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Program Associate


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Dec 13, 2023
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Type: Full-Time Hourly, Remote

Union: Yes

Location:Central Valley, Visalia, or Fresno preferred

Reports to: Program Manager

Direct reports: No

Start date: As soon as possible

Application closing date: Open until filled

Range: $28.13 – $33.65 / hour commensurate with experience. This position is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) as the exclusive collective bargaining representative for this role.

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. Learn more at https://www.eqca.org

Position Overview:

Equality California Institute seeks a Program Associate in the Central Valley to support and contribute to the implementation of programs for a variety of sectors and social service providers and assist with grant management. The Program Associate will also support Equality California Institute’s array of other programming, including, but not limited to, community outreach, LGBTQ+ convenings, and organizing.

Support the delivery and implementation of one or more of Equality California’s ongoing programs. This work includes:

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly staff and organization-related internal meetings.
  • Work in coalitions related to programmatic and advocacy priorities.
  • Assist with the production and management of events related to programs, initiatives, and projects.
  • Coordinate with the Communications team to create high-quality, creative, and LGBTQ+ relevant media and outreach materials.
  • Provide information to satisfy reports related to grants and other projects and programs.
  • Maintain familiarity with LGBTQ+ competencies, issues, topics, best and promising practices, and the political landscape in California.
  • Support Equality California Institute’s community outreach and education programming statewide:
    • Tabling at pride festivals and community events across the state
    • Participation in pride parades, protests, and other marches
    • Availability to work nights and weekends, and a willingness to travel across the state.
  • Support Equality California and Equality California Institute’s advocacy, legislative, and electoral work, which may include:
    • Phone/text bank in support of Equality California-endorsed candidates.
    • In person canvassing and talking to voters.
    • Volunteer recruitment to execute canvasses.
    • Volunteer recruitment.
  • Assist with other current Equality California and Equality California Institute programs and issues as needed, including, but not limited to, 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.
  • Program associates may be assigned a different program completely, and/or short and long-term additional programs based on the needs of the organization.

The above is not an exhaustive list of duties and you will be expected to perform different tasks as necessitated by your role within the organization and the overall operational needs of the organization.


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

  • Second language fluency is beneficial.
  • Strong written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, staff, community members, and trainees.
  • Strong research and analysis skills and the ability to synthesize and present research findings for internal and external consumption, in training curriculum and in other contexts.
  • An understanding of program budgeting, with the ability to read and understand financial documents.
  • An eye for detail and accuracy in spelling, grammar, facts, and content.
  • Flexible and able to multitask, with experience responding to multiple priorities.
  • Commitment to working across lines of difference including race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, and legal status to achieve objectives.
  • Ability and interest to work with a wide range of organizations and institutions including other LGBTQ+ groups, unions, religious congregations, and other social justice and advocacy organizations.
  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent is preferred.
  • A background in community organizing or public health is a plus.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time, hourly position within the Union, with an hourly rate of $28.13 – $33.65 commensurate with experience with a competitive benefits package, including:

  • 13 paid holidays
  • 2 floating holidays
  • 2 personal holidays
  • 1 day for civic participation
  • 5 days off at the end of the year
  • 15 days of vacation accrued per year

Equality California also provides health insurance (health care, dental, vision), long/short term disability, life insurance and 401K option for staff.

To apply:

Please email your resume and cover letter to [email protected] with the subject line “Program Associate – [YOUR NAME]” in the subject line of your email.

Policies at Equality 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 (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles (which includes, but is not limited to, such hairstyles as braids, locks, and twists)), creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, disability (physical or mental, citizenship, military or veteran status, reproductive health decision making, genetic information, or any other basis protected 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.

All employees must be up to date on their vaccination status in compliance with Equality California’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. New employees must provide documentation as to their vaccination status 48 hours before their start date unless they are approved for accommodation due to a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief.

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