Now Hiring: Senior Manager, Coalitions & Outreach

Smart Growth America is seeking a Senior Manager with experience in coalition management and member outreach, and a commitment to SGA’s north star: “a country where no matter who you are, or where you live, you can enjoy living in a place which is healthy, prosperous and resilient.” In this newly-created role, the Senior Manager’s responsibilities include coalition support, member outreach, some research and policy analysis, and the management of SGA’s premier annual event, the Equity Summit. This position reports to the Vice President of Land Use and Development (LUD) and will also work with the member leadership of SGA’s Land Use and Development coalitions including LOCUS, our national triple bottom line developer and investor coalition, and the National Brownfields Coalition.

About Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America is a leading national non-profit organization advocating for equitable, sustainable land use, development, and transportation. We empower communities through technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to realize this vision of livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity. Programmatic priorities for SGA include advancing racial equity, addressing the climate crisis, and improving the health of communities.

About SGA’s Coalitions

Effective policy must be informed by the realities of practice. SGA’s unique reach includes several coalitions of leading practitioners working in real estate development, zoning, transportation, complete streets, brownfields redevelopment, and regional smart growth advocacy. These coalition members come to SGA to support their efforts to improve communities, for research and policy knowledge, and to contribute to and amplify our advocacy initiatives.

About the Equity Summit

The Equity Summit is SGA’s premier annual event, and along with our Equity Forums reaches 2,000+ practitioners, advocates, and policymakers seeking to advance racial equity through smart growth. Speakers and participants have explored how to promote equity in housing and land use, why strong Black and Brown businesses are key to neighborhood vitality, and how to right the wrongs of past damaging transportation decisions and promote restorative justice. SGA launched the Summit in 2021 as a stand-alone virtual event and expanded its reach in 2022 by hosting both a Summit and a quarterly series of virtual Equity Forums on specialized topics. In 2023, SGA anticipates continuing to expand the event’s reach with a Summit, Forums, and potential in-person or regional events. This new Senior Manager role presents the opportunity to expand the event series to support more practitioners in learning, technical assistance, and network building to ultimately advance more equitable development outcomes.


Managing Key SGA Coalitions

The Senior Manager will work closely with the Land Use and Development team and coalition-member leadership to manage coalition activities and some thought leadership and advocacy projects related to LUD’s coalitions. The Senior Manager will:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the National Brownfields Coalition, including:
    • Manage coalition governance, including meetings by a Steering Committee and sub-committees;
    • Support new member outreach and fundraising initiatives for the coalition;
    • Research brownfields policy;
    • Create and deliver the Coalition newsletter;
    • Manage outreach opportunities for the coalition such as webinars or in-person workshops;
    • Manage relevant advocacy or thought leadership projects as opportunities arise.
  • Assist with the management of the LOCUS coalition, including:
    • Providing leadership support to LUD staff running the coalition;
    • Support new member outreach and fundraising initiatives for the coalition;
    • Analyze policies related to land use and development;
    • Produce research memos and other educational materials for the LOCUS membership such as the newsletter;
    • Manage relevant advocacy or thought leadership projects as opportunities arise.
  • Support the management of SGA’s Smart Growth Roundtable, our monthly convening of top leadership of regional and state smart growth organizations around the country;
  • Supervise and mentor staff contributing to the work above on a project basis;
  • Represent SGA and LUD at partner events and meetings which advance smart growth.

Managing our Equity Summit

The Senior Manager will manage SGA’s annual Equity Summit, which is SGA’s signature event and reached over 2,000 practitioners in 2022. The event is hosted virtually over three days in February 2023 and also includes quarterly Equity Forum programming. The Senior Manager will:

  • Manage the delivery of the event, working in close coordination with the internal SGA team managing aspects of the Summit and Forums;
  • Manage the development of the program for the annual Equity Summit and Forums in partnership with SGA programmatic staff, a Host Committee, and other partners;
  • Coordinate closely with communication and fundraising leads on event fundraising strategy and implementation;
  • Manage the event budget;
  • Strategize with the team and event constituencies on the ongoing evolution of the Summit.

Knowledge and skills


  • Commitment to SGA’s North Star, with a demonstrated commitment to advancing racial equity;
  • 6-8+ years of progressively responsible experience working in land use, housing, sustainability, or a closely related field;
  • Experience with governance such as managing Steering Committees, task forces, or other volunteer leadership groups;
  • Experience with membership-based organizations;
  • Some event management experience;
  • Knowledge of the relationship between land use, development, housing, equity, climate, and economic development;
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Excellent project management skills and experience;
  • Excellent outreach skills including communications and follow-up;
  • Strong writing and research skills, with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Some budget management experience;
  • Good time management and ability to prioritize workload; and
  • Comfort working in a dynamic and collaborative team environment.


  • An advanced degree in public policy, political science, planning, or related field;
  • Experience with federal policy or advocacy;
  • Knowledge of or past experience in brownfields redevelopment policy and practices;
  • Staff management skills and experience; and
  • Experience in fundraising and grants.


The salary range for this position is $65,000-$85,000, depending on level of applicable experience. The successful candidate who would be in consideration to be compensated near the top of this range would need to have 6-8+ years of progressively responsible experience, significant experience managing coalitions and working in a membership-based organization, and two or more of the qualifications listed as preferred above.

SGA has an entrepreneurial and innovative workplace culture where employees work collaboratively to achieve the mission with a focus on equity. SGA offers a generous employee benefits package featuring a fully paid medical plan, optional dental and vision coverage, 401k with a strong company contribution, company-paid life and disability insurance, three weeks’ vacation in the first year, and 12 paid holidays.

Office Schedule & COVID Protocols

This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Vice President of Land Use and Development. SGA staff are currently working in the office at 1152 15th Street NW, Washington DC once a week and will be working three days per week from Fall 2022 onwards. No relocation assistance is offered at this time.
SGA requires employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and boosted. Other COVID protocols include social distancing for meetings, and masks are encouraged, though not required.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Smart Growth America is committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from candidates of color.

Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “ATTN: Land Use and Development Senior Manager Application” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please indicate how you’ve learned of this opportunity. We look forward to hearing from candidates soon.

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