Director of Programs

Bread & Roses Community Fund (Bread & Roses) seeks an experienced, progressive professional to help advance the organization’s mission to support grassroots organizing for racial, social, and economic justice. Bread & Roses focuses on change, not charityTM with the expressed goal of radically transforming society to make it more equitable and accessible for all.

The Director of Programs will lead the organization’s programs, including 
management and direction of all community engagement and grantmaking programs, as well as provide leadership, oversight, and evaluation. The person in this role oversees program design and implementation and must be adept at developing management infrastructure related to the overall operations of grantmaking and other programs at Bread & Roses. The Director of Programs will engage movement leaders and community members in setting the strategic direction and guidelines for Bread & Roses’ grantmaking and other programs. Ideal candidates will have experience with models of distributive leadership, managing staff and volunteers, creating and managing budgets, compliance as related to grants, contracts and regulatory bodies, and cultivating relationships with partners and stakeholders, as well as a proven ability to represent organizations in a public facing role. This position reports to the Executive Director of Bread & Roses, is a key member of the Bread & Roses senior council, and regularly prepares reports for the Board of Directors and relevant Board Committees.
About the Organization
Bread & Roses Community Fund is a social justice fund, and Philadelphia’s leading funder of community organizing for racial, social, and economic justice, Bread & Roses’ mission is to effect change, not charityTM. Bread & Roses Community Fund connects donors, organizers, and communities to move money to advance grassroots organizing that directly impacts communities impacted by injustice. They provide training and support to movements for change and work to build community across differences of race, class, and gender. Bread & Roses Community Fund directly engages community stakeholders through community-led grantmaking to determine the initiatives and organizations that it supports.
Background of A Highly Favorable Candidate:
An experienced decisionmaker who understands the evolution of community organizing and can skillfully build trust with staff, grantees, donors and other community stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have advanced professional experience in program design, implementation, evaluation, and fiduciary oversight and be inspired by mission-driven, community-engaged work. Competitive candidates will have experience in program management, communications, change management, and people management. The successful candidate will be an experienced leader who is comfortable establishing professional boundaries and leading teams in a dynamically changing work environment.
Professional Characteristics:
  1. A minimum of 7 years of general management and/or program management and organizational leadership experience including relevant work experience in program assessment and evaluation.
  2. Experience in program design, implementation, planning, and evaluation. Experience with grants management and compliance is strongly preferred.
  3. Experience with volunteer management as well as community outreach and engagement activities.
  4. Demonstrated leadership ability, team management, interpersonal skills, and good judgment.
  5. Excellent analytical, problem-solving, decision-making and organizational skills.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  7. Experience with project management with an ability to manage multiple competing priorities organized around specific area benchmarks and goals.
  8. Relationship building and reliability: welcomes feedback and can adapt to new ideas and priorities. Builds authentic relationships across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, gender identity, citizenship status, or other identities.
  9. Familiarity and experience with the principles of racial equity, with an abiding belief that racial equity and social justice are paramount. Comfortable talking about race, gender, and other identities in plain (non-euphemistic) and specific terms. Continually able to hear, reflect, and act on feedback regarding identity and equity with the aim to learn.
  10. Mission alignment: Shares Bread & Roses’ vision of liberation for all people and our theory of change that movements are the key strategy to get us there.
Program Management and Implementation
  • Advise and manage the Bread & Roses full slate of programs in partnership with community members and community organizations.
  • Manage the implementation efforts of a variety of programs and devise the overall strategy associated with Bread & Roses’ programs. All of Bread & Roses programs are led/spearheaded by external partners
  • Be responsive to the needs and direction of external program partners and community members/groups
  • Coaching programs to completion, including the management of direct reports and delegating up in the management of programs
  • Management and general oversight over the reporting associated with programming budgets and grantmaking
  • Provide ongoing quality assurance and quality control in Bread & Roses’ programs through adherence to internal policies and procedures as well as external regulatory guidelines and requirements.
Program Oversight and Evaluation
  • Oversee and direct the strategic evaluation of all programs
  • Manage the community grantmaking processes, including oversight and leadership associated with the recruitment of community members to specific grantmaking efforts and initiatives
  • In collaboration with key staff, supervise, and evaluate all programs.
  • Ensure programs are properly documented, and that evaluation data is analyzed.
  • Supervise teams and managers in response to critical feedback.
  • Ensure that the stories, experiences and outcomes are captured from all programs and ultimately operationalized for development efforts.
  • Work closely with the executive director, senior council, and the board of directors to ensure programs are aligned with Bread & Roses’ vision, mission, and values as well as our theory of change.
Partnership and Stakeholder Management
  • Grant writing and grant reporting associated with partnerships and foundations
  • Skillfully manage relationships with vendors and consultants as related to Bread & Roses grantmaking and other programs.
  • Proactively engage with the Bread & Roses Director of Development to manage and maintain various partnerships and community engagement efforts associated with programming
Coordination of Program Activities
  • Program coordination, including staff supervision and management
  • Consultant management, including conducting searches and contracting with consultants to meet the needs of ongoing programming
  • Volunteer management, including recruiting, planning, creating, and supervising committees associated with the programmatic function of the organization
  • Maintain a robust interface with the communications teams with respect to programming and maintaining partnerships.
Community Outreach & Engagement
  • Cultivate and sustain a range of community partnerships and build relationships with stakeholders, including activities that are associated with grantmaking and programming
  • Manage and/or supervise the grantmaking processes associated with programming
  • Participate in meetings and collaborations with organizations supported through Bread & Roses’ network of social justice funds and resources.
  • Convening committees, partners, community members, and/or staff as needed
$110,000-$130,000 annually, with a competitive benefits package that includes paid time off, 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision coverage, short-term disability, long-term disability, life insurance, FSA for health and childcare expenses, an employer-paid health and wellness fund, student loan repayment assistance, 401(k) with an employer match, and more.
Organizational Information:
The Director of Programs will have 3 direct reports and reports directly to the Executive Director of Bread & Roses.
Relevant Financial Information:
Founded in 1977 as a collective of organizers, activists, and donors, Bread & Roses Community Fund as a home for channeling money to movements for real change in the Philadelphia region. To date, Bread & Roses Community Fund has unleashed more than $17 million to local grassroots groups taking collective action toward the liberation of all people.
Service Area / Industry Information:
Bread & Roses Community Fund is headquartered and operates in the Philadelphia region. Bread & Roses raises money through donations of all sizes and makes grants using a community-led decision-making process. Bread & Roses grants go to local groups working for good schools, fewer prisons, better jobs, a safe environment, quality health care, and more.
Additional Information:
This is a full-time, in-person position based in our Philadelphia office with the potential for hybrid work as the team needs allow. Regular hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and this position requires working occasional evenings and weekends. Bread & Roses has COVID-19 safety protocols in place and updates them in accordance with city, state, and federal guidelines.

Bread & Roses strongly encourages Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, trans/non-binary people, LGBQ people, elderly people, formerly incarcerated people, and people with disabilities to apply.
Application Process:
Email your resume to Monica Wildes, MHS at by 03/26/2024. This is the final date for applications. Confirmation of receipt of application will be sent by return email. Virtual screening with preferred candidates will be arranged forthwith. No phone calls, please.