The role of the Program Manager for Small Business will focus on shaping policy efforts to advance economic equity and wealth building in communities of color through entrepreneurship and small business development. This role will inventory, research and analyze local, state and federal programs and policies that impact small businesses of color, develop a deep understanding of the needs of POC entrepreneurs and small businesses, and assess the implications of these needs on policy and systems change in California. The position will work closely with members of the Economic Equity Team to craft a research agenda focused on understanding barriers for entrepreneurs and small businesses of color in accessing capital, technical assistance, procurement, supplier diversity and other means to economic growth and sustainability. The Program Manager will develop an advocacy strategy in coalition with community members, policymakers, and partner organizations to address the challenges they identify through research, regulate predatory activities, and promote innovative programs. This position will work under the supervision of the Senior Program Manager for Economic Strategy.


Policy Research and Analysis

  • Develops a thorough understanding of the issue area, the policy-making process, the political landscape and the key stakeholders
  • Critically analyzes racial disparities by leading research activities including environmental scans, literature reviews, listening tours, stakeholder interviews, and best practice reviews
  • Prepares and presents top-quality analytical reports and recommendations for just and inclusive policy solutions
  • Develops compelling data, infographics, fact sheets, news articles, blogs and other political and educational materials to reach a variety of audiences

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Conducts outreach with community advocates, government, universities and private sector representatives to build a stronger coalition in support of the policy aim
  • Organizes, participates in, and conducts trainings, webinars, and conferences to build awareness and knowledge related to policy area
  • Raises the visibility of issues that impact communities of color by writing news articles and blogs that attract positive media attention
  • Represents the organization and the team through speaking engagements at hearings, conferences
  • Implements a variety of approaches to influence specific legislation through direct and grassroots lobbying
  • Hosts convenings and stakeholder meetings that bring different kinds of people together to work for powerful solutions
  • Builds political will by presenting Greenlining’s policy positions to strengthen support from public and government officials involved in policy decisions

Coordinate Advancement of Policy Aim

  • Defines scope and goals of individual work plan with strong alignment to team goals.
  • Handle multiple projects simultaneously including setting targets for milestones, adhering to deadlines and securing necessary resources
  • Coordinates internal efforts when issues require collaboration with colleagues
  • Tracks policy developments across the state of California in specific area of focus
  • Makes effective recommendations throughout the policy life cycle when presented with obstacles or opportunities to accelerate the policy aim
  • Assess short- and long-term impacts of enacted policies to determine the degree to which desired outcomes have been achieved
  • Identifies and promotes opportunities to strength impact of enacted policies

Other General Duties

  • Strengthen commitment from funders, including giving input to grant proposals and supporting Greenlining’s Annual Economic Summit
  • Model equity and inclusion practices, supports skill-building and shares knowledge with colleagues


  • Interest and commitment to the growth and sustainability of small business and entrepreneurs of color locally and statewide
  • Interest and ability to collaborate with local and statewide groups, community-based organizations and government entities
  • Proven ability to work with emotional intelligence, navigating individual and team conflicts productively, with empathy and integrity
  • Deep understanding of California’s policy making process with demonstrated success in championing the specific policy aim in ways that serve low-income communities of color;
  • Deep understanding of economic equity issues, including access to financial services and the racial wealth gap
  • Ability to prepare well organized written reports and other communications
  • Ability to deliver effective presentations to diverse groups and present complex information in a meaningful way and adjust style and content to each unique audience and circumstance
  • Proven track record of achieving results through influence and collaboration by building coalitions and working with a broad array of constituency groups such as business, policymakers, and community advocates
  • Excellent research skills with the ability to synthesize, translate, and implement information from multiple sources into a coherent strategy and workable plan
  • Strong project management skills to manage multiple priorities, stakeholders, and workflows
  • Ability to work independently and be both creative and strategic when confronted with complex and multifaceted opportunities and challenges
  • Ability to monitor progress towards goals, track measures of success and report back through project completion
  • Ability and willingness to travel, as needed, to meetings and conferences throughout the state and possibly other locations
  • Experience using Slack, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office Suite strongly preferred
  • Experience working with media, including print, radio, television, and social media
  • Promotional opportunity available with two or more years of experience as a Program Manager
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Bilingual/Spanish speaking not required, but preferred

Compensation and Benefits

Salary based on experience.  Superb benefits including health, vision and dental insurance premiums covered at 100% for employee and dependents as well as Life and Long-Term Disability Insurance. We provide a 5% annual salary match that is immediately vested to your 401(k) retirement plan. Work-life balance is supported with a 35-hour work week and hybrid work schedules. Many other generous paid time off programs including vacation, sick leave, paid parental leave and 14 paid Holidays.

Salary Range: $75,000-$80,000

This position is classified as Salaried, Exempt (FLSA).

The scope of responsibilities is not limited to those listed above and may change as organizational needs evolve. Specific work plan goals are developed each year to inform performance targets. 

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