Position Title: Youth Organizer
Application Deadline: Rolling basis until position is filled
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.
The Youth Organizer will support, lead and coordinate CNVP’s grassroots organizing work through social justice campaign development and implementation, base building, leadership development and other activities with 14-24 year olds. The organizer will also participate in CNVP’s local and statewide organizing and campaign work through action research, coordinating campaign events, delegations, alliance work, electoral organizing, and will represent CNVP in local and/or statewide coalitions.
- Conduct regular base building activities with 14-24 year-old Native youth including but not limited to: one-on-ones, community outreach, community presentations, phone banking, establishment of local chapter(s) and maintaining a healthy base of youth at chapter(s).
- Support Native youth leadership development work through Native youth meetings, skills building sessions, coordination of regular one-on-one check-ins, and political education.
- Support local and statewide education organizing and campaign work through action research, coordinating campaign events, delegations, and electoral organizing.
- Participate in ally events and meetings to build and maintain CNVP’s visibility and community solidarity.
- Organization-wide responsibilities
- Participate in cross-department committees and teams.
- Rotate with the organizer team for meeting facilitation and note taking.
- Provide support and participation for organization-wide, regional and state campaigns and events.
- Ability to assist with communications, including emails and social media
- Other duties as assigned.
- 18 years or older.
- Experience working with Native American communities.
- One or more years of experience leading youth organizing efforts and/or advocacy.
- Strong commitment to sovereignty, social justice, racial justice, and youth empowerment.
- Strong interpersonal and team‐building skills, particularly with Native youth.
- Ability to energize, inspire, and move young people to action.
- Highly reliable.
- Highly organized.
- Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills.
- 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.
- Experience with one or more of the following areas: community organizing, action research, campaign strategy, curriculum development, alliance building, media outreach, grassroots fundraising, 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.
Hybrid in-person and virtual, with some evening and weekends required. Some travel also required.
- 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.