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Oxnard/Ventura Community Organizer

ABOUT CAUSE:

Founded in 2001, CAUSE's mission is to build grassroots power to realize social, economic and environmental justice for the people of the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties region through policy research, leadership development, organizing, and advocacy.

 

POSITION OVERVIEW:

CAUSE is currently seeking an Oxnard/Ventura Organizer responsible for developing grassroots community leaders and coordinating their leadership in organizing city-based social, economic, and environmental justice issue campaigns. The position will be supervised by the Organizing Director and will work directly with a team of six other organizers.  The position will be primarily based in our office in South Oxnard, with a satellite office in West Ventura.

 

The Oxnard/Ventura Community Organizer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building a base of CAUSE grassroots leaders among working-class, immigrant families, with a focus on South Oxnard and Westside Ventura, by:
    • Conducting house-meeting campaigns and personal visits to recruit Oxnard and Ventura residents to become grassroots community leaders involved with CAUSE
    • Developing and growing two committees, each with a goal of 30 residents and a core of 15 leaders, one composed primarily of Spanish-speaking immigrant (age 40+) adults in the city of Ventura and one composed primarily of second-generation Latino young adults (20’s and 30’s) in the city of Oxnard
    • Facilitating biweekly meetings with each committee to develop and coordinate community organizing and advocacy campaigns around issues in Oxnard and Ventura
    • Working with grassroots leaders to develop their political education, leadership skills such as speaking to news reporters and elected officials, facilitating meetings to coordinate strategic campaigns, and doing outreach and organizing to mobilize their communities
  • Working in support of other CAUSE campaigns as part of Organizing Team
  • Recruiting and training grassroots leaders to volunteer on get-out-the-vote efforts including door-to-door canvassing and phonebanking during elections
  • Interacting with donors and involving grassroots leaders in fundraising
  • Linking neighborhood-based issues with regional, state and national issues

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)required
  • Bicultural competency preferred
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience with transferable skills to that of a Community Organizer preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience within Latino immigrant communities preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience with electoral work preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for social, economic and/or environmental justice
  • Experience with and desire to work with diverse cultures and the ability to engage people from a variety of backgrounds on a one-on-one basis or group format
  • Ability to interact professionally with elected officials, donors, board members, leaders of ally organizations, and news reporters
  • Strategic and analytical approach to political issues
  • Strong written and verbal skills including large group presentations and public speaking
  • Experience with using common office computer programs (Microsoft Word, Publisher and Excel) as well as web-based Google applications (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Hangout)
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to set own work priorities, manage responsibilities and time
  • Flexibility and willingness to work long hours and weekends, and be able to travel throughout region, state and nation

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Valid drivers’ license and dependable access to a car to drive for work required.

WORK SCHEDULE

This position has flexible hours and may often include evening and weekend work.
 

COMPENSATION

Starting pay for this position is $19/hour or approximately $39,500 per year. Compensation includes paid holidays, vacation, bereavement, sick time and comprehensive health benefits including medical and dental, as well as a monthly stipend for use of cellphone and car.

 

APPLYING

Application deadline is Friday, May 25th.  Interview process will include a formal interview with senior staff and an interview with CAUSE grassroots leaders.  Please e-mail resumes with cover letter to Lucas Zucker at lucas@causenow.org. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

 

CAUSE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER. WOMEN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

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