Community Organizer (Bilingual Spanish/English)
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People Acting in Community Together (PACT) is seeking a community organizer to join our team! We are looking for the strongest candidates to fill our various needs including utilizing on-line/social media strategies to support grassroots community organizing and building PACT’s growing multicultural and inter-faith work.
PACT is a multi-ethnic, inter-faith grassroots organization that empowers everyday people to create a more just community. PACT helps ordinary people win extraordinary victories, not by speaking for them, but by teaching them how to speak up, take action and engage in the public arena for themselves.
PACT does exciting work building power for change in 25+ different communities across San Jose and Santa Clara County. We focus on local community issues and work on state and federal policy with our sister organizations across California and the nation as part of the PICO National Network.
We have a diverse staff and large base of volunteer, grassroots community leaders and are intentional about building a multicultural organization. Much of our organizing work focuses on issues like creating excellent public schools, making health care accessible to all people, creating solutions to the foreclosures crisis, expanding affordable housing, improving neighborhood safety, and promoting immigrant integration to create a more immigrant-friendly Silicon Valley.
The Position: Community Organizer
Community organizers with PACT work to engage and develop grassroots leaders based in member congregations and partner schools. Community organizers train individual grassroots leaders and local organizing committees to identify priority community concerns, research potential solutions and secure commitments from policy makers to implement these solutions to improve the community. The new community organizers will join a team of 5 experienced community organizers.
Organize successfully in religious congregations and public schools.
Train and develop community leaders take action effectively in the public arena.
Complete 20 one-on-one relational meetings every week with community members.
Work with faith and school leaders to support social justice in their institutions.
Work with others on the staff team in support of PACT organization-wide campaigns related to education, immigration, health care, housing and other community issues.
Participate in the PICO National Network’s state and national policy campaigns.
Develop and implement strategies for using web 2.0/social media tools to engage individuals, inform the broader community and work for change.
Participate in PACT’s fundraising efforts.
We are an organization that highly values staff development, support and growth. PACT has a strong learning culture, including weekly staff development and coaching, 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.
This is a full-time, exempt position, with regular evening work and some weekend work. Opportunities for advancement within PICO. Salary dependent on experience.
Strong public speaking, writing, and analytical skills
Strong interpersonal and relational skills and curiosity about people
Discipline and ability to work effectively in unstructured work environment
Desire to learn and openness to challenge
Strong interest in community and social justice issues
Experience working in diverse, multicultural and immigrant communities
Community organizing experience preferred
Experience with public policy analysis, advocacy or organizing preferred
Demonstrated skills using web 2.0/social media tools preferred
Experience working with faith communities preferred
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.
Top candidates will be asked to demonstrate skills and commitment through an intensive screening process including interviews with up to 10 community leaders and board members.
DEADLINE: Resumes will be accepted on a rolling basis. However, interviews will begin almost immediately.
For more information, visit www.pactsj.org and www.piconetwork.org. Learn more about faith-based community organizing at http://www.organizingcareers.org.