Organizing Director – Union City and Oakland 

Full-time, 40 hours/week exempt, with benefits

12-month position with possibility of yearly renewal

 

Starting Date: April 1, 2022.

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) is a non-profit based in Alameda County California. We are a nearly 50-year-old service, community organizing, and social justice organization in the San Francisco East Bay Area. FAJ’s mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity. FAJ’s work is guided by its vision for an empowered Filipino community with the power to advance social and economic justice and realize democratic and human rights for everyone. FAJ’s programs are rooted in values of: Bayanihan, a Filipino demonstration of social justice principles where a community comes together to help those in need; Kapwa, the interconnected-ness experienced in community; and Makibaka, fighting for collective power. More information is available at www.filipinos4justice.org

 

Position Overview 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a nonprofit organization working at the nexus of organizing, advocacy, and wellness. FAJ has grown rapidly in recent years and we are creating a new Organizing Director position to lead and implement our organizing strategy as reflected in our horizon statement – As a visible anchor for thriving Filipino communities, FAJ centers transformative change (individual and collective) by championing working class and cross racial solidarity, intergenerational wellness and healing, and freedom and self-determination for all of our BIPOC communities.

 

Organizing Director

FAJ is seeking a leader and organizer with experience in political strategy and in leading a diverse team for its position as Organizing Director. They will play a critical role in advancing social change through campaign development and management, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, and online/offline organizing and advocacy.

 

The Organizing Director will be an organizational and strategic decision maker and member of the leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director. The Organizing Director will hold FAJ’s organizing vision with flexibility and attention to their team’s capacity and will be skillful at helping shift priorities to meet goals and prevent a culture of burnout. The Organizing Director identifies change opportunities, helps develop and leads the organization’s participation in key campaigns, and manages engagement with traditional and social media and partnerships with a diverse set of community and coalition partners.

 

They will need to be an experienced team and project manager to ensure not only coordination of their work organization wide, but ensure the narratives built are true to our work and align with our mission vision and values. They must be comfortable speaking on issues of the intersectionality of racial and economic justice and Filipino and broader Asian American Pacific Islander issues such as housing, immigration, tax fairness, mental health, etc. They should understand and have practice in organizing models/strategies related to community building and campaigns.

 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Manages FAJ’s organizing practice to ensure integration of issue campaigns, civic engagement, and online to offline strategy to build community power. As a member of the Leadership Team, help set the strategic agenda for the organization. Build our organizing and base-building vision, strategy, and program to build power for working class people of color
  • Build a collaborative and inclusive team culture where all staff feel a sense of belonging. FAJ organizers are working with domestic workers and caregivers, tenants, and POC voters on other issues and campaigns relating to tax fairness, census/redistricting, racial and economic justice, etc.
  • Lead the Organizing and Membership teams including supervision through individual and group meetings, regular communication, shadowing, coaching and intentional training, as well as building the capacity and vision for field organizing, campaign, digital mobilization, political education, and base-building.
  • Serve as a coach and champion for your staff and support them to do their best work through frequent feedback. Ensure that each member of the organizing team has clear goals and knows what success looks like for their role.
  • Provide strategic direction of shape of Organizing Team and support the development of other strategic teams/committees/subgroups/fellowships necessary to implement plans- ex. Organizing fellowships, internal base building team, campaign teams.
  • Set and track organizing metrics that drive us towards our long-term organizational vision. Oversees the development, tracking, and reporting of teams’ goals, outcomes, and performance metrics. Track progress towards goals; support and troubleshoot when a project is off-track.
  • Support leadership development initiatives by facilitating team development processes, including but not limited to annual goal setting process, annual performance review process, giving/receiving feedback, and ongoing staff professional development. Design and implement internal and external trainings, events, and gatherings that support our base building work and power-building work.
  • Support organization’s base building efforts and leadership development by ensuring they understand FAJ’s mission, vision, values and frameworks and supporting development of political education curricula and other tools to ensure consistent learning and skills building.
  • Organize convenings, press conferences, and other online/offline events to support our advocacy and movement-building efforts
  • Represent FAJ in coalition spaces such as California Domestic Worker Coalition, PowerCA, AAPIs 4 Civic Empowerment, etc. as a decision-maker and media spokesperson as needed, and with other key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Communications committee in designing and managing digital campaigns and increasing the engagement in online activism to offline activism, develop and implement earned media, social media, and digital engagement strategies.
  • Participate in FAJ grassroots fundraising campaigns and events. Participate in occasional organization-wide campaign events. Participate in cross-department committees and teams
  • Support finance processes and projects such as supporting writing of grant applications/reporting, the annual budgeting process and providing information to finance staff for payroll reconciliation
  • Other duties as needed.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Mission alignment: Committed to the vision of a powerful, inclusive, multiracial, working-class movement-building as a path towards liberation for all people
  • Strong commitment to social justice, economic and racial justice, and community empowerment and healing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize a complex work plan with ever-changing details. Excellent time management skills
  • Systems builder: Demonstrated ability to translate a vision into an effective program that gets results. Ability to create and document systems, practices, and standards from scratch and that can be used (and modified) for years to come
  • Strong manager: 2 years direct supervision/team management experience; demonstrated experience leading teams to accomplish results, ability to cultivate organizer’s development through direct feedback, empathy and strong inclusive and equitable management practices. Able to work through conflict directly and in ways that build trust and relationships. Able to build an inclusive and equitable culture
  • Effective project management skills: Demonstrated ability to successfully execute complex projects, including setting goals and developing a realistic work plan. Move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority. Highly organized and strong attention to detail.
  • Experienced organizer: 3 years experience in organizing, training, and group facilitation; track record for moving people to take collective action through a power-building analysis; outstanding interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to authentically build relationships, trust, and credibility with community members
  • Technology knowledge and experience working with various platforms, social media and tools including Microsoft Office 365, Slack, Zoom, Facebook, etc.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual English/Tagalog speaker
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, coordinating, and carrying out successful campaigns and base building efforts —preferably in member- or volunteer-led organization and/or an organization with strong commitments to volunteer leadership development and coalitional organizing
  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities well, set priorities, and follow work plans
  • Accountable and responsive
  • Proactive, self-motivated problem solver who can take initiative and use sound judgment
  • Willingness and ability to seek out relevant work and allies for building partnerships and coalitions
  • Ability to travel as necessary – it is anticipated that this position may require travel 1-2 times per month. Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, auto insurance.
  • Flexible schedule with evening and weekend as the work dictates
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including experience writing direct response advocacy emails, social media, and related communications
  • Experience with VAN (Voter Activation Network) and campaign tools, data, and technology preferred
  • Knowledge of digital engagement best practices is important
  • Demonstrated experience with event planning
  • Experience tracking and reporting 501(c)(3) lobbying activities
  • Interest in exploring and developing 501(c)(4) engagement

 

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Executive Director

Position directly supervises: Worker Organizers, Tenant Organizers, Civic Engagement Organizer, and Membership Organizer (to be hired)

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Office Manager, Communications Coordinator, Prevention staff and organizing team, program participants and youth interns, and management team(s) such as finance and leadership

External: Vendors, funders, elected officials and government, coalition partners such as AAPIs 4 Civic Empowerment, PowerCA, California Domestic Workers Coalition

 

Location: Currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our office will remain closed for staff upon request until it is safe to resume regular operations, at which point the Organizing Director will need to be present in Oakland or Union City offices. FAJ continually assesses COVID risk, market convention related to work locale policies.

 

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $60,000 annually, depending on experience. FAJ provides a generous benefits package, including fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for full-time employees as well as partial coverage for their dependents. We also offer substantial vacation days and time off and wellness support.

How to Apply: Send your resume and a cover letter and three references demonstrating your interest and qualifications to jolais@filipinos4justice.org with the subject line “Organizing Director – Name.”

 

Filipino Advocates for Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. People of color, women, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/gender non-conforming, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Organizing Director

Oakland and Union City, CA

Full-time, 40 hours/week exempt, with benefits

12-month position with possibility of yearly renewal

 

Starting Date: April 1, 2022.

Filipino Advocates for Justice (FAJ) is a non-profit based in Alameda County California. We are a nearly 50-year-old service, community organizing, and social justice organization in the San Francisco East Bay Area. FAJ’s mission is to build a strong and empowered Filipino community by organizing constituents, developing leaders, providing services, and advocating for policies that promote social and economic justice and equity. FAJ’s work is guided by its vision for an empowered Filipino community with the power to advance social and economic justice and realize democratic and human rights for everyone. FAJ’s programs are rooted in values of: Bayanihan, a Filipino demonstration of social justice principles where a community comes together to help those in need; Kapwa, the interconnected-ness experienced in community; and Makibaka, fighting for collective power. More information is available at www.filipinos4justice.org

 

Position Overview 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a nonprofit organization working at the nexus of organizing, advocacy, and wellness. FAJ has grown rapidly in recent years and we are creating a new Organizing Director position to lead and implement our organizing strategy as reflected in our horizon statement – As a visible anchor for thriving Filipino communities, FAJ centers transformative change (individual and collective) by championing working class and cross racial solidarity, intergenerational wellness and healing, and freedom and self-determination for all of our BIPOC communities.

 

Organizing Director

FAJ is seeking a leader and organizer with experience in political strategy and in leading a diverse team for its position as Organizing Director. They will play a critical role in advancing social change through campaign development and management, community engagement, stakeholder engagement, and online/offline organizing and advocacy.

 

The Organizing Director will be an organizational and strategic decision maker and member of the leadership team, reporting to the Executive Director. The Organizing Director will hold FAJ’s organizing vision with flexibility and attention to their team’s capacity and will be skillful at helping shift priorities to meet goals and prevent a culture of burnout. The Organizing Director identifies change opportunities, helps develop and leads the organization’s participation in key campaigns, and manages engagement with traditional and social media and partnerships with a diverse set of community and coalition partners.

 

They will need to be an experienced team and project manager to ensure not only coordination of their work organization wide, but ensure the narratives built are true to our work and align with our mission vision and values. They must be comfortable speaking on issues of the intersectionality of racial and economic justice and Filipino and broader Asian American Pacific Islander issues such as housing, immigration, tax fairness, mental health, etc. They should understand and have practice in organizing models/strategies related to community building and campaigns.

 

Essential Responsibilities

  • Manages FAJ’s organizing practice to ensure integration of issue campaigns, civic engagement, and online to offline strategy to build community power. As a member of the Leadership Team, help set the strategic agenda for the organization. Build our organizing and base-building vision, strategy, and program to build power for working class people of color
  • Build a collaborative and inclusive team culture where all staff feel a sense of belonging. FAJ organizers are working with domestic workers and caregivers, tenants, and POC voters on other issues and campaigns relating to tax fairness, census/redistricting, racial and economic justice, etc.
  • Lead the Organizing and Membership teams including supervision through individual and group meetings, regular communication, shadowing, coaching and intentional training, as well as building the capacity and vision for field organizing, campaign, digital mobilization, political education, and base-building.
  • Serve as a coach and champion for your staff and support them to do their best work through frequent feedback. Ensure that each member of the organizing team has clear goals and knows what success looks like for their role.
  • Provide strategic direction of shape of Organizing Team and support the development of other strategic teams/committees/subgroups/fellowships necessary to implement plans- ex. Organizing fellowships, internal base building team, campaign teams.
  • Set and track organizing metrics that drive us towards our long-term organizational vision. Oversees the development, tracking, and reporting of teams’ goals, outcomes, and performance metrics. Track progress towards goals; support and troubleshoot when a project is off-track.
  • Support leadership development initiatives by facilitating team development processes, including but not limited to annual goal setting process, annual performance review process, giving/receiving feedback, and ongoing staff professional development. Design and implement internal and external trainings, events, and gatherings that support our base building work and power-building work.
  • Support organization’s base building efforts and leadership development by ensuring they understand FAJ’s mission, vision, values and frameworks and supporting development of political education curricula and other tools to ensure consistent learning and skills building.
  • Organize convenings, press conferences, and other online/offline events to support our advocacy and movement-building efforts
  • Represent FAJ in coalition spaces such as California Domestic Worker Coalition, PowerCA, AAPIs 4 Civic Empowerment, etc. as a decision-maker and media spokesperson as needed, and with other key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the Communications committee in designing and managing digital campaigns and increasing the engagement in online activism to offline activism, develop and implement earned media, social media, and digital engagement strategies.
  • Participate in FAJ grassroots fundraising campaigns and events. Participate in occasional organization-wide campaign events. Participate in cross-department committees and teams
  • Support finance processes and projects such as supporting writing of grant applications/reporting, the annual budgeting process and providing information to finance staff for payroll reconciliation
  • Other duties as needed.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Mission alignment: Committed to the vision of a powerful, inclusive, multiracial, working-class movement-building as a path towards liberation for all people
  • Strong commitment to social justice, economic and racial justice, and community empowerment and healing
  • Ability to organize and prioritize a complex work plan with ever-changing details. Excellent time management skills
  • Systems builder: Demonstrated ability to translate a vision into an effective program that gets results. Ability to create and document systems, practices, and standards from scratch and that can be used (and modified) for years to come
  • Strong manager: 2 years direct supervision/team management experience; demonstrated experience leading teams to accomplish results, ability to cultivate organizer’s development through direct feedback, empathy and strong inclusive and equitable management practices. Able to work through conflict directly and in ways that build trust and relationships. Able to build an inclusive and equitable culture
  • Effective project management skills: Demonstrated ability to successfully execute complex projects, including setting goals and developing a realistic work plan. Move people to action and hold them accountable with and without formal authority. Highly organized and strong attention to detail.
  • Experienced organizer: 3 years experience in organizing, training, and group facilitation; track record for moving people to take collective action through a power-building analysis; outstanding interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to authentically build relationships, trust, and credibility with community members
  • Technology knowledge and experience working with various platforms, social media and tools including Microsoft Office 365, Slack, Zoom, Facebook, etc.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bilingual English/Tagalog speaker
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, coordinating, and carrying out successful campaigns and base building efforts —preferably in member- or volunteer-led organization and/or an organization with strong commitments to volunteer leadership development and coalitional organizing
  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities well, set priorities, and follow work plans
  • Accountable and responsive
  • Proactive, self-motivated problem solver who can take initiative and use sound judgment
  • Willingness and ability to seek out relevant work and allies for building partnerships and coalitions
  • Ability to travel as necessary – it is anticipated that this position may require travel 1-2 times per month. Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, auto insurance.
  • Flexible schedule with evening and weekend as the work dictates
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including experience writing direct response advocacy emails, social media, and related communications
  • Experience with VAN (Voter Activation Network) and campaign tools, data, and technology preferred
  • Knowledge of digital engagement best practices is important
  • Demonstrated experience with event planning
  • Experience tracking and reporting 501(c)(3) lobbying activities
  • Interest in exploring and developing 501(c)(4) engagement

 

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Executive Director

Position directly supervises: Worker Organizers, Tenant Organizers, Civic Engagement Organizer, and Membership Organizer (to be hired)

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Office Manager, Communications Coordinator, Prevention staff and organizing team, program participants and youth interns, and management team(s) such as finance and leadership

External: Vendors, funders, elected officials and government, coalition partners such as AAPIs 4 Civic Empowerment, PowerCA, California Domestic Workers Coalition

 

Location: Currently remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our office will remain closed for staff upon request until it is safe to resume regular operations, at which point the Organizing Director will need to be present in Oakland or Union City offices. FAJ continually assesses COVID risk, market convention related to work locale policies.

 

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $60,000 annually, depending on experience. FAJ provides a generous benefits package, including fully paid health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for full-time employees as well as partial coverage for their dependents. We also offer substantial vacation days and time off and wellness support.

 

How to Apply: Send your resume and a cover letter and three references demonstrating your interest and qualifications to jolais@filipinos4justice.org with the subject line “Organizing Director – Name.”

 

Filipino Advocates for Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. People of color, women, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/gender non-conforming, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.