Santa Maria Community Organizer



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 Santa Maria Community 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 Associate Organizing Director and will work directly with a team of six other organizers.  The position will be based in our office in Santa Maria working primarily with Spanish-speaking adult immigrants with a focus on farmworker rights.


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

  • Building a base of CAUSE grassroots leaders among working-class, immigrant families in Santa Maria, by:
    • Recruiting community members through tabling, door to door canvassing, and presentations. 
    • Promoting information to the community through WhatsApp, Facebook live videos, and Spanish-language radio
    • Conducting house-meeting campaigns including personal visits to recruit Santa Maria residents to become grassroots community leaders involved with CAUSE
    • Developing and growing one committee, with a goal of 30 Santa Maria residents and a core of 15 leaders, composed primarily of Spanish-speaking immigrant adults.
    • Facilitating biweekly meetings with each committee to develop and coordinate community organizing and advocacy campaigns around issues in Santa Maria
    • 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



  • Spanish fluency required, basic English proficiency, bonus pay available for indigenous language skills
  • Bicultural competency preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience with transferable skills to that of a Community Organizer preferred
  • Prior employment and/or intern experience within Latinx 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.  CAUSE has a hybrid remote/office work arrangement (3 days in office, 2 from home).


Starting pay for this full-time hourly position is $24/hour (estimated $49,920 annual). Benefits include 100% paid medical and dental coverage including dependents, paid sick and mental health days, holidays and flexible paid vacation days in addition to typically two week paid annual holiday shutdown, annual retirement contribution, monthly stipend for use of cellphone and travel, and professional development opportunities. 



The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, April 8th.  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 Zulema Aleman at [email protected] Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.