Position Title: Community Organizer
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Location: Multiple Counties – Kern, Tulare, Sanger
Reports to: Community Director Director
The Organization: The Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF) is a growing 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to inspire and organize communities to build volunteer organizations empowered to pursue social justice. DHF is based in Bakersfield, California. We organize in the counties of Tulare, Fresno, Kern, and the high desert area of Los Angeles County. We are seeking Student Success Mentors who are passionate about supporting this work.
The Community Organizer & Trainer will engage community residents and establish a grassroots base of trained volunteers to engage in advocacy efforts to improve the education, health, and civic engagement outcomes for residents. This position has no supervisorial responsibilities.
The Major Gifts Officer reports to the Development Director, and will work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director as well as board members and other external stakeholders.
- Engage volunteer residents in non-partisan voter registration, education, Get Out The Vote (GOTV), and other outreach/mobilization programs.
- Lead Power Analysis and Campaign Development to address issues affecting underrepresented communities.
- Establish a media and communications plan to publicize projects and solicit community support.
- Provide weekly and monthly written management reports to document activities, updates, and results via conference calls and timely updates; Update contacts on the DHF database on a weekly basis.
- Participate in weekly staff calls, monthly staff meetings, and monthly Kern Education Justice Collaborative meetings.
House Meeting Training
- Participate in a six-week House Meeting Training
- Engage Volunteers to participate in House Meeting Trainings
- Self-motivated, resourceful, and creative
- Strong problem-solving skills
- Reliable transportation, driver’s license, and automobile insurance
- Written and spoken proficiency in Spanish & English a plus
- Ability to work evenings and weekends
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Graduate from an accredited college
- Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate
- 2+ Years’ experience in a community outreach role preferred
- Social justice advocacy experience preferred
- Experience and passion for community organizing
Job Specific Competencies
- Strategic Thinking: Possesses a broad understanding of organizational strategic planning, implementation and evaluation.
- Leadership: Demonstrates understanding of a variety of leadership and management principles and practices.
- Mission Focus: Possesses advanced knowledge and understanding of the challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.
- Technical Skill: Knowledge of graphic design and digital media; knowledge of arts community and education institutions; Extensive experience planning and organizing events and public programs.
- Communication: Communicates clearly, both verbally and in writing. Is an effective public speaker. Communicates effectively and professionally among all levels of the organization and the public. Bilingual (Spanish and English) applicants a plus
- Ethical Practice: Models the highest level of ethics, integrity, DHF values and social responsibility.
- Relationship Management: Demonstrated experience working with staff at all levels in a collaborative, environment; commitment and ability to promote and sustain positive workplace values and relationships
- Interpersonal Skills: Ability to work well under pressure, remain calm and controlled when faced with difficult situations. Strives for immediate address.
Alignment with DHF values: Understanding and appreciation of Dolores Huerta’s legacy and the farmworker’s movement is foundational to staff’s commitment to working with our BIPOC children, families and communities. Demonstrates respect for and appreciation of social justice history, and community organizing culture, understanding its implication in one’s work, in fostering meaningful relationships, and in embracing the community served.
- Social Justice – We strive to achieve equity of distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges in our society by dismantling systems of oppression, protecting Mother Earth, and building a true democracy that values human rights including a person’s right to love whomever they wish to love.
- Self Determination – We believe in the right of people to choose and be empowered to create their own destiny.
- Democracy – We believe in political representation, freedom, and equity, everyone has an equal voice in organizations and governance.
- Collective Action – We believe there is a mighty power in people organizing together towards a common goal.
- Volunteerism – We believe that giving of your own time, without compensation, towards the benefit of others and your community serves as its own reward.
- Non-violence – We believe in the use of peaceful action, without violence, to bring about political or social change.
- Feminism – We believe in the social, economic and political equality of all genders; including women’s right to control their own bodies and the right to abortion.
- Yes We Can! – We always act with hope in the belief that what may seem unachievable can be accomplished.
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The Dolores Huerta Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and strives to attract qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, military and veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law.