Statewide Organizer

Young Women’s Freedom Center seeks a Statewide Organizer to join our fierce team of directly impacted cis and trans young women of color leaders to develop and initiate campaign strategies, provide guidance to Lead Organizers and interns to move campaigns on the ground and support them to continue to build our membership body to advance the goals of YWFC’s campaigns.

The Statewide Organizer will develop and initiate campaign strategies, provide guidance to Lead Organizers and interns to move campaigns on the ground and support them to continue to build our membership body to advance the goals of YWFC’s campaigns. The Statewide Organizer will also provide support to local chapters of the 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 Statewide Organizers to keep abreast of statewide and local opportunities to advance the work, while at the same time holding the Freedom Charter as the North Star for initiatives on the ground. The Statewide organizer will work closely with the Policy Director and team to support increased engagement with SWFC base  (approximately 25-30% of the position’s time).  

General Duties: Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition (SWFC)

  • Coordinate with YWFC Lead Organizers in the expansion and proliferation of state-wide and local SWFC organizing infrastructure and oversee the growth of the membership base, including leadership development, chapter engagement, and capacity building of regional leads and members
  • Facilitate monthly campaign and Initiative Meetings with YWFC Lead Organizers and SWFC Leads, including creating agenda, getting agenda items and submitting notes  
  • Develop and implement training for Lead Organizers, SWFC members and Community Organizers on an ongoing basis and support quarterly Freedom Academies across all sites 
  • Coordinate communications with SWFC members currently incarcerated across all sites 
  • Represent the Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition and the Young Women’s Freedom Center at key strategy and alliance meetings
  • Work closely with the Policy Director, Executive Team, SWFC leads, and Lead Organizers to ensure the progression of statewide policy work and localized organizing campaigns and initiatives are working in tandem towards Freedom 2030 Goals
  • Support the development of local and statewide campaigns providing research, review,  resources, and evaluation.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Communications Team and the Executive team on communications strategies for campaign development, community mobilization and outreach leveraging traditional and new media to achieve campaign goals

Campaign Strategy and  Development 

  • Develop and implement high level strategic vision around the direction of campaigns and program work in partnership with the Executive and Statewide Leadership Teams and Site-Based Lead Organizers.
  • Partner with the Site Directors, YWFC regional lead organizers, SWFC chapter leads and the Statewide team to initiate statewide campaigns 
  • Ensure local campaigns and initiatives are reaching organizational goals and priorities
  • Provide and find skill specific training for Lead and youth organizers, Interns and staff members to advance campaigns through a variety of tactics including but not limited to; base building, policy work, strategic communications,  establishing community oversight, direct action etc.
  • Conduct campaign evaluations
  • Support Lead organizers to build and maintain coalitions of key partners and relationships that build the strength and viability of campaigns and issue areas.
  • 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 with campaign partners and other allies on events, volunteer recruitment, organizing meetings and regular communication

Policy

  • Work with Lead Organizers to identify local elected leaders to partner with to move the needle on inequity for system impacted, formerly incarcerated and low income cis and trans girls and women,non-binary femmes of color. 
  • Research, document, and consolidate information on policy, best practices, and community needs. Track the progress of activities and outcomes.
  • Identify and support community members, allies and experts to give testimony at key hearings and act as spokespeople with the press.
  • Work with lead organizers, YWFC members and allies to write and propose policy and legislation (when applicable) that improve outcomes for system impacted, low income  cis and trans women and girls and non-binary femmes locally and across the state of California. 
  • Oversee regular and timely reporting and data collection systems by the lead organizers to ensure that all members of YWFC staff, YWFC base and SWFC members have up to date access to current information on organizing efforts and membership and staff concerns on critical issues regarding campaigns

Communications

  • Participate in Communication team meetings providing support on social media content as related to organizing and advancing the work of YWFC’s campaigns and initiatives
  • In collaboration with the communication director, develop educational and informational social media campaigns to help shift narratives regarding system impacted individuals and YWFC initiative strategies members and allies can engage in

Administrative 

  • Provide monthly, quarterly reports to the Sr. Leadership Team on progress or goals and initiatives, number of engaged youth, etc.
  • Respond to emails,  voice messages, and other correspondence in a timely fashion.
  • Provide bi-weekly supervisions with Lead Organizers to develop and review leadership development plans

Other Qualifications 

  • Have at least 3+ years experience successfully leading/co-leading community organizing campaigns 
  • Have 2+ years developing the capacity of organizers 
  • Be inclusive. Recognize and appreciate different ways of working and being.
  • Model the values and culture of YWFC. Model optimism and initiative inside and outside the organization, and reinforce our core values and culture. 
  • Model transparent and accountable decision-making.
  • Strong political alignment and passionate belief in the mission of Young Women’s Freedom Center and Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition, which allows organizers to speak about systemic racism and oppression as the root cause of racial, economic and gender disparities in the U.S.
  • Action-oriented with a high sense of urgency to fulfill YWFC and SWFC’s strategic goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and relationship-building skills.
  • Problem-solver: Able to foresee, identify and close gaps in order to overcome challenges.
  • Highly flexible, with the ability to respond appropriately to unknown and rapidly changing conditions.
  • Have a growth mindset: Able to be coached, learn and grow; ability to self-reflect and evaluate their own practice and YWFC; offer, seek and implement feedback; be accountable and have high expectations for self and others.

Commitment to:

  • Cultivation of leadership development and skills of others, including YWFC team and committed to the centering of system-impacted youth leadership
  • 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 organisational goals and priorities

The Statewide Organizer will develop, lead and coordinate YWFCs grassroots organizing statewide work through leadership development and other activities with regional lead organizers and coordinate YWFC’s Freedom 2030 local and statewide campaign work through action research,campaign events, alliance work, and other grassroots organizing activities. This position also supports the Policy Director to engage our base  (approximately 25-30% of the position’s time). The Organizer reports to the Lead Organizer in Oakland and works closely with the other CFJ regional organizers. The position is full-time and exempt. In all duties and responsibilities, this position exercises discretion and independent judgment. 

How to Apply

Please send your resume and a thoughtful, one-page cover letter to info@youngwomenfree.org, using the subject line “Statewide Organizer_(LastName)”

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: Statewide Organizer 

Program/ Department: Site-Based (San Francisco)

Work location: San Francisco with some travel regionally and nationally

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

Reports to: Executive Director

Salary: $72,000-$76,000 (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.