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Rising Sun Center for Opportunity is hiring a Director of Adult Programs. This position is responsible for overseeing Rising Sun’s Opportunity Build program. Opportunity Build is a certified Multi-Craft Core Curriculum apprenticeship readiness training program that provides a pathway out of poverty for adults who aspire to obtain high road jobs in the union construction trades. The goal of the program is to take people who have little to no construction background to apprenticeship readiness in 10 weeks. Opportunity Build serves low-income adults experiencing significant barriers to employment, with an emphasis on serving women and individuals impacted by the justice system. Opportunity Build’s trauma informed, whole-person approach provides not only practical training, but also the individualized support needed to help participants overcome barriers to employment. The Director of Adult Programs is responsible for the strategic direction of the program, building and maintaining program partnerships, managing the Opportunity Build staff, and is accountable for all program goals and outcomes. This position helps to advance Rising Sun’s commitment to offering high-road career opportunities while building economic and climate resilience for priority communities. The Director of Adult Programs reports to the Chief Program Officer and directly supervises the program’s Senior Program Manager, Case Manager, and the Construction Instructor and Business Liaison. This position is part of the Rising Sun leadership team and is an integral part of an organization committed to making a significant and lasting impact in the lives of hundreds of people every year.


Rising Sun is committed to diversity and considers all applicants for all positions without regard to color, ethnic background, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, and disability status. EOE/AA; women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about Rising Sun, please visit

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About Rising Sun:

Rising Sun is a premier nonprofit organization operating in the California Bay Area and San Joaquin County whose mission is to build career pathways for economic equity and climate resilience. With offices in Oakland and Stockton, Rising Sun’s workforce development programs, Climate Careers and Opportunity Build, specialize in preparing youth, women, and individuals in reentry for high-road careers and green pathways that offer familysustaining wages. Since our founding in 1994, Rising Sun has trained and employed more than 3,000 youth and adults while helping over 53,000 households reduce their carbon footprint. Our vision is a just and sustainable future for all people and our planet.

About our culture:

We are mission-driven and work hard because we care deeply about what we do. We are deeply committed to equity and inclusion and want to do the self-work necessary to be successful in these areas. We like working with each other and we like to make work fun. We like to try new things and encourage each other to find unique and unconventional ways to tackle tough problems. We celebrate every birthday, eat a lot of dessert together, and recycle the same birthday candles until they’re gone. There’s usually at least one dog hanging around the office, and sometimes a staff member’s kid or two as well. We want people to grow. We like to promote from within and build each other up, but we also like to bring in new ideas and different perspectives. We’re looking forward to meeting you and hearing about how you can contribute to making Rising Sun a great place to work.

You might also be wondering about pay and benefits…

This is a full-time, exempt, salaried, benefitted position. Salary is commensurate with experience and competitive with other nonprofit organizations. Rising Sun offers a competitive benefits package that includes paid time off, personal, and parental leave, access to a 403b retirement plan, and work-from-home options. Rising Sun covers 100% of employee medical, dental, vision, and life insurance premiums, and covers 50% of the premiums for dependents.