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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.

Accountant (CA Black Power Network)

California Black Power Network (CBPN) is a project of California Calls Education Fund (CCEF).

Organization Overview:

California Calls is a statewide alliance of local and regional social and racial justice groups. California Calls and its anchor groups work to increase the civic participation and power of communities most impacted by racial inequities and growing inequality to be able to act on their own behalf, and together, to achieve systemic solutions. Over the past five years California Calls has designed and implemented two projects (the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Black Census and Redistricting Hub) with the goal of increasing 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.

Based on the success of these projects, and the persistent problems of systemic and anti-Black racism, California Calls is incubating State Black Power Network (CBPN) which will spin off as an independent statewide Black organizing and power-building network composed of local and regional grassroots organizations in key Black communities throughout the state.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Accountant handles the day-to-day finance, accounting, and bookkeeping functions for CBPN and Black Census Redistricting Hub (BCRH). This also entails assisting in the budgeting process and providing regular financial reports.

This position works in conjunction with California Calls’ administrative and fiscal team. This position will support CBPN in its transition from a project of CCEF to an independent IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

STRUCTURE:

  • Reporting to the Black Power Network Executive Director
  • Salary range: $65,000-80,000 annually with comprehensive benefits

Duties and Responsibilities:

Accounting

  • Maintains accounts payable: processes vendor invoices and prepares checks for signing and distribution
  • Maintains accounts receivables: records grant revenues and monitors collection of grants and donations
  • Monitors cash flow and cash management
  • Prepares monthly bank account reconciliations
  • Maintains general ledger and prepare journal entries
  • Ensures that vendor IRS Form W-9 files are complete and prepares annual Form 1099 for vendors

Financial Reporting

  • Assists in budget preparation and ensures that transactions are properly coded according to budgets
  • Reviews revenues and expenditures and resolves discrepancies
  • Prepares monthly and quarterly financial reports
  • Prepares financial reports for grant reporting
  • Assembles information and assists CCEF fiscal team with annual external audit and tax return preparation

Administrative

  • Works with CCEF Administrative team in supporting CBPN operations
  • Works with CCEF Administrative team in processing payroll and group benefits (health, dental, and group term life insurance) and 401K Retirement Plan for CBPN staff
  • Monitors and reports CBPN staff time off (vacation, sick and personal) to CCEF Administrative team

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Accounting degree or equivalent work experience
  • 3-5 years of work experience
  • Experience working in non-profit accounting, including expense tracking and reporting financial data for multiple grant funders
  • Strong Excel skills and Experience with accounting software with accounts payable and general ledger modules
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diversity of people, organizations, communities, and cultures.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Attention to detail, strong communications and problem-solving skills required.

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

State Black Power Network
Organizing & Training Manager

Organizational Overview
The wave of mass protests that has swept the country in 2020 were sparked by systemic and anti-Black racism within law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Whether it is homelessness and gentrification, mass incarceration and overcriminalization, deep educational inequities, rampant health disparities, the widening economic and wealth inequality gap, tax policies 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.

California Calls is a statewide alliance of local and regional social and racial justice groups working to increase the civic participation and power of communities most impacted by racial inequities and growing inequality. Over the past five years California Calls has designed and implemented two projects (the African American Civic Engagement Project and the Black
Census and Redistricting Hub) with the goal of increasing 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.

Based on the success of these projects, and the persistent problems of systemic and anti-Black racism, California Calls plans to incubate and spin off an ongoing, independent statewide Black organizing and power-building network composed of local and regional grassroots organizations in key Black communities throughout the state. This network 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.

We are seeking an Organizing & Training Manager to lead the development and implementation of strategic organizing and training and capacity building programs to advance power-building and campaign goals needed to transform quality of life for all Black people.

Position Description
Reporting to the Associate Director, the Organizing & Training Manager 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 & Training Manager 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. Knowledge of the best practices in training and capacity building
2. Experience in training and capacity building in multiple forms of power: community and electoral organizing, advocacy, lobbying, narrative and communications
3. Experience in developing and leading voter engagement, community/labor organizing or social justice campaigns.
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.

Structure
● Reporting to Associate Director of Programs
● Salary range: $70,000-85,000 annually with comprehensive benefits
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