OneAmerica (OA) was established in 2001 by U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal and has since grown to become a locally and nationally recognized leader in advancing immigrant, civil, and human rights. We utilize grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and civic/electoral engagement to promote justice in three areas: immigration, education and early learning, and democracy. Our family of organizations consists of OneAmerica (501(c)3), OneAmerica Votes (OAV) (501(c)4), OneAmerica Votes Justice Fund (PAC) and OAV Justice for All PAC (PAC).

Program Description

OneAmerica is launching a new Organizing Academy where we will train and develop a cohort of organizers to build a base of immigrant leaders in King County, Yakima County, and potentially other geographies in Washington. The Organizing Academy will combine basic community organizing skills development with practical field experience. Organizers-in-Training participating in this 6-month program will gain valuable experience in canvassing, base building, civic engagement, and electoral political work.

Position Description

OneAmerica is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals who would like to explore a career in community organizing by combining skill-building development with practical field experience building power for immigrant and refugee communities in Washington State. We value and will prioritize those with lived experiences around immigration.  

Organizers-in-Training will participate in community organizing training and application which includes door-to-door canvassing, registering new voters, voter education activities, identifying potential volunteer leaders through relational meetings, and developing leaders to build a OneAmerica (OA) and OneAmerica Votes (OAV) base. These responsibilities will be accomplished under the supervision of the Organizing Director.  

The ideal candidate will bring a background in organizing and civic engagement, using their skills as a confident, visionary, relational leader to build authentic relationships while organizing multiple priorities with impeccable follow-through.  These positions are based in our Seattle, Vancouver, or Yakima WA offices and have the potential to extend to permanent organizing roles.


Base Building (50%): 

  • Canvassing through door-knocking and community events to identify new contacts
  • Regularly following up with contacts to schedule and carry out 1-on-1 relational organizing conversations to assess leadership potential and self-interest
  • Contributing to the development of local base groups and leadership team meetings including preparing leaders to take active roles in meetings and campaign activities

Civic Engagement (30%): 

  • Engaging new citizens, members of immigrant communities, and our allies to register to vote
  • Participate in the planning and execution of large-scale public meetings and candidate forums

OneAmerica staff responsibilities (10%):  

  • Support advocacy campaigns and Public Meetings
  • Attend OA & OAV member quarterly meetings

Organizer Trainings (10%): 

  • Attend weekly training sessions 

Qualifications and attributes

OneAmerica is seeking candidates who excel in movement-building and are results-oriented. Individuals who are hungry to learn and build relationships would thrive in this role. While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications below, our ideal candidate would bring: 


  • A strong analysis of power and racial equity with a commitment to build power in immigrant and refugee communities by leading with relationships
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends
  • Ability to thrive within a fast-paced environment while maintaining effective time management, organization methods, and adapting to changing needs and priorities to successfully meet program deliverables
  • Candidates will be required to participate in door-to-door canvassing at least 3 days per week for 3 hours at a time
  • Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law.
  • Candidates must be based or able to commute regularly to work at our office locations in Seattle, Yakima, or Vancouver Washington.


  • One year’s experience volunteering in electoral, union, and/or community organizing
  • Bilingual language skills preferred
  • Valid Driver's License and access to reliable transportation
  • Proficiency in tablet and smartphone technology and the ability to explain technology in accessible terms to individuals with limited digital literacy skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with diverse communities
  • Ability to take initiative in reaching goals
  • Past experience or involvement with OneAmerica and/or its family of organizations


  • These are hybrid positions based in our Seattle, Vancouver, and Yakima Washington offices. 

Physical Demands

  • Ability to be out in the community for majority of the day
  • Ability to walk extensively during certain events
  • Ability to have multiple phone calls a day 


  • $25/Hour
  • One hour of paid time off for accrued every 40 hours worked

To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter here:

Desired start date: May 15, 2024 

Apply by: April 15, 2024 

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OneAmerica is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.