Director of Programs

California, United States
$100,000.00 - $115,000.00
Closing date
Feb 17, 2023

ICA is seeking a Director of Programs to help ICA on its mission of closing the racial and gender wealth gaps by ensuring the operational success and mission alignment of ICA’s programmatic offering across the 9 county Bay Area. The Director of Programs is a critically important leader at ICA responsible for managing the members of the programs team, overseeing the continued integration of a new shared activities offering of the programs and investment team, and ensuring the team is resourced to meet the organizations short- and long-term goals. The position is based in Oakland, CA with hybrid in-office, Tuedsays and Thursdays and remote work. This position reports to the Chief Programs and Strategic Initiatives Officer.



People of color, especially women of color, start businesses at higher rates — but are constrained by structural inequities and are often overlooked by mainstream funders. Through ICAs coaching, connections, and capital we partner with, mentor, and invest in underestimated Bay Area entrepreneurs to accelerate great businesses and build an economy that works for all.


This opportunity will allow you to design and build towards rapid growth as a key leader at ICA. You will help our team take our work to the next level in a deeply rewarding environment because:

  • We partner intensely with our entrepreneurs over years and see the impact of our work daily when we buy their products, watch them create new jobs, and grow the local
  • We’re proving there is a better way to structure capital and support racial equity in small business through our unique VC/equity model of
  • We operate like a fast-paced lean startup – combining the best of the for profit and nonprofit worlds with a laser focus on our entrepreneurs with a high priority on providing good jobs here at ICA.



Reporting directly to the Chief Program and Strategic Initiatives Officer you will manage a highly effective team while managing and overseeing the full programs budget and set strategy for the team to build pipeline and tailor programs to meet the needs of our small business community.  Ultimately, this cross functional role is responsible for meeting and/or exceeding organizational, funder, and impact goals across all programs.



  • Develops and leads strategy for deepening ICA’s support and impact across all programs and geographic focus areas within the 9-county Bay Area (i.e. Silicon Valley), short and long term
  • Leads the continued integration of the shared activities of the programs and investment team, ensuring communication, workflows, and feedback loops are aligned
  • Leads the integration and coordination with the Marketing department to ensure all shared goals, activities, and workflows to market all programs and offerings are aligned
  • Leads the development and execution of the integrated programs delivery calendar and operational plan, working closely with each program manager
  • Develops, allocates, manages, and tracks yearly budget and goals, working closely with each program manager
  • Leads strategy and oversees tactical execution of pipeline development ensuring a viable and diverse pipeline of small businesses that are a good fit for all of ICA’s integrated programming and investment pipelines
  • Leads yearly programmatic goal setting that aligns with ICA 5-year growth vision, strategic initiatives, and funder commitments
  • Oversees daily operations of entrepreneur all programming, ensuring high quality program delivery and managing all resources requests and needs
  • Participates in selection of cohort companies, working collaboratively with the programs and investment team
  • Participates in the vetting of potential ICA investment companies, in collaboration with the programs and investment teams



  • Manages, develops, and supports direct reports to ensure they are equipped to:
    • meet and/or exceed annual goals
    • deliver high quality programming and events
    • develop a viable and diverse small business pipeline
    • grow professionally
    • enjoy their job and participate and reflect ICAs culture
  • Supports programs team to further develop ideas, program curriculum, and outreach strategies that align with team, organizational, and funder goals
  • Leads program reporting for board meetings + calls and provides regular key updates on programs and funding implications to Chief Program Officer
  • Leads programs data gathering, dissemination, and integration across the programs, investment, and impact teams.
  • Supports with meeting organizational fundraising goal and funder stewardship by clearly and effectively communicating programs strategy, collaborating with the management team, attending funder meetings, and supporting with funder proposals and reporting.



  • You are a creative, strategic leader that is driven by our mission to close the racial and gender wealth gaps.
  • You have a deep understanding of start-up and/or small business support and growth.
  • You are an effective communicator and a deep listener who prides themselves in understanding both what is said and unsaid.
  • You are skilled in and enjoy the challenge of identifying opportunities, planning, designing, and delivering programs.
  • You love, and have demonstrated success at, managing a team and supporting each of your direct reports to meet and/or exceed their goals.
  • You are interested in learning more and contributing to ICA’s unique model of providing coaching, capital, and connections.
  • You enjoy meeting people and learning about them and their interests and experiences.
  • You love to ask questions and are naturally curious.
  • You are culturally competent, empathetic and self-aware.
  • You thrive in a learning environment and are excited about challenging yourself.
  • You have the ability to learn new processes and concepts and put them into action right away.
  • You thrive in a culture that prioritizes diversity, and values honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
  • You align with ICAs values and have examples of how you demonstrate them.



  • 3+ years of program or product management, design, and/or development
  • 2+ years of direct supervisory experience
  • Experience in an entrepreneurial business environment, working in or supporting underrepresented founders
  • Experience in start-up or small business support models - accelerators, alumni network support, incubators, and/or consulting program models
  • Experience overseeing complex projects and excellent project management skills.
  • Energetic, forward thinking and creative with high ethical standards.
  • Solutions oriented with demonstrated high performance and agility during rapidly changing priorities
  • Excellent ability to manage IT systems, tracking and reporting, and Google Docs preferred



The annual base salary range for this position is $100,000 to $115,000 dependent upon background and experience; plus an annual bonus depending on performance.

ICA’s full benefits package includes: 12 paid holidays per year; 3 weeks of annual paid vacation; 7 days of annual paid sick leave; employer-paid health, dental, vision, life insurance and disability benefits; 50% employer-paid dependent health, dental and vision; and 401(k) plan with matching; and mobile phone / Internet reimbursement.

ICA is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics. 



People are key to our success, and we’d like to get to know you. Depending on your progress through our hiring process, you may go through the following steps: A round or two of panel interviews; review of work samples; completion of an exercise or case study; and reference-checking of previous supervisors and colleagues.

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