DesegregateCT Program Director

DesegregateCT is a pro-homes coalition of neighbors and nonprofits advocating for more equitable, affordable, and environmentally-sustainable land use policies in Connecticut, with a focus on expanding the diversity and supply of our housing stock. Formed in June 2020, in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the renewed conversation on racial justice, our work is about first imagining and then enacting a new vision for local and state land use policies that promotes racial, economic, and climate justice.

The work of DesegregateCT focuses on three primary functions: educating the public through workshops, trainings, and issue briefs; researching current land use policies and measuring the positive impact of reforms; and organizing advocacy campaigns at the state and local levels, focusing on empowering local residents to speak for the kinds of changes they want to see.

Buoyed by success on all three fronts in its first 18 months, DesegregateCT is seeking a Director to lead its next phase of growth. In this next phase, the coalition is transitioning from an independent campaign to a program of our current fiscal sponsor, Regional Plan Association. With this transition, the DesegregateCT Director will be a full-time RPA staff member responsible for managing and executing the DesegregateCT campaign. The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial individual with extensive experience in land use policy, grassroots organizing, and program development. The Director will help develop and execute the coalition’s mission; scale its programming capacity; and enhance its advocacy efforts at the state and local levels.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years of experience with non-profit management and programming development
  • Experience with fundraising and grant writing
  • Experience supervising staff and projects
  • Experience with coalition building across multiple spaces and types of institutions
  • Confidence in public speaking ability, writing capacity, and public relations
  • Passion for racial, economic, and climate justice
  • Passion for mentorship, training, and promoting young activists and voices from historically marginalized communities

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in land use policy creation and advocacy
  • Graduate level degree in relevant fields (urban planning, public policy, law)
  • Experience in affordable housing, land use, transportation, and climate adaptation
  • Experience in crafting educational workshops or courses for the general public
  • Experience in creating communication assets including briefs, videos, and social media
  • Experience developing legislative strategy and managing relationships with elected officials

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Create a three-year strategic plan with clear objectives and metrics around three core functions: education, research, and advocacy
  • Develop and execute a fundraising strategy in close collaboration with RPA
  • Develop an annual budget and ensure accountability to funders
  • Manage staff, volunteers, interns, and any part-time staffers
  • Expand membership base and coalition partnerships
  • Develop educational programming for resident-led workshops and teach-ins on land use decisions
  • Develop annual state-level legislative goals and manage lobbying strategies
  • Develop comprehensive tracking of all city/town Planning & Zoning boards, meetings, and openings to monitor for opportunities to advocate for a pro-homes agenda
  • Develop organizing model that identifies, trains, and supports local residents to lobby local officials, speak at public meetings, and run for open board seats
  • Develop research priorities to further advocacy efforts and legislative goals
  • Conduct and publish research specific to Connecticut that advances the organizational mission
  • Manage and design all marketing and promotional materials including digital channels

The DesegregateCT Director will be a full-time staff member of the Regional Plan Association with benefits, reporting to the RPA Connecticut Director. The Director will assist in hiring future employees and will manage a team of interns and volunteers. The position will be 40+ hours a week with regular evenings and weekends expected. The position will be based in Connecticut but operate remotely, including an increasing amount of in-person work as public health requirements allow. Working nights will be common, and some weekend work should be anticipated.

Salary: $70,000 – 80,000/year

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to We plan to review applications received by December 24, 2021 in a batch, with rolling reviews thereafter.

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