Field Organizer

San Jose, California, United States | Working Partnerships USA | Full-time | Partially remote

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Founded in 1995, Working Partnerships USA is a community organization bringing together the power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to drive the movement for a just economy. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable development, and a democracy that works.

Position Summary: Working Partnerships USA seeks an enthusiastic, hard-working Field Organizer to drive our organizing work across campaigns. We are building an organized base of tenants, people of color, and immigrant communities to move unprecedented policy and organizing campaigns to improve the lives of working people in Silicon Valley.

The ideal candidate will have experience with direct organizing, civic engagement, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity for low-income and immigrant communities and communities of color. The Field Organizer will need to be a confident leader as well as an on-the-ground organizer with the ability to run ground-breaking organizing campaigns. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and relentless in pursuing campaign goals.

Reporting to the Director of Organizing and Civic Engagement and working closely with other local and state organizations, the Field Organizer is responsible for implementing our organizing campaigns and programs and generating support for our local and regional housing, workers rights, and civic engagement work.

Primary Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop long and short term organizing strategies and goals with active support and input from supervisor.
  • Through door-to-door and other field outreach tactics, recruit, train, and develop tenant, worker, and other community leaders to build Organizing Committees and ensure overall goals are met.
  • Coordinate new media and social media organizing including Facebook, Twitter, microsites, blogs and email outreach to enhance the on-the-ground work.
  • Manage, track and analyze data to inform campaign planning.
  • Manage the hiring, training, supervision and pacing of paid canvassers as needed.
  • Organize participation in community meetings, public events and demonstrations, education and mobilization initiatives, and other forms of civic engagement.
  • Develop organizing materials including talking points, flyers, fact sheets, etc.
  • Perform other duties as required to support the work of the organization as a whole.

Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to social, racial, economic, environmental, and gender justice.
  • Demonstrated experience leading electoral organizing campaigns, and union or community organizing experience a plus.
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Strong work ethic and personal commitment to excellence.
  • Willingness to learn, be flexible and ability to work well with others.
  • Previous campaign, union or community organizing experience.
  • Multitasking and attention to details while managing and meeting timelines.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.

Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure.
  • Respect for people from all walks of life.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience using databases (NationBuilder) preferred.
  • Bilingual Spanish or Vietnamese strongly preferred.

Additionally, all Working Partnerships USA employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (and booster, if eligible) as a condition of employment, or a written request for reasonable accommodation due to medical disability or sincerely held religious belief.

Physical Requirements

The physical requirements listed are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Sit, bend, and reach with hands and arms.
  • Lift approximately 20-25 lbs. on occasion.
  • Stand and move throughout the office.
  • Have consistent and reliable attendance.
  • Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Work under pressure with changing, ambiguous priorities.
  • Communicate effectively and promptly to clients or employees of the organization.
  • Ability to get up and down stairs and steps.
  • High level of manual dexterity to adeptly type and use computer equipment.
  • Auditory and visual skills – Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Follow written and oral instructions and procedures.

Compensation and Location: This position is based in San Jose, CA. We are currently working remotely but eventually this position will be primarily on-site with some remote flexibility. 

Annual salary ranges from $70,500 - $77,500 and will be based on experience. Generous benefits package including full family health, dental, vision, and acupuncture/chiropractic insurance; paid vacations and holiday leave; and 401(k) with employer contributions. This is a regular full-time, exempt position and an excellent opportunity for those seeking career advancement over time. 

 

Working Partnerships USA is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category.

 

Working Partnerships USA strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ, and all qualified persons to apply for this position.  We believe that these communities must be centered in the work we do.  Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other marginalized communities.