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Policy & Campaigns Manager (California Black Power Network)

Organizational Overview
We are excited to launch the California Black Power Network, as we continue to build Black political power and create deep, systemic change to impact the lived realities of Black people in California. The network is composed of local and regional grassroots organizations in key Black communities throughout the state, and will aim to create measurable increases in the capacity of participating Black-led organizations, encourage growth and collaboration within the ecosystem of Black-led organizations across the state, and develop substantial, measurable progress in key issue areas. As we launch and grow this new organization, we are looking for an Organizing Director to build and grow with us while driving the training, organizing and power building efforts of our network as we combat systemic, anti-Black racism. 

Whether it is homelessness and gentrification, mass incarceration and criminalization, deep educational inequities, rampant health disparities, the widening economic and wealth inequality gap, tax policy inequities — Black communities across California are disproportionately impacted. At the heart of these conditions is persistent and enduring systemic and anti-Black racism. A key question is what will make this moment different in addressing the longstanding issues of systemic and anti-Black racism. The Organizing Director will be pivotal in helping transform the energy that swept the country during last year’s wave of protest and uprising into real policy and systems change. 

We are building off of two of California Calls’ projects (the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Black Census and Redistricting Hub) that worked over the last five years to increase the capacities and power of local and regional Black-led and/or serving grassroots organizations to address the problems of systemic racism and anti-Black racism. The California Black Power Network will be incubated under California Calls until we spin off as an independent organization. Not only will the Policy & Campaigns Manager have a direct role in leading and driving the network’s clear, bold, and impactful policy agenda for structural change, but the candidate will also have ample room for growth and opportunities to help shape and develop our growing organization to ensure our organizational culture is effective and in alignment with the values and principles of our movement.

Position Description
Reporting to the Associate Director, the Policy & Campaigns Manager will serve as a critical member of the team, driving research, analysis, and policy and campaign development with our network partners across the state to achieve network goals. This position will be pivotal in developing policy analysis, solutions and campaigns to impact systemic change in the material conditions, lived experience and quality of life of Black people and communities. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in research, legislative tracking, policy analysis and development, electoral and advocacy campaign planning, and project management.

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Drive the development of a clear and coherent long term Black policy agenda in coordination with staff, leadership body, and network partners.
  2. Coordinate policy and campaign research and development to advance the network’s policy priorities and long term agenda.
  3. Oversee and execute research, analysis and tracking of policies related to the network’s Black agenda, including pending legislation, the formulation of new bills, and ballot initiatives.
  4. Inform and support coalition engagement and technical assistance to develop a long term Black agenda and yearly policy priorities, and to successfully develop and implement policy campaign plans.
  5. Oversee and execute the development of written analyses (memos, fact sheets, reports, etc.) and graphic presentations of findings and recommendations.
  6. Coordinate policy related meetings and activities (i.e. meetings with policy makers, ally meetings), develop and sustain relationships with key allies and policy makers, and participation in key coalition spaces to inform and advance the network’s long term and short term policy priorities.
  7. Coordinate with the senior leadership team to develop and manage budgets in support of policy and campaign needs.
  8. Lead the development of reports and analysis to evaluate progress toward policy goals, inform advocacy and campaign priorities and strategies, and support funder reporting as needed.
  9. Lead the recruitment, management and development of policy, research and campaign staff, and consultants and vendors as needed, to support growing analysis, research and campaign needs.

Qualifications and Skills

  1. 3-5 years of experience in social justice, public policy, community-based policy advocacy and/or organizing (beyond summer or short-term internships).
  2. Experience in developing and leading policy agenda development, conducting policy analysis, and research.
  3. Experience working with community-based organizations, including experience building and working in coalitions.
  4. Experience in planning, developing, and implementing strategic and tactical campaigns.
  5. Demonstrated experience in successfully managing and executing electoral, advocacy and lobbying campaigns.
  6. Experience in developing research and analysis to inform policy and campaign priorities.
  7. Prior knowledge and experience in public policy and local and state government legislative processes.
  8. Experience in developing and leading training and convenings in support of advocacy campaigns.
  9. Previous experience in a project or program management role.
  10. Experience in team management or coordination.
  11. Experience in organizing and coalition building is preferred, but not required.
  12. Commitment to social justice, and knowledge and experience in working with Black communities in California.
  13. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  14. Computer skills: strong knowledge of Word, Excel,  PowerPoint and their Google Suite equivalents.
  15. Excellent writing, verbal communications, presentation, and analytical skills.

Employee Compensation, Benefits and Perks

  • Salary range: $70,000-85,000 annually with comprehensive benefits
  • Fully covered medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Full-time remote work under COVID-19 protocols 
  • Flexible work schedule when normal operations resume
  • Eligibility to participate in 401(K) Plan
  • Paid vacation based on years of service; sick, family and medical leaves in accordance with California laws
  • Eligibility for pre-tax flexible spending plan (FSA) for health care, child care, and public transit commuter expenses
  • Group term life insurance
  • Staff development opportunities 

General Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license, personal car insurance, a personal vehicle in good working condition with valid registration.
  • No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.

People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.

Please submit cover letter and resume to mealy@calicalls.org



Job Description: Data and Tech Coordinator

California Calls is an alliance of 30 dynamic local community-based organizations across the state working to achieve real, lasting policy change that strikes at the root causes of poverty, inequality and oppression. We are a pioneer in “Integrated Voter Engagement,” which combines statewide on-going voter engagement, state-of-the-art technology, and neighborhood-based community organizing to make sure who votes in California reflects who lives in California. By organizing the power of the people locked out of decision-making, building strategic alliances, and waging structural policy battles, we are shaping a new future for California based on justice and equality.

We Are:
● Strategic, bold and innovative. We set ambitious goals and consistently experiment to shape a new blueprint to achieve justice.
● Democratic from the bottom up – our mission centers building the power of poor and working people and the leadership of our local partners
● Rigorous and disciplined to evaluate our progress and scale our power
● Fiercely committed to social, economic and racial justice

We’re looking for a Data and Tech Coordinator who can join our team to support the development and implementation of cutting-edge data and technology strategies to advance long-term base building and voter analysis engagement and analysis. The Coordinator will work with the Infrastructure Manager to ensure the efficient execution of civic engagement programs, experimentation with new civic engagement and organizing tools, and technical assistance for CA Calls’ Field Staff and Anchor organizations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Support with the management of California Calls’ Integrated Voter Engagement Database and Systems using PDI
    a. Do voter analysis to create target voter universes, with support of the Infrastructure Manager
    b. Create phonebank, walk canvassing, and texting universes and projects in PDI
    c. Develop reporting and evaluation systems of our civic engagement programs
  2. Manage texting, relational organizing and other digital and tech tools.
  3. Provide Technical Assistance to California Calls’ Anchor organizations
    a. Assist in training and crafting systems for staff and Anchors to use the voter database to do analysis, outreach, and manage data.
    b. Develop and produce shareable training materials and curriculum on voter contact tools and data management
  4. Help develop innovative strategies to contact voters and activists.
    a. Help identify digital organizing tools and strategies to build an activist base.
    b. Stay current on landscape of field tools and technologies;
    c. Work with staff and Anchors to research and test innovations.
  5. Assist with the development and implementation of effective Field Tech support systems and trainings
  6. Assist with and evaluate tech systems to address immediate issues and improve systems for the long term

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS
● Minimum experience of 2 years or 3 electoral campaigns assisting with voter engagement data
● Experience with Quantitative Analysis AND Voter Data management (using PDI or VAN)
● Strong commitment to California Calls’ mission and to social justice with experience on racial and economic justice campaigns.
● Valid California driver’s license and access to reliable transportation for travel to off-site meetings and events. A vehicle used for work must be legally registered and insured.

SKILLS
● Experience with organizing and campaigns — applying data management and analysis
● Experience with computer-based and mobile voter engagement technologies
● Advanced proficiency with sheets and report creation.
● Able to work and communicate with people from economic, geographic, and culturally diverse backgrounds and put their needs above how things might “normally” be done

QUALITIES
● Extreme attention to detail
● Excellent work management and long-term planning skills
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills

DESIRED BUT NOT REQUIRED
● Experience using SQL, along with Python, R, Julia, or any other data analysis tools.
● Familiarity with SMS-based and/or relational voter contact tools.
● Experience/ comfort with Network set-up, tech support

SALARY & BENEFITS
$65,000 Annually (DOE). Generous benefits including medical, dental, paid vacation, flexible work
schedule. This position is full-time and based in Los Angeles. No later than the first day of employment
must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States
for Form I-9.

People of Color, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.
Email resume, cover letter, and three references to Melinda Ealy – mealy@calicalls.org

Job Description: Strategic Communications Coordinator

California Calls is an alliance of 30 dynamic local community-based organizations across the state working to achieve real, lasting policy change that strikes at the root causes of poverty, inequality and oppression.  We are a pioneer in “Integrated Voter Engagement” which combines statewide on-going voter engagement, state-of-the-art technology and neighborhood-based community organizing to make sure who votes in California reflects who lives in California.  By organizing the power of the people locked out of decision-making, building strategic alliances, and waging structural policy battles, we are shaping a new future for California based on justice and equality.

We’re looking for a Strategic Communications Coordinator who can join our team and enhance our ground operation with dynamic social media management and content creation.

We Are:

  • Strategic, bold and innovative.  We set ambitious goals and consistently experiment to shape a new blueprint to achieve justice.
  • Democratic from the bottom up – our mission centers building the power of poor and working people and the leadership of our local partners.
  • Rigorous and disciplined to evaluate our progress and scale our power.
  • Fiercely committed to social, economic and racial justice.

You Are:

  • An effective writer with a passion for the creative, who understands how to inspire and motivate all kinds of audiences. 
  • Well versed on social media landscape and keep a close pulse on current trends and strategies to effectively leverage the power of digital platforms. 
  • Able to create compelling visual content (graphics & memes) that tap into emerging moments and can reach California’s Emerging Electorate – including poor and working class families, communities of color and people who represent the majority in our state but aren’t politically active. 
  • Able to identify and leverage opportunities in the narrative landscape that help advance our goals.
  • Comfortable taking the lead on projects and driving them to completion, using rigorous, metric-driven analysis to balance short-term tactical campaigns with long-term strategic projects.
  • Able to demonstrate a successful track record of social media management (paid & organic) and content creation. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Work closely with the Strategic Communications Director to coordinate and execute communications’ projects. 
  2. Drive rapid content creation process from concept, development and deployment.
  3. Manage growing social media platforms – including digital organizing via social channels, creating a social media calendar, deploying digital ad buys, performance reporting, and day to day management of facebook, twitter, instagram and instagram stories platforms. 
  4. Assist in development of strategic communication analysis, methodologies, and narratives that impact worldview and engage a base of hundreds of thousands.
  5. Track rapid response opportunities and develop social media strategies that effectively leverage those opportunities.
  6. Support digital and field organizing through data organizing and mass Email and SMS campaigns.

QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS

  • Background in and commitment to social justice work.
  • Must have strong digital skills including, WordPress, Facebook Business Manager, Action Network (or similar CRM), Adobe Spark (or similar content creation platform).
  • Must have strong analytical skills and excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Must be able to effectively track trends and manage and grow social media platforms. 
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals under deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of people, organizations, communities, and cultures.
  • (Preferred) experience in community and/ or labor organizing.
  • Strong framing and messaging skills. 
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.
  • Must provide proof of right to work in the United States.

SALARY

$60,000-75,000 Annually, Depending on Experience. Generous benefits including medical, dental, paid vacation, flexible work schedule. Email resume, cover letter, and three references to Melinda Ealy – mealy@calicalls.org

Location:
Los Angeles location preferred. Position will be temporarily virtual.

Policy and Campaign Director

Position: Policy and Campaign Director
Salary: $85,000 -$105,000 per year
Status: Full-Time position

California Calls is a broad and powerful alliance of 31 grassroots, community-based organizations spanning urban, rural and suburban counties across the state. We engage, educate and motivate new and infrequent voters, including young people, communities of color, and poor and working-class neighborhoods to make California’s electorate reflect our state’s diverse population. Through our bottom-up approach, we are organizing voters and residents most impacted by budget cuts and deteriorating public services in support of systemic, progressive policy solutions to our state’s fiscal crisis. Working together with communities who are often left out of policy decisions, we believe we can reclaim the California Dream of equality, opportunity, and prosperity for all Californians.

The Policy and Campaign Director is responsible for development of research, policy analysis and campaign development to advance California Calls’ long-term structural policy goals. The Policy and Campaign Director works collaboratively with senior management, California Calls Anchors and strategic partners.

Responsibilities and Expectations:
Policy Analysis and Campaign Development
● Directs the development and implementation of California Calls policy priorities, campaigns and advocacy work
● Oversees and conducts research, analysis and advocacy for policies related to California Calls policy agenda, including pending legislation and ballot initiatives.
● Directs the development and implementation of policy campaigns in collaboration with Senior Leadership
● Tracks the state policy and political landscape, including legislative and initiative landscape.

Uses power analysis and other analytical tools to assess power dynamics on a given campaign and produces reports, landscape, and power analysis to keep staff, leaders, agenda. We are looking for a dynamic, detail-oriented, and analytical person to help lead bold campaigns, build powerful coalitions and strengthen the voice of low-income, people of color, anchors and allies informed on key policy issue areas (labor, education, health & human services) and build consensus/alignment around campaign priorities and strategies.

Coalition Building and Campaign Leadership
● Leads statewide campaigns and manages coalitions, strategic relationships, and collaborations.
● Maintains relationships with state lawmakers and allies to influence policy-making and push forward California Calls policy agenda and priorities
● Provides leadership and activates California Calls anchor organizations and allies in promoting agreed upon policy priorities.
● Develops training materials and conducts training as needed for staff and California Calls member organizations on policy priorities.
● Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of campaign messaging and materials and provides feedback for improvement and tailoring to different audiences.
● Designs and maintains systems to track outreach efforts and results
● Manages, in collaboration with senior management staff, internal alliance meetings and processes.
● Provides reliable, timely analysis and strategic guidance on California Calls policy priorities including the development and dissemination of policy memos or recommendations regarding policy positions.
● Develops written analyses (memos, fact sheets) and graphic presentations of findings into powerpoint presentations.

Organizational Leadership and Management
● Represents California Calls externally to key stakeholders
● Excellent Project Management to effectively manages multiple complex projects in varying stages of development while meeting deadlines
● Evaluates progress, identifies patterns and problem areas, and implements effective solutions to increase efficiency
● Provides leadership in building internal synergy and coordination between California Calls components; thinks and acts in the best interests of the organization
● Inspires and motivates staff, anchors and partners to perform at their best and collaboratively
● Develops, Tracks and Monitors the Alliance/Policy Budget and assists with fundraising
● Provides training and direction to the policy team and all staff
● Manages campaign and research consultants

Qualifications and Skills:
● B.A. or graduate degree in public policy, political science, or related field preferred but not required
● Formal training and professional experience in organizing preferred but not required.
● A strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of the needs of low-income communities in California.
● At least 5+ years of experience in a leadership role managing a coalition or campaign on issues of importance to low-income communities of color.
● Strong advocacy, consensus-building, coalition-building, and leadership skills
● Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral; experience as a public spokesperson and advocate; ability to analyze and articulate policy concepts and other complex issues and to communicate them to a variety of audiences.
● Rigorous commitment to accuracy, strong analytic, research and writing skills, and the ability to work on multiple tasks.
● Prior knowledge and experience of tax and fiscal policies, state government legislative processes, or initiative measures is a plus.
● Ability to build relationships with relevant policy partners (government, policy think tanks and academic institutions).
● Willingness and ability to take direction and function well within a team structure.
● Strong knowledge of word processing, powerpoint and spreadsheets.
● Verbal or written fluency in a second language is a plus.

Location:
Los Angeles or Bay Area location preferred. Position will be temporarily virtual.

BIPOC, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.
Please submit cover letter and resume to mealy@calicalls.org.

State Black Power Network
Organizing Director

Organizational Overview

We are excited to launch the California Black Power Network, as we continue to build Black political power and create deep, systemic change to impact the lived realities of Black people in California. The network is composed of local and regional grassroots organizations in key Black communities throughout the state, and will aim to create measurable increases in the capacity of participating Black-led organizations, encourage growth and collaboration within the ecosystem of Black-led organizations across the state, and develop substantial, measurable progress in key issue areas. As we launch and grow this new organization, we are looking for an Organizing Director to build and grow with us while driving the training, organizing and power building efforts of our network as we combat systemic, anti-Black racism. 

Whether it is homelessness and gentrification, mass incarceration and criminalization, deep educational inequities, rampant health disparities, the widening economic and wealth inequality gap, tax policy inequities — Black communities across California are disproportionately impacted. At the heart of these conditions is persistent and enduring systemic and anti-Black racism. A key question is what will make this moment different in addressing the longstanding issues of systemic and anti-Black racism. The Organizing Director will be pivotal in helping transform the energy that swept the country during last year’s wave of protest and uprising into real policy and systems change. 

We are building off of two of California Calls’ projects (the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Black Census and Redistricting Hub) that worked over the last five years to increase the capacities and power of local and regional Black-led and/or serving grassroots organizations to address the problems of systemic racism and anti-Black racism. The California Black Power Network will be incubated under California Calls until we spin off as an independent organization.  Not only will the Organizing Director have a direct role in leading the organizing, training and capacity building needed to achieve the network’s long term goals, but will also have ample room for growth and opportunities to help shape and develop our growing organization to ensure our organizational culture is effective and in alignment with the values and principles of our movement.

Position Description

Reporting to the Associate Director of Programs, the Organizing Director will serve as a critical member of the team, driving the power building and training and capacity building programs with our network partners across the state. This position will be integral in shaping multi-dimensional organizing strategies that achieve the network’s power building and campaign goals, and will support the engagement and organizing of network partners to develop and implement local, regional and statewide power-building plans. In addition, the Organizing Director will develop, implement and support training and capacity building plans that deepen and expand network partners’ capacities, and develop and sharpen the skills needed to successfully implement multi-dimensional organizing strategies. Applicants should have demonstrated experience in community organizing, advocacy, and electoral campaigns, as well as experience in training and capacity building, coalition building, and project management. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Develop and implement strategic power-building and organizing plans in collaboration with network staff and partners to help achieve the network’s short term and long term goals.
  2. Develop and implement tailored training and capacity building plans for network partners, and the network at large, based on organizing strategies, campaign plans, and individual partner needs.
  3. Drive network partner engagement, organizing, and technical assistance to develop and successfully implement organizing and training program plans.
  4. Develop and sustain relationships with key allies and participate in coalition spaces to inform and advance campaigns, organizing, and power building efforts.
  5. Coordinate data management in support of base building and civic engagement programs, and support partner data management needs, training, and technical assistance.
  6. Manage and support civic engagement and organizing  tools and technology, and provide training and technical support to network partners to successfully utilize tools and technology.
  7. Coordinate with the senior leadership team to develop and manage organizing and training and capacity building budgets and to coordinate network partner regrants in support of programs.
  8. Lead the development of reports and analysis to evaluate program performance, inform program and partner needs, and support funder reporting as needed.
  9. Lead the recruitment, management and development of organizing staff, and consultants and vendors as needed, to support growing organizing and training needs.

Qualifications and Skills

  1. 3-5 years of experience in developing and leading voter engagement, community/labor organizing or social justice campaigns.
  2. Knowledge of the best practices in training and capacity building
  3. Experience in training and capacity building in at least one of the following forms of power: community and electoral organizing, advocacy, lobbying, narrative and communications
  4. Experience in managing phone banking and canvass programs, outreach teams, volunteer coordination, community mobilizations and/or community events.
  5. Experience in developing and leading training and convenings for various audiences.
  6. Knowledge and experience working with Black communities in California.
  7. Previous experience in a project or program management role.
  8. Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful strategic programmatic plans.
  9. Experience in team management or coordination.
  10. Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines.
  11. Computer skills:  strong knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, their Google Suite equivalents and/or database software.
  12. Excellent writing, verbal communications, presentation, and analytical skills.

Employee Compensation, Benefits and Perks

  • Salary range: $85,000-100,000 annually with comprehensive benefits
  • Fully covered medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Full-time remote work under COVID-19 protocols 
  • Flexible work schedule when normal operations resume
  • Eligibility to participate in 401(K) Plan
  • Paid vacation based on years of service; sick, family and medical leaves in accordance with California laws
  •  Eligibility for pre-tax flexible spending plan (FSA) for health care, child care, and public transit commuter expenses
  • Group term life insurance
  • Staff development opportunities 

General Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license, personal car insurance, a personal vehicle in good working condition with valid registration.
  • No later than the first day of employment must provide acceptable documents for proof of identity and employment authorization in the United States for Form I-9.

BIPOC, Women and LGBTQI encouraged to apply.

Please submit cover letter and resume to mealy@calicalls.org