Associate Director

Job Description (2024)

Organization Overview

CLRJ is the leading California-based Latina/e Reproductive Justice organization and is the only statewide organization whose mission focuses specifically on promoting Latinas’/es’ Reproductive Justice.  Reproductive Justice is a framework for movement building developed by indigenous women and women of color that simultaneously prioritizes the rights to:  1) not have children, and control one’s fertility accordingly through access to critical reproductive health service, including abortion; 2) have children if one so chooses, and be free of interference in one’s reproductive life by the state or other institutions; 3) parent the children one has in safe and healthy environments; 4) bodily autonomy.

We build Latinas’/es’ power – particularly the most underserved Latinas/es, low-income women of color, and immigrant women – through policy advocacy, community organizing, alliance-building, leadership development and long-term movement building strategies.

Position Overview

The Associate Director (AD) is a visionary and creative leader who is primarily responsible for watching over and directing the programmatic work at the organization.  The AD will work with CLRJ program staff to design, develop, implement and evaluate policy advocacy, research, alliance-building and community engagement strategies that promote CLRJ’s mission and advance its strategic plan.  Additionally, they will be a part of the team that works to ensure CLRJ’s financial health and sustainability and promote the long-term viability of this dynamic, growing organization. The Associate Director serves as a member of the leadership team and is a key part of organization-wide activities including fundraising, communications, planning, and evaluation.

The Associate Director manages program staff, consultants, interns and/or volunteers, as needed, and reports to the Executive Director.

Principal Areas of Responsibility


  • Lead in the development of strategic processes for planning and implementing programmatic goals and objectives.
  • Work with CLRJ staff, consultants and volunteers to develop communications, advocacy, research, and organizing strategies and tactics to advance CLRJ’s policy priorities and/or organizing campaign.
  • Support the Community Engagement Team in integrating research data and CLRJ’s policy platform with community education and engagement efforts.
  • Guide the planning and implementation of community briefings, trainings, workshops, or other educational events.


Publications & Communications

  • Work with program staff on the development and dissemination of publications, including policy briefs, fact sheets, and other materials for policymakers, advocates and community members.
  • Collaborate in the development of CLRJ’s strategic communications activities, media products, including press releases, blogs, talking points, and statements as needed.
  • Serve as an expert resource and spokesperson on reproductive justice to the news media.


Alliance-Building and Reproductive Justice Movement Building

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partners and networks, coalitions, organizations, and leaders working across various social justice movements in order to uplift and strengthen the Reproductive Justice Movement in California and nationally.
  • Conduct presentations and trainings to a wide range of audiences concerning CLRJ’s research and policy priorities, that increase CLRJ’s visibility and build the organization’s base of supporters.


Planning, Evaluation and Organizational Leadership

  • Lead and coordinate program team meetings, and make sure that communications between program team members are consistent and that work is aligned.
  • Support in the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan and the evaluation of programs.
  • Develop and present oral and written reports for both internal and external audiences (including CLRJ’s Board of Directors, funders, and other key stakeholders) concerning the progress and impact of CLRJ’s programs and Strategic Plan.
  • Supervise program staff and interns.


Development, Finance, and Administration

  • Support the Development team with the creation or review of proposals, reports, and/or other foundation fundraising materials or requests.
  • Contribute to CLRJ’s grassroots fundraising activities, as needed.
  • Manage the creation and management of programmatic budgets and support the annual organizational budgeting process.
  • Support CLRJ’s administrative staff in keeping abreast of CLRJ’s programs, and identify and communicate any infrastructural and financial needs that support programs (i.e. equipment, technology, tracking of certain income and expenses, tracking of staff time etc.).


Required Skills and Qualifications

All CLRJ employees are expected to fully support the organization’s mission in their work.  Any positions or work that runs counter to LGBTQ rights or Reproductive Justice – including the right to access abortion and contraception, are likely to create a conflict of interest disqualifying an employee from working at CLRJ. All employees regardless of their position are required to support with staffing events, public speaking or disseminating information about people’s right to access legal and safe abortion care and contraception, as assigned. It is also required that all employees use messaging that is developed by CLRJ’s Communications Team and that it is factual, evidence-based, and free of judgment or discrimination when talking about all Reproductive Justice issues, including LGBTQ rights, and the right to access abortion or contraception when working or otherwise representing CLRJ.

  • Commitment to CLRJ’s mission, social justice, Latina/e/o communities and reproductive and sexual wellness, health and justice.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision and developing leadership.
  • Ability to work with Latinas/es of all ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, social, economic and gender identities.
  • Experience with policy advocacy and facilitating collaborative efforts among community leaders, organizations,non-profits and legislators.
  • Experience with community informed or community participatory based research, including data collection, analysis, and reporting.
  • Experience designing, planning, and facilitating engaging and effective workshops, trainings, meetings, and other community events.
  • Proven ability to work in a team and execute work with minimal supervision.
  • Highly organized and exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational skills online and in-person. Ability to handle multiple sensitive assignments with attention to detail and in a timely manner as well as flexibility and adaptability to change.
  • Strong problem solving skills. Able to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Comfortable speaking in front of large and small groups.
  • Excellent written, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in speaking and writing in English and Spanish.
  • Personal qualities include energy, enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, integrity, humor, optimism, a positive attitude and the ability to motivate and listen to others.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Drive, and experience with CiviCRM or PowerBase database systems.
  • Valid California driver’s license, and legally required car insurance, and access to a personal vehicle to conduct CLRJ business.
  • Flexibility with work schedule; regular schedule to include some evenings and weekends and travel across California and nationally throughout the year.


Location & Compensation

  • This is a full-time, exempt position, 36 – 40 hours per week.
  • The annual salary is $80,000 – 90,000, commensurate with experience. 
  • We offer paid vacation, sick, and personal time.  Twelve paid holidays, and 3-5 weeks paid office closure available at the discretion of the Executive Director.
  • Excellent benefits package including: Medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance paid 100% by the organization. 
  • Significant opportunities for professional development and growth. 
  • This position is based in California with frequent travel in state and nationally. The organization is based in Los Angeles, but all staff work remotely.