Lead Organizer

Department: CA - LA Voice
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Job Code: 549


Lead Organizer, Criminal Justice Reform
LA Voice believes all people have power and a voice. Every day we amplify that power by uniting diverse faith voices and equipping grassroots leaders to organize their power for what their communities need and want, winning systems changes that improve the lives of all county residents. We are a growing interfaith, multi-racial, multi-lingual organization of 55 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 to belong across difference and identities; and confrontation with power for social transformation. 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 is a member of Faith in Action (formerly PICO National Network, www.faithinaction.org), the largest grassroots spiritual and congregational organizing network in the U.S. and a member of PICO California, an effective, highly respected grassroots organization playing a significant role to turn the tide toward inclusion and equity and create a true state of belonging.
Position Summary:
LA Voice is seeking a full-time Lead Community Organizer to support and develop spiritually-centered grassroots leadership and power in Los Angeles County. This Lead Organizer will be the lead for our criminal justice transformation work, leading countywide campaigns to reduce incarceration, increase police accountability, and redirect resources from incarceration to reentry and equity as part of our intersectional and collaborative organizational agenda. Geographically, this lead will be responsible for supporting organizers and organizing teams in Greater South Los Angeles.
The ideal candidate will have experience and training in community organizing, ideally as a Lead Organizer or other management role; effective communication skills (including those relevant to the communities with whom we organize); emotional intelligence; comfort or fluency in multiple ethnic and religious communities; a passion for people’s leadership and growth; a track record of developing other people’s leadership; clarity that undoing racism is central to the struggle for our shared future. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of a diverse and growing organization and team that is creating positive, systemic change in Los Angeles and California.
An LA Voice Lead Organizer:
  • Demonstrates a disciplined focus on intentional leadership development through 1:1 conversation, identifying interest, inviting grassroots leaders into roles in the public arena and engaging them in national and local leadership development trainings.
  • Engages grassroots leaders in collective action for social change through identifying issues, training leaders and getting them into direct action with policy-makers and decision- makers at a local, county-wide and state levels
  • Builds intentional relationships with clergy and religious leaders: identifying interests and challenges in congregations, exploring how LA Voice membership meets congregational needs and constructing strategies for congregational development in partnership with LA Voice.
  • Co-creates and implements long term strategic plans for building county-wide power for racial and economic justice.
Essential Functions (to Include, but not limited to):
  • Build 1:1 relationships with congregational leaders across a wide geography, focused in South Los Angeles and surrounding communities
  • Organize up to twelve local organizing committees at partner or member congregations
  • Manage all LA Voice organizing efforts on criminal justice reform with support from organizing staff and in partnership with the Criminal Justice Grassroots Leadership Team
  • Develop and conduct training on effective community organizing: research meetings, team building, mobilization, power analysis, voter engagement, coalitions, structural racism, storytelling, one-to-ones, etc.
  • Train and support grassroots leaders in LA Voice collective campaign work, including preparing leaders for visits to advocate with elected officials, gathering signatures, and turning out their friends and family for actions, press conferences, voter work, etc.
  • Lead work with partner organizations and coalitions toward shared goals, including the Justice Equity Alliance with Community Coalition and Advancement Project.
Qualifications Required:
  • Minimum four years experience in community organizing
  • Experience working on criminal justice issues
  • Driven, self-disciplined and flexible; able to work independently and on a team
  • Group development skills; experience nurturing, managing, and guiding teams of people successfully toward shared goals
  • Facility working with clergy and people of faith, in traditional and non-traditional spaces
  • Effective interpersonal and relational skills; self-reflective
  • Experience effectively managing and developing skills of staff team members
  • Demonstrated success developing and leading organizing campaigns to win tangible benefits for the community.
  • Commitment to bridging across difference--including race, faith, and life experience--in order to nurture a staff team, an organization, and a county of belonging.
Other Possible Qualifications
  • More than five years of impactful community organizing
  • Fluency in Spanish or other language related to our work
  • Experience doing integrated voter engagement work, including canvassing, phone banking, and using PDI
  • Experience organizing with people who have been incarcerated, people without immigration documents, or people experiencing homelessness/housing displacement/severe rent burden
  • Life experience with incarceration, being without immigration documents, or homelessness/housing displacement/severe rent burden
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree or other advanced coursework
Compensation and Benefits:
  • This is a full-time, exempt position that reports to the Executive Director and is part of the senior leadership team
  • The job includes regular evening work and some weekend work.
  • Salary is competitive and based on experience.
  • Benefits include a comprehensive health plan and retirement account.
To be considered for employment, candidate must possess a valid CA Driver’s License, current automobile insurance, and consistent and reliable transportation.
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 via organizingcareers.org.  Please have the following 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.
Application/Hiring Deadline:
Applications and interviews will occur on a rolling basis.
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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