Careers

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

Current Openings

Outreach Associate

SAJE is a 501c3 nonprofit in South Los Angeles.  Our mission is to build community power and leadership for economic justice. SAJE is seeking a qualified applicant who will educate low income tenants and “mom and pop” landlords about energy efficiency, water conservation, and tenant rights.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Our goals are to educate and inform tenants and small property landlords about: 1) the benefits of energy efficiency and water conservation and how they can achieve those benefits through City of Los Angeles programs or behavior modification and 2) current tenant and landlord rights and obligations. The SAJE Outreach Associate will report to SAJE’s Outreach Coordinator.  With the Outreach Coordinator, the Outreach Associate will design a canvassing plan, canvass neighborhoods and distribute materials, set up and lead educational workshops, and design social media posts.  Outreach Associates may also work to develop organizing and outreach plans with other organizational staff.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required

1) A valid California driver’s license, auto insurance, and a dependable car. Car (and then insurance) may be purchased after hiring, but must be acquired expeditiously.

2) Ability to converse and write fluently in English.

3) Ability to converse and write fluently in Spanish AND/OR substantial experience working with or living in low income urban communities.

4) Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to speak comfortably with people in highly varied life situations.

5) Able to complete necessary reporting duties with accuracy and timeliness.

6) Ability to work evenings and weekends. (On some occasions work may require irregular and long hours.)

Additional

1) Knowledge of landlord/tenant law and housing issues, energy efficiency, or water conservation.

2) Experience working in tenant, community, environmental or labor organizing groups.

3) Experience in and commitment to community activism, social justice, environmentalism, or sustainability.

4) Working knowledge of standard office software applications.

5) Four years of college, preferably completed, OR full time work experience OR a combination thereof.

 COMPENSATION & SCHEDULE:

$19.25 / hour. This is a full-time time position with medical, dental, and vision benefits, three weeks of vacation, paid holidays, and sick leave. This position is currently scheduled to be funded for one year, but may be extended. Typically associates will work Monday through Friday, 10 am to 7 pm with a one hour unpaid lunch, but hours and days may vary.

This opportunity is ideal for a recent college graduate or someone interested in starting a career in a new field. Minority, women, and LGBTQ job seekers are STRONGLY encouraged to apply.

REAP Tenant Outreach and Education

Summary:

The REAP Tenant Outreach and Education worker will conduct outreach to tenants of properties throughout the city of LA that have been referred to REAP (Rent Escrow Account Program).  The worker will canvass tenants at their homes and facilitate meetings as needed to inform tenants about their rights and responsibilities underREAP and under RSO generally.  The worker will also field landlord questions in-person, and via phone and email.  The worker will maintain accurate and complete records documenting all of their activities and will liaise with LA’s Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) for coordination and evaluation of all program activities.  In some cases the worker may conduct separate work related to SAJE projects that do not conflict with the duties and limitations of REAP as defined by HCID.  The worker may supervise interns and other workers who support tenant outreach and education efforts related to REAP.  The REAP Tenant Outreach and Education worker will work with the Program Coordinator on the administrative aspects of REAP and will report to the Executive Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Performing Outreach to Tenants in Rental Units with Significant Housing Code Violations:
  1. a) driving toREAPproperties to all neighborhoods in the city.
  2. b) educating tenants regarding their rights and encouraging them to pay their reduced rent intoREAP
  3. c) door-to-door canvassing work.
  4. d) organizing and facilitating building meetings and providing ongoing support to tenant associations.
  5. c) preparing and distributing meeting notices, agendas, educational materials.
  6. e) meeting and interacting with landlords
  • Administration and record keeping:
  1. a) helping to design educational materials.
  2. b) participating in formal training workshop.
  3. c) assisting tenants with accessing local resources and legal assistance.
  4. d) Enter data on an online data system.
  5. e) preparing reports on work perform
  6. f) maintaining and updating files.

QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE:

Required (If you don’t have ALL of the first five qualifications, please don’t apply)

1) MUST have the ability to communicate and write in English and Spanish at a proficient professional level. (Do Not Apply if you do not have these skills and abilities)

2) Good writing, speaking and research skills.

3) A valid driver’s California license, insurance and a dependable car is an absolute requirement.

4) Ability to work evenings and weekends. (On some occasions work will require irregular and long hours).

5) Must be able to maintain accurate records and have the ability to write timely, required reports on work.

Desirable

1) Experience in building tenant, community or labor organizations.

2) Experience in and commitment to community activism.

3) Working knowledge of word-processing and basic computer graphics.

4) Knowledge of landlord/tenant law and housing issues.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Depends on experience, plus medical, vision and dental insurance.

Email cover letter, resume, and 2 references to apply@saje.net

 

Community Organizer

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is looking for an experienced organizer to join our team.  SAJE is a 501c3 non-profit, base-building organization in South Los Angeles.  Since 1996 SAJE has been a force for economic justice in our community, focusing on healthy housing, tenant rights, and equitable development.

Our mission is to change public and corporate policy in a manner that provides concrete economic benefits to working class people, increases the economic rights of working class people, and builds leadership through a movement for economic justice; in the process creating sustainable models of economic democracy.

Reporting directly to the organizing team leadership, the Community Organizer drives our base building work.  This is the foundation of our holistic approach to building tenant power to improve housing and job opportunities and advance a community-based vision of what development should look like in our neighborhoods.  (Better neighborhoods, same neighbors).

SAJE’s Community Organizer is responsible for:  member recruitment, leadership development, and mobilization.  We seek, in our policy work and our organizing with the people of the communities of South Los Angeles, to fight slum housing conditions, defend against real estate speculation and evictions, and expand community residents’ economic and tenant’s rights.

In addition to base building, the organizer will develop and maintain community partnerships that will help further our work.  We collaborate with a diverse array of organizational partners in our different work areas.  Our equitable development work involves partnerships with multiple community based organizations as well as organized labor and government agencies.

Responsibilities:

BUILD OUR BASE

  • Conduct and supervise campaign outreach and recruitment through activities such as door-knocking, surveying, and house visits with potential leaders
  • Develop leaders in the community: identify new leaders, develop and retain relationships with leaders, engage them in dialog to help us to guide, ground, and shape SAJE’s campaigns
  • Organize, facilitate, and/or supervise grassroots campaign meetings
  • Staff a tenant rights clinic
  • Speak and prepare leaders to speak to media about campaigns

DEVELOP CAMPAIGNS

  • Learn, develop, and implement organizing and political strategies with organizing and policy teams
  • Assist Organizing Team in developing and maintaining community partnerships to increase SAJE’s community presence
  • Organize and supervise community delegations to key decision-makers and public forums
  • Develop materials to aid in organizing and advance our campaigns (such as fliers and workshop curricula)

USE ACCOUNTABILITY & ADMINISTRATIVE BEST PRACTICES

  • Work with Organizing Coordinator to manage calendar, set goals, and create weekly work plan encompassing all organizing activities
  • Help maintain campaign contact and referral database
  • Maintain records on all building campaigns, door knocking and tenants’ rights clinics
  • Maintain time records on a weekly basis (hours worked and activities conducted)

Qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of the challenges facing tenants in working class, immigrant communities
  • Minimum three years of experience in community or labor organizing OR health or housing outreach and education
  • Ability to gain the trust of, motivate, and spark an interest among local residents
  • Ability to support, track, and increase local residents’ leadership skills
  • A strong history of working with different kinds of stakeholders and groups including immigrant workers, low-income community residents, clergy and churches, unions, community based organizations, academic institutions, and government gatekeepers and staff
  • Good presentation, and speaking skills & capacity to explain complex information & issues in easy-to-understand manner, including ability to use popular-education techniques
  • Flexible in time and mind: there will be weekly evening commitments and work required during the weekend
  • Organized and detail oriented; excellent time management skills and ability to prioritize work, strong capacity for independent and collaborative problem solving
  • Disciplined in maintaining high standards in organizing tracking systems
  • Ability to drive, valid license, and have a reliable & insured vehicle
  • Ability to stand and walk for long periods
  • Ability to write use basic computer applications
  • Is warm and positive in their work with colleagues and community members
  • Bilingual English-Spanish OR demonstrated capacity to connect with low-income community residents of different backgrounds

To apply: 

SAJE is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage people of color, women, and LGBTQI people, veterans, and people of all ages to apply.  SAJE is a family-friendly employer.  Accordingly, we strive to maintain a forty-hour work week and a sustainable work/life balance and offer a competitive benefits package and salary (based on experience).

Please send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, three references, and a short, recent writing sample (e.g. organizing rap, newsletter article, one pager, blog post, etc.) as Microsoft Word attachments to Dagan R. Bayliss, Director of Organizing at apply@saje.net