Santa Clara County Lead Organizer

Young Women’s Freedom Center seeks a SCC Lead Organizer to join our fierce team of directly impacted cis and trans young women of color leaders. The SCC Site-Based Lead Organizer is responsible for leading and overseeing local organizing campaigns and initiatives, policy work, and systems transformation efforts in the city/ county where the site is based.  Lead Organizers move campaigns on the ground, overseeing the work of site base Organizers, collaborating with local groups to advance the work, partnering with local chapters of Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition (SWFC), and participate as a representative of YWFC’s Policy and Organizing Team across statewide work and sites. It is the responsibility of Lead Organizers to build with the community, grassroots organizing groups, service providers, elected officials, local government, etc. to keep abreast of local opportunities to advance the work, while at the same time holding the Bill of Rights as the North Star for initiatives on the ground.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: Sister Warrior Freedom Coalition

  • Lead local organizing, campaign and systems based transformation initiatives
  • Build and maintain a coalition of key partners to support local initiatives and campaigns
  • Partner with and lead local Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition (SWFC) chapters in San Francisco, Oakland, LA and larger coalition, and support the building of the local coalition campaigns and movements
  • Cultivate the leadership development of chapter/ regional leads to support, engage, and build local membership
  • Coordinate communications with SWFC members currently incarcerated
  • Develop and implement training for SWFC members and community organizers on an ongoing basis and support quarterly Freedom Academies
  • Develop and maintain relationships with SWFC members around the state, and identify opportunities to partner with other chapters and other YWFC Lead Organizers
  • Collaborate with the Statewide Organizer, Director of Local Strategies and Policy Director on campaign management, advocacy development, and campaign evaluation of local campaign movements 
  • Actively participate in local and state-wide campaigns, committees and legal hearings that advance the goals of YWFC

Strategy and Thought Leadership:

  • Develop and implement strategic vision around the direction of campaign and program work in partnership with the Executive and Statewide Leadership Teams and Site-Based Lead Organizers.
  • Support the development of local and statewide campaigns providing research, review,  resources, and campaign evaluations methodology
  • Works closely and collaboratively with the Communications Team and the Executive and Statewide leadership team on strategies for campaigns, leveraging traditional and new media to achieve campaign goals.
  • Collaboration on events, volunteer recruitment, organizing meetings and regular communication with campaign partners and other allies.
  • Identify and support community members, allies and experts to give testimony at key hearings and act as spokespeople with the press.
  • Design partnerships and relationships that build the strength and viability of campaigns and issue areas.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Respond to emails, voice messages, and other correspondence in a timely fashion.
  • Maintain annual and weekly work plans, meet with supervisor regularly for supervision,  attend weekly management meetings and any other meetings that may be requested by the Policy Director on a permanent or temporary basis.
  • Provide monthly, quarterly reports to the Policy Director and Executive Team on progress of campaigns 
  • Ensure the appropriate technology and non-technical tools are being utilized for impact and effectiveness and in a timely manner including;  Listserv, email communications, text messaging, data collection systems, postcards, mass mailings, and any other tools to engage, mobilize, and communicate.


  • Develop personal and professional critical analysis and enhance organizer skills 
  • Represent the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition and the Young Women’s Freedom Center at key strategy and alliance meetings
  • Advance local campaigns and initiatives in attainment of organizational goals and priorities

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume/CV to with ‘SCC Lead Organizer_(Last Name)’ in the subject line.

We strongly encourage candidates who hold marginalized identities and nontraditional professional backgrounds to apply. Young Women’s Freedom Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.

Application Deadline: Thursday, September 18, 2020. 

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we’re not able to respond personally to every candidate. We do review every submission carefully and we will contact those who we’d like to interview.


Position Title: Lead Organizer 

Program/ Department: Policy Team/Site Based (San Jose-Santa Clara County)

Work location: San Jose with some travel regionally and nationally

Reports to: Statewide Organizer

Classification: Full-time (1 FTE), permanent, Exempt

Compensation: $58,000-$60,000 (commensurate with experience)

More info about YWFC:

The Young Women’s Freedom Center is a Leadership and Advocacy organization focused on building the personal and collective power of cis and trans young women and gender non conforming folks that have been incarcerated and experienced life on the streets.  YWFC creates opportunities for the young folks to find their voice,  build their power,  gain skills and opportunities, and to transform the conditions that keep them trapped in cycles of violence, poverty, and incarceration.

The Young Women’s Freedom Center is one of the first non-profits in the United States run and led entirely by young women. From the beginning, we have organized young women who were the most marginalized in San Francisco — those in the street economies and the juvenile justice system — to design and deliver peer-to-peer education and support. Today we offer a vibrant model for linking youth development and youth organizing, with the mission of providing gender-specific, peer-based opportunities for high-risk, low- and no-income young women to build healthier lives and healthier communities. Our programs work to ensure that young women who have been deeply hurt and excluded — who have been homeless, incarcerated, or otherwise severely impacted by poverty — have a place to heal, achieve self-sufficiency and become positively engaged in their communities. All of our programs have been designed using a holistic approach that recognizes each young woman as a whole person who already has the experience and strength necessary to become a powerful leader and agent of change.