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Senior Director of Programs

Staff Director (Volunteer)

San Diego, CA, USA

Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before June 16th.


Reporting to the Executive Director, the primary job of the Senior Director of Programs leads three direct reports: the Director of Organizing, the Director of Advocacy & Research, and the Director of Services.


The Senior Director of Programs plays an influential role in building strong, stable, and successful programs within the three areas they oversee: organizing, advocacy & research, and services. Job responsibilities include:

  • Set goals



This is the dream role for someone with strong abilities to set great goals, operationalize success, and lead direct reports in a collaborative, empathetic way. Key skillsets may include:

  • Community organizing

  • Program design and leadership

  • Ability to inspire, train, and empower youth

  • sociopolitical awareness to achieve change and help others to do so

  • Passion and commitment

  • A “do-er” (strong implementation skills)


Previous organizing experience is required, with preference given to individuals with experience organizing youth or for youth-related issues. A high school diploma is preferred, although not required if a candidate has exemplary youth organizing experience.


OTTA United’s office is located in San Diego, California (3252 Holiday Court Ste 103, San Diego, CA 92037). CYAN will be launched in San Diego, so applicants must be in the San Diego region with the ability to travel around the City of San Diego and to the OTTA United office. The work modality is hybrid, with some required meetings at the OTTA United office.


This position is on a volunteer basis. There is no compensation for this position at this time. OTTA United deeply values the potential for personal and career development and strives to uplift its team members to best position them for their bright futures. Non-monetary benefits include:

  • Tailored work experience and growth to fit your desired career path

  • Networking opportunities with community nonprofits, policymakers, elected officials, and companies

  • Letters of recommendation

  • Certified Volunteer Hours, if requested

  • A tight-knit team and community of fellow change-makers


In a Senior Director position, expected hours fluctuate from 15-30 hours per week. Certain responsibilities, such as staff meetings, are fixed. Other obligations can be flexible around your schedule. Many staff members are also students, so our work environment is as flexible as possible. Approximately 80% of meetings will be conducted online, with some optional in-person attendance, and 20% will be conducted in person.


OTTA United is a youth-founded, youth-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future.

OTTA United values authenticity and passion. We play the role of coalition builders and mentors within our communities, sharing knowledge, resources, credit, and impact. And as a justice-oriented, impact-driven, and people-centered organization, our perspective grounds us with who we serve and the work we do while advancing our mission.

Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Our team values flexibility and taking initiative over structure and top-down delegation. This philosophy is not a good fit for all, so we want to be clear upfront. If you thrive in dynamic, open environments, this is the place for you.

  • We value meaningful impact and support. We seek to authentically serve both our audience and our team members alike.

  • We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs.

  • Our team and organization are growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve, at all levels of our organization!

  • Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow us to be an effective team.

  • We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo.

  • We prefer personability over professionalism, at least in internal settings.

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