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Santa Barbara 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 a Santa Barbara Organizer responsible for developing grassroots community leaders and coordinating their leadership in organizing neighborhood-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 based in our office in downtown Santa Barbara.

 

The Santa Barbara Community Organizer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Building a base of CAUSE grassroots leaders among the working-class, immigrant communities in Santa Barbara's Eastside and Westside, by:
    • Conducting house-meeting campaigns including personal visits to recruit Santa Barbara residents to become grassroots community leaders involved with CAUSE
    • Developing and growing an issue-based committee of 30 Santa Barbara residents and a core of 15 leaders, currently focused on housing and immigrants’ rights
    • Facilitating biweekly meetings with the issue committee to develop and coordinate community organizing and advocacy campaigns around issues
    • 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 with and coordinating coalitions including a diverse range of ally organizations including environmental, labor, immigrants’ rights, women’s, faith, student, and social justice organizations in Southern Santa Barbara County
  • Interacting with donors and involving grassroots leaders in fundraising
  • 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
  • Linking neighborhood-based issues with regional, state and national issues
  • Setting and achieving an annual grassroots fundraising goal and assisting in some grant proposal writing and reporting

 

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

CAUSE will be accepting resumes on a rolling basis.  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 Frank Rodriguez at frank@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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