Careers

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

Current Openings

Tenant Outreach and Education Associate

SAJE (Strategic Actions for a Just Economy) is seeking an Outreach and Education worker to work in our Rent Escrow Account Program (REAP) program. The SAJE Outreach and Education staff person will work closely with SAJE’s Outreach and Education Coordinator to support housing site visits to properties to monitor the status of the housing units and determine whether required repairs were made by landlords to bring the properties up to code and into compliance.

What is REAP?

REAP, the Rent Escrow Account Program is a City of Los Angeles program of the Housing and Community Investment Department.  REAP exists to resolve the most persistent health, safety, and habitability issues found in rental properties in the City and protect tenants from substandard living conditions, helping to preserve L.A.’s valuable affordable housing stock.

REAP encourages owners to make the repairs and return their properties to a safe and habitable condition. Tenants of affected units are given a 10% to 50% rent reduction depending on the nature and severity of the violations cited.

SAJE has a contract to perform tenant outreach work to properties in the REAP program to educate and inform tenants or their rights and to encourage them to pay their reduced rent into an escrow account managed by the LA Housing and Community Investment Department.

What is SAJE?

SAJE is a 501c3 nonprofit located 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. www.saje.net

Required Qualifications:

Valid driver’s license and good driving record.  Valid auto insurance must meet SAJE’s required limits.

Ability to communicate verbally in English and Spanish and translate and do simultaneous interpretation as needed.

Successful experience working with low income communities in urban settings doing community organizing, community outreach, community education, or similar activities.

Ability to write and read well in English and to type

Ability to use or learn to use widely available and commonly used software and to use a computer

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 effectively with other individuals

Stand and walk for long periods of time, lift weights up to 50 pounds

Ability to carry on appropriate conversations and develop productive professional relationships. Must be able to perform a variety of duties even with distractions or interruptions, and adjust priorities quickly

Bilingual in English and Spanish or Korean a plus

Key Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Participating in orientation and training with Outreach and Education Coordinator
  • Driving extensively to REAP properties in all neighborhoods of the city, and canvassing tenants door-to-door
  • Educating tenants regarding their rights and encouraging them to pay their reduced rent into REAP
  • Providing mediation between landlords and tenants, when needed
  • Meeting and interacting with landlords in a productive way
  • Assisting tenants with accessing local resources and legal assistance
  • Entering data via City of LA online data system; preparing reports on work performed; and maintaining and updating files
  • Translating and doing simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish and Spanish to English
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends and some overtime, as needed.
  • You will also 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, outreaching to tenants over other matters, educating tenants about their rights, building cross organizational relationships, and other assorted tasks. Many of these tasks will be similar to your duties as a REAP Outreach Associate, but not all will.
  • Providing support during SAJE’s weekly Tenant Action Clinic and Educational workshops
  • Other duties, as the organization’s needs determine.

This is a full time position.  Pay begins at $19.25 per hour. We strive to maintain a forty-hour work week and sustainable work-life balance, but there will be occasions on which staff must work more than forty hours per week. We offer medical, dental, and vision insurance, paid holidays, two weeks of vacation to start, and sick days.

SAJE is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage people of color, women, and LGBTQI people, veterans and people of all ages to apply.  This is a good position for someone who has recently finished school or is interested in making a career transition.

How to Apply

Please send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and three references as Microsoft Word attachments to Araceli Amezquita, Outreach Coordinator at apply@saje.net

Community Organizer

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.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • SAJE is an equal opportunity employer; we strongly encourage people of color, women, and LGBTQI people, veterans, and people of all ages to apply.

Benefits

  • SAJE is a family-friendly employer. Accordingly, we strive to maintain a forty-hour work week and a sustainable work/life balance
  • We offer a package of benefits and wages competitive with other community organizations

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 and Director 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 two years of experience in grassroots, 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
  • Carry on appropriate conversations and develop productive professional relationships.
  • Able to perform a variety of duties even with distractions or interruptions, and adjust priorities quickly.
  • Is warm and positive in their work with colleagues and community members
  • Bilingual English-Spanish a plus

 How To Apply

  • apply@saje.net
  • https://www.saje.net
  • 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 Edna Monroy, Director of Organizing at apply@saje.net

Community Organizing/Canvassing Intern 

SAJE is seeking dynamic Organizing Team/ Field Outreach Interns Reporting directly to a respective field coordinator, the Organizing Team/Field Work Interns will be responsible for assisting the Organizing/Field Outreach team with support on all Organizing initiatives through supporting with canvassing initiatives, supporting with tenant engagement, data management and with other events that SAJE participates in.

The individual will also support the organizing team in organizing strategies and providing their skills and knowledge to provide support in campaign plan.

We are looking for an individual eager to help further SAJE’s mission and to learn or enhance research and analytical skills that may later be applied toward other social- and economic-justice goals.

Responsibilities:

  • Help maintain campaign contact and referral database
  • Support with canvassing efforts in Council District 10 (Baldwin Hills Village/Mid City) or Council District 2 (North Hollywood, The Valley).
  • Support with outreach efforts with tenants in unincorporated Los Angeles.
  • Support with outreach efforts for a Renters’ Right to Counsel effort in Los Angeles.

Support Organizing Department in Organizing activities such as phone banking, planning meetings, attending community meetings, and attending community events as needed and based on availability.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • General Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Enthusiasm and dedication to teamwork.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Organized and detail oriented; able to maintain records
  • Belief in social justice work that empowers communities
  • Ability to maintain high standards in Organizing tracking systems.
  • Interpersonal and friendly

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual (English and Spanish)
  • Students are encouraged to apply for credit. Internship is unpaid.

 Preferred Hours:

Hours can be negotiated/scheduled depending on location of canvassing activities/ need of supervisor/ meeting times.

SAJE’s office hours are 10-6

Monday-Friday

To apply:

Please contact Kaitlyn Quackenbush at kquackenbush@saje.net indicate Community Organizing/Canvassing Intern and complete this form.

Tenant Action Clinic Volunteer

SAJE is seeking a Tenant Action Clinic Intern to support with staffing the Tenant Action Clinic, conduct one on one intake sessions with tenants, perform case management duties and report to director of outreach on ongoing cases. In addition to tracking and data entry projects, the individual will be working with the team to develop best practices in database management and administrative activities.

We are looking for an individual eager to help further SAJE’s mission and to learn or enhance research and analytical skills that may later be applied toward other social- and economic-justice goals.

Students are encouraged to apply for credit. Internship is unpaid.

Responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly Tenant Action Clinic Sessions Tuesday from 4pm-7pm*
  • Participate in the presentation of tenant rights to inform tenants of their housing rights.
  • Conduct one on one sessions with tenants to review their cases.
  • Conduct follow up with specific tenants regarding their cases
  • Write letters on behalf of tenants
  • Conduct data entry of our weekly tenant clinic cases and ensure all information is up to date.
  • Participate in training sessions in order to be up to date with tenant rights and tenant laws.

Preferred qualifications:  Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Must be available Tuesday from 4pm-7pm. Other available days depending on volunteer/interns own schedule.*

To apply:

Please contact Kaitlyn Quackenbush at kquackenbush@saje.net indicate Tenant Action Clinic Volunteer in the subject line and complete this form.

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