My Eden Voice

Job Announcement

 

Position: Senior Organizer 

Location: Urban unincorporated communities of Alameda County, CA

Status: Regular, 100% FTE,  Exempt

Salary: 70-75K Salary with excellent benefits 

Job posting date: August 2022 

 

Who We Are

My Eden Voice is a grassroots community organization formed in 2018 to build power and collective action in the urban unincorporated communities of Alameda County. My Eden Voice advocates for racial and economic justice and intentionally puts equity at the center of our work. We aim to build power, engage residents, and advocate for policy changes that benefit our communities. Our collaborative approach and strategic policy work have been instrumental in elevating the needs of the unincorporated communities of Alameda County and changing the narrative from one of historical disinvestment to one that highlights Alameda County’s municipal responsibility to its residents. 
 

My Eden Voice is fiscally sponsored by In-Advance. In-Advance is  a movement center for organizing to advance racial and economic justice in a globalized world.  In-Advance is recognized for its commitment to nurturing strategic campaigns and projects that center  the lived experience of regular folks who live in disinvested communities, whether they’ve been there for generations or just arrived from making the dangerous trek across borders.

 

The Role

 

My Eden Voice seeks a passionate, motivated and courageous individual to join our team as the Senior Organizer. The position will work in close collaboration with MEV Co-Directors and will play a critical component of the organizing team. The Senior Organizer is supported by a two-year, grant-funded position. 

 

As the Senior Organizer, you will be primarily responsible for leading new membership engagement that will include street outreach and launching tenants Know-Your-Rights clinics and leadership trainings. A successful candidate for this position will need to have proven capacity to engage residents through grassroots leadership development and proven community organizing practice. You will have experience with membership development and recruitment, leading volunteers in canvassing, and managing programs that serve directly-impacted, working class communities of color.  
 

This position is supported by a coalition of nonprofit community organizations, resident leaders, Alameda County, and legal tenant service partners committed to advancing equity and building a stronger civic voice in the Eden Area. 
 

This position will also help coordinate with staff  for RISE-UP: a new partnership funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Centro Legal has partnered with My Eden Voice and its Eden Renters United (ERU) committee to conduct a robust, targeted engagement plan with low-income residents in the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland, Hayward Acres and Castro Valley. The Senior Organizer will manage outreach and robust community engagement. The Senior Organizer will help train MEV Neighborhood Captains and implement wrap-around services in partnership with Centro Legal’s Unincorporated Navigator and case management team to conduct on-going referrals and assessment of residents' needs.
 

Responsibilities of the Senior Organizer
As the Senior Organizer, you will be primarily responsible for support in new membership engagement,   launching the new RISE-Up initiatives, street outreach, and: 

  • Convene, recruit and retain neighborhood captains canvassing and outreach team

  • Recruit and develop an ongoing resident  base of membership for My Eden Voice

  • Support ongoing campaigns of My Eden Voice, including supporting strategic community actions 

  • Assist in leadership development activities and leadership training opportunities for My Eden Voice leadership throughout the unincorporated area

  • Train resident leaders in effective outreach, strategic narratives, and community mobilization

  • Contribute to reports and analysis regarding all membership engagement and canvassing activities

  • Lead peer-peer legal health and eviction training, neighborhood-based door-door canvassing, phone canvassing, in-person and virtual workshops for unincorporated area

  • Assist in implementing a resident referral system alongside Centro Legal and eviction defense partners

 

Qualifications &  Skill Set

  • Shared life experience and cultural competency with our members

  • Experience with power-building work: understand community organizing as our strategy for change

  • Commitment to language justice: written and spoken fluency in English and Spanish are preferred. 

  • At least 5 years relevant experience that can include leading grassroots organizing, volunteer management, field canvassing, organizing campaigns, phone banking activities 

  • Experience working with diverse, low-income communities, with people of color, and with the issues affecting low-income urban residents and is aware of trauma-informed practice

  • Experience in working with service providers and collaborative decision making 

  • Proven experience with program management 

  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines with attention to detail in a demanding environment

  • Experience and/or familiarity with unincorporated Alameda County is preferred

  • Ability to work independently and with a team

  • Strong proficiency in MS Office

  • Bachelor’s degree; may substitute four years of equivalent work experience

 

Work Environment

A combination of time spent in a sedentary office environment with time spent on site in unincorporated Alameda County  

 

Travel Requirements

The responsibilities of this position will require occasional travel to off-site locations around the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout unincorporated Alameda County.

 

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of the job, the employee is regularly required to sit, speak and hear.  Requires frequent use of a keyboard, computer monitor and phone.  Must be able to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing. Must be able to lift up to twenty (20) pounds occasionally. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

Application Procedure & Compensation

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume via email to coordinator@myedenvoice.org Please reference “MEV Senior Organizer”in the subject line.  Applicants with suitable experience and/or skills will be contacted for interviews.  In-Advancé offers competitive benefits including: paid vacation and sick leave; health, dental, and vision.

 

In-Advancé is an equal opportunity employer