Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center

Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center

Organizer: Parents, Students and Educators

Based in Oakland, CA

Starting salary: $54,000 plus full medical/dental and pension

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center (Freedom Center) brings best practices from our nation’s Civil Rights and organized labor movements to the forefront in community education, training, and practice, building strong community partnerships with proven results. The Freedom Center organizes individuals and organizations of diverse ages, races and socioeconomic backgrounds, working side-by-side for a healthy democracy. Join the Freedom Center team to be part a personally-transforming effort to strengthen democracy. See www.mlkfreedomcenter.org, www.facebook.com/mlkfreedomcenter and YouTube Channel.

This organizer position supports and facilitates parent, student and educator leadership and action. The Organizer helps build power with a focus on one-on-one recruiting, home visits, and developing community structures for long term policy influence. This position organizes outreach, policy action and communications through community leadership development.

This position’s civic engagement focus is the Oakland/Alameda County region, as well as regular travel to Sacramento, Contra Costa County, and San Jose/Santa Clara Counties.


  • Make convincing and effective “sales” presentations on the phone. To get a liberal or conservative school administrator to do a progressive act requires good selling ability. To get someone to join your organization requires the same.
  • Carry out in-person meetings that “close the deal”
  • Coordinate dynamic classes on weekends
  • Model an authentically critical spirit
  • Inspire excellence in others
  • Organize adult and youth testimony at legislative bodies


  • One (1) year of experience working in campaign or union organizing, or as a legislative assistant/aide to elected officials, or in a similar outreach environment.
  • Live within 30 minute commute to Freedom Center offices at Merritt College campus, Oakland.
  • A driver’s license, a car, automobile insurance on that vehicle, and phone. 
  • Work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Capacity to travel. Expenses covered. 
  • Work with races and ages different than one’s own 
  • Personal commitment to justice for working people 
  • Strong self-initiative, outgoing attitude
  • Model self-change and demonstrate personal transformation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to lift 10 pounds

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Experience in positions with the following types of employers is highly valued: electoral campaigns, elected officials, labor unions, progressive issue advocacy organizations, social justice organizations, for instance as a legislative aid, labor rep, shop steward, or similar.
  • Bilingual or multilingual is an asset.

Salary, Benefits:
Salary $54,000/year plus benefits comprehensive fully paid medical and dental benefits for employee after one month, Simple IRA, and mileage reimbursement. All travel costs are also reimbursed. 

How to Apply:
To be considered for this position(s), applicants must submit a résumé and letter of interest to: karen@mlkfreedomcenter.org. Your letter of interest should clearly explain how your experience, training, and education make you a strong candidate for this position.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.

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