Program Coordinator

South Santa Barbara County
Full Time
The Starfish Connection


The Starfish Connection is a startup nonprofit dedicated to building thriving communities by empowering individuals and fostering connection through crisis funding and community storytelling. We believe that a single act of generosity can help transform a life and that by sharing our experiences through storytelling, we create an environment for not only surviving a crisis but thriving through it. 

We provide crisis funding to individuals and families with emergent financial needs that cannot be met by other organizations or government support. We issue direct support up to $2500, usually within 24 hours of receiving the application.

Helping our neighbors is heart-work. When hiring team members we look not only at job qualifications but value alignment, enthusiasm for the mission, integrity, vision, cultural inclusion, and a belief that helping an individual has ripple effects that can uplift a community.

We value a healthy, sustainable work/life balance that supports and invests in people over product. We believe in a culture that first considers the well being of the people doing the work so that we can better serve others.

Folks who are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. No matter where you come from, who you love, what you look like, or how you identify. We see you. We hear you. We honor you. 


The Program Coordinator will help co-create and execute the organization’s crisis funding, storytelling, public awareness events and fundraising events. Position assists Executive Director and Development Director in planning and overseeing events, and coordinates volunteers to support these events. Coordinator must perform a variety of administrative duties that directly support programs and generally support the office. We are a small organization and the granular office work is shared. Position must be a multi-tasking team player who takes initiative in their role.


Employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position satisfactorily and, if requested, reasonable accommodation may be made to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their job, absent undue hardship. 

The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.


  • Assists in developing, organizing, and implementing crisis funding and storytelling programs
  • Collaborates with Executive Director to cultivate relationships with nonprofit partners
  • Works directly with partnering nonprofit organizations to coordinate crisis funding

Responsible for:

  • Fostering and maintaining relationships with partnering organizations
  • Ensuring timely processing of fund applications and distribution of funds
  • Track all transactions and maintain accurate budgeting
  • Quarterly collaborative fund audit with partnering nonprofits
  • Talk-o-Truck (TOT) programming

Responsible for:

  • Developing community and private events; schedule, staff, and oversee all aspects of TOT
  • Compile and send TOT stories to editor, upload mastered stories online, maintain organization of digital files
  • Responsible for all program data management tracking and monthly reporting to Executive Director and Development Director
  • Assist Development Director in planning and producing events 
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Moderate online story submissions from
  • Assess community event opportunities for program collaboration
  • Attend NPO community networking events and meetings
  • Shared general administrative office support
  • Requires some evening and weekends for events 


Education Work Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent required; Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree preferred 
  • Time-management, problem-solving skills, event planning, and a love for detail are required 
  • Must be a quick learner, self-motivated, and energized by the work 
  • Must be proficient in G-Suite, spreadsheets, word processing, and interested in learning new technologies
  • Requires 3-5 years of nonprofit programmatic experience
  • Must be comfortable with face to face interactions, virtual interactions, phone communication, speaking to small and large groups, all forms of electronic communication 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and an insured and functioning vehicle 
  • Spanish/English speaking preferred

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to set up for tabling at community events which requires both sitting.

and standing for prolonged periods and carrying items from a distance.

  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds at times.

FLSA status: Full time, non-exempt.

Location: Hybrid position eligible, must be able to work a minimum of 80% in office in Goleta

Reports to: Executive Director

Pay Range: $27.00 to $31.00 per hour, depending on experience.

Benefits: Health insurance covered at 100% by employer, menstrual leave for people with uteruses, ongoing professional development opportunities, all reasonable vacation requests considered.


  • Standard workweek: Monday – Thursday
  • Standard work hours: eight hours over four days per week or equal to 32 hours per week


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