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Community Organizer

Department: FS-MCC
Location: San Diego
Opportunity Type: Fiscal Sponsorship Client

Mission Edge San Diego | Mid-City Community Advocacy Network

Community Organizer


Mid-City Community Advocacy Network (Mid-City CAN), fiscally sponsored by Mission Edge San Diego, is a community collaborative comprised of hundreds of partners and thousands of residents in City Heights.  Mid-City CANís mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing. In its 27th year, Mid-City CAN plays an essential role in the community of City Heights by facilitating dialogue, identifying common issues, spearheading advocacy efforts, building power, and training residents to take leadership roles in affecting change. Recent campaign wins include $5.1 million towards two skate parks and a recreation center and the Halal school lunch program.


Reporting to the Director of Campaigns & Policy, the Community Organizer works in partnership with residents of City Heights, their families, and organizational allies, in the design and ongoing implementation of Mid-City CAN Momentum Team community organizing and advocacy campaigns. The Community Organizer will advance the goal of building neighborhood power through leadership development, base-building, voter engagement,   and supporting the momentum teams in identifying and building campaigns to advocate for change, executing strategies, and mobilizing for action. 

 Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identify, recruit, motivate, and retain, City Heightsí residents and allies with strong leadership qualities through one-on-one meetings, canvassing, phone-banking, community events, voter engagement, and other activities.
  • Research campaign targets, develop strategies, conduct power analysis, and assist momentum team members in advocating for institutional and social change.
  • Structure, coordinate, and execute campaign actions/events.
  • Facilitate leadership development for community members around specific skills related to community organizing, grassroots advocacy and other relevant topics.
  • Develop Mid-City CAN Momentum Team goals and objectives in the form of a campaign chart/plan.
  • Create and execute campaign plans, project work plans, including timeline, roles, and resources needed, using Mid-City CAN planning tools. Analyze and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Deliver custom program materials, modules, and simulations based on the Mid-City CAN tool kit and methodology, as well as training others in their application.
  • Design and facilitate community planning processes, meetings, and community capacity building workshops.
  • Attend staff meetings and complete required program reports on time.
  • Complete weekly data entry and progress reporting.
  • Overnight travel for training and advocacy required 15% of time.
  • Flexible hours, weekend and evening work required 30% of time.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, administrators, and a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Accurately represent Mid-City CAN and maintain positive working relationships with the general public, clients, funding sources, government bodies, and co-workers.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

 The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Bachelor degree or graduate degree in community development, social work, community organizing, ethnic studies, and 3-5 years commensurate professional experience.
  • Community organizing or leadership training strongly preferred, such as certificates from: Institute for Cultural Affairs, Gamaliel Foundation, PICO National Network, Center for Third World Organizing, Consensus Organizing Center, or comparable organizations.
  • Familiar with Community Development, Community Organizing Theories, policy development, voter engagement, or political advocacy.
  • Bilingual (Spanish, Somali, Swahili, Arabic, or Vietnamese).
  • Possess a passion for social justice that translates to daily interactions
  • Ability to build consensus and effectively manage conflict.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced flexible environment and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to self-direct, take initiative, and work independently, while also being able to work as part of a team when assigned to do so.
  • Background knowledge of diverse cultures and sensitivity in dealing with diversity issues including race, gender, sexual orientation and economic status.
  • Ability to build relationships and interact with a diverse populations easily.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to maintain etiquette in a professional environment, and exude a positive attitude.
  • Ability to be flexible in adapting and learning new ideas/concepts and adjusting to unforeseen changes.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends with occasional travel overnight required.
  • Access to reliable transportation and willing to use it for job-related tasks. 
  • Effective oral and written communication skills required.


Physical Requirements and Work Environment: Work is performed in an office or community setting; employee regularly sits at a computer station and operates electronic equipment 6 to 8 hours per day; occasionally lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 20 pounds. Position involves regular use of a computer and keyboard, telephone, and face-to-face communications; employee should be able to communicate clearly and professionally in all of these manners. Position works in a community settings or walks neighborhood for several hours on a weekly basis. The employee may spend periods of time sitting, standing, or walking. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


Compensation:  The annual salary range for this full-time, exempt position is $47,476 - 55,000, commensurate with work experience, skills and educational background.



Mission Edge San Diego provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, age, medical condition, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, caregiver status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 



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