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Capacity Building Manager

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Capacity Building Manager

Location: Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose 

(2 Positions Available) 

Aug 2022


Organization Overview

Californians for Justice is a statewide, youth-powered organization fighting to improve the lives of people of color, immigrants, low-income families, LGBQiA2S+/TGNC youth and other marginalized communities. Through organizing in schools and in their neighborhoods, youth who join Californians for Justice become leaders in their own communities. They deepen their knowledge on issues like systemic racism, gender and sexuality, and education inequity, and organize and activate their peers to take action.


CFJ is the only grassroots, youth-powered organization in California that organizes students to have a voice in both local and statewide education policy. Our campaign and policy reform goals include adequate and equitable school funding, increased access and success in K-12 and higher education, and creating Relationship Centered Schools – schools that invest in youth voice, in staff, and in creating space for youth and adults to build positive relationships with one another. CFJ currently has four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, San Jose and Oakland, 35 full-time equivalent staff and a budget of $4 million.


Californians for Justice has been successful because of our strong, dedicated staff team. CFJ staff are unwavering in their commitment to youth power and racial justice, to building connection and trust with their teams, and have a strong sense of purpose and dignity in their work. 


Position Overview

The Capacity Building Managers will be a part of a 9-person capacity building team that handles CFJ’s fee-for-service work with counties of education, school districts, school sites and organizations, as well as internal professional development for our organizing staff. The Capacity Building Managers will focus on managing and coordinating CFJ’s capacity building fee-for-service work with counties of education, school districts, school sites and organizations. They will also support professional development for organizing staff, the implementation of CFJ’s campaign work, and participate in special projects. The role will supervise the Capacity Building Associates & Fellows who support the implementation of our Long Beach work. 


We are seeking  team members who are passionate about advancing racial equity and student power in education, and are excited to work with diverse stakeholders to transform California public schools. If that sounds like a fit, join us!


The Capacity Building Managers report to the Capacity Building Director. These positions are full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, these positions exercise discretion and independent judgment. These positions can be based in any of CFJ’s four offices – Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland or San Jose. (We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19.) 


Essential Responsibilities


  1. Fee-for-Service Capacity Building (60%) 
  • Design and facilitate meetings and trainings with and for clients that align with CFJ’s work around organizing, student and family engagement, and school climate and culture. 
  • Manage fee-for-service projects, including tracking staff time to develop cost estimates and billing as needed.
  • Communicate with clients on service intake, co-designing the service, logistics, and evaluation.
  • Develop and improve capacity building tools, such as a self-assessment tool on student engagement and school climate, and implementation/practice guides on student engagement.
  • Identify and recruit capacity building clients, such as school districts. Develop outreach/ promotional materials as needed.
  • Supervise Capacity Building Fellows.
  • Work with the Development Team to ensure earned revenue goals are met.
  • Coordinate CFJ staff members involved in the project. 
  • Track program participants’ projects and lessons learned, and write case studies and/or evaluation.


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Represent CFJ and/or present at statewide meetings and conferences relevant to the capacity building work.
  • Represent CFJ in the Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) Advisory Council Meetings and coordinate with allies to advocate for CFJ’s CEI demands.
  • Manage CFJ’s digital platform EdPort.


  1. Internal Capacity Building (20%)
  • Support the Capacity Building Director to coordinate learning spaces (professional development and political education) for organizing staff.
  • Develop and conduct professional development trainings and political education workshops for organizing staff. 


  1. Relationship Centered Schools (RCS) Implementation (10%)
  • Support regional RCS implementation work by developing and improving capacity building tools.
  • Develop the internal capacity of our staff and youth leaders in school transformation work.


  1. Special Projects (5%)
  • Manage, design and implement special projects related to our main areas of work.


  1. Organizational Responsibilities (5%)
  • Participate in all grassroots fundraising campaigns.
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
  • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and regional campaigns and events.


Other Responsibilities

  • Other duties as needed.


Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years experience in youth/education/community/labor organizing, or  experience in training education leaders (students, families, staff, administrators) for racial equity in schools – preferably related to racial and education justice issues, and youth power. 
  • Proven commitment to and knowledge of racial and educational justice and student engagement.
  • Strong training and facilitation skills with diverse stakeholder audiences.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. 
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; adept at managing competing priorities and deadlines, attention to detail, and follow-through.
  • Ability to problem-solve and initiate solutions.
  • Thrives in a team player environment.
  • Strong computer skills with expertise in Microsoft Office and a variety of applications.
  • Willingness to travel 1-2 times a month (overnight) or as needed to client regions. This is currently on hold due to COVID. 
  • Ability to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 1-2 years experience with supervision.
  • Graphic design skills.


Work Environment

We are currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Once we return to working from the office on Sept 5, 2022, your primary work site will be one of CFJ’s four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.


Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation. 
  • Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to see or read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids.
  • Able to speak clearly and in audible tones on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone.
  • Able to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.



$28.38 – $33.99 per hour plus overtime,  depending on experience and qualifications, as determined by CFJ’s salary scale. CFJ provides a generous benefits package, including fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees working at least half-time, as well as their dependents. We also offer substantial vacation days and time off. 


How to Apply

Send your resume and a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications to with the subject line “Capacity Building Manager – Your Name.”

As a multi-racial organization, CFJ is 98% people of color, we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where every staff member feels heard, supported, valued, and can share their authentic brilliance to move the CFJ mission forward. CFJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Folx who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. We are committed to addressing issues of racism and inequity internally and externally.

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