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Lead Organizer (Fresno)

Lead Organizer – Fresno 2023


Organization Overview

Californians for Justice is a statewide, youth-powered organization fighting to improve the lives of people of color, immigrants, low-income families, LGBQiA2S+/TGNC youth, and other marginalized communities. Through organizing in schools and in their neighborhoods, youth who join Californians for Justice become leaders in their own communities. They deepen their knowledge on issues like systemic racism, gender and sexuality, and education inequity, and organize and activate their peers to take action.

CFJ is the only grassroots, youth-powered organization in California that organizes students to have a voice in both local and statewide education policy. Our campaign and policy reform goals include adequate and equitable school funding, increased access and success in K-12 and higher education, and creating Relationship Centered Schools – schools that invest in youth voice, in staff, and in creating space for youth and adults to build positive relationships with one another. CFJ currently has four regional offices in Fresno, Long Beach, San Jose, and Oakland, 35 full-time equivalent staff, and a budget of $4.5 million.

Californians for Justice has been successful because of our strong, dedicated staff team. CFJ staff are unwavering in their commitment to youth power and racial justice, to building connection and trust with their teams, and have a strong sense of purpose and dignity in their work. 


Position Overview

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated lead community organizer 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 non-exempt. The lead organizer will work a schedule of approximately 10 am – 6:30 pm with some late nights, weekends, and student drop-offs required. 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 campaigns.
  • Support statewide campaigns 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.



  • 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.
  • Weekly supervision of two organizers and justice fellows on an as-needed basis. 


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, meetings and organizational teams.
  • Conduct statewide facilitations, training, and political education. 
  • Serve as an active member of the organization by providing leadership for overall organizational projects and needs.


Other Responsibilities

  • Other responsibilities may arise that are not listed explicitly here. If and when that happens, we will discuss it 1:1 and or as a team. Could be based on a need and or a personal/professional development opportunity. 


Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum two years or more of organizing experience in and knowledge of the culture and history of youth organizing and education advocacy in Fresno. Other relevant experience as an organizer in other social justice movements could be considered as well.
  • Minimum of 2 years supervision experience in a similar field such as organizing, campaigns, and nonprofits.
  • Strong interpersonal and team‐building skills, particularly with high school students and key decision-makers.
  • Ability to energize, inspire, and move youth, communities, and allies to action.
  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: action research, campaign strategy,  curriculum development, facilitation, training, base building, alliance building, media outreach, grassroots fundraising, and  educational policy.  
  • Strong facilitation skills with youth leaders that are engaging, inspiring and interactive.
  • Excellent ability to track and maintain data, re: leadership development and base building of high school youth leaders.
  • Commitment to CFJ’s mission of social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment.
  • Commitment to the organizing strategies and tactics implemented by CFJ. 
  • Strong commitment to 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 Mac OS, Google Suite/Apps, MS Word, MS Excel, and other basic software applications.
  • Valid California driver’s license, insurance, and regular access to a 4-5 seat passenger car.
  • Available to work flexible hours, including occasional evening and weekend events.   


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Fluency in a second language.
  • A strong network of community allies and activists in Fresno/Central Valley. 


Work Environment:

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


Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time with or without reasonable accommodation. 
  • Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to see or read a computer screen and printed material with or without vision aids
  • Able to speak clearly and in audible tones on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to hear and understand speech at normal levels and on the telephone.
  • Able to understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Able to occasionally stand for long periods of time. 
  • Able to occasionally walk short, medium and long distances. 



Hourly pay $28.38 – $33.99 (approximate annual earnings of $59,022 – $70,696, plus overtime) depending on experience and qualifications as determined by CFJ’s salary scale. CFJ provides a generous benefits package, including fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees working at least half-time and their dependents. We also offer substantial vacation days and time off. 


How to Apply:

Send your resume, a cover letter demonstrating your interest and qualifications, and at least three references to with the subject line “Fresno Lead Organizer – Your Name.”  Please note, CFJ offices will be closed the last two weeks of December and staff will be taking extra time off so expect to hear from someone mid to late January and or early February. 


As a multi-racial organization, CFJ is 95% people of color, we are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where every staff member feels heard, supported, valued, and can share their authentic brilliance to move the CFJ mission forward. CFJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Folx who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, parents, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. We are committed to addressing issues of racism and inequity internally and externally.

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