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Organizer — San Jose

Position Overview 

The Organizer will lead and coordinate CFJ’s grassroots organizing work in San José through base building, leadership development, political education workshops 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 José and also works closely with other CFJ regional organizers, and across departments and teams in the organization. The

position is full‐time and non-exempt. Organizers have a schedule of Mon – Fri 10/10:30 AM – 6:30/7 PM, some weekends and late evenings may be required. 

Essential Responsibilities 

Base Building & Leadership Development (60%) 

  • Conduct regular base building activities to recruit and retain 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). 
  • Co-lead San José’s leadership development work through weekly student leader meetings, skills building sessions, coordination of regular one-on-one check-ins, and political education. 
  • Co-lead San José’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. 
  • Contribute to the coordination and implementation of basebildiing and leadership development programs across the organization. 

Campaign Organizing (30%) 

  • Support our local and statewide education organizing and campaign work through action research, coordinating campaign events, delegations, and electoral organizing (including phone banking during elections). 
  • Participate in ally events and meetings to build and maintain CFJ’s visibility and community solidarity. 
  • Engage student leaders in local & statewide campaign efforts to advance racial justice in schools. 

Organization-wide responsibilities (10%) 

  • Participate in all grassroots fundraising campaigns and maintain a portfolio of individual and organizational prospects for solicitation. 
  • Participate in and be accountable to cross-department committees, teams, and departments. 
  • Assume rotating meeting facilitation, notetaking and tech support roles and responsibilities as needed. 
  • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and regional campaigns and events. 

Other Responsibilities

  • Other duties as assigned. 

Essential Qualifications 

  • One or more years of experience leading youth organizing efforts and/or educational advocacy. 
  • Experience or desire to learn essential organizing skills: recruitment, retention, facilitation, mentorship and event planning. 
  • Strong commitment to social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment.
  • Strong interpersonal and team‐building skills, particularly with high school students and key decision-makers. 
  • Ability to energize, inspire, and move young people into 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, G-Suite 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 evenings and weekends. 

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. 
  • Has experience in and/or knowledge of the culture and history of youth organizing and education advocacy in East San José. 
  • Fluency in a second language. 

Work Environment 

Currently (as of September 2021), all CFJ staff are working virtually in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Upon returning to in-person operations (TBD), the position will be located in CFJ’s San José Office. Our offices are shared among several employees. 

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. 

Compensation: 

$24.77 – $29.67 per hour (approximate annual earnings of $51,500-61,700, 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 jobs@caljustice.org with the subject line “San Jose Organizer – Your Name.” 

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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