Statewide Community Organizer (CFILC) Posted on April 7, 2022
California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)
Position Summary for Statewide Community Organizer (CFILC)
Salary: $50,000 – $55,000 annually depending on experience.
Location: Sacramento, CA
Description: Under the direction of the Public Policy Manager, the Statewide Community Organizer provides technical assistance, training, community organizing, and systems change support to the California Independent Living Network and the DOnetwork (Disability Organizing Network). This is a key position within the CFILC Systems Change Hub Grant.
The Statewide Community Organizer provides leadership in organizing strategic, tactical, and mutually agreed upon methods of community organizing on national, state, regional and local issues to create positive systemic change. The Statewide Community Organizer works with Systems Change/Community Organizing staff located at each of California’s 28 Independent Living Centers (ILCs), as well as disability community volunteers, coalitions, allies, and disability organizational partners. This position requires extensive travel throughout California and occasionally out of state. The position is responsible for preparing program reports for funders and external communications using a variety of methods. Familiarity with SWOT Analyses and developing action oriented organizing plans is a requirement.
The Statewide Community Organizer is also responsible for facilitating broad community trainings on a variety of disability community topics and systems change priorities. Facilitation of effective group meetings and training development is required. Familiarity with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365 (Microsoft Office Suite), social media platforms, and use of iPad devices is necessary for success in this position, and the ability to learn new and emerging Internet-based tools is required.
This is full-time position. It is a grant-funded position contingent upon continued funding.
About California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)
The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is a statewide disability organization that administers programs and serves as a membership association that connects California’s Independent Living Network.
The mission of CFILC is to increase access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers (ILCs).
• Assist and support 28 ILCs (the IL Network) in building their community organizing bases through grassroots advocacy groups, and other methods of base-building;
• Participate in statewide disability and/or intersectional coalitions;
• Develop community organizing campaigns for systems change, including priority issues outlined in California’s State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL), in coordination with the IL Network and allies.
• Develop campaign toolkits, flyers, and materials in coordination with CFILC communications team;
• Provide regular campaign updates to the IL Network on issues, strategies, tactics, and outcomes;
• Work in coordination with CFILC’s public policy team to analyze policies, develop educational materials, provide presentations and trainings on such topics;
• Arrange inclusive and accessible opportunities for the IL Network, disability leaders, organizers, and staff to meet and further systems change and community organizing campaigns and goals;
• Build and cultivate relationships with community groups, advocacy organizations and government agencies to create broad coalition support on disability rights issues;
• Organize regional and statewide community organizing events in coordination with CFILC’s logistics team;
• Provide staff support by serving as the liaison between CFILC and Disability Action Coalition, which includes coordinating staff and volunteers for the Disability Capitol Action Day event.
• Coordinate, develop and track monthly, quarterly and annual reports, while ensuring compliance with grant requirements and the State Plan for Independent Living outcomes with CFILC staff and management team;
• Present reports and outcomes to funders and stakeholders on a regular basis;
• Execute other duties as assigned.
Website & social media:
• Develop and maintain social media campaigns using multiple platforms in collaboration with CFILC communications team;
• Assist with posting social media on the various DOnetwork web platforms including Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
• Assist in the development of DOnetwork website content;
• Develop, implement, and track social media advocacy strategies that support organizing and advocacy campaigns in collaboration online.
Training & Technical Assistance:
• Conduct DOnetwork orientations for new ILC Systems Change Advocates/Community Organizers;
• Update and monitor DOnetwork listservs and website tools to ensure effective and relevant communication about community organizing and advocacy in collaboration with CFILC’s communication team;
• Conduct and coordinate community organizing training sessions and workshops internally and externally on a wide variety of topics both in-person and virtually via webinar/meeting platforms;
• Provide grassroots leadership development and mentorship on a one-to-one level and in large groups to systems change advocates, community organizers, youth organizers and volunteers engaged in the DOnetwork and Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled & Proud;
• Assist and support Systems Change Advocates/Community Organizers in developing and tracking their annual systems change advocacy plans.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in political science, human services, social work, community organizing and/or a minimum of two to three years in community organizing, campaign organizing, training and leadership development activities in disability rights.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and ability desired of the application.
• Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines;
• Ability to effectively train people with and without disabilities on a variety of disability topics including community organizing techniques and systems change issues;
• Ability to facilitate meetings with small and large groups in person and virtually;
• Experience in working with diverse and intersectional communities;
• Must be comfortable giving presentations and public speaking;
• Ability to delegate responsibilities and monitor completion of tasks;
• Must possess high-level computer word processing and computer communications skills;
• Must be able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and communities that do not always agree;
• Excellent writing skills including the ability to write a professional letter, create fact sheets, action alerts, collect and organize report material and translate its content and data into clear, accessible plain language;
• Knowledge of concepts and philosophy of independent living, history of disability rights and consumer empowerment/self-determination;
• Knowledge of public policy processes on local, state, and federal levels;
• Strong knowledge and background in community organizing and training concepts;
• Experience in using a variety of social media platforms for community organizing purposes;
• Knowledge/experience working with accessibility and reasonable accommodation requests
• Ability to travel as needed throughout California;
• Ability to arrange necessary transportation must be maintained throughout employment.
• Bilingual English/Spanish;
• Personal experience with a disability;
• Experience working with people with disabilities;
• Familiarity with disability rights issues;
• Knowledge of/or experience with California political processes.
• US work authorization (Preferred)
This is a mixed remote/onsite position based out of Sacramento. The onsite office environment is mostly quiet but can get noisy at times.
Moderate – High
CFILC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CFILC provides reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Please notify us if you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process.
CFILC has adjusted to a virtual work environment and will have a mixed hybrid working environment moving forward. A laptop and necessary equipment for access will be provided to the candidate hired for this position. Please note that maintaining a physical workspace suitable for virtual work, including securing and maintaining an Internet connection off-site, is the responsibility of the candidate. As necessary, a small Internet and cell phone stipend is provided for employees working in virtual environments.
How to Apply
Applicants must email a cover letter and resume to:
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject Line Title: Statewide Community Organizer
No phone calls or faxes will be accepted.
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