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Santa Maria Organizer

POSITION OVERVIEW:

CAUSE is currently seeking a Santa Maria 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 Santa Maria.

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

  • Building a base of CAUSE grassroots leaders in Santa Maria, by:
    • Conducting house-meeting campaigns including personal visits to recruit Santa Maria residents to become grassroots community leaders involved with CAUSE
    • Developing two issue-based committeez of 30 Santa Maria residents each and a core of 15 leaders each
    • Facilitating biweekly meetings with issue committees 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
  • 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
  • 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 through Friday, February 10th.  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 Hazel Davalos at hazel@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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