Based in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain States, Western States Center works nationwide to strengthen inclusive democracy. For 30 years, our work has advanced social, racial, and economic justice by convening, developing, organizing, and supporting the communities most affected by inequities. We’ve played a catalytic role, working with community partners to build people-centered movements, develop new leaders, and shift culture - with our eyes on the prize of an inclusive democracy where people can live, love, and work free from bigotry and fear.

In 2018, in response to the current climate of heightened threats to inclusive democracy, we refocused our work into four pillars: Movement Building, Leadership Development, Shifting Culture, and Defending Democracy. Our programmatic focus in 2019 is to advance our work in each of these areas.


Western States Center is retooling and expanding to meet the urgent challenges facing our country and the growing threat of white nationalism and organized bigotry. We need dedicated senior trainer/organizers and program managers to help us meet these challenges with the skills and flexibility to work across our program initiatives and organizing campaigns. Three full-time program positions are available and will be supervised by the National Momentum Program Director or Deputy Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives.


We’re looking for leaders who:

  • Can play a critical role in Western States Center’s programming, organizing and rapid response campaigns.

  • Can seize on opportunities in a fast-moving political landscape and is skilled at finding creative, accessible ways of talking about white nationalism, reproductive justice, and racial equity.

  • Can assist in building a network of grassroots organizations and individuals committed to countering social movements that exploit bigotry and threaten inclusive democracy.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work with Program Directors to plan, implement and evaluate programs and projects as assigned.

  • Develop theory and strategies of change for moving grassroots organizations and leaders to integrate racial, gender and reproductive justice into their programmatic work.

  • Develop project goals and organize activities in service of movement-building, leadership development and regional campaigns for racial and gender justice.

  • Assure complete documentation of programs and curriculum.

  • Work as a team member to implement and strengthen all of our programs.

  • Provide organizational support, on-site training and assistance to groups involved in Center programs.

  • Design, implement curricula and evaluate trainings that are needed to deepen organizers’ and organizations’ integration of intersectional organizing. Identify and develop tools needed by organizers and organizations on issue analysis, community organizing, policy advocacy, and campaign development.

  • Serve as a core trainers for the Western State Center’s leadership development and training programs.

  • Support partner organizations to strengthen their leadership and increase their capacity for organizing and advocacy.

  • Engage in and support issue analysis and policy research that strengthen our four pillars. 

  • Create and maintain well written materials that support the Center’s training and organizing tools.

  • Work with communications staff to identify and execute on digital opportunities and ensure message alignment.

  • Liaise with consultants as needed.


Qualifications include:

  • At least 3-5 years of experience in an external program role with demonstrated background developing and executing organizing campaigns, leadership development cohorts, training and curriculum, and providing direct support to grassroots leaders and groups in the field.

  • Ability to work independently and to coordinate multiple projects at once.

  • Ability to thrive in a diverse, multi-racial working environment both internally and externally; demonstrated cultural proficiency and experience working with communities and organizations of color and in multi-cultural settings.

  • A strong racial and gender justice analysis, and content knowledge on strategies for countering bigoted social movements.

  • Ability to learn quickly and think creatively.

  • Strong writing and curriculum development skills for both workshops and in-depth toolkits.

  • Attention to detail and ability to work under tight deadlines.

  • Deep commitment to measurable results and follow-through.

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed, and to be responsive to rapid response organizing opportunities.

  • Excellent critical thinking and judgment.

  • Familiarity with the structures and leadership of range of non-profit organizations and knowledge of a range of organizing styles and approaches.

  • Ability to travel in the West and beyond.


Extra points for the following qualifications:

  • Experience organizing against anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and/or white nationalist groups.

  • Experience within an advocacy and/or political organization.

  • Experience organizing in rural areas and familiarity with the West.


Positions will ideally be based in Western States Center’s office in Portland, Oregon, however remote working arrangements may be available.



This is a full-time exempt position. Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation, and sabbatical. Starting annual salary range is $51,000-$60,000 depending on experience.



Please submit the following to, with the subject line “Program Position Applicant”:

  1. Cover letter clearly outlining the specific skills and knowledge you bring to the role;

  2. Resume detailing relevant experience, work history, education and accomplishments; and,

  3. Brief example of your work, such as an organizing plan or training outline.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. For priority consideration, please submit your application by May 31.

Western States Center is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on merit and organizational needs, and not on race, color, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, weight, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, political affiliation, or any other factor protected by law.