Work with a cutting-edge organization fighting for racial justice in California!

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.

Communications Manager (Flexible location- Oakland, San Jose, Fresno, or Long Beach)

San Jose Organizer

Development Manager (Flexible location- Oakland, San Jose, Fresno, or Long Beach

Finance and Operations Manager (San Jose)

Youth Organizer (Oakland)


 

Communications Manager

Position Overview

The Communications Manager works with CFJ’s statewide team to create perception-shifting messages and media strategies for local and statewide campaigns that advance racial and educational justice while elevating the organization’s brand. The Communications Manager will 1) plan, create, and manage content; 2) create and execute media strategies; 3) lead assigned strategic communication projects that include staff and youth leader trainings, and 4) manage communication protocols and processes to ensure overall communications consistency and effectiveness.

The Communications Manager reports to the Communications Director and works closely with other CFJ staff. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment.

 

Responsibilities

  1. Lead Content Planning, Creation, and Management (50%)
  • Create and manage the communications department’s editorial calendar.
  • Draft weekly content for Californians for Justice’s blog, social media & newsletter.
  • Monitor news and research education issues to generate leads for producing related content.
  • Collaborate with communications and organizing teams across the state to create content.
  • Ensure communications are high quality, relevant, timely and brand consistent.

                                 

  1. Create And Execute Media Strategies (20%)
  • Create and execute earned media strategies.
  • Develop and manage relationships with reporters for statewide and local campaigns.
  • Write and edit press releases, media materials, and other collateral.
  • Draft talking points and messaging for program staff and youth.
  • Prepare program staff and youth for events, public testimonies and media interviews.

 

  1. Lead Strategic Communication Projects (15%)
  • Support strategic communications planning and implementation.
  • Develop the internal capacity of our staff and youth leaders in strategic communications.
  • Participate in developing social media strategies to elevate the organization’s brand & work.

                 

  1. Manage Communications Protocols And Processes (10%)
  • Track, evaluate, and report on monthly communications goals and progress.
  • Support Communications Director in managing weekly communication team meetings.

                                                                       

  1. Organizational Responsibilities (5%)
  • Participate in all grassroots fundraising campaigns.
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
  • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and regional campaigns and events.

Essential Qualifications

  • Exemplary writing and editing skills, with experience simplifying complex information for different audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively to media sources.
  • 2-3 or more years of experience using strategic communications as a campaign strategy at a nonprofit, preferably related to racial and education justice issues or youth organizing.
  • Experience managing and growing email lists and social media platforms.
  • Ability to be resourceful and take initiative.
  • Ability to deliver high quality work quickly.
  • Thrives in a team player environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects.
  • Commitment to and knowledge of issues relating to racial, education, and economic justice.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graphic design skills.
  • Familiarity with visual branding & experience in design programs like Photoshop & Canva.
  • Knowledge of narrative or story-based strategy.
  • Experience working in and supporting on-the-ground organizing.

 

Work Environment

The position will be located in one of CFJ’s four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.

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 in English 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.

How to Apply:

Send a brief writing sample (preferably a blog post), your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “Communications Manager – Your Name.”

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


 

San Jose Organizer

Position Overview

The Organizer will lead and coordinate CFJ’s grassroots organizing work in San Jose through base building, leadership development and other activities with high school students. The Organizer will also 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 is part of a four-person team: an Organizing Director, Lead Organizer, and two Organizers. The Organizer reports to the Lead Organizer in San Jose and also works closely with the other CFJ regional organizers. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment.

 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct regular base building activities with high school students including but not limited to: school outreach, classroom presentations, phone banking, establishment of school-based chapter(s) and maintaining a healthy base of students at chapter(s).
  • Lead San Jose’s leadership development work through weekly student leader meetings, skills building sessions, coordination of regular one-on-one check-ins, and political education.
  • Lead San Jose’s leadership development tracking and oversee our membership numbers and each member’s individual leadership development goals.
  • Supervise high school interns and build their leadership skills.
  • Support our 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 to action.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
  • 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, 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.
  • Fluency in a second language.

 

Work Environment

This position will work out of CFJ’s office in San Jose. 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:

$40,000-$48,500, 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 at least three references to jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “San Jose Organizer – Your Name.”

 

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


 

Development Manager

Position Overview

The Development Manager works with CFJ’s three-person Development Team and our Executive Director to lead CFJ’s foundation fundraising activities. This position reports to the Development and Project Director and works closely with the Development Associate. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment.

 

Essential Responsibilities

  1. Foundation Fundraising (75%)
  • Write and submit all foundation grant proposals and reports, currently approximately 50 per year, and expected to grow. Individualize each proposal/report to that particular funder.
  • Lead efforts to develop overall foundation fundraising strategies.
  • Manage current and prospective foundation portfolios and deadlines
  • Work with program staff to track our grant deliverables and hold staff accountable to meeting them.
  • Communicate with current and prospective funders to schedule visits, share information, and respond to requests.
  • Conduct research to identify prospective funders.  
  • Work with administrative and finance staff to reconcile grant and donation records with financial records, and maintain accurate and up-to-date funder and donor files

                           

  1.  Grassroots Fundraising (20%)

CFJ’s Development Associate coordinates CFJ’s grassroots (individual) fundraising efforts. The Development Manager’s role is to:

  • Work with the Development Associate to identify strategies and coordinate planning for 3-4 organization-wide grassroots fundraising campaigns that involve staff, board and members
  • Support the Development Associate to manage individual and organizational donor relationships, including reviewing donor materials and responding to donor requests
  • Establish and manage relationships with select individual and major donors
  • Develop and coordinate grassroots fundraising trainings for staff, board and members

                                                         

  1. Organizational Responsibilities (5%)
  • Model leadership and participation in all grassroots fundraising campaigns and maintain a portfolio of individual and organizational prospects for solicitation
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
  • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and some regional campaign events.

 

Essential Qualifications

  • Experience in at least ONE of these two areas:
    • Experience with or knowledge of education policy or community organizing
    • Significant experience in grant-writing, foundation fundraising, and/or grassroots fundraising
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills, with experience simplifying complex information for different audiences. Must enjoy writing!
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability and satisfaction working independently; ability to drive your own work
  • Good judgment and decision-making, particularly in your interactions with foundations
  • Interpersonal skills to develop relationships with staff to foster collaboration and mutual accountability.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment

Preferred Qualifications

  • “Good ear” – ability to continually listen for relevant program information and integrate it into CFJ’s fundraising strategies and grant proposals/reports

 

Work Environment

The position will be located in one of CFJ’s four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.

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 in English 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.

How to Apply:

Send a brief writing sample (if available, a grant application or report), your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “Development Manager – Your Name.”

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


 

Finance and Operations Manager

Position Overview

CFJ’s work is growing, and we need additional operational support to support our expanding team. The Finance and Operations Manager is an exciting opportunity for an experienced operations professional to take on a new level of leadership. We are seeking an experienced, highly competent, and highly organized team member who can implement and sustain systems so our staff have the skills and support to do their job well. Good communication skills and a collaborative approach are a must.

 

This new position will manage CFJ’s finances and human resources, and oversee HR administrative processes and CFJ infrastructure and technology. The Finance and Operations Manager reports to the Finance and Administrative Director and supervises the Operations Associate. The position is full-time and exempt.

 

Responsibilities

 

Financial Management (50%)

  • Overall responsibility for data entry into accounting system, including:
    • Process invoices and prepare checks for signature on a weekly basis
    • Manage grants receivable and accounts receivable: enter G/R and A/R, monitor expected payments and follow up as needed, process checks and cash
    • Banking: Perform monthly bank reconciliations of one checking account, four savings accounts, and credit cards
    • Review and enter payroll journal entry twice a month
    • Maintain and record prepaid expenses, fixed assets, and vacation liability
  • Prepare financial statements and assess for accuracy and completeness. Generate reports for the Executive Director, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors.
  • Manage annual audit and 990 process
  • Manage comprehensive annual budgeting process

 

Human Resources Management (25%)

  • Manage annual performance reviews & individual goal-setting
  • Manage new staff job offers, orientation, and onboarding
  • Oversee HR administrative processes, including payroll, benefits, background checks, salary ranges, and internal policies
  • Support other HR processes as needed, including staff transitions, professional development plans, and performance issues
  • Support the Finance and Administrative Director on other human resource matters as needed

 

Nonprofit Infrastructure and Technology (25%)

  • Supervise Operations Associate in implementing all nonprofit infrastructure and technology needs
  • Oversee ongoing processes and one-time projects in technology, office management and infrastructure, insurance & contracts, and legal compliance & risk management.

 

Organization-wide responsibilities

  • Participate in local grassroots fundraising campaigns and events, 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

  • Strong commitment to social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment
  • Three or more years experience in accounting or bookkeeping, including at least one year of nonprofit accounting and Quickbooks experience. Proficiency in basic and intermediate accounting functions.
  • Three or more years experience in a range of human resources and nonprofit administrative functions.
  • Experience participating in an annual audit and creating an organizational budget
  • Experience and affinity for implementing and improving systems, protocols and processes.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and high level of accuracy
  • Self-directed, good time management skills, and ability to manage projects
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to troubleshoot
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, including formulas and Pivot tables

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervision experience
  • Technology knowledge and skills
  • Experience in:
    • Payroll
    • Preparing a 990 form (annual nonprofit report to the IRS)
    • Tracking and reporting 501(c)(3) lobbying activities
  • Experience with Mac computers
  • Proficiency with Google Docs

 

Work Environment

This position will work out of CFJ’s office in San Jose. 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 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.

 

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

 

How to Apply:

Send your resume and a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “Finance and Operations Manager – Your Name.”

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


 

Youth Organizer

Position Overview

The Organizer will lead and coordinate CFJ’s grassroots organizing work in Oakland through base building, leadership development and other activities with high school students. The Organizer will also 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 is part of a four-person team: an Organizing Director, Lead Organizer, and two Organizers.

They report to the Lead Organizer in Oakland and work closely with the other CFJ regional organizers. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment.

 

Responsibilities

  • Conduct regular base building activities with high school students including but not limited to: school outreach, classroom presentations, phone banking, establishment of school-based chapter(s) and maintaining a healthy base of students at chapter(s). May also support base building activities to build a teacher network.
  • Lead Oakland’s leadership development work through weekly student leader meetings, skills building sessions, coordination of regular one-on-one check-ins, and political education.
  • Lead Oakland’s leadership development tracking and oversee our membership numbers and each member’s individual leadership development goals.
  • Supervise high school interns and build their leadership skills.
  • Support our 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 to action.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.
  • 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, 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.
  • Fluency in a second language, preferably Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hmong, or Mien.

 

Work Environment

This position will work out of CFJ’s office in Oakland. Our office is located on the second 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:

$40,000-$48,500, 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 at least three references to jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “Oakland Organizer – Your Name.”

 

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