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Deputy Director of Community Organizing

Position: Deputy Director of Community Organizing

Location: Los Angeles, CA


The California Native Vote Project’s (CNVP) mission is to achieve equity and justice for Native American children, families and communities by increasing Native civic participation and power. CNVP is the first-of-its-kind statewide effort to engage Native American communities across dozens of counties to build political power through an integrated voter engagement strategy, which centers community organizing, and braids on top of that other strategies to achieve people-powered movements — including political education, leadership development; voter education, registration and protections; policy advocacy; research; and Native candidate preparation. 



Position Overview

The Deputy Organizing Director will help lead, support, and direct the next phase of the CNVP’s organizing strategy with the Director of Organizing. This position requires someone with significant political and/or community organizing, strategic campaign development, and supervisory experience. This role will serve as a key decision maker in strategies for local and statewide organizing and campaign work; leader on projects and initiatives; and represent CNVP at partner and coalition tables. This position will also build out organizing training and mentorship programs for both internal and external audiences. The position is full‐time and non-exempt.


Essential Responsibilities


Organizational Strategy and Development: 

  • Support short term and long-term strategic and organizational planning, collaborating with the Director of Organizing, Executive Team, Advisory Board, and partners to set clearly defined organizing goals and prioritize resources to achieve them.


Team Leadership and Culture: 

  • Support a culture of excellence, teamwork, inclusiveness, and accountability; build leadership practices that support the recruitment, development, engagement, and retention of a talented organizing team.


Organizing Leadership: 

  • In partnership with the Director of Organizing and Organizing Leadership Team, lead planning, strategy, and implementation of organizing campaigns.
  • Play key role in supporting and Integrated Voter Engagement work by creating voter universes,  scripts, phone banks/Canvasses, training, and troubleshooting
  • Work as a senior member of the organizing team to develop and implement a long term strategic organizing growth plan.
  • Supervise assigned organizing staff around local and statewide organizing campaigns.
  • Support and lead statewide campaigns on behalf of the organization.
  • Develops political and community support for organizing campaigns in accordance with 501(c)3 guidelines.
  • Supervises organizing staff in developing and maintaining organizing campaigns, including training, guidance, oversight and accountability of staff in performance of their duties.
  • Coordinate increases in membership base.
  • Develops uniform standards for review and evaluation of campaigns.
  • Ensures the tracking, reporting and analysis on all membership activity in their purview.
  • Develops recommended budgets, allocates resources effectively and plans and implements program activities as appropriate.
  • Acts as a spokesperson with allied organizations, community groups and media.


Capacity Building:

  • Co-creates and delivers Indigenous values-based organizing curriculum to internal and external audiences, including knowledge bases such as campaign development, base building, effective one-on-ones, and more. 
  • Create a system for mentorship and development of organizers, internal and external to the organization with Director of Organizing and Organizing leads.
  • Other duties as required.


Essential Requirements:

  • Experience working with Native American communities and Tribal organizations, and a demonstrated commitment to and passion for the mission, vision, and values of CNVP
  • At least five years of experience-preferably running campaigns, mobilizing, organizing, and running recruitment drives, plus three years supervisory experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Adept at leading and motivating workers in necessary struggles, including a strong commitment to sovereignty, social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment.
  • Awareness of and proficiency with digital organizing communications technologies.
  • Comfortable with leading and training staff around organizing skills, including but not limited to mobilizing, organizing, and leadership development.
  • Experience with Integrated Voter Engagement, PDI and other organizing databases.
  • Experience in effective stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Clear and concise communication with team members and senior management.
  • Strong and confident leadership; experience leading teams.
  • Strong interpersonal and team‐building skills.
  • Effective facilitating and organizing meeting skills.
  • Highly reliable.
  • Highly organized.
  • Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to assess information and evidence and act strategically.
  • Excellent attention to detail and follow‐through.
  • Ability to prioritize and balance multiple tasks and projects.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and a variety of applications.
  • California driver’s license, insurance, and regular access to a 4‐5 seat passenger car.
  • Available to work flexible hours, including afternoons and occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Ability to travel throughout the state as needed.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with one or more of the following areas: community organizing, action research, campaign strategy, curriculum development, alliance building, campaign development and/or policy.
  • Proficiency with Apple computers.


In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all California Native Vote Project employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. California Native Vote Project will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs. 


Work Environment

Hybrid in-person and virtual, with some evenings and weekends required. Some travel is also required.

Physical Demands

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk, for extended periods of time. Able to read a computer screen. Manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to stand and walk for long periods of time.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds.


Compensation commensurate with experience ranging from 82,000 – 90,000.