Community Development Coordinator

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

The Community Development Coordinator will support Canal Alliance’s new neighborhood planning initiative, Nuestro Canal, Nuestro Futuro. This will include engaging residents of the Canal to develop a Neighborhood Vision Plan that will document community priorities to reimagine the Canal as a climate-resilient, safe, healthy, and vibrant community for all. This position will help coordinate community engagement and co-facilitate the Consejo de Residentes (Resident Advisory Committee), which will build the leadership capacity of residents and guide the development and execution of our community engagement strategy for the Neighborhood Vision Plan. The Community Development Coordinator will be the central point of contact for residents engaging in the Nuestro Canal, Nuestro Futuro initiative, and will support the engagement of nonprofit and government partners through the Marin Climate Justice Collaborative. This position is grant funded through May 2026, with the possibility of extension.

Essential Functions

  • Lead community outreach for the Nuestro Canal, Nuestro Futuro initiative, including organizing and staffing tabling, pop-ups, focus groups, workshops, block parties, and more;
  • Co-facilitate the Consejo de Residentes del Canal (resident advisory committee), including ensuring content is clear, accessible, and actionable; designing engaging relationship building and leadership development activities; coordinating logistics; and more;
  • Support the Marin Climate Justice Collaborative Planner in developing a Neighborhood Vision Plan based on input and feedback from residents of the community;
  • Provide administrative support to the Marin Climate Justice Collaborative and San Rafael Sea Level Rise adaptation project, as needed;
  • Recruit and train volunteer ambassadors for Canal Alliance’s community development work;
  • Mobilize residents and allies to make public comment at government agency public hearings and in other forums;
  • Design and administer surveys and other forms of community engagement;
  • Track the hours and process the monthly payments of Consejo de Residentes members and other outreach ambassadors;
  • Ensure the effective tracking and recording of key data points and metrics in the organization’s databases, as required; and
  • Other duties as assigned by Supervisor.


  • Fully bilingual in English and Spanish;
  • 2 years of experience in community organizing, grassroots advocacy, or direct services;
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, social justice, any closely related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge and commitment to principles of community-based leadership, power- sharing, and restorative justice;
  • Great people skills, including listening, maintaining relationships, and following up;
  • Demonstrated experience working reciprocally with low-income communities; communities of color and other diverse stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in community organizing and/or grassroots advocacy;
  • Experience and comfort with public speaking that inspires action and engagement, including group facilitation;
  • Strong organization and communication skills, with excellent follow-through;
  • Demonstrated ability to translate English-language content and about climate justice into clear, accessible, and understandable Spanish
  • Strong project management skills, coupled with sharp attention to detail, solution orientation, and a demonstrated ability to manage competing and changing priorities effectively;
  • Openness to ongoing learning and coaching from colleagues at every level, and a willingness to share your experience and expertise with colleagues;
  • Demonstrates a strong commitment to social justice and actively works to dismantle systems of oppression, including racism, sexism, misogyny, classism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination.
  • Proficient with Microsoft and Google Suites;
  • Strong commitment to Canal Alliance’s mission;
  • Familiarity with environmental/climate justice and community resilience a strong plus;
  • Familiarity with the Canal neighborhood a strong plus

Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits. We offer a competitive salary of $29/hr  with a benefits package that includes:

  • Full-time, non-exempt position
  • 3 weeks paid vacation per year
  • 12 days of sick leave per year
  • 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

Canal Alliance is running a 4 Day Work Week Pilot from February to June 2024: Work 4 days / 32 hours in a highly effective and efficient team - and get paid 5 days / 40 hours!


This position is hybrid, requiring an average of 3 days per week in the office and surrounding community, including attendance at quarterly in-person staff retreats. This position requires a flexible schedule and availability outside of normal business hours.

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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