Who We Are

Oakland Rising works to build the power of working class families, immigrants, and people of color in Oakland to advance racial, economic, and environmental justice. Oakland Rising plays three key roles to achieve our mission:

  • Builds and exercises progressive electoral power through integrated strategies, including base-building and policy advocacy.
  • Aligns and coordinates citywide and regional progressive forces through our collaborative model to build power & profile for the social justice movement.
  • Recruits, trains, advances and supports progressive leaders who lead in a collaborative, accountable and values-based way that centers social justice.

Oakland Rising’s partner organizations include:  Asian Pacific Islanders for Environmental Justice (APEN), Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, Causa Justa/Just Cause (CJJC), Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ),  East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Mujeres Unidas y Activas (MUA), Parent Voices Oakland (PVO) and St. Mary’s Center. UA), and Parent Voices Oakland (PVO).

Current Job Openings [Last Updated 05/14/21]

  • Healthy Futures California Canvasser

  • Deputy Director

Healthy Futures California Canvasser

Position Overview:  

We’re looking for people to join our exciting campaign advancing economic, racial, and environmental justice in East and West Oakland. We are building a team of social justice advocates to educate and mobilize residents around the Covid-19 vaccination. Canvassers will be part of a team going door to door in neighborhoods in the flatlands of Oakland that are most impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic to provide information and assist with scheduling vaccination appointments for community members. 


  • Talk to hundreds of people daily through door-to-door canvassing.
  • Enter data you collect from people using a computer and tablet with a keyboard or touch screen.
  • Complete accurate daily reports
  • Willingness and dedication to learn about current political issues  

Expected hours of work  

Outreach Worker will work for 5 days per week (Monday-Friday and Saturday occasionally) for 4.5 hours per day (3:30-8:00 PM), starting as early as Monday, May 3rd, ending on Tuesday, June 15th.  On occasional instances when daily work hours go above 5 hours, Outreach Workers will be provided with an off-duty meal break in accordance with CA labor code.  

Position Type and Compensation 

This is a temporary non-exempt hourly part-time position. Gross hourly pay is $21 per hour, 15-minute breaks will be included each day. A $10 daily food stipend will be provided and a $3 daily reimbursement for the use of a phone. Canvassers will also be provided with Health and Safety training, personal protection equipment (PPE), and an employee vaccination letter as an essential worker.


Reliable transportation to and from the canvassing dissipating location will be required.  

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Must attend a mandatory orientation and training.
  • Must have a cell phone that is app-friendly.
  • Canvassers must be prepared to work in all types of weather, complete light physical activities such as standing or walking for long periods of time and be able to carry up to 10 pounds.
  • Ability to walk for at least 3 hours daily to canvass door-to-door. Voter Outreach Workers will need to walk one precinct a day, which is approximately 10-12 city blocks. 
  • Must follow a script and provide accurate information to residents.
  • Must Agree to meet the required number of contacts (canvassing). 
  • Must arrive at the canvassing location on the correct date and time and canvass during the designated times. 
  • Must be able to use a cellphone, web browser, and canvassing application to accurately record responses.
  • Must be able to read a map.
  • Must have strong verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal communication skills, always maintaining a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

Helpful but not required: 

  • Canvassers with a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation will be provided with a gas stipend. Having your own transportation is preferred. 
  • Previous experience working on a campaign with a community organization, doing sales, or customer service.
  • Bilingual English-Spanish or English-Cantonese.
  • Familiarity with East and West Oakland. 


To apply, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email our Field Manager, LJ Butler, at

We are still hiring on a rolling basis.

*Oakland Rising is a fiscally sponsored project of the Movement Strategy Center Action Fund.  OR  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. People of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


Deputy Director


Oakland Rising (OR)/Oakland Rising Action (ORA) seeks a skilled organizer and coalition-builder with senior management experience and concrete skills in electoral organizing and policy campaigns to serve as our new Deputy Director.  In order to advance the work of OR and ORA, we are looking for someone who will bring to the Deputy Director role a personal understanding of Oakland politics and relationships with key stakeholders in Oakland and throughout Alameda County.  The successful candidate will confidently cultivate and build the relationships necessary to sustain and grow the OR and ORA projects and who understands the importance of aligning and building the power of movement organizations.  They will be able to jump in easily on strategy, offer skills in building the leadership, capacity, and skills of OR staff and our collaborative partners, and co-partner with OR’s Executive Director to offer vision and strategy.   

The Opportunity

The Deputy Director will work in partnership with the Executive Director to ensure that Oakland Rising team has the strategic direction, staffing, structure, management systems and collaborative partnerships needed to implement its strategic plan. Through this position the Deputy Director will gain clear leadership development skills to higher level management skills and experience for a future role as an executive director. The primary goals of the Deputy Director are to provide strong direction to the collaborative Steering Committee, manage internal organizational operations (such as supervision of program staff), create and maintain strategic integration of Oakland Risings programs to best support the organization in achieving its mission and shared collaborative policy platform, and participate and organize within broader Coalition spaces which OR prioritizes. The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director, supervise program staff, and work closely with the Steering Committee and Field Team. 


Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership in Partnership with the Executive Director 

  • Partner with the Executive Director to initiate and implement the overall strategic direction and key organizational priorities, and to support healthy growth of the organization, the collaborative and coalition partnerships, and the movement.  
  • Within OR’s collaborative structure, oversee development and implementation of a shared workplan for the Steering Committee to ensure that our shared policy platform is fulfilled through strong relationships and shared vision. 
  • Build and sustain relationships with non-collaborative partners (electeds, city staff, labor, community leaders) by representing OR in key meetings when necessary and strategic. 
  • Participate in the Directors Team to support overall organizational coordination of systems, planning, budgeting, fundraising, and organizational culture. 

Supervision, Management, and Development of Program Staff 

  • Directly supervise program staff that may include: the Field Manager, Communications Coordinator, IVE Organizers, and Canvassing teams. 
  • Foster a positive and productive working environment and structure that allows for individual and team leadership to thrive by ensuring that staff have clear right-size workplans as well as receive support and supervision needed

Program Development and Oversight

  • Lead individual, program team check-ins and other meetings as appropriate
  • Ensure the OR programmatic and campaign goals align with the collaborative’s shared policy platform and goals for local organizing and civic engagement
  • Coordinate the development of OR’s annual shared Vision, Issues, and Policy Platform
  • Collaborate, co-design, and implement a leadership development program


Required Qualifications:

  • Five years previous campaign, union or community organizing experience in the social justice sector with a focus on Black, Indigenous,  People of Color and working class community leadership and power-building.
  • Prior knowledge of, participation in, and development of electoral strategies.
  • Senior management experience (minimum of 2 years) preferred



  • A critical understanding and commitment and practice of racial, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Personal experience and deep roots in Oakland’s Black and Brown flatlands communities.
  • Excellent intellectual, analytical, and strategic thinking skills.
  • An adaptive leadership style with the ability to problem-solve, navigate complex situations and relationships, take advantage of strategic opportunities, and handle the ups and downs of electoral organizing.
  • Political smarts and a sophisticated intersectional analysis, which includes a local to global perspective .
  • Openness to experimentation and new ways of doing things.
  • The ability to prioritize for self and others.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence. Capacity for self-reflection and self-improvement.
  • Familiarity with the political terrain and existing relationships with key stakeholders.
  • A track record of accountability and reliability.
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus



This is a regular full-time exempt salaried position.  Competitive salary ranging from $80,000-$95,000, depending on experience, plus a competitive compensation and benefits package, and a team-oriented yet flexible working environment.  OR/ORA’s staff is currently working remotely during the COVID crisis but has offices in downtown Oakland.


Application Process:

Applications are due by June 15 with an ideal start date of July 1.  Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF to [email protected] Please include a résumé, three references, and a cover letter that addresses:

1) Why are you interested in working with Oakland Rising and Oakland Rising Action?

2) What do you believe you would bring to the position of Deputy Director?

3) How are your past accomplishments relevant to this position?

Oakland Rising 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. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, QTIPOC folks to apply.




570 14th Street, Suite 6
Oakland, CA 94612

Sign up

Get our email updates and stay connected.


Oakland Rising is a project from our hearts for the people of Oakland. Thank you for your contribution!