Community Organizer

Job Type

Full Time




135 North Mission Road
Los Angeles
United States


Proyecto Pastoral is a founding Steering Committee member and the backbone organization for the Promesa Boyle Heights collaborative. Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission was founded in 1986 by community residents and the California Province of Jesuits. It has grown into a highly effective community - building organization. Proyecto Pastoral is committed to involving local community members in the planning, design and implementation of its programs. Proyecto Pastoral serves over 2,500 children, youth and families annually through its five programs. For more information, visit:

Promesa Boyle Heights (PBH) is a passionate collaborative of residents, youth, schools, local organizations and public/private institutions working together to realize a vision where: 1) every child has an opportunity to learn, grow and succeed from cradle through college and career; 2) families can live a stable, healthy and fulfilling life; and 3) every individual is empowered to act and create a more just and interdependent community. For more information, visit:


The PBH organizer will lead responsibility for outreach, recruitment, leadership development, and coordination of grassroots campaigns related to immigrant rights and education justice. The grassroots community organizer is also responsible for recruiting new supporters, engaging activists, and developing volunteer leaders who identify with and support the PBH campaign priorities. The Organizer also leads execution of grassroots outreach plans to further the programmatic goals of the collaborative and lead facilitation of campaign strategy. 


Leadership Development and Base Building

  • Assisting in identifying, recruitment and development new contacts to reach out to and engage parents as supporters of the collaborative and/or our core partner efforts.
  • Coordinate with Community-School and Early Education Teams to create and participate in opportunities to expand our base, meet new potential supporters, and generate new contacts to add to our database.
  • Recruit and train participants and speakers for press conferences, hearings, and other events.
  • Lead trainings on topics addressed by Comite de de Lideres: immigration, wellness and education.
  • Engage Promesa’s base of supporters in grassroots campaign activities (ex. school district meetings, postcard collection, etc.).

Campaign and Program Development

  • Identify, recruit and train volunteers for the Boyle Heights’ Rapid Response Network.
  • Build and sustain the Boyle Height’s Immigrants’ Rights Network.
  • Work in collaboration with other key partners in developing a vision for Wellness Centers in high need school in Boyle Heights
  • In partnership with other Promesa’s components and key partners actively develop a campaign aimed to increase support to English Learners.

Grassroot Advocacy

  • Build and maintain working relationships with a wide-range of partners. These include residents, youth, schools, local organizations and public/private institutional leaders
  • Build and maintain regular communication with General Assembly, Steering Committee, and other Promesa BH Solution Teams.
  • Build and maintain relationships with coalition partners and participate in key coalition and other campaign-related meetings.
  • Help design and implement quantitative and qualitative evaluation and reporting tools.


  • A minimum of 2 year of grassroots organizing experience and supporting different phases of a campaign.
  • A bachelor’s degree preferred; other comparable organizing work experience will be considered;
  • Knowledge of organizing principles and coalition-building is required.
  • Strong adaptive leadership abilities including an encouraging, motivating presence to help with conflict management, team building, goal-setting, prioritization and strategic planning;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Commitment to social justice and community empowerment;
  • Must be computer literate and have experience working with Microsoft Office, data analysis software, and social media;
  • Able to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends;
  • Ability to exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions, and to handle difficult or confrontational situations in a calm, consistent, and equitable manner.
  • Ability to effectively represent Promesa BH interests in the community and maintain effective working relationships among co-workers, public, private, and professional groups.
  • **Must be a licensed driver with reliable transportation and ability to meet organization’s minimum auto insurance requirements;
  • Awareness and established practices, tools, and supports to balance work and self-care;
  • Interested in someone that can start immediately and can commit to the position for at least two years.

Physical Requirements:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be required to sit, talk, hear, and type- at times for extended periods of time. The employee will also occasionally be required to stand, walk, and drive. The employee will occasionally be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter with a minimum salary requirement and a list of at least 3 references to with subject line: Organizer Position. Salary is dependent on experience. Competitive benefits and vacation package.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. We encourage interested applicants to submit as soon as possible since we are aiming for the first round of interviews to begin on October 15, 2018.

Work Environment: Promesa is a community-led, progressive, and innovative collaborative in Boyle Heights. The PBH staff strives to maintain a high degree of trust, team spirit, and energy while working to build community power and capacity. While employed by Proyecto Pastoral, the Organizer works closely and is also accountable to the Promesa Boyle Heights General Assembly and Steering Committee and the partner organizations.

**Proyecto Pastoral is an equal opportunity employer. Women, LGBTQIA and people of color are encouraged to apply. Spanish-speaking ability, experience working in nonprofits, and/or Boyle Heights lived experience is a BIG plus.


Salary is dependent on experience. Competitive benefits and vacation package

Level of Language Proficiency

A bachelor’s degree preferred; other comparable organizing work experience will be considered

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter with minimum salary requirements and a list of at least 3 references to with subject line: Organizer Position