Deputy Director, Clean Vehicle Assistance Program | Beneficial State Foundation

Deputy Director, Clean Vehicle Assistance Program
Fresno, Oakland, or Sacramento, CA
Organization Name: 
Beneficial State Foundation
Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 16, 2019

Classification: Regular, Full-Time, Exempt            

Location: This position will preferably be based in Fresno, Oakland or Sacramento, California, although candidates in other locations are welcome to apply. After 3 months, employees are eligible for remote working flexibility, dependent on job function and manager approval.                

Reports to: Erin Kilmer Neel, Executive Director and Chief Impact Officer

Manages: Jhana Valentine, Program Director and Rodrigo Sandoval, Operations Director



The starting salary for this position is $130,000-$150,000 (dependent on candidate location)


Beneficial State Foundation offers Medical, Dental, & Vision, 401(k), Paid Time Off, Paid Volunteer hours, Donation match ($250 annually), commute/telecommute stipend ($100 gross/month) and personal wellness stipend ($65 gross/month) among other excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Application review will begin on August 16th. Please submit a cover letter and resume through this application form:

To ensure candidates are fully engaged with the details of this posting, please include the following in your cover letter: pick one of Beneficial State Foundation’s Core Values that resonates the most with you and tell us why. Applications without cover letters and writing samples will not be considered.

Beneficial State Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants in all company facilities without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy, childbirth, physical disability, mental and/or intellectual disability, age, military status or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender (including sex stereotyping and gender identity or expression), medical condition (including, but not limited to, cancer related or HIV/AIDS related), genetic information, or sexual orientation in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

If there is anything we can do to accommodate you to participate fully in the recruitment or interview process, please let us know.

About Beneficial State Foundation and Our Mission

Beneficial State Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to change the banking system for good. For decades banks have damaged our communities and our planet, accelerating both economic inequality and environmental disaster. This harmful way of banking must stop and our strategy to both demonstrate and reshape banking practices and behaviors reflects the multi-pronged approach we take to systems change. In partnership with our communities and our allies, Beneficial State Foundation works to transform the banking industry in two ways: as a banking system change agent and advocate, and as a bank owner, investor, and practitioner.

As a systems change agent, we engage in policy and regulatory advocacy, banking industry relations, and field building to support, convene, and build capacity with equitable banking partners. As a bank owner, investor, and practitioner, we develop and test equitable banking standards and metrics. We measure the social and environmental impact of Beneficial State Bank. We also house California’s Clean Vehicle Assistance Program.

We are a small but effective team grounded in social justice and strong core values.

We have staff in offices in Oakland (headquarters) and Fresno, California and Portland, Oregon.

Our Structure

Beneficial State Foundation owns a majority of the economic interests of Beneficial State Bank, an FDIC-insured Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) founded in 2007 in Oakland, California with a triple bottom-line focus on social justice, environmental resilience and economic sustainability.  A state chartered federally regulated Benefit Corporation, bank, Beneficial State Bank  is a certified B Corporation since 2013, and continues to be honored as “Best for the World,” a designation reserved for the top 10% of all B Corps based on environmental, community and worker impact.

For additional information on the bank and its impact, please visit and

About the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program

Beneficial State Foundation’s Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is a quickly expanding statewide pilot program that helps lower-income individuals purchase an affordable clean vehicle. The CVA Program is unique as the first and only statewide clean vehicle incentive program with equity at the core of its design and implementation. It holds the potential to help thousands of individuals build economic security and access to opportunity, while contributing to California’s goal of 5mm clean vehicles on the road by 2030 to improve air quality for all. The program is funded by California Climate Investments and overseen by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

The CVA Program launched in June 2018 and has since helped over 400 Californians access a new or used clean vehicle by providing point-of-sale grants, fair financing options, and free home changing stations for qualifying individuals. Due to the early success of the program, CARB awarded BSF an additional $18mm in funding to scale the program and we look forward to growing our team and serving thousands of Californians.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Beneficial State Foundation has a strong commitment to social justice and racial equity. We invite diverse candidates to apply for this position.

We have guiding principles around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Beneficial State Foundation and Bank, and we are always seeking to:

  • To create policies, practices, and a culture that proactively embraces diversity and promotes equity and social justice both internally within our organization and externally in our communities and society at large. 
  • To build a team that reflects and represents the diversity of the communities in which we work.
  • To educate ourselves (Beneficial State Bank + Foundation  management, staff, and board) on the ways that we can be most supportive of and effective in fostering social justice, equity and diversity.
  • To provide ourselves (Beneficial State Bank + Foundation  management, staff, and board) with resources and structures to continue to learn and grow internally as individuals and as a group to continually improve our social justice, diversity and equity efforts and results.

Position Overview

The Deputy Director will lead the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program and potential expansion to related programs with collaborative and visionary leadership. The CVA Program is currently in an exciting growth phase, aiming to scale operations and go from serving hundreds of individuals to thousands over the next few years. The team is currently comprised of 8 full-time staff and will grow to 20 by the end of 2019. The program requires a leader with a strong ability to be a big picture thinker as well as a detailed implementer. The Deputy Director will support the CVA Program leadership team in developing and implementing the long-term vision of the program, guiding with a strong framework of operationalizing equity.

This role will take on critical pieces of the day to day operations including strategic planning for team growth and systems scaling, managing funds and budget, and strategic partnership building and relationship management. The Deputy Director will also manage a small yet highly effective leadership team that thrives on mentorship, collaboration and strong internal communication.

This role will also be responsible for maintaining the working relationship with the State of California’s California Air Resources Board, including managing and negotiating current and future grant contracts. The current budget for the program is $23 million, and the Deputy Director is charged with managing that budget and securing additional grant funds to grow and sustain the program.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the team through the transitional period of rapid program growth, including re-opening to new applications
  • Lead strategic planning and programmatic growth, collaborating with the team and partners on program evaluation for ongoing improvement
  • Mentor and manage the CVAP leadership team and provide organizational development and support to full CVAP team
  • Recruit staff in collaboration with the foundation’s Organizational Development and Culture Director
  • Develop and manage staff with an emphasis on collaborative work plan creation, performance management and accountability coaching
  • Represent the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program in statewide and national settings
  • Manage current $18 million budget and budget expansion
  • Stay abreast of new developments in transportation equity; lead policy engagement strategy
  • Build and strengthen strategic relationships and partnerships and grow our network of partners working to advance the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program
  • Manage and negotiate current and future contracts with the state of California
  • Oversee audits and financial reporting


  • Minimum 8 years experience leading nonprofit programs and managing and mentoring a team
  • Experience negotiating and executing on government contracts
  • Experience managing and scaling programs in a non-profit setting, (preferably a program that focuses on equity, grants, and/or services)
  • Experience developing strategic plans, subsequent implementation, and ongoing evaluation
  • Experience in creating, raising, and managing budgets
  • Experience managing grant funds, ideally government funds, and subsequent reporting 
  • Effective communicator across different channels/stakeholders
  • Ability to work individually as well as collaboratively
  • Clear economic and racial justice lens applied to all work
  • Experience working with and for low-income and marginalized communities
  • Demonstrated experience with change management
  • Experience/comfort managing remote staff
  • Comfortable with state-wide travel and working in a fast paced and responsive environment
  • Customer service and call center management experience a plus
  • Demonstrates interest in contributing to and working by Beneficial State Foundation’s Core Values