Director of Organizing

Department: CA - LA Voice
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Job Code: 542

Description

Director of Organizing
 
Organization:
 
LA Voice knows all people have power and a voice, and that at our roots, we belong to each other. Every day we amplify that power by uniting diverse faith voices and equipping grassroots leaders to organize for what their communities need and want, winning systems changes that improve the lives of all Angelenos. We are a growing interfaith, multi-racial, multi-lingual organization of over 60 churches, synagogues, organizations, and mosques that represent more than 50,000 families in Los Angeles County. (See our Facebook page L.A. Voice or website www.lavoice.org). Our core strategic values are increasing personal agency and power; bridging across difference and identities; and confronting the power of the status quo and all that upholds it; all in the name of social transformation--a state of belonging.
 
Our diverse and experienced team works with communities across the county to create a Los Angeles with racial equity and abundant life for all. LA Voice leaders are currently working to improve our communities through the following areas of work: immigrant integration, criminal justice transformation, and affordable housing and homelessness. Equally important is the deep work of helping leaders bridge across difference so that we might become a reflection of the community we hope to create.
 
LA Voice is a member of both Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network, www.faithinaction.org), the largest grassroots spiritual and congregational organizing network in the U.S., and of PICO California, an effective, highly respected grassroots organization playing a significant role to create a California where we all belong.
 
 
Position Summary:
 
LA Voice is seeking a full-time Director of Organizing to support and develop spiritually-rooted grassroots leadership and power in Los Angeles County. We are looking for an experienced and passionate leader who will manage a diverse and talented organizing staff, implement effective social change strategies and develop the leadership of hundreds of grassroots leaders--and prepare us to develop thousands. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successfully developing and executing organizing strategy, designing leadership programs for grassroots leaders, and supporting and managing a team. They will bring with them a deep understanding of grassroots organizing and an orientation towards long-term power building. While they will help LA Voice organizers lead powerful campaigns, the heart of their work will focus on strategy development; political formation, integration of people, issues, and opportunity; curricula design; and deep work with organizing staff and grassroots leaders and clergy. They will be a key partner in leading LA Voice’s organizational development, vision, and strategy.
 
 
Responsibilities include:
 
  • Working with staff, leaders, clergy and allies, develop and implement the next powerful strategic vision for our organization, integrating our three major campaign areas to achieve tangible, long-term systemic change for Los Angeles communities.
  • Oversee the strengthening and development of participatory systems, structures, and programming.
  • Supervise our team of community organizing staff, ranging from beginner-level organizers to Lead Organizers.
  • Work with staff, leaders and clergy to develop comprehensive programming for training and leadership development.
  • Help to develop LA Voice’s strategic partnerships with labor, advocacy and other community-based organizations, and political leaders.
  • Strengthen the organization’s public image, incorporating communications, fundraising, and movement infrastructure into strategic organizing decisions.
  • Work with the executive director plus board members, staff, clergy and other leaders to develop a strong analysis of our region and ability to act powerfully with other PICO federations in Southern California and CA.
  • Support creation of systems to build organizational capacity for voter engagement and data-driven work to build and exercise our power.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director on long-term vision, problem solving, learning, and experimentation
 
 
Qualifications Required:
 
  • Minimum 7 years of successful community organizing experience (congregation-based, labor, or other)
  • Successful experience recruiting, training, supervising and developing organizing staff.
  • Demonstrated success developing and leading organizing campaigns to win tangible benefits for people.
  • Excellent strategic thinking and political analysis skills—the ability to figure out how to exponentially advance the work.
  • Experience with and commitment to grassroots organizing models
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills
  • Commitment organizing as a primary method to disrupting the structural forces causing racial and other disparities
  • Proven ability to bridge and build powerful, reciprocal relationships across difference and to help others do the same.
  • Group development skills; experience nurturing, managing, and guiding teams of people successfully toward shared goals
  • Highly organized and able to design systems to track multiple initiatives and goals
  • Facility working with clergy or people of faith, in traditional and non-traditional spaces
  • Effective interpersonal and relational skills; self-reflective and rooted
 
 
Other Possible Qualifications:
 
  • A decade or more of organizing and leadership experience
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or other language related to our work
  • Experience leading integrated voter engagement work, including canvassing, phone banking, and other voter contact or integrated voter engagement models
  • Established political and organizing network in LA County
  • Experience organizing with people who have been incarcerated, or life experience with incarceration
  • Experience organizing with people with uncertain immigration status, or life experience with uncertain immigration status
  • Experience organizing with people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, or life experience with either
 
 
Compensation and Benefits:
 
This is a full-time, exempt position and reports directly to the Executive Director. The job includes regular evening work and some weekend work. Salary is dependent on experience, starting at approximately $80,000.
 
LA Voice has a strong learning culture, including weekly staff development sessions and regional, state, and national trainings. We place a high priority on personal and professional leadership development, relationship building, and creating a respectful and supportive multi- racial, multi-faith, and multilingual organization.
 
LA Voice is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.
 
 
Application Procedure:
 
All applicants must apply for this position online.  (Click the “Apply for this Position” button below)  Please have the following two (2) documents ready to upload to your online application:
 
  1. An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format)  
  2. A cover letter stating why this is a fit for you and for LA Voice
 
 
If you need assistance or experience any technical difficulties with your online application, please contact careers@faithinaction.org. Resumes will not be accepted via this email address.  You may encounter difficulties if using Google Chrome as your browser. If so, please try another browser.
 
 
FAITH IN ACTION provides Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, FAITH IN ACTION complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




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