Program Director, Thriving Communities, Liberty Hill Foundation

Position Title: Program Director, Thriving Communities

Reports to: Senior Director, Environmental & Climate Justice

Position: Full-time, Exempt, 3-year term with extension contingent upon grant renewal

Location: Hybrid-Onsite; Los Angeles, California

Salary: $100,600 – $125,700

About Liberty Hill

At Liberty Hill Foundation, we are at the forefront of social change, championing social justice and equity by supporting grassroots movements in communities most affected by systemic oppression. Our mission is to transform lives, communities, and policies, building a more equitable future for all. We are a dynamic team of passionate changemakers, committed to supporting community organizing through our programs: grantmaking, training and capacity building, and alliance building.

Our staff represents a dedicated community of people who are committed to social justice and improving the material conditions in which we live. At Liberty Hill, we’re also committed to our organizational values of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI). 

We embrace the differences and characteristics that make us all unique, and we encourage collaboration as an essential element of our mission to reach our North Star goal—to achieve justice and equity by building power in communities most impacted by systemic oppression.  

The Role

The Program Director for Thriving Communities holds a critical role in driving forward the organization’s mission and goals in the area of Environmental Justice. This role involves managing strategic planning, executing programs, supporting the Thriving Communities grant process, and assessing the program’s impact on community well-being. Collaborating with diverse stakeholders, the Program Director will manage projects, ensure adherence to grant requirements, and advocate for social justice principles which are central responsibilities for this position.

As the Program Director for Thriving Communities at Liberty Hill Foundation, you will spearhead the creation, execution, and evaluation of initiatives focused on advancing social justice, community empowerment, and environmental justice in the Los Angeles region. Close collaboration with community leaders, partner organizations, donors, and stakeholders will be essential in addressing systemic inequities and fostering thriving communities.

Impact Areas 

Stakeholder Engagement and Reporting:

Establish strong relationships with key stakeholders to boost funding and program participation.

Prepare and present program reports to funders and stakeholders, highlighting program impact and securing ongoing support.

Keep senior management informed with detailed reports and presentations.

Conduct outreach and education on the Thriving Communities program.

Provide support navigating the Thriving Communities grant application portal.

Collaborate with partners and program leads, reviewing proposals and participating in funding decisions.

Program Analysis and Improvement:

Analyze program data to identify areas for improvement and implement strategies for better outcomes.

Develop and implement a system to evaluate staff skills, experience, and professional development needs.

Create a professional development program to address employee skill gaps.

Collaborate with staff to establish objective performance measurements for consistent evaluation.

Team Collaboration and Support:

Foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork among staff for successful program execution.

Adapt and work efficiently in a dynamic environment with deadline pressures.

Coordinate technical assistance services with Thriving Communities Technical Assistance providers.

*The Program Director, Thriving Communities position has a 3-year term with an extension contingent upon grant renewal.


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent preferred, with a preference for personal lived/professional experience.

5+ years of Program Director experience in a nonprofit organization.

Demonstrated success in managing multiple projects with competing deadlines.

Preferred background in social justice movement work and organizing.

Proficiency in Office365 and project management apps (Slack, Asana, etc.).

Commitment to social and racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Familiarity with government grants, compliance, and reporting.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Familiarity with nonprofit structures, practices, and organizational cultures is a plus.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.

Accuracy and attention to detail are required, along with a track record of reliability, confidentiality, and conscientious work habits.

Physical demands:

 Ability to operate a remote workstation and laptop/screen for extended periods.

 Ability to travel for in-person co-working, meetings, and events, and must live in Los Angeles County.

Core Competencies

Collaboration: Actively seek out collaboration opportunities and drive them forward.

Communication: Possess the ability to empathize and persuade diverse audiences effectively. Take ownership of objectives and outcomes on a broader scale than individual responsibilities, being prepared to address and navigate unforeseen challenges.

Problem-Solving: Recognize patterns through data and trend analysis; Identify gaps and explore alternative pathways not immediately apparent; Utilize tools and resources to develop innovative problem-solving approaches; Challenge assumptions by posing questions and considering alternative perspectives.

Execution: Align plans with organizational or departmental strategy; Identify necessary resources for plan execution; Monitor and evaluate progress towards solutions; Adjust as needed to achieve desired outcomes; Proactively improve processes, systems, and results.


Comprehensive coverage for employee healthcare, vision, and dental at 100%.

Employer contribution and match for 403b retirement savings.

Stipend to support remote work.

10 Days of PTO paid vacation time the first year and 58 hours of sick time.

Generous benefit of 22 paid holidays.

2 dedicated Volunteer Days.

Fridays off throughout August.

Summer Break is the first week in July, and Winter Break is the last two weeks of December.

Liberty Hill operates in a hybrid remote environment with a dedicated coworking space in downtown Los Angeles. While in-person elements vary by function, key elements of this role revolve around face-to-face mentorship, in-person meetings and events, and other components that require physical presence and participation.

Physical Asks

Ability to engage in a hybrid remote work environment in our shared downtown co-working space or working remotely.

Must live in Los Angeles County and be available for face-to-face collaboration when necessary. 

How to Apply

Liberty Hill has retained the services of Charity Search Group to coordinate the search for this position. To apply, please complete this online application. If you have questions or need accommodations, please contact Ranata Reeder at ​or visit .

Liberty Hill is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels of the organization. We recognize the importance of not viewing individuals based on a single identity, and we thrive on being equitable in our recruitment process as well as in our efforts to be inclusive of all employees.

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