Job Announcement: Oakland Organizer


Deadline to Apply: August 12, 2019 | Position starts: Early September, 2019

Critical Resistance (CR), a national grassroots organization working to end the prison industrial complex (PIC), seeks a full-time organizer staff position with the Oakland chapter in order to support our local campaigns and coalitions, chapter projects, and member leadership development. The organizer will increase CR’s organizational impact by working with CR members, volunteers, and allies to develop and implement strategies, campaigns and projects designed to eliminate the PIC. CR is a membership-led organization that operates using consensus decision-making.


Position Description:

The CR Oakland chapter organizer will work with Critical Resistance members, National Staff based in Oakland, volunteers, movement partner organizations, and allies to support the Oakland CR chapter membership work. This position will support the workplanning, campaign mobilizations and strategies, and membership engagement in local campaigns and projects, including the No New San Francisco jail and Close 850 Bryant campaigns, Oakland Power Projects, and Inside-Outside workgroup , as well as chapter anti-policing campaign work. This full-time position will be based in our National office in Oakland, CA with some intermittent travel required to sister chapters and other movement-related activities. Daily, this position will be working with around 20 Oakland chapter members in our local campaigns and alongside 3-5 national staff.


Roles and Responsibilities:

Campaigns and Projects

  • Coordinate and support coalitions in support of CR Oakland campaigns

  • Monitor and track policy and budget agendas in local municipalities and at California state-level, as relevant to campaigns

  • Support action planning and mobilization logistics for campaigns

  • Represent CR Oakland at relevant rallies, protests, and/or conferences

  • Build and maintain relationships with new and existing partner organizations, allies, and stakeholders

  • Engage in public speaking and media work alongside members and staff

  • Create informational materials and resources as necessary for the campaigns and projects

Member Leadership and Engagement

  • Attend and support chapter and coalition meetings and member workplanning facilitation (weekday evenings)

  • Support member leadership development and participation

  • Participate with chapter in political education; facilitate and lead in rotation with membership

  • Support local membership outreach, recruitment, and retention and engagement with people directly impacted by the PIC

Operations and Infrastructure

  • Support and lead fundraising efforts and events in coordination with national staff and chapter

  • Support infrastructure and operations for Oakland chapter

  • Ongoing communication with local and national staff and membership

Valued Skills and Experience:

Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience in the following; people are encouraged to apply even if not all are met as the position will include relevant training.


  • Facilitation skills for meetings, groups, and trainings

  • Grassroots campaigning skills

  • Campaign planning and campaign progress assessment skills and tools

  • Excellent verbal communication skills (e.g. public speaking, ability to explain complex topics simply, such as in 1:1 outreach, or to legislators)

  • Basic computer skills (email groups, word processing)

  • Basic writing skills for writing emails, fliers etc.

  • Ability to balance multiple responsibilities well, set priorities, and follow individual and shared workplans

  • Ability to be self-directed, ask for help, and delegate

  • Being accountable to multiple organizers in a non-hierarchical organization



  • Knowledge of Bay area anti-prison and anti-policing movements, as well as community resistance to structural violence and inequity

  • Knowledge of social, political, economic context in the Bay Area

  • Working knowledge or demonstrated capacity to learn policy and local governance processes (Oakland and San Francisco)

  • Understanding of and commitment to prison industrial complex abolition

Candidate Recruitment:

  • Formerly imprisoned people are highly encouraged to apply. We also encourage people of color, women, queer and trans/gender-nonconforming people to apply.

  • We welcome people from all educational backgrounds to apply.

Salary is $51,860 per year, plus good benefits and generous vacation. Salary is commensurate with other CR staff. We offer medical, dental, and vision benefits.



Please email a cover letter and resume to: with your last name and position title in the subject line, or mail a hard copy to:

Critical Resistance Hiring Committee

1904 Franklin St., Suite 504

Oakland, CA, 94612

In the cover letter, please share any experiences, skills, and talents that you believe equip you to do this job. Though not required, we also welcome you sending us any supporting materials with your application (for example, a work plan, a project timeline, a facilitation plan, or any other relevant materials).

Send any questions regarding the position to or call 510-444-0484.

Deadline to Apply: August 12, 2019 | Position starts: Early September, 2019