Job Opportunity: Distributed Organizing Manager

DISTRIBUTED ORGANIZING MANAGER

POSITION SUMMARY 

We are seeking a highly motivated, tenacious, and creative professional to serve as our statewide  Distributed Organizing Manager.  This position reports to the Senior Director of Community Impact and is a member of California YIMBY’s organizing team.  The Distributed Organizing Manager is responsible for managing CAYIMBY’s engagement with our growing network of teams and volunteers; supporting our grassroots activists and allies, and engaging them on state-wide policy priorities.

California YIMBY is a predominantly remote team with staff across California and offices in Sacramento and Oakland. The Distributed Organizing Manager can be based anywhere in the state. But if located in the Bay Area or Sacramento is currently expected to be in the Oakland or Sacramento office up to 2 days per week. 

Come join our movement and help transform the built environment of the world’s fifth largest economy, and enable millions of people to benefit from the economic and social mobility that only abundant, affordable, and well-located housing can provide. Together, we can put California back on a path of broad-based economic prosperity, and create vibrant, inclusive, and livable communities for everyone. 

Location: Remote work available anywhere in California

Salary: 60K-70K depending on experience + health insurance (with dependents options), vision and dental, 4 weeks paid vacation, sick leave, 401K with employer contributions, life insurance, and disability insurance

Apply by: Rolling applications accepted, but 1st review of applicants will happen on December 13th, 2021

Start date:  Position is open immediately with a target start date on or before January 10, 2022.  

 

WHO WE ARE

California YIMBY’s mission is to make California an affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. Right now, millions of Californians live in crowded and substandard housing, with high rent burdens, exposure to health risks, and multi-hour commutes. As a result, many Californians are leaving the state, and fewer would-be Californians are immigrating. For many companies, the astronomical cost of housing is driving them to hire talent in other states. We need to reverse this trend, and we can. 

California’s housing shortage—and the affordability, environmental, equity, and health crises it has caused—is the result of decades of deliberate policies to limit the supply of housing. Building affordable, dense housing is currently illegal in the majority of urban California, but it doesn’t have to be. If we change our housing and land use laws, we could build millions of new homes in existing urban areas without displacing incumbent communities. 

The goal of California YIMBY’s $3.5M yearly effort is to build a movement and pass legislation to end the housing shortage. Founded in 2017, California YIMBY has helped pass a variety of pro-housing bills which will enable at least 1.5 million more homes to be built in California. We’ve built a membership of over 80,000 Californians, 20 local YIMBY Teams, 3 pro-housing coalitions, and we’re just getting started. 

 

OUR VALUES

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. These are not just words at California YIMBY. These values are key to furthering our mission to make California an affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. Representation matters, especially in our work to end the housing crisis. A crisis that, by design, continues to disproportionately impact communities of color. To address that historic and ongoing inequity, we are building a YIMBY movement that reflects California’s rich diversity and we actively seek diverse candidates with broad professional and lived experience. 

Our vision is of a California where neighbors welcome new neighbors of all backgrounds, and current residents are not displaced from their communities. 

  • We believe in neighborliness, and that communities are enriched and strengthened by openness and diversity. We believe that California holds the promise of opportunity for all: the chance to start a new life, the freedom to be our authentic selves, the promise of prosperity, the lure of our natural wonders.
  • We believe in empowerment, and support those who want to accommodate new neighbors while ensuring that new developments take place without displacement. We believe that existing residents have a right to remain in their neighborhoods. We make an effort to seek out and include people with varied backgrounds, experiences, and identities to inform our agenda and priorities. We do not tolerate intolerance.
  • We pursue excellence in every aspect of our work — from the policies we design and support, to the way we interact with our colleagues, allies, partners, and elected officials. We believe trustworthiness is a pillar of human progress. We are passionate advocates for more housing, and insist on holding ourselves to account. We believe in evidence-based decision making. When we learn something new, we change our views to accommodate our learnings.

 

DUTIES AND ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS 

Program Management 

  1. Manage our direct engagement with volunteers and volunteer teams. Ensure volunteers feel empowered, respected, and deeply connected to our movement while moving them up the ladder of engagement.
  2. Serve as the primary liaison between volunteers, volunteer teams, and the  California YIMBY staff.
  3. Build and maintain a calendar of regularly scheduled check-ins and follow up with volunteers and volunteer teams
  4. Marshall the dissemination of key messaging, legislative and political updates, and other relevant information to volunteer teams
  5. Ensure ongoing program improvement by measuring performance to goal, aggregating ongoing feedback, and making recommendations for program improvement.

Capacity Building

  1. Manage our Volunteer Training Program, including maintenance of  a monthly schedule of  statewide organizing and other skills training, including the development of volunteer leaders to become trainers themselves
  2. Develop and maintain an online volunteer toolkit with a robust library of information, materials, and training modules to utilize in their own local advocacy and education 
  3. Identify and anticipate the needs of our volunteers and volunteer led partner organizations and coordinate internally with staff to get those needs met.
  4. Empower local organizing by orienting and training volunteer leaders on CAYIMBY’s suite or organizing tools and resources. 
  5. Coach and support teams and volunteers on community outreach, local organizing,  and coalition. 
  6. Ensure newly engaged and motivated volunteers are connected to their local teams/organizations or have the opportunity to utilize our tools to start their own where local  teams/orgs do not exist.
  7. Maximize new and existing volunteer participation in our statewide volunteer engagement programs; including our Rapid Response Team, our Volunteer Lobby Team, Planning Meetings and several Bill Advocacy Actions (in-district office visits, Op-Ed and Letter to the Editor submissions, call tools, letter tools, social media amplification)efforts

 

QUALIFICATIONS 

A successful candidate will likely have: 

  • Demonstrated experience and enthusiasm for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and in the YIMBY and pro-housing movements. Candidates with diverse backgrounds and identities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrate the qualities of integrity, curiosity, inclusion, empowerment, collaboration, problem solving, strong work ethic, and great instincts
  • Strong written and verbal  communication skills, with demonstrated ability to articulate a compelling and inspiring vision that motivates others.
  • Successful movement building experience; especially in communities of color
  • Experience successfully implementing organizing strategies and a working knowledge of   the Distributed Organizing model for advocacy and campaigns (bonus points if you can demonstrate previous experience implementing it; if you can show you used it to crush goals even better)
  • Experience with CRM software (like VoteBuilder, EveryAction, Salesforce) to track and assess performance
  • Strong goal-orientation; ready to thrive in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects; working quickly and cooperatively to meet deadlines
  • Excited to pursue all the above duties and essential job functions to help end California’s housing shortage and affordability crisis

 

HOW TO APPLY

California YIMBY is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. California YIMBY recruits hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation. California YIMBY will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format to jobs@cayimby.org with Distributed Organizing Manager in the subject line.