Executive Director

Oakland, California
Our benefits package includes paid vacation and holidays, health and dental insurance, 401k with emp
Nov 08, 2019
Dec 08, 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Experience Level

Worksafe is seeking an Executive Director to support our mission to prevent occupational injury, illness, and death by bringing justice to the workplace. The position is based in Oakland, California.

ABOUT US Worksafe is a California-based organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the basic right of all people to a safe and healthy workplace. We engage in campaigns in coalition with worker organizations and activist networks to eliminate toxic chemicals and other hazards from the workplace. We advocate for protective worker health and safety laws and effective remedies for people who are injured on the job or suffer work-related illnesses, and we watchdog government agencies to ensure they enforce these laws.

In addition to advocacy and policy work, we are a support center for California legal aid organizations whose clients encounter workplace health or safety issues, workplace injuries, or retaliation for reporting unsafe work. We provide legal training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to legal aid programs who serve low-wage and immigrant workers, improving access to justice for workers who are most vulnerable to having their rights violated.


Worksafe’s Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and vision, directing daily operations, and furthering the long term goals of the organization. We are seeking someone with experience leading a team, developing programs and campaigns, and fundraising. Candidates should thrive interfacing with diverse stakeholders including policy makers, government agencies, workers, advocates, and members of the media. Candidates should possess a strong desire to improve the health and safety of California’s workforce. The Executive Director is accountable to the Worksafe Board of Directors and conducts the business of the organization in accordance with board member guidance.



I. Supervision & Organizational Management

Recruits, hires, supervises, and mentors staff 

Facilitates an effective and healthy organizational culture

Resolves personnel and administrative issues 

Ensures compliance with relevant workplace and employment laws

Ensures administrative, human resources, and office organization tasks run smoothly

Keeps the board of directors informed about the organization and factors influencing it

Ensures effective recruitment, engagement, and departures of board members

Sees that board committees are appropriately supported


II. Funding Development & Budget Management

Creates and manages a fundraising and development plan to achieve sustainable growth

Cultivates and maintains positive relationships with institutional funders and individual donors

Writes and administers grants; ensures compliance with application and reporting requirements

Develops and administers budgets and maintains oversight of the organization's fiscal health

Oversees the annual budget, presents budget reports to the board, supervises the accountant, and ensures budget is consistent with annual goals

Develops budget forecasts and plans for the upcoming fiscal year


III. Program Planning & Coalition Building 

Collaborates with staff and board members to develop strategies for achieving mission goals

Provides direction and leadership for strategic planning and evaluation processes

Develops and implements cohesive and achievable annual work plans

Develops and implements issue-specific campaigns and legislative advocacy campaigns

Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with diverse stakeholders including low-wage workers, unions and labor advocacy groups, legal aid organizations, environmental organizations, and others


IV.  Promotion of Worksafe and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

Represents and promotes Worksafe and OSH in a variety of public forums

Cultivates and maintains role as a recognized expert and resource in the field

Engages effectively with a variety of audiences including members of the press

Provides direction and inspiration for strategic communications and media advocacy efforts



Supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to positively manage and mentor a team

Excellent interpersonal communication, writing, and public speaking skills

Experience fundraising and developing strategies to strengthen and grow a vibrant organization

Experience with grant writing, grant administration, and interacting with foundations

Ability to develop and administer budgets and work plans 

Experience with legislative and/or regulatory policy advocacy

Experience developing and implementing campaigns in partnerships and coalitions

Experience organizing workers, concerned individuals, and stakeholder organizations

Familiarity with or knowledge of workplace and environmental health issues

Familiarity with or knowledge of the intersections of race and health equity

Experience in social justice movements, preferably with a focus on low-wage workers, immigrant communities, and/or worker safety and health

Proven ability to craft compelling messages and engage in effective media advocacy



This is a full-time, exempt position based in Oakland, California. Salary is commensurate with experience. Our benefits package includes paid vacation and holidays, health and dental insurance, 401k with employer contribution, commuter benefits, and more. 

TO APPLY To apply please visit https.://worksafe.org/about/careers.html Fill out the webform and upload a cover letter, resume, and writing sample in the appropriate fields (PDF or Word). We will request references from candidates who are offered an interview. 

Worksafe is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at Worksafe. For more information about Worksafe, please visit our website at www.worksafe.org.

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