SBCAN seeks to hire Assistant Director

Santa Barbara County Action Network is seeking a part-time Assistant Director to work with the Executive Director, the Associate Director, and its Board of Directors to help promote social and economic justice, preserve our environmental and agricultural resources, and create sustainable communities.
If you'd like to join us in this important work, please send a cover letter and resume by 5 p.m. Aug. 22. If you know someone who may be interested, please forward this information to them. 
We are ready to hire now. We hope to have the new employee start by September 1.
Here is the position description: 

Santa Barbara County Action Network
Assistant Director
(Part-time position)

General Summary: The Assistant Director shares responsibility for advocacy, education and events. The Assistant Director will have other duties and will assist in a variety of ways as necessary to advance the work of an organization with a small staff. Although the Assistant Director will work under the direction of the Executive and Associate Directors and the Board of Directors, we all work as a team.

Main Duties:

Advocacy and Education

  1. Monitor city and county planning commissions and other governing bodies. Make recommendations on issues that SBCAN may want to address.
  2. Identify and develop positive relations with elected officials, agency staff, partner organizations, media, and individuals interested in SBCAN’s issues. Network with and participate in meetings of SBCAN’scommunity partners.
  3. Act as a spokesperson for SBCAN in public forums, with the media, at partner meetings, and at community events.
  4. Write action alerts to be approved by Executive Director or Associate Director, send them out and post them to SBCAN’s website and Facebook page.
  5. Plan, organize, participate in and take notes at SBCAN Roundtable meetings held via Zoom twice a month.
  6. Participate in weekly staff meetings via Zoom. Participate in meetings of the Board of Directors held every two months via Zoom, reporting on policy issues and events.
  7. Occasionally produce op-eds for local publications in partnership with staff or Board members.


  1. Coordinate annual events, which include SBCAN’s membership meeting and North County awards dinner. There occasionally is a South County event as well.
  2. Plan and implement occasional educational forums, special events, and tabling at community events.


  1. Help maintain and use the website and database of members and interested parties.
  2. Assist in grant writing, fundraising, attracting and retaining members, and recruiting donors.
  3. Other tasks as needed. 

Skills and Requirements:

  1. Knowledge of and passion for local environmental, economic and social justice issues.
  2. Knowledge of Santa Barbara County geography, governmental institutions and community organizations.
  3. English proficiency; Spanish or Mixteco proficiency a bonus.
  4. Ability to communicate well in groups and individually, as well as in writing and via social media.
  5. Ability to analyze technical documents.
  6. Friendly, professional and approachable demeanor along with strong interpersonal and active listening skills to build rapport with community members.
  7. Can work independently or in a team structure as needed.
  8. Ability to organize, publicize, conduct and record meetings via Zoom, including monitoring chat, waiting room and reactions. Ability to type notes online in real time and to produce timely summaries of meetings.
  9. Computer literacy: Ability to use or learn basics of Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Zoom, graphic design programs and other programs when necessary.
  10. Ability to work remotely and ownership of cell phone (computer will be provided if needed). Ability to independently attend remote meetings and events.


  1. Current range is $22 to $27/hour
  2. Average of 20 hours/week with occasional evening and weekend work
  3. Home-office stipend of $100/month
  4. IRS business mileage reimbursement rate (currently $.655 per mile)
  5. Contribution to health plan (QSEHRA or HSA) of $250/month
  6. Optional participation in retirement plan with up to 3 percent employee contribution and up to 3 percent employer match
  7. 10 paid holidays per year after 60 days on the job
  8. 15 personal days per year with limited rollover
  9. Annual merit and COLA raises
  10. Non-exempt, benefited, at-will employee position

Further information:

Ken Hough
Executive Director
Santa Barbara County Action Network
[email protected]
(805) 563-0463