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Causa Justa :: Just Cause builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities. Born from a visionary merger between a Black organization and a Latin@ immigrant organization, we build bridges of solidarity between working class communities of color. Through rights-based services, policy campaigns, civic engagement, and direct action, we improve conditions in our neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, and contribute to building the larger multi-racial, multi-generational movement needed for fundamental change.

Black Priorities Project – Organizer

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The Black Priorities Project (BPP) is a long-term organizing project intended to invest resources and capacity into the question of how to build social, economic and political power for Black people in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The BPP Organizer position is a full-time position responsible for the development of the Black Priorities Project in the Bay Area, and will be part of the Community Rights Program at CJJC.  The role will primarily focus on base-building work in San Francisco and building with the broader Black community all throughout the Bay Area.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

Member recruitment & retention (30%)

  • Implements base-building plans, tools, and goals
  • Ensures a consistent practice in outreach and base building for the project
  • Supports the development of and implements systems for member retention and consistent follow-up with contacts and members

Campaign strategy, research & development (20%)

  • Works with members and staff team to evaluate and assess the opportunities for “mini campaigns” and makes strategic and tactical calls with member leaders and staff team about how to most effectively engage and support the leadership of our base in exerting their rights
  • Works with members and staff to implement campaign plans
  • Works with members and staff to plan and implement campaign tactics

Leadership development & supervision (40%)

  • Supervises outreach team members (both paid and volunteer)
  • Facilitates and coordinates logistics for “Know Your Rights Workshops” in Oakland and SF
  • Conducts regular one-on-ones and supervision with members and leaders
  • Responsible for the logistics and turnout for the BPP member committee – that brings together grassroots leaders to help to shape and direct the goals and outcomes of the project
  • Develops plans to develop the leadership (skills, analysis, and capacity) of the grassroots leaders in the project
  • Trains members and interns in base building, member retention skills, analysis, and facilitation/training skills

BPP staff committee/General (5%)

  • Participates in coalitional activities and campaigns as part of the BPP and the Community Rights Campaign
  • Participates in regional BPP gatherings
  • Coordinates messaging and media training for grassroots leaders and members
  • Develops outreach materials for base building and profile building of the project, the organization and its campaign.
  • Regularly collects dues from grassroots leaders in the project
  • Participates in the evaluation of the projects work in conjunction with members and staff
  • Regularly enters and updates member contact information, including dues payments and activity participation in the database
  • Submits regular reports with receipts from credit card expenses, check requests, and staff reimbursements
  • Follow the work plans established under the supervision of the Director’s Team

Organizational support (5%)

  • Active and regular participation and contributions to organizational meetings and retreats, political education and leadership development spaces & organizing team meetings.
  • Participates in cleaning and disposal of trash and recycling in office space
  • Other tasks as needed.

The position will require some work during nights and weekends

Desired qualifications, skills and expertise:

  • Preferably from Bayview Hunter’s Point or very familiar with the county of San Francisco and the surrounding region, including – local history, geography of the city / neighborhoods, knowledge of various organizations, political issues and players etc. strongly preferred
  • Commitment to building a base of Black power in the Bay Area
  • Strong commitment to building Black and Brown unity, social, racial, gender and economic justice
  • Experience leading a team &/or supervision preferred
  • Knowledge of Black community history, conditions and community organizing
  • Enthusiasm to learn and develop your skills as an organizer
  • Willingness to learn, to communicate needs and challenges, to receive criticism and be self-critical in the development of leadership and job performance
  • Strong personal organization skills
  • An ability to follow organizational leadership and take leadership in making suggestions/interventions informed from the base building work as needed to build the project
  • An ability to, or the desire to learn how to work within a non-profit organization structure
  • Valid drivers’ license and car preferred
  • Basic computer skills – familiarity with Word, Excel and web browsers required and Google Calendar & Google Drive, graphic design programs &/or social media platforms preferred

The Black Priorities Project Lead Organizer will report to the Community Rights Co-Director, and the salary starts at $43,000(negotiable, depending on experience), and includes full medical and dental benefits.  Deadline to apply is April 1, 2017. Estimated start date is May 1.

People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.  Please send a cover letter and resume to: robbie@cjjc.org

Two Oakland Tenant Counselors / Organizers

We are hiring TWO  Full time Tenant Counselors/Organizers to provide tenant advice and housing counseling in English and Spanish to tenants several days a week based in our two Oakland offices. The deadline to apply is April 3, 2017 at 5PM

Job responsibilities include:
•    Complete intake and provide tenant rights counseling through a Serve the People/rights-based  model including – maintaining and providing necessary follow-up with tenants
•    Participate in the creation, implementation, and facilitation of Know Your Rights workshops
•    Update member and client information in the database
•    Recruit members during counseling appointments, and support with member retention, development and leadership within the organization
•    Secure member participation to membership meetings, events and mobilizations through phone-banking and member mailings
•    Support with the development of member meeting agendas and content, as well as provide logistical support and attend membership meetings
•    Support movement building work by participating in a coalition/alliance and lift up the mission and vision of the organization
•    Raise funds for the organization through participation in grassroots fundraising activities.
•    Participate and support member participation and leadership in civic engagement activities
•    Support campaigns and assist with the implementation of these activities
•    Support the successful planning and implementation of organizational events and activities as needed

Ideal candidates should demonstrate the following skills and expertise:
•    Strong commitment to social, gender, racial and economic justice
•    At least one year experience in community organizing or direct service work with low-income communities of color
•    Knowledge of issues related to tenants’ rights and the housing crisis in Oakland and the Bay Area
•    Familiarity with Oakland including – local history, geography of the city / neighborhoods, knowledge of various organizations, political issues, etc.
•    Strong personal organization and time management skills
•    Experienced with computers – including familiarity with Word, Excel and Google calendar
•    Must be able to travel to West Oakland and East Oakland

Additionally, candidate must be fully bilingual in Spanish including the ability to translate written documents from one language to the other. Native Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.

The position is full time, non-exempt. Full time salary range is between $43,000-$50,000 depending on experience. Competitive health benefits.

Position is open immediately. Deadline for applying is April 3, 2017 by 5pm.
Women, people of color, and QTPOC encouraged to apply!

Please email your cover letter and resume to BOTH:  becki@cjjc.org and selene@cjjc.org

SF Tenant Counselor / Organizer

We are hiring a full time Tenant Counselor/Organizer to provide advice and housing counseling in English and Spanish to residents several days a week based in our San Francisco office. Deadline for the application is March 27, 2017 at 5pm.

Job responsibilities include:

SF Clinic

San Francisco Housing Clinic

  • Provide tenant rights counseling including – maintaining and providing necessary follow-up with cases
  • Complete intake and update case information on tenant counseling database
  • Represent, advocate for, and/or translate for tenants at the Small Claims Court, and Settlement Conferences, as appropriate.
  • Participate in the creation, implementation, and facilitation of Know Your Rights tenants’ rights trainings
  • Recruit new members during counseling appointments
  • Follow-up with newly recruited members through phone calls or 1-on-1s
  • Support member development and leadership within the organization
  • Secure member participation to membership meetings, events and mobilizations through phone-banking and mailing
  • Support the development of member meeting agendas and content, as well as provide logistical support and staff general membership meetings
  • Update member information on member database
  • Support the successful planning and implementation of organizational events and activities as needed
  • Raise funds for the organization through participation in grassroots fundraising activities including – asking for membership dues as part of member recruitment, raising funds from individual donors and supporting organizational fundraising events
  • Creates effective partnerships and alliances that move the mission and vision of the org forward.

Ideal candidates should demonstrate the following skills and expertise:

  • Strong commitment to social, gender, racial and economic justice
  • At least one year experience in community organizing or direct service work with low-income communities of color
  • Knowledge of issues related to tenants’ rights and the housing crisis in San Francisco and Bay area
  • Familiarity with San Francisco &/or Oakland including – local history, geography of the city / neighborhoods, knowledge of various organizations, political issues, etc.
  • Strong personal organization skills
  • Experienced with computers – including familiarity with Word, Excel and Google calendar
  • Fully bilingual in Spanish including the ability to translate written documents from one language to the other. Proficient native Spanish speakers encouraged to apply.

The position is full time. Full time salary range is between $43,000-$50,000. Position is open immediately. The deadline for application has been extended to March 27, 2017 at 5pm.

Women, people of color, and QTPOC strongly encouraged to apply! Email your cover letter and resume to diana@cjjc.org or Becki@cjjc.org

(This position has been filled) Immigrant Rights Organizer :: Community Education Coordinator Oakland

Causa Justa :: Just Cause seeks a full-time immigrant rights organizer to coordinate the newly formed Immigration Rapid Response Network in Oakland CA.  The Community Education Coordinator will be responsible for creating training curriculum for “Know Your Rights” against deportation, coordinate a network of immigrant advocacy partners to provide trainings to a variety of immigrant communities impacted by deportation and criminalization of immigrants. Organizer will support the Immigrant Rights Campaign in base-building and organizing efforts to expand educational and legal resources for immigrants in Oakland and Alameda County.

Qualifications:

1.    At least 2 years of experience working with marginalized immigrant communities
2.    At least 2 years of experience doing base-building work
3.    Fully bilingual Spanish and English and bi-cultural knowledge required
4.    Experience working on advocacy, education and organizing Latinx immigrants in particular
5.    Basic computer skills and familiarity with a word processor, Google Drive, & social media platforms (e.g. Twitter).
6.    Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to write and translate from English to Spanish
7.    Experience producing educational curriculum and materials accessible to working class communities
8.    Commitment to social justice and working with marginalized communities of color
9.    Ability to work evenings and weekends on an ongoing basis
10.   Knowledge of the political history and conditions of immigrant communities in Oakland / San Francisco Bay Area

Preferred skills:

●    Social media communication pages and web design management
●    Facilitating, coordination &/or representing community organizations in coalitions and non-profit organization partnerships
●    Supervision and team management
●    Writing articles for published press and dealing with organizational external communications
●    Proficiency in database management on Powerbase, Salesforce or equivalent.

Women, LGBT and  immigrant community members highly encouraged to apply! Position Open immediately. Please send your cover letter and resume with 2 references to Kitzia Esteva kitzia@cjjc.org Deadline to apply Feb 16.