Congregation Based Community Organizer

Schedule Type: Full-Time, Exempt

Location: San Diego, CA

CAIR San Diego is seeking a Community Organizer to join our talented and diverse staff team in San Diego County. Community Organizers within CAIR SD work to engage and develop grassroots leaders based in mosques, Muslim led institutions and their surrounding neighborhoods. Community Organizers train individual grassroots leaders and organizing teams to identify priority community concerns, research potential solutions and secure commitments from policy makers to implement these solutions to improve the community.

CAIR San Diego is a Muslim led, multi-racial coalition of Mosques and organizations working towards a more racially and economically just, compassionate, equitable, and thriving city and county of San Diego. CAIR San Diego is an office within the CAIR Network, organizing to advance economic and racial justice in San Diego and Imperial counties.

CAIR San Diego does this through an organizing process that develops local leadership and conducts research on how to have our collective voices heard by holding those in positions of power and authority accountable for serving the common good. We do this out of our faith – different faiths, but united in how it compels us to fight for justice, dignity, and opportunity.

Our organizing work will focus on issues like ending Islamophobia and White Supremacy in San Diego County; immigration reform, ensuring dignity and pathways to citizenship, and justice at the US/ Mexico border; ending surveillance of Muslim communities; reforming our criminal justice and law enforcement systems to push for greater community input into reforming our local law enforcement and criminal justice systems; and other issues lifted by local community members.

Time Commitment: Evenings and weekends required for presentations and community outreach events.


  • Train and develop community leaders and clergy to take action effectively in the public arena.
  • Identify, engage and develop community members (grassroots leaders and clergy of various faith traditions), by conducting one-on-one relational meetings.
  • Build, support and train organizing teams in faith institutions and community settings that are developing power.
  • Work regionally with staff, faith and community leaders who are working on specific campaigns (e.g. Live Free, environmental justice, education, quality housing, etc)
  • Participate in CAIR California and CAIR National state and national policy campaigns.
  • Support volunteer Organizing Teams in outreach, research, and strategic planning leading to large community action meetings at the local and county-wide levels.
  • Create and deepen relationships with staff from strategic partners in community organizations, academia, labor, and public policy organizations.
  • Work effectively as a team of Faith in Fresno and Faith in the Valley staff with clergy, and lay leaders in regular professional development sessions.
  • Meet on a regular basis with the local Director and other Organizers to shadow, plan and evaluate work progress.
  • Other duties as assigned

All CAIR staff are required to assist in general duties such as answering phones, weekly outreach, fundraising activities, and other office tasks.


  • BA degree, or equivalent work experience
  • Strong interest in community and social justice issues
  • Strong interest and knowledge of diverse Muslim communities and beliefs
  • Ability to train and develop community leaders to take action effectively in the public arena
  • Ability to work with diverse faith institutions and racial/ethnic communities
  • Deep respect for, curiosity about, and relative comfort with faith leaders and faith institutions
  • Strong and effective communication skills
  • Discipline and ability to work effectively in highly unstructured environment
  • Ability to analyze policies and institutions
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community
  • Desire to learn and openness to challenge yourself and others
  • Ability to work as part of a strong staff team in a dynamic learning environment as well as independently
  • Strong writing skills (previous fund development or communications experience a plus-grant writing, individual donors, press releases, etc.)
  • Ability to speak a second-language, preferred
  • Excellent strategic thinking skills
  • Experience with public policy analysis, voter engagement, advocacy or organizing, preferred
  • Willing to work as member of and contribute to a staff and regional team
  • Previous organizing experience and/or social justice experience, highly desirable
  • Experience using on-line and social media tools, preferred


  • Compensation commensurate with skills and experience
  • Generous benefits package includes holidays, sick leave, health plan and retirement plan


Please send (1) a cover letter discussing your interest in the position, (2) your resume, and (3) the names and contact information of three references, to: with the subject line “Community Organizer”.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

CAIR-CA is an equal opportunity employer.

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