Associate Director of Community Rights
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 Latinx 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.
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 crises.
In the face of Trumpism, the social movement left has an opportunity and responsibility to build left populism in society as a whole. We are looking for talented organizers that want to build capacity and infrastructure for working class leadership of society and who understand the strategic imperative to build Black leadership, Latino Immigrant leadership and Black-Brown unity in order to achieve that.
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 primary role of the Associate Director for Community Rights Department is to provide political leadership, leadership development and supervision support to the Black Priorities Project and Community Rights Team, to advance our vision of Community Rights, engage the community in building intergenerational Black and Brown Unity and advocate for 21st Century Sanctuary and Community Defense.
We are seeking an Associate Director to lead our Black organizing work and help advance our intergenerational model. The Black Priorities Project (BPP) is a long term organizing project intended to invest resources and capacity into the question of how to build social, economic and political power for Black people in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Associate Director for Community Rights supports and shares leadership with the Community Rights Director of this department, which includes our Black Priorities Project, our Immigrant Rights, and Youth In Power programs. This position will report to the Community Rights Director.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities
The Associate Director is responsible for the strategic development and management of the Black Priorities Program (BPP) and supports Community Rights Director in leading the overall Community Rights Department. This includes: Creating and leading BPP Campaigns, Know Your Rights services in Oakland and San Francisco; and building power by integrating rights-based services, member recruitment and leadership development. The Associate Director also represents CJJC externally in advocacy work, media work, and participate in various local, regional, state and national alliances. Key responsibilities include providing political and planning support to the program staff, through supervision and leading program evaluation and planning processes, and identifying and implementing strategic new opportunities or programs.
Programmatic Planning and Implementation
Contribute to overall development and implementation of programatic vision, strategy and political analysis.
Develop annual and monthly work plans for the department which include developing the necessary vision, assessment, organizational structures and division of labor for implementing the existing work.
Develop emerging work in response to strategic junctures (‘coyunturas’).
Represent the organization in strategic alliances
Fundraising & Communications
Work with fundraising team to achieve program related fundraising goals for BPP & the CR department
Build relationships with funders of this work and influence philanthropy around Community Rights issues and growing resources, especially for Black organizing and Black & Brown Unity organizing, base-building, leadership development and movement building.
Articulate and communicate both internally and externally CJJC’s vision, strategy, organizing model and political analysis, and the specific strategies of the Community Rights programs
Work with communications team to achieve visibility goals for the Community Rights programs, especially BPP
Team Management & Supervision
Plan and facilitate Community Rights Team meetings, including evaluation and planning processes
Support others who represent the organization in strategic alliances and coalitions to represent and further the mission and vision of the org and the specific contributions of the Community Rights Department around criminalization of Black and Latinx communities to movement building
Supervise and support lead CR Lead staff and manage CR volunteers and interns
Identify opportunities for intra-program alignment or coordination across CJJC
Skills and Qualifications
Strong commitment to building Black and Brown unity, social, racial, gender and economic justice
Experience developing and leading campaign work
Experience with Black organizing
Experience leading a team and supervising staff
Strong personal organization skills
Grounding on transformative organizing and commitment to power building of marginalized communities
An ability to follow organizational leadership and take leadership in making suggestions/interventions informed from the base building work of the organization
Basic computer skills – familiarity with Word, Excel and web browsers required and Google Calendar & Google Drive, graphic design programs &/or social media platforms preferred
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.
Position open until filled.
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