Jobs

As Oakland Rising approaches ten years of building progressive political power in the flatlands, we're expanding our team to make sure the next ten years are even bigger and better. As a collaborative of nine leading-edge social justice organizations and a leader in regional and statewide coalitions, employees develop vast networks of relationships, learn across issues and organizing strategies, and help to lead bold, innovative and impactful work. We offer a workplace that invests deeply in the leadership development of our team members, and offers a fast-paced yet fun and caring environment centrally located in downtown Oakland. We now seek team members who are passionate about building power to advance racial, economic and environmental justice, and who are ready to commit to advancing this vision through the 2018 and 2020 elections. 
CURRENT JOB OPENINGS:
Political Director
Leadership Development Director
Field Fundraising Team Member

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT (Posted August 15, 2017)

POLITICAL DIRECTOR

Oakland Rising (OR), a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center, is a collaboration of social justice organizations that have a long-term, shared vision for winning a community-based political infrastructure and governing majority in Oakland that centers racial, economic and environmental justice. Over the past eight years, OR’s political operation has grown into one of the largest, most enduring and most sophisticated programs in the region, having built a voter base with Oakland’s working-class, immigrant and communities of color that comprises over 25% of the electorate in Oakland. OR has helped to craft and win policies for racial, economic and environmental justice and has advanced a vision for transformational governance in Oakland and beyond. We now seek a proven leader with significant experience as a political practitioner and values-based leadership to grow and implement our political strategy, programmatic goals, and movement building vision.

The Political Director will manage the operation of and strategy behind Oakland Rising, to build the power of working-class people of color and immigrants in Oakland and beyond through integrated civic engagement programs, collaboration and alliance building and coordination, and leadership development. The position requires the development and management of a multi-pronged organizing and political strategy that includes support and supervision across programs, and navigating a wide range of key organizational relationships and coalition spaces to advance our mission and build our movement. This senior level position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Senior Management Team. The Political Director supervises the Leadership Development Director and Field Organizer, and other program staff as needed.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starting, enterprising thinker with senior experience working on political campaigns, with advocacy organizations and in complex coalition spaces. They will have deep grounding in the social justice movement, sharp racial, economic and environmental justice analysis, and a demonstrated commitment to movement building and transformational, values-based leadership. They will bring strong supervisory and management experience, and a proven commitment to coaching and developing the leadership of others.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation: (50%)
1. Lead the program team and collaborative partners around the development, implementation, evaluation and refinement of Oakland Rising’s integrated political strategies, including: civic engagement programs, collaborative and coalition coordination, and leadership development programs.
a. Civic engagement programs include, but are not limited to:1) Non-election year civic engagement programs, 2) Election year voter identification and mobilization, 3) Voter education through policy agenda, voter guides, and online communications.
b. Collaborative and coalition coordination includes, but is not limited to: 1) Leading Oakland Rising’s Strategy Committee and internal collaborative organizing around political strategy, 2) Representing OR and playing a leadership role in key electoral and policy coalitions and meetings, including but not limited to, Bay Rising, California Calls, and issue-based tables.
c. Leadership Development programs include: 1) Lead East Bay, 2) Values Based Leadership.
2. Develop and design systems to track the “ladder of engagement” to deepen civic participation of OR’s electoral base during campaigns, activities, and with our partner organizations.
3. Coordination and development of program team and partners to deepen leadership and build skills of OR’s staff, partners and leaders through integrated civic engagement programs.
4. Ensure that technology, data and communications infrastructure are current and being utilized effectively to maximize impact and achieve benchmarks.

Policy and Research: (10%)
1. Maintain up-to date knowledge of priority policy issues moving on the local level, including tracking, attending and reporting out on city and county government meetings and agendas. This may include specific regional and state level policies on an as-needed basis.
2. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of key legislators, legislative districts, and boards and commissions in relation to OR’s policy priorities.
3. Maintain up-to-date knowledge and expertise on local (and as-needed regional and state) politics, electoral landscape and civic engagement and leadership development field.
4. Prepare and deliver presentations related to the above as needed.

Organizational Relationships and Movement Building: (20%)
1. Position Oakland Rising as a leader in integrated civic engagement, collaborative formations and leadership development locally, regionally, and statewide.
2. Develop, nurture and manage relationships with key civic engagement stakeholders and decision-makers, including local community based organizations, labor unions, and government officials.
3. Model and advance values-based leadership that prioritizes transformational outcomes, as well as the evolving notion of collective governance.
4. Serve as an organizational spokesperson and ambassador.

Organizational Leadership and Strategy: (20%)
1. Partner with the Executive Director to refine and advance the organization’s strategic direction, including developing and evaluating annual goals and benchmarks.
2. Participate on the Senior Management Team to coordinate organization-wide work, monitor overall health and functioning of the organization, and facilitate effective organizational responses to opportunities and challenges.
3. Support fundraising by providing reports and materials for foundation and individual donor efforts, as well as participate in the annual fundraising event and sprint fundraising campaign.

Compensation and Benefits:
Competitive salary between $70,000 - $80,000 depending on experience, in addition to comprehensive health, vision, dental and basic life insurance, and a team-oriented yet flexible working environment.

To Apply:
Please submit resume, cover letter and three professional references to Jobs@OaklandRising.org
Position open until filled, with interviews starting in September.

Oakland Rising is a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). MSC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT (Posted August 15, 2017)

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Oakland Rising (OR), a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center, is a collaboration of social justice organizations that have a long-term, shared vision for winning a community-based political infrastructure and governing majority in Oakland that centers racial, economic and environmental justice.  Over the past eight years, OR’s political operation has grown into one of the largest, most enduring and most sophisticated programs in the region, having built a voter base with Oakland’s working-class, immigrant and communities of color that comprises over 25% of the electorate in Oakland.  OR has helped to craft and win policies for racial, economic and environmental justice and has advanced a vision for transformational governance in Oakland and beyond.  We now seek a proven leader with significant experience as a trainer, coalition builder, political practitioner and transformational approach to grow and implement our leadership development programs and movement building vision. 

The Leadership Development Director will manage our leadership development programs to build the political power of working-class people of color and immigrants in Oakland and beyond.  The position requires the development, management, implementation and evaluation of ambitious power-building and movement-building programs that integrate with our civic engagement and coalition work. The Leadership Development Director will recruit, vet, train and hold accountable progressives and elected representatives seeking or established in public leadership positions, helping to bridge the gap between the progressive movement and governance. This position reports to the Political Director and works closely with the Program Team, Advisory Committee and collaborative partners.

The ideal candidate will be a self-starting, enterprising thinker with at least 3 years of experience working on curriculum development, political campaigns, with advocacy organizations and in complex coalition spaces.  They will have deep grounding in the social justice movement, sharp racial, economic and environmental justice analysis, and a demonstrated commitment to movement building and transformational, values-based leadership.   They will bring strong program management experience, and a proven commitment to coaching and developing the leadership of others.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation (50%)
1.     Continue to develop, implement, evaluate and refine Oakland Rising’s leadership development work, primarily Lead East Bay and the Values Based Leadership programs.
2.     Create and improve curriculum for the training programs, including the coordination and preparation of thoughtful panels and presentations that center the racial and economic justice work of our partners and allies.
3.     Recruit, identify, and vet grassroots leaders from working-class communities of color to seek public leadership opportunities, building a deep bench of future leaders in Alameda County and the wider Bay Area region.
4.     Work with our collaborative partners to identify and implement ways for their member-leaders to develop and advance their leadership skills to ensure truly grassroots based representation.
5.     Work with our Senior Management Team and collaborative partners to develop and implement methods to hold elected representatives accountable to working class communities of color in Oakland.
6.     Provide coaching, technical assistance and consultation to project participants.

 

Coalition and Alliance Building (30%)
1.     Develop and maintain strong relationships with coalition partners, labor union representatives, allied organizations, communities of color and policymakers to assist recruitment efforts and increase community awareness of the project.
2.     Represent the project at meetings, conferences and conventions to aid recruitment, to ensure the project is integrated into local allies’ plans and priorities, and to raise the profile of the project.

Political Research and Reporting (10%)
1.     Conduct research on the targeted counties’ landscape using all available geographic, demographic, and political data.
2.     Develop, maintain and manage comprehensive database of current and potential public leaders. 

Communications (10%)
1.     Provide regular reports, work plans and strategic plans to the Leadership Team.
2.     Develop funder plans and reports pertaining to leadership development.
3.     Prepare blog posts, social media content, editorials and related materials as needed.

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive salary between $60,000 - $70,000 depending on experience, in addition to comprehensive health, vision, dental and basic life insurance, and a team-oriented yet flexible working environment.

To Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter and three professional references to Jobs@OaklandRising.org 

Position open until filled, with interviews starting mid-September.

Oakland Rising is a fiscally-sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC).  MSC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.  Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT (September 19, 2017)

Field Fundraising Team Member

Organize and raise money to help Oakland stand as a beckon of resistance to the federal attacks on our civil rights, healthcare, immigrant communities, and everything that we care about! For about 10 years, Oakland Rising has been flexing people to power to overcome special interests and bring about community-driven solutions. Help us add to our base of over 60,000 supporters and bring in money to fuel our work to protect our most vulnerable community members. Through collaboration and strength in numbers, we will continue to win local fights for inclusion, equity, fairness, and compassion for all.

Join our team and be a part of the movement!

POSITION SUMMARY:
We are hiring part-time paid team members for our pilot field fundraising canvass. Going door-to-door, Field Fundraising Team Members will be responsible for building support among Oakland residents around Oakland Rising’s work, and raising funds from new supporters. Team Members will receive paid training. This is a 20-hour/week job.

PAY: $17 per hour

PRIMARY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Walk in Oakland neighborhoods and talk one-on-one with residents about financially supporting the work of Oakland Rising and building progressive political power.
  • Be an ambassador for Oakland Rising, helping to build name recognition and awareness about our work throughout Oakland.
  • Honestly and accurately report fundraising progress, and demonstrate a commitment to reaching daily, weekly and monthly fundraising goals. 

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Be comfortable talking to community members one-on-one and asking for financial support
  • Be on-time and reliable
  • Dedicated to racial, economic & environmental justice, and advocating for the rights of Oakland’s most vulnerable community members
  • Ability to talk clearly, passionately, and concisely to dozens of people daily about issues facing our communities
  • Physical ability to do lots of walking, going door-to-door in Oakland neighborhoods
  • Positive attitude, team player and interest in leadership development
  • Ability to work weekday afternoons and evenings
  • Ability to fill out accurate nightly reports
  • Ability and willingness to take direction and guidance from supervisors 

ENCOURAGED:

  • Previous experience canvassing, working on a campaign, with a community organization, doing sales, or customer service is a plus
  • Bilingual English-Spanish or English-Cantonese is a plus. Fluency in English required.
  • Familiarity with Oakland neighborhoods is a plus. 

TO APPLY:
Email your resume and cover letter to jobs@oaklandrising.org with the subject line “FIELD FUNDRAISING TEAM MEMBER”

MORE ABOUT OAKLAND RISING:

Oakland Rising (a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center) is a decade old collaborative of Oakland-based social justice organizations that have a long-term, shared vision for building progressive political power in Oakland. We are committed to building a powerful forward-thinking electorate rooted in low-income, immigrant and communities of color, exercising and expanding our political influence to advance a set of progressive values and policies, aligning our organizations and coordinating with other progressive forces to realize and sustain a progressive vision for Oakland. Oakland Rising is a collaboration between the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Bend the Arc, Causa Justa::Just Cause, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Mujeres Unidas Y Activas, Parent Voices Oakland, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, and St. Mary’s Center.

Our current work focuses on three major goals through which we are developing critical and key pieces of infrastructure necessary to build progressive power in Oakland:

1. Build a permanent political/electoral infrastructure;

2. Exercise and expand political influence; and

3. Align organizations and coordinate with other progressive forces.

Oakland Rising is a fiscally sponsored project of Movement Strategy Center (MSC). MSC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. Women, people of color, LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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