Oakland Senior Field Organizer

This position is permanent and full time.

Location: Oakland, in office

Wage: Starting at $26.91/hr but scales up with experience

About ACCE: 

The mission of ACCE is to foster transformative community change across California by engaging with low-income residents of all races in ground-up organizing. Our membership is largely made up of Black and Brown community members that we support to build an equitable and anti-racist society. 

Through leadership development, political education, and strategic issue campaigning, ACCE works with tens of thousands of members to organize and take action. Some of ACCE’s priority program areas include:

  • Defending vital services by reforming California’s broken fiscal system
  • Giving our children the opportunity to succeed through sound education reform
  • Fighting for affordable and secure housing by holding Wall Street and other slum landlords accountable for their bad business practices; and
  • Improving access to health care and other safety net programs

Please note that ACCE does not provide services. Rather, we work directly in neighborhoods with local residents to advocate for the change they want to see in their communities. 

About the Position: The role of an ACCE Senior Field Organizer is to build a community organization of motivated, empowered, and mobilized community leaders who act collectively, strategically, and powerfully to win on issues of importance to their families and to their neighborhoods. ACCE organizers build rapport in communities first by talking with residents about the changes they want to see in their local communities and beyond. They then move those conversations into organized action by preparing and training community leaders to research key issues, hold meetings and trainings with other community members, and develop thoughtful campaign strategies that help lead them to local wins and broader victories. 

The lists of Key Duties and Responsibilities below are not all-encompassing of job responsibilities related to each position. Occasionally, you may be asked to perform additional duties as directed by your supervisor.

Key Duties and Responsibilities -

  • Participation in organizer trainings. Topics that will likely be covered include:
    • Membership recruitment and dues collection
    • How to carry out an organizing drive
    • Basic leadership development methods
    • Key elements of successful organizing campaign
    • Grassroots fundraising techniques including but not limited to individual donor fundraising and business sustainer programs
  • Spend at least 4 hours per day Identifying and recruiting new community leaders
    • Minimum standard = 5 new dues paying members per month 
  • Assess and develop new community leaders through meetings, trainings, phone calls, and home visits.  
  • Work with the members and elected leadership, of at least one (but often 2-3) chapter(s), to plan and carry out organizing meetings, actions, press conferences, and other public events
  • Learn and utilize introductory grassroots fundraising techniques including but not limited to individual donor fundraising and business sustainer programs
  • Full participation in occasional out-of-town organizational meetings & trainings

Key Qualifications –

  • Belief in organizing for power and commitment to social justice.
  • 3 or more years of organizing experience (demonstrated ability to effectively recruit previously unorganized individuals and move them into collective action to win policy or practice shifts)
  • Ability to take initiative and be creative
  • Sound interpersonal and communication skills appropriate to providing a quality member experience including the ability to establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds. 
  • Sound organizational skills to manage and prioritize work subject to deadlines in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Baseline computer literacy, including the ability to effectively use Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as ACCE membership and voter databases. 
  • Ability to walk at least 4 hours per day

Compensation:  Pay starts at  $26.91 an hour, and scales up based on experience. ACCE offers healthcare, life insurance, and 401k to full time employees.

To apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter to Executive Director Christina Livingston [email protected], and cc [email protected]

ACCE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

A donation to ACCE Institute is an investment in individual and systemic transformation. Every dollar we receive is put to work in the fight to create an equitable, inclusive, and just California. Your tax-deductible donation will help provide research, training, and education in support of powerful grassroots leadership.