year action plan that builds a ‘Center of Belonging’ at SCC, where people from all walks of life feel safe, welcome, and included – with particular focus on those communities who have been traditionally marginalized or underrepresented in and by public institutions. You’ll do this by working with others to

  • ●  Implement a robust practice of program and community data collection, and a data-driven process of continual program improvement
  • ●  Ensure that our programs include and represent the cultural and ethnic diversity that is present in the Sonoma Valley
  • ●  Identify areas for program expansion that meet community needs and interests, and drive program development in those areas
  • ●  Maintain authentic relationships with constituents across the Sonoma Valley

Your specific responsibilities will include:

Leadership & management

  • ●  Supervise, train, and support all program staff
  • ●  In collaboration with the Executive Director, set key objectives & goals for SCC programs that help further its mission; align with our strategic plan; and center equity, inclusion, diversity, and belonging
  • ●  Support program staff in developing and implementing annual department work plans
  • ●  Serve on the Community Center’s Leadership Team, working closely with the Executive Director and other Directors to define strategic priorities and move the organization forward in line with its mission, vision, and values
  • ●  Participate in monthly grant meetings and help identify potential funding opportunities
  • ●  In collaboration with Executive Director, identify key areas for program expansion and lead development of new programs to meet community needs and interests

Program administration, data, and evaluation

  • ●  Strengthen the Community Center’s practice of collecting program and community data– including participant demographics, post-activity surveys, and community input.
  • ●  Implement and oversee a quarterly practice of data analysis/evaluation, and drive a practice of data-driven continual program improvement.
  • ●  Manage overall programs budget and support Program Managers in tracking their department budgets.
  • ●  Work with program staff and Development team to draft timely grant reports
  • ●  Draft reports for Board of Directors as requested
  • ●  Oversee quarterly scheduling of classes and other activities
  • ●  Support the Program Specialist in managing contracts with and ensuring prompt payment to instructors

Program implementation

  • ●  Support program managers in running their programs
  • ●  Develop, implement, and update program policies and procedures
  • ●  Continually look for ways to enhance efficiency and productivity of processes without compromising SCC’s commitment to high-quality programs and staff wellness
  • ●  Ensure that grant deliverables are being met


  • ●  Oversee planning and coordination of the Center’s annual community events, including the Chili Bowl Express, Trashion Fashion, the Winter Art Market, Día de los Muertos, and more.

Community Engagement

    • ●  Work closely with Executive Director and Community Engagement Coordinator to develop and maintain authentic relationships with communities across the Sonoma Valley.
    • ●  Oversee planning and implementation of community-based art and other learning activities at locations across the Sonoma Valley
    • ●  Alongside the Executive Director, act as primary relationship holder for strategic partnerships with other community organizations; represent the Center in the community
    • ●  Work closely with the Director of Marketing to ensure that programs are appropriately promoted through a variety of channels
    • ●  Provide stories/content to Director of Marketing for promotional and fundraising purposes.

This job may be a fit for you if:

  • ●  You have at least 5 years of experience implementing programs at a nonprofit, community-based organization, and at least a year of experience in a higher-level role that oversees at least two programs.
  • ●  You have at least a year of experience supervising other staff
  • ●  You are passionate about improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Sonoma Valley, and about strengthening communities by creating opportunities for people to learn, play, create, and grow together
  • ●  You have some experience looking at data and making decisions based on what the numbers are telling you
  • ●  You demonstrate empathy and respect in all interpersonal interactions
  • ●  You communicate with clarity and authenticity both in writing and in conversation
  • ●  You are fluent in both English and Spanish
  • ●  You have a means to travel between the Community Center and other regions in the Sonoma Valley
  • ●  You are able to work some evenings and weekends
  • ●  You can work with word processing and basic spreadsheet software
  • ●  A plus, but not required, is familiarity with community networks and resources in the Springs area of Sonoma Valley – including schools, churches, public parks, community-based organizations, and other gathering places

How to Apply: This position will be open until filled.

To apply, please send us:

  1. A resume outlining your fit for this position
  2. A short letter describing your interest in this role.

Please send your materials to Charlotte Hajer, Executive Director, at

Questions about the role? Please reach out to Charlotte Hajer at the email listed above or via phone/text at (415) 696-3371.

The Sonoma Community Center is committed to an equitable, inclusive, and accessible application process for the open Program Director position. We are seeking applicants of all races, cultural backgrounds, abilities, and gender identities. If you require any assistance in accessing the job description or require an accommodated application process please reach out to Charlotte Hajer for more information.

Our Commitment and Action to becoming a “Center of Belonging”

The Sonoma Community Center, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements, crafted a public statement on our website that stated, “We strive in particular to be a safe space for those communities who have been traditionally marginalized or underrepresented in and by public institutions.” Over the past year, Sonoma Community Center has begun to fulfill our stated commitments by participating in several Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) trainings and strategic planning with an emphasis on equitable change within our organization. To actualize our EDI commitments within our strategic plan, this Fall 2021, we have hired an Arts & Equity consultant to guide us in the process of fulfilling our commitment by designing a multi-year plan accompanied by training for organizational transformation. This position will be joining us in-process as we seek to create a “Center of Belonging” for all in our community.