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Field Organizer (Orange County & San Diego)
June 26, 2017 at 2:47 pm

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Salary: Based on Experience

Type: Temporary Full-Time

Reports to: Program Director/Deputy Executive Director

 

Start: As soon as possible

Closing date of this position: Open until filled

 

Organizational Background:

Equality California (EQCA) is California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. EQCA’s mission is to achieve full and lasting equality, acceptance, and social justice for members of the LGBT community, and the communities that LGBT people are a part of. Through its legislative work, EQCA has successfully sponsored 118 pieces of pro-equality legislation cementing California as the state with strongest LGBT-civil rights protections in the country. EQCA strives to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBT people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI), EQCA’s sibling organization, is a 501(c)3 organization that utilizes advocacy, education, and mobilization programs to promote full and lasting equality and acceptance of LGBT people, improve the health and well-being of the LGBT community, and educate the broader community on important LGBT issues such as transgender equality, violence and hate crimes, healthcare, health disparities, the needs of LGBT seniors and youth, homelessness and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education campaigns, such as Transform California, Equality4All, #Take It, I’m PrEPed, Let California Ring, Fair Share for Equality, the Breakthrough Conversations Project, and Health Happens with Equality.

Position Overview:

Equality California is seeking experienced and motivated full-time Field Organizers to execute our 2017 voter registration and civic engagement program in Southern California. The Field Organizers will help lead EQCA’s community organizing efforts on the ground in the region(s) assigned, build relationships with LGBTQ and allied organizations, recruit volunteers and support a variety of events including LGBTQ Prides, voter registration drives, and various educational events. These positions are temporary and will run through December.

Responsibilities:

This is a remotely supervised organizing position. In this role, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Break big goals into smaller ones, learn to build a program to accomplish them, develop timelines and benchmarks, and produce reports to inform the EQCA team of your progress.
  • Spearhead and organize education programs and pride parade contingents at LGBT pride parades and festivals in the region.
  • Help organize and support various actions including- town halls, rallies, canvasses and voter registration drives.
  • Engage in significant volunteer recruiting and community mobilization to ensure sizable community participation in pride parades, rallies, marches, town halls, and to staff pride education booths.
  • Participate in and lead program tactics such as one-on-one meetings and coalition building, canvassing, and voter registration drives.
  • Develop key relationships with LGBT, LGBT allied, progressive, political, labor, immigration, business, student organizations, healthcare advocates, and religious congregations to build a base of support within communities.
  • Participate in message and strategy briefings and report daily and weekly progress to goals.
  • Manage time-sheets and other administrative materials per deadlines assigned.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as necessary.

Qualifications:

Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:

  • Knowledge, passion and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBT community as well as advancing equality and social justice for all communities.
  • Commitment to working across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to achieve objectives.
  • Effective communication skills- in person, presentation, and writing.
  • At least two years of experience in electoral work cycles with strong background in community organizing and demonstrated ability to work with grassroots community organizations.
  • Experience with organizing events and volunteer recruitment.
  • Experience and/or interest in data driven goal setting and data management.
  • Strong understanding of legal parameters for organizing in a 501 (c) (3) and 501 (c) (4) contexts.
  • Strong organizational skills, accountable, adaptive and self-motivated to identify and manage multiple needs, priorities, and complete work without being micro managed.
  • Comfortable with technology and ability to learn new tools quickly.
  • Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
  • Must have a reliable car and driver’s license.

We especially encourage applications from people who bring some of these additional skills or experiences:

  • Strong ties to the community
  • Strong knowledge and experience in working with LGBT communities
  • Experience in organizing events and volunteer development
  • Experience in building/working with coalitions
  • Experience with PDI, BSD, Excel, and Google

Salary will be based on experience. These are remote full time positions and must be based in the Orange and/or San Diego Counties Both positions will require a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work time, as well as regular travel within the region.  Applicants will be reimbursed for mileage, but must have a car and be able to drive within the region.

We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, women, and non-LGBT persons to apply.

To apply:

Email resume (including names and contact of 3 references), cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to Allison VanKuiken at jobs@eqca.org. Please be sure to put “Field Organizer” and the region you are applying for in the subject line of your email.


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