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Causa Justa Just Cause

Oakland Immigrant Rights Lead Organizer

Community Rights Team · Oakland, California
Department Community Rights Team
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $48,000-$60,000

Oakland Immigrant Rights Lead Organizer


Organizational Mission

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.


Position Summary

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


Build alliances

  • 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


Hiring Details

  • 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. 

  • When sharing your resume and cover letterplease keep in mind that CJJC’s hiring platform is not a secure site - please do not include sensitive information such as social security number, citizenship status, etc.
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  • Location
    Oakland, California
  • Department
    Community Rights Team
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  • Minimum Experience
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