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.


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