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Sacramento ACT (Area Congregations Together) is seeking a full-time community organizer to work in the Sacramento region. Community Organizer will work with a team of organizers to develop organizational campaigns to increase equity and advance racial and economic justice in the Sacramento region. This position reports to the Director of Organizing.


Organizational Background: Sacramento ACT empowers ordinary people to identify and change the conditions that create economic and racial injustice. Our shared faith values call us to envision and build a just and equitable community for all. At the center of our model of congregation-based community organizing is a belief in the potential for transformation – of people, institutions, and our larger culture. This belief stems directly from ACT’s roots in faith communities, and radiates throughout the organization, influencing the way ACT relates to public officials, to community members, and to one another.


Job Description

A Community Organizer is responsible for working with a variety of congregations, neighborhood and/or community-based groups to: find and develop leaders; identify issues important to the local members; work with leaders to design campaign strategies and win policy changes that improve communities and the quality of life for residents. This position will specifically work with clergy and lay leaders in Catholic institutions and congregations in the Sacramento region. 


This individual is expected to be a full participant in achieving the ACT mission, with specific responsibility to:

• Develop community leadership through the principles and practices of the model of faith-based community organizing

• Build relationships by conducting 15-20 weekly one-to-one conversations with congregants and community members in Catholic and other faith communities. 

• Develop Local Organizing Committees (LOCs) in at least 3 institutions in the first year

  • Work with LOCs to set listening goals, research meetings, define issues and conduct public actions to resolve community concerns

• Identify & develop potential issue cuts and strategies based on results of listening sessions

• Work with faith, spiritual and institutional leaders from diverse traditions to build relationships and to act in the public arena on issues affecting their members

• Participate in Sacramento ACT, PICO California and Faith in Action initiatives and campaigns to move policy at regional, state and national levels

• Participate in fundraising and administrative activities as required

• Participate in weekly staff professional development sessions and other training activities


Minimum Qualifications

We are seeking an individual who excels in relationship-building, has strong instincts of how to build teams and build power, and has exceptional follow-through on tasks and plans. Strong candidates should have:


• A demonstrated ability to work in a multi-faith, multi-racial, multi-ethnic contexts

• Strong interpersonal and relational skills, and interest in people; a good listener, and good communication skills

• Capacity to think, speak, and write strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting our communities

• Experience/comfort working with clergy, people of faith, faith and spiritual communities around social change issues

• Demonstrated a commitment for equity, justice and healthy communities

• Desire to learn and openness to challenge

• A self-directed, highly motivated orientation and an ability to provide positive, disciplined leadership in an unstructured environment

• Experience with and comfort using computers, email systems, and basic office equipment.

• Organizers must possess a driver’s license, car insurance, and access to a reliable automobile to travel within the Sacramento region (this position is currently remote due to COVID restrictions)

• Spanish/bilingual proficiency 


Preferred Qualifications: 

• B.A. or B.S degree strongly preferred, or equivalent work experience

• Experience with and comfort using web-based video conferencing systems such as Google Hangouts & Zoom

• Familiarity with Google Suite and Mac OS.

• Ability to lift 40 lbs.

Sacramento ACT (Area Congregations Together) is seeking a full-time community organizer to work in the Sacramento region. Community Organizer will work with a team of organizers to develop organizational campaigns to increase equity…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule

Salary

We offer a competitive salary based on experience.

Benefits

Benefits include family health and dental, life insurance and long term disability fully paid by employer at time of employment; and employer retirement contribution after one year of employment.

Benefits include family health and dental, life insurance and long term disability fully paid by employer at time of employment; and employer retirement contribution after one…

Level of Language Proficiency

• Spanish/bilingual proficiency

• Spanish/bilingual proficiency

Location

On-site
Sacramento, CA

How to Apply

Application Procedure:

Please email the following three (3) documents to diana@sacact.org:

1. An electronic copy of your resume

2. A cover letter (explaining your experience in any of the minimum or preferred qualifications required for this position which are not specifically addressed in your resume and why you are interested in this position.)

3. A short writing sample, art piece, or media project (demonstrating your ability to think critically and communicate effectively, particularly around social change and justice issues) The short writing sample can be anything you have authored such as a reflection, speech, story, essay, article ect.


This is a resource to help you if you do not currently have a writing sample. https://essayshark.com/blog/how-to-write-a-critical-thinking-essay-complete-guide/ It doesn't have to be something you've written in the past. You may write something and use it as your writing sample.


Please contact Diana at diana@sacact.org with any questions regarding the writing sample.

Application Procedure:

Please email the following three (3) documents to diana@sacact.org:

1. An electronic copy of your resume

2. A cover letter (explaining your experience in any of…

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