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Virtual  Life Fair Info:

ASCENDtials, a leading organization in the field of social impact, is hosting a virtual fair to recruit talented individuals for various positions. The event is an excellent opportunity for candidates to gain extensive experience while working in different roles and to obtain letters of appreciation or recommendation. Please check out our Handshake page for internships and volunteer posts! 

The virtual fair will be held over Zoom

If interested in an open position, schedule a call with a member of our hiring team via Calendly below and submit an application at the end of the page. The currently open positions are listed below:

Programs Team

  • Programs Lead and Support
  • Researcher

Fundraising Team

  • Fundraising Interns 
  • Fundraising Support 
  • Fundraising Specialist
  • Researcher
  • Finance Intern

Events Team

  • Public Relations Interns/Volunteers 
  • Event Lead/Social Media 
  • Event Support
  • Editors
  • Videographer
  • Garden Volunteers 
  • Digital Marketing Lead/Intern

 

Publishing Team

  • No Openings

Position Descriptions

We are looking to hire a dedicated grant writer to write grant proposals for our organization. The grant writer will write coherent, organized, and compelling proposals. You will apply your knowledge of fundraising methods and plans to reach income goals. You will collaborate with team members in the organization to assist with other fundraising projects and develop relationships with key stakeholders.

To ensure success you need to write well, have proficient knowledge of fundraising methods, and be committed to the mission you are representing. Preferred applicants are deadline-driven team players with outstanding multitasking abilities.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Developing relationships and collaborating with key stakeholders.
  • Displaying adherence to the organization’s mission.
  • Maintaining proficient knowledge of the organization’s history and programs.
  • Assisting with the execution of the development department's strategy.
  • Identifying grant funding opportunities.
  • Writing, submitting, and managing grant proposals.
  • Furnishing prospective funders with supporting documents.
  • Collaborating with Executive Director and Fund Development staff to send funders newsletters, create budgets, financial statements and to promote our programming.
  • Collaborating with the Fund Development staff to compile an annual report.
  • Maintaining records in computer databases.

We are looking for a creative Copywriter to write clear and concise copy for ads, publications and websites. Your words will inform and engage target audiences.

Our ideal candidate is a team-spirited, skilled and imaginative writer with an eye for detail. If you can grasp project requirements quickly and offer valuable insight, we’d like to meet you.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Write clear, attractive copy with a distinct voice
  • Interpret copywriting briefs to understand project requirements
  • Collaborate with designers, PR and other professionals on large- and small-scale marketing projects (e.g. email campaigns and landing pages)
  • Conduct high-quality research and interviews
  • Edit and proofread copy as needed
  • Use SEO principles to maximize copy’s reach
  • Source images and other content

Requirements and skills

  • Proven experience as a copywriter or related role
  • Knowledge of online content strategy and creation
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills
  • Experience with SEO
  • Strong research skills
  • Creativity
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Excellent time-management and organizational skills
  • BSc/BA in marketing, English, journalism or related field

The Fundraising Coordinator reports to the Director/Founder and
oversees all fund development activities. This role involves identifying
and researching potential donors, managing corporate partnerships,
preparing proposals, and nurturing donor relationships. Additionally, it
includes coordinating educational activities for community and
fundraising purposes.

Responsibilities:

  • Research and maintain donor profiles.
  • Manage donor and corporate sponsor stewardship.
  • Identify funding opportunities.
  • Maintain development databases.
  • Solicit sponsorships and donations.

Job Requirements:

  • Proficiency in conducting comprehensive research and utilizing
    analytical thinking to identify potential donors and funding
    opportunities.
  • A deep dedication to the organization's mission, vision, and values.
  • Collaborative mindset and an innovative approach to
    problem-solving, contributing to a dynamic and creative work
    environment.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • An understanding of the importance of handling confidential
    information with discretion and integrity.
  • High-level competency in Microsoft Office applications and
    experience in database management.

ASCENDtials is looking for Event Tablers to carry out events successfully.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Set up chairs, tables, linens and equipment for all events.
  • Help servers complete their tasks.
  • Successfully process credit card transactions and sign up participants.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage and participate in highway cleanup activities.
  • The supervisors help volunteers to coordinate pick up garbage, plant trees, bushes and wildflowers on the North and South sides of the highway. The highway has sidewalks on both sides and plenty of beautiful views along the path.
  • The supervisors help volunteers to coordinate in cleaning up beaches.
  • Report the hours of Volunteering on the appropriate website.
  • Report the details of clean up on the website.

Copy Editors proofread text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling and check for readability, style, and agreement with editorial policy. They suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy. They also may carry out research, confirm sources, and verify facts, dates, and statistics. In addition, they may arrange page layouts of articles, photographs, and advertising

Job Responsibilities:

  • Read content and correct spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors.
  • Rewrite text to make it easier for readers to understand.
  • Verify facts cited in material for publication.
  • Evaluate submissions from writers to decide what to publish.
  • Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed.
  • Develop story and content ideas according to the publication’s style and editorial policy.
  • Allocate space for the text, photos, and illustrations that make up a story or content.
  • Approve final versions submitted by staff.

ASCENDtials is looking for interns from different backgrounds to join our book club program. Our organization is offering an internship where students will receive academic credit for their coursework. We are looking to establish ​​this program for students to participate in many opportunities and for them to receive credit. The ultimate goal of this program is to educate and inspire students to create real social change among the public and government decision-makers.

Interns will attend our online lecture series, where different authors will speak about their written work. These lectures will focus on social justice issues such as racism, poverty, women's rights, equal pay, and government representation. Interns will be expected to actively participate and engage with the material provided, such as conducting research, studying the author's written works, completing worksheets, and asking questions during the Q&A section.

We are looking for an organized and creative videographer to work with our creative team to plan, film, and edit video content according to client briefs. The videographer's responsibilities include ensuring that the necessary filming equipment is available for use, directing other camera operators on set, and editing film footage.

To be successful as a videographer you must be able to understand client briefs and work creatively to produce the desired product. A good videographer should stay up to date with industry trends and tools that will make projects more marketable.

Videographer Responsibilities:

  • Film videos on set or on location.
  • Ensure that equipment for a shoot is present and working.
  • Plan the shoot with the creative team and the client.
  • Edit footage in post-production.
  • Direct other camera operators so that the needed footage is acquired.

Videographer Requirements:

  • Excellent computer literacy.
  • Proficiency with editing software such as PhotoShop.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Relative fitness and stamina to work long hours.
  • Proficiency with camera equipment.

Social Media Marketing Lead Interns/Volunteers support the digital media staff to develop and implement outreach and promotional campaigns to boost brand engagement and increase revenue.

The duties and responsibilities of a Social Media Intern include:

  • Assist with the design and execution of social media campaigns.
  • Create weekly and monthly editorial calendars to promote company brands on various social media websites.
  • Create and distribute content such as blogs, infographics, videos, and press releases on social media and traditional news outlets.
  • Track social media engagement to identify high-performing ideas and campaigns for scalability.
  • Support marketing team at live and online events.

We are seeking a dedicated graphic designer to join our growing company. You will collaborate with other designers to create effective and eye-catching images and campaigns to increase our user base. As a graphic designer, we hope you can put your passion for design to create beautiful images and compelling content. Your duties will include developing graphics for digital platforms to enhance our accompanying text.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and design various materials for digital and print.
  • Select colors, fonts, images, and layouts.
  • Ensure projects are completed in a timely manner with a quality product.
  • Advise best practices and optimizations throughout design projects.
  • Collaborate with fellow designers to develop new approaches for creating more-expressive graphics for the company.
  • Work with a wide range of media and graphic design software.
  • Establish creative direction for the company within brand guidelines.
  • Manage multiple projects within design specifications and budget restrictions.
  • Determine voice and messaging for graphic design pieces.
  • QA design for errors.
  • Implement feedback and changes whenever possible.
  • Create visualizations that convey accurate messaging for the project. 

Job Qualifications and Skill Sets

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a creative field.
  • Proficiency in programs such as Adobe Suite, Photoshop, InDesign, QuarkXPress, llustrator, or other design tool.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Minimum of two years experience in graphic design.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Portfolio of work with a wide range of creative projects.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Time management and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with HTML and CSS preferred.
  • Knowledge of layouts, graphic fundamentals, typography, print, and web.
  • Experience with both print and digital media.

The ASCENDtials Event Coordinator manages a wide array of activities, including workshops, Healing Sessions, camps, Book Clubs, yoga, and boat tours. Responsibilities include event planning, budget management, event logistics, attendee tracking, and strategic social media outreach through platforms like Buffer.

Responsibilities:

  • Scheduling, organizing, and implementing about nine events
    per month.
  • Managing event RSVPs, budgets, financial tracking, logistics,
    and follow-up.
  • Maintaining a current event calendar.
  • Supporting social media campaigns.
  • A minimum weekly commitment of 12-15 hours.

Job Requirements:

  • Proficiency in event planning, budgeting, and cost projection.
  • Strong computer proficiency, including databases, spreadsheets,
    and social media platforms.
  • Ability to make sound decisions and solve problems.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Proficiency in social media platforms and Buffer.

You'll assist and support the ASCENDtials editorial staff in the team's mission to enhance critical consciousness by offering intelligent, all-encompassing educational tools, materials, and training courses that are preventative, prepare, inculcate, and reinforce a greater sense of self and community, a Oneness that increases capacity, and environmental care.

To succeed in this role, you'll need to be a detail-oriented person who is able to work independently on a variety of responsibilities with both short-term and long-term deadlines. Tasks include optimizing hyperlinks in published content, collecting and inputting information into Google spreadsheets, and assisting with the publication process.

The ideal candidate should be comfortable working in a CMS and able to assemble and publish content. They should have strong writing skills in the event that content needs to be adjusted or updated. Also required: a love of learning and an eagerness to contribute to the team.

Intern work will be conducted under the mentorship of ASCENDtials Founder Mika Marzette, bringing 25+ years of experience. The requested time commitment is no more than 20 hours a week.

SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE:

  • Assisting with the daily process of publishing new content - formatting posts, creating and/or adding images/charts/visuals/HTML tables, and getting to hit the publish button!
  • Updating published content for accuracy, SEO, and reader experience
  • Ensuring disclosures and compliance requirements are applied to new and existing content
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of documentation for our team
  • Helping with some fact checking and copyediting
  • Working closely with the Copyediting team to improve your knowledge and skills through their feedback.
  • Growing and fostering the ASCENDtials brand as a top destination for personal growth and social change.

WHAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED:

  • Experience working with the publication of online content in some capacity.
  • Successfully worked remotely in previous position(s).
  • An ability to work and make decisions independently.
  • Relentless attention to detail, organization, and a strong ability to follow through on projects.
  • Experience working with Google Docs and Sheets.
  • Experience working within a CRM, (WordPress, etc.).
  • Familiarity with Asana (or another project management system like Airtable or Trello).
  • Basic familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and/or SEO are a plus.

About ASCENDtials:

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Southern California that focuses on enhancing critical consciousness. Our programs empower the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community through education and training so that we can develop our sense of self, community, Oneness, and responsibility to care for the environment.

Our organization raises greater awareness about society's issues and shares insight into the tools needed to solve these issues.

We believe in the power and potential of youth and in developing the next generation of leaders. We believe the efforts of student volunteers will greatly benefit the community. We believe that writing is an expression of voice, power, and integrity.

Aim/Goal of the position:

This position will organize and host monthly Poetry & Writing Club workshops and develop a think tank of BIPOC writers whose efforts will ultimately create real social change among the public and government decision-makers. ASCENDtials is looking for interns of different ages and backgrounds to join the think tank. The interns will meet online or in person to discuss and write on social justice issues such as racism, poverty, women's rights, equal pay, and government representation. These articles will reach a wide range of audiences and will start to move structures and organizations toward more inclusion. At the same time, the writing process will serve as a source of healing for those involved and help foster a deeper connection with themselves.

 

Requirements:

  • Interest in affecting social change through poetry and writing.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to plan and implement events.

The Lead will be responsible for the general oversight of Poetry & Writing Club interns and volunteers. In addition to helping organize and plan monthly workshops, the Lead will:

  • Regularly host meetings for all Poetry & Writing Club volunteers.
  • Ensure all interns are on track for meeting the requirement of their internship.
  • Serve as a liaison between interns, volunteers, and the organization.
  • Ensure that all the Poetry & Writing Club topics are related to social justice issues.
  • Attend organization-wide staff meetings.

Job Description:

The Environmental Program Team Lead is responsible for coordinating and leading ASCENDtials’ Climate Cares Beach and Highway Cleanups. This role ensures the success of these events by recruiting, organizing, and motivating volunteers to actively participate.

Job Responsibilities:

• Organize and schedule regular Climate Cares Beach Cleanup and Climate Cares Highway Cleanup events.

• Create detailed event plans that include timelines, tasks, and required resources.

• Secure all necessary permits and equipment for each event.

• Maintain a database of potential volunteers and their contact information.

• Communicate effectively with volunteers to provide event details and confirm their participation.

• Lead a team of volunteers during cleanup events, assigning tasks and ensuring a smooth workflow.

• Motivate and engage volunteers to actively participate and make a positive impact.

• Collaborate with local organizations and businesses to promote the event and secure sponsorship opportunities.

• Track and document the progress of the cleanup events, including the amount of waste collected and volunteer participation

Job Requirements:

✓ Bachelor's degree in environmental science, conservation, and/or experience in project management (preferred).

✓ Experience in event planning and volunteer coordination.

✓ Passion for environmental conservation andsustainability.

✓ Strong communication and leadership skills.

✓ Organized and detail-oriented.

✓ Ability to work independently and in a team.

As the Program Lead, you will manage a team, design programs aligned

with our organization's mission and goals, set fundraising targets, identify

donors and funding sources, and collaborate with the PR Advisor and

Grants/Fundraising leads for outreach. You'll also oversee event planning

for grant applications, manage staff for smooth project operations, and

ensure budget adherence. We're looking for someone with strong

communication skills, the ability to plan all project aspects, and a

proactive approach to problem-solving. Your role is crucial in ensuring

project success and alignment with our mission.

 

Job Responsibilities

▪ Manage a team to coordinate programs aligned with the organization's

mission and goals.

▪ Set fundraising and development goals, identify potential

donors/partners, and secure funding.

▪ Plan and implement outreach strategies in collaboration with the PR

Advisor Lead and Grants/Fundraising Lead.

▪ Schedule and forecast special events to support grant applications

and proposals.

▪ Oversee day-to-day staff performance, ensuring project milestones

and budgets are met.

▪ Create project plans, budgets, timelines, and teams.

▪ Ensure high-quality program deliverables.▪ Anticipate and resolve program-related issues.

 

Job Requirements

✓ Nonprofit program experience.

✓ Team leadership and management experience.

✓ Proven experience in remote work.

✓ Strong ability to work and make independent decisions.

✓ Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.

✓ Commitment to project follow-through.

As a Program Assistant you will play a vital role in supporting the Program Lead and the team in executing programs that align with our organization's mission and goals. They provide administrative assistance, help with fundraising efforts, maintain records, and contribute to effective project management. With strong organizational and communication skills, Program Assistants ensure the smooth operation of programs and contribute to our mission's success.

 

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to the Program Lead and team.
  • Assist in the coordination and execution of programs.
  • Help in program design that aligns with the organization's mission and goals.
  • Aid in fundraising and outreach efforts by maintaining donor/partner records.
  • Assist with event planning and scheduling.
  • Collaborate with team members for effective project management.
  • Handle day-to-day tasks to ensure smooth program operations.
  • Maintain records, budgets, and timelines for projects.
  • Communicate efficiently with various teams.

 

Job Requirements

✓ Strong organizational and administrative skills.

✓ Excellent communication and teamwork abilities.

✓ Attention to detail and ability to multitask.

✓ Enthusiasm for supporting program initiatives.

✓ Proficiency in office software and project management tools.