Careers

Golden State Opportunity (GSO) is a nonprofit dedicated to ending poverty by providing all Californians the tools to build financial well-being and thrive. It is led by doers who educate, engage, and empower working families. GSO’s groundbreaking, culturally relevant work in thirteen languages reaches millions of low-income Californians and connects them with the financial resources they need to survive and then thrive.

Open Positions

Location: Remote, based in the Bay Area.
Start Date: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be filled as soon as possible.

About the Position

Reporting to the Organizing Director, the Bay Area Organizer will be part of an active team that builds support for programs and policies that build financial stability for low-income families. The organizer is responsible for strengthening GSO’s networks, sharing GSO’s work with the community, and building relationships to support robust organizing engagement across the nine Bay Area counties. The organizer will manage existing relationships with local Bay Area organizations, government, and institutions. 

Organizers are GSO’s on-the-ground experts and are divided into several regions across California. In addition to regions, organizers are also responsible for leading sector outreach (e.g. seniors, college students) as assigned. Organizers are GSO’s direct link to their regional communities, work closely with grassroots leaders and local elected officials, and represent GSO at local events and meetings, sharing information about resources for low-income people and families, including tax credits (e.g. California & federal Earned Income Tax Credit) and public benefits. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Build an active base of support among community members and leaders, including CBOs and local governments.
  • Increase awareness and utilization of GSO’s programs, tools and resources.
  • Represent GSO at meetings, public forums, presentations, trainings, etc
  • Identify opportunities to help GSO build power to impact local and national systems.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to create toolkits, materials, and collateral to support GSO campaigns.
  • Partner with the Policy team to engage local elected officials and shape advocacy.

Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrated experience in building and managing partnership relationships and community-based organizing. 
  • Excellent attention to detail. 
  • Strong self-management, organizational, research, and multitasking skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Ability to work remotely. 
  • Familiarity with poverty, tax, or government benefits issue areas. 
  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or have equivalent professional experience.

Requirements

  • Ability to travel to local events.
  • Ability to work flexible hours with occasional weekends and evenings.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bilingual speaker and writer. 
  • Experience working with virtual settings using Zoom, Google Hangouts, Slack, Google Suite, etc. 
  • Experience with digital organizing, data list-building, and CRM systems (e.g. VoterBuilder/VAN, EveryAction, etc.).

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for the Bay Area Organizer will begin at $60,000, with final salary commensurate with the experience of the selected candidate. Golden State Opportunity offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group and voluntary life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Generous vacation and sick time allowance
  • 15 paid holidays a year
  • Monthly phone allowance
  • Enrollment in employer-sponsored 401k retirement plan

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (limit 2 pages), in PDF or Word format to jobs@goldenstateopportunity.org. Include “Bay Area Organizer” in the email subject line.

 

Location: Remote

Start Date: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be filled as soon as possible.

About the Position

Golden State Opportunity seeks a Chief Operating Officer.

GSO is steadily growing and fast-paced. The COO will need to have experience building or running 501c3, 501c4, PACs and/or 527s and understand how to maximize each structure to meet our long term goals. The best candidates will have the ability to see down the road where GSO is going and ensure that all processes, registrations, and systems are ready in a timely manner.

This position currently manages a staff of two and oversees the work of our contract accounting and bookkeeping firm.

The COO is a key strategic role with tactical, hands-on responsibility for the development of GSO’s financial management strategy, contributing to the development of the organization’s strategic goals, and providing insight into opportunities for long-term growth. This position oversees business and financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, accounting, management and performance reporting, and HR and benefits administration. This role is part of a dedicated senior management team and reports directly to the President.

Responsibilities

Strategy, Vision & Leadership

  • Advise the President on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters
  • Serve as the management liaison to the Finance & Audit Committees
  • Contribute to the development of GSO’s strategic goals and objectives
  • Proven track record of success facilitating progressive organizational change and development within a growing organization

Finance & Planning

  • Build and maintain forecast reporting formats and processes
  • Participate in building business cases for new initiative, and partnerships
  • Lead the annual operating plan and budgeting process, ensuring alignment with strategic focus and priorities
  • Provide recommendations regarding opportunities, risk management, and resource allocation
  • Identify, pursue and secure loans, lines of credit or other financing as needed

Accounting, Administration & Controls

  • Maintain an updated and appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures in accordance with the General Accounting Standards Board (GASB)
  • Improve administrative and operational accounting services such as treasury management, retirement plan, grants payment processing, payroll/HR, accounts payable, and purchasing
  • Oversee management of HR including the processes for a fully remote work force based in multiple states
  • Review and manage other administrative areas such as IT & contracts
  • Provide timely reports and support to GSO’s internal management team
  • Manage relationships with third-party vendors, payroll management, auditors, tax vendors, etc.
  • Advise the organization on tools and solutions to increase efficiency in systems, analysis, and reporting

Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Accounting, or Finance; MBA is desired.
  • Minimum of 10+ years of progressive experience in finance and accounting experience in multiple non-profit organizational structures (501c3, 501c4, political action committees, 527s, etc)
  • Highly skilled in QuickBooks Desktop and Excel; exposure to Salesforce, Asana project management and EveryAction a plus
  • Experience with government/nonprofit organization finance and accounting regulations
  • Experience in Human Resources and benefits administration particularly with a remote work force based in multiple locations
  • External audit and in-house financial management experience
  • Mastery of business modeling, management reporting and analytic tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Represents the organization in a professional manner to the community, vendors, and internal personnel
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong mentoring, coaching experience to a team with diverse levels of expertise
  • Entrepreneurial team player who can multitask
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for the Chief Operating Officer will begin at $170,000, with final salary commensurate with the experience of the selected candidate.

Golden State Opportunity offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group and voluntary life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Generous vacation and sick time allowance
  • 15 paid holidays a year
  • Monthly phone allowance
  • Enrollment in employer-sponsored 401k retirement plan

How to Apply

Women, People of Color, Veterans, People with Disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and all committed to equitable and inclusive workplaces are strongly encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume (in PDF or Word format only) to jobs@goldenstateopportunity.org. Please include “Chief Operating Officer – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME” in the email subject line.

 


 


 

Location: Flexible in California (Preferred: Los Angeles, Central Valley, Bay Area, Riverside)

Start Date: January 9th, 2023 through May 31st, 2023

Compensation: $18-20 an hour plus monthly phone allowance

About the Position

GSO’s Organizing Fellowship is an opportunity for aspiring leaders in nonprofit, anti-poverty, or advocacy work to gain critical organizing and leadership skills. Fellows will apply these skills to recruit, train, and manage volunteers in their own region, and use our peer-to-peer texting platform to engage with more than 2 million individuals about federal, state, and local benefits that they may be eligible to receive.

Fellows will graduate not only with practical skills and knowledge, but as a part of a network of passionate leaders in the anti-poverty workspace. As part of the program, fellows will regularly meet with GSO leadership to learn about nonprofit, anti-poverty, and advocacy careers. Please note that this fellowship will be remote and part time, at 15 hours per week.

Applicants must be available on Mondays from 3PM-6PM, and Fridays from 9AM-12PM for the duration of the fellowship.

Responsibilities

Texting

  • Using our peer-to-peer texting platform, engage with low-income Californians throughout the state about the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), the federal EITC, and other available public benefits
  • Ensure that regional texting goals are being met by volunteers, and send text messages to supplement the volunteer’s work as necessary
  • Respond to text messages in a timely manner, and ensure that individuals are receiving the best possible resources and support

Volunteer Recruitment & Management

  • Under the supervision of the Distributed Organizing Manager, fellows will learn how to make connections with individuals, nonprofit organizations, clubs, and other community groups to recruit volunteers
  • Train volunteers on our peer-to-peer texting platform, evaluate their performance, and offer support
  • Lead debriefs about our outreach with our volunteers to receive on-the-ground feedback about the effectiveness of our programs
  • Support the Volunteer Manager as needed

Education & Career Development

  • Engage in weekly discussions with different members of GSO to learn about careers, anti-poverty work,
    and organizing skills
  • Receive support and guidance from GSO staff on their post-fellowship plans

Skills & Experience

Required Skills & Experience:

  • Passionate about anti-poverty work and helping low-income people access financial resources
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must be able to work independently, with strong time management skills
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
  • Must be able to work 15 hours per week
  • Must be able to work remotely (access to a laptop/computer AND phone is required)
  • Must be 18 years of age or older as of January 1st, 2023

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • Experience working with low-income communities
  • Bilingual Spanish speaking and writing skills desired

To Apply

Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ people strongly urged to apply. Qualified applicants should complete this Google Form by November 30th, 2022.

Apply Today

Location: Remote, based in Los Angeles.

Start Date: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be filled as soon as possible.

About the Position

Golden State Opportunity seeks an experienced Senior Organizer, based in Los Angeles, to join its growing team. Reporting to the Organizing Director, this person will be part of an active team that builds support for programs and policies that build financial stability for low-income families.

The Senior Organizer is responsible for strengthening GSO’s networks, sharing GSO’s work with the community, and building relationships to support robust organizing engagement across Los Angeles. Candidates should have existing relationships with Los Angeles government, organizations, and institutions. The ideal candidate will have experience leading advocacy and organizing initiatives at the local, state, and/or national levels.

The Senior Organizer will work closely with GSO’s team members to help strengthen and expand partnerships, and develop and implement strategic partnerships with local elected officials and grassroots leaders. This role will represent GSO at local events and meetings, sharing information about resources for low-income people and families, including tax credits (e.g. California and federal Earned Income Tax Credit), public benefits, and financial well-being. Additionally, the organizing team is responsible for leading constituency outreach (e.g. women, seniors, college students) as assigned.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create and implement the Los Angeles field plan.
  • Maintain and expand strong, strategic partnerships at the local levels with elected officials, community partners, leaders, and volunteers to adopt GSO’s anti-poverty platform.
  • Build an active base of support among community members, volunteers, and leaders including local governments, coalitions, and CBOs. 
  • Increase awareness and utilization of GSO’s programs, tools and resources.
  • Represent GSO at meetings, public forums, presentations, trainings, etc.
  • Identify opportunities to help GSO build power to impact local and national systems.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to create toolkits, materials, and collateral to support GSO campaigns.
  • Partner with the Policy team to engage local elected officials and shape advocacy, especially campaign tactics.
  • Represent GSO in media opportunities as requested.

Skills & Experience

  • Track record of developing positive and constructive working relationships with LA elected officials and coalition groups.
  • At least 3-5 years demonstrated management experience in issue and/or electoral campaigns.
  • Demonstrated experience in political power building, community organizing, base building, and volunteer recruitment.
  • Experience with digital organizing (including texting campaigns) and data list-building.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying potential partnerships while building and managing existing partnership relationships.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Strong self-management, organizational, research, and multitasking skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work remotely.
  • Familiarity with poverty, tax, or government benefits issue areas a plus.
  • Experience in a deadline-driven campaign and/or social justice/advocacy environment/organization highly desirable
  • Bachelor’s Degree or have equivalent professional experience.

Requirements

  • Ability to travel to local events.
  • Ability to work flexible hours with occasional weekends and evenings.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bilingual speaker and writer.
  • Experience working with virtual settings using Zoom, Google Hangouts, Slack, Google Suite, etc.
  • Experience working with CRM systems (e.g. VoteBuilder/VAN, EveryAction, Salesforce).

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary for the Senior Organizer will begin at $75,000, with final salary commensurate with the experience of the selected candidate.

Golden State Opportunity offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group and voluntary life insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Generous vacation and sick time allowance
  • 15 paid holidays a year
  • Monthly phone allowance
  • Enrollment in employer-sponsored 401k retirement plan 

How to Apply

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (limit 2 pages), in PDF or Word format only, to jobs@goldenstateopportunity.org. Please include “Senior Organizer, Los Angeles” in the email subject line.

 


Women, People of Color, Veterans, People with Disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals and all committed to equitable and inclusive workplaces are strongly encouraged to apply.

Golden State Opportunity is an equal opportunity employer and will give equal consideration to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.