Alliance San Diego is a community empowerment organization working to build a more inclusive and just democracy. Our mission is to empower diverse people and organizations to engage more effectively in the civic process to bring about the change we need so that all people can achieve their full potential in an environment of harmony, safety, equality, and justice. 

The Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC) is made up of regional networks in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, which work together to engage in policy advocacy at the national level. The common goal is to increase the quality of life and protect the rights of people who live, work, and travel in the southern border region. Alliance San Diego provides staff to SBCC to advance its goals. 

We now seek an SBCC Program Director who will manage SBCC staff and work with the SBCC Steering Committee to design and implement strategic goals, actions, and policy campaigns. This position is a key member of fast-paced and passionate teams at Alliance San Diego in support of SBCC.

A strong candidate understands policymaking at the national level, including how to develop policy, generate support for it, and advance it with policymakers. An ideal candidate has a demonstrated interest in and experience with border policy issues, specifically as they relate to human rights of border communities. An ideal candidate also has experience directing programs, managing people, and coordinating and/or organizing coalitions. An ideal candidate is also able to communicate effectively in English and Spanish and relate to diverse community members.

Primary Responsibilities

The SBCC Program Director will report to the Alliance San Diego Policy Director and will have the following responsibilities:

  • Direct strategic planning and activities of SBCC.
  • Develop top-level relationships with congressional offices, national allies, and stakeholders to advance SBCC priorities. 
  • Supervise staff in their work to support the SBCC program at Alliance San Diego.
  • Serve as primary SBCC spokesperson in the media, and work with the communications team to write Border_Lines and develop messaging and identify messengers for multiple platforms. 
  • Draft, edit and review policy briefs, legislative language, congressional testimonies, sign-on letters, one-pager factsheets, other advocacy literature, and policy analyses.


Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required 
  • At least 5 years of experience in policy/advocacy
  • Experience working effectively in coalition
  • Experience managing diverse people
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines
  • Established network at the local, state, and/or national level
  • Strong and confident leadership skills


Key Competencies

  • Proficiency in working with diverse communities and with grassroots organizations
  • Bilingual English/Spanish language skills and proficiency 
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Time management
  • Organization skills
  • Self-motivated – proven ability to work independently
  • Strategic thinking
  • Leadership and empowerment
  • Compassionate service
  • Resolving conflict
  • Fostering Teamwork
  • Understanding of and experience working with border issues. 
  • Understanding of social justice issues and challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and working-class families


This position can be remote from anywhere in the southern border region or Washington, D.C. Some travel is required. Compensation is commensurate with experience, with a salary range beginning at $85,000. We offer competitive pay and benefits, as well as a collaborative work environment with colleagues who are dedicated to social justice. To apply please provide a cover letter, resume, and three references (minimum of two professional references required) to [email protected] or to the link below.

Alliance San Diego is an equal-opportunity employer that encourages all people to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against based on religion, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, or any other basis prohibited by law.