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Deputy Director

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San Diego, CA


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Dec 5, 2023

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Location: San Diego, CA

Reports to: Executive Director

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 40 hours/week with varying hours, including some evenings and weekends.

Compensation: $90,000-$100,000, commensurate with experience

Status: Full-time and exempt/salaried position.

Benefits: Medical, paid vacation, all Federal holidays, and sick leave.





Founded in 2007, Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek (Groundwork) works at the intersection of social, environmental, and climate justice, grounded in strong community and university partnerships, to deliver education, green infrastructure, and climate safe neighborhoods. Our efforts focus on San Diego’s climate and equity policies, parks, and infrastructure improvements that reflect the needs and aspirations of our underserved Southeastern San Diego communities.

Powered by grant funding, we achieve our goals though City and State policy work, coalition building, neighborhood-scale grass roots organizing, along with student and community education programs. Groundwork’s team is dedicated to dynamic programs and activities, including the EarthLab Climate Action Park, that serves thousands of youth and families annually.

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This is an executive level position focused on both external affairs and internal program development and evaluation, responsible for engaging community members and groups, stakeholders, government leaders, and funders to advance and support Groundwork programs that serve the Southeastern San Diego communities. Serving as a strategic thought partner and collaborator with the Executive Director (Director), and working with the Board of Directors will develop and advance community-driven climate and environmental justice programs and policies. Programmatic focus areas include climate safety, equitable parks and open space, green infrastructure, affordable and renewable energy, and reconnecting communities through clean mobility access.




Planning and Resources Management

o Develop and execute grant and philanthropic funding strategies to meet annual revenue goals.

o Oversee capital improvement projects, including subcontractor oversight, budgets, grant compliance.

o Understand, co-develop, and oversee Groundwork’s annual budget in conjunction with the accounting firm, Board, and Director.

Community Outreach and Liaison

o Lead inclusive community engagement and outreach activities, workshops, and meetings with community members, planning groups, recreation councils, business districts, government leaders, stakeholders, and funders for both in-person and virtual meetings.

o Represent Groundwork at public forums and before governing bodies.

o Serve on various City government and NGO committees and working groups.

Program Development, Implementation, Evaluation, and Reporting

o Develop knowledge and expertise of community’s environmental and social justice conditions.

o Collaborate with stakeholders and government agencies to develop urban design strategies to focus on transportation, community amenities, infrastructure, and public spaces.

o Identify federal, state, and private funding sources that will provide neighborhood-scale community benefit programs; lead the development, writing, and submission of grant proposals with assistance from the Director and staff leads.

o Prepare and review content rich presentations, project materials, and grant reports to ensure the message meets grant requirements and clearly communicates the message to a diverse audience.

Office Management and Staff Support

o Supervise, support and coach staff in their programmatic activities.

o Co-lead Groundwork staff strategic planning, tracking and reporting, and staff meetings.

o Evaluate and mentor team members on creating fact sheets, briefings, reports, and written products.

o Work closely with accounting firm to ensure payroll and contract payment commitments are met.

o Work with Director to ensure programs and campaigns are fully integrated and consistent with the organization’s strategic plan, fundraising plan, communications plan, and budget.



· Passionate and Hands-on:dedicated to Groundwork’s mission, passionate about social, environmental, and climate justice who enjoys both rolling up their sleeves and wearing many hats.

· Professional: poised, confident, a master communicator across all mediums, and skilled at developing relationships at all levels, both inside and outside the organization.

· Proactive and Strategic: a self-starter ideas person who is inquisitive, always learning, can formulate long-range goals and devise a path to get there using well-researched ideas and identified trends.

· Organized: skilled at triaging priorities/requests and balancing multiple, sometimes shifting, deadlines and requirements; excellent project management skills.

· Leadership and Teambuilding: a collaborative leader who empowers others by sharing information; inclusive decision-making; and utilizes transparency, diversity, and equity as their cornerstones.



· A bachelor’s degree required in a relevant field (i.e. City Planning; Urban Planning/Urban Design; Environmental Planning; Public Policy; Landscape Architecture). Bilingual in Spanish preferred but not required.

· 8-10 years of professional management experience/senior-level leadership with a proven track record of growing an organization, preferably in under-invested communities.

· Success in generating funds (contracts, government grants, and/or philanthropy).

· Demonstrated skills in relationship development with a wide range of constituents, including community leaders, government, and elected officials. Experience leading advocacy work preferred but not required.

· Compelling and effective communicator to diverse groups, uses persuasive graphic presentations, and can translate complex concepts into action-oriented ideas.

· Dynamic interpersonal skills with demonstrated success as an inspirational manager motivating staff to achieve and sustain excellence, and ability to collaborate with colleagues and work autonomously.

· Excellent written communication skills communicating compelling messages to achieve goals.

· Demonstrated skill and experience in problem-solving in organizational settings.

· Experience utilizing CAD, Sketchup, GIS, or other similar programs are preferred but not required.

For more information and to apply, send resume and letter of interest to Executive Director Leslie Reynolds at

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