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Community Organizer, Multnomah County

Community Organizer, Multnomah County

Unite Oregon is seeking an experienced, culturally responsive Community Organizer to help BIPOC, immigrant and refugee communities build power in Multnomah County and lead organizing and engagement of our Multnomah County and chapter and Leadership Development programs.

Position Title: Community Organizer, Multnomah County

Duration: Full Time, Ongoing
Compensation: $40,000-50,000 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 three chapters, in Portland, Beaverton, and Medford. 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

Unite Oregon is seeking an experienced, culturally responsive Community Organizer to help BIPOC, immigrant and refugee communities build power in Multnomah County and lead organizing and engagement of our Multnomah County and chapter and Leadership Development programs. This position will report to the Field Director and Executive Director, and work closely with the Housing Director and Political Director. 

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities, in collaboration with organizing staff, are as follows:

Field Organizing and Community Engagement. 

This position requires community engagement, organizing, and policy advocacy around a range of issues, especially but not limited to criminal justice, affordable housing, transit oriented development, civil rights, and numerous other policy areas.

  • Manage Multnomah County field and leadership development programs and support regional organizer to implement field plans
  • Recruit, coordinate, and facilitate new Multnomah County Leadership Council members as needed, maintaining a balanced diversity of members
  • Based on strategic plan, develop and implement 2-4 local issue campaigns and support statewide campaigns
  • Recruit volunteers and maintain regular volunteer and leadership development opportunities (ie, regular phone banks, field activities, issue committees, etc)
  • Maintain regular email and social media engagement with Multnomah County members
  • Lead/support Multnomah County projects
  • Assist in developing a grassroots fundraising program with annual goals including organizing and hosting local fundraiser events and  membership drives.


Project Management

  • Manage all related grant reports 
  • Support other Unite Oregon grant- seeking efforts
  • Tracking expenses, managing  grant project invoices, managing and tracking of deliverables 
  • Volunteer management
  • Management of database of Multnomah County members
  • Developing board and regular reports to Unite Oregon leadership
  • Participate in Unite Oregon staff meetings, retreats, and board meetings as needed
  • Manage communication support for various projects both internally and externally via social media, email, phone, newsletters, earned media, etc.


Shift balance of power among decision makers 

  • Build and maintain relationships with stakeholders in government and nonprofit sectors in order to remove institutional barriers
  • Participate in coalitions that align with strategic plan and organizational mission and vision


Leadership Development Programs

  • Work to train leaders, convene various stakeholders, and oversee actions that directly educate policymakers, build grassroots support, sustain grass-tops leadership
  • Recruit participants for leadership development cohorts in Portland and the SW Corridor; process applications for each new cohort, and arrange the admissions process
  • Assure that all logistics for cohorts are complete
  • Work with team members to plan and implement curriculum
  • Assure all facilitators and interpreters get paid, and turn in necessary paperwork
  • Work with team to plan, implement, and evaluate program
  • Work with graduates and participants to assure they are involved in current campaigns


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative, while maintaining solid communication with and accountability to Executive Director (ED), Field Director, and Leadership Council (LC)
  • Experience working in social justice with diverse communities
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • At least two years’ experience in grassroots community organizing or campaigns
  • Bilingual and bicultural: especially (but not limited to) Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, and/or Somali. Preferred but not required.
  • Multnomah County resident and/or strong ties and history in the region
  • Ability to travel to meetings and events across the County, Salem, and Medford as necessary once pandemic restrictions ease
  • Availability to work during evenings and weekends as needed


All interested candidates, please and resume and cover letter and 2 references to Operations Director Khanh Le at

This position is open until Friday, June 19, 2020. 

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, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any real or perceived sensory, mental, or physical disability.