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. 

Leadership Development Director
Voter Outreach Worker (April hire date)
Team Member, Field Fundraising (early 2018 hire date)

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT (Updated November 21, 2017)


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 

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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We are currently seeking to fill positions on our paid outreach team. Voter outreach workers will be responsible for talking to thousands of Oakland residents by door-to-door contact. 

SCHEDULE:  Shifts are 6 days a week (except Fridays) for 5 hours per day, starting in April. 

PAY: $16 per hour
FOOD:  Lunch or dinner will be provided each workday 
1. Must be on-time, reliable, and able to work every day listed on the calendar
2. Dedication to personal improvement and improvement of Oakland
3. Ability to talk clearly and concisely to hundreds of people a day about issues facing our communities
4. Ability to work 5-8 hours per day, six days a week, either phone-banking or going door-to-door in East and West Oakland
5. Physical ability to do lots of walking 
6. Positive attitude, team player and interest in leadership development
7. Basic computer skills are a requirement
8. Ability to fill out accurate daily reports


1. Ability and willingness to take direction and guidance from the Field Director and Team Leader 
2. Previous experience working on a campaign, with a community organization, doing sales, or customer service is a plus
3. Car a definite plus 
4. Bilingual English-Spanish or English-Cantonese is a plus.  Fluency in English required.
5. Familiarity with East and West Oakland is a plus.

To apply, please email answers to the following application:


REFERRED BY (Optional):

1. SCHEDULE: Do you have any scheduling conflicts during the campaign? If yes or maybe, please provide specific dates and times when you have a conflict.
2. INTEREST: Why are you interested in working with Oakland Rising?
3. COMMUNITY: What is your community like? Name 3 improvements that you would like to see in your community?
4. EXPERIENCE: Describe your experience working with community groups (such as organizations or churches), or other relevant experience that you think will help qualify you for this position, such as customer service or sales.
5. STRENGTHS: What strengths would you bring to this position?
6. CHALLENGES: What would be challenging about this position? How would you like to develop professionally and personally in this position?
7. SKILLS: Our positions require people skills and personal discipline and professionalism. Describe an experience where you used or developed these skills.
8. POLICIES: We have strict policies around absences, tardiness, and substance use. Can you commit to coming to work on time, every day (with the exception of excused absences), and completely sober?
9. TRANSPORTATION: What method of transportation would you use to get to and from work (car, bus, BART, bike, etc)?
10. LANGUAGES: Do you speak any languages other than English? If yes, which?

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT (January 5, 2018)

Field Fundraising Team Member

Organize, raise money, and join a small sales team to help Oakland stand as the face of resistance as we fight back attacks on our civil rights, healthcare, immigrant communities, and so many things that we care about! For 10 years, Oakland Rising has flexed people power to overcome special interests and bring about community-driven solutions to advance racial and economic justice. Our victories include raising the minimum wage, strengthening protections for renters, creating good jobs at the former Army base, and passing a statewide income tax on millionaires to fund education. Contribute to social change building the political power of working-class, communities of color and immigrants, as well as independent revenue streams so we’re not beholden to foundations or corporations to do our work. 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!

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

***To be considered for the position please fill out our online application.***

PAY: $17 per hour


● Fundraise & Build Support for Racial and Economic Justice: Walk in Oakland neighborhoods and talk one-on-one with residents about financially supporting the work of Oakland Rising and building progressive political power.
● Use Your Voice: 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.


    ● Previous experience canvassing, working on a campaign, with a community organization, doing sales, or customer service is a necessity
    ● Be comfortable talking to community members one-on-one and asking for financial support
    ● Punctual and reliable
    ● Dedicated to racial, economic & environmental justice, and advocating for the rights of Oakland’s most historically impacted 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


    ● Bilingual English-Spanish or English-Cantonese is a plus. Fluency in English required.
    ● Familiarity with Oakland neighborhoods is a plus.

Please fill out our online application.


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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