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Community Organizer (Education Justice Focus)

O trabalho pode ser executado em ou perto de San Bernardino, CA
Publicado há 23 dias

Resumo dos Detalhes

Tipo de Emprego
Tempo Integral
Data de Início
1 de agosto de 2024
Prazo para Inscrições
31 de julho de 2024
Nível de Experiência
USD $65.000 - $75.000 / ano


Employer: Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.)

Start Date: August 2024 

Reports to: Director of Organizing & Programs

Classification: Full-time Exempt

Compensation: $65,000 - $75,000

Hours: At least 40 Hours/Week

Location: In-Person, San Bernardino, CA

Organization Overview

Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.) is a 501(c)3 grassroots,

Faith-Based organization established in 2000 by a core group of Pastors. Based in the Inland Empire, C.O.P.E is a Black led and faith rooted organization that builds the capacity of clergy and community leaders to protect and revitalize the neighborhoods in which they live, work and worship. C.O.P.E. accomplishes this mission through leadership development, proactive grassroots community organizing and civic engagement. We recruit, train, and develop grassroots leaders, youth, and adults in the principles of community organizing to identify and develop systemic solutions to the conditions they

face. As a multi-issue organization, C.O.P.E.’s work addresses:

  • Educational inequity through various school reform efforts
  • Access to quality health care for vulnerable populations through policy advocacy,
  • community education, and special programs
  • Housing justice to advocate for systems that prevent housing discrimination
  • displacement and ensure access to affordable and secure housing.
  • Ending mass incarceration through various justice transformation efforts to end the cycle of mass incarceration that largely impacts Black, Indigenous and poor communities of color.

To learn more about C.O.P.E. and our efforts, visit:

Position Summary

C.O.P.E. is seeking a dynamic and dedicated individual to join our team as a Community Organizer with a focus on Youth and Education Justice. This position is pivotal and will help to sustain C.O.P.E.’s Youth Organizing arm by engaging with youth, aged 14-24, to address issues related to school climate, belonging, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The ideal candidate will be relatable and passionate about empowering youth, skilled in community organizing and leadership development, and committed to organizing for systemic changes that support student retention and success from high school to higher education and beyond.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Work Area I: Base Building:

  1. Engage directly with youth, families, and community members to center their voices and experiences in organizing efforts for education justice
  2. Collaborate with youth to identify key issues affecting their lives and the local education system, developing strategies for accountability and transformation.
  3. Recruit new members through various outreach methods such as door-to-door engagement, one-on-one meetings, and organizing activities.
  4. Support the leadership development and training of youth leaders to engage effectively in advocacy and organizing activities.

Work Area II: Youth Programs and Projects

  1. R.E.A.L. (Race.Education.Artivism.Leadership) Program
  2. Work with the Director of Organizing and Programs to reinstate the R.E.A.L. Program in schools and/or at the office
  3. Refine session materials where necessary including flyers, presentations, handouts, media, articles, manipulatives, etc.
  4. Build and maintain relationships with students and school/district decision makers to sustain the R.E.A.L. Program
  5. Sustain the R.E.A.L. program in schools and/or at the office by:
  6. Recruiting youth through on social media, by word of mouth, through email, etc.
  7. Attending and facilitating weekly R.E.A.L. Program sessions
  8. Maintaining positive relationships with participants and keeping a detailed documentation of attendance, one-on-ones, etc.
  9. Recruitment of youth to participate in C.O.P.E. related activities and volunteer opportunities that include phone banking, canvassing, public comment, general meeting assistance, etc.
  10. Keeping a clearly documented case record of students, their participations and evaluations of student leaders
  11. Oversight of Youth Programs and Activities:
  12. Coordinate, attend and/or facilitate youth meetings and activities focused on higher education, including participation in the CECSN Regional Group and the Inland Empire Higher Education Hub.
  13. Organize and oversee various youth programs and activities that may not be directly linked to education, such as engagements with young people in local congregations.
  14. Actively promote and maintain comprehensive records of youth volunteer opportunities within C.O.P.E., ensuring accessibility and transparency for interested participants or relevant institutions (schools, youth court, etc.). 

Work Area III: Leadership Development, & Political Education

  1. Deepen understanding of the focus issues and the political landscape surrounding key policy campaigns at the state and local level to support education and engagement among grassroots constituencies. Community Organizers are expected to dedicate time to researching, reading, and studying to deepen understanding of issues
  2. Work with the Director of Organizing and Programs to conduct political education workshops and training sessions to raise awareness and build capacity among community members to advocate for systemic changes in the education system
  3. Develop curriculums and programs to provide context and historical understanding of the issues being addressed

Work Area IV: Organizing Campaigns & Coalition Building

  1. Assist youth in organizing and executing youth-led organizing campaigns as it relates to C.O.P.E.’s mission and issue areas, including community forums and outreach events, to raise awareness and mobilize support
  2. Establish and nurture alliances with local and statewide youth organizing groups, including organizations like Youth Organizing! California (YO! Cali) and Dignity in Schools California (DSC CA), as well as advocacy groups, policymakers, and relevant stakeholders. This collaboration will enhance comprehension of pertinent issues, maximize resource utilization, and strengthen partnerships for collective impact.
  3. Advocate for policy changes that support those most impacted by the issue area at the local, state, and national levels to address injustices and promote equity in schools, alternatives to harsh punishment and relating C.O.P.E. campaigns.

Other Areas of Work: 

  1. Media and Communications: Work closely with the communications team to develop messaging, press releases, and social media content to effectively communicate advocacy goals and campaign updates.
  2. Legislative Advocacy: Monitor legislative developments and report to Civic Engagement Team; Engage in lobbying efforts to influence lawmakers and advance education justice legislation that reflects the needs of our base.
  3. Evaluation and Reporting: Work with the Director of Organizing and Programs to evaluate the impact of organizing efforts and campaigns, and prepare regular report backs for internal and external stakeholders.
  4. Special Project: Special projects may include but are not limited to:
  5. Grassroots Fundraising Campaign
  6. Media Messaging Project
  7. Technology & Data Systems Project
  8. Other areas of work as needed including, but not limited to: assisting with general meetings, attending and assisting other intersecting issue area events, etc. 

Requirements, Experience and Qualifications: Ideal candidates will have:

  • Knowledge and/or Experience relevant to the position's responsibilities.
  • Familiarity with the Inland Empire region and an understanding of state issues impacting the community.
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to independently prioritize, plan, coordinate, and monitor multiple complex projects while adapting to changing time frames.
  • Exceptional customer service skills, demonstrating prompt response, patience, respect, and professionalism in all interactions.
  • Adaptability to learning new programs and applications related to civic engagement and community organizing.
  • Understanding of racism and anti-Blackness and their impacts on Black communities in the nation and throughout the diaspora.
  • Ability to ensure accurate and timely communication across departments as necessary.

Other Requirements Include:

  • Maintaining a high level of professionalism, integrity, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends required.
  • Proficiency in verbal and written communication, with preference given to candidates proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Flexibility to work independently, meet deadlines, and collaborate effectively with others.
  • Willingness to telecommute and availability for local and statewide travel as required.
  • Working knowledge of grassroots advocacy and/or community action experience is preferred.
  • Commitment to fostering an environment of Black cultural professional growth, reflecting values such as Ubuntu and Sawubona, along with commitment, integrity, dedication, and positive behavior.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills, ability to work in a team setting, and self-direction are essential competencies.
  • Strong research skills.
  • Maintaining a neat and professional work area.

How to Apply:

Please fill out the job application and submit resume and interest statement to Jewel Patterson at

Employer: Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (C.O.P.E.)

Start Date: August 2024 

Reports to: Director of Organizing & Programs

Classification: Full-time Exempt

Compensation: $65,000 - $75,000

Hours: At least 40 Hours/Week



Medical, Dental, 401K (matching), PTO, paid holidays, cell phone stipend.

Medical, Dental, 401K (matching), PTO, paid holidays, cell phone stipend.


O trabalho pode ser executado em ou perto de San Bernardino, CA
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