American Life Corps Operations Director

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jun 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The Operations Director, in close collaboration and partnership with the Program Director, will establish the organizational and programmatic foundation for American Life Corps (ALC), an immersive residential experience for 20–24-year-olds to spend four to six months living and learning together. American Life Corps will build diverse cohorts of young adults equipped to be engaged in their communities. The Operations Director will support the implementation of the program model, establish policies and systems, and help secure new funding to assure a successful pilot over the next 18-24 months. This position is funded through December 2022, with the possibility of extending based on the success of the program and the individual in this role.

The ideal candidate has experience operationalizing entrepreneurial endeavors, and is energized by the opportunity to support personal and societal transformation. Success in this position requires the ability to implement policies and systems to ensure the success of the team and the program, apply flexible and creative thinking while navigating uncertainty and evolving conditions.

Scope of Work

  • Plan, work with existing partners to secure funding, and implement four 6-month retreats in two consecutive cycles at two retreat centers in different locations
  • With support from Commonweal as fiscal sponsor, manage finance, HR, applicant screening, and program logistics
  • Initiate relationships with organizations and elected officials from a broad spectrum of political ideologies, from government agencies, and from other key social sectors
  • Assess ongoing needs and work with funding partners to seed future growth


Primary Responsibilities

Operational processes, systems, and policies

  • Develop and implement policies, processes, and systems for admissions/enrollment, human resources, finance, contracting, purchasing, and grants management


Coordination & convening

  • Day-to-day coordination for ALC, focused on administration, staffing, and fundraising; supporting Program Director with program development, pilot implementation, and Strategy Team
  • Track, make connections, and align activities distributed across ALC
  • With input from Program Director, collaborate with hosting retreat centers to organize logistics for in-person gatherings
  • Support core committees, with a primary focus on logistics
  • Capture notes, takeaways, and next steps from ALC convenings
  • Maintain and help develop the ALC’s technological infrastructure (Google Docs, Zoom, potential new RCC website)


Communication & connection

  • Function as primary point of contact for ALC vendors, sites, accounting, and program applicants; share responsibility with Program Director for communication with Steering Committee and funders
  • Ensure clear and consistent flow of information to ALC partner organizations
  • Co-design, implement, and maintain channel(s) for sharing information and insight across the network
  • Provide operational support to Program Director for project and program marketing and partnership development activities
  • Respond to incoming inquiries from vendors, sites, accounting, and program applicants expressing interest in engaging in ALC
  • Support onboarding of new retreat centers, with a focus on contracts, purchasing, and other logistical needs
  • Support facilitation of connections among different components of ALC (committees, retreat centers, program teams, etc.)


Research, writing and special projects

  • Collaborate with Steering Committee members and Program Director on research and targeted support of each pilot site, in particular growing funding to sustain ALC
  • Support Program Director’s collaboration with Developmental Evaluator on data collection from pilot program and codifying learning and innovations emerging from ALC


Desired Qualities, Experience, & Skills

  • Ability to make an 18-month commitment
  • An openness to holding the paradox of longer-term uncertainty paired with potential opportunity as the ALC evolves
  • At least 10 years nonprofit operations experience
  • Exceptional attention to detail, highly organized, delights in setting up and maintaining systems for organization and coordination
  • Skilled communicator who listens deeply to understand people’s needs
  • Highly collaborative and comfortable working independently
  • Natural self-manager; proactive and problem-solving orientation
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, environmental, and economic justice, and building bridges across communities (class, race, ideology, and geography)
  • Affinity for adult development, social change, and community building
  • Strong plus: Personal experience within a transformative adult learning program


General Information

Title: Operations Director

Organization: A collaboration between the Fetzer Institute and Commonweal

Location: Remote, based in the United States

Salary: Annualized salary in the $80K range, with a competitive benefit package.

Hours: Full time, 40 hours per week

Report: Direct Report to Commonweal Executive Director and Fetzer Institute Senior Program Officer

FLSA Status: Exempt

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