Careers

California Calls is an alliance of 30 dynamic local community-based organizations across the state working to achieve real, lasting policy change that strikes at the root causes of poverty, inequality and oppression. We are a pioneer in “Integrated Voter Engagement,” which combines statewide on-going voter engagement, state-of-the-art technology, and neighborhood-based community organizing to make sure who votes in California reflects who lives in California. By organizing the power of the people locked out of decision-making, building strategic alliances, and waging structural policy battles, we are shaping a new future for California based on justice and equality.

We Are:

  • Strategic, bold and innovative. We set ambitious goals and consistently experiment to shape a new blueprint to achieve justice.
  • Democratic from the bottom up – our mission centers building the power of poor and working people and the leadership of our local partners.
  • Rigorous and disciplined to evaluate our progress and scale our power.
  • Fiercely committed to social, economic and racial justice.

California Calls is an Equal Opportunity Employer

People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply. We are an affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or disability.  We work to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforce zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment. Please submit cover letter and resume to Melinda Ealy, mealy@calicalls.org.

Policy and Legislative Associate

The Policy and Legislative Associate is responsible for conducting analysis and research to advance California Calls Policy agenda and campaigns. The Policy and Legislative Associate reports to the Policy and Campaign Director, and works closely with the program staff, California Calls anchors and strategic partners to deepen understanding and alignment around our Long Term Agenda, facilitate decision making on positions and campaigns, and organize anchors and partners to engage in campaign strategies and tactics.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Research and Policy Analysis:

  • Provides policy analysis, tracking and advocacy of policies related to California Calls Reform Principles and Agenda, including pending legislation such as Voting and criminal justice Reforms, Equitable Funding for Safety Net Programs,  and Progressive Revenue
  • Conduct policy, legislative and campaign research
  • Consistently track the state legislative landscape around key issue policy areas
  • Develops written analyses (memos, fact sheets) and presentations of findings into powerpoint presentations to build understanding and alignment with California Calls anchors and partners
  • Apply California Calls analytical tools to shape decisions around campaign priorities and power building strategies including:  Power Analysis, Reform Criteria, Social Change Spectrum, WorldView/Narrative Analysis, Motive Force Analysis 

Coalition Building and Campaign Implementation:

  • Engages in advocacy on Calls policy priorities
  • Represent California Calls on coalitions, committees, meetings and alliances on policy specific issue areas
  • Provide training materials and conduct training as needed of staff and member organizations on California Calls policy priorities
  • Establish relationships with state lawmakers and allies to influence policy making
  • Assists in the organizing, activation, and coordination of anchors and allies to engage in campaign activities

Organizational Leadership:

  • Effective project management, including developing plans, monitoring project costs, and ensuring goals are met
  • Evaluates progress, identifies patterns and problem areas, and implements effective solutions to increase efficiency
  • Provides leadership in building internal synergy and coordination between California Calls components; thinks and acts in the best interest of the organization
  • Inspires and motivates staff, anchors and partners to perform at their best and collaboratively 

Skills and Qualities:

  • B.A. or graduate degree in public policy, political science or related field preferred but not required
  • Formal training and professional experience in organizing is preferred but not required.
  • A strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of the needs of low-income communities in California.
  • Rigorous commitment to accuracy, strong analytic and writing skills, ability to work on multiple tasks.
  • Computer skills:  strong knowledge of word processing, powerpoint and spreadsheets.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of people, organizations, communities, and cultures.
  • Prior knowledge and experience of voting reforms, redistricting, criminal justice reform, tax and fiscal policies or state government legislative processes and budgeting is a plus.

Salary: $60,000 – $75,000 per year Generous benefits including medical, dental, flexible saving accounts, 401k plan, paid vacation, flexible work schedule. This position is full-time and based in California. No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.     

Status: Full-Time position

Reports to: Policy and Campaign Director

Strategic Communications Manager

We’re looking for a Strategic Communications Manager who can join our team to support the development and execution of our communications strategies to build narrative power, integrate our field and digital tactics and move increasing numbers of people to take action. This Strategic Communications Manager reports directly to the Strategic Communications Director and works closely with program staff and organizational partners to develop and implement integrated communications campaigns. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.  

Campaign Development & Planning

  • In collaboration with the Strategic Communications Director and Field Director, develop and implement communications strategies to support California Calls’ year round field campaigns.
  • Managing a social media and content strategy (including managing consultants and vendors) that brings our narrative to life and scales the reach and engagement of our digital platforms.

Digital Organizing & Narrative Campaigns

  • Managing and supporting the implementation of Email/SMS campaigns (including copywriting, editing, CRM management) for a base of 800k+ voters. 
  • Development of strategies and tactics for moving our supportive lists to action. 
  • Tracking narrative landscape and identifying opportunities and strategies that move our supportive lists to action.

Institutional Communications

  • Tell the organizational story of California Calls through social media, email communications and website management. 
  • Manages design, editorial direction, production and distribution of organization publications including the appearance of print and electronic materials including field walk-pieces and campaign merchandise. 

Organizational Leadership

  • Effective program management, including developing plans, monitoring project costs, and ensuring goals are met. 
  • Provides leadership in building internal synergy and coordination between California Calls components; thinks and acts in the best interest of the organization. 
  • Inspires and motivates staff, anchors, and partners to perform at their best and collaboratively. . 

Skills and Qualities: 

  • At least 3 years of experience working in a Communications role in an electoral, advocacy or labor setting. (Experience implementing voter facing communications campaigns a plus)  
  • Outstanding Written Skills,  rigorous copy-editing and verification of the accuracy of data and information.
  • Deep experience in Action Network (or similar CRM), Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are essential. 
  • Keeps current in the best practices in digital advocacy space, including social media trends, cultural strategies and content creation. 
  • Experience managing digital channels for an organization. 
  • Keeps current in the evolving news media and narrative landscape.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of people, organizations, communities, and cultures.
  • Organize, set priorities, take initiative and exercise sound judgment within areas of responsibility.
  • Maintain confidentiality of strategy documents and records.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with California Calls staff, Anchors and others encountered in the course of work.

Salary: $75,000 – $80,000 per year Generous benefits including medical, dental, flexible saving accounts, 401k plan, paid vacation, flexible work schedule. This position is full-time and based in California. No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.

Status: Full-Time position

Reports to: Strategic Communications Director

Advancement Director

We are hiring an Advancement Director to lead the creation and implementation of fundraising strategies for California Calls. Working with the Senior Management Team, the Advancement Director will oversee and manage fundraising efforts, cultivate relationships with foundations and individual donors, prepare grant proposals and reports, and communicate our strategic vision, program areas and impact through both written materials and verbal presentations. The projected California Calls Education Fund 2022 budget is estimated at $7 Million.  The Development Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer and supervises the Development Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Fundraising Systems Management 

  • Develop and implement annual and long-term, innovative fundraising plans
  • Coordinate with Senior Management Team to develop annual budget and revenue projections
  • Coordinate with Chief Financial Officer to comply with all reporting obligations, including lobbying expenditures and political disclosure 
  • Work with Development Manager in implementing overall fundraising systems to achieve required results
  • Track grant deliverables and coordinate with programs to assure timely completion 
  • Manage the implementation of the Raisers Edge donor database, and oversee staff responsible for data entry and gift processing

Grantsmanship 

  • Prepare written grant proposals, interim and final reports to foundations 
  • Maintain and update basic organizational documents needed for grant proposal submissions, including organizational and project budgets
  • Work with all programs to gather relevant information on program deliverables in order to prepare accurate grant reports
  • In coordination with program and finance staff, prepare and request expenditure and grant modifications as necessary
  • Conduct prospect research on foundations and other sources
  • Coordinate and supervise foundation site visits
  • Oversee filing and tracking systems to ensure timely submission of letters of inquiry, proposal and reports

Individual Donor Cultivation and Management 

  • In coordination with Senior Management Team, initiate, cultivate, and maintain relationships with individual donors 
  • Create and supervise regular donor updates and fundraising appeals
  • Create and supervise donor outreach, communication and renewal campaigns
  • Conduct individual prospect research and outreach
  • Create and execute a strategy for a large, sustained basis of small donors

Skills and Qualities

  • Demonstrated interest, understanding and commitment to California Calls’ mission and ability to work with diverse groups of people
  • At least 5 years’ experience in development with strong background in grant writing
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Independent thinker and self-starter with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and deadlines and produce high quality work in a flexible and fast-paced environment
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and G-Suite programs
  • Knowledge of Raisers’ Edge donor software

Salary: $85,000 – $100,000 per year Generous benefits including medical, dental, flexible saving accounts, 401k plan, paid vacation, flexible work schedule. This position is full-time and based in California. No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.     

Status: Full-Time position

Reports to: CEO

Accountant

We’re looking for an amazing Accountant/Bookkeeper to join the California Calls team! California Calls is alliance of over 30 social justice organizations across the state working to achieve real, lasting progressive policy reform by transforming the electorate to better reflect the diversity of our state’s population and to change the way we think and talk about government.

You’ll be part of a team guided by rigorous, strategic planning and thoughtful analysis and evaluation. Since you’ll be helping drive the infrastructure for our work, you’ve got to be obsessed with the details and relentless in pursuing our overall goals.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Reports to Vice President of Finance and Administration; supervised by Senior Accountant
• Handles accounting entries for: accounts payable, receivables, and payroll
• Prepares bi-weekly journal entries for payroll and adjusting entries for general ledger accounts
• Ensures that vendor IRS Form W-9 files are complete and prepares annual Form 1099 for vendors
• Assists in preparation of monthly and quarterly financial reports, including budget vs actual reports and grant specific financial reports
• Assembles information for annual external audit and tax return preparation
• Assists Human Resources processing: employee benefits, hiring and termination, personnel files

Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Accounting degree preferred but not required
• Three (3) years accounting experience
• Experience working in nonprofit multi-fund accounting, including expense tracking and reporting financial data for multiple grants and maintaining orderly accounting filing systems
• Standard office practices and procedures
• Strong Excel skills and experience with mid-range accounting software with accounts payable, accounts receivable and general ledger modules (preferably Blackbaud Financial Edge)
• Responsible for maintaining records in accordance with General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in accordance with rules and regulations relating to IRS 501c3 and 501c4 non-profit organizations; 501c3 and 501c4 organizations
• Strong commitment to social justice work and to the organization’s guiding principles
• Ability to:
• Work independently and in a team environment
• Organize, set priorities, take initiative and exercise sound judgment within areas of responsibility
• Perform duties that require high attention to detail and apply rules and specific procedural requirements
• Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
• Maintain confidentiality of organization documents and records

General Requirements:
• Valid driver’s license, personal automobile liability insurance and a personal vehicle in good working condition with valid automotive registration.
• No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.

Salary and Benefits:
• $60,000-$70,000 based on experience. This position is full-time and based in the Los Angeles. Generous benefits including medical, dental, etc. People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.
• Email resume, cover letter and three references to Melinda Ealy at mealy@calicalls.org.

Work Environment:
• The organization is operating remotely until further notice. However, staff must attend in-office training and meetings when requested.

Administrative and Logistics Coordinator

Organizational Overview

We are excited to launch the California Black Power Network, as we continue to build Black political power and create deep, systemic change to impact the lived realities of Black people in California. The network is composed of local and regional grassroots organizations in key Black communities throughout the state, and will aim to create measurable increases in the capacity of participating Black-led organizations, encourage growth and collaboration within the ecosystem of Black-led organizations across the state, and develop substantial, measurable progress in key issue areas. As we launch and grow this new organization, we are looking for an Administrative and Logistics Coordinator to build and grow with us while providing administrative support, logistics management and coordination, and building and maintaining our infrastructure.  

We are building off of two of California Calls’ projects (the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Black Census and Redistricting Hub) that worked over the last five years to increase the capacities and power of local and regional Black-led and/or serving grassroots organizations to address the problems of systemic racism and anti-Black racism. The California Black Power Network will be incubated under California Calls until we spin off as an independent organization.  Not only will the Administrative and Logistics Coordinator have a direct role in helping to achieve the network’s long term goals, but will also have ample room for growth and opportunities to help shape and develop our growing organization to ensure our organizational culture is effective and in alignment with the values and principles of our movement.

Position Description

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Administrative and Logistics Coordinator will serve as a critical member of the team, providing essential administrative and operational support to our dynamic programs, coalition, and team. The Administrative and Logistics Coordinator will (a) help coordinate events, meetings, and trainings, (b) ensure our back office operations are efficient, effective, and legally compliant and (c) help manage and maintain organizational and program infrastructure and data.  To be successful in this position, candidates should possess a strong interest in serving the Black community, share our values, and have a proven track record of effective administration and program support in a professional setting. We seek a team member who is detail oriented, ready and eager to learn, and a self-starter. We operate a fast paced and collaborative work environment, and successful candidates must be able to multitask, prioritize, and adapt quickly to changing needs.

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

Administrative, Finance, and Human Resource Support (40%)

  • Support Finance and Accounting department in making purchases and managing the auditing process
  • Perform clerical duties and provide administrative support for office personnel as needed and directed by the Executive Director
  • Take notes and keep/maintain documentation at board and coalition meetings
  • Write, prepare, and distribute communications, such as memos, emails, letters, faxes, invoices, reports and other correspondence as needed
  • Monitor telephone messages and accurately and timely deliver to appropriate team members
  • Handle mail, faxes, deliveries, voice messages, etc.
  • Maintain general use areas in office as needed
  • Track and order office supplies
  • Coordinate with vendors for office maintenance and repairs 
  • Handle large-scale copying and mailings

Logistics Management and Coordination (35%)

  • Plan and execute logistics of statewide coalition convenings and regional meetings
  • Process and track staff and coalition travel and reimbursements
  • Schedule and coordinate logistics for offsite meetings and trainings, including event set-up and layout planning
  • Support program team in tracking and managing program budgets 
  • Support Executive and Associate Directors in scheduling board and coalition meetings

Infrastructure Coordination and Tracking (25%)

  • Plan and implement state-of-the-art office organization
  • Track 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) rules and compliance issues
  • Track inventory and coordinate maintenance of office and coalition equipment 
  • Keep and archive records for auditing and compliance purposes
  • Develop and maintain an organized and coherent filing system
  • Maintain contact lists as needed

Qualifications and Skills

  1. Minimum of 5 years administrative and office management experience.
  2. Strong knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, their Google Suite equivalents and/or database software.
  3. Knowledge and experience working with Black communities in California.
  4. Experience in team management or coordination.
  5. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  6. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. 
  7. Attention to detail and problem solving skills required. 
  8. Excellent writing, verbal communications, presentation, and analytical skills.

Employee Compensation, Benefits and Perks

  • Salary range: $55,000-65,000 annually with comprehensive benefits
  • Fully covered medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Primarily remote work under COVID-19 protocols, but may require nominal amount of travel to track and maintain office workspace
  • Flexible work schedule when normal operations resume
  • Eligibility to participate in 401(K) Plan
  • Paid vacation based on years of service; sick, family and medical leaves in accordance with California laws
  • Eligibility for pre-tax flexible spending plan (FSA) for health care, child care, and public transit commuter expenses
  • Group term life insurance
  • Staff development opportunities 

General Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license, personal car insurance, a personal vehicle in good working condition with valid registration.
  • No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.

BIPOC, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.

Please submit cover letter and resume to cbpnsubscriptions@gmail.com