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Political and Community Organizer

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  • Full Time
  • Oakland, CA
  • $30-33/hour USD / Year
  • Salary: $30-33/hour

Website Save The Bay

Save The Bay’s mission is to protect and restore the Bay


The Political and Community Organizer conducts outreach, develops relationships, and manages strategic collaborations to advance Save The Bay’s climate resilience priorities. This position will work locally and regionally to accelerate efforts to protect the Bay Area from flooding, sea level rise, and other climate impacts; promote nature-based climate adaptation through restoration of Bay wetlands and implementation of green stormwater infrastructure in our cities; and reduce Bay pollution. To build Bay Smart Communities, we promote equitable transit, housing, and access to the Bay, recognizing the disproportionate impact of climate change on the health and safety of historically marginalized and under-invested communities.

The Political and Community Organizer works to secure the support and partnership of elected officials, agencies, community groups, and partner organizations for policies and programs that protect the Bay, build climate resilience in the Bay Area, and help us deepen our commitment to racial and environmental justice.* The Organizer also works closely with our Communications staff to plan and execute digital organizing strategies and advance the organization’s outreach priorities.

We seek a motivated and detail-oriented person with a strong equity lens who will work both strategically and collaboratively with a wide range of people within the organization and externally and be an effective public representative for the organization. This position includes some evening and weekend responsibilities, and travel within the Bay Area. This position reports to the Policy Manager.

*Over the past three years, Save The Bay has been reckoning with our positionality within a predominantly white-led environmental movement. Our internal Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (DEIA) work has focused on identifying the changes we need to make to our organizational culture and approach to create a safer and more welcoming space for BIMPOC employees and those with other marginalized identities. We are also working to be better allies to environmental justice organizations and to support community-driven efforts to protect the most vulnerable people from the impacts of climate change in our region. We are committing significant organizational time and resources to this work, and we are still making mistakes, growing, and learning.

Reports to: Policy Manager
Supervises: N/A


* Build relationships with partners and community groups to advocate together for equitable climate resilience and a cleaner Bay.
* Develop and implement action plans to mobilize Save The Bay’s partner organizations to support our legislative and policy objectives.
* Represent Save The Bay in coalitions, at public meetings, and at events and gatherings.
* Conduct outreach to communities impacted by the issues Save The Bay works on and our policy work. Help us grow our ability to develop policy solutions in partnership with frontline communities, and ensure that historically marginalized and underinvested communities are centered in decision-making whenever possible.
* Identify and implement digital organizing strategies to achieve policy objectives. Work with communication team to develop print and social media content, recruit volunteers, and conduct other outreach and communications.
* Serve as a primary contact with selected municipal, county, state, and federal elected officials and staff.
* Conduct research, reconnaissance, and outreach on Save The Bay Action Fund political campaign priorities.
* Other duties as assigned.


Required qualifications
* At least two years of professional experience. At least one year engaging with advocacy, policy change, or organizing (professional or volunteer).
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to speak on our issues with decision-makers, community leaders, and other partners.
* Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, developing and executing work plans, and facilitating meetings.
* Ability to synthesize complex information into specific recommendations or next steps.
* Interest in Save The Bay’s mission.
* Demonstrated commitment to racial and environmental justice.
* Demonstrated initiative and creativity; established ability to work independently and to collaborate effectively.
* Ability to travel to destinations around the Bay with 48 hours’ notice.
* Proficiency with Windows, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite.
Preferred qualifications
* Knowledge of environmental policy, political organizing, or policy change.
* Familiarity with Bay ecology and issues.
* Experience advocating for racial and/or environmental justice.
* Experience working with low-income communities, communities of color, and other historically under-invested groups.
* Experience with government process, policymaking, and budgets.


Location: Our work is performed in a hybrid setting (remote and in office) with periodic in-person staff and team meetings in our office based in Oakland, CA, with the possibility for in person meetings with partners at various locations around the San Francisco Bay Area. We also host occasional all-staff workdays at our various restoration sites around the Bay Area, with accommodations for different abilities possible.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position. The hourly range for this position is $30.00 to $33.00 per hour, based on experience. We offer an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, vision, acupuncture/chiropractic, and life insurance; 12 paid vacation days per year to start, 13-14 paid holidays and 12 days of sick leave per calendar year; 403(b) retirement plan; stipend for working remotely and funds for home office workstation equipment and furniture.

Hiring Timeline (subject to change):
* Deadline for applications is March 31, 2023
* We will review resumes and conduct interviews in April
* Finalists will be invited to submit three references
* We would like to make an offer to a candidate by April
* Preferred start date is April 24, 2023

We will start accepting applications on March 17, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. If the application is still posted on our website, we are still accepting applications. Preferred start date is April 24.

COVID-19 Policy: All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.

Save The Bay is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome people of all racial backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, gender expression and sexual orientation to apply. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to apply.

How To Apply: This position is open until filled. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Please make sure to include the position title – Political and Community Organizer – in the subject line. In the body of the email, please share where you found this job listing.

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