Fighting for Women's Equality

Program Director (of Equal Pay Today and Other Strategic Initiatives)

Position: Program Director (of Equal Pay Today and Other Strategic Initiatives) – This is a full-time exempt position. There is some flexibility in the job title and work schedule depending on the candidate.
Job Location: Equal Rights Advocates’ primary office is in San Francisco, but we anticipate this position to be located in Washington D.C or New York. The ability and willingness to engage in remote work (include bi-coastal hours) and travel is required.
Compensation: ERA offers salaries that are competitive in similar markets. The salary range is between $80,000 and $105,000, DOE. ERA offers a robust benefits package, including health and dental coverage, and generous vacation/sick/holiday leave.
About this role:

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) dedicates itself to the fight for gender equality and justice through impact litigation, policy reform, community outreach movement-building at the state and federal levels. This position offers a unique opportunity to develop and engage in high-impact policy advocacy and network building at the state, multi-state, and national levels with creative and dedicated colleagues. The successful candidate will be responsible for playing a leading role on select strategic initiatives of ERA. At least 65% of time will be dedicated to directing the national Equal Pay Today (EPT) campaign. Equal Pay Today is an innovative and collaborative campaign with partners across the country to close the gender wage gap. See campaign described at

The Program Director will manage all aspects of the project– programming, organizing, and fundraising. This is a mid to senior level position and is ideal for significantly experienced legal policy advocates and progressive organizers. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to underserved communities and to working at the intersection of gender and racial justice. S/he must have experience centering and promoting the leadership and visibility of women of color. S/he must have experience building and supporting strategic partnerships and coalitions. S/he should have significant experience with legal policy advocacy, project management, strategic goal setting and goal implementation. S/he will contribute to strategic communication and fundraising efforts. S/he will also exercise oversight of fiscal and administrative components of the Equal Pay Today campaign, with the assistance of ERA’s support team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As Program Director, the successful candidate will:

  • Represent EPT and ERA on Capitol Hill and before local, state and federal policymakers;
  • Manage and expand the EPT Roundtable of local, state and national organizations;
  • Coordinate and support the work of Steering Committee and Roundtable committees;
  • Serve as a thought leader on pay equity issues and contributing to the development and implementation of EPT strategies to close the gender wage gap;
  • Develop and maintain relationships with allied organizations and policymakers;
  • Provide strong thought leadership on program issues areas through blogs, tweets, presentations, and media appearances.
  • Oversee EPT finances and administration, with ERA support staff;
  • Work with ERA to hire, supervise, evaluate, and manage project personnel;
  • Develop and execute fundraising proposals; manage grants, prepare programmatic and financial reports for funders, and executing all related development functions;
  • Travel domestically to attend meetings with funders and steering committee; and
  • Support other women’s economic security initiatives of Equal Rights Advocates.

Preferred and Required Qualifications:

Education and Experience:

  • Juris Doctorate or Master’s Degree is preferred, but a college degree or equivalent job-related experience is required;
  • Five or more years of relevant professional work experience;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing a large or national multi-issue, multi-stakeholder campaign for a state based or national organization required;
  • Demonstrated experience working with or on behalf of women of color, low-paid workers, and/or other underserved communities.
  • Experience creating content for social media platforms; familiarity with WordPress a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated success in a fundraising capacity; and
  • Experience with and knowledge of social justice, women’s rights, and/or fair pay issues required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities – The successful candidate will have the following ‘softer’ but no less important competencies:

  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communications, presentation skills;
  • You are a power user of: Outlook, Slack, Basecamp, Asana, and other shared workflow products;
  • Strong, proven facilitator and motivator of diverse and large coalitions, groups, committees;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop creative public education and fundraising campaigns;
  • Proven and reliable track record for working remotely – you are highly organized, flexible, use technology to enable communication with your team, and you err of the side of transparency;
  • Strong and polished interpersonal skills; ability to build strong relationships and partnerships with a diverse audience;
  • Ability to work independently, but in close communication with home base;
  • Ability to manage and coordinate activities among groups of individuals who reside in multiple states across the country with minimal supervision;
  • Highly innovative and collaborative;
  • An understanding of, and proven experience in, engaging with and motivating the American public;
  • Self-motivated and self-managing;
  • Excellent attention to detail, organized and process-oriented;
  • Ability to deliver high quality work in dynamic organization under significant time pressures. Intense deadlines make you feel alive – and you meet them;
  • Strong analytical skills; ability to problem-solve issues quickly and effectively;
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally;
  • Strong and demonstrable cultural competencies;
  • Ability to provide timely reports and maintain good records of operations;
  • Ability to be an effective liaison and representative for the organization; and
  • Resourceful, patient, persistent and most importantly, passionate about equal pay for women.

How to Apply:

Are you ready to join our team at ERA? Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a preference to receive applications as soon as possible and certainly by March 1. Please send your resume, a cover letter expressing your interest in this position and describing your qualifications, as well as 3 professional references to Applications will be reviewed promptly in anticipation of a March 2019 start date.

An Equal Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity:

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that is dedicated to the diversity of our staff. We will consider applicants equally without regard to sex, gender, race, age, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital or veteran status, medical condition, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We reasonably accommodate staff members and applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Individuals who need assistance or accommodation due to a disability may contact us at

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