Job Posting: Organizer

Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI): Organizer

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is an innovative San Diego-based non-profit organization that combines cutting-edge research, policy campaigns, coalition building and leadership development programs to promote economic and social justice.

This is a full time position requiring an individual of independence, initiative and responsibility. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to strengthening the labor and progressive social justice movements; collaborating with progressive, diverse community organizations; and conducting effective organizing, outreach and the promotion of a comprehensive policy program. Our work focuses on a broad range of issues affecting low-income workers and their families. The organizer will be both building and managing coalitions and working with and training emerging grassroots leaders to carry out campaigns that benefit low-wage workers, maintain and expand access to quality jobs, and create healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities.


  • Train and support individual leadership in the strategy and execution of issues and campaigns.
  • Recruit individuals through one-on-one visits and organizational presentations.
  • Develop and manage coalitions.
  • Plan, organize and debrief actions and meetings.
  • Educate the community about CPI issues and campaigns.
  • Develop and cultivate relationships to increase allies’ organizational capacity and campaign participation.
  • Coordinate and execute CPI organizing efforts with overall campaign strategies.
  • Develop materials for CPI recruitment, community actions, etc.
  • Communicate with partner organizations, including labor unions, progressive community organizations, human service organizations, environmental groups, LGBT groups, academics, religious institutions and others.
  • Identify new target communities to organize, consistent with CPI’s existing and future work.
  • Facilitate meetings.
  • Track progress toward and effectiveness of organizing and campaign goals.
  • Document CPI’s organizing and campaign accomplishments and periodically report and communicate to appropriate stakeholders about progress in reaching goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Community and/or union organizing experience, including recruitment, cultivation and leader development.
  • Experience developing and working with diverse, broad-based coalitions.
  • Experience designing, coordinating, and leading training programs desirable.
  • Ability both to lead and to work well in teams.
  • Strong written and verbal skills; computer competency.
  • Self-directed and able to handle multiple projects and responsibilities.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work “campaign hours” when necessary; ability to work well under stress and deadlines.
  • Belief in and commitment to social and economic justice.
  • Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or people whose first or only language is other than English.
  • Spanish proficiency highly desirable.

This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary is competitive, based on experience, with generous benefits.

Interested applicants should email cover letter, resume, and three references to: CPI actively supports affirmative action. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


30th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture and Awards

30th Annual Gandhi Memorial Lecture

30th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture and Awards
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 3:30PM
Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall
Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego

San Diego Indian American Society cordially invites you to the 30th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture and Awards. 21 outstanding graduates from twenty San Diego County high schools, irrespective of national origin, will receive cash awards and U.S. Congressional Certificates.

Every year, the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture has been delivered by world class scientists, diplomats, public policy experts and elected officials. Since SDIAS’ inception, over 500 Mahatma Gandhi memorial scholarships, ranging up to $2,000 each, have been awarded to outstanding San Diego Area high school graduates irrespective of national origin along with the Congressional Certificate of recognition provided by Congressman Bob Filner.

This year, Congressman Amerish “Ami” Bera, M.D. (D-CA 7th District) will be in attendance.

To learn more about the San Diego Indian American Society, visit their website here

Bon Odori Festival


Bon Odori Festival

Saturday, August 3, 2013, 4:00-9:00 PM
Buddhist Temple of San Diego
2929 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102

Free admission! Parking is available at the ARC of San Diego, located just east of the corner of 30th and Market Street. Avoid fines and observe “No Parking” signs.

To learn more about the Buddhist Temple of San Diego, visit their website here.

“How Do I Make an e-Newsletter?” & Other Cool Stuff, Too

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“How Do I Make an e-Newsletter?” & Other Cool Stuff, Too
A Workshop Hosted by NAPAWF-SD Communications Committee
Sunday, July 21, 2013
1:00-3:00 PM at Monte Vista Apartments
2507 Northside Drive, San Diego, CA 92108

Interested in making e-newsletters? Or getting to know the Communications committee? How about distributing important information in a visually appealing manner to progressive people?

Join us this next Sunday afternoon – 1:00 PM on 7/21 – to get a taste of all of the above, and possibly some light refreshments. 🙂

For more info, kindly contact Maureen.

Join NAPAWF-SD to March with UTOPIA at San Diego’s Pride Parade on July 13!

NAPAWF-SD to March with UTOPIA San Diego

Join NAPAWF-SD to March with UTOPIA at San Diego’s Pride Parade on July 13!

NAPAWF San Diego will be marching at the San Diego Pride Parade with UTOPIA San Diego, a local Pacific Islander LGBTQIA group.  We would love for you to join us at this event!

The Pride Parade will take place on Saturday, July 13th, starting at 9AM. This is a free community event so please invite your friends and family to join. After the recent Supreme Court decision, many couples, including Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants are now able to access important benefits, including immigration benefits, after years of waiting for a green card to stay with their loved ones.

…That is something to celebrate! We hope to see many of you out there to show support and celebrate with our community and our brothers and sisters in UTOPIA.

If you are interested, please e-mail Maricar, LBTIQA Issues Coordinator, directly. For more information about the Pride Parade march, please visit UTOPIA’s website.

Thank you and see you at Pride!

In solidarity,

NAPAWF San Diego Board

Job Posting: Volunteer Engagement Manager

United Way of San Diego County

Volunteer Engagement Manager, United Way of San Diego County

Department: Community Engagement
Reports to: Vice President, Community Engagement

Position Summary:

The Volunteer Engagement Manager will manage United Way of San Diego County’s (UWSD) community engagement efforts through strategies that impact volunteerism and service in the community.  The development of UWSD signature events will foster volunteerism by empowering and enabling people to deliver creative solutions to community problems and create a stronger relationship between the volunteer and UWSD.  They will lead efforts in recruitment, management, awareness, volunteer project development and relationship management with volunteers and other community partners.

Essential Functions:

  • Conceptualize, develop and execute large signature volunteer events, on at least a quarterly basis, to integrate volunteerism within our focus areas of Education, Income, Health and Homelessness
  • Assist in sponsorship and in-kind resources to support signature events in partnership with the Marketing Team.
  • Coordination of signature events to include developing timelines, securing and working with facilities, development of volunteer activity, securing necessary supplies, recruitment and management of volunteers
  • Ongoing identification and recruitment of corporations and other organizations who want to participate in signature and group volunteer activities
  • Solidify loyalty of existing volunteers and donors and develop efforts to increase dollars to UWSD through the vehicle of volunteer engagement.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in working with volunteers
  • Experience in development, management and execution of large events
  • Self-motivated with the ability to take initiative
  • Understanding and appreciation of different cultures and experiences.
  • Experience with team facilitation, training and management roles preferred

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

  • Frequent walking or standing is required
  • Employee must talk and hear
  • Extensive use of the computer and other administrative duties
  • Hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls
  • Weights of up to 30 pounds occasionally lifted (carrying devices provided)

Please visit UWSD’s website at for more information.

Send your cover letter and resume to