Join our fight for housing justice in Los Angeles!

SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) is hiring a Community Organizer to work with our Building Equity and Transit team! SAJE Community Organizers build our base by recruiting and training community leaders. With your team, you will work to develop programs and campaigns that advance our work.

The Building Equity and Transit team works to ensure that the built environment is healthy, stable, and robustly constructed and will remain so over the long term. Our team educates residents about their rights and may also organize community members to advocate for improved housing and transit conditions. Examples of team projects and campaigns include the Rent Escrow Account Program, energy efficiency and water conservation outreach, climate change and building de-carbonization planning, healthy housing education, and building code enforcement improvement, reform, and implementation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Conduct outreach and education about energy efficiency, water conservation, and tenant rights through activities such as door-knocking, surveying, workshops, and phone conversations
  • Conduct community outreach and public education activities focused on underrepresented communities to promote energy efficiency and water conservation, such as canvassing, workshops, presentations, and active enrollment
  • Develop leaders in the community: identify new leaders, develop and retain relationships with existing leaders, and engage them in dialogue to help us to guide, ground, and shape SAJE’s campaigns
  • Maintain campaign contact and referral databases and records on all campaigns
  • Maintain time records on a weekly basis (hours worked and activities conducted)
  • Develop materials to aid in organizing and advancing campaigns, such as fliers and workshop curricula
  • Organize, facilitate, and/or supervise grassroots campaign meetings
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of tenant rights and policies related to SAJE projects and campaigns, and keep that knowledge base current
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of energy efficiency and water conservation related to SAJE projects and campaigns, and keep that knowledge base current
  • Provide interpretation and translation from other languages, dialects, or language registers if your knowledge and skills enable you to do so
  • Participate in other SAJE activities, as needed. These duties include participating in all SAJE all-staff activities and could also include attending meetings and hearings, canvassing, fundraising, and other assorted tasks
  • Perform other duties, as the organization’s needs determine

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to social justice and a solid understanding of the challenges facing tenants in working-class, immigrant communities 
  • Good presentation, and speaking skills and a capacity to explain complex information and issues in an easy-to-understand manner, including the ability to use popular-education techniques 
  • Experience working well in teams 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
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record and valid auto insurance that meets SAJE’s required limits
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing in English
  • Ability to record data and read data in databases
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Lift weights up to 50 pounds

MUST BE

  • Warm and positive with community members
  • 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
  • Vaccinated as recommended by medical professionals

Typical work weeks are Monday through Friday and are eight hours per day, 40 hours per week. Occasionally, night or weekend work may be required. This is a non-exempt position, and work over eight hours per day or 40 hours per week qualifies for overtime pay.

TO APPLY

SAJE is an equal-opportunity employer; we strongly encourage people of color, women, and LGBTQI people, veterans, justice impacted, and people of all ages to apply. We also encourage applications from people from related fields who have not worked in social justice before.

COMPENSATION

This is a non-exempt position, and the pay rate is $24.33 per hour. In their first year, employees receive three weeks of paid vacation. SAJE also observes thirteen paid holidays per year. Sick time is offered as required by law. SAJE offers and pays all premiums for health, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their direct dependents (but not spouses). A 403b retirement plan is available for employee contributions.

Please send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and a list of three references as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments to  apply@saje.net by November 30, 2022. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. In your email, please include subject line Community Organizer BET Application.”

ABOUT SAJE

Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is a 501 c3 organization located in South Central Los Angeles. We are a membership-based organization, and for over 25 years, we have worked side-by-side with our neighbors to improve our community by advocating for tenant rightshealthy housing, and equitable development. We train people to organize and advocate for themselves, their families, and their communities. We believe the fate of city neighborhoods should be decided by those who dwell there and collaborate with community organizations and public officials to ensure this occurs in a fair, replicable, and sustainable manner. Our staff includes community organizers, outreach specialists, canvassers, researchers, and communication specialists, organized in cross-functional teams.