- Field Organizer, USA

Field Organizer
Equality California (EQCA)


Salary: Based on Experience

Type: Temporary Full-Time

Start: As soon as possible

Closing date of this position: Open until filled

Reports to: Program Manager/Program Director

Organizational Background:

Equality California (EQCA) is California’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization with over 800,000 members. EQCA brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. For 20 years, Equality California has led the fight for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice in California — and we’ve passed the strongest statewide civil rights protections in the country with 142 pieces of pro-equality legislation passed in the California legislature. EQCA strives to create a broad and diverse alliance of LGBTQ people, educators, government officials, communities of color and faith, labor, business, and social justice communities to achieve our goals.

Equality California Institute (EQCAI), EQCA’s sibling organization, is a 501(c)3 organization that utilizes advocacy, education, and mobilization programs to promote full and lasting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people, improve the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community, and educate the broader community on important LGBTQ issues such as transgender equality, violence and hate crimes, healthcare, health disparities, the needs of LGBTQ seniors and youth, homelessness and immigration. Over the last five years, EQCAI has spearheaded successful programs to tackle these issues, including multiple public education campaigns, such as  Health Happens with Equality, #Take It, I’m PrEP’d, Fair Share for Equality, Out Against Big Tobacco, Equality4All and the Safe and Supportive Schools Program.

Position Overview:

Equality California is seeking an experienced and motivated full-time Field Organizer to execute our 2019 LGBTQ pride programming in and around Sacramento. The Field Organizer will help lead EQCA’s community organizing efforts on the ground, build relationships with LGBTQ and allied organizations, recruit volunteers and lead, support and coordinate a variety of events including Sacramento Pride. This position is temporary and will run through June 30, 2019.

Responsibilities:

This is a remotely supervised organizing position. It will be the Field Organizer’s responsibilities to conduct daily check-ins with the Program Manager overseeing Sacramento Pride and proactively update team members on progress on an as-needed basis.

Primary responsibilities include:

    Spearheading and organizing education programs and pride parade contingents at LGBTQ pride parades and festivals in the region, with a focus on Sacramento Pride 2019.
    Develop key relationships with LGBTQ, LGBTQ allied, progressive, political, labor, immigration, business, student organizations, healthcare advocates, and religious congregations to build a base of support within communities.
    Engage in significant volunteer recruiting and community mobilization efforts to ensure sizable community participation in pride parades, rallies, marches, town halls, and to staff pride education booths.
    Other duties and responsibilities as necessary.

Secondary responsibilities include:

    Break big goals into smaller ones, learn to build a program to accomplish them, develop timelines and benchmarks, and produce reports to inform the EQCA team of your progress.
    Participate in and lead program tactics such as one-on-one meetings and coalition building.
    Participate in message and strategy briefings and report weekly progress to goals.
    Manage timesheets and other administrative requirements per deadlines assigned.

Qualifications

Applicants for this position should bring the following knowledge, abilities, and attitude:

    Strong organizational skills, accountable, adaptive and self-motivated to identify and manage multiple needs, priorities, and complete work without being micromanaged.
    Knowledge, passion and commitment to addressing issues impacting the LGBTQ community as well as advancing equality and social justice for all communities.
    Commitment to working in an intersectional lens, working across race, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age to achieve objectives.
    Effective communication skills: in person, presentation, and writing.
    Experience in electoral work cycles with strong background in community organizing and demonstrated ability to work with grassroots community organizations.
    Experience with organizing events and volunteer recruitment.
    Experience and/or interest in data driven goal setting and data management.
    Strong understanding of legal parameters for organizing in a 501 (c) (3) and 501 (c) (4) contexts.
    Comfortable with technology and ability to learn new tools quickly.
    Willing and able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
    Must have a reliable car and driver’s license.

We especially encourage applications from people who bring some of these additional skills or experiences:

    Strong ties to the Sacramento LGBTQ community
    Strong knowledge and experience in working with LGBTQ communities
    Experience in organizing events and volunteer development
    Experience in building/working with coalitions
    Experience with Excel and Google Work Suite

Salary will be based on experience.  This is a remote full time position and will require a flexible schedule including evening and weekend work time, as well as regular travel within the region.   Applicants will be reimbursed for mileage, but must have a car and be able to drive within the region.

Equality California is an equal employment opportunity employer. Equality California does not make employment decisions or discriminate based on protected characteristics including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, gender (including gender identity and/or gender expression), sexual orientation, age, physical or mental handicaps, veteran status, or genetic information as prescribed by applicable local, state, and federal law. We strongly encourage diverse candidates to apply, including, but not limited to, women, people of color, people of diverse gender identities, and non-LGBTQ allies.

To apply

Email resume (including names and contact of 3 references), cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to Robbie Rodriguez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please be sure to put “Field Organizer” in the subject line of your email.

Job posted on 1st February 2019

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