Lead Organizer: Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County 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 based 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:

  • 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 of Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition chapters in Santa Clara County, Oakland, SF, LA and larger coalition, and support the building of the local coalition campaigns and movements
  • Cultivate the leadership development and capacity of chapter/ regional leads of SWFC to support, engage, and build local membership of youth organizers 
  • Coordinate communications with SWFC members currently incarcerated and develop relationship with youth organizers 
  • 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 in the state
  • Collaborate with the Statewide Organizing Director and Director of Local Strategies 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 
  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Communications Team and the Executive and Statewide leadership team on communications 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

Administrative 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, and Executive Team 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 in partnership with YWFC Lead Organizers, Director of Local Initiatives and Policy Director

Apply Now!

Email your resume and cover letter to info@youngwomenfree.org with ‘CC Lead Organizer_(Last Name)’ in the subject line

Deadline: February 12, 2021

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.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 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/Oakland 

Work location: Contra Costa County (with some travel regionally and nationally)

Reports to: Statewide Organizer (close ties with Policy Director and Director of Local Initiatives) 

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

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

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