EBASE - East Bay Alliance For A Sustainable Economy

East Bay Alliance For A Sustainable Economy

Campaign Coordinator
Contra Costa

Based in Concord, CA


For more than 20 years, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) has been advancing economic and racial justice by building an inclusive economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. EBASE addresses the root causes of injustice, including white supremacy and corporate control, by developing strategic alliances among residents, workers, and people of faith to build power and win systemic change. EBASE develops leadership and capacity of Black and Brown communities, low-wage workers, and tenants through our campaigns. EBASE comprises a team of committed and seasoned staff, and an engaged board committed to a bold vision of economic and racial justice and a transformational approach to organizing that creates strong solidarity among people of color, women, immigrants, and queer folks. EBASE is a founding member of the PowerSwitch Action national network.

In support of its mission, EBASE seeks a collaborative and strategically inclined Campaign Coordinator, Contra Costa to support deepening our organizational and individual bases of support for EBASE’s campaigns for housing justice, racial justice, immigrant rights and worker rights. This includes coordinating aspects of EBASE's coalition-based campaigns; developing and implementing campaign strategies and actions; supporting base building activities; and representing EBASE at county-wide coalitions and identifying opportunities for intersectional collaboration. The Coordinator will help develop and implement various campaign strategies, with a focus on supporting EBASE's tenant organizing pilot, doing community outreach to engage students, community groups, labor unions and faith networks in our campaigns, developing digital organizing strategies, and coordinating actions and events.

EBASE’s current Contra Costa campaigns primarily focus on winning tenant protections in Concord, in key cities and county-wide as a way of stabilizing housing for low wage workers. This role also involves working to build more inclusive democracy in the county and working to build the political power of working-class BIPOC communities. The Campaign Coordinator, Contra Costa will be a joint employee with East Bay Action, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit and will be assigned work as needed. The Campaign Coordinator, Contra Costa will be led by the Senior Campaign Director.

At the foundation of all EBASE’s work is the belief that all people have dignity, and all EBASE programs, campaigns, and policies are driven by people who are Black, brown, immigrant, indigenous, LGBTQ+, and/or women. The fight for economic justice is also one for racial and gender justice. And vice versa. The pandemic has put a magnifying glass on the great fissures of structural racism and income inequality, while also bringing us together to build back our lives with different priorities. We rise together as East Bay residents who are Black, brown, immigrant, indigenous, and LGBTQ+ people and women. EBASE rises for a just recovery. EBASE rises for better pay and conditions for workers, tenant rights, public health, and re-imagined public safety. When we dream together, organize together, and fight together with directly impacted workers and communities leading the way, we win.

OUR JOBS: essential jobs, low-wage work, and enforcement
EBASE works alongside low-wage and frontline workers to pass policies that advance higher pay and better working conditions. This includes paid sick time to help keep workers, their families, and the public safe, healthy, and housed. When employers break the law and do not provide these basic provisions while raking in billions, it further exacerbates economic inequality. Workers’ rights laws are only as good as their enforcement. EBASE partners with cities to ensure workers’ rights are upheld. EBASE works to strengthen the voice of workers on the job and at City Hall.

OUR HOMES: housing and tenant rights
EBASE works with tenants to advance rent stabilization and tenant protection policies, while passing community benefit agreements that include building more affordable housing for low-income communities. Housing is a human right, and by ensuring that everyone has an affordable, safe home, we will create healthier, more inclusive communities.

OUR CITIES: equitable development and budget fights
EBASE works to deprioritize rampant corporate development in favor of investment in everyday people. EBASE campaigns focus on passing community benefit agreements on large-scale public development projects that include good jobs, local and fair chance hiring, affordable housing, and community services. EBASE re-imagines public safety shifting away from the over-policing and mass incarceration of Black and brown folks. EBASE works to restore funding to our neglected communities to get at the root causes of crime by ensuring taxpayers’ dollars prioritize housing, worker protections, job training programs, youth services, and mental health treatment. This reprioritization will begin to heal structural racism and income inequality.

OUR FAITH: FAME and faith-rooted organizing
EBASE’s faith-rooted organizing initiative, the Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME), works to bring together the very best of our spiritual traditions to infuse our economic justice movement with love, joy, and hope, redeeming both our economy and our religions. Through their work, EBASE is building a beloved community where caring and compassion reign, and where all people have their basic needs met and the fullness of their gifts are honored.

Coalition Building and Coordination

  • Coordinate, plan, and facilitate Raise the Roof coalition committees focused on tenant organizing, policy advocacy, communications, civic engagement, and event planning.
  • Build relationships with organizational partners through 1-1 meetings that recruit partner organizations to take action in the campaign.
  • Contribute to coalition and campaign building with campaign team, including helping with coalition meetings and actions, e-blasts and external communications, outreach to supporters and endorsers, and other campaign tactics and logistics.
  • Represent EBASE at immigrant rights, housing justice, and racial justice networks and coalitions.

Campaign Plan Implementation

  • With campaign team and coalition partners, support creation of campaign plan and activities that move the campaign forward towards its goals and support partners in engaging their bases on the campaign issues.
  • Coordinate mobilizations and actions, including May Day marches, landlord actions, and others as agreed by the coalition. Ensure outreach, program, media, spokespeople, space, and materials are provided for all events.
  • Work with the Communications Manager to develop and implement media/social media plans and e-blasts that advance the campaign, as well as engage coalition partners to amplify social media.
  • Track policy issues the campaign is working on, including attending city council meetings; reading memos and policies; and identifying policy questions or issues to be addressed.

Support Organizing to Expand the Base

  • Support EBASE’s Tenant Organizing Pilot and Tenant Organizer by helping to supporting tenant outreach and leadership development activities. Document organizing strategies, methods, and lessons learned.
  • Partner with coalition organizations with membership bases to understand their organizing models and identify strategies and tactics to build their membership through coalition and campaign activities. Provide political education, training and leadership development, and organizing opportunities.
  • Conduct community outreach to the various constituencies to help promote the campaigns of Raise the Roof and build a broader base of support among allies, students, community groups, and people of faith.
  • Assist FAME organizer with faith-rooted organizing, including outreach to congregational and religious leaders and networks engaged in EBASE campaigns and support tactics and activities that bring faith leaders into the campaign such as vigils, faith leader sign on letters and public witness.
  • Support the development and implementation of voter engagement activities with both EBASE civic engagement staff and ally organizations towards identifying a base of supportive voters.

Organizational Development and Personal Administration

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, internal trainings, strategic and annual planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Support “all hands on deck” requests from EBASE campaign teams, including mobilization support, phone banking, civic engagement, fundraising, and other activities.
  • Maintain personal organization systems (files, calendar, and compliance with document retention & destruction policy).
  • Complete reimbursements, timesheets, and lobbying reports.

While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications enumerated below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • At least 3 years organizing and campaign experience with labor unions or worker organizations, community groups, or faith-rooted organizations.
  • Comfortable, flexible, and interested in organizing a range of constituencies—workers, residents, voters, people of faith, immigrant communities.
  • Experience with and desire to execute coalition-based campaigns that supports direct base building, with a focus on organizing organizations to take strategic action together.
  • Flexible and collaborative. Highly relational and able to work among teams and coalitions.
  • Self-motivated, accountable to goals and eager to learn new techniques, ideas, and skills.
  • Excellent personal organization and time management skills.
  • Deep commitment to social, economic, and racial justice movements.
  • Experience organizing in Concord or Central/Eastern Contra Costa County desirable.
  • Fluency in written and verbal Spanish required.
  • Position requires use of an automobile.

If you don't meet all the criteria above but still feel your experience could be a good fit for the role, please apply. We recognize that candidates who don't check every box can add value to our team.

Work Environment and COVID Safety: EBASE fosters a collaborative and relational culture and team-based environment. For COVID safety, currently, EBASE is implementing a transitional period when all EBASE staff are working three days/week in the office and 2 days/week at home. In the future, this position will be based out of the Concord office. All employees are required to be fully vaccinated.

Compensation: The full-time salary range for this role is currently targeted between $73,000 – $78,000 with an exact salary depending on experience, with an annual cost of living adjustment, depending on budget. EBASE contributes 3% – 6% of employee salary towards the 401(k)-retirement plan and provides additional benefits valued at roughly $25,000 per year. It includes fully paid employee health insurance (medical, chiropractic, and acupuncture), generous vacation, sick leave, personal days, holidays, and training and professional development opportunities. EBASE provides an excellent working environment that encourages teamwork and recognizes high-quality work. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by CWA Local 9415.

More information about East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy may be found at: workingeastbay.org

This search is being led by Julian Jackson, Chaz Chapman and Danielle Higa of NPAG. Candidates are invited to submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their résumé via NPAG’s website.

EBASE is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in professional environments, or that suffer from broader societal discrimination.

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