Oakland Rising Action is a multi-racial progressive organization working in service of working-class, immigrant and communities of color living in the flatlands of East and West Oakland. We educate and mobilize Oaklanders to take bold action at the ballot box to ensure that our government is open, transparent and accountable to everyday Oaklanders. Through innovation, commitment and persistence, Oakland Rising Action builds grassroots political power to elect a progressive governing majority that will fight for healthy and stable communities, safer neighborhoods, and good jobs for all.

Open positions:

Deputy Director


Oakland Rising Action (ORA)/Oakland Rising (OR) seeks a skilled organizer and coalition-builder with senior management experience and concrete skills in electoral organizing and policy campaigns to serve as our new Deputy Director.  In order to advance the work of ORA and OR, we are looking for someone who will bring to the Deputy Director role a personal understanding of Oakland politics and relationships with key stakeholders in Oakland and throughout Alameda County.  The successful candidate will confidently cultivate and build the relationships necessary to sustain and grow the ORA and OR projects and who understands the importance of aligning and building the power of movement organizations.  They will be able to jump in easily on strategy, offer skills in building the leadership, capacity, and skills of ORA/OR staff and OR’s collaborative partners, and co-partner with ORA/OR’s Executive Director to offer vision and strategy.   

The Opportunity

The Deputy Director will work in partnership with the Executive Director to ensure that ORA/OR team has the strategic direction, staffing, structure, management systems and collaborative partnerships needed to implement its strategic plan. Through this position the Deputy Director will gain clear leadership development skills to higher level management skills and experience for a future role as an executive director. The primary goals of the Deputy Director are to provide strong direction to the collaborative Steering Committee, manage internal organizational operations (such as supervision of program staff), create and maintain strategic integration of OR’s programs to best support the organization in achieving its mission and shared collaborative policy platform, and participate and organize within broader Coalition spaces which ORA/OR prioritizes. The Deputy Director will report to the Executive Director, supervise program staff, and work closely with the Steering Committee and Field Team. 

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

Organizational Leadership in Partnership with the Executive Director 

  • Partner with the Executive Director to initiate and implement the overall strategic direction and key organizational priorities, and to support healthy growth of the organization, the collaborative and coalition partnerships, and the movement.  
  • Within OR’s collaborative structure, oversee development and implementation of a shared workplan for the Steering Committee to ensure that our shared policy platform is fulfilled through strong relationships and shared vision. 
  • Build and sustain relationships with non-collaborative partners (elected officials, city staff, labor, community leaders) by representing ORA/OR in key meetings when necessary and strategic. 
  • Participate in the Directors Team to support overall organizational coordination of systems, planning, budgeting, fundraising, and organizational culture. 

Supervision, Management, and Development of Program Staff 

  • Directly supervise program staff that may include: the Field Manager, Communications Coordinator, IVE Organizers, and Canvassing teams. 
  • Foster a positive and productive working environment and structure that allows for individual and team leadership to thrive by ensuring that staff have clear right-size workplans as well as receive support and supervision needed

Program Development and Oversight

  • Lead individual, program team check-ins and other meetings as appropriate
  • Ensure the OR programmatic and campaign goals align with the collaborative’s shared policy platform and goals for local organizing and civic engagement
  • Coordinate the development of OR’s annual shared Vision, Issues, and Policy Platform
  • Collaborate, co-design, and implement a leadership development program

 Required Qualifications:

  • Five years previous campaign, union or community organizing experience in the social justice sector with a focus on Black, Indigenous,  People of Color and working class community leadership and power-building.
  • Prior knowledge of, participation in, and development of electoral strategies.
  • Senior management experience (minimum of 2 years) preferred


  • A critical understanding and commitment and practice of racial, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Personal experience and deep roots in Oakland’s Black and Brown flatlands communities.
  • Excellent intellectual, analytical, and strategic thinking skills.
  • An adaptive leadership style with the ability to problem-solve, navigate complex situations and relationships, take advantage of strategic opportunities, and handle the ups and downs of electoral organizing.
  • Political smarts and a sophisticated intersectional analysis, which includes a local to global perspective .
  • Openness to experimentation and new ways of doing things.
  • The ability to prioritize for self and others.
  • A high level of emotional intelligence. Capacity for self-reflection and self-improvement.
  • Familiarity with the political terrain and existing relationships with key stakeholders.
  • A track record of accountability and reliability.
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus


This is a regular full-time exempt salaried position.  Competitive salary ranging from $80,000-$95,000, depending on experience, plus a competitive compensation and benefits package, and a team-oriented yet flexible working environment.  OR/ORA’s staff is currently working remotely during the COVID crisis but has offices in downtown Oakland.

Application Process:

Applications are due by June 15 with an ideal start date of July 1.  Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF to [email protected] Please include a résumé, three references, and a cover letter that addresses:

1) Why are you interested in working with Oakland Rising and Oakland Rising Action?

2) What do you believe you would bring to the position of Deputy Director?

3) How are your past accomplishments relevant to this position?

Oakland Rising Action and Oakland Rising are equal opportunity employers that do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. We strongly encourage Black, Indigenous, QTIPOC folks to apply.