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 or within Amtrak train travel distance to Washington D.C. 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 competitive benefits package that includes medical and dental coverage for staff and dependents; FSA plan; generous vacation and paid sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; and an optional a 403b retirement plan, with employer matching after one year of employment.


Position Summary & Background

Join a dynamic gender justice team working in partnership with dozens of other women’s rights groups across the country to promote fair pay, safe workplaces, and economic security! 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 the campaign’s partners, programming, and fundraising with support from the ERA team and EPT partners. This is a mid to senior level position and is ideal for experienced legal policy advocates and progressive organizers with experience leading coalitions inclusive of women of color. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to gender and racial justice, as well as superior project management and strategic communication skills.


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;
  • Actively 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;
  • With the assistance of other ERA staff, develop and execute fundraising proposals; manage grants, and prepare reports for funders;
  • Travel domestically to attend meetings with funders and steering committee; and
  • Support other women’s economic security initiatives of Equal Rights Advocates.


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 strategic communications and a willingness to learn how to maintain social media platforms;
  • 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

  • Excellent verbal, written and visual communications, presentation skills;
  • Ability to learn project management tools and 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 manage and coordinate activities among groups of individuals who reside in multiple states across the country with minimal supervision;
  • 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.



Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, in anticipation of a start date in May or June 2019. Send your resume, a cover letter, and references to Applications will be reviewed promptly in anticipation of a May or June 2019 start date.

About ERA

We are a dedicated team of fierce advocates, legal and otherwise. We are intersectional in our feminist practice and we lead with our values: Inclusion, Integrity, Shared Leadership. We have a highly entrepreneurial environment and encourage our team members to be problem-solvers. We lead with a strong vision and fighting spirit, because gender equality is long past due. You can check us out on Instagram (@equalrightsadv) and Twitter (@EqualRightsAdv).


We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. ERA is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, parental status or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.


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