Sr. Manager of Civic Engagement
San Rafael, CA


About the Organization 

Canal Alliance exists to break the generational cycle of poverty for Latino immigrants and their families by lifting barriers to their success. 

Every day, we work to educate, empower and support motivated immigrants to better meet their needs—from feeding their families and advancing their education, to learning English and becoming American citizens. Canal Alliance strives for a trauma-informed approach and inclusive culture. We invest in high quality services, professional development and work-life balance. 

 Position Summary 

As a member of the Policy and Civic Engagement (PACE) team, the Senior Manager of Civic Engagement works with the program Director to strategize and execute Civic Engagement strategies in furtherance of Canal Alliance’s policy agenda. This position is responsible for civic engagement project oversight and management, and supervision of PACE Community Organizers, Civic Engagement Coordinators, and volunteers. The Senior Manager of Civic Engagement develops and implements strategies to inform and engage the community on issues of public interest; increasing civic participation in Marin’s disadvantaged, low-income, latino community, and ensuring a more inclusive democracy. The Senior Manager of Civic Engagement builds and nurtures trusting relationships with members of the community, and oversees leadership development strategies that elevate, and build capacity for local leaders and volunteer groups. The role is highly collaborative, requiring work within strategic coalitions, diverse communities, and across all Canal Alliance departments (especially PACE) to ensure coordination of organizational priorities across the region.  

The Senior Manager of Civic Engagement is a full-time, exempt position with a hybrid work model (some remote work is possible). This position will at times be called on to attend and convene meetings outside of normal business hours, which may on occasion include the weekend. The Senior Manager of Civic Engagement reports to the Director of Policy and Civic Engagement. 


Essential Functions: 

  • Implement civic engagement and community organizing strategies and campaigns; 
  • Supervise Civic Engagement Staff, including Community Organizers, interns and Volunteers; 
  • Develop grassroots leaders who want to build power and work on campaigns to advance equity; 
  • Organize in-person and virtual events, workshops, and trainings; 
  • Identify partnerships and build coalitions with community groups, partner organizations, and local government; 
  • Represent Canal Alliance in coalition spaces and contribute to coalition-led campaigns in furtherance of the policy agenda; 
  • Organize community members to act on key issues, such as safe and affordable housing, access to quality education, police accountability, and other social determinants of health; 
  • Design and manage recruitment strategies to engage a broad base of individuals through virtual outreach (e.g., SMS/texting outreach, emails, social media, etc.); 
  • Collaborate with other staff on organization-wide initiatives; 
  • Create and analyze data tracking systems to effectively report on and maximize outcomes for organizing and campaigns;  
  • Complete administrative tasks and provide general support to the PACE team as determined by the Director. 


Desired Skills: 

  • Communication: Exceptional ability to articulate thoughts and express ideas effectively using oral, written, visual, and non-verbal communication skills, as well as deep listening skills to gain understanding; 
  • Project Management: Ability to lead and execute complex projects to achieve goal attainment by prioritizing activities, assigning responsibilities in accordance with capabilities, monitoring progress, and evaluating impact; 
  • Quality Results: Ensures high-quality results on projects/tasks, meets deadlines, and attends to details. Takes responsibility for the quality of work and achieves results with little oversight; 
  • Cultural Competence: Possesses and applies the skills, values, and principles that acknowledge, respect, contribute, and work effectively across cultural differences. Recognizes the unique value, perspectives, strengths, and challenges of every person in the community; 
  • Emotional Intelligence: Demonstrates high levels of self/social awareness, self-management, empathy, and curiosity; 
  • Relationship Management: Positively collaborates and builds/maintains authentic and trusting relationships. Demonstrates high levels of discretion and confidentiality; 
  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Analyzes and integrates trends and patterns based on diverse information and perspectives to determine the root causes of problems, identify the best course of action, and prioritize efforts. Develops new insights and formulates creative solutions, considering the impact and implications of recommendations in the context of overall vision, goals, and objectives. 


Required Qualifications 

  • Knowledge of Latino, immigrant, or low-income communities. 
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (Bi-cultural preferred); 
  • Bachelor's degree (Master's degree preferred) in social justice, social work, sociology, or another related field. Other relevant experiences or education may be considered in lieu of a degree. 
  • 2-4 years of experience in civic engagement/community organizing/base-building, grassroots leadership development, and working on issue-based campaigns
  • 1-2 years of experience effectively managing, coaching, or mentoring individuals for leadership and professional development purposes
  • Ability to effectively supervise multiple individuals, including permanent and temporary staff
  • Proficiency with online platforms such as Zoom, Google Drive, and Microsoft 365/Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce. 


Compensation & Benefits 

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits. We offer a competitive salary with a benefits package that includes: 

  • Salary starting at $82k
  • 3 weeks paid vacation per year 
  • 12 days of sick leave per year 
  • 4 Wellness Days per year (one per quarter) 
  • Paid Birthday each year 
  • 16 paid holidays per year 
  • 100% paid employee medical & dental insurance, life insurance, LTD, and EAP
  • 403(b)-retirement plan with employer match of up to 4% after 3 months of employment.  
  • Voluntary benefits include FSA, vision, life, and pet insurance, as well as coverage for dependents.  
  • Telehealth for physical and mental health 


This position is a hybrid, requiring 2-3  days per week in office, and attendance at quarterly in-person staff retreats. 

Canal Alliance Equity and Inclusion Statement 

Canal Alliance actively promotes and recognizes principles of fairness, equity and social justice in relation to, and across, intersections of race, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, disability, ancestry and all other identities represented among our diverse employees. 

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