Oakland Rights-Based Services Counselor & Organizer

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000.00
Details: Increase in starting salary possible depending on experience.



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



3022 International Blvd.
Suite 210
United States


Organizational Mission

Causa Justa :: Just Cause [CJJC] builds grassroots power and leadership to create strong, equitable communities. Born from a visionary merger between a Black organization and a Latin@ immigrant organization, we build bridges of solidarity between working class communities of color. Through rights-based services, policy campaigns, civic engagement and direct action, we improve conditions in our neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, and contribute to building the larger multi-racial, multi-generational movement needed for fundamental change.

Political Context

Causa Justa :: Just Cause was born on January 1, 2010, motivated by a vision of building grassroots solidarity between working class African American and Latino communities in the Bay Area. We believe that Black-Brown unity is foundational for the development of a vibrant grassroots movement, and that building that unity is crucial work, now more than ever as our communities face the worst effects of the political and economic crisis.

After the election of the Trump administration, Causa Justa :: Just Cause has been working towards a practice and reflection on Sanctuary Cities for the 21st Century. The Sanctuary concept has been attacked and targeted by the right wing in this political moment. Rather than limiting the concept of Sanctuary to a policy of non-collaboration with ICE, the social movement left has the opportunity to reclaim and reframe Sanctuary, deepening its meaning as a frontline defense for our communities and broadening its impact as a strategy to build left populism in society as a whole. Our work has its strongest impact at the municipal level, where civic engagement work, grassroots policy change and community organizing campaigns, and candidate work (which our organization does not do, but is important to note as part of the field we work in) intersect. Cities are our base of power, that can grow stronger and have statewide impact pushing California to the left which will have national significance.

Position Summary

CJJC is hiring for a full-time, non-exempt position. The Organizer/Tenant Counselor will join the newly formed Housing, Land, & Development team to provide tenant counseling services for low-income tenant through our Tenant Rights Clinics, as well as organize working-class tenants in Oakland to help build a movement for stronger housing rights.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Provide tenant rights counseling and case management, including maintaining and providing necessary follow-up with tenants using a Serve the People/rights-based model
  • Participate in the creation, implementation, and facilitation of Know Your Rights workshops
  • Recruit members into the organization and support with member retention, development and leadership work
  • Secure member participation to membership meetings, mobilizations or other events through phone-banking and other member communications
  • Support with the development of member meeting agendas and content, as well as provide logistical support, and attend team and organizational member meetings
  • Support movement building work by participating in a coalition/alliance and lift up the mission and vision of the organization
  • Raise funds for the organization through participation in grassroots fundraising activities.
  • Participate and support member participation and leadership in civic engagement activities
  • Support campaigns and assist with the implementation of related activities
  • Support the successful planning and implementation of organizational events meetings, and activities as needed

Preferred Skills and Qualifications

  • Strong commitment to social, gender, racial and economic justice
  • At least one year experience in community organizing or providing direct service work with low-income communities of color
  • Knowledge of issues related to tenants’ rights and the housing crisis in Oakland, San Francisco & Bay Area
  • Familiarity with local history, geography of the city / neighborhoods, knowledge of various organizations, political issues, etc.
  • Strong personal organization and time management skills
  • Experienced with Mac computers – including familiarity with Word, Excel and Google calendar
  • Experience with translation and interpretation (Spanish-English) – support members with interpretation at organizational meetings, as well as help translate documents from one language to another
  • Must be able to travel between Oakland and San Francisco

Position open until filled. People of color, immigrants, women, trans* and queer people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Position includes generous benefits package including vacation, PTO, holidays, full medical, dental, vision and Health Savings Account.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fully bilingual in Spanish and English

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Apply as soon as possible; interviews are scheduled on a rolling basis and position open until filled.

Apply on-line: https://cjjc.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=9