California Calls

California Calls

State Black Power Network Organizing Director

Based out of Los Angeles, CA


Organizational Overview
We are excited to launch the California Black Power Network, as we continue to build Black political power and create deep, systemic change to impact the lived realities of Black people in California. The network is composed of local and regional grassroots organizations in key Black communities throughout the state, and will aim to create measurable increases in the capacity of participating Black-led organizations, encourage growth and collaboration within the ecosystem of Black-led organizations across the state, and develop substantial, measurable progress in key issue areas. As we launch and grow this new organization, we are looking for an Organizing Director to build and grow with us while driving the training, organizing and power building efforts of our network as we combat systemic, anti-Black racism.

Whether it is homelessness and gentrification, mass incarceration and criminalization, deep educational inequities, rampant health disparities, the widening economic and wealth inequality gap, tax policy inequities -- Black communities across California are disproportionately impacted. At the heart of these conditions is persistent and enduring systemic and anti-Black racism. A key question is what will make this moment different in addressing the longstanding issues of systemic and anti-Black racism. The Organizing Director will be pivotal in helping transform the energy that swept the country during last year’s wave of protest and uprising into real policy and systems change.

We are building off of two of California Calls’ projects (the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Black Census and Redistricting Hub) that worked over the last five years to increase the capacities and power of local and regional Black-led and/or serving grassroots organizations to address the problems of systemic racism and anti-Black racism. The California Black Power Network will be incubated under California Calls until we spin off as an independent organization. Not only will the Organizing Director have a direct role in leading the organizing, training and capacity building needed to achieve the network’s long term goals, but will also have ample room for growth and opportunities to help shape and develop our growing organization to ensure our organizational culture is effective and in alignment with the values and principles of our movement.

Position Description
Reporting to the Associate Director of Programs, the Organizing Director will serve as a critical member of the team, driving the power building and training and capacity building programs with our network partners across the state. This position will be integral in shaping multi-dimensional organizing strategies that achieve the network’s power building and campaign goals, and will support the engagement and organizing of network partners to develop and implement local, regional and statewide power-building plans. In addition, the Organizing Director will develop, implement and support training and capacity building plans that deepen and expand network partners’ capacities, and develop and sharpen the skills needed to successfully implement multi-dimensional organizing strategies. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in community organizing, advocacy, and electoral campaigns, as well as experience in training and capacity building, coalition building, and project management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develop and implement strategic power-building and organizing plans in collaboration with network staff and partners to help achieve the network’s short term and long term goals.
  2. Develop and implement tailored training and capacity building plans for network partners, and the network at large, based on organizing strategies, campaign plans, and individual partner needs.
  3. Drive network partner engagement, organizing, and technical assistance to develop and successfully implement organizing and training program plans.
  4. Develop and sustain relationships with key allies and participate in coalition spaces to inform and advance campaigns, organizing, and power building efforts.
  5. Coordinate data management in support of base building and civic engagement programs, and support partner data management needs, training, and technical assistance.
  6. Manage and support civic engagement and organizing tools and technology, and provide training and technical support to network partners to successfully utilize tools and technology.
  7. Coordinate with the senior leadership team to develop and manage organizing and training and capacity building budgets and to coordinate network partner regrants in support of programs.
  8. Lead the development of reports and analysis to evaluate program performance, inform program and partner needs, and support funder reporting as needed.
  9. Lead the recruitment, management and development of organizing staff, and consultants and vendors as needed, to support growing organizing and training needs.

Qualifications and Skills

  1. 3-5 years of experience in developing and leading voter engagement, community/labor organizing or social justice campaigns.
  2. Knowledge of the best practices in training and capacity building
  3. Experience in training and capacity building in at least one of the following forms of power: community and electoral organizing, advocacy, lobbying, narrative and communications
  4. Experience in managing phone banking and canvass programs, outreach teams, volunteer coordination, community mobilizations and/or community events.
  5. Experience in developing and leading training and convenings for various audiences.
  6. Knowledge and experience working with Black communities in California.
  7. Previous experience in a project or program management role.
  8. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful strategic programmatic plans.
  9. Experience in team management or coordination.
  10. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  11. Computer skills: strong knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, their Google Suite equivalents and/or database software.
  12. Excellent writing, verbal communications, presentation, and analytical skills.

Employee Compensation, Benefits and Perks

  • Salary range: $85,000 – 100,000 annually with comprehensive benefits
  • Fully covered medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Full-time remote work under COVID-19 protocols
  • Flexible work schedule when normal operations resume
  • Eligibility to participate in 401(K) Plan
  • Paid vacation based on years of service; sick, family and medical leaves in accordance with California laws
  •  Eligibility for pre-tax flexible spending plan (FSA) for health care, child care, and public transit commuter expenses
  • Group term life insurance
  • Staff development opportunities

General Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license, personal car insurance, a personal vehicle in good working condition with valid registration.
  • No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.

BIPOC, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Please submit cover letter and résumé to: mealy@calicalls.org.

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