National Organizer, Full-Time (LA or DC)

Position: Full-time National Organizer (40 hrs/week)
Duration: Minimum 2-year commitment
Location: Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.
Salary: $41,777 with annual cost of living increase; additional stipends available for parents and caregivers. Benefits include full healthcare and dental coverage, paid parental leave, two weeks paid vacation in the first year and four weeks paid vacation thereafter.

Organizational Background:
The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) is a US-based organization dedicated to cross-border solidary and grassroots mobilization. Since 1980, CISPES has accompanied the Salvadoran popular movement and the FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front) to promote a just alternative to the oppressive, US-backed policies of the Salvadoran right-wing.

Our current campaigns focus on:

  • Cutting U.S. military and police aid to El Salvador and throughout Central America
  • Accompanying social movement struggles in El Salvador to challenge state repression and to defend popular democracy, and natural and communal resources
  • Challenging the corporate-led U.S. “development” agenda in Central America

Job Description:

CISPES Education Fund is looking for a qualified and committed individual interested in helping to strengthen and expand our grassroots organizing base by leading a small team of regional organizers as well as doing direct local organizing. This is a full-time position with opportunities and support for leadership development.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Organizational Development: Lead CISPES’ organizing team; coordinate and support the work of on-staff organizers. Develop trainings and materials to promote grassroots leadership development (organizing skills, political development, etc.) within chapters. Help create and implement CISPES’ organizing and organizational development strategies.
  • Chapter Support: Built out the local CISPES chapter (depending on the candidate’s location, may be Los Angeles or D.C.) by providing hands-on organizing, leadership development and logistical support to current chapter members and local contacts. Provide remote support (with opportunities to travel) to additional chapters.
  • National Campaigns & Program: Help develop and implement CISPES’ national campaigns and programs. For example: campaign and outreach materials (flyers, action alerts, etc.), educational workshops, Congressional outreach for campaigns. Support local chapters, allies and members in carrying out national campaigns and programs
  • Supporters network: Support the creation of systems and opportunities for new and existing contacts in cities where we do not currently have a chapter to participate in our work

Qualifications:

Required

  • Experience with community or grassroots organizing 
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and be self-organized and self-motivated
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish and English
  • Strong interpersonal skills for working in small teams
  • Strong understanding of U.S. policy in Latin America, especially the impacts of neoliberal globalization and militarization
  • Agreement with CISPES’ mission statement, commitment to dismantling oppression, organizing model, including democratic decision-making processes

Preferred

  • Experience supporting volunteers and/or managing a team
  • Experience developing and/or leading member or volunteer training or workshops (organizing skills, political analysis, etc.)
  • Experience with international solidarity organizing
  • Strong political analysis
  • Previous experience working with CISPES, including as an activist or chapter volunteer/organizer
  • Spanish/English interpretation and written translation skills

To Apply:

Email a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director, [email protected]. Your cover letter should be 1-2 pages and address the following: why you believe this position would be a good fit for you, including your experiences with community or grassroots organizing and, as applicable, leading a team; your knowledge of the current context in El Salvador and of the history and/or current context of US policy in Latin America; and why you believe international solidarity is important.

CISPES is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. BIPOC, women, queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender non conforming people and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Meet some of the sustainers who power our work!

"I am a CISPES supporter because continuing to fight for social justice and a more people-centered country means continuing the dream and sacrifice of thousands of my fellow Salvadorans who died for that vision.” - Padre Carlos, New York City

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