Community Organizer, Multnomah County

Community Organizer, Multnomah County

Position Title: Community Organizer, Multnomah County

Duration: Full Time, Ongoing

Compensation: $42,500-$50,000 per year depending on experience; generous and progressive benefits including medical and dental care 100% of premiums paid by Unite Oregon, paid wellness leave, vacation, flex time, and personal days off.

About Unite Oregon: Unite Oregon is a 501c3 grassroots community organization with four chapters, in Portland, Rogue Valley, Clackamas, and Washington County. We believe that all people can become leaders and agents of change in the areas of racial justice, immigrant and refugee rights, affordable housing, and living wages. Unite Oregon is building a unified intercultural movement for justice in our state. 


Position Description: The Multnomah County Organizer is responsible for engaging the community around the mission and issue campaigns of Unite Oregon. Areas of responsibility include volunteer recruitment and management, meeting facilitation, public speaking, and event planning, leading trainings, phone banking, community events, database management, and communications. This position also includes facilitating a leadership development program centering families representing immigrants, refugees, people of color, low-income community members, and prospective first-generation college-bound youth and parents from McDaniels High School via our Building Undergraduates through Inclusive Leadership Development (BUILD) program. This position reports to the Multnomah County Director. 


Qualifications required: 

  • Excellent project planning and event organizing ability; proven experience conducting workshops, actions, and trainings 
  • Experience with Portland Public School community working on education equity issues, policies, and programming  
  • Ability to relate to and organize parents from diverse cultural, language, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds primarily culturally-specific communities of color. 
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with parents, youth, key community leaders, other partnership agencies, and school administrators. 
  • Experience with recruitment, retention, and community outreach, organizing and engagement strategies.   
  • Experience with group facilitation and popular education methods including leading workshops in a multicultural, multilingual setting that include team building activities and engaging dialogue. 
  • Strong communication, writing, organizational, and record-keeping skills
  • Use technology and basic computer skills including online meeting platforms and the Google suite
  • Strong commitment to social and racial justice 
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English


Responsibilities include: 

  • Work closely with parents, students, teachers, administration, leaders, and other key partners primarily in the McDaniels cluster, and potentially support outreach in other clusters through dual language support 
  • Recruit, engage, and train parents from McDaniels cluster 
  • Provide support for parents at cross-cultural leadership training retreats 
  • Facilitate and lead meetings with parents on an ongoing basis 
  • Conduct research on issues and potential solutions to increasing numbers of college-bound students 
  • Develop issue campaigns around community-validated solutions that address systemic barriers to student success and college readiness for targeted student populations 
  • Build and lead the mission-critical work around parent engagement, leadership, and advocacy 
  • Advise on school-level strategies in support of parent engagement and empowerment     
  • Foster relationships and develop strong partnership with community based organizations, faith leaders, elected, officials, civic, and community leaders that lead to positive engagement of the parents. 
  • Help develop and implement parental engagement strategies that lead to meaningful parent-led advocacy and activism 
  • Work with staff to develop and carry out local issue campaigns, support statewide campaigns and carry out the general work of the chapter


To Apply: 

All interested candidates, please email resume and cover letter to: [email protected] Applications will be considered as they are submitted; applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Unite Oregon  is committed to providing equal employment opportunity and equal access in a non-discriminatory manner to its programs and services for all persons without regard to race, creed, color, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, national origin, political affiliation, an honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.