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Program Associate (Los Angeles)
October 21, 2021 at 3:05 pm

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Program Associate (Los Angeles)

Salary: $48,000 – $50,000 annually
Full-Time, Non-Exempt

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:

In 2019, Equality California launched a new AmeriCorps program, with funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The new program, Equality California Mentorship Corps, is the first AmeriCorps program in the country focused specifically on LGBTQ+ youth. The Mentorship Corps’ 20 members work in Fresno Unified School District middle and high schools, providing mentorship and after-school programming and working to make school environments safer and more supportive for LGBTQ+ and all youth. Equality California seeks a full-time Program Associate to help support the implementation of the Equality California Mentorship Corps in the Central Valley, provide members with training and oversight, and assist with grant management. The Program Associate would also support Equality California’s other education-related programming, including our Safe and Supportive Schools program, which provides critical information on the implementation of state laws and best practices that contribute to safe and supportive school environments for LGBTQ+ and all young people in California unified school districts.

The Program Associate may assist with other current Equality California programs and issues, including expanding healthcare access, immigration, HIV/AIDS advocacy and prevention, PrEP, transgender rights, safe and supportive schools, leadership development, 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. This position would be based in Los Angeles or the Central Valley and will report to the Program Manager.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Equality California/Equality California Institute staff are working remotely. If and when it is safe to do so (in compliance with state and local guidance), the Program Associate will be expected to work at the Equality California main office located in Los Angeles, or the satellite working space in Fresno.


1. Serve as an Equality California’s Program Associate by primarily supporting Equality California’s Equality California Mentorship Corps AmeriCorps program and Safe and Supportive Schools program and assisting with other programs as needed. This work includes:

  • Organizing and maintaining grant and AmeriCorps member documents.
  • Tracking AmeriCorps member service hours using a system called America Learns.
  • Designing and delivering AmeriCorps member trainings, including monthly webinars and a 5-day, 40-hour member training institute.
  • Meeting with AmeriCorps members regularly to support their programming, providing advice and oversight.
  • Meeting with Fresno Unified School District staff to coordinate support of AmeriCorps members.
  • Assist in state and federally mandated grant reporting processes.
  • As travel restrictions due to the pandemic open up, traveling to the Central Valley to visit service sites and meet with AmeriCorps members.
  • Assisting with recruiting and onboarding of AmeriCorps members, posting job announcements, traveling to career fairs, and participating in interviews.
  • Meeting with school districts across the state to discuss the Safe and Supportive Schools program and the recommendations in the Safe and
  • Supportive Schools report.
  • Coordinating the Safe and Supportive Schools Advisory Committee, meeting with members, assisting with logistics of Committee meetings, and designing meeting materials.
  • Providing program support across all Equality California’s program and issue priorities.
  • Support all Program Managers with goals and activities as needed and as asked.

2. Support all Equality California program work including:

  • Program Implementation including presentations, public speaking, leading some partner conference calls and meetings, drafting meeting notes, preparing meeting materials and agendas, meeting logistics including ordering food and securing venues, scheduling meetings, making phone calls, attending outreach events, drafting social media, and writing articles.
  • Coalition and partner management. Including partner communication materials and emails, updating partners and grantees, collecting documents, assembling check requests for grantees, and writing memos.
  • Leading meetings and conference calls when assigned.
  • Support program managers across all Equality California programs. This includes working with all program managers and associates to execute program priorities across the organization.

3. Support Equality California’s Pride Parade and Festival outreach and education programming statewide:

  • Accurately communicate Equality California’s programs to festival attendees.
  • Execute specific actions and goals related to all Equality California programs and legislative priorities.
  • Volunteer recruitment.
  • Tracking education materials and meeting event benchmarks.
  • Availability to work nights and weekends, and willingness to travel across the state.

4. Support Equality California’s advocacy, legislative, and electoral work:

  • Phone/text bank in support of EQCA endorsed candidates.
  • Canvassing and talking to voters will be required.
  • Volunteer recruitment to execute canvasses.
  • 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/or Executive Director:

  • All program associates are expected and required to work across all programs.
  • Program associates might be assigned and tasked with short and long-term additional programs.
  • Program associates 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 2+ years of experience working in K-12 public education. Classroom teaching experience in a K-12 public school environment is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working on (or a desire to work on) education issues, and a familiarity with education policy and the dynamics of K-12 school systems in California.
  • Experience working within the confines of government-funded grants, detail-oriented, and thorough work style.
  • Knowledge, passion, and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community as well as advancing equality and social justice generally.
  • Strong public presentation skills, and experience and/or training in public speaking.
  • Strong written communication skills including the 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.
  • Above all else, a positive attitude and willingness to work collaboratively and in support of the Equality California mission.
  • Strong ties to the Central Valley and/or a willingness to travel to the Central Valley preferred.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is required; a higher degree in education 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, nonexempt 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.

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 information of 3 references), cover letter and two writing samples to jobs@eqca.org. Please be sure to put “Education Program Associate” in the subject line of your email.



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