Community Engagement Program Director

Full-time; Exempt

Ecology Center Background

The Ecology Center is a 53-year-old nonprofit located in West Berkeley. Our mission is to inspire and build a sustainable, healthy, and just future for the East Bay, California, and beyond. The Ecology Center transforms the ideas of sustainability into everyday practice. We offer information you can act on, infrastructure you can count on, and leadership for lasting change. We are working toward a world of resilient communities, zero waste and toxics, equal access to healthy food, sustainable resource use, and a safe and stable climate.

Founded in the run-up to the first Earth Day in 1970, the Ecology Center has been a regional and national leader on a wide range of issues, turning vision into action and cementing it with advocacy. We operate the nation’s first and longest running curbside recycling service, nationally recognized food and farming programs, and model education and engagement activities.

We are a committed, congenial, and diverse staff dedicated to making the world a better place through action. Every employee is integral to the success of our organization. We value vision, collaboration, and creative problem-solving. If you are passionate and qualified, we encourage you to apply to be part of our team.

Program Description

The Ecology Center’s community engagement programming centers on our public resource center and retail store. This is the heart of the organization engaging the public on a wide range of issues through a number of modalities and platforms. In addition to the EcoStore, the resource center offers hotline information and referral services, a multimedia and seed interchange library, a wide spectrum of materials and educational resources and online services. The space is often used for classes, events, and workshops led by program staff, our events coordinator, and occasionally outside groups.

The Ecology Center community engagement programming has deeper topical areas focusing on Climate Equity through our Berkeley Climate Equity Collaborative, and Zero Waste Education that supports our curbside recycling program. The Community Engagement programs include a small residential EcoHouse that is used for demonstration, training, and education. Finally, the community engagement programming includes a strong focus on external engagement and visibility through partnerships, coalitions, and education and engagement activities focusing particularly on historically underserved communities. These programs work in regular collaboration with our fundraising, communications, and youth development teams to fulfill organization strategic priorities.

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Community Engagement Program Director leads and supports the Ecology Center’s Community Engagement programming for the Ecology Center’s store and public resource center, engagement & education programs, and EcoHouse. The Community Engagement Program Director leads, develops, and oversees the organization’s Climate Equity and Zero Waste education activities, plans and implements strategies to build and develop education and direct service programs, foster and promote retail sales, community partnerships, coalitions, organizational visibility, institutional funding, and individual giving. This position reports to and supports the Executive Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead all aspects of the Ecology Center’s Community Engagement Programs and staff including Climate Action, Zero Waste, Store, Ecohouse, and Information & Library Services in collaboration with program staff
  • Provide direct supervision and support to program managers, other program staff, and contractors, including hiring, training, supervising, and conducting annual performance evaluations
  • Nurture and cultivate a collaborative team environment within the Education & Engagement division as well as organization-wide, prioritizing inter-personal and inter-programmatic communication and events development, as well as supporting and encouraging individual professional development
  • In collaboration with Executive Director and program staff, create and manage an annual engagement plan, establishing benchmarks for program development and evaluation including building, monitoring, and maintaining budgets
  • Work with Fundraising Program Director to cultivate corporate partnerships, individual donors, and recruit new members
  • Play a leading role in program fundraising, grant preparation, submission, management and reporting, funder relations, and execution of deliverables in collaboration with Fundraising Program Director and Executive Director
  • Provide leadership and representation for policy advocacy in diverse realms, particularly in Zero Waste and Climate Action, including City, state and federal campaigns in alignment with strategic goals
  • Provide leadership, support, and direction for the Ecology Center’s Community Engagement programs to reach, educate and include a more diverse audience and build a more diverse membership
  • Develop and expand projects and programs that foster and model community sustainability practices
  • Lead, develop, and oversee our Berkeley Climate Equity Collaborative and related activities in partnership with the City of Berkeley and community organizations and leaders
  • In close collaboration with the Deputy Director, lead and oversee the Recycling Education activities and staff in compliance with our City of Berkeley Recycling Contract
  • Develop outreach activities that promote the Ecology Center’s resources and services, building coalitions with a wide range of organizations, enterprises, and networks, as well as collaborating on projects and campaigns
  • Represent the organization externally in Community Engagement program related activities and events with the public and the press
  • Ensure that staff, volunteers, and contractors participating in Community Engagement programming observe safe operating practices and comply with organizational safety policies
  • In collaboration with Program Managers ensure effective staffing schedules in support of daily Store activities, Resource Center and event functions; provide direct support with customer service and sales and other needs as needed
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree with an Environmental, Education, Non-profit Administration, Business Development, or related field
  • 5 years of progressive community engagement experience
  • 3 years of operations/team management and supervisory experience
  • Proven program management experience in a non-profit environment
  • Proven success engaging low-income, disadvantaged, marginalized communities, especially BIPOC communities
  • Proven experience creating and executing mission minded engagement programming
  • Demonstrated team building and staff supervision experience
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising and/or membership development including proven track record in proposing and securing programmatic funding support
  • Deep knowledge of environmental and social justice issues and values, specifically in the areas of climate action and climate justice, and zero waste and recycling
  • General knowledge on a wide variety of issues including toxics, water and energy conservation, environmental health, agroecology and permaculture etc.
  • Experience in developing and managing complex budgets
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, google applications, and sales force in a Mac environment
  • Proactive worker with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Management professional who pays attention to both detail and bigger picture goals
  • Intelligent, hard-working, and “Can Do” attitude
  • Flexible, responsive, and able to manage diverse priorities
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions of a highly responsible nature
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in retail, small business, and/ or enterprise development
  • Spanish and/or other language proficiency a plus


Full-time, exempt position; starting pay range is $82,065 to $94,374, depending on qualifications. Please note that only internal candidates are eligible for the highest starting pay rate. This position is eligible for benefits which include fully paid employee medical, dental, optional vision plan, fully vested 401K plan, vacation/sick/holiday pay, Employee Assistance Program, EcoStore discount.

How to Apply:

  1. Complete application found at
  2. Send completed application, resume, and cover letter to Please add “Community Engagement Program Director” in the e-mail subject line. Please note that all application materials must be submitted to be considered for an interview

Application Deadline:

Open until filled. Please apply early as this position may close at any time.


We value diversity. People of color, people LGBTQIA2SA+ identified, women, veterans, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. EOE/AA.