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Director, Government & Community Relations

REPORTS TO: Vice President, External Affairs


One of California’s leading college success nonprofits, 10,000 Degrees helps students from low-income backgrounds get to and through college. Thanks to comprehensive personal support, financial aid management, and academic counseling, more than 80% of 10,000 Degrees students earn Bachelor’s degrees, compared to 31% of their peers nationally. For those who start at community college, 10,000 Degrees students transfer to and graduate from four-year colleges at three times the rate of their peers. Because we believe all students can succeed, unlike most other college success organizations, there is no GPA requirement for students applying to 10,000 Degrees programs.

We are looking for smart, creative, strategic thinkers with a track record of meeting goals, hitting deadlines, and getting results to promote our social justice mission and scale impact to help even more students from low-income backgrounds earn college degrees.


The focus of the Director of Government & Community Relations is to continue to grow 10,000 Degrees position, visibility and strategic partnerships with government and institutional entities as they align with broader short- and long-term goals. In collaboration with and in support of 10,000 Degrees External Affairs, Development, and Program teams the Director will help develop, coordinate and support local and organization-wide initiatives in California.

This position is located in San Rafael and Santa Rosa, California with additional local travel as necessary.


  • Identify, develop, and cultivate local and regional civic, government, higher education and industry partnerships to support funding, program, and advocacy goals
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to align regional strategies and opportunities with broader organizational goals and related initiatives
  • Represent 10,000 Degrees at regional advocacy, community, development and other events
  • Support development of training and opportunities for student/alumni/Fellow engagement in advocacy opportunities
  • Develop and steward funding and program partnerships with local and state government and institutions, including preparing necessary proposals and reports
  • Identify new potential revenue streams at the local and regional level and coordinate with internal resources to capitalize on these opportunities


The successful candidate will be a strong, creative leader who is committed to supporting more educational opportunities for all students and displays an eagerness to develop nonprofit management skills. S/he will also have the skills necessary to navigate government and institutional relationships in a way that is aligned with 10,000 Degrees overall mission, values, and goals. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and impeccable judgment are required.

Specific qualifications include:

  • BA/BS required
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred
  • Government/policy experience
  • An unrelenting commitment to social justice
  • Proven ability to work with diverse populations
  • Excellent presentation skills including oral and written communication
  • Ability to think strategically with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • Self-starter who can multitask in a fluid work environment
  • Must coordinate and collaborate closely with internal team members
  • Experience with Salesforce a plus

10,000 Degrees offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package, including medical and dental insurance, 401(k), 15-day vacation plan, 10 paid holidays, and sick leave.


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