California Director - Partnership for Working Families


About Partnership for Working Families

The Partnership for Working Families (Partnership) is a national network of leading regional advocacy organizations who drive innovative solutions to our nation’s economic and environmental problems. Our powerful coalitions of community groups, labor unions, faith networks and environmental organizations tackle the crisis of inequality and climate change that disproportionately impact low-income neighborhoods, communities of color and women.

The Partnership and its six California affiliates are developing a strategic statewide network. Together, they are building long-term power for workers and communities in 6 critical regions of the state: Oakland/East Bay, Silicon Valley, the Central Coast, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Orange County, and San Diego County.

The Partnership is seeking a California Director to bring dynamic, visionary, and unifying leadership to guide our collective work, plan long-term and advance our current goals to:

  • Build the power and capacity of CA Partnership affiliates to organize and raise standards for low-wage, immigrant workers through the next generation of policy campaigns which will increase wages, hours and access to fair scheduling practices.
  • Advance organizing and policy campaigns to address the rise of contingent work, temporary work and part-time work in key industries where immigrant workers and vulnerable workers lack the voice and power to hold employers accountable for work conditions.

  • Develop statewide collaboration with worker centers, labor unions, worker advocacy organizations and legal services advocates to push for greater accountability and enforcement of the rules and regulations which protect workers from retaliation, hazardous work conditions, discrimination and workplace violence including sexual assault.

  • Strengthen our network in California by exploring and developing the appropriate infrastructure which will enhance the power and reach of our affiliates, support geographic expansion and aggregate our work for statewide impact.


The California Director will take our statewide network to the next level of strategy and development. S/he will build alignment among our affiliates, identify potential campaigns and develop a sustainable infrastructure for the network to grow and succeed.

Campaign development:

1939 Harrison Street · Suite 150 · Oakland, CA 94612 · 510-201-0081

  • Lead campaign development to identify comprehensive statewide campaigns that aredriven by diverse low-wage workers to reshape driving industries in our economy.

  • Coordinate development of appropriate research and publications to support campaigns.

  • Coordinate development of policy proposals to support campaign goals.

  • Coordinate engagement of key stakeholders in campaigns.

  • Provide ongoing strategy support to address obstacles as they arise in real time.

  • Network development and coordination:

    • Schedule meetings, design agendas and provide meeting facilitation.

    • Develop, monitor and evaluate how the network works together, makes decisions and creates a shared vision/analysis. Build unity and maintain positive relationships with key affiliate staff and Executive Directors.

    • With affiliates, develop a work plan to outline strategies and priorities, phases and benchmarks, responsibilities, timelines, evaluation, etc.

    • Oversee and manage the implementation of a work plan, monitor deadlines and budget, day-to-day coordination and documentation of activities, manage changes, etc.

● Public Relations

Serve as a powerful, inspiring public voice for the network’s vision and represent the work of the network at events, policy meetings, public meetings, and 1-1 meetings.


Organize events that support network goals, including convenings, press events, publication releases, conference workshops and the like.
● Management

Help manage consultants and vendors as needed.


Help coordinate fundraising plans, write grants applications and reports and build relationships with funders.


  • Politically aligned with network’s mission, including commitment to social, economic, environmental, racial and gender justice.

  • Minimum of 5 years experience with campaigns, coalition/network building, worker organizing, strategic research and/or civic engagement.

  • Demonstrated ability to build ground-up campaigns with workers and community members that shift sectors or industries of the economy.

  • Demonstrated ability to represent a network well and relate to affiliate members as a peer.

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and drive own program, including developing annual plans, and to balance urgent and immediate work with longer-term strategic work that may lack external deadlines.

  • Experience with labor or ability to develop partnerships with labor (locally and statewide).

  • Strong relationship-building skills and demonstrated ability to both work with and lead Executive Directors or other high-level decision makers.

  • Strong organizational development and facilitation skills.

  • Outstanding written and spoken communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and willingness to travel monthly required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to secure funding and manage budgets.

  • Preference goes to those with experience working within California.

Compensation and Location

This is a full-time, exempt position. We offer a competitive starting salary between $70,000 - 90,000 (based on experience) and generous benefits, including covering full health benefit premiums (health, dental and vision) and a 401k plan with an employer contribution.

The applicant will need to be located in California, with preference going to residents in/around Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and Ventura.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume and a list of 3-4 professional references including at least one supervisor.

Send all application materials to and include California Director in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the first round of reviews beginning on January 22, 2018. Position open until filled.

No phone calls, please.

The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability or veteran status.