Career Opportunities

Lumina staff pictured tabling at an event.

Lumina Alliance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1979. Our mission is to empower those impacted by sexual and intimate partner violence through innovative advocacy, healing, and prevention programs. Services include 24/7 crisis and information line, case management, accompaniment and advocacy, emergency shelters, transitional housing, individual and group therapy, and robust prevention education.

Our team is made up of individuals full of passion, integrity, and empathy, all of whom bring their unique strengths and insights with them as we all work together to create a safe, thriving, and equitable community. We post all job openings on this page, so check back regularly for any new openings. Learn more about us. 

A group of our Paso office team in a conference room.
Lumina Alliance admin team members accepting the SLO County Family-Friendly Workplace award.

The Hiring Process

How to Apply

To apply for an open position, submit your resume and a cover letter or personal statement explaining why you are interested in working at Lumina Alliance.

Email both documents to [email protected]. Be sure to include the job title, followed by your name in the subject line.

Things to Consider

Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide!

Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply for jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

After You Apply

A team member from People & Culture or the Hiring Manager for the position will contact you if they would like to move forward with your application.

Job Opportunities

Bookkeeper I

Read Full Job Description Here

Hours: Monday – Friday, 40 hours per week
Location: San Luis Obispo County
Salary Range: $21.00 – $23.64 (Bilingual differential of $1/hr)

Purpose and Responsibilities

Under the direction of Senior Finance Staff, the Bookkeeper I is responsible for data entry, filing, record keeping, and assisting with day-to-day agency financial operations.

Key Qualifications

● Education in accounting or finance, or equivalent experience, preferred

● Fluency in English is required; additional fluency in Spanish is preferred
● Ability to learn new technologies and software; Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Suite and QuickBooks (Desktop and Online)
● Understanding of non-profit grant funding, preferred
● Ability to efficiently prioritize tasks and manage competing deadlines
● Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
● Works closely, cooperatively, and collaboratively with others
● Ability to frequently and clearly communicate with supervisor and other staff
● Ability to follow through with assigned tasks
● Ability to handle sensitive issues with discretion and confidentiality
● Demonstrates cultural humility and awareness when working with diverse
populations
To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter or personal statement about why you are interested in working at Lumina Alliance.

Development Director

Read Full Job Description Here

Hours: 40 hours/week
Location: San Luis Obispo County
Salary Range :$43.27 – $48.70 (Bilingual differential of $1/hr)

Purpose and Responsibilities

Under the general direction of the Chief Development and Communications Officer (CDCO) and in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the Development
Director is responsible for leading development and organizational advancement endeavors to identify, cultivate and solicit annual gifts, major gifts, planned gifts and
foundation/corporate gifts. Creates and implements successful programs/activities for
donor outreach, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship in support of the organization’s mission. Working with the CEO, CDCO and the Board of Directors, the Development Director will be responsible for achieving philanthropy metrics/goals, managing a select portfolio of
prospects capable of making major and transformational gifts, and creating a cohesive, collaborative and strategic development team.

Key Qualifications

●Bachelor’s degree in related field or equivalent professional experience.
● Fluency in English, with fluency in Spanish preferred.
● Proven track record of non-profit fundraising experience.
● Demonstrated success cultivating individual donors and soliciting major gifts.
● Demonstrated success with managing donor relationships.
● Proficiency with fundraising and communications software; Experience with Little Green Light preferred.
● Experience with Google Suite (Drive, Documents, Sheets, Slides) and Microsoft
Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled.

Bilingual Housing Advocate – Paso Robles Office Location

Read Full Job Description Here

Hours: 40 hours/week, full-time, Non-Exempt
Location: San Luis Obispo County
Salary Range: $21.00 – $23.64 (Bilingual differential of $1/hr)

Purpose and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Program Manager, the Bilingual Client & Justice System Relations Advocate provides crisis counseling, advocacy, and accompaniment services to community members and incarcerated survivors who contact Lumina Alliance. Additionally, this role conducts outreach, training, and coordination to enhance the
collaborative response for survivors of intimate partner violence and survivors who are incarcerated or otherwise aligned with the justice system.

Key Qualifications

● Bilingual in English and Spanish is required
● High school diploma or GED; Preferred associate degree in a related field (human services, psychology, social sciences, sociology and/or education) or equivalent experience working in a related field
● Knowledge of sexual assault and intimate partner violence issues, social
systems, cultural awareness, listening skills, and basic crisis intervention
techniques is highly preferred
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled.

Development Manager

Read Full Job Description Here

Hours: 40 hours/week, full-time, Non-Exempt
Location: San Luis Obispo County
Salary Range:$26.00 – $29.64(Bilingual differential of $1/hr)

Purpose and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Development Director, the Development Manager is responsible for supporting the fundraising efforts and activities at Lumina Alliance as well as assisting the Communications & Outreach Director with marketing and
communication activities.

Preferred Qualifications

● Fluency in English is required; additional fluency in Spanish is preferred
● An Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent
work experience in a similar position is preferred
● Experience with donor databases and event software such as Little Green Light and Better Unite is preferred
To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter or personal statement about why you are interested in working at Lumina Alliance.

Volunteer & Training Manager

Read Full Job Description Here

Hours: 40 hours/week, full-time, Non-Exempt
Location: San Luis Obispo County
Salary Range:$26.00 – $29.64(Bilingual differential of $1/hr)

Purpose and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Prevention & Volunteer Director, the Volunteer & Training Manager oversees all aspects of volunteer and internship programs for Lumina Alliance, including the 65-Hour California State Certified training for volunteers and staff and managing the 24-hour Crisis & Information Line after hours.

Key Qualifications

● One year work experience in non-profit setting, preferably in relevant area
● Previous experience with survivors is required; training in trauma-informed
care is preferred
● Education or knowledge in Sociology, Anthropology, Women and Gender Studies
or relevant subject areas is preferred
● Excellent public speaking abilities in both small and large groups
● Fluency in English is required; additional fluency in Spanish preferred
To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter or personal statement about why you are interested in working at Lumina Alliance.

P & C Coordinator 

Read Full Job Description Here

Hours: 20-25 hours per week/ Part-Time
Location: San Luis Obispo County
Salary Range: $21.00 – $23.64 (Bilingual differential of $1/hr if applicable)

Purpose and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Chief People & Culture Officer (CPCO), the People & Culture Coordinator is responsible for supporting and managing the daily functions of the People & Culture department for Lumina Alliance.

Key Qualifications

● Ability to anticipate and respond quickly to needs of staff and the agency
● Enjoys problem-solving and willing to find creative solutions
● Adapts to and works effectively in a variety of circumstances, including high pressure situations
● Identifies new ways to improve agency processes to enhance staff efficiency,
quality, and productivity
● Highly detail-oriented; ability to prioritize and manage competing deadlines
● Compassionate, empathetic, non-judgmental
● Excellent oral and written communication skills, including active listening
● Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
● Ability to handle sensitive issues with discretion and confidentiality
● Experience with HRIS software, Google Suite, and Adobe is preferred; ability to
learn new technologies and software
To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter or personal statement about why you are interested in working at Lumina Alliance.
Lumina Alliance staff meets with Rep. Carbajal outside of Lumina Alliance's SLO Office.

The Interview Process

What to Expect

Most positions typically have a two-step panel interview process:

  • Initial interview, typically virtual via Zoom or Google Meets
  • Second Round Interview, usually in person at our San Luis Obispo Office
  • Some departments and positions have brief skills demonstration presentations or related portions, skills tests

Note:  Panel interviews consist of 2-4 current staff members and the applicant.

How to Prepare

We recommend the following steps to prepare for your interview:

  • Carefully review the Job Description. Consider how your experiences align with the job, and be prepared to discuss your experience.
  • Review our website to get a basic understanding of the work we do and who we are.
  • Consider what is your “Why”? Why do you want to work at Lumina Alliance? Why are you interested in this particular position?
  • Write down any questions that come up for you as you have gone through this process. You will have an opportunity to ask our team questions throughout the interview process.

Next Steps

If you are a finalist for a position you can expect the following steps before an offer is made.

  • Reference Checks 
  • Live Scan Fingerprinting and DOJ and FBI background checks

Once an offer is made: 

  • Requesting I-9 Documents be completed
  • Scheduling for the 65-hour training to become a state-certified crisis counselor (required of all staff)

Our Core Values

At Lumina Alliance our Core Values are more than a list on our website; we integrate them into all aspects of our work, agency meetings, policies, and documents. These values guide how we operate and interact.
  • Put People First: We recognize and value the whole person and their unique experiences. We treat every individual with respect, dignity, and kindness.
  • Honor Self-Care: We honor the needs of each individual. We respect healthy boundaries, encourage laughter and play, and foster growth and development in order to thrive.
  • Act with Integrity: We act with honesty, transparency, courtesy, and fairness in all that we do in order to foster collaboration, trust, and sustainability.
  • Seek Understanding: We approach people, ideas, and situations with an open heart and an open mind. We pursue growth and connection while acknowledging our impact.
  • Communicate with Courage: We speak intentionally and with authenticity. We establish shared expectations and deliver on our word. We hold one another accountable.
  • Foster Learning Culture: We learn from and share our mistakes. We create space for learning, evolving, and challenging the status quo through open communication and collaborative decision-making.
  • Empower One Another: We empower the people we serve, our community partners, each other, and ourselves to reach our fullest potential.

Employee Benefits

Lumina Alliance does everything it can to support and empower our team, including offering the following benefits:
  • Generous health insurance benefits paid for by Lumina Alliance
  • Premium dental and vision insurance paid for by Lumina Alliance
  • Life insurance paid for by Lumina Alliance
  • IRA Retirement plan with matching employer contributions
  • At least 16 paid holidays throughout the year
  • Generous paid-time-off accruals with opportunities for more
  • Various engaging internal committees you can attend with paid time
  • Opportunities for professional growth and promotion within the agency
  • Generous pet accommodations
  • Hybrid work opportunities (varies based on position)
  • Family-friendly workplace and culture
8 Lumina staff members pictured post yoga class.
Group of Lumina staff pictured in front of a lake.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Lumina Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, disability, sex, marital status, age, or any other protected status covered by federal or state law.

Lumina Alliance Admin Team
Selfie of three Lumina staff members, all with face masks on.