Operations lead

Reports to: Co-Director 

Salary: $60,000 full time exempt

Location: Seattle, Washington - This is a hybrid (in-person and work from home) position. Candidates must reside in the greater Seattle metropolitan area. 

Expected Start Date: June 6, 2022 

Hiring Timeline

Applications are due at 11:59pm on May 1st. Please send resume and cover letter to info@surgereprojustice.org with the subject line: Operations Lead.

We will read your cover letter first; it’s important to understand whether this position is the right fit for you. In your cover letter, please be sure to tell us why you are interested in this particular job, what makes you a strong candidate, and how you align with our values as a reproductive justice organization.


If for some reason submitting a cover letter is a barrier to applying, please email us at info@surgereprojustice.org before the application due date, and we can work with you to find an alternative (ex: video submission). 

The week of May 9th, candidates moving forward in the hiring process will receive an email invitation to schedule an interview with us for the following week; all candidates will receive correspondence indicating whether they are moving forward in the process or not. 

For candidates moving forward in the hiring process, once the first round interview is scheduled, we will send the interview questions. 

The week of May 16th, we will interview first round candidates in a one-hour Zoom interview. This will be a panel interview comprised of several staff members, including the direct report. 

The week of May 23rd, candidates will be notified if they are invited to a second-round interview, to be scheduled based on both parties’ availability. The second interview will be a panel interview comprised of several staff members, including the direct report. 

For candidates moving forward in the hiring process, once the first second interview is scheduled, we will send the interview questions. 

After the second round interview, the selected candidate for the position will be notified, and a final interview with both Co-Directors will be scheduled to review details of the position and ensure organizational fit. This will be scheduled based on both parties’ availability. 

After this interview, we will make an offer shortly thereafter. The anticipated start date is June 6th, 2022.

We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


23 days paid time off, 11 paid holidays, flexible, family-friendly schedule, medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package. 401(k) and Roth IRA Retirement accounts and a Transit Orca card are available. 

About Surge Reproductive Justice 
Surge is a community directed policy organization rooted in the Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework and anti-racist organizing principles. Reproductive justice is defined by Sistersong as, “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.”

Our mission is to mobilize communities to build a world where all people can make powerful, self-determined choices for their bodies and the future of their families and communities. Our work centers Black women, Black femmes, and Black queer and trans people for a movement that rises from the bottom up. Currently we are engaged in campaigns for Black perinatal health, Medicaid access for doulas, and decriminalizing sex work in the state of Washington. 

About The Position 

Do you love creating systems and processes that encourage ease, organization and collaboration?

Are you gifted at keeping track of all kinds of tiny details?

Do you want to be an essential member of a team centered on Black liberation, in deep relationship with queer and trans communities of color, rooted in anti-racist organizing principles, who also have a ton of fun together? 

Surge Reproductive Justice is looking for an Operations Lead who wants an opportunity to learn and develop within an organization that is in a period of transition, discernment and visioning. 

The Operations Lead will play a vital role on the team, managing human resources, insurance, and other aspects of Surge Reproductive Justice’s internal operations. They will also play a leading role, alongside one of the co-directors, in completing our transition out of our fiscal sponsor, RVC. 
Surge Reproductive Justice intends to invest deeply in the professional development of this position so that the Operations Lead can grow and develop, gaining increasing levels of responsibility over time, in alignment with their personal goals. 


Employee Support Lead (30%)

  • Pre-transition from fiscal sponsorship 

    • Research benefits for the organization, including: healthcare, retirement, wellness resources

    • Research payroll systems

    • Act as point person for questions, concerns, training and orientation regarding HR as we shift from fiscal sponsorship into our own 501c3 

  • Post-transition from fiscal sponsorship

    • Manage human resources for Surge Reproductive Justice, improving HR policies and processes to better support staff and align with Surge Reproductive Justice values

    • Manage payroll and benefits, by keeping online platforms updated, ensuring payroll is run effectively, coordinating with benefits broker, and administering benefits

    • Facilitate and improve new staff onboarding processes, ensuring that staff joining the organization have a positive and informative learning process in collaboration with one of the co-directors 

Insurance and Risk Management Lead (20%)

  • Pre-transition from fiscal sponsorship

    • Research insurance and risk management best practices in order to ensure that Surge Reproductive Justice is maintaining effective risk management practices during and after the transition from fiscal sponsorship 


  • Post-transition from fiscal sponsorship 

    • Act as point person with insurance providers, ensuring that all necessary insurance information is collected and updated regularly

    • Ensure that insurance policies and risk management practices are being properly followed across the organization

General Operations (40%)

  • Ensure external communications to Surge  are quickly and smoothly routed to the right point person, by monitoring the general Surge email inbox, and forwarding messages to the correct recipient

  • Support office morale activities, including planning events and buying gifts

  • Lead I.T. management for the office by handling day-to-day I.T. support needs

    • Creating standards for computer use across the organization 

    • Coordinating a relationship with outside tech specialists for specific IT needs

  • Pre-transition from fiscal sponsorship 

    • Support strong financial management across the organization: researching systems and technology that Surge can transition to, ensuring strong financial reporting

    • Invoice tracking, and cutting checks 

    • Coding check deposits

    • Making purchases for events

    • Attend keyholder meetings (1x/quarterly) and advocate for Surge needs at our office space. Ensure that we have the supplies we need to work. 

    • Ensure that Surge’s human resource, finance, and legal systems are efficient and user-friendly, strategically assessing them regularly and making improvements

    • Take the lead on special projects to research and improve various aspects of Surge’s operations

Team Involvement (10%)

  • Collaborate with staff in making key strategic decisions affecting Surge’s future

  • Engage in deep professional development

  • Participate in staff meetings, attend community events, and otherwise contribute to strengthening the deep roots within our community, both internally and externally

Ideal Qualifications

  • 2+ years of Operations, Human Resources (or similarly related work) experience. 

  • Track record as a collaborative teammate who can also thrive in independent projects.

  • Analysis and commitment to anti-racism. 

  • Background in reproductive justice and/or RJ aligned work.

  • Relationships in the QT-BIPOC community in Seattle and/or King County.

  • A well-developed interpersonal skill set — especially active listening, empathy, patience, and relationship building. 

  • An eye for details 

  • A creative, imaginative, and/or visionary mind 

  • An ability to adapt

Background Check
A criminal background will not automatically eliminate you from consideration. A criminal history background check will be conducted on the final candidate prior to beginning employment.

Surge Reproductive Justice is an equal opportunity employer. LGBTQ+ folks, people of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.