Oakland Immigrant Rights Lead Organizer
Causa Justa :: Just Cause [CJJC] builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities. Born from a visionary merger between a Black housing rights organization and a Latin@ immigrant rights 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 Oakland and San Francisco and contribute to building the larger multi-racial, multi-generational movement needed for fundamental change.
After the election of the Trump administration, Causa Justa :: Just Cause has been working towards a practice and reflection on Sanctuary Cities for the 21st Century. The Sanctuary concept has been attacked and targeted by the right wing in this political moment. Rather than limiting the concept of Sanctuary to a policy of non-collaboration with ICE, the social movement left has the opportunity to reclaim and reframe Sanctuary, deepening its meaning as a frontline defense for our communities and broadening its impact as a strategy to build left populism in society as a whole. 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.
The Oakland Immigrants Rights Lead Organizer will be a member of the Community Rights Team, which focuses on our Immigrant Rights, Youth Organizing, and Black Priorities Project work with an anti-criminalization and anti-displacement lens. This role works closely with Alameda County Immigrant Legal and Educational Partnership (ACILEP), serving as an ACILEP rapid responder and holding much-needed basebuilding education access for immigrant members of our Alameda County community. The Immigrant Rights Lead organizer will lead the Immigrant Rights Campaign in basebuilding and organizing efforts to expand educational, legal resources and social welfare services for immigrants in Oakland and Alameda County.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities
ACILEP Know Your Rights Programing and Rapid Response
Schedule, plan and and hold “Immigrant Know Your Rights Trainings” twice a month throughout Alameda County
Build partnerships with faith, community, and educational institutions to connect their clients with Education for Immigrant Resources within ACILEP and to schedule periodic “Immigrant Know Your Rights Trainings” and Community Town Halls
Build partnerships with immigrant-based media outlets to promote Know Your Right Trainings and Community Town Halls led by ACILEP
Secure or provide language access for community events, educational materials, and community resources
Hold 3-4 weekly hotline shifts and provide Rapid Response as needed
Attend ACILEP montly meetings and Rapid Responder meetings
Lead member recruitment
Create plans for and lead member recruitment efforts including connecting Know Your Right Participants to the Immigrant Rights campaign and Community Rights initiatives
Create programming for Immigrant Rights Membership meetings in Oakland
Recruit, retain, and develop members for the Oakland Immigrant Rights campaign committee
Support members in carrying out campaign activities
Mobilize members in campaign events and actions
Implement a tracking system for member engagement in organizational activities and ongoing follow-up
Collaborate with the SF Immigrant Rights Lead to produce political education and leadership development plans for immigrant rights membership
Implement plans for the political education and leadership development of Oakland Immigrant Rights Committee (IRC) members
Lead and support in organizing campaign
Develop an understanding of the immigrant rights movement political landscape
Support the development and carrying out of campaign plans
Participate in external coalition and collaborative spaces related to Immigrant Rights work; determine priority collaborations with the support of the Community Rights Co-Director
Responsible for member turnout and mobilization at campaign activities
Responsible for ongoing communication with members around campaign work, including through regular phone banking and one-on-one meetings
Responsible for supporting members in campaign activities and campaign leadership roles
Responsible for building out programming for personal and collective political development, as well as cultivating the IRC member committee’s organizing skills
Lead Immigrant Rights campaign development and implementation; align team and organizational priorities as directed by the Community Rights Co-director, including researching, planning, line development ,etc.
External coalition support
Participate in biweekly Justice Reinvestment Coalition meetings
Provide facilitation support in JRC community spaces and member meetings
Provide updates and internal organizational coordination with JRC crimigration-related activities and campaigns
Ensure leading level member participation in coalition community leader spaces
Responsible for building relationships, and advancing the Rights-Based Service Outreach model and community defense model in our service-related collaboratives
Build relationships with other immigrant rights, labor, and faith-based organizations
Build relationships with other local, regional, and national immigrant rights and justice organizations
Participate in biweekly ACUDIR meetings
Media and Communications; general organizational support
Coordinate immigrant rights campaign media/communications needs with the Communications Coordinator
Provide bilingual campaign events reports and materials to be shared with our staff, members, and supporters
Responsible for providing the rest of the organization (members and staff) with relevant, ongoing updates about the work of various coalitions, as well as work with the Communications Coordinator to identify the most effective methods to do so
Attend Program Lead team meetings, representing the Oakland Community Rights Team
Support the overall development and implementation of recruitment, retention and leadership plans in the organization
Participate in basebuilding (including civic engagement work) as needed
Participate in or organize activities, actions, and drives for other CJJC programs
Assist the Language Capacity Team in providing translation and realtime interpretation for CJJC content, events, meetings, etc.
Participate in organizational meetings (Programming and Staff)
Provide leadership and organizational integration at CJJC
Preferred Skills and Qualifications
Strong commitment to building Black and Brown Unity as well as social, racial, gender, and economic justice
At least two years of basebuilding and leadership development experience in a social justice setting
Basic computer skills: Familiarity with Word, Excel, and web browsers required; Google Calendar, Google Drive, graphic design software and/or social media platform experience preferred
Experience leading a team or supervising staff preferred
Fully bilingual (Spanish / English): translation and interpretation experience preferred
Salary range: Annual full-time salary equivalent of $48– 60k, depending on experience.
Position includes generous benefits package including vacation, PTO, holidays, full medical, dental, vision, Life, LTD, Short-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Account and HRA.
People of color, immigrants, women, trans* and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply.
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