Working Partnerships USA Organizing Director San Jose, CA · Full time

Working Partnerships USA is a community organization bringing together the power of grassroots organizing and public policy innovation to drive the movement for a just economy. We build the capacity of workers, low-income neighborhoods, and communities of color to lead and govern. Based in Silicon Valley, we tackle the root causes of inequality and poverty by leading collaborative campaigns for quality jobs, healthy communities, equitable growth, and a democracy that works for all. We are co-founders of Silicon Valley Rising which is fighting to inspire the tech industry to build an inclusive, middle class. For 25 years, Working Partnerships USA has been at the forefront of the national movement for a just economy driven by the power of working people.

Description

POSITION SUMMARY  

The Organizing Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of org-wide program and organizing strategies to advance Working Partnerships USA’s long-term agenda. The Organizing Director will be responsible for effectively managing campaigns; developing, aligning, and executing an Organizing Model; and overseeing the progression and development of an emerging leadership pipeline. This role reports to the Executive Director, works in close partnership with the Political Director and Chief of Staff, and currently manages a team of 4 direct reports. 


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Development and Implementation of Organizing Model 

  • Lead the construction and implementation of a comprehensive Organizing Model focused on cultivating, empowering, and developing an emergent leadership pipeline
  • Devise and execute strategies to actively grow our membership base
  • Align existing programs with the organization's overarching model and strategic goals
  • Organize and facilitate internal program and staff meetings, and monthly membership meetings
  • Manage the content and efficacy of training sessions for organizers and community leaders
  • Identify and leverage synergies between Working Partnerships USA's program initiatives and organizing efforts to harness and maximize the support of volunteers and supporters


Campaign Management 

  • Enhance the impact and alignment of our programming, both internally and externally, through strategic planning and implementation, including but not limited to: 
  • Drive internal process and procedural improvements, ensuring effective program management and streamlined operations
  • Collaborate with external organizations to foster alignment and collaboration, advancing collective efforts
  • Develop and execute short and long-term organizing and campaign strategies and evaluate their effectiveness
  • Utilize advanced data management tools to analyze and interpret data, and leverage valuable insights to inform campaign planning and decision-making
  • Organize and facilitate community meetings, public events, demonstrations, educational initiatives, and mobilization efforts, fostering civic engagement and empowering the community to take action


Staff Management and Organizational Leadership 

  • Actively participate in the organizational leadership, working closely with the Political Director, Chief of Staff, and other directors to shape and advance the organization's goals and initiatives
  • Oversee the hiring, training, professional development, and performance management of organizing staff including but not limited to providing support with the planning and organization of individual and collective work plans from start to finish
  • Collaborate with the Communications Team to establish and implement a digital organizing strategy


REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS  

The ideal candidate for this position has a demonstrated background in strategic campaign management along with evidence of successful project and people management. The Organizing Director should also have demonstrated experience in the following areas:

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive work experience managing, strategizing, and organizing union, labor, and/or community grassroots campaigns
  • 5+ years of management experience, including a demonstrated track record of adopting people-centered approach to supervising of full-time, direct reports
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial and social justice, showcasing a deep understanding of and passion for advancing equity; Previous experience in gig worker advocacy, housing advocacy, or other equity initiatives is a significant plus
  • Strong project management and organization skills, with the ability to effectively prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Proven ability to transform ideas into actionable plans, translating vision into concrete strategies and steps
  • Experience with digital organizing is a plus but not required 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on collaboration and relationship-building
  • A strong connection to and network within San Jose is highly desirable, but not required
  • Spanish fluency is preferred but not required 
  • Some travel is required, primarily within the greater Bay Area region, but sometimes beyond 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS  

  • Sit, bend, and reach with hands and arms
  • Lift approximately 20-25 lbs. on occasion
  • Stand and move throughout the office
  • Have consistent and reliable attendance
  • Interpret various instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Work under pressure with changing, ambiguous priorities
  • Communicate effectively and promptly to clients or employees of the organization
  • Climb stairs and steps
  • High level of manual dexterity to adeptly type and use computer equipment
  • Auditory and visual skills – Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  • Follow written and oral instructions and procedures


Additionally, all Working Partnerships USA employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (and booster, if eligible) as a condition of employment, or a written request for reasonable accommodation due to medical disability or sincerely held religious belief.


COMPENSATION AND LOCATION 

Our office is located in North San Jose. This role has a hybrid work schedule, with 2 days per week in person and 3 days remote. This is a regular, full-time, exempt position, which may include required work some evenings and Saturdays.  


The estimated annual salary for this position is between $99,000.00 - $122,500.00, with commensurate qualifications and experience. Working Partnerships USA also offers robust benefits including:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, including access to acupuncture and chiropractic services via Kaiser/Sutter Health, Delta, VSP, and Landmark respectively
  • 10 days of annual paid vacation, which increases with tenure, and 12.5 paid holidays 
  • 12 days of annual sick leave
  • 401(k) with 7% employer contributions after your first 6 months of employment


Working Partnerships USA is an affirmative action employer, and we strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ, and all qualified persons to apply for this position. Therefore, we make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in professional environments or suffer broader societal discrimination.  


Working Partnerships USA is an equal-opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or any other prohibited category.  


Salary

$99,000 - $122,500 per year