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GSO was founded to ensure the success of the CalEITC and to continue the fight for financial well-being for all Californians. GSO’s flagship program, CalEITC4Me, utilizes innovative digital outreach and storytelling, grassroots organizing, media outreach, public advocacy, and mobile messaging to increase participation for both the CalEITC and federal EITC.

Today, GSO is a leading statewide advocacy organization working to end poverty and ensure everyone can meet life’s basic needs and invest in their future. GSO’s leadership and advocacy for low-income workers led California to establish the Young Child Tax Credit and expand CalEITC eligibility to include anyone 18+ and all ITIN holders, making CalEITC one of the strongest and most inclusive EITC programs in the country.

Open Positions

Golden State Opportunity (GSO) is a nonprofit dedicated to ending poverty by providing all Californians with 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.

GSO has an ambitious strategic plan that will transform the organization into a national anti-poverty powerhouse by taking its model of outreach and engagement to more states, adding accountability campaigns through issue and electoral campaigns and establishing federal and state PACs as needed to achieve the goal of ending poverty by 2035. GSO will achieve this goal not only by bringing the voices and lived experiences of low-income people to the halls of power, but by bringing the full power of these communities as well.

About the Position

Reporting to the Development Director, GSO’s first Major Gifts Officer will work directly and often with the organization’s President and board of directors, as well as a development team currently growing to a team of five internal employees and outside vendors.

The successful candidate will bring a minimum of three years successful experience soliciting major gifts and/or related fundraising experience. Alternative experience in the private sector will be considered, but experience at another non-profit or political campaign desired.

Location
Work is remote in California, with a Los Angeles or Bay Area base preferred, but not required. Candidates must be able to work remotely from their own location in California and feel comfortable frequently engaging with colleagues and partners by phone, video conference, email, Slack, Asana and other digital communications tools and platforms.

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

 

Responsibilities

  • With guidance from the director, conceive and execute GSO’s first strategic program for major donors, with a 2022 goal of successfully renewing and/or adding $400,000+ in major gifts, with a plan to grow this portfolio rapidly year-over-year.
  • Select diverse and inclusive major gift prospects for cultivation.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with major donor prospects.
  • Design an effective and equitable major gift donor stewardship program.
  • Directly solicit donations from donors, while also preparing other solicitors (including Development colleagues, the President and board members) to successfully solicit donations.
  • Coordinate with colleagues to support outreach and execution of all development functions, including corporate partnerships, foundation grants and online giving, as well as planned giving and Special Events.
  • As needed, support and potentially lead events such as house parties and major donor cultivation events.

 

Skills & Experience

  • As GSO’s first Major Gifts Officer, the ideal candidate will have experience developing and executing fundraising plans to identify, cultivate and secure individual gifts of $1,000+ will be essential.
  • The ideal candidate will have managed a portfolio of major donors over time and effectively increased giving from that portfolio annually through effective stewardship.
  • Experience working in collaboration with other core functions of fundraising, including corporate partnerships, planned giving, institutional giving and gift matching.
  • Exemplary communication skills and an ability to tailor GSO’s core narrative for specific donor prospects as needed.
  • Demonstrated success working with donor databases and research tools, with knowledge of Salesforce CRM for nonprofits ideal.
  • Experience in a deadline-driven campaign and/or social justice/advocacy environment/organization a plus, but not required.
  • Lived and/or direct experience working with people and communities from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines.
  • Strong project management, multitasking and follow-through skills.
  • Highly organized with excellent attention to detail and accuracy under deadline.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required.
  • 3-5+ years of related experience in fundraising, with at least two years focused primarily on major gifts.

 

Compensation & Benefits

The annual salary range for the Major Gifts Officer with Golden State Opportunity begins at $80,000 annually, with higher salaries paid 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
  • 14 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) highlighting your relevant experience successfully raising funds from donors to jobs@goldenstateopportunity.org. Please include “Major Gifts Officer_LAST NAME, FIRST NAME” in the email subject line.

Golden State Opportunity (GSO) is a nonprofit dedicated to ending poverty by providing all Californians with 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.

GSO has an ambitious strategic plan that will transform the organization into a national anti-poverty powerhouse by taking its model of outreach and engagement to more states, adding accountability campaigns through issue and electoral campaigns and establishing federal and state PACs as needed to achieve the goal of ending poverty by 2035. GSO will achieve this goal not only by bringing the voices and lived experiences of low-income people to the halls of power, but by bringing the full power of these communities as well.

About the Position

Reporting to the Development Team’s leadership, GSO is creating a new Development Coordinator role to provide operational and administrative support for the development team and the organization’s fundraising activities overall. This will include supporting and often coordinating special events, maintaining donor acknowledgement and database management systems, and supporting the department’s operations as a whole. The Coordinator will work daily with the entire development team, including the director, grants officer, online fundraising, a new major gifts officer, outside consultants and GSO’s President and national board.

The successful candidate will have experience with donor management systems and bring a minimum of two years experience in operations and/or administration, with experience in a nonprofit or political campaign development team preferred. Alternative experience in the private sector will be considered, particularly those with experience in operations, database content management, special events and other functions with parallels to this position’s required skills. Experience with Salesforce’s suite for nonprofits is desired, but not a requirement to apply.

Location
Work is remote in California, with a Los Angeles or Bay Area base preferred, but not required. Candidates must be able to work remotely from their own location in California and feel comfortable frequently engaging with colleagues and partners by phone, video conference, email, Slack, Asana and other digital communications tools and platforms.

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

Responsibilities

  • Take ownership of GSO’s Salesforce donor management system, including identifying and implementing improvements that contribute to the development team’s success.
  • Play a central role tracking potential, pledged and received donations, and maintain the department’s internal income projections.
  • Ensure the donor management system is updated regularly with key donor information, updates and a record of key communications and acknowledgments.
  • When needed, work with the development team on successful donor events, programs, and related in-person activities.
  • Actively engage with GSO’s online fundraising and communications teams, ensuring effective coordination of activities.
  • Provide operational and administrative support to the development team as needed, including support of special events, foundation and corporate funder reports, board meeting materials, donor communications and scheduling of key department meetings and events.

 

Skills & Experience

  • Exemplary communication and organizational skills, with a demonstrated ability to adapt and multi-task.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and a proven collaborative spirit and organizational mindset.
  • Success working with donor databases and research tools, with knowledge of Salesforce CRM and donor management systems essential.
  • Amiable work style that will seamlessly integrate to a growing development team.
  • Experience in a deadline-driven campaign and/or social justice/advocacy environment/organization a plus, but not required.
  • Lived and/or direct experience working with people and communities from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines.
  • Strong project management, multitasking and follow-through skills.
  • 2+ years experience in operations and administration, with experience in nonprofits and development a plus.

 

Compensation & Benefits

The salary range for the Development Associate with Golden State Opportunity begins at $55,000 and will be 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
  • 14 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) highlighting demonstrated experience raising funds from individual donors and/or corporate sponsors to jobs@goldenstateopportunity.org. Please include “Development Associate – LAST NAME, FIRST NAME” in the email subject line.

 

Golden State Opportunity (GSO) is a nonprofit dedicated to ending poverty by providing all Californians with 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.

GSO has an ambitious strategic plan that will transform the organization into a national anti-poverty powerhouse by taking its model of outreach and engagement to more states, adding accountability campaigns through issue and electoral campaigns, and establishing federal and state PACs as needed to achieve the goal of ending poverty by 2035. GSO will achieve this goal not only by bringing the voices and lived experiences of low-income people to the halls of power, but by bringing the full power of these communities as well.

Location
Riverside or San Bernardino County

Start Date
December 2021

About the Position

Reporting to the Organizing Director, the Organizing Coordinator will be part of an active team that builds support for programs and policies that build financial stability for low-income families.

The coordinator is responsible for strengthening GSO’s networks, sharing GSO’s work with the community, and building relationships to support robust organizing engagement across the Inland Empire. The coordinator will have existing relationships with local Inland Empire organizations, government, and institutions.

The Organizing Department coordinators are GSO’s on-the-ground experts and are divided into several regions across California. In addition to regions, coordinators are also responsible for leading sector outreach (e.g. seniors, college students) as assigned. Coordinators 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 and 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 and data list-building.

 

Compensation and Benefits

  • Compensation: Starting at $55,000
  • 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
    • 14 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, resume, and writing sample (limit 2 pages), in PDF or Word format only, to jobs@goldenstateopportunity.org. Please include “Organizing Coordinator – Inland Empire” in the email subject line.

 


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.