Leadership Development Director

Portland African American Leadership Forum | Portland, OR

Posted Date 2/11/2021

Position: Leadership Development Director

Start Date: February 15, 2021

End Date: February 15, 2023

Salary: $50,000 - $70,000

Position:  Full-Time Exempt, Grant-funded for 2 years.

Hours: 40 hours per week; occasional evenings and weekends

Supervisor: Executive Director

Department: Leadership Development

Benefits: Full Medical, Dental, and Vision covered at 100%; flexible work schedule; unlimited paid time off with approval from supervisor; paid holidays; phone and travel/covid-19 internet allowance; child and pet-friendly workplace.

Funding Partner: Kaiser Permanente - Racial and Social Justice Initiative Fund


Imagine Black (formerly known as PAALF Action Fund), helps our Black community imagine the alternatives we deserve and build our political participation and leadership to achieve those alternatives since 2009. Imagine Black envisions a world where people of African descent enjoy the rights, resources, and recognition to be a thriving, resilient, and connected community.

At Imagine Black, we have strengthened our commitment to a Black Queer Feminist (BQF) theory and practice. BQF provides a more holistic understanding of our conditions and connectedness as Black people. As a result, we understand that liberation for all Black people can only be realized by lifting up the voices, experiences and prioritizing the issues of historically silenced and vulnerable groups within Black communities – specifically, queer, trans and GNC, femme, poor, disabled, working and undocumented people (adapted from BYP100).

Imagine Black is a multi-issue grassroots organization with a focus to dismantle the school to prison pipeline in partnership with our sibling organization, Imagine Black Futures.

More information about Imagine Black can be found at imagineblack.org.


Imagine Black seeks a new team member to lead our leadership development program. The Leadership Development Director is responsible for the creation and implementation of multi-issue strategies and activities designed to motivate and activate new and established Black leaders to change local and state policies.

The Leadership Development Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with advocacy and organizing staff.

This position will help drive change at the local, regional, and state levels by identifying, collaborating with, and supporting an engaged set of key stakeholders who will promote the importance of self-determination and radical Black imagination within public policy.

Overarching goals for the position include: shifting public policy discourse on issues faced by Black Oregionans; influencing policy reforms and programmatic interventions that align with The PAALF People’s Plan (2017); working in collaboration with colleagues to build capacity for Black Oregonians and advocate for policy solutions; creating and implementing legislative strategy; coordination with accomplices/allies; serve as the liaison with formal and informal coalitions; represent the organization in ballot measure campaigns; and, to develop a regional advocacy agenda that supports Imagine Black’s mission, vision, and values.



  • In alignment with the Imagine Black Strategic Plan, develop and implement an intentional and comprehensive leadership development framework for local advocacy and policy change efforts for Black Oregonians.
  • Lead the development and implementation of Black Leadership Academy workshops, retreats, and project days.

  • Facilitates cross-cohort alumni workshops, retreats and networking events for Black Leadership Academy alumni and leaders.

  • Support leaders through one-on-one mentorship, coaching, and skill development.

  • Support alumni in gaining seats on decision-making boards, committees, and workgroups in Oregon.

  • Coordinate with organizing and advocacy staff to link and mobilize leaders’ participation in Imagine Black actions and campaigns.

  • Collaborate with the Communications Department to develop and support a communications and marketing strategy.

  • Collaborate with the Advocacy and Organizing Department to develop and support advocacy and organizing strategies, including the maintenance of a robust digital organizing platform.

  • Complete administrative duties related to all aspects of our program, including maintaining accurate paperwork/record keeping, and regular leadership workshop/training reports

  • Support organizational development and alignment:

    • Regularly attend internal staff and department meetings and collaborate with internal staff through online tools such as Slack and Asana.
    • Assists the Director of Development and Communications and staff in securing funds for the organization's work through grant identification, editing social media copy, and attending events. 
  • Oversee the leadership development budget.

  • Coordinate initiative evaluation and manage our online database to track participation and program impacts.

  • Other duties as assigned.



  • At least five years of experience in related fields required or similar experience. 

  • A passion for the mission and vision of Imagine Black.

  • A passion for how self-determination and radical Black imagination can directly influence policy and advocacy.

  • A passion for leadership development, ability to set and maintain appropriate boundaries, and clear expectations for a high quality and transformative leadership experience for our participants and community partners.

  • Familiarity with the unique challenges facing Black Oregonians.

  • Proven skills working and communicating with communities within the African diaspora, especially with descendants of enslaved Africans, African immigrants and refugees, and Caribbean immigrants and refugees.

  • A commitment to applying a BQF lens to organizing, leadership development, civic and political participation.

  • Solid understanding of adult education, community education and ways to engage diverse/multiple learning styles with experience planning and facilitating workshops and trainings.

  • Ability to create work plans to support leadership development goals in ways that build the organization's effectiveness and influence over time. 

  • Ability to self-motivate, self-direct, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Ability to communicate and work effectively within a team and in partnership with other organizations, including but not limited to digital interaction.

  • Strong work ethic and flexibility to accommodate multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Proficient computer skills, including Microsoft Office and online Google applications.

  • A drive to try innovative tactics and experiment with new forms of advocacy.

  • Supervisory experience.



  • Bi- or multi-lingual

  • Lived experience with Black community issues, particularly in Portland, Oregon.

  • Knowledge of grassroots organizing and of approaches to increase community power by strategic mobilization of issue supporters.

  • Experience working with the press, as well as with social media and email communications.

  • Knowledge of political strategy and political landscape on local and state levels.

  • Comfortable with Asana, Zoom, and Slack.



Please send a cover letter and resume via email to hr@imagineblack.org, with the header LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR POSITION 2021 - YOUR NAME.

No phone calls, please.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with priority given to those received by Monday, January 18, 2021.


We embraces diversity in a serious way. 
We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. 
We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. 
Because we know the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.


Please note that Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) and PAALF Action Fund have rebranded and expanded scope to embrace a Portland Metro footprint under a new name, Imagine Black (imagineblack.org). We will still do business as PAALF and PAALF Action Fund but will begin centralizing future communication and operations under our new name. 


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