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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 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, San Jose and Oakland, 25 full-time equivalent staff and a budget of $2.5 million.

Operations and Technology Associate (Flexible location – Oakland, San Jose, Fresno or Long Beach)

Lead Organizer (Fresno)


Operations and Technology Associate (Flexible location – Oakland, San Jose, Fresno or Long Beach)

Position Overview
Californians for Justice is growing, and we are seeking someone who can take our infrastructure and technology to the next level. The Operations and Technology Associate coordinates Californians for Justice’s technology systems, administration & infrastructure, and office management. They will also provide some support to CFJ’s human resource and finance systems. This is a great opportunity for a self-starting and highly organized person who knows technology to strengthen the infrastructure of a respected social justice organization.

The Operations and Technology Associate is a full time, non-exempt position that will work with all four CFJ regions, report to the Operations and HR Manager, and work with the Senior Operations Director. The position can be located in any of CFJ’s four regional offices – Fresno, Long Beach, Oakland, or San Jose.

Essential Responsibilities

Administration & Technology (70%)

Overall

  • Serve as the go-to person for all administrative and technology issues, communicating with staff in four regional offices
  • Proactively maintain quality of current administrative and technology systems, ensuring stability, health, and efficiency.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation of all administrative and technology practices to assess needs, improve workflows, and manage organizational risk.
  • Initiate, research, and manage projects to improve CFJ systems. Here are just a few sample projects on our list: Technology: digital security, document management systems, information security, project management software, membership database systems. Administration: lobbying tracking forms, driving & car rental best practices, emergency/disaster plans, student permission slips.

Coordinate and maintain administrative systems

  • Coordinate internal communications documents, for example staff directory, internal administrative website, and organization calendar
  • Submit nonprofit legal filings as required by state and federal law
  • Maintain and ensure compliance with contracts
  • Serve as primary contact for insurance policies
  • Maintain accurate tracking and management of assets

Maintain and support regional offices

  • Coordinate ongoing office maintenance
  • Identify and procure new equipment and arrange for equipment repair
  • Manage relationships with landlords and vendors
  • Support regional staff in designing office space to meet their needs
  • Coordinate office moves from start to finish

Coordinate and maintain all technology systems

  • Develop and manage technology systems, policies, and protocols
  • Identify and procure new computer and office technology and equipment
  • Maintain all computers, including network, computers, printers, software, and backup systems
  • Provide technical assistance to staff on computer and software issues
  • Coordinate with technology vendors as needed for equipment repair
  • Administer email systems and document systems, including Google Suite systems (Gmail, Google calendar, Google docs, internal websites, etc.)
  • Administer digital security systems to protect against viruses/malware, theft, or loss of data
  • Manage other vendor relations and contracts, including phone and internet providers, printer/copier companies, etc.
  • Support technology planning, including assessing current and future technology needs.
  • Orient and train staff on use of technology

Human Resources & Financial Support (25%)

  • Support Operations Manager with some human resource processes, such as payroll, hiring for open positions, and onboarding of new staff
  • Support Accountant with some financial processes, such as staff reimbursements & intern payments
  • Other duties as needed

Organization-wide responsibilities (5%)

  • Participate in CFJ grassroots fundraising campaigns and events.
  • Participate in occasional organization-wide campaign events.
  • Participate in cross-department committees and teams.

Other Responsibilities

  • Support tracking and reporting of 501(c)(3) lobbying activities
  • Make travel and lodging arrangements for team members
  • Coordinate logistics for occasional events
  • Other duties as needed

Essential Qualifications

  • At least one year of experience in administrative functions
  • At least one year of experience administering technology systems
  • Experience troubleshooting issues with computers and applications
  • Familiarity with G Suite (formerly Google Suite) – Gmail, Docs, Drive, and Calendar
  • Knowledge of Mac operating systems and software
  • Tech savvy and a self-learner – able to identify what you don’t know and find the answer. Resourcefulness, troubleshooting, and problem solving abilities.
  • Self-starting and proactive
  • Able to set up processes, systems, and workflows, ensure adherence and follow-up, and continually improve them
  • Highly organized with respect to documentation, processes and physical spaces
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow-through. Able to prioritize workflow and to work plan to meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to transfer knowledge and train others in the use of technology. Able to negotiate and maintain relationships with outside vendors & contractors. Able to work and support people from a variety of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, educational, sexual, and gender backgrounds.
  • Strong commitment to social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications, including Excel
  • Familiarity with other Quickbooks
  • Familiarity with Salesforce, CRM systems, and/or project management software
  • Familiarity with contracts, insurance, and risk management
  • Experience tracking and reporting 501(c)(3) lobbying activities

Work Environment

This position will work out of one of CFJ’s four regional offices. 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

Approximately $19-$23/hour (about $40,000 to $48,000/year), depending on experience and qualifications.  CFJ provides a generous benefits package; we pay 100% of monthly premiums for medical, vision, and dental coverage for staff working at least 20 hours a week and their dependents. We also offer substantial vacation days and time off.

How to Apply

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

CFJ is a racial justice organization and 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.


Lead Organizer (Fresno)

Position Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated community organizer leader to help strengthen the regional work in Fresno 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 Fresno’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 developing, executing, and evaluating local campaign demands, tactics, and guiding strategy.
  • Extensive use and creation of youth-friendly campaign plans, tools, and materials.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key power players and allies in the region through regular engagement in local alliances and coalitions.
  • Build and maintain student engagement, ownership and development in all aspects of local and statewide campaign.
  • Support statewide campaign through coordinating local 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.

Supervision

  • Coordinate and facilitate regular regional team meetings to develop and check in on progress towards regional and statewide goals.
  • Supervise interns and develop and guide individual and regional organizing work plans through regular weekly 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.

Organizational Leadership

  • Participate in cross-department committees and organizational teams.
  • Serve as an active member of the organization by providing leadership for overall organizational projects and needs.

Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience (for example, youth, community, or labor organizing) as a staff, community member, or volunteer.
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building skills, particularly with high school students. Ability to energize, inspire, and move youth, communities, and allies to action.
  • Experience in some of the following areas: campaign strategy, base building, curriculum development, leading alliances, and/or media outreach.
  • Commitment to CFJ’s mission of social justice, racial justice and youth empowerment.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Supervision experience.
  • Experience with Fresno organizing, education issues or policy, and/or action research.
  • Familiarity with Mac operating system.

Work Environment:

This position will work out of CFJ’s office in Fresno. Our office is located on the ground floor.

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; we pay 100% of monthly premiums for medical, vision, and dental coverage for staff working at least 20 hours a week. We also offer substantial vacation days and time off.

How to Apply:

Send a resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and three references to jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “Fresno Lead 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.