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Program Manager (Los Angeles or San Francisco)

Equality California/Equality California Institute
Program Manager
Job Description

Organizational Background:

Equality California (EQCA) is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. EQCA’s mission is to achieve full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for members of the LGBT community. Through its legislative work, EQCA has successfully sponsored 118 pieces of pro-equality legislation cementing California as the state with broadest LGBT-civil rights protections in the country. EQCA strives to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI), EQCA’s sister organization, is a 501(c)3 organization that utilizes advocacy, education, and mobilization programs to promote full and lasting equality and acceptance of LGBT people, improve the health and well-being of the LGBT community, and to educate the broader community on important LGBT related issues such as marriage equality, healthcare, health disparities, and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education campaigns, such as: Let California Ring, Fair Share for Equality, the Breakthrough Conversations Project, Health Happens with Equality, Transform California, Equality4All and #TakeIt: I’m PreP’d.

Tentative Start Date: ASAP

Position Overview:

Equality California and Equality California Institute seek a full-time Program Manager. The Program Manager will help lead implementation of EQCA/I’s programs on the ground in the region(s) assigned, build key relationships with LGBT and allied organizations, develop grassroots leadership among members and supporters, and support fundraising efforts and major events. Current programs and issues include expanding healthcare access, immigration, HIV/AIDS advocacy and prevention, transgender rights, safe and supportive schools, leadership development, passing pro-equality legislation and electing supportive candidates to office. EQCA/I’s expanded mission includes an intersectional approach to issues, as well as working with a wide range of institutions such as schools, businesses, unions, religious congregations, health clinics, and LGBT centers. This position would be based in Los Angeles or San Francisco and will be supervised by a Program Director.


  1. Serve as an EQCA/I’s Program Manager by overseeing specific programs. This work includes:
    1. Developing, coordinating and implementing objectives from grant funded programs throughout the state.
    2. Developing key relationships with representatives of LGBT organizations, LGBT-friendly religious congregations, LGBT student groups, labor organizations, immigration and healthcare organizations.
    3. Identify, train, and develop teams of EQCAI members and supporters to help implement program and organizational objectives.
    4. Lead coalitions and community groups towards specific actions.
  1. Support all of EQCAI’s program work including:
    1. Program Development and Proposal/Grant writing
    2. Researching and Identifying Grant Opportunities
    3. Program Implementation
    4. Grant Reporting
  1. Support EQCAI’s Pride Parade and Festival outreach and education programming statewide.
    1. Accurately communicate EQCAI’s programs to festival attendees.
    2. Execute specific actions and goals.
  1. Support EQCAI/I’s advocacy, legislative, and electoral work.
  1. Support EQCA/I’s fundraising efforts including foundation grants, corporate and individual donations, and helping with major events.
  1. Support other work of the organization on an as-needed basis at the discretion of the Program Director(s), Deputy Director and Executive Director.


Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:

  1. At least 3-5 years experience managing and implementing advocacy, outreach, public education, and mobilization programs; as well as, obtaining funding for, civil rights, progressive and/or social justice organizations, preferably in the LGBT movement.
  2. Knowledge, passion and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBT community as well as advancing equality and social justice generally.
  3. Commitment to working across lines of difference including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to achieve objectives.
  4. Ability and interest to work with a wide range of organizations and institutions including other LGBT groups, schools, unions, religious congregations, and other social justice and advocacy organizations. Demonstrated experience with at least some of these types of organizations preferred.
  5. Ability and experience in forming strong public relationships.
  6. Strong public presentation skills, and some experience in public speaking and/or training.
  7. Strong written communication skills including ability to assist in writing grant proposals, draft member communications, social media outreach, and event publicity.
  8. HIV/AIDS, PrEP/PEP, and/or healthcare knowledge and expertise preferred.
  9. Experienced campaign/community organizer preferred.
  10. A Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience is required.

Salary will be based on experience and includes competitive benefits (healthcare, dental, vision, long/short term disability, life insurance and 401K). This full time position will be based out of Los Angeles or San Francisco and will require a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work time, as well as regular travel within the region. Applicants will be reimbursed for mileage, but must have a car and be able to drive within the region.

We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and non-LGBT persons to apply.

To apply:

Email resume (including names and contact of 3 references), cover letter and two writing samples to Tony Hoang at Please be sure to put “Program Manager” in the subject line of your email.