This is the ideal position for someone wanting to “upset the set-up”—bringing back power and voice to systems-impacted youth of color, their families, and communities.
Reporting to the Managing Director, the Director of Campaigns and Organizing (DCO) will champion efforts to grow the size, scope, and effectiveness of CURYJ’s local and regional campaign and organizing efforts. The DCO will play a central role in ending youth incarceration in CA, and beyond. Working closely with and supported by CURYJ’s team of Directors and Leadership team, the DCO will be responsible for leading CURYJ’s local and regional campaigns and organizing work, including: planning and executing sophisticated and winning campaign strategies that are aligned with our Theory of Transformation & Liberation; organizing activities, events, community meetings, to support systems-level change, while holding government stakeholders accountable; and ensuring alignment between our youth leadership, community healing, and digital organizing departments to ensure the success of local and regional campaigns. The DCO will also be the primary staff person setting goals for CURYJ’s campaign and organizing.
Strengthen CURYJ’s organizing and campaign strategies
- Develop systems and structures to utilize interns, participants, and volunteers for the purposes of executing organizing objectives
- Evaluate the success of CURYJ’s strategic organizing and campaign efforts and adjust as needed to move toward maximum impact
- Collaborate with program staff to increase the understanding of all staff and youth participants around organizing efforts, their ability to participate in those efforts and the intended outcomes of that work
- Oversee strategic planning of campaigns and organizing work, ensuring alignment with CURYJ’s strategic goals and including content production, staff and program participant training development and infrastructure planning and execution
Provide-strategic leadership for CURY’s organizing and campaign efforts
- Develop a CURYJ organizing strategy – choose and prioritize issues and campaigns and execute on those choices
- Lead events related to organizing strategy, including direct actions
- Build the base of CURYJ membership for the purposes of community education, community support and support for CURYJ’s issue platforms
- Develop infrastructure to support base building and retention
Serve as a highly visible and collaborative leader
- As a member of CURYJ’s Leadership Team, contribute to the development and implementation of CURYJ’s organizational vision, mission and impact, model our core values, and DEI commitments
- Work collaboratively with other directors and departments to ensure programmatic alignment and efficacy towards our Campaigns and Organizing strategies
- Broaden CURYJ’s exposure to social campaigns, activists, and thought leaders in the organizing and campaign space
- Increase capacity of staff and program participants to add support to the organizing work of CURYJ
- Develop and/or manage CURYJ’s organizing coalition partnerships with the goal of strategic collaboration for the greatest impact
Qualifications and Competencies
- At least five years of community organizing experience, including base-building
- Technical proficiency in organizing strategies, as well as creativity, passion and vision to challenge the status quo
- Preference for experience in organizing around social justice issues of particular interest to CURYJ including but not limited to youth justice, criminal injustice, decarceration, immigrant rights and community investment
- Experience in organizing-related strategies, including collaborating with state-wide, local, and regional coalitions
- Exceptional communication skills for working effectively with a variety of staff members and multiple stakeholders, including but not limited to the ability to facilitate and write persuasively and clearly
- Excellent analytical, interpersonal, listening and organizational skills
- Ability to manage multiple tasks in a variety of different areas with ease
- Ability to work well with diverse groups of people and a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace
- Capacity to take initiative, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, work independently and meet deadlines
- Deep commitment to and understanding of youth justice issues and to elevating the voices of systems-impacted young people
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively, and to shift between those strategies with ease
- Flexibility to work during non-traditional work hours (evenings and weekends)
Compensation and Benefits
Compensation is commensurate with experience, ranging from $74,000 – $90,000 annually.
This position is exempt full time with excellent benefits, including 100% coverage of employee’s medical (highest Cal Choice package included), $25,000 life insurance plan, vision and dental; and an option to enroll into a 403(b) plan. In addition to 2 weeks paid vacation per year + a 2 week “office shutdown” during the December/January holidays, CURYJ provides the following paid holidays:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, July 4th (Independence Day), Labor Day, California Native American Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, The Friday after Thanksgiving Day, Your Birthday.
Equal Opportunity Employer and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
CURYJ is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, educational background, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic. We strongly encourage formerly incarcerated and/or those that identify with the LGBTQ+ Community to apply.
Interested applicants, please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.