SAJE,

Community Organizer

Posted
6 days ago
Employment type
Full-Time
Location
Los Angeles

SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) is hiring a Community Organizer to work with our Building Equity and Transit team! SAJE Community Organizers build our base by recruiting and training community leaders. With your team, you will work to develop programs and campaigns that advance our work.

ABOUT SAJE: Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is a 501 c3 organization located in South Central Los Angeles. We are a membership-based organization, and for over 25 years we have worked side-by-side with our neighbors to improve our community by advocating for tenant rights, healthy housing, and equitable development. We train people to organize and advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. We believe the fate of city neighborhoods should be decided by those who dwell there and collaborate with community organizations and public officials to ensure this occurs in a manner that is fair, replicable, and sustainable. Our staff includes community organizers, outreach specialists, canvassers, researchers, and communication specialists, organized in cross-functional teams.

The Building Equity and Transportation Team works to ensure that the built environment is healthy, stable, robustly constructed, and will remain so over the long term. Our team educates residents about their rights and may also organize community members to advocate for improved housing. Examples of team projects and campaigns include the Rent Escrow Account Program, energy efficiency and water conservation outreach, climate change and building de-carbonization planning, healthy housing education, and building code enforcement improvement, reform, and implementation.

The Community Organizer will have the following job responsibilities:

  • Conduct campaign outreach and recruitment through activities such as door-knocking, surveying, follow up phone conversations, and house visits with potential leaders
  • Develop leaders in the community: identify new leaders, develop and retain relationships with leaders, engage them in dialog to help us to guide, ground, and shape SAJE’s campaigns
  • Maintain campaign contact and referral databases and records on all campaigns
  • Maintain time records on a weekly basis (hours worked and activities conducted)
  • Develop materials to aid in organizing and advancing campaigns (such as fliers and workshop curricula)
  • Organize, facilitate, and/or supervise grassroots campaign meetings
  • Speak and prepare leaders to speak to media about campaigns
  • With your team, develop and implement organizing and political strategies
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of tenant rights and policies related to SAJE projects and campaigns, and keeping that knowledge base current
  • Organize and supervise community delegations to key decision-makers and public forums
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other organizations and institutions to increase our presence in the community
  • Outreach to, onboard and coordinate coalition organizations
  • Support campaign advocacy effort
  • Manage calendar, set goals, and create a weekly work plan
  • Have commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Support SAJE’s mission, vision, and policy stances
  • Provide interpretation and translation from other languages, dialects, or language registers if your knowledge and skills enable you to do so
  • Participate in other SAJE activities, as needed. These duties include participating in all SAJE all-staff activities and could also include attending meetings and hearings, canvassing, fundraising, and other assorted tasks
  • Perform other duties, as the organization’s needs determine.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE POSITION:

  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Valid auto insurance that meets SAJE’s required limits
  • Strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of the challenges facing tenants in working class, immigrant communities
    Experience in community or labor organizing OR health or
    housing outreach and education
  • Ability to gain the trust of, motivate, and spark an interest among local residents
  • Ability to support, track, and increase local residents’ leadership skills and other relevant data
  • Good presentation, and speaking skills and a capacity to explain complex information and issues in easy-to-understand manner, including ability to use popular-education techniques
  • A strong track record of working with different kinds of stakeholders and groups including immigrant workers, low-income community residents, clergy and churches, unions, community based organizations, academic institutions, and government gatekeepers and staff

Must be able to:

  • Communicate verbally in English
  • Write and read well in English
  • Use or learn to use widely available and commonly used software and to use a computer
  • Type
  • Do simple mathematics
  • Use or learn to use Excel or other spreadsheets
  • Record data and read data in databases
  • Work well in teams and communicate effectively with other individuals
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Lift weights up to 50 pounds
  • Carry on appropriate conversations, participate attentively in meetings and trainings, and develop productive professional relationships
  • Perform a variety of duties even with distractions or interruptions, and adjust priorities quickly
  • Be vaccinated against diseases as recommended by medical professionals

Must be

  • Committed to justice
  • Warm and positive with community members
  • Flexible in time and mind: there will be weekly evening commitments and work required during the weekend
  • Organized and detail oriented; excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize work, strong capacity for independent and collaborative problem solving


To apply

SAJE is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage people of color, women, and LGBTQI people, veterans, and people of all ages to apply. SAJE is a family-friendly employer. Accordingly, we strive to maintain a forty-hour work week and a sustainable work/life balance and offer a competitive benefits package and salary (based on experience).

Please send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, three references, and a short, recent writing sample (e.g. organizing rap, newsletter article, one pager, blog post, etc.) as Microsoft Word attachments to apply@saje.net by June 10, 2022. In your email please include subject line “Community Organizer BET Application”