JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Civic Engagement Community Organizer


updated Dec 2018

Civic Engagement Community Organizer

Organizational Description
Founded in 1972, the Chinese Progressive Association (CPA) is a grassroots membership-based organization that empowers the Chinese community in San Francisco and promotes justice and equality for all people. CPA’s campaigns and programs improve the living and working conditions of working class immigrants and give ordinary community members a stronger voice in the decision-making processes that affect them. Our core strategies are community education and organizing, leadership development and alliance building.

Position Overview
The Civic Engagement Community Organizer is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of CPA’s electoral and base-building programs.  It requires extensive support and cultivation of grassroots leadership.  The position is supervised by the Political Director and Lead Organizer for Civic Engagement.  It requires extensive collaboration with other CPA staff, youth leaders, and allies.


(50%) Lead the implementation of civic engagement and electoral field work

  • Implement field campaign operations, including phone banks, door canvasses, and volunteer and paid canvasser mobilizations, outreach and surveys.
  • Implement and support development of campaign communications strategies.
  • Analyze canvass results to inform canvass supervision and team training.
  • Recruit and cultivate a volunteer base for voter outreach campaigns.
  • Recruit and cultivate a temporary staffing for voter outreach campaigns.
  • Manage voter file and member data and monitor canvass reporting across multiple campaigns.
  • Develop and implement training programs on civic engagement and grassroots organizing for staff and leaders
  • Coach staff and volunteers to implement effective field campaign practices
  • Provide logistical, data, and technical support for campaigns

(35%) Lead planning and implementation of base-building membership activities which may include service provision, community outreach, field surveys and workshops and trainings.  This position will include some combination of the following:

  • Coordinate and assist with reception duties to greet community members, assess their needs and direct them accordingly, and document the follow-up needed.
  • Coordinate and conduct individual or group meetings with low-wage workers experiencing workplace issues and manage cases
  • Coordinate and help implement community outreach and education activities related to workers and tenant rights, including planning and facilitating educational workshops, conducting street outreach, and developing outreach materials
  • Coordinate and conduct recruitment of community members to community programs, events and actions, including phone calls, in-person meetings and use of social media.
  • Provide individual case management services to grassroots members (such as assisting with housing and job applications, helping refer to and navigate needed services)
  • Translate written materials, accompany Chinese-speaking members to activities and events and provide interpretation
  • Organize community-building events and activities
  • Document work, organize and maintain records and files, and file regular reports

(15% )Additional Responsibilities and Shared Responsibilities

  • Participate and represent CPA in alliance-building activities
  • Recruit and retain leaders through building relationships and support
  • Coordinate member participation in external actions and mobilizations
  • Coordinate and build relationships with ally organizations and intermediary groups
  • Conduct program evaluations and work planning with members
  • Prepare reports of activities for organizational and fund development needs
  • Support other CPA campaigns, programs and organization-wide activities as needed
  • Regular communication with members through phone, email and social media


  • Commitment to racial, economic, gender and environmental justice, bottom-up social change and building social movements
  • Bilingual Capacity in English and Cantonese
  • Experience (3+ years) in grassroots base building or voter outreach campaigns
  • Ability to build strong relations of trust, mutual respect, and accountability
  • Excellent attention to detail, follow-through, and project management skills
  • Strong computer skills, particularly Excel and other databases including PDI or VAN experience
  • Strong political analysis and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, relational and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team


Employment Terms:

Regular full time, non exempt position

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range 40- 50k

How to Apply

Submit resume, cover letter and writing sample (combined in one PDF), and submit three references at this link. Open until filled.

Chinese Progressive Association is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, immigrants, youth, LGBT and differently-abled people are encouraged to apply.

Pursuant of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records for employment.