Careers

SAJE is always looking for bright, hardworking, and passionate team players  to come on board!

Current Openings

Director of Organizing

The Director of Organizing will be responsible for directing our organizing staff, collaborating with our policy staff, managing key areas of healthy housing and tenant rights work, and staffing coalitions.  The Director of Organizing will oversee an ongoing process of organizational development within the organizing team and its program areas.  The Organizing Director will report to the Executive Director.

 Responsibilities:

  • Supervise, coach, and manage the SAJE organizing staff; develop work plans for each organizer
  • Manage leadership and member meetings and training’s
  • Systematically track organizing activities and results and prepare reports
  • Ensure implementation of SAJE personnel policies and staff evaluations
  • Direct campaigns in key work areas including coalition management, actions, and turnout
  • Maintain overarching knowledge of all SAJE campaigns and contribute to strategic campaign development; help coordinate policy and program development, organizing activities, community leadership development, and advocacy work. Connect strategic planning to an organizing approach and vision.
  • Coordinate with administrative staff at SAJE on both external and internal management issues
  • Other duties, as needed

 Required Qualifications:

  • Significant experience with grassroots community or labor organizing and leadership development
  • Significant supervisory and work plan development experience
  • Commitment to economic justice and the mission of SAJE
  • Able to manage large databases and do data based reporting
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to relate well to people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Experience managing campaigns and coordinating coalitions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive experience with campaign organizing and leadership development around issues of social justice; Los Angeles based experience preferred
  • Significant experience living or working in low income communities of color
  • Bilingual in a second language (e.g. Spanish)
  • Database design skills
  • Development experience
  • Human resources experience
  • Experience with the following issues: transit oriented development, healthy homes, political economy and home financing, home maintenance and inspection, building code enforcement, community benefit agreements, tenant legal rights, equitable development, urban planning, public health, job training and development, affordable housing, displacement prevention

Full medical and dental benefits are provided to SAJE employees and their children. Paid vacation, sick days, and holidays.

Email a resume and cover letter detailing why you are qualified for this position to apply@saje.net.

Director of Communications

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is an economic justice organization that has been building economic power for working class people in Los Angeles for over 20 years.  SAJE created the nation’s first welfare-to-work bank account, organized an important and autonomous model for democratic development, T.R.U.S.T. South LA, which pioneered the use of community benefit agreements as a tool for equitable development; and contributes to the development of innovative new land use policies. 

Since 2001, SAJE has focused its attention on the Figueroa Corridor, home to 200,000 working class people.  The pressure of development in this area leads to the rapid displacement of historic communities of color as landlords price out or push out residents through harassment, illegal eviction, or intentional building neglect. 

SAJE’s current projects include tenant clinics, the South Los Angeles Healthy Homes Collaborative, internship and volunteer programs, publicly-funded tenant outreach, grassroots leadership development, and community-based projects, coalitions and  collaborations that advance equity.

SAJE seeks a director to establish an organized, focused communications operation that helps advance the interests of tenants and other Los Angeles residents, particularly low-income tenants, communities of color, and residents of South Los Angeles, at the heart of our city’s and our region’s collective vision for its future. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Establish and lead a communications department that elevates SAJE’s visibility and public understanding of its work, including developing messaging, talking points, speeches  and communication plans to increase awareness of SAJE initiatives
  • Lead media relations activities, including generating positive earned media for SAJE’s actions through press conferences, pitching, media advisories, press releases and building reporter relationships
  • Act as a spokesperson and lead ongoing media and speaker training for SAJE spokespeople; develop and share talking points regularly with SAJE leaders, staff, and partners so they are equipped to be effective ambassadors of the organization’s work
  • Oversee the editorial strategy and content development for SAJE’s social and digital media channels, including the web site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and email newsletters
  • In partnership with SAJE’s outside communications agency, implement SAJE’s newly developed strategic communications plan, including launching new strategies and tactics to increase understanding of SAJE’s work
  • Measure and analyze the impact of SAJE’s communications function and media coverage, continuously adjusting to improve effectiveness
  • Work collaboratively with the other members of the management team to integrate their work with the communications operation
  • Provide guidance and tools to support SAJE staff in promoting their programs and events with target audiences
  • Coordinate collaborative communications campaigns with key partner organizations
  • Work with field staff to develop communications materials, toolkits and workshops for member activists

 Desired Qualifications:

  • Excellent writer and communicator, with the ability to recognize and craft compelling stories and narratives that advance understanding and inspire audiences to take action
  • Achievement in creating and managing public relations programs, including writing talking points, media materials, and media outreach
  • 3-4 years in a communications/policy role, ideally for a progressive cause, philanthropy,  or political organization
  • Mindset and core values of service to the greater good, transparency, collaboration and teamwork, a bias toward action; someone who thrives on achieving results and building and maintaining solid relationships with internal partners and clients
  • Strong relationships and knowledge of Los Angeles civic leaders and media
  • Excellence in developing and running successful advocacy campaigns through digital and social media channels and news vehicles
  • Subject matter expertise around Los Angeles policy, housing and tenant rights issues is preferred
  • Spanish fluency and experience engaging with the diverse perspectives of people of color a plus

 To apply: mail, fax or email cover letter and resume to: 

Cynthia Strathmann, PhD
Executive Director
apply@saje.net
(213) 745-9969 (fax)
152 W. 32nd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

 SAJE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in interning/volunteering at SAJE?
Please fill out this short interest form  https://tinyurl.com/sajevolunteer or contact us at info@saje.net