Social Justice/School Site Organizer  

Based in Oakland, California  

Starting salary: $54,000 plus full medical/dental and pension 

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to:  karen@mlkfreedomcenter.org. Your cover letter should clearly address your interest in  this specific position. Candidates who do not submit a cover letter will not be considered  for the position.  

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center (Freedom Center) brings best practices from our  nation’s civil rights and organized labor movements to the forefront in community education,  training, and practice, building strong community partnerships with proven results. The Freedom  Center organizes individuals and organizations of diverse ages, races and socioeconomic  backgrounds, working side-by-side for a healthy democracy. Join the Freedom Center team to be  part a personally-transforming effort to strengthen democracy. See www.mlkfreedomcenter.org,  MLK Freedom Center YouTube Channel and www.facebook.com/mlkfreedomcenter.  

This Organizer position supports and facilitates parent, student and educator leadership and action.  Organizers help build power with a focus on one-on-one recruiting, home visits, and developing  community structures for long term policy influence. Position organizes outreach, policy action  and communications through community leadership development.  

This position’s civic engagement focus is the Oakland/Alameda County region, as well as regular  travel to Sacramento, Contra Costa County, and San Jose/Santa Clara Counties.  

Responsibilities:  

School Site Organizers develop relationships, resources, and power with school administrators  and educators, parents, community and faith-based leaders, elected officials, and students in tune  with values and principles of nonviolence and civil rights. Ethical leadership coaching provides  a framework for self-change, as team members develop the capacity to both give and receive  coaching with the students, and with other team members. Responsibilities focus on outreach  meetings with administrators, educators, community leaders, etc. listed above, home visits with  parents and guardians, extensive phone calling, attending community events together with  parents and students, popular education through organizing student participation in weekly  classes, organizing adult and youth advocacy, etc.  

Requirements: 

Live within 30 minute commute to Freedom Center offices, located at Merritt College  campus in Oakland.  

A driver’s license, a car, automobile insurance on that vehicle, and phone. 

One (1) year of experience working in a legislative office, campaign office, union  organizing effort, or in a similar outreach environment.  

Work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends 

Capacity to travel. Expenses covered.  

Work with individuals and communities of races and ages different than one’s own 

Personal commitment to justice for working people  

Strong self-initiative and outgoing attitude  

Model self-change and demonstrate personal transformation  

Excellent oral and written communication skills  

Ability to lift 10 pounds  

Desirable Qualifications: 

Experience in positions with the following types of employers is highly valued:  legislative offices, labor unions, electoral campaigns, advocacy organizations, etc. For  instance, as a legislative aid, labor rep, shop steward, or similar.  

Bilingual or multilingual is an asset.  

Salary, Benefits:  

Salary $54,000/year plus benefits comprehensive fully paid medical and dental benefits for  employee after one month, Simple IRA, and mileage reimbursement. Travel costs are covered.  

How to Apply:  

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to:  karen@mlkfreedomcenter.org. Your cover letter should clearly address your interest in  this specific position. Candidates who do not submit a cover letter will not be considered  for the position.  

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER 

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center is an affirmative action employer and encourages  applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, creed, color, marital status,  gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably  discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental,  or physical disability.