CCISCO’s Executive Director Job Posting



Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO):

Contra Costa Interfaith Supporting Community Organization (CCISCO) is committed to building civic engagement and increasing public participation by those most affected by injustice and inequity in Contra Costa County. As an organization, we believe in the power of relationships and that by acting together on our common values, we can imagine and create a new world.

CCISCO is a countywide nonprofit that helps everyday people win extraordinary victories by providing a vehicle for them to speak, act and engage in public arenas. Since 1996, we have been organizing a voice for justice and equity in Contra Costa County. We are a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, interfaith federation of 30 congregations and youth institutions representing over 35,000 families. CCISCO is a member of the PICO National Network and PICO California.

CCISCO Countywide Overview of work in the past year:

  • Invest in People, Not Prisons:  we helped to stop the proposed jail expansion in Contra Costa County and secured $5.2 million for bail reform; re-entry services; employment and housing for formerly incarcerated;
  • Reclaim California’s Future:  Our work in helping to pass Proposition 47 by leading the largest volunteer-led civic engagement effort in the county and state;
  • Keeping Families in their Homes:  we played a key role in supporting the passage of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights;
  • Keeping Families United:  Secure agreement with Contra Costa Sheriff Livingston to develop new detainer policy and stop the detention and deportation of Contra Costa residents;
  • Health Access:  Maintaining the success of the new health clinic in Oakley which has served over 2,900 families;
  • Immigrant Integration:  we organized 8 clinics with 1,600 DREAMers for Deferred Action and organized citizenship drives to support 465 new citizens;
  • Ceasefire-Lifelines to Healing:  launch of Ceasefire-Lifelines to Healing movement in Richmond and East County and organized over 200 Night walks with over 1,800 participants and has contributed to over 60% decrease in homicides and injury shootings since March 2012.



The Executive Director is an energetic, self-motivated position that requires the capacity to work on the ground level of the organization as well as the capacity to develop staff, board, and leaders. The position requires the ability to develop long-term relationships with a diverse volunteer population, clergy, elected officials and key stakeholders. Lastly, this management role assumes the responsibility to support leaders and staff in order to maintain the organization’s winning track record by overseeing organizing campaigns around immigration, foreclosures, health access, education, mass incarceration/re-entry, and violence prevention that take place across county.

The Executive Director position is responsible for managing the daily operations of the organization county-wide, and is supervised by the CCISCO Board of Directors. The Executive Director will be held accountable for overseeing the following critical responsibilities:

  •  Hire, manage, and develop CCISCO staff
  • Work and support all CCISCO leaders in order to create successful campaigns
  • Provide leadership with the tools to develop vision and goals to implement effective campaigns
  • Maintain the CCISCO budget and develop a plan to continue its successful expansion
  • Have capacity to seek donations from individuals and corporations through fundraising events
  • Manage existing grants while developing a plan to expand and diversify CCISCO’s funding
  • Work with the board and staff to maintain financial stability of the organization
  • Build coalitions with elected officials, policy leaders and other strategic allies

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years organizing experience, preferably in PICO National Network
  • At least 3 years of congregation-based organizing experience, successful staff supervision and development, campaign victories and financial management
  • Respect for diversity, ability to motivate large groups and a strong commitment to social justice
  • History of embracing fundraising and diversifying funding sources
  • Proven track record of successful grant writing
  • Ability to navigate through political environment, familiarity with Contra Costa County communities and knowledge of the key issues they face is preferred
  • Knowledge of legislative process at city, state, and national levels
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Spanish fluency is preferred

Salaries & Benefits:

Salary and benefits are competitive and are based on level of experience.


Application Procedure:

All applicants must apply for this position by November 30th, 2015. Application must be submitted through email and must include the following:

  1. Your resume
  2. A cover letter that is not to exceed two pages and includes the following information:

a)      Describe one of your outstanding qualities and a situation in which you applied that quality

b)      Explain why you want to be the next CCISCO Executive Director

  1. Copy of a press release that you have written
  2. Copy of a successful grant proposal that you have written

If you meet the description above, please send your resume, cover letter, press release and grant proposal with salary requirements to:

In order to be considered, the subject line must read: “your name” – Executive Director

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

As a grassroots organization working with a wide range of communities, we strongly encourage applications from women and people of color



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