Campaign Director, Right to Counsel

Join our fight for housing justice in Los Angeles!

SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) is hiring a Campaign Director to work with our Tenant Rights Anti-Eviction Team. The Campaign Director of the LA Right to Counsel Coalition Campaign will be responsible for effectively leading and coordinating SAJE’s efforts to codify a right to counsel and expand robust tenant outreach and education programs through ordinances and budget allocations in jurisdictions across Los Angeles County. 

About SAJE: Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) is a 501c3 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 rights, healthy 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 manner that is fair, replicable, and sustainable. Our staff includes community organizers, outreach specialists, canvassers, researchers, and communication specialists, organized in cross-functional teams.

The Tenant Rights Anti-Eviction Team works to keep tenants from being displaced by fighting for both tenant protections and the prevention of illegal evictions. We organize tenants to fight for policies based on their experiences and needs. Our team also does outreach, and currently includes the Stay Housed unit, which educates the general public about their rights and, if needed, can connect them to legal representation.

Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice; be warm and positive with community members; and be organized and detail-oriented, with excellent time management-skills and a strong capacity for problem-solving. They will also be flexible in both time and mind: this position requires weekly evening commitments and some work during weekends.

SAJE Directors are part of our management team. They are responsible for directing staff, collaborating with the organization’s directors to lead campaigns or projects, and designing SAJE strategy and programmatic or operational direction. Directors proactively oversee an ongoing process of organizational development within the team they lead and its work areas. Directors are responsible for participating in fundraising efforts and grant reporting pertaining to your programmatic areas. Directors usually report to the Executive Director.

The Campaign Director will also have the following job responsibilities specific to the Right to Counsel Campaign:

  • Lead coordination of and between campaign Right to Counsel Campaign steering committee, other campaign organizing spaces, and implementation committees
  • Lead campaign strategy with campaign steering committee and all coalition members and communicate decisions to steering committee for execution 
  • Co-develop advocacy approaches, campaign, and project strategy with other organizational directors/coalition members
  • Co-develop coalition building with other organizational directors/coalition members
  • Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with all coalition and ally organizations
  • Develop and maintain appropriate relationships with elected officials and their staffs
  • Keep track of campaign work plan, set agendas, and facilitate campaign and coalition meetings
  • Create and maintain centralized data and resource hub of digital files including notes, files, documents, and graphics for coalition
  • Ensure follow up and systems management on strategies decided in committee spaces 
  • Maintain listserv and communication with campaign members, supporters, and coalition partners.
  • Coalition development and engagement
  • Troubleshoot issues as they arise 

The Campaign Director will also have the following general job responsibilities:

  • Have up-to-date knowledge of all policies, political issues, or any other relevant information in your issue area or work area
  • Lead team in planning, designing, and executing work plans to achieve goals
  • Develop, hold, and maintain key work relationships, especially with leadership in other organizations, elected officials, key bureaucrats, and others
  • Train new staff
  • Play a role on the management team in making important and sometimes confidential decisions about financial, personnel, and legal matters 
  • Co-develop advocacy approaches with other organizational directors and develop and maintain appropriate relationships with elected officials and their staffs
  • Co-develop coalitions with other organizational directors, develop and maintain appropriate relationships with ally organizations, and take the lead in coalition facilitation and organizing as appropriate for SAJE
  • Co-develop campaign and project strategy and planning with other organizational directors
  • Manage calendar, set goals, and create a weekly work plan
  • Have commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Support SAJE’s mission, vision, and policy stances
  • Manage all the staff on your team: approve timecards, monitor work progress, and monitor and ensure compliance with SAJE policies and procedures
  • 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 SAJE all-staff activities as well as attending meetings and hearings, canvassing, fundraising, and other events
  • Perform other duties as the organization’s needs determine

Top candidates will meet most of the following qualifications for the position:

  • Minimum 4 years experience in grassroots organizing in low-income communities of color and/or campaign management
  • In-depth knowledge of the work area (policies, political landscape, administrative practices, etc.)
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a lead role in a community, nonprofit, advocacy or public sector organization
  • Track record of being a strong community engager and facilitator, including ability to hold multiple perspectives and approaches of coalition members and organize collectively around shared policy and organizing goals
  • Commitment to closing the access to justice gap in eviction court proceedings in Los Angeles 
  • Commitment to leadership development. Ability to step into leadership with humility while also regularly thinking about how to help people recognize their agency
  • Ability to collaborate including working well with others and thriving in contexts where you are bringing people together to achieve a shared policy and organizing goal
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment
  • Track record of accomplishing goals and objectives individually and in a coalition environment
  • Experience in developing campaign strategy, program, and communication materials
  • Good communication skills, effective and concise writing skills, problem solving skills and strategies
  • Knowledge and experience with Google Suite, E-blasts, and other digital organizing tools
  • Ability to work effectively with elected officials and their staff; organizational and community allies; and community residents
  • Ability to work in a team setting and provide/receive constructive feedback
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English- Written and Verbal (Preferred)
  • Knowledge of the work area – evictions, access to justice, the unlawful detainer process (policies, political landscape, administrative practices, etc.) AND/OR lived experience with housing instability and the eviction process with a willingness to learn the technical details of the eviction process in Los Angeles County.

Required Qualifications

Must Be Able To: 

  • Communicate verbally in English
  • Write and read well in English
  • Use or learn to use widely available and commonly used software and to use a computer
  • Type
  • Do simple mathematics
  • Use or learn to use Excel or other spreadsheets
  • Record data and read data in databases
  • Work well in teams and communicate effectively with other individuals
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Lift weights up to 50 pounds
  • Carry on appropriate conversations, participate attentively in meetings and trainings, and develop productive professional relationships
  • Perform a variety of duties even with distractions or interruptions, and adjust priorities quickly
  • Be vaccinated against diseases as recommended by medical professionals

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $71,500–$79,000. Compensation includes health benefits (medical, vision, and dental), a 403b retirement plan, and three weeks of vacation per year (four weeks per year after one year of service).

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.

Please send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and three references as Microsoft Word attachments to apply@saje.net by July 29, 2022. In your email, please include subject line “Campaign Director Application.”

 

Community Organizer, Building Equity and Transit

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. 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.

Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice; be warm and positive with community members; and be organized and detail-oriented, with excellent time management-skills and a strong capacity for problem-solving. They will also be flexible in both time and mind: this position requires weekly evening commitments and some work during weekends.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct campaign outreach and recruitment through activities such as door-knocking, surveying, follow up phone conversations, and in-person and virtual 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
  • Maintain campaign contact and referral databases and records on all campaigns
  • Maintain time-keeping 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 and coalition campaign meetings
  • Speak and prepare leaders to speak to media about campaigns
  • With your team, develop and implement organizing and political strategies
  • Develop a strong working knowledge of tenant rights and policies related to SAJE projects and campaigns, and keep that knowledge base current
  • Organize and supervise community delegations to key decision-makers and public forums
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other organizations and institutions to increase our presence in the community
  • Connect to and coordinate with coalition organizations
  • Support campaign advocacy efforts
  • Manage calendar, set goals, and create a weekly work plan
  • Have a commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Support SAJE’s mission, vision, and policy stances
  • 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 needed

Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of the challenges facing tenants in working-class, immigrant communities
  • Experience in community or labor organizing or in health or housing outreach and education
  • Ability to gain the trust of, motivate, and spark an interest among local residents
  • Ability to support, track, assess, and increase local residents’ leadership skills and other relevant data
  • Good presentation and speaking skills
  • A capacity to explain complex information and issues in an easy-to-understand manner, including the ability to use popular-education techniques 
  • A strong track record of working with different kinds of stakeholders and groups, including immigrant workers, low-income community residents, clergy and congregations, unions, community-based organizations, academic institutions, and government gatekeepers and staff
  • Ability to write and read well in English
  • Ability to type, use a computer, and use or learn to use basic software applications
  • Ability to do simple mathematics and use or learn to use Excel spreadsheets
  • Ability to record data and read data in databases
  • Ability to work well in teams and communicate clearly and effectively with teammates
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Lift weights up to 50 pounds
  • Carry on appropriate conversations, participate attentively in meetings and trainings, and develop productive professional relationships
  • Perform a variety of duties even with distractions or interruptions and adjust priorities quickly
  • Be vaccinated against diseases as recommended by medical professionals
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
  • Valid auto insurance that meets SAJE’s required limits

Compensation

Salary starts at 50k and is negotiable. Compensation includes health benefits (medical, vision, and dental), a 403b retirement plan, and three weeks of vacation per year (four weeks per year after one year of service).

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). This is a full-time position with paid medical, vision, and dental insurance, a 403b retirement plan, paid holidays and sick time and three weeks of vacation per year.

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 apply@saje.net by June 24, 2022. In your email, please include subject line “Community Organizer BET Application.”

 

Development Associate

Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice; be warm and positive with community members; and be organized and detail-oriented, with excellent time management-skills and a strong capacity for problem-solving. They will also be flexible in both time and mind: this position requires weekly evening commitments and some work during weekends.

Responsibilities

  • Identifying, sustaining, and cultivating prospective and current donors
  • Working closely with the organization’s executive team and management to develop cultivation plans
  • Managing and organizing all aspects of fundraising events
  • Maintaining guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fundraising event
  • Managing collaborative projects with various organization departments
  • Providing accurate and timely fundraising reports
  • Overseeing donor database
  • Writing fundraising appeals and acknowledgment letters
  • Processing donations
  • Cultivating individual donors through phone follow-ups and in person conversations
  • Managing calendar, setting goals, and creating a weekly work plan
  • Having a commitment to social, economic, and racial justice
  • Supporting SAJE’s mission, vision, and policy stances
  • Providing interpretation and translation from other languages, dialects, or language registers if your knowledge and skills enable you to do so
  • Participating 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
  • Performing other duties, as the organization’s needs determine.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum five years’ work experience preferred
  • Alignment with SAJE’s mission and values
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial, gender, economic justice
  • Excellent analytical, written, verbal, communications, problem-solving, and computer skills
  • Proactive, motivated self-starter who thrives in a team setting
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with various teams to meet department goals
  • Ability to build deep and genuine relationships with various stakeholders, and a comfort level with a wide variety of sectors that make up the world of fundraising, including the world of philanthropy
  • Positive attitude, curiosity, and flexibility
  • Fearless, strategic, and innovative approach to marketing SAJE’s work and the team brand and to coming up with new ways to network and fundraise
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with attention to detail, in order to assist the team with year-long fundraising campaigns

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in donor cultivation and fundraising
  • Experience with technology platforms, including WordPress, donor database management and email marketing applications
  • Past project management experience
  • Past live event production experience
  • Fundraising certification a plus 

Must Be Able To

  • Communicate verbally in English
  • Write and read well in English
  • Type, use a computer, and use or learn to use basic software applications
  • Do simple mathematics
  • Use or learn to use Excel or other spreadsheets
  • Record data and read data in databases
  • Work well in teams and communicate effectively with other individuals
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Lift weights up to 50 pounds
  • Carry on appropriate conversations, participate attentively in meetings and trainings, and develop productive professional relationships
  • Perform a variety of duties even with distractions or interruptions, and adjust priorities quickly
  • Be vaccinated against diseases as recommended by medical professionals

Compensation

The salary range for this position is $52-62k. Compensation includes health benefits (medical, vision, and dental), a 403b retirement plan, and three weeks of vacation per year (four weeks per year after one year of service).

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).

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2022. Email your cover letter, resume, and at least three professional references to apply@saje.net and include “Development Associate” and full name in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

 

Community Organizer, Tenant Protections

SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) is hiring an organizer to work with our Tenant Protections Team, which fights to ensure that tenants are not economically exploited or harassed by their landlords. We organize tenants in low-income communities of color to fight for their rights individually, as neighbors, and as part of the whole community. We are the point people for SAJE’s Tenant Action Clinic, and we organize building campaigns and support policies that ensure tenants have access to safe and healthy homes.

Successful candidates will have a strong commitment to social, economic, and racial justice; be warm and positive with community members; and be organized and detail-oriented, with excellent time management-skills and a strong capacity for problem-solving. They will also be flexible in both time and mind: this position requires weekly evening commitments and some work during weekends.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and cultivate tenant leaders through activities such as door-knocking, surveying, phone conversations, and in-person and virtual house visits
  • Engage the community in dialogue to help guide, ground, and shape SAJE’s campaigns
  • Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of tenant rights and policies related to SAJE projects and campaigns
  • Maintain campaign records, including contact and referral databases
  • Maintain time-keeping records on a weekly basis to track hours worked and activities accomplished
  • Develop support materials such as fliers and workshop curricula to aid in organizing and advancing campaigns
  • Organize, facilitate, and/or supervise grassroots and coalition campaign meetings
  • Prepare community leaders to speak to the media about campaigns
  • With your team, develop and implement organizing and political strategies
  • Organize and supervise community delegations to key decision-makers and public forums
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other organizations and institutions to increase our presence in the community
  • Connect to and maintain relationships with coalition organizations
  • Support campaign advocacy efforts
  • Manage a calendar, set goals, and create a weekly work plan
  • Provide interpretation and translation from other languages, dialects, or language registers if your knowledge and skills enable you to do so
  • Participate in SAJE activities as needed, including all-staff meetings, meetings and hearings, canvassing, and fundraising
  • Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Strong commitment to SAJE’s mission and an understanding of the challenges facing tenants in working class, immigrant communities
  • Experience in community or labor organizing or health or housing outreach and education
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop relationships with and motivate community members
  • A strong track record of working with different kinds of stakeholders and community and affinity groups such as immigrant workers, low-income residents, clergy and congregations, union members, community-based organizations, academic institutions, and government officials and staff
  • Excellent presentation and speaking skills
  • Knowledge of popular education techniques and the ability to explain complex information and issues in terms that are easy to understand
  • Experience supporting, tracking, and assessing local residents’ leadership skills and other relevant campaign data
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record
  • Valid auto insurance that meets SAJE’s required limits

Must Be Able To

  • Communicate verbally in Spanish and English
  • Write and read well in Spanish and English
  • Type, use a computer, and use or learn to use basic computer software programs
  • Do simple mathematics
  • Use or learn to use Excel or other spreadsheets
  • Record data and read data in databases
  • Work well in teams and communicate clearly and effectively with teammates
  • Stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Lift weights up to 50 pounds
  • Carry on appropriate conversations, participate attentively in meetings and trainings, and develop productive professional relationships
  • Perform a variety of duties even with distractions or interruptions, and adjust priorities quickly
  • Be vaccinated against diseases as recommended by medical professionals

Compensation

Salary starts at 50k and is negotiable. Compensation includes health benefits (medical, vision, and dental), a 403b retirement plan, and three weeks of vacation per year (four weeks per year after one year of service).

To Apply

SAJE is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage people of color, women, 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 and resume to apply@saje.net. Please include “Tenant Rights Organizer” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Temporary Part-Time Virtual Canvasser, Emergency Eviction Protection Program

SAJE has multiple temporary, part-time positions open for virtual canvassers to join the Stay Housed LA Program. Stay Housed LA is a collaboration between the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA), ten legal service providers, and nine community-based organizations to provide eviction-prevention education and legal services to low-income tenants in LA County. This is part of a Los Angeles County-funded Emergency Eviction Prevention Program. The goal of the program is to keep people in their homes and prevent unlawful evictions during the COVID-19 crisis by connecting Los Angeles County Residents to services.

Responsibilities

  • Work approximately 20 hours a week (majority is phone/text banking) Wednesday through Friday between the hours of
    approximately 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Conduct direct phone and text-banking outreach. This outreach is informational only; this position is a service provider that connects tenants to agencies and organizations so that they can self-advocate
  • Conduct case follow-up and case management
  • Support some workshop facilitation (1hr monthly)

Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to connect with people
  • Ability to work remotely
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to learn and work successfully with new software applications
  • Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.

Compensation

This is a part-time, temporary position. Pay is $20 per hour. This job does not include benefits.

To Apply

Send resume and a brief cover letter to apply@saje.net.

 

SAJE Internships

We are looking for Organizing, Outreach and Education, Admin and Comms interns to join our team. Ideal candidates are students who speak Spanish and are seeking to fulfill class credit, service learning hours, and/or want to work in the community! Email kramirez@saje.net or click here to apply.