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Now Hiring: Organizer

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) is an innovative San Diego non-profit organization that combines cutting-edge research, policy campaigns, coalition building and leadership development programs to promote social and economic justice for working people and diverse communities. For more information about CPI, please see https://www.cpisandiego.org/.

CPI seeks an organizer to lead economic justice and equity coalitions throughout the San Diego region. 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 diverse community and worker organizations; and conducting effective organizing, outreach and the promotion of a comprehensive policy program. The right candidate will be able both to manage coalitions and support emerging grassroots leaders.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Organizer is responsible for:

  • Leading campaign efforts, including developing collective goals, coordinating campaign strategies, executing organizing tactics, and connecting organizing work with research and public policy.
  • Developing and maintaining strong coalitions among diverse groups of organizational stakeholders and neighborhood leaders.
  • Leading efforts for community outreach, recruitment, education and grassroots political action.
  • Training and supporting individual leadership in the strategy and execution of issues and campaigns.
  • Working with public officials and staff to advance policy goals.
  • Coordinating the content and logistics for actions and events.
  • Mobilizing people to actions and events through phonebanking, texting, social media, canvassing, etc.
  • Educating the community about CPI issues and campaigns.
  • Tracking progress toward organizing and campaign goals.
  • Documenting CPI’s organizing and campaign accomplishments and communicating with appropriate stakeholders about progress in reaching goals.
  • Supporting the work of the organization as a whole.
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice.
  • Coalition organizing experience.
  • Experience planning, organizing, and executing campaigns from start to finish.
  • Experience in community, electoral, labor, or faith-based organizing or campaigns.
  • Experience working with communities of color, immigrant communities, and/or people whose first or only language is other than English.
  • Experience recruiting, training, and coordinating community volunteers to engage in door-to-door canvassing, phone outreach and public speaking.
  • Experience communicating with a wide array of audiences: grassroots, community, professional and elected officials.
  • Able to manage multiple campaigns on different timelines and with different objectives.
  • Strong facilitation skills for meetings and trainings.
  • Ability both to lead and to work well in teams.
  • Strong time-management and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent listening, oral and written communication skills.
  • Self-directed and able to handle multiple projects and responsibilities
  • Computer literacy and ability to learn the organization’s technology tools.
  • Availability and willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.
  • Possession of a valid U.S. driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and an automobile for business use.


  • Proven lead-level coalition organizing experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience with recruiting and training new leaders.
  • Experience working with elected officials.
  • Strong attention to detail and well-organized.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
  • Experience working with 1) education issues, 2) equity issues, and/or 3) workers’ rights issues.
  • San Diego ties or a history of participation in regional organizing networks
  • Bilingual Spanish/English.

Compensation: CPI’s salary and benefit standards are competitive and reflect our commitment to economic justice and equal pay for equal work. The salary range for this position is between $53,000 and $59,625 per year. We offer a full benefits package including employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with employer contribution, and a generous paid time-off program including paid sick, vacation, and holidays.

To Apply: Interested candidates should apply online at ZipRecruiter and submit a resume and cover letter.

The cover letter should explain how the applicant’s previous formal and informal job experience relate to the position to which they are applying. The cover letter should also answer the question: why would you be a good fit for this position?

The resume should be annotated to describe briefly (in 3-4 lines) specific responsibilities the applicant had in that position and the skills and tools the applicant used to achieve success in the position.

This position is rolling until filled.

Due to the current Covid-19 public health protocols, all interview activity will be conducted remotely by phone or Zoom. Upon returning to regular operations, this position will be located at our offices in San Diego. Given the high volume of applications we receive, it is not possible for us to contact all candidates. We are also unable to accept calls or direct e-mails regarding the status of applications.

The Center on Policy Initiatives respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe our strength lies in the broad range of people and partners we work with and represent. Inclusion is a driver of our institutional excellence and we seek out the participation of women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer employees, board members, and volunteers.

Written by CPI San Diego