Proyecto Pastoral

Director of Community Organizing

Employment type
Full Time
2 months ago
Los Angeles

POSITION: Director of Community Organizing, Comunidad en Movimiento (CEM) 



Proyecto Pastoral was founded in 1986 by community residents and the California Province of Jesuits. Our mission is to empower the community of Boyle Heights through grassroots projects in education, leadership, and service. Our programs include the Guadalupe Homeless Project, an emergency shelter for men and senior aged women; IMPACTO, a youth development program for K-12 youth; Early Childhood Education Centers, focused on preparing children 18 months to 5 years old for kindergarten, and Comunidad en Movimiento (CEM), a civic engagement and leadership development program. Proyecto Pastoral also serves as the backbone organization for Promesa Boyle Heights, a cradle to career collaborative that is changing outcomes for neighborhood youth. Proyecto Pastoral serves over 6,000 children, youth, families and individuals annually.



Proyecto Pastoral seeks a highly motivated, independent and experienced organizer with a passion for working with communities of color to organize and build their power to bring about policy changes that improve their community. The organizer works under the general direction of the Associate Director to identify, plan and deploy strategic community building and organizing techniques that engage a broad range of community stakeholders to strengthen the voices and political influence of Boyle Heights residents regarding the justice issues they confront.

In addition to cultivating the leadership of CEM members, the Organizer will work to foster leadership development across the organization, including base building strategies among Proyecto’s programs and Boyle Heights residents, and community-driven policy efforts. The Organizing Director will work with community leaders to identify initiatives and lead campaigns that are aligned to the organization’s mission and vision, strategic plan and the needs of the community.



Strategic, Visioning, Leadership

 Provide strategic vision and direction with staff and leaders for building Proyecto’s organizing strategies, focused on building power at the city level to win policy changes

 Research, plan, implement and evaluate, together with leaders and staff, effective and winnable campaigns to ensure that Boyle Heights residents enjoy a healthy, safe and thriving community.

 Facilitate and participate in local coalitions to advance community interests and needs aligned with Proyecto’s vision, mission and values.

 Build alliances with partner organizations, public officials, businesses and residents to build local initiatives around Proyecto’s priorities.


Base-Building and Leadership Development:

 Recruit, retain, and support ongoing leadership development of CEM leaders and members

 Engage community members through effective outreach activities such as one-to-ones, house meetings, door to door, and participating in community and public events.

 Plan, develop and deliver a training curriculum using Popular Education methodologies to current leaders and/ or emergent leaders.

 Coach and supervise resident leaders responsible for based building and leadership development to increase their capacity and personal growth including wellness, self-care and other holistic approaches.

 Plan and implement presentations to church goers, parents, Boyle Heights residents, tenants and community in general about Proyecto’s priorities.

 Oversee the development and use of CEM’s outreach tools, leadership development curriculum, and campaign development resources


Organizational Leadership Development, Collaboration Responsibilities, and Other Team Work:

 Develop and oversee CEM’s annual workplan, budget, database and priorities.

 Demonstrate enthusiasm for Proyecto Pastoral and a strong commitment to its mission, including its community building vision and founding Jesuit values

 Work with Proyecto director team, staff and community leaders to identify emerging issues, strategies and campaigns that are responsive to both community needs and organizational priorities

 Be an active member on Proyecto’s director leadership team by supporting staff leadership development, implementing organizational policies, and cross-program collaboration

 Participate in Proyecto Pastoral events and activities; including participation in the women’s conference planning committee and conference

 Collaborate with Promesa BH Organizing team and Dolores Mission leadership team (equipo)

 Prepare written reports, database updates, and meeting summaries

 Work with the development team to research, solicit, and develop proposals; and submit reports.



Ideal candidates should hold the following qualifications and experience:

 Minimum 5 years’ experience in community organizing and at least 3 years of supervisory experience in related field including education, labor, and/or legislative issue advocacy

 Ability to motivate, mentor, and develop skills among team members including residents

 Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including ability to facilitate and train

 Experience with base building, one-on-ones, town halls, leadership development, and mobilization

 Ability to manage multiple responsibilities, prioritize, maintain focus in face pace setting, and take initiative

 Self-starter with the ability to work remotely, independently, and complete tasks in a timely manner

 Knowledge of campaign and organizing tools and technology

 Strong analytical skills to do research related to issues on which the community is organizing

 Demonstrated passion for social justice, and comfortable working in a Catholic faith context

 Has a strong performance orientation and thinks strategically

 Demonstrated ability to write curricula, using a variety of adult teaching techniques including popular education

 Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends

 Licensed driver with reliable transportation and ability to meet Proyecto’s minimum auto insurance requirement

 Must be bilingual English/Spanish


Physical Requirements:

Must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactory; Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Approximately 50 percent of the time is spent sitting. However, will frequently be required to walk, stand and bend. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, or crouch. Required to lift and/or move unassisted up to 25 pounds.

Salary: Commensurate, depending on experience

Status: Full-time, Exempt with excellent benefit package, which includes health, dental, vision, vacation, sick days, holidays, and 401k plan.

To apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter highlighting their experience and why they are a fit for the position, and resume to [email protected] Only emailed applications will be accepted, please indicate “CEM Director of Community Organizing position” in the subject of the email. Interviews planned for week of October 8/15, 2018.

Proyecto Pastoral is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status recognized by federal, state or local law with respect to employment opportunities.