Causa Justa :: Just Cause [CJJC] builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities. Born from a visionary merger between a Black organization and a Latinx 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.
Causa Justa :: Just Cause was born on January 1, 2010, motivated by a vision of building grassroots solidarity between working-class African American and Latino communities in the Bay Area. We believe that Black-Brown unity is foundational for the development of a vibrant grassroots movement, and that building that unity is crucial work, now more than ever as our communities face the worst effects of the political and economic crisis.
Before the pandemic, Black, and Brown families were already more likely to be evicted, uninsured, or locked up. COVID-19 has shown that these inequities mean life or death for our community members. As state-sponsored violence continues to take the lives of Black and Brown community and the social and economic factors of the public health crisis intensifies – now more than ever we need to prioritize rights based services, basebuilding, and organizing. CJJC brings these strategies together with civic engagement and grassroots policy change to organize residents and tenants to cancel debt and defund the police on both sides of the Bay.
Our work has its strongest impact at the municipal level, where civic engagement work, grassroots policy change and community organizing campaigns, and candidate work (which our organization does not do, but is important to note as part of the field we work in) intersect. Cities are our base of power, that can grow stronger and have statewide impact pushing California to the left which will have national significance.
Below is a list of job openings available with Causa Justa. Click on the job title to access more information and to apply.
CJJC seeks an inspiring yet humble strategist and systems thinker with deep movement and organizational development experience. Our next leader will have strong roots and relationships in the Bay Area. The successful candidate will confidently cultivate and build relationships with supporters, donors, funders, and allies necessary to sustain and grow CJJC, and will understand the importance of building movements not just organizations. CJJC’s new leader will be adept at managing organizational change and transitions, possess strong conflict management skills, and have a track record of building unity and cohesion amongst new teams. The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and thoughtful leader with a deep understanding of the pervasive impacts of racial capitalism, a demonstrated commitment to racial equity and the fight for freedom, justice, and dignity for all people, and bring a talent for communicating bold and visionary ideas that ground CJJC’s staff and membership while driving successful campaigns to challenge the status quo.
The primary role of the Program Director at Causa Justa : Just Cause is to provide leadership, strategy and support to the work of our three program teams: 1) Community Rights, 2) Housing, Land and Development, and 3) Basebuilding to advance our vision for Black and Brown Unity, Transformative Organizing, and Movement Building.
The Program Director will report to the Deputy Director, and work closely with the Associate Program Director, Executive Director, and other members of the Strategy Team.
- Provide scheduling support for the Black Tenant Outreach Team:
- Lead phone outreach to Black residents of East and West Oakland neighborhoods to discuss current tenant protections and services available
- Support scheduling and turnout for the Community Advisory Council
- Engage Oakland residents on CJJC’s mission to build Black and Brown working-class power
- Attend online check-ins at the beginning and debriefs at the end of the shift with the full team
- You will receive a list of residents to contact
- You will be trained on some of Oakland’s frequently-violated tenant laws and how to inform tenants about their rights, as well as the services available to them
- Attend assigned trainings and orientations
- Manage weekly personal work plan and regular internal & external communications