California Climate and Housing Campaign Manager
About Partnership for Working Families
The Partnership for Working Families is a national network bringing together hundreds of visionary leaders organizing with their neighbors and coworkers in 20 major regions/urban areas across the country. We weave local campaigns for good jobs, strong communities, and climate justice into a nationwide movement of millions fighting for a multiracial, feminist democracy and a people’s economy that works for all of us.
The Partnership for Working Families is a bottom-up network/organization; our board of directors is comprised of the leaders of these local coalitions - our affiliates - who set the strategic direction of our work. In California, the Partnership and our seven affiliates have launched a new statewide network. In a few short years, we have united our deep-rooted, local power and grassroots bases across our affiliates’ regions - home to two-thirds of all Californians - into a statewide force putting immigrant, women and workers of color at the forefront of campaigns to expand equity, inclusion, and justice in our state. Key areas of focus include
- Growing worker power, climate justice, community benefits, narrative shift, and democratic accountability in California’s massive goods movement sector, including reshaping Amazon’s impacts;
- Advancing housing justice to build the power of tenants, low-income residents, and workers;
- Expanding the state’s unemployment safety net to cover excluded, undocumented workers; and
- Providing leadership as co-convener of the California Coalition for Worker Power, a new alliance bringing together worker centers, advocates, policy experts and labor unions to transform worker rights and organizing in the state.
Our staff team works collaboratively across all areas of focus. We are seeking an experienced campaigner and coalition organizer to join this team, with a particular focus on two areas. With decades of local organizing and victories in housing justice and climate justice, we are now in a critical moment to grow these areas of work at the statewide level.
- In housing justice, we have organized direct membership and coalitions and won local policy including tenant protections; billions of dollars for housing through revenue, community benefits and inclusionary measures; and other campaigns fighting displacement, expanding community-controlled housing and preserving public land for the public good.
As we advance this work to its next phase, we must both expand coordination of local work to amplify its power and impact and build out our statewide policy and corporate campaigns.
The California Campaign Manager will play a critical role in taking our statewide network to the next level of impact. The person in this position will work with affiliates, allies, and our national staff to identify opportunities and develop and lead campaigns that leverage the unique power and role of our network to advance our long-term agenda in the state and thereby build momentum for it nationally.
As a member of our California team, this person will also work closely with our growing national climate and housing justice teams.
- Campaign/program and strategy development: Engaging affiliate leaders and Partnership staff and informed by key allies, lead the development of expanded, transformative campaigns/programs - with a focus in housing justice and climate justice - that advance the Partnership’s long term agenda, national goals for housing and climate justice, and strategies for dramatically growing the power of immigrant, women and workers of color in California and nationally.
- Campaign/program management: Drive these campaigns/programs forward, including establishing and revising program goals and objectives; providing ongoing strategic thinking and adaptation to seek new opportunities and overcome obstacles as they arise; proactively identifying and implementing concrete projects, tactics, communications strategies, research and publications, actions, events, etc. to advance campaign goals (in collaboration with others such as communicators or researchers); and serving as a powerful, inspiring public voice for our network’s vision.
- Coalition engagement, development and organizing: Navigating California’s complex landscape and seeking opportunities for the greatest impact, represent the California Partnership in coalitions and organizational collaborations, including organizing key partners into shared strategies and formations; serving in leadership roles for collaborations (e.g. leading the development of shared strategy and work plans or staffing a particular area of shared work); and seeking appropriate opportunities to engage and position affiliates, Partnership staff, and other allies.
- Network development: Serve on the core team devising and implementing long-term strategy to grow the California Partnership for Working Families as a major force for worker power in the state. This team works to build deep relationships with each affiliate and across affiliates; maintain a nuanced understanding of the power, capacities, positioning and goals of the network overall and each affiliate; continuously analyze opportunities and threats in the landscape and emerging trends and adjust strategy accordingly; and grow network infrastructure such as capacity, external profile, and strategies/systems for collaboration.
- Serving on the national staff: As part of a highly collaborative national staff team, participate in and lead cross-program and organizational projects ranging from organizational strategy development to pitching in on major events to leading cross-team meetings, etc. Participate in the development of fundraising plans, the writing of grant applications and reports, and other funder engagement and communication.
- 5+ years of directly applicable experience with campaign, project, or coalition management and relevant work such as public policy, corporate campaigns, strategic research, organizing, narrative strategy, strategic communications, and/or electoral campaigns and civic engagement.
- Demonstrated ability to build ground-up campaigns with grassroots-based coalitions and lead them to shift major public policy, corporate practices, or sectors of the economy.
- Demonstrated ability to lead groups through complex collaborative work, producing alignment around a strategic agenda, building stakeholder commitment, and strengthening the network/coalition and relationships within it, including the ability to design and facilitate meetings, share decision making, ensure ongoing communication and coordination, manage conflict, hold people accountable for commitments, and evaluate.
- Demonstrated values alignment with the network’s mission and work, including commitment to economic, climate, gender, and racial justice.
- Demonstrated track record of successfully working with members/directly impacted workers and in settings where women and people of color were in leadership roles; the Partnership and its affiliates are predominantly led by women of color on staff and in member leader roles.
- Subject matter expertise in issue areas of housing, land use and development, climate, environment, or the goods movement sector.
- Demonstrated ability and organizational skills to carry out campaign actions and other tactics such as research, communications, convenings, etc..
- Excellent project management skills including self-starting, developing plans, troubleshooting, and balancing urgent/short-term work with longer-term strategic work.
- Experience with organized labor or ability to develop partnerships with labor.
- Outstanding written and spoken communication skills and computer skills (spreadsheets, databases, document design, and presentations).
- Ability to travel monthly and periodically work odd hours for major meetings or actions.
- Experience working in California and existing relationships with California organizations and leaders who could be partners in this work.
- Subject matter expertise in one or more of the following: labor policy, corporate campaigning, networked campaigning, narrative strategy, emergent strategy, development and implementation of long-term agendas.
- Experience advancing campaign goals through state-level legislative and/or regulatory processes.
- Experience with nonprofit fundraising and development.
Compensation and Location
This is a full-time, exempt position and reports to the California Director. We offer a competitive starting salary between $70,000-85,000 (based on experience) and generous benefits, including
- 401(k) with 5% employer contribution.
- 100% of health, dental, and vision premiums for employees and their family members (spouse/domestic partner and children).
- Life insurance for employees.
- Flexible Spending Account: Employees may contribute up to $5,000 a year for childcare expenses and up to $2,500 a year for medical expenses (no employer contribution).
- Two weeks (12 days) vacation increasing with tenure up to 20 days.
- 12 days of sick leave per year.
The position will ideally be located near one of the Partnership’s seven California affiliates, but we will consider candidates who are located in other cities and major media markets such as Sacramento or the Central Valley. California affiliate locations include: San Diego, Garden Grove/Orange County, Ontario/Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties (5 offices, main office in Ventura), San Jose, and Oakland.
Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3-4 professional references including at least one supervisor. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to provide a writing sample; second round candidates will be asked to participate in an exercise.
Qualified applicants are also encouraged to consider applying for our.
The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from gender oppressed (women, transgender, and gender non-binary) people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and broader queer communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.