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Associate Program Director (Los Angeles)
November 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm

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Position: Associate Program Director (Los Angeles)

Salary: Based on Experience

Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Start: As soon as possible

Closing date of this position: Open until filled

Reports to: Program Director

Organizational Background:

Equality California (EQCA) is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. Through its legislative work, EQCA has successfully sponsored 140 pieces of pro-equality legislation cementing California as the state with the strongest LGBTQ-civil rights protections in the country.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI) is a 501(c)3 organization that has a parallel mission to EQCA, its 501(c)4 counterpart. EQCAI educates the broader community on important LGBTQ issues such as transgender equality, violence and hate crimes, healthcare, health disparities, the needs of LGBTQ seniors and youth, homelessness and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education programs and events, such as Fair Share for Equality, LGBTQ Advocacy Day, LGBTQ Leadership Academy, Out Against Big Tobacco, Equality4All, #Take It – I’m PrEP’d, #Out4Mental Health, #WillBeCounted and Health Happens with Equality.

Position Overview:

EQCA/I has over 15 programs and grants, with the list continually growing. In order to meet the growth of the program department, Equality California and Equality California Institute seek a full-time Associate Program Director to assist with program oversight and lead the overall grants fundraising and reporting strategy.

The Associate Program Director will assist with strategic oversight and leadership across a specific portfolio of programs over a cross section of issues ranging from education to civic engagement and will engage in hands-on programmatic work. The Associate Program Director will also lead an aggressive grant fundraising strategy for the organization as well as support EQCA/I’s other programs as needed. This position will be based in the Los Angeles office and will report to the Program Director.


1. Serve as EQCA/I’s Associate Program Director by primarily leading the grant fundraising strategy. This work includes:

  1. Developing the grant fundraising strategy; utilizing foundation and grant databases and identifying the optimal blend of government, corporate, and foundation grant opportunities.
  2. Supervising the Grants Associate on day-to-day grant application writing and reporting.
  3. Lead foundation outreach and prepare senior and program staff for meetings with foundation representatives.
  4. Understand approval strategies and work directly with the senior leadership on grant submissions and proposal concepts.
  5. Copy edit, review, and assist with the writing of all grant applications and proposals. This will include editing the Grants Associate’s drafts and working with the Program Director and Executive Director before submitting final versions.

2. Serve as the Program Director’s “number two” by leading part of the portfolio of programs. This work includes:

  1. Work with the Program Managers on their specific program areas to ensure programs are executed to a high degree of professionalism and efficiency.
  2. Approve some budget expenditures and program strategies.
  3. Represent the organization at various meetings, conferences, and coalitions.
  4. Utilize sound judgement on approving Program Managers and Program Associates’ activities and strategies.
  5. Assist in the management of budgets and grant deliverables.
  6. Serve as a mentor to junior staff by offering guidance on program management tactics and professional office skills.
  7. Engage in hands-on programmatic work.

2. 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 related to all EQCA/I’s programs and legislative priorities.
  3. Availability to work nights and weekends, and willingness to travel across the state.

4. Support EQCAI/I’s advocacy, legislative, and electoral work:

  1. Phone/text bank in support of EQCA endorsed candidates.
  2. Canvassing and talking to voters will be required.
  3. Volunteer recruitment to execute canvasses.
  4. Experience with PDI and VAN helpful.

5. Support other work of the organization on an as-needed basis at the discretion of the Program Director, Managing Director and Executive Director:

  1. All program staff are expected and required to work across all programs.
  2. You might be assigned and tasked short and long-term additional programs as needed by the Program Director.
  3. Your portfolio of programs might change completely based on the needs of the organization.


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

    1. Over 5 years of consecutive management experience working in any of the following fields: advocacy, outreach, public education, and mobilization; as well as, working in social justice areas including: civil rights, progressive and/or social justice organizations, preferably in the LGBTQ movement, or public health.
    2. At least 3 years of experience and demonstrated success in writing grants, managing grants, and interfacing with foundations.
    3. Experience writing and/or managing complex government grants. Federal government grant experience, a plus.
    4. Knowledge, passion and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBTQ community as well as advancing equality and social justice generally.
    5. Strong public presentation skills, and experience in public speaking and/or training.
    6. Strong written communication skills is a must.
    7. Commitment to working across lines of difference, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to achieve objectives.
    8. 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.
    9. Ability and experience in forming strong public relationships.
    10. Issue area expertise in any one or more of the following areas: education, advocacy, electoral, public policy, and/or healthcare.
    11. Above all else, a positive attitude and willingness to work collaboratively and in support of the EQCA/I mission.
    12. A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is required; higher degree in a related field is preferred.

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 and will require a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work time, as well as regular travel across California. Applicants will be reimbursed for mileage, but must have a reliable car and be able to drive in California.

Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ allies.

To apply:

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



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