Bilingual Community Organizer

Mid-City CAN
September 9, 2021
4305 University Ave. #550, San Diego, California
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Contact Name
Trinh Le
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Mission Edge San Diego | Mid-City Community Advocacy Network

Bilingual Community Organizer

Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN), fiscally sponsored by Mission Edge San Diego, is a collaborative comprised of hundreds of partners and thousands of community members. Mid-City CAN’s mission is to build a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing. For over 30 years, Mid-City CAN plays an essential role in the community and the San Diego Region by facilitating dialogue, identifying common issues, spearheading advocacy efforts, building power, and training community members to take leadership roles in affecting change. Some of our campaign wins include $5.1 million towards two skate parks and a recreation center, the Halal school lunch program, and a reduction in youth bus fares.

Reporting to the Director of Organizing, the Community Organizer works in partnership with community members and organizational allies, in the design and ongoing implementation of Mid-City CAN Momentum Team community organizing and advocacy campaigns. The Community Organizer will advance the goal of building community power through leadership development, base-building, voter engagement, and supporting the Momentum Team in identifying and building campaigns to advocate for change, executing strategies, and mobilizing for action. The current Momentum Team assigned to this position will be focused on juvenile justice and police reform.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, recruit, motivate, and retain grassroots community members through one-on-one meetings, canvassing, phone-banking, community events, voter engagement, and other activities.
  • Research campaign targets, develop strategies, conduct power analysis, and assist grassroots community members in advocating for institutional and social change.
  • Structure, coordinate, and execute campaign actions/events.
  • Facilitate leadership development for grassroots community members around specific skills related to community organizing, advocacy and other relevant topics.
  • Develop Mid-City CAN Momentum Team goals and objectives in the form of a campaign chart/plan.
  • Create and execute campaign plans, project work plans, including timeline, roles, and resources needed, using Mid-City CAN planning tools. Analyze and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Deliver custom program materials, modules, and simulations based on the Mid-City CAN tool kit and methodology, as well as training others in their application.
  • Conduct quarterly power analysis with grassroots community members.
  • Track and analyze policy at local, regional, and state level to incorporate into campaign.
  • Attend meetings and collaborate with other nonprofit organizations.
  • Attend government meetings and represent MCC at various stakeholder groups.
  • Complete weekly data entry and progress reporting in a timely manner.
  • Overnight travel for training and advocacy required when health orders permit.
  • Flexible hours, weekend and evening work required 40% of time
  • Hours in excess of 8 hours per day on occasion.
  • Several annual periods of heavy workload of approximately 2 consecutive weeks offset by several annual periods of low workload due to governmental advocacy or electoral cycles.
  • Integrate voter engagement efforts into organizing campaign and base-building.
  • Routinely conduct neighborhood canvassing, phone-banking, and other recruitment events.
  • Attend all staff meetings, staff trainings and retreats, and incorporate learnings into daily duties (in-person attendance is required as permitted by health orders).
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, administrators, and a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conduct presentations and one-on-one consecutive communication accurately in English and second language.
  • Other tasks as assigned across levels or organization.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor degree in community development, social work, community organizing, ethnic studies, political science, or commensurate professional experience.
  • Community organizing or leadership training a plus, such as certificates from: Institute for Cultural Affairs, Gamaliel Foundation, PICO National Network, Center for Third World Organizing, Consensus Organizing Center, or comparable organizations.
  • Bilingual proficiency in Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, or other language and a commitment to using bilingual language skills on a routine basis required.
  • Possess a passion for social justice that translates to daily interactions.
  • Ability to build consensus and effectively manage conflict.
  • Ability to perform under pressure in a fast-paced flexible environment and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to self-direct, take initiative, and work independently, while also being able to work as part of a team when assigned to do so.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication, facilitation, direct interpersonal workplace communication, and public speaking skills.
  • Ability to work with and maintain positive relationships with diverse constituencies and sensitivity in dealing with diversity issues including race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status.
  • Flexible and ability to adapt to learning new ideas and concepts, responding to changes and last-minute requests.
  • Access to reliable transportation and willing to use it for job-related tasks.
  • Access to a cell phone and willing to use it for job-related tasks.
  • Ability to work in-person (or at home if required by health orders), per California State Health Order and County of San Diego Health Orders, work is expected to be in-person.
  • Commitment to personal professional growth and development.
  • Exude professionalism on the job and maintain emotional composure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to maintain etiquette in a professional environment, and exude a positive attitude.

COVID-19 Safety and In-person Work

  • Strictly comply with all applicable public health orders and organizational safety protocols.
  • Work as part of a team among colleagues to assist with unforeseen COVID-19-related projects.
  • Conduct work in person as health orders allow (PPE provided), in accordance with California State Health Order and County of San Diego Health Orders, all worked is expected to be in-person.
  • Willing obtain COVID-19 vaccine and provide verification unless qualified medical condition, unvaccinated staff are required to take a bi-weekly COVID-19 test.
  • Remain flexible in order to adjust to changing safety protocols and health orders as needed.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is performed in an office or community setting; employee regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 8 hours per day; occasionally lifts, carries, and positions objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communications; employee should be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these manners. Position works in community settings, may be standing at event table, and walks neighborhood for several hours on as needed basis. The employee may spend periods of time sitting, standing, or walking. Employee required to work in-person and adhere to health and safety protocols which may require wearing of facial mask covering nose and mouth for several hours and/or gloves or other PPE (provided). If required by health orders, employ may have to work virtually at home requiring use of virtual meeting technology for several hours requiring focus on a computer screen. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation: The annual salary range for this full-time, exempt position is $58,240, commensurate with work experience, skills and educational background.

To Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter for this position through the Mission Edge San Diego job board at No phone calls, walk-ins or recruiters, please.

Mission Edge San Diego provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 

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