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Community Organizing and Leadership Development Supervisor


    Mission: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) develops community and provides affordable housing and services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco, to promote equitable access to opportunity and resources.

    Established in 1981, TNDC has grown to employ more than 400 staff, to develop, own, manage and provide supportive services in 43 properties that offer deeply affordable housing for nearly 5,000 tenants, and to expand its work in community organizing and afterschool programming. TNDC is viewed as a trusted and well-organized community ally locally and a practice leader nationally. In San Francisco, TNDC envisions diverse communities where people with low incomes can fulfill their potential and meet their basic needs. In the Tenderloin, TNDC stands as a catalyst for advancing community interests and a force for expanding the choices that enhance livability, such as housing, employment, education, food, cultural activities, and open spaces.

    TNDC values are: Integrity, Excellence, Inclusion, Collaboration and Equity


    Under the direct supervision of the Senior Community Organizing Manager, the Community Organizing and Leadership Supervisor is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the work of the Community Organizing team. The Community Organizing Team consists of two community organizers, a lead organizer, a community outreach coordinator, and four part-time community engagement leaders. The Community Organizing and Leadership Supervisor directly supervises the two community organizers and the lead organizer.   Duties include developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating strategies to carry out the TNDC Community Organizing Department’s mission and vision through base building, popular education, and grassroots leadership development; leading the Community Organizing team in designing and evaluating the Community Organizing Department’s leadership development programming and conducting ongoing engagement efforts for alumni of the leadership development program.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES                          

    The Community Organizing and Leadership Supervisor customarily and regularly exercises discretion and independent judgment in the following job duties:

    Set the strategic direction of the Community Organizing Department in collaboration with the Senior Community Organizing and Planning Manager.
  • Supervise the Community Organizing team and oversee all organizing work. Directly supervise two Community Organizers and one Lead Community Organizer.
  •  Oversee the Community Organizing department’s Leadership Academy classes. 
  •  Lead the curriculum design process, developing curriculum for low-income Tenderloin residents that is respectful, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and culturally responsive.
  • Conduct ongoing assessment and evaluation of Leadership Academy programming to identify program outcomes and impacts as well as the strategic needs of grassroots organizers.
  • Lead the process of integrating Leadership Academy participants into the campaign and base-building work of the Community Organizing department.
  • With Community Organizing team, maintain Community Organizing Department’s database of Leadership Academy students and alumni.
  • Support and coordinate grassroots community members and Community Organizing Department staff in facilitating workshops, academy classes, and trainings.
  • Provide support for, organize, and participate in regular base-building tasks including outreach, one-on-one meetings with community members, community events, and educational opportunities.
  • Identify and initiate organizing campaigns in support of the Department’s goals. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Community Organizing Manager.


    Ability to envision and manage change
  • Ability to supervise staff, including hiring, coaching and evaluation of performance
  • Ability to manage programmatic and administrative operations of the community organizing program
  • Knowledge of popular education and community organizing tools and approaches
  • Knowledge of issues of race and class and how those are embedded in the development of grassroots leadership
  • Familiarity with San Francisco politics
  • Experience and comfort with technology including database management
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills
  • Ability to facilitate meetings.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team structure.
  • Ability to occasionally attend evening meetings and work on weekends


    Four-year college degree, or equivalent experience.
  • Two years of experience with leadership development, curriculum development, and/or adult education.
  • Two years of organizing or community development experience.
  • Two years of supervisory experience.


    Bilingual and Bi-literate in English and at least one of the following languages:Mandarin/Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Tagalog.
  • Familiarity with the Tenderloin neighborhood.

    This job description is not a written or implied contract of employment.  This job description may be modified as the need arises.