Project Manager | BAVC

Project Manager

Design Action Collective

1730 Franklin st Oakland CA

Local (Bay Area)
November 30

Want to use your skills  to serve movements for social justice? Come join a unique team of designers & developers — who are also activists, organizers, cultural workers, artists and musicians — and become a part of our fast paced, mission driven shop.

Design Action is  seeking applicants for the following positions: WEB DEVELOPER, WEB DESIGNER, INFORMATION ARCHITECT, PROJECT MANAGER.  Send your application to and let us know a little about you. Only applications with cover letters will be reviewed.

We are a worker-owned design and communications studio. Our shop was founded in 2002 and is located in downtown Oakland, California. We are committed to providing high-quality visual communications tools to progressive, non-profit, and grassroots activist organizations. We are majority non-cis male and people-of-color owned.

The Collective Track
The candidate will be eligible for ownership position after completing a 9 month Collective Track period. The candidate will have a senior member of the shop as their “buddy” who will facilitate evaluations and support their growth. They will be expected to fulfill certain collective duties, including attending a weekly board meeting, as part of their ownership responsibilities.

We are a Mac-based shop. Closed union shop (CWA typographical sector, AFL/CIO). Starting immediately.

This position is full time (37.5 hrs/week). The pay is 24/hr + full benefits. There is a 9 month collective candidacy track to be considered for collective ownership. All collective owners are eligible for company patronage. The position is based on our Oakland office, and is not available for longterm remote working.


* Pay rates are not negotiable


Our web team workflow requires a Project Manager, an Information Architect, a Designer, and a Web Developer for each website we build. We work on multiple projects at a time and each of us usually takes on more than one role per project, so we all have diverse skill sets, such as Design and Information Architecture, or Development and Project Management, etc. This job role requires someone with the ability or interest to take on two or more of the skills necessary for our web process. You can read more about our web workflow here


Job Responsibilities:

Guides web projects to completion by establishing project scope and deadlines, coordinating team members and clients, communicating project needs and expectations, and negotiating project timeline and budget to keep them in check.


Interest and involvement in progressive social change work and/or worker-owned cooperatives
Interest and/or experience with business ownership (all our hires are put on a path of collective ownership of our business)
Agreement with our Points of Unity (

Excellent communication skills and ability to negotiate needs of various stakeholders
Excellent time management and organization skills
Ability to juggle multiple projects
Attention to detail
Sense of humor

Ability to take on or learn some web development, web design, or information architecture


Basic experience with web development, information architecture, or web design
Proficiency using project management tools such as Basecamp
Experience with office or small business management
Experience with UX design, user testing design and/or quality assurance
Experience with collective decision-making
Experience with WordPress as an administrator
Experience using Harvest for time tracking and/or Forecasting