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Associate Program Director
April 12, 2022 at 9:00 am

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Position: Associate Program Director 

Salary: $75,000 – $95,000

Type: Full-Time Salaried Exempt

Start: As soon as possible

Closing date of this position: Open until filled

Reports to: Program Director

Organizational Background:

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization with over 900,000 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. For more than 20 years, Equality California has been fighting for full, lived LGBTQ+ equality in a number of ways: electing pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot; passing pro-equality legislation in California, Nevada and Washington, DC; and fighting for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom.

Equality California Institute is a 501(c)(3) organization that has a parallel mission to Equality California, its 501(c)(4) counterpart. Equality California Institute works to achieve full, lived LGBTQ+ equality by reducing disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being, developing a pipeline of LGBTQ+ leaders and increasing civic participation within the LGBTQ+ community.

Position Overview:

Equality California Institute seeks a full-time, exempt Associate Program Director to support the Program Director in implementation and oversight of the daily activities of the program department, support in the mentorship and professional development of program department staff, maintain and expand Equality California Institute’s relationship with community partners and organizations, and directly manage implementation of Equality California Institute’s pipeline of leadership development programs, public advocacy programming, and special projects as needed.

The Associate Program Director will assist with other current Equality California programs and issues, including community engagement events (LGBTQ+ Prides), immigration, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP medication), transgender rights, safe and supportive schools, passing pro-equality legislation and electing supportive candidates to office. Equality California’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, local governments, health clinics, and LGBTQ+ centers.


  • Support the Program Director in implementation and oversight of daily activities of the program department. This includes problem solving, budget analysis, technical assistance and capacity expansion for program staff as needed.
    • Manage grant reporting and program evaluation processes.
    • Implementing objectives from grant funded programs throughout California and Nevada.
    • Implementing and developing strategies to achieve all grant deliverables.
  • Maintain and expand Equality California Institute’s relationship with community partners and organizations. Develop key relationships with representatives of LGBTQ+ organizations, LGBTQ-friendly organizations, allied organizations.
  • Directly manage implementation of Equality California Institute’s pipeline of leadership development programs, public advocacy programming, and additional special projects as needed.
    • This includes regular annual leadership development and network convenings, annual community advocacy convenings
    • This also includes management and oversight of periodic and issue- or time-specific advocacy and public education campaigns. Recent examples of this include work around the 2020 census, redistricting efforts, and covid-19 outreach.
    • Currently, this also includes providing administrative support on Equality California Institute’s OUT Against Big Tobacco program.
  • Support the mentorship, professional development, and work guidance of the program department staff to ensure the successful operation as required by specific programs or projects. The Associate Program Director will delegate tasks and responsibilities and manage the support required by the department staff for assigned programs and projects.
  • Support Equality California’s advocacy, legislative, and electoral work.
    • Phone/text bank in support of Equality California endorsed candidates.
    • Canvassing and talking to voters will be required.
    • Volunteer recruitment to execute canvasses.
  • Providing program support across all Equality California’s program and issue priorities. Support other work of the organization on an as-needed basis at the discretion of the Program Director, Managing Director and Executive Director:
    • The Associate Program Director is expected and required to work across all programs. Particular areas of focus will shift depending on the staffing needs of the organization and of various programs over time.
    • All program staff are expected and required to work at Pride festivals and other community events requiring an Equality California presence.
    • The Associate Program Director might be assigned and tasked with short and long-term additional programs.
    • The Associate Program Director might be assigned a different program completely based on the needs of the organization.


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

  • At least 3 – 6 years 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, public policy, public health, or HIV/AIDS. One year or more of people management experience is required.
  • Experience working within the confines of grant-funded projects, detail-oriented and thorough work style, preferably with experience managing government-funded grant programs.
  • Proven track record for budget management. Strong attention to detail, advanced excel experience, and understanding of basic accounting.
  • Knowledge, passion, and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community as well as advancing equality and social justice generally.
  • One year of experience providing mentorship, professional development, and work guidance to program staff to accomplish programmatic goals and requirements.
  • Strong public presentation skills, and experience in public speaking and/or training.
  • Strong written communication skills including ability to assist in writing grant proposals, draft member communications, social media outreach, and event publicity.
  • Commitment to working across lines of difference, including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to achieve objectives.
  • Ability and interest to work with a wide range of organizations and institutions including other LGBTQ+ groups, schools, unions, religious congregations, and other social justice and advocacy organizations. Demonstrated experience with at least some of these types of organizations preferred.
  • Ability and experience in forming strong public relationships.
  • Experienced campaign/community organizer preferred.
  • Experience implementing leadership development programs preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • Above all else, a positive attitude and willingness to work collaboratively and in support of Equality California’s mission.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Equality California and Equality California Institute staff are working remotely. In compliance with the state and local guidance, all Equality California and Equality California Institute staff located in the greater Los Angeles County area are expecting to return to the office in early 2022, pending changes in key COVID-19 restrictions. At that time, the Associate Program Director – Grants will be required to work from the Equality California headquarters located in Los Angeles.

Salary will be based on experience and includes competitive benefits (healthcare, dental, vision, long/short term disability, life insurance and 401K). This full-time exempt position will be based out of the Los Angeles office and will require a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work time, as well as regular travel across California and sometimes, Nevada. This will also include participation in Equality California’s schedule of events, including Pride festivals, advocacy events, and more. Applicants will be reimbursed for mileage and 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.

Qualified Applicants with Criminal Histories will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with the requirements of the California Consumer Reporting Agencies Act and Los Angeles’s Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

To apply:

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

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