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Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities. Led by students, we organize to advance educational justice and improve our social, economic, and political conditions.

CFJ is a unique and exciting organization. We are the only grassroots organization in California that organizes youth to have a voice in both local and statewide education policy. Our campaign and policy reform goals at the local and statewide levels include adequate and equitable school funding, increased access and success in K-12 and higher education, and ending the “school-to-prison pipeline.” We lead the Student Voice Campaign, a statewide alliance of organizations working to ensure the voices of students are heard, valued, and reflected in decisions that affect them. Our recent statewide victories include a requirement for districts to include student input in school budgeting through our Student Voice Campaign in 2014 and the passage of the historic Local Control Funding Formula in 2013. Our local offices have won several key changes in their school districts, from expanding a “Race and Social Justice” ethnic studies course to the elimination of discriminatory discipline policies and securing more college preparatory classes. CFJ currently has four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland and San Jose, 15 full-time equivalent staff and a budget of $1.5 million.

 

Lead Organizer (Long Beach)

Youth Organizer (Fresno)

 


Lead Organizer (Long Beach)

Position Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated community organizer leader to help strengthen the regional work in Long Beach of a respected social justice organization. Reporting to the Organizing Director and working closely with other organizers across California, the Lead Organizer is responsible for overseeing CFJ Long Beach’s work and staff needs in the region. The Lead Organizer should be an experienced community organizer who is ready to lead at a regional and statewide level. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment.

Responsibilities & Duties

Developing and Leading Local and Statewide Campaigns

  • Advance local education organizing by guiding local campaigns through strategic planning sessions, regular check-ins on campaign progress, and evaluations.
  • Extensive use and creation of campaign plans, campaign-related research, and other campaign-related tools.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key power players and allies in the region.
  • Build and maintain student engagement, ownership and development in all aspects of local and statewide campaign.
  • Support statewide campaign through coordinating campaign events & delegations, and electoral organizing.

Base Building and Leadership Development

  • Guide, support, and lead base-building planning efforts including all base-building activities, drives and evaluations of annual goals for membership.
  • Lead and train Organizers and Core Leaders in base building efforts through after-school and community outreach, classroom presentations, phone banking, recruitment, and support of school-based chapters.
  • Oversee leadership development, including developing and conducting skills building and political education sessions for interns and core leaders.
  • Oversee and ensure leadership development tracking using administrative systems and one-on-one leader development and check-ins.

Fundraising & Local Administration

  • Participate in all statewide grassroots fundraising activities, including maintaining a portfolio of individual and organizational prospects for solicitation and supporting regional staff to meet regional and statewide goals.
  • Support any local foundation proposals, site visits and local funding initiatives as needed.
  • Complete and submit all administrative and reporting forms. Stay current on administrative policies and procedures and communicate them to organizing staff and students.

Supervision

  • Coordinate and facilitate regular regional team meetings to check progress on and help plan for: leadership development, base building, fundraising, local grant initiatives, campaigns, and other organizational priorities.
  • Supervise organizing staff and interns and develop and guide individual and regional organizing work plans through regular weekly check-ins.
  • Supervise the development of statewide priorities and local grant deliverables.

Organizational Leadership

  • Participate in cross-department committees and organizational teams.
  • Provide general organizational and political leadership.
  • Serve as an active member of the organization by providing leadership for overall organizational projects and needs.
  • Provide support and participate in organization-wide and regional campaigns and events.
  • Participate in all grassroots fundraising campaigns and maintain a portfolio of individual and organizational prospects for solicitation.
  • Rotating meeting facilitation and note taking.

Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum of three years experience in youth, community, or labor organizing.
  • Minimum of two years of staff management and supervision experience.
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building skills, particularly with high school students. Ability to energize, inspire, and move youth, communities, and allies to action.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment.
  • Experience in the following areas: campaign strategy, curriculum development, base building, leading alliances, media outreach, and grassroots fundraising.  
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills. High attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritize and do multiple tasks and projects.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evening and weekend events.
  • Strong computer skills with expertise in Microsoft Office and a variety of applications.
  • California driver’s license, insurance, and regular access to a 4-5 seat passenger car. Safe driving record.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish. 

  • Experience with Long Beach organizing, education issues or policy, and/or action research.

Work Environment

This position will work out of CFJ’s office in Long Beach. Our office is located on the ground floor and is ADA accessible. Offices are shared among several employees.

Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 10 pounds.

Compensation

$47,500-$57,000, depending on experience and qualifications. CFJ provides a generous benefits package including substantial vacation and full medical, vision, and dental coverage.


Youth Organizer – Fresno

Position Overview

The Organizer will manage CFJ’s grassroots organizing work in Fresno through base building, leadership development and other activities with high school students, and participate in CFJ’s local and statewide education organizing and campaign work through action research, coordinating campaign events, delegations, alliance work, and electoral organizing.

 The Organizer reports to the Lead Organizer in Fresno and works closely with the other CFJ regional organizers. The position is full-time and currently exempt and salaried, but will become non-exempt and paid hourly effective December 1, 2016.

 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct regular base building activities with high school students including school outreach, classroom presentations, phone banking, establishment of school-based chapters and maintaining a healthy base of students at the chapters, etc.
  • Lead Fresno’s leadership development work through weekly student leader meetings, skills building sessions, coordination of regular one-on-one check-ins, and political education.
  • Lead Fresno’s leadership development tracking, and oversee membership numbers and each member’s individual leadership development goals.
  • Supervise high school interns and build their leadership skills.
  • Support CFJ’s local and statewide education organizing and campaign work through action research, coordinating campaign events, delegations, and electoral organizing.
  • Participate in ally events and meetings to build and maintain CFJ’s visibility and community solidarity.
  • Organization-wide responsibilities
    • Participate in all grassroots fundraising campaigns and maintain a portfolio of individual and organizational prospects for solicitation.
    • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
    • Rotating meeting facilitation and note taking.
    • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and regional campaigns and events.

 

Qualifications

Essential Qualifications

  • One or more years of experience leading youth organizing efforts and/or educational advocacy.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment.
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building skills, particularly with high school students. Ability to energize, inspire, and move young people, communities, and allies to action.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and a variety of applications.
  • California driver’s license, auto insurance, and regular access to a 4-5 seat passenger car.
  • Available to work flexible hours, including afternoons and occasional evening and weekend events.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: action research, campaign strategy, curriculum development, alliance building, media outreach, grassroots fundraising, and educational policy.
  • Familiarity with or connections in the Fresno community.
  • Fluency in Spanish or languages spoken in Asian/Pacific Islander communities.

 

Work Environment

This position will work out of CFJ’s office in Fresno. Our office is located on the ground floor. Offices are shared among several employees.

 

Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds.

 

Compensation

$40,300-$48,400, depending on experience and qualifications. CFJ provides a generous benefits package including substantial vacation and full medical, vision, and dental coverage.

 

How to Apply

Send a resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and three references, including a former supervisor, to jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “Fresno Organizer – Your Name.”



CFJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. People of color, women, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.