National Partnerships Director

Be a key part of developing and launching MEDA’s new program to share best practices with other community-based organizations and work in coalition with national and local groups to reverse legacies of discrimination and achieve an equitable recovery. 

Your Career Opportunity

As the National Partnerships Director for MEDA’s Equitable Recovery Institute, you will join a seven-person team working to promote and share some of MEDA’s most successful programs with low- and moderate-income communities locally and across the United States. You will build the systems and structures to scale and expand our reach during this pivotal time.

About MEDA

MEDA has been serving the low-income, Latino, immigrant community in San Francisco since 1973. We have had nearly five decades to refine our models of service and theory of change. Since 2015, we have shared our innovative, culturally-specific tools and frameworks with other community-based organizations to build increased capacity in low-income communities across the country. We provide technical knowledge and assistance to implement it. In addition, we work in coalition with advocacy organizations to pass new policies, locally and nationally, to combat economic inequality and social injustice, and to build wealth and power for our communities and future generations.

Duties & Responsibilities

As a collaborative self-starter, you will partner with the CSO to shape the portfolio of work for the Equitable Recovery Institute. To start, this role will include the following core functions:  

  • Arrange and/or participate as a speaker in local and national workshops and forums with the direct support of a Program Associate reporting to you;
  • Collaborate with other MEDA staff to gather and present internal best practice content and compile curricula on comprehensive community development, including the areas of affordable housing preservation and production, financial capability services, small business lending, cradle-to-career networks, and systems change; this role will focus mainly on MEDA’s affordable housing practices to begin, but will eventually be expected to be well versed in all of the content areas noted above;
  • Organize and redesign existing MEDA curricula to establish a polished and unified voice.
  • Conduct research and literature reviews to help MEDA stay abreast of emerging practices.
  • Use your relationship-building and project management skills to effectuate partner engagements.
  • Design and negotiate scopes of work and contract terms with partners seeking capacity building and technical assistance from MEDA. 
  • Supervise a Program Associate providing program and administrative support for the above efforts.

The National Partnerships Director will report to the Chief Strategy Officer and be part of MEDA’s new Equitable Recovery Institute, which is comprised of the following teams: Policy, Promise City, and National Partnerships. The Equitable Recovery Institute shares best practices with other community-based organizations and works in coalition with groups working to reverse legacies of discrimination and achieve equitable recovery through cradle-to-career, place-based investments. Through this work, MEDA is intentional about being an ally and working in coalition with allies across historically low-income and immigrant communities, and communities of color. 

Your Keys to Success

To perform successfully in this role, you will need to leverage these key qualifications:

  • Subject matter fluency in affordable housing development and one or more of the following areas: community economic development, small business lending, financial capability services, collective impact, social determinants of health;
  • Superior communication, project management and organizational skills;
  • Comfort in a high visibility, relationship-building role with frequent public speaking engagements;
  • Experience working across multiple teams and organizations toward common goals; 
  • 5+ years of professional experience, preferably in a nonprofit or philanthropic environment;
  • Experience with events planning; 
  • Demonstrated commitment to socioeconomic equity for low-income, immigrant communities of color;
  • High degree of independence, initiative, responsibility, and accountability;
  • Ability to establish and streamline visual design of products created in Google Docs, Word, and PowerPoint. 

Your MEDA Experience

Do meaningful work in an innovative workplace while being challenged and supported in your professional growth.

Joining MEDA means having meaningful experiences that develop achievers – from across the Mission neighborhood and from within our organization. We find meaning and fulfillment in our work as we see this community thrive and are driven to achieve better outcomes by challenging ourselves to innovate in our ways of working.

We offer a market-leading benefits program that reflects MEDA’s values and mission. We invest in people’s lives and support our own people’s health and financial well-being.


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