Jobs & Internships


Community Engagement Coordinator, Greensboro

PBP is seeking a Community Engagement Coordinator to support implementation of participatory budgeting (PB) in the City of Greensboro and advocate for adoption of PB in cities throughout the South. This is a one year, full time position, starting in September 2016, with strong potential for extension.

Read the full blog posting here.

Our Work

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people across the US and Canada to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting (PB) processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 17 cities, we have engaged over 100,000 people in deciding how to spend $145 million.


  • Liaise among PBP staff, City  staff, local partners, and community members
  • Plan and coordinate community meetings, meetings with city staff, and public events, including the PB vote
  • Lead community outreach efforts in low-income, immigrant, and other historically underrepresented communities
  • Recruit, train, and coordinate volunteers
  • Facilitate group discussions and deliver presentations
  • Document the PB process through reports, stories, data and pictures
  • Support and supervise one to three part-time canvassers or interns


You are energized by working in the community and are comfortable navigating a range of environments. We’re looking for an organized, empathetic spokesperson and consensus-builder with a commitment to equity and at least two years work experience with community organizations and/or local government, including demonstration of the following skills:

  • Ability to prioritize, and effectively delegate large volumes of work
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with Google apps, Microsoft Office
  • Excellent facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Experience conducting community outreach with Latino, Black/African-American, LGBTQ, and/or Asian-American communities
  • Proficiency in English and an additional relevant language strongly preferred
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed for community  meetings
  • Access to reliable local transportation, adequate to accommodate presence at meetings all across Oakland at varied hours

Values, Compensation, and Location

Our organizational practices embody the values of transparency, collaboration, capacity building and fun that drive our mission.  We invest in the professional growth and personal care of our people, including strong benefits:

  • 4 weeks annual paid vacation and a slew of paid holidays
  • Full coverage for health insurance (and dental, vision), flexible spending account
  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Generous sick day and family leave policy
  • Professional development resources, including semi-annual staff retreats
  • Schedule and work site flexibility to accommodate your life, including families, continuing education and community leadership.

We understand that there are a wide variety of paths towards the skills necessary for any position. As such, PBP positions have no formal educational requirements, as long as the applicant can demonstrate mastery of the desired skills. We do, however, value experience gained through educational programs, including credits completed in related subjects.



  • We are seeking programs and communications interns for Fall 2016, starting in September and ending in December or January (exact dates are flexible). The positions are ideal for talented individuals eager to explore the potential of participatory democracy, further their research and design skills, and gain professional experience with a growing nonprofit organization.
  • Deadline: Aug 22 priority deadline, with rolling review.
  • Interns will receive a stipend of $500/month.
  • To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample (e.g. a brochure, flyer, powerpoint presentation, info sheet, website or 2-3 page report/paper excerpt as appropriate) to by August 22.

Programs Internship.



  • Prepare content for PB educational materials, including info sheets, facilitation materials, participant guides, powerpoint presentations
  • Attend and assist with PB meetings, including working with elected officials and staff, community groups and community residents
  • Aid in community outreach and engagement efforts for local PB processes
  • Design and maintain program impact databases
  • Research and catalogue tech tools to improve organizational and PB processes

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Strong interest in social justice and participatory democracy
  • Project coordination experience (in or out of the classroom, including volunteer and extracurricular activities)
  • Graphic design skills strongly preferred (please include link to work samples if applicable)
  • Data management and analysis skills preferred (please list applicable coursework or experience in your cover letter)
  • Strong writing and interpersonal skills; ability write for a non-technical audience
  • Ability to translate materials into languages other than English (especially Spanish) a plus
  • Ability to work independently and be detail-oriented


  • Please indicate in the subject line Fall 2016 Program Internship. Early applications are encouraged — applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.

Communications Internship.


Responsibilities for the communications intern will include:

  • assist with development of press kits, publicity materials and public education materials
  • assist with Constituent Relationship Management
  • assist with content and management of social media, website, and blog, for PBP and for local PB processes
  • track and compile media coverage
  • track and report on social media and website analytics

The ideal candidate will have:

  • strong interest in social justice and participatory democracy
  • strong communication, writing, and organizational skills
  • experience or interest working with nonprofit organizations
  • strong skills working with Powerpoint, Word, Google Apps, and other relevant software and platforms
  • experience with Twitter, Facebook pages, WordPress, YouTube, and Vimeo
  • some HTML and CSS skills
  • ability to work independently
  • a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, and some graduate coursework


  • Please indicate in the subject line Fall 2016 Communications Internship. Early applications are encouraged — applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.