Director of Organizational Development - PICO National Network - Sacramento, CA

16 Oct 2017 6:43 PM | Anonymous

Director of Organizational Development - Sacramento, CA 

PICO California aspires to create a just and inclusive society that recognizes and embraces the inherent dignity of all Californians. Our mission is to unlock the power of people to place their values into the heart of state, regional, and local civic decision-making. Founded 20 years ago, PICO California operates out of three offices (Sacramento, Berkeley, and Los Angeles) that serve 485 congregations within 19 member federations across 73 cities located in six major regions: Central Valley, Inland Empire, Southern California, Los Angeles, Bay Area and Northern California. Our network of more than 500,000 Californians extends from San Diego to Del Norte. PICO volunteer leaders are among the people most impacted by equity issues: immigrants, the formerly incarcerated, low-wage workers, chronically uninsured and underinsured, and young people. Our diverse institutional membership from more than a dozen faith traditions anchors our outreach, analysis and action in a prophetic theology of resistance that helps people understand the systemic roots of their shared suffering as well as articulate an alternative narrative that liberates individuals and communities from the dominant cultural norms that perpetuate inequity.

Position Overview

The Director of Organizational Development is responsible for equipping California federations with the formation, tools and coaching necessary to create an organizational culture of leadership where the staff, Boards of Directors and Executive Directors are routinely and systematically developed. This will have been achieved where there is a clear leadership bench in each federation.


1. Assessment of PICO CA Federations

  • Develop a clear rubric for assessing health of PICO CA federations
  • Lead and coordinate assessment processes within each federation in PICO CA.
  • Work in partnership with PICO National Director of Federation Support to develop alignment of content and practice.

2. Clarity through Theory of Change

  • Coaching California federations in developing a clearly defined 2-5 year theory of change which outlines clarity of purpose, defined upstream forces, an assessment of organizational strengths and needs, and outlined strategies for achieving the goals. 

3. Staff Development

  • Design a streamlined staff development curriculum, in partnership with lead Organizers from across the state, to use in weekly staff development in local federations.
  • Lead Beginner/Intermediate/and Advanced Organizer cohorts that meet biannually
  • Collaborate with the PICO California Director of Faith in Formation to align the development pathways of staff and clergy/grassroots leaders
  • Provide training and support in supervision and coaching best practices, which result in transformational leadership.

4. Board Development

  • Development of board training curriculum to ensure all board members of local federations are fluent in the financials, have a ownership and command of their local theory of change, and have an annual review of their Executive Director.
  • Design and lead annual California Board of Director training.
  • Create and staff a cohort of California Board Presidents to share best practices and ensure ownership of both local federations and PICO CA collective theory of change and state efforts.
  • Creation of tools including but not limited to: annual performance evaluations, staff work plan templates, personal and professional development plans for staff etc.
  • Assistance in developing conflict resolution/mediation processes, training and support.

5. Executive Director Coaching and Support

  • Provide ongoing cultural competency training as it relates to staff supervision and coaching.
  • Ensure shared understanding of PICO California expectations around racial equity and updated personnel policies at the federation level
  • Assistance in leading with emotional intelligence and a deep-grounded sense of purpose.
  • Support on developing and leading strengths based teams.


  • Commitment to beloved community, social justice and the mission of PICO CA
  • Cultural competence to work in a multicultural, multi-faith environment
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in relevant field
  • 5+ years experience in Organizing and/or Directing within the PICO Network or local federations.
  • A proven track record of effectively coaching in multi racial, multi faith environments.
  • Ability to handle multiple, high-leverage partner relationships in execution of overall organization strategy
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent time management and the ability to travel to all areas of the state.
  • Experience working in social movement, community-based organizations, and ideally in faith based institutions.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, authenticity and unwavering commitment to mission of building leader led organizations with race at the center of the analysis.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. 

Preferred Skills:

  • Bilingual Spanish
  • Proficiency with MS Office and Apple/MacBook proficiency
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills; experience in effectively  communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, board or other outside partners
  • Bridge-building and conflict resolution orientation

This position would be based in the Sacramento or Los Angeles office and report to the Co-Directors.
PICO California is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in its staff, and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits.

Application Procedure:

All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click the “Apply for this Position” button below) Please have the following documents ready to upload to your online application:

  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including salary history and 3 references ready to be uploaded with your online application.
  2. A cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in this position

If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact  Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.

PICO is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.

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