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
GSO seeks an Organizing and Community Engagement Director (OCED) to join our growing team. GSO is committed to developing comprehensive programs that help low-income workers develop financial stability so they can thrive. The OCED reports directly to the President and is a key part of the senior leadership team responsible for creating, implementing and evaluating our core programs. Partnering with other directors, the OCED ensures GSO achieves its organizational goals and delivers impactful campaigns and programs throughout the state.
GSO’s current programs include a comprehensive CalEITC4Me campaign educating low-income workers about the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits utilizing mobile messaging, community organizing, partnership development with elected and community leaders, direct mail, digital, and paid and earned media. The OCED will build out programs for public benefits and financial well-being. Working with the Policy Director, the OCED will also oversee a growing advocacy initiative at state, local and national levels. Developing a robust grassroots outreach program is critical to building the influence we need to end poverty. A key initiative of GSO is to build power through community.
The ideal candidate will have experience managing a diverse team located throughout the state as well as have significant experience with metrics-driven program management and evaluation. A creative, innovative thinker and an experienced and thoughtful manager who shares GSO’s deep commitment to racial, economic and social justice, would be well-suited for this position. GSO is led by doers, and the person coming into this role should be ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work on Day One.
The OCED reports directly to the GSO President and will manage/lead a department of staff and external consultants. To end poverty, GSO is powered by collaboration and intention.
Location: Remote, based in California, Los Angeles preferred.
Candidates must be able to work from home and feel comfortable frequently engaging with colleagues and partners by phone, video conference, email, Slack, Asana, and other digital communications tools and platforms. Travel is required, when safe, and occasional nights and weekends.
Start Date: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will be filled as soon as possible.
- Lead and develop a team, setting goals and promoting accountability while identifying and supporting professional development opportunities for team members
- Create and implement innovative programs to contact hard to reach low-income workers and connect them to the local, state and federal resources they need to create financial stability
- Maintain and expand strong, strategic partnerships at the state and local levels — and direct team members in doing the same — with community partners and leaders, and elected officials
- Implement a statewide strategy to identify and engage community members in key regions across the State to support GSO’s concerns and priorities
- Develop and track million dollar budgets while understanding and tracking deliverables for grants and state-funded programs
- Develop strategies and programs to build and maintain robust engagement by individuals and communities
- Implement strong program evaluation systems, tracking metrics and progress to goals, and make adjustments as necessary using a data to inform program design and evaluation
- Oversee powerful, multi-faceted advocacy campaigns at the state and federal levels to achieve legislative and cultural change
- Collaborate with the communications team to ensure strong message discipline across all campaigns
- Manage vendors and consultants for maximum value
- Represent GSO as appropriate in the media and at public forums
- Develop methods to educate the public about policy priorities
- Build reputational visibility among community organizations, academia, business, labor, and public policy organizations to ensure community voices are centered
Skills & Experience
- 7-10 years experience in field, community or campaign organizing with 3-4 years of management experience
- Proven ability to set and achieve measurable targets and strategic goals on a timely basis
- Highly organized with excellent attention to detail
- Strong project management, multitasking and follow-through skills
- Flexibility to work evenings and weekends
- Ability to work independently and effectively manage a diverse team
- Ability to meet deadlines in a fast paced environment
- Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Experience developing and implementing strategic plans
- Demonstrated leadership ability, team building and interpersonal skills
- Bilingual (English & Spanish or English & a Chinese dialect) verbal and written language skills preferred
- Knowledge and experience with the federal and California political and social justice movements a plus
- High priority on strong understanding of, and relationships with, community and elected leaders and donors in the Los Angeles community
Compensation & Benefits
The salary range for the Organizing and Community Engagement Director with Golden State Opportunity begins at $150,000 and is 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, People with Disabilities, and LGBTQ people strongly urged to apply.
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume (in PDF or Word format only) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Organizing and Community Engagement Director_LAST NAME, FIRST NAME” 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.