Santa Maria Young Adult Organizer (part-time)


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.



CAUSE is currently seeking a part-time community organizer responsible for recruiting young adults in Santa Maria as grassroots community leaders, developing and coordinating their leadership in campaigns for social, economic, and environmental justice. 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 young adult leaders in Santa Maria, by:
    • Recruiting young adult Santa Maria residents to become grassroots community leaders involved with CAUSE
    • Developing a Young Adult Committee of 30 residents and a core of 15 leaders, composed primarily of Latinx young adults from Santa Maria in their 20’s and 30’s
    • 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 collaboratively on joint intergenerational campaigns and chapter meetings with the full-time Santa Maria Organizer, who organizes high school age youth as well as older Spanish-speaking immigrant adults
  • 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



  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)required
  • Bicultural competency required
  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent preferred
  • Prior employment, volunteer, and/or intern experience with transferable skills to that of a Community Organizer preferred
  • Prior employment, volunteer, 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.



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.



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


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


Starting pay for this position is $19/hour or approximately $19,750 per year for 20 hours per week. 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.



The deadline to apply is Friday, July 5th.  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 Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.



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