Critical Resistance (CR), a national grassroots organization working to end the prison industrial complex (PIC), seeks a Building and Project Manager to coordinate the planning, design, and interim management of a vacant 9,000 square foot building that we are turning into our new organizational home. The building will hold offices and a community event space for Left and social justice organizations. This position will be based in Oakland, CA between our National Office and the new building.

Position Description:

The Building and Project Manager will be a full-time position (30-40 hours, to be mutually determined) that works alongside a CR Building Committee, Construction Management Team and other necessary stakeholders, and is responsible for managing the design and renovation of the building, interim building use, and coordinating CR’s preparation for occupancy. Work involves managing various projects: recruiting and coordinating architects and contractors for design and construction; seeking required permits from City offices; and preparing physical readiness and management for occupancy.


Design and Construction Project- Liaison 

  • Facilitate consensus of design schematics with architects and CR committees
  • Support the design, construction (recruitment, hiring, oversight, etc.) and city permitting processes
  • Communicate and engage CR staff, membership, and other key stakeholders regarding the design process
  • Ensure compliance of the building project: taxes, state reporting requirements, etc.

Management, Ops and Security

  • Manage access to the building in coordination with the Facilities Manager
  • Oversee building security systems through construction phase

Project Coordination 

  • Supervise some building project staff, including Facilities Manager, Construction Coordinator, Program Coordinator
  • Draft and document project work plans with CR staff and membership
  • Manage project budgets, insurance requirements, and other relevant administrative requirements
  • Negotiate and manage progress with general contractor, structural engineer and architect
  • Collaborate with Capital Campaigns Manager to establish and expand funding to ensure the successful completion of this construction project
  • Make recommendation on future organizational development next steps (staffing, systems)

Neighborhood Engagement and Visual Presence

  • Work with contractors to ensure the least disruption to neighborhood during construction phase. Connect with neighbors about any complaints or needs voiced
  • Collaborate with building facilities staff to ensure clean sidewalks and removal of graffiti if present.
  • Serve as point of contact for city inspectors
  • Liaise with influential local stakeholders, including the Business District and City Council representatives, as necessary



  • Project management and supervision experience
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and build new relationships as needed 
  • Ability to prepare documentation materials (photos, meeting summaries)
  • Experience with commercial construction and planning process 
  • Computer and writing skills: Ability to draft basic Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, summaries and reports; proficient use of email and online file sharing
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Can work effectively independently, and as a team member
  • Ability to stay accountable to multiple organizers in a consensus-based organization
  • Willingness to maintain a flexible schedule and be locally mobile

Valued Skills and Experiences:

  • Understanding of Alameda County construction processes (e.g. permits, zoning, blueprints, inspections, etc.) a plus
  • Experience with commercial construction and planning process (e.g. permits, zoning, blueprints, inspections, etc.) a plus
  • Ability to support interns and volunteers; ability to prioritize and delegate tasks
  • Training and group facilitation experience
  • Understanding of and commitment to prison industrial complex abolition
  • Spanish and/or Tigrinya language skills a plus
  • Ability to plan and execute events
  • Experience with building maintenance and management

Candidate Recruitment:

  • Formerly imprisoned people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage people of color, women, queer and trans/gender-nonconforming people to apply.
  • We welcome people from all educational backgrounds to apply.


Salary is $56,175-$74,900 (depending on determined hours), with six weeks paid vacation, and an expansive benefits package. CR is also providing financial support for tech needs during COVID-19, as staff are using adaptive work from home setups. 


Please email a cover letter and resume to:

In the cover letter, please share any experiences, skills, and talents that you believe equip you to do this job. Though not required, we also welcome you sending us any supporting materials with your application (for example, a work plan, a project timeline, a facilitation plan, or any other relevant materials). 

Deadline to apply is January 15, 2023 (applications accepted on a rolling basis afterwards if best-fit candidate is not yet found).

Send any questions regarding the position to or call 510-444-0484.