Join the Emerge CA team! Now hiring: Director of Northern California Programs & Development

  • Jul 18, 2023
  • Emerge California

Job Announcement:
Director of Northern California Programs & Development

This position will remain open until filled, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply by August 6th.

About Emerge California

Emerge California is on a mission to change the face of California politics by recruiting and training women-identifying Democrats to run for elected office.

Since 2002, Emerge CA has trained 852 women for the political pipeline with a 70% win-rate. Currently 210 Emerge CA alums hold elected office, including our state’s Lieutenant Governor, State Controller, 8 California Legislators, and 9 Mayors. Our signature program is an intensive, six-month group training program that provides in-depth training on all aspects of becoming a candidate and running for office. We have also offered intensive weekend Boot Camps, Continuing Education Webinars, Mentoring and Networking Events for our community of alums and supporters, which we call the Emerge Sisterhood.

We have a strong commitment to diversity and intentionally focus on recruiting from the New American Majority (“NAM”) – women of color, LGBTQ+ and unmarried women under 40. Our most recent Class of 2023 graduates were 90% NAM. Learn more at .


The Opportunity

The Director of Northern California Programs & Development manages all aspects of the Northern California Training Program & Engagement, including but not limited to, recruitment of program applicants, overseeing selection processes for program members, all aspects of the training program, and alumnae and donor engagement and support. This Director also holds secondary responsibility, after the Executive Director, for supporting overall Development strategy and execution, fundraising event execution, as well as donor follow up and cultivation and care.

The Emerge Northern California territory includes the following counties:
Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, Nevada, Mono, Solano, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, San Joaquin, Yuba, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Placer, Butte, Merced, Mendocino, Humboldt, Alpine, Lake, Trinity, Del Norte, Madera, and Siskiyou.

Note the following small and heavily Republican counties are within Northern California and Emerge has not done work there in the past, however, that could change: Sutter, Colusa, El Dorado, Tuolumne, Sierra, Glenn, Plumas, Calaveras, Mariposa, Amador, Tehama, Shasta, Modoc, and Lassen.



Recruitment, Selection & Program Execution for Northern California Cohorts

  • Coordinate, develop and run Northern California recruitment efforts, with data and communications support from other Emerge CA staff.
  • Cultivate strategic organizational partnerships to assist with recruiting and help organize and promote the organization.
  • Participate in the selection process, including recruiting selection panelists and participants, reading applications, interviewing potential program members, and providing input in the selection process.
  • Manage all aspects of Northern California training program to ensure organizational outcomes are met, including creating and adhering to budget, long-term strategy, program planning, trainer coordination, and mentor matching, with data, tracking, and logistical support from other Emerge CA staff and fellows. 

Northern California Alumnae & Donor Support & Engagement

  • Manage all aspects of supplemental training programs, including alumnae training, in Northern California (any statewide trainings will be managed by the Director of Southern California Programs & Training).
  • Electoral tracking of Northern California alumnae, including candidate announcements and election results.
  • Assist the Executive Director in fundraising efforts in Northern California, including connecting with donors and doing select donor outreach.
  • Manage Northern California Campaign Advisory Team, any Northern California Advisory Boards, as well as other efforts to support Northern California alumnae.

General Team Support & Secondary Lead on Statewide Development/Fundraising

  • Work closely with Communications Team on marketing and announcements, monthly reports, social media and other items as needed.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and prepare to report on the status, needs and accomplishments of assigned leadership programs and trainings.
  • Develop Job Description, recruit & supervise a part-time paid Fellow and unpaid Interns.
  • Hold secondary responsibility (after Director of Southern California Programs & Training) for combined, statewide trainings, including curriculum development, trainer recruitment, special statewide-class experiences.
  • Hold secondary responsibility (after Executive Director) for overall Development strategy and execution, fundraising event execution, as well as donor follow up and cultivation and care.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate will be a proactive detail-oriented organizer with strong project coordination skills, experience with political campaigns and a political network in the Northern California region. Additionally, the ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and a strong communicator who is passionate about equity and electing Democratic self-identified women to office. They must possess the following skills:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational skills and experience managing multiple projects at once
  • Self-starter who takes initiative and can work well remotely
  • Current and past experience in/knowledge of California politics and/or women organizations, and knowledge of regional politics and organizations in the Northern California area
  • The ability to manage, facilitate and present in front of diverse groups and cohorts
  • Attention to detail and macro level reasoning skills
  • Deep understanding and commitment to racial justice & equity, including the Emerge mission to make special efforts to recruit and support women from the New American Majority that includes people of color, LGBTQ+, and unmarried women under 40
  • Passion for electing women to office
  • Ease with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Google Suite.


Job Location, Compensation & Requirements

  • Emerge staff currently work remotely (use of personal internet connection may be offset by tech use stipend)
  • Ability to travel for programs, events and conferences (travel beyond designated place of work may be reimbursed), many of which will take place on weekends and evenings
  • Must maintain residency in Northern California
  • Annual salary range for this position is $70,000 to $85,000. This is a full time, exempt position that reports to the Emerge California Executive Director.



Please submit the application online here. Should you have questions about this position or how to apply, please send an email to . Emerge California is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage candidates who represent and can work with people of many different backgrounds and orientations.