As a 28-year old, award-winning nonprofit organization, CCA provides education, orientation and legal support to farm workers and other low-income working families who want to establish neighborhood committees that work to improve housing and health conditions in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys. Our vision is of a community where farmworkers are empowered to serve as leaders and where community decision makers seek the counsel of these farm worker leaders. CCA’s organizing model is considered one of the best in the state of California.
Special Project Organizer
A premier social justice institution that helps farmworkers and other low-income working families address housing and health issues in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties seeks to hire a Special Project Organizer.
Established in 1990, the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA), a non-profit, tax exempt organization, uses its housing and health programs to identify resident leaders in targeted neighborhoods. CCA trains these leaders to achieve improvements in their neighborhoods. A third Civic Engagement program, then motivates these leaders to use their collective power to create change in their communities.
CCA’s housing program trains leaders to form and lead tenant committees in their housing complexes. The committees improve conditions in their respective housing units by engaging in escalating actions, up to and including rent-withholding actions. The committees also advocate for the construction of new, affordable housing units for farmworkers and other low-income working families.
CCA’s health program prepares neighborhood leaders to deliver preventative health interventions in their neighborhoods, schools and churches. Local health providers, including the Monterey County Health Department, the Natividad Medical Center (Monterey County hospital) and other health-centered agencies provide workshops to prepare leaders to conduct interventions. The interventions include instruction on chronic disease, mental health and a program to strengthen family relationships. These leaders also come together to advocate for improved access to health care.
CCA’s Civic Engagement program brings CCA-trained housing and health leaders together to collectively advocate for policies and practices that improve conditions for farmworkers and other low-income families across the Salinas and Pajaro valleys. Our Civic Engagement program pairs the newly-trained neighborhood leaders with existing stakeholders who can help direct resources to neighborhoods where farmworkers and other low-income working families reside. Our Civic Engagement program also helps neighborhood leaders join institutions that control those resources.
CCA’s client community is primarily immigrant and Spanish-speaking. CCA delivers all its program activity primarily in Spanish. CCA-trained leaders advocate in their native tongue. CCA arranges for simultaneous translation (Spanish/English and English/Spanish). CCA employs three Farmworker Trainers whom reports to our Deputy Director. The Special Project organizer will report directly to the Deputy Director as well.
The successful candidate will work with the current incumbent for a 6 month period. The incumbent will mentor the successful candidate’s capacity to learn and implement CCA’s organizing model. Salary depends on experience. CCA provides health insurance and other benefits.
Applicants must exhibit a proven capacity to:
- help develop neighborhood committees in Latino communities,
- foster team-building among neighborhood residents
- foster relationships between disenfranchised communities and existing stakeholders.
Applicants must be:
- bilingual (Spanish/English) and bicultural (job interviews will be conducted primarily in Spanish).
- able and willing to work evenings and on weekends.
- have a valid California driver’s license.
The position is currently open. Send resumes, in English and Spanish and via regular mail and email, to: