Director of Community Organizing


Reports To:           Executive Director

Location:               San Jose, CA.

Position:                SIREN invites application from candidates seeking a full time position


Organization Overview: SIREN has evolved to become one of the premiere immigrant rights organization in Northern California and has strengthened its infrastructure to become an anchor organization for immigrant rights in the Bay Area. SIREN is rare among immigrant rights organizations because it combines community organizing, policy advocacy and immigration legal services.  The combination of these three strategies contributes to SIREN's ability to provide strong leadership in immigrant integration.  These three program areas serve as a model to improve the living conditions of immigrants: (1) Immigration Legal Services: to provide immigration legal application assistance, information and education to immigrant and refugee communities in order that they may become full participants in society; (2) Community Organizing: to assist communities in tapping their potential for leadership and to allow empowerment, education, and communication among all communities; and (3) Policy Advocacy: to promote policies that protect immigrant rights and empower immigrants to make an impact on the political decisions that affect their lives.

The mission of SIREN is to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Silicon Valley through direct services, community education and organizing, leadership development, and policy advocacy. We believe that all people regardless of legal status or nationality are entitled to essential services, human dignity, basic rights and protections, and access to full participation in society.

Position Available: The Director of Community Organizing is responsible for designing, implementing and evaluating SIREN’s immigrant rights organizing and outreach campaigns through community education, coalition-building, civic engagement, leadership development, base-building, and technical assistance.  The Director of Community Organizing will also be responsible for coordinating local collaboratives and coalitions. This position will work closely with SIREN’s Executive Director and Policy department to create processes that will facilitate the engagement of community members in SIREN’s advocacy efforts and with SIREN’s Immigration Legal Services Department to promote outreach for immigration legal services and the integration of clients into SIREN’s organizing and advocacy efforts.  

The Director of Community Organizing serves as a member of the leadership team and is a key part of organizational-wide activities including fundraising, communication, and planning.  The Director of Community Organizing reports to the Executive Director.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Design and Lead Innovative Organizing Programs and Campaigns

  • Design and create effective programs for immigrant mobilization, social justice leadership development, and nonpartisan civic engagement/electoral participation that further the organizational mission.
  • Take a lead role in designing, monitoring and evaluating SIREN’s organizing model and championing community-led campaigns as well as policy issues that build immigrant community power;
  • Design and implement the launch of a new membership model program for SIREN;

Build Strategic Partnerships and Represent the Organization

  • Establish, build, facilitate and participate local, statewide and national coalitions among diverse interests, needs, and audiences;
  • Represent SIREN at statewide and national coalitions focused in community organizing;
  • Strategically coordinate and conduct community education presentations on diverse issues;
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with immigrant rights groups, community agencies, and stakeholders and build coalitions among local and statewide partners;
  • Educate and work with public and elected officials around community issues;
  • Give public testimony to city agencies, civic committees, and neighborhood groups as needed;
  • Serve on task forces, speak to the media, and otherwise serve as SIREN’s representative;

Cultivate and Manage an Effective Organizing Team

  • Assist with the hiring, training and supervision of the organizing staff and the staff assigned to organizing project, including goal-setting, tracking of progress toward goals, evaluation and other functions as necessary;
  • Develop and oversee the Community Organizing Department's annual work plan, budget, and programs;
  • Monitor the leadership of existing and new immigrant adult and youth leaders;
  • Ensure accurate and proper documentation and reporting which highlights the program’s successes and challenges;

Serve as an Overall Organizational Leader

  • Fundraise for the organization, including grant writing, grant management, and government and foundation relations;
  • Serve on the leadership team to coordinate with other department directors, ensure organizational integration and team building efforts, and support the implementation of the organization-wide strategic plan;
  • Coordinate and facilitate interdepartmental efforts and the involvement of other SIREN staff around important community issues;
  • Inform and advise SIREN’s Executive Director about key community efforts where the organization could or should take a formal position;
  • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director.

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three years of experience working with low income immigrant communities or minimum five years of experience working in social justice movements;
  • Minimum of three years of experience working in grassroots organizing, base-building, or direct organizing; 
  • Proven organizational leadership experience, including capacity to guide strategic planning and ability to link long-term goals with day-to-day program implementation decisions and needs;
  • Strong non-profit program planning and personnel management skills;
  • Effective skills and experience with fund development and grants management (2 years);
  • Three years’ experience in multi-racial grassroots, movement-building, transformative organizing and online organizing;
  • A strong commitment to working with immigrants and working class people to achieve policy changes;
  • Excellent community building, public speaking and political negotiation skills;
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in building and maintaining coalitions;
  • Experience working with membership-based organizations;
  • Strong analytical, written, and facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, multi-task, possess good judgment, and work independently and as part of a team;
  • Experience recruiting, training and managing organizers;
  • Ability to establish close relationships with people from different cultural and economic backgrounds;
  • Flexible and team-oriented approach to problem solving;
  • Commitment to cultural proficiency and sensitivity;

 

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) or 5-10 years of Community Organizing experience (including, but not limited to immigrant organizing, labor/union organizing, health rights organizing, faith-based organizing); Master’s degree a plus.
  • Minimum of three years’ management, supervisory, and program development experience working in human services or advocacy programs.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in campaign development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience working with media a plus.

 

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bilingual and Bi-literate in English and at least one of the following languages: Spanish, Mandarin/Cantonese, Vietnamese, or Tagalog.
  • Two years of experience in program development, implementation and evaluation.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Occasional work on weekends/evenings and travel.
  • Must have a valid CA Driver’s License, car insurance, and daily access to a car.

Salary & Benefits: $60,000 – $70,000 DOE. Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision benefits.

 

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample and three references. Cover letter should include a detailed description of the candidate’s career as an organizer, and more specifically, as a manager of organizers. This should include a list and description of 1) organizing campaign experience, 2) tools used to build a common vision, 3) civic engagement work, and 4) the applicant’s work recruiting, training, and supervising organizers (clearly describing the nature of the applicant's role in each). Please send materials to:  Dir of Org Search, SIREN, 1425 Koll Circle, Suite 109, San Jose, CA 95112 OR by email to: SIREN Human Resources at HR@siren-bayarea.org.   For more information, visit our website at www.siren-bayarea.org.

 

SIREN is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds, especially individuals from immigrant and refugee communities. People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ persons, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek employment at SIREN.