Community Organizer - Sacramento ACT
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Note: Experience working with African-American communities is required.
Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT) is seeking a Community Organizer with a passion for justice and for supporting grassroots leaders in building a multi-cultural, multi-faith community organization capable of transforming our communities and schools. In Sacramento County, we are lifting up a new vision that unites people across race, class and religion. To this end, we are looking for applicants who have experience working with communities of color. This position would have a strong (but not sole) focus on developing leadership and issue campaigns in African-American congregations, so experience working with African-American communities is required.
About Sacramento ACT: As a faith-based, grassroots community organization, ACT’s mission is to build the leadership capacity of ordinary people, empowering them to have a voice in the public arena. ACT’s grassroots volunteer leaders are strengthening public schools, improving healthcare access for low income people, improving neighborhood safety, ensuring more affordable housing and jobs, and advancing immigrant rights.
ACT is a federation of 40 congregations, schools and neighborhood groups representing approximately 40,000 people in Sacramento County. ACT is a member of the PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) National Network. With more than 1,000 member institutions, representing 1 million families in 150 cities and 17 states, PICO is one of the largest community-based efforts in the country.
The Position: Community Organizer
A community organizer with Sacramento ACT works with a variety of congregations, schools and/or neighborhood groups to: find and develop leaders; identify issues important to the local members; design campaign strategies and win policy changes that improve local neighborhoods and the quality of life for residents in Sacramento County. This position will include a focus on strengthening and developing ACT’s youth violence prevention campaigns.
Learning PICO's congregation-based model of community organizing and incorporating its principles into day-to-day work activities
Building relationships and leadership of members in at least 5 congregations and/or schools or neighborhood groups
Completing 20 one-on-one relational meetings every week with current and potential leaders of those communities.
Training and developing community leaders from diverse institutions to act in the public arena
Working with clergy and neighborhood leaders to support their institutions to act publicly on issues effecting their members
Working with other staff to provide leadership for ACT’s citywide campaigns for healthcare, education, and youth violence prevention.
Participating in PICO National Network initiatives and campaigns to move policy at the state and national levels
Participating in fundraising and administrative activities as required.
Full time, with significant evening and weekend work.
Skills and Qualifications:
BA/BS degree strongly preferred, or equivalent work experience.
Experience working with the African-American community, preferably in African-American congregations, is required.
Ability to work in multi-faith, multi-racial/ethnic setting and with immigrant communities.
Strong public speaking, writing, and analytical skills.
Strong interpersonal and relational skills and interest in people.
Disciplined, and able to work effectively in highly unstructured environment.
Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community.
Desire to learn and openness to challenge.
Strong interest in community and social justice issues. Experience in organizing preferred.
Bilingual Spanish/English helpful, but not required.
Experience with youth violence prevention strategies a plus, but not required.
We are an organization that highly values staff development, support and growth. Sacramento ACT has a strong learning culture, including weekly staff development and coaching opportunities, and PICO regional and national trainings. We place a high priority on personal learning, relationship building, and creating a respectful and supportive multi-ethnic, multi-faith, and multilingual organization.
Starting salary $38k and up depending on experience. ACT offers generous benefits including health/dental insurance and 401k. Opportunities for advancement within PICO.
All applicants must apply for this position online. (Click the link to "Apply for this Position")
Please have the following three (3) documents ready to upload to your online application:
An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) including 3 references and salary history;
A cover letter (stating why you would be the ideal person for this position);
A writing sample (demonstrating your ability to think critically and communicate effectively).
If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.
DEADLINE: Position open until filled. Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis. Interviews will start in December. Position will begin in early 2013.
Top candidates will be asked to demonstrate skills and commitment through an intensive screening process including interviews with up to 8-10 community leaders, staff and board members.
For more information about this position contact Alicia Ross at Alicia@sacact.org.
Learn more about Sacramento ACT at www.sacact.org. Learn more about faith-based community organizing at http://www.organizingcareers.org.