Based in San Diego, CA

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is an innovative San Diego non-profit organization that combines cutting-edge research, policy campaigns, coalition building and leadership development programs to promote social and economic justice for working people and diverse communities. For more information about CPI, please see https://www.cpisandiego.org/.

CPI seeks an Organizer to lead economic justice and equity coalitions throughout the San Diego region. This is a full-time position requiring an individual of independence, initiative and responsibility. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to strengthening the labor and progressive social justice movements; collaborating with diverse community and worker organizations; and conducting effective organizing, outreach and the promotion of a comprehensive policy program. The right candidate will be able both to manage coalitions and support emerging grassroots leaders.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Organizer is responsible for:

  • Leading campaign efforts, including developing collective goals, coordinating campaign strategies, executing organizing tactics, and connecting organizing work with research and public policy.
  • Developing and maintaining strong coalitions among diverse groups of organizational stakeholders and neighborhood leaders.
  • Leading efforts for community outreach, recruitment, education and grassroots political action for CPI’s campaigns.
  • Training and supporting individual leadership in the strategy and execution of issues and campaigns.
  • Working with elected leaders and their staff to advance policy goals.
  • Coordinating the content and logistics for actions and events.
  • Mobilizing people to actions and events.
  • Phonebanking, canvassing, and conducting site visits in support of CPI’s goals, campaigns, and programs.
  • Educating the community about CPI issues and campaigns.
  • Tracking progress toward organizing and campaign goals.
  • Documenting CPI’s organizing and campaign accomplishments and communicating with appropriate stakeholders about progress in reaching goals.
  • Supporting the work of the organization as a whole.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice.
  • Experience in community, labor, or faith-based organizing or campaigns.
  • Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or people whose first or only language is other than English.
  • Experience with leading and training people to engage in door-to-door canvassing, phone outreach and public speaking.
  • Strong facilitation skills for meetings and trainings.
  • Ability both to lead and to work well in teams.
  • Strong planning, time-management and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills.
  • Basic computer literacy and ability to learn the organization’s technology tools.
  • Ability and willingness to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and an automobile for business use.


  • Proven lead-level organizing experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with and developing diverse, broad-based coalitions.
  • Experience with recruiting and training new leaders. Experience conducting trainings.
  • Experience working with elected officials.
  • Strong attention to detail and well-organized.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
  • Self-directed and able to handle multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Experience leading multiple components of a campaign from beginning to end.
  • Able to manage multiple campaigns on different timelines and with different objectives.
  • Experience working with 1) education issues, 2) infrastructure and planning issues, and/or 3) workers' rights issues.
  • San Diego ties and bilingual preferred.

Compensation: CPI’s salary and benefit standards are competitive and reflect our commitment to economic justice and equal pay for equal work. We offer a full benefits package including employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution, and a generous paid time-off program including paid sick, vacation, and holidays.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit their résumé, cover letter and two references to hr@onlineCPI.org with “Organizer” in subject line by Friday, April 20th, 2018. Position available immediately.

The Center on Policy Initiatives respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe our strength lies in the broad range of people and partners we work with and represent. Inclusion is a driver of our institutional excellence and we seek out the participation of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer employees, board members, and volunteers.

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