Associate Organizing Director



CAUSE is a base-building organization committed to social, economic, and environmental justice for working-class and immigrant communities in California’s Central Coast.  We build grassroots power through community organizing, leadership development, coalition building, civic engagement, policy research, and advocacy.  CAUSE envisions a thriving Central Coast that provides a sustainable and just economy created by and for workers, immigrants, and communities of color.


CAUSE is currently seeking an Associate Organizing Director that will leverage their seasoned organizing, leadership development, and management skills to deepen the impact of existing programming and grow membership in thoughtful and sustaining ways. With the heart of an organizer and a visionary brain, this role is responsible for overseeing CAUSE’s team of Ventura County Organizers. This position will report to CAUSE’s Organizing Director and work closely with another peer Associate Organizing Director. The Associate Organizing Director will play a hands-on role directly supervising up to 4 organizers, developing work plans, campaign timelines and ensuring execution of these plans while providing their supervisees necessary training, guidance and feedback.  This Associate Organizing Director will be ultimately responsible for their team of organizers’ ability to build a base of immigrants, youth, renters and workers who will push forward local campaigns around social, economic and environmental justice.  This position is regional and can be based in one of CAUSE’s offices in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Paula, or Santa Barbara. 

The Organizing Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Train organizers to use the CAUSE organizing model to recruit and retain adult, young adult and youth leaders in the cities of Oxnard, Santa Paula and Ventura. 
  • Directly supervising 4 CAUSE organizers, providing coaching, feedback and accountability to supervisees 
  • Facilitate weekly city-based team meetings and create space for strategizing and coordination between that city’s organizers and policy advocates
  • Act as the City Team Lead for one of CAUSE’s five city-based chapters, coordinating the team’s strategic vision, serving as the senior staff member in the office, and maintaining CAUSE’s relationships and visibility within the community of that city
  • Participate in CAUSE’s Senior Staff Team to set organizational direction and policies and collaborate with other departments including Policy/Communications Team and Operations Team 
  • Ensure that any CAUSE community facing publications are accessible to our membership base by working with the Policy/Communications Team to develop and review materials like flyers, fact sheets, talking points etc. needed for organizing campaigns
  • Managing hiring, orientation, and training of supervisees and other human resources duties such as approving timesheets and paid time off
  • Represent the organization in regional and/or statewide organizing circles and coalitions
  • Participating in some grassroots fundraising, grant writing and reporting
  • Conduct regular employee and program evaluations


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish required at a level of proficiency to develop raps and review Spanish language publications for accessibility
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required
  • 1+ years of supervision experience, can include temporary/part-time staff, interns
  • 4+ years of experience in community and/or labor organizing
  • Experience with and desire to work with diverse cultures and the ability to engage people from a variety of backgrounds
  • Ability to interact professionally with elected officials, donors, board members, leaders of ally organizations, and news reporters
  • Strategic and analytical approach to political issues
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Able to set own work priorities, manage responsibilities and time
  • Flexibility and willingness to sometimes 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 sometimes include evening and weekend work.  CAUSE provides flexible paid time off and holidays.


Starting pay for this salaried position is $79,040 per year. Benefits include 100% paid medical and dental coverage including dependents, paid sick and mental health days, holidays and flexible paid vacation days, paid family leave, paid sabbatical after 5 years of employment, monthly stipend for use of cellphone and travel, and annual professional development budget. CAUSE also typically provides two weeks of paid annual holiday shutdown and an annual retirement contribution.  

To ensure pay equity across our team, salaries at CAUSE follow a formula based on position and tenure and are non-negotiable for individual candidates.  However, we have a fixed salary scale providing additional pay for candidates with years of relevant job experience significantly beyond the minimum qualifications listed in this job description.


CAUSE will be accepting applications through Friday, May 31st.  Interview process will include two rounds with CAUSE senior & program staff.  Please email resumes with a cover letter to Hazel Davalos at [email protected]