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  • Policy Analyst

    < Back to Open Positions Policy Analyst Paid San Diego APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before March 1st, 2022. ABOUT THE ROLE As a member of the advocacy team, the policy analyst will be responsible for tracking San Diego municipal policy issues/debates. In 2022, the policy analyst will focus on affordable housing advocacy and the city budget. REQUIREMENTS Position Responsibilities: Track important bills/initiatives related to the San Diego City Council/Board of Supervisors Potential responsibilities include: Attending city council/board of supervisors meetings Reviewing meeting minutes and recordings of previous city council/board of supervisors meetings Reviewing and compiling list of related news articles and op-eds Quantitative/Qualitative analysis of potential impact on youth (aged 15-24) and the community at large Attend staff meetings Collaborate with the Director of Advocacy to write policy briefs/position papers Additional duties as assigned. Experience & Education: High school diploma required. Current undergraduate students are preferred. Previous experience in qualitative research is preferred. Hourly Commitment: Average 8 hours per week Compensation $17.30 per hour ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION As a 501(c)(3) youth empowerment nonprofit, OTTA United is dedicated to building youth power (aged 15-24) in areas predominantly occupied by adults to benefit the community as a whole. OTTA United values authenticity and passion. We play the role of coalition builders and mentors within our communities, sharing knowledge, resources, credit, and impact. And as a justice-oriented, impact-driven, and people-centered organization, our perspective grounds us with who we serve and the work we do while advancing our mission. APPLY

  • 2021 Board and Staff Team!

    2021 Board and Staff Team! ADMIN 1/9/2021 Our Time To Act United welcomes its new Board Directors and Staff members for the new year of 2021! Happy New Year and Welcome to 2021! Our Time To Act United is very much looking forward to another year of youth empowerment and working together to positively impact our communities. As we usher in a new year, we are also ushering in a new team! First we’d like to welcome our newest members of the Board, starting with Iris Leung as President and Ria Maheshwari as Vice President. Ms. Leung and Ms. Maheshwari did an extraordinary job last year leading the staff through a myriad of successes as Executive Director and Associate Executive Director, respectively. Our Time To Act United is incredibly honored to welcome them to the board, and we have full confidence they will make 2021 an outstanding year for this organization. We’d also like to give a warm welcome to Anna Pierce, who will be a wonderful addition to the Strategy and Risk Committee! Congratulations to our new committee chairs: Allison Park as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Development Committee and Janice Park as Chair of the Strategy and Risk Committee. Thank you to all other board members as they continue to diligently serve Our Time To Act United. With the new year, we also have the pleasure of welcoming our new staff! Our Executive Director, Aidan Lin, is leading the staff this year. Mr. Lin has previously served as President of Our Time To Act United, and he is more than qualified for the job with the hard work and dedication he has shown throughout his years working with us. Another addition to the team is our Associate Executive Director, Ken Fesler. We know he’ll do a phenomenal job assisting Mr. Lin and leading the team. Our Staff Team, known as the Vanguard Task Group, currently consists of three members. Andrew Park, Apurv Gupta, and Suniska Patel will all be working with our Associate Executive and Executive Directors throughout the duration of the year. Thank you for your continued support of Our Time To Act United. We look forward to delivering on our goals and achieving our mission! < Previous News Next News >

  • Ria Maheshwari

    < Back Ria Maheshwari Vice President Ria Maheshwari is a high school senior. Before becoming the Vice President of OTTA United, she served as the Outreach Specialist and within the Department of External Operations. As an aspiring lawyer, Ria combines her ambitions of argumentation and social justice as the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Captain and Board Member for the Speech and Debate Club at her high school and by being part of several community service clubs, such as the National Honor Society. Sports being a key passion of her life, you can always find Ria being active. For example, she travels across the United States to play competitive volleyball with her teammates at Mountain View Volleyball Club. ria.maheshwari@ottaunited.org

  • Assistant Director of Logistics

    < Back to Open Positions Assistant Director of Logistics Volunteer South Bay Area APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. ABOUT THE ROLE The Assistant Director of Logistics works behind the scenes to coordinate our organization's events and functions. They oversee the full preparations for events, finalizing a budget, locating the proper venue, coordinating personnel, and more with the help of Logistics Event Coordinators. REQUIREMENTS Prior relevant experience preferred. Demonstrates ability to think ahead, predict, and plan appropriately. Exemplifies strong leadership qualities. High school student or beyond. 8-10 hours, 2-3 meetings a week. Our scheduling is highly flexible. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. APPLY

  • Advocate Academy Program Manager

    < Back to Open Positions Advocate Academy Program Manager Volunteer South Bay Area APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. ABOUT THE ROLE Program Managers for the Advocate Academy support the Advocate Academy. This role is tasked with further developing our academy's curriculum, marketing this opportunity to potential participants, securing speakers and guest teachers, and directly teaching classes to equip youth with the skills they need to become effective advocates. REQUIREMENTS No prior experience required. Demonstrates ability to teach educational material. High school student or beyond. 6-8 hours, 1-2 meetings a week. Our scheduling is highly flexible. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. APPLY

  • Rachel Choy

    < Back Rachel Choy Director of Communications Rachel Choy (she/her) is working towards a career in brand marketing. She joined OTTA United in April 2021 as the Graphic Designer and became the Assistant Director of Communications in July 2022. Throughout her time at OTTA United, she has seen the implications of and needs for visual communications to create impactful changes. Some of her work includes leading social media and website content projects, collaborating with departments for marketing campaigns, and rebranding the organization. Outside of OTTA United, Rachel is studying for a major in Marketing and a double minor in Graphic Design and Retail Studies at Santa Clara University (SCU). Rachel is also Co-Chair of the Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union at SCU. Here, she fosters community by providing spaces, resources, and events for API students. Furthermore, Rachel is currently a Marketing Intern for Noble Health where she researches social media strategies and designs promotional content revolving around mental health therapy. rachel.choy@ottaunited.org

  • API and Youth Canvasser

    < Back to Open Positions API and Youth Canvasser Paid San Diego, CA, USA APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before March 31st, 2022. ABOUT THE ROLE Despite making up 40% of the voting age population in North University City, only a fraction of API (Asian Pacific Islander) residents vote in both national and local elections. The same is true for youth residents. There are over 9,200 residents between the ages of 20 and 24 living in the area; only a third are registered/eligible to vote in local elections. Get-out-the-vote (GOTV) canvassers will engage API and youth voters living in North University City to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. REQUIREMENTS Position Responsibilities: Door-to-door canvas in North University City/UC San Diego campus Voter registration (April - May) GOTV primary election (May - June) GOTV general election (September - November) Coordinate with Assistant Director of Outreach in planning community outreach events Collaborate with Associated Students of UC San Diego to engage student voters Additional duties as assigned. Experience & Education: Current UC San Diego undergraduate students preferred. University City residents preferred. Hourly Commitment: 7 hours per week minimum Compensation $15 per hour + $5 per voter registered (no cap) ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION About the Organization As a 501(c)(3) youth empowerment nonprofit, OTTA United is dedicated to building youth power (aged 15-24) in areas predominantly occupied by adults to benefit the community as a whole. APPLY

  • Youth Advocate

    < Back to Open Positions Youth Advocate Volunteer San Diego, South Bay Area, and/or Remote APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. ABOUT THE ROLE Youth Advocates are tasked with organizing, lobbying, and protesting to further the legislative agenda of our organization. They are the voice of youth who will stand up and fight for us, taking our voice to the chambers of politics to represent the future. REQUIREMENTS No prior experience required. Demonstrates ability to make strong arguments, convey opinions, and speak to authority figures. High school student or beyond. 6-8 hours, 1-2 meetings a week. Our scheduling is highly flexible. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. APPLY

  • Director of Advocacy

    < Back to Open Positions Director of Advocacy Volunteer San Diego and/or Remote APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. ABOUT THE ROLE The Director of Advocacy is in charge of high-level plans, oversight, and execution of advocacy-related action, which is designed to further youth interests at all levels of our political system. They oversee the Assistant Director of Policy & Action and the Assistant Director of Research to guide Our Time to Act United's advocacy agenda and impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth across the state and nation. REQUIREMENTS Prior relevant experience required. Demonstrates strong goal management, team building, and interpersonal skills. Exemplifies strong leadership qualities. High school student or beyond. 10-12 hours, 3-4 meetings a week. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. APPLY

  • Assistant Direct of the Advocate Academy

    < Back to Open Positions Assistant Direct of the Advocate Academy Volunteer South Bay Area APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. ABOUT THE ROLE The Assistant Director of the Advocate Academy heads the Advocate Academy program, created to inspire youth advocacy. They aid youth in finding their voice and influence within politics, as well as creating a network through the Advocate Academy to represent the best interests of youth. REQUIREMENTS Prior relevant experience preferred. Demonstrates ability to develop a curriculum and guide the development of a target audience. Exemplifies strong leadership qualities. High school student or beyond. 8-10 hours, 2-3 meetings a week. Our scheduling is highly flexible. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. APPLY

  • Housing Justice Organizer

    < Back to Open Positions Housing Justice Organizer Staff Position (Volunteer) San Diego, CA, USA APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before May 31st. ABOUT THE ROLE Housing Justice Organizers will build and practice skills in organizing and mobilizing at the grassroots level. This will be achieved with peer-to-peer learning and leadership opportunities. Housing Justice Organizers will participate in the general workload and strategizing of executing the housing project areas. This work will involve educational and organizing campaigns, and participating and mobilizing for direct actions. Job Summary: Attend weekly work & check-in meetings with Housing Projects Director and other Housing Justice Organizers. Attend weekly open-to-the-public meetings of the Pro-Housing Creative Action Collective. Be prepared to research and become quite familiar with topics related to housing, transportation, and land-use policy. Using familiarity with housing, transportation, and land-use policy to help strategize for and create educational materials, campaigns, and direct actions. Sending follow-up emails, texts, and other reminders to have continuous follow-up with community partners and volunteers. Participating in the planning and preparation for community events, tabling, and other direct actions. Mobilizing for and attending community events, tabling, and other direct actions. Bringing yourself and your passion to your work, actively contributing to the planning and execution of project areas using authentic leadership. Providing other assistance as needed. Successful active communication with the Housing Projects Director and timely completion of assigned tasks and expectations. Pay Rate: Volunteer Position Hours Per Week: Up to 20 hours per week (most weeks will be less than this). These hours are mostly flexible except for required weekly meetings. During specific campaigns or running up to events, hours may increase and become less flexible. You are not expected to work late hours, and some weekends may be required, especially for some events. Benefits: Though this position is volunteer, there are many potential benefits. At Our Time To Act United we value building fellow youth up and helping connect them with individuals and opportunities that will help them reach their goals and aspirations. We value your service and perspective in our organization and will work with you to ensure we can support you as well. Desired Start Date: As soon as possible. Priority is given to applicants who can start work on or by June 5th, 2023. REQUIREMENTS Youth, 15 - 25 years old Basic knowledge of how to use Google Drive applications (Gmail, Docs, Forms, Calendar, Slides, Sheets, etc.) Basic knowledge of Slack, the communications platform Attention to detail and deadlines Ability to communicate well with others, including fellow organizers and the public Ability to work successfully with a team Ability to maintain confidentiality Some ability to attend in-person events when necessary, weekly meetings may be attended via Zoom if necessary but some work may be required on-site. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION OTTA United is a youth-founded, youth-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission to organize powerful youth for an inclusive, equitable, and sustainable future. OTTA United values authenticity and passion. We play the role of coalition builders and mentors within our communities, sharing knowledge, resources, credit, and impact. And as a justice-oriented, impact-driven, and people-centered organization, our perspective grounds us with who we serve and the work we do while advancing our mission. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Here are some things to keep in mind: Our team values flexibility and taking initiative over structure and top-down delegation. This philosophy is not a good fit for all, so we want to be clear upfront. If you thrive in dynamic, open environments, this is the place for you. We value meaningful impact and support. We seek to authentically serve both our audience and our team members alike. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization are growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve, at all levels of our organization! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow us to be an effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. We prefer personability over professionalism, at least in internal settings. APPLY

  • Assistant Director of the Local Leaders Program

    < Back to Open Positions Assistant Director of the Local Leaders Program Volunteer South Bay Area APPLY Rolling application. Priority given to applications submitted before September 30th. ABOUT THE ROLE The Assistant Director of Local Leaders directs the Local Leaders program, a hands-on community project designed to empower high school students in partnership with Title 1 schools. They are responsible for coordination between the Local Leader program’s Site Coordinators, Program Managers, and members. Additionally, they oversee our middle school tutoring program. REQUIREMENTS Prior relevant experience preferred. Demonstrates ability to develop a curriculum and guide the development of a target audience. Exemplifies strong leadership qualities. High school student or beyond. 8-10 hours, 2-3 meetings a week. Our scheduling is highly flexible. Values cooperation, creativity, growth-mindset. Exhibits organization, diligence, and dedication. Passion for youth empowerment. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION While pursuing our mission of youth empowerment, Our Time to Act United understands the importance of fostering a safe, welcoming, and positive environment for all. As such, the actions we take align with our values as an organization and as individuals. We value meaningful impact. We always seek to genuinely support those that we serve and the people within our organization. We are committed to being an inclusive and diverse group of people. These values are reflected in our hiring practices, decision-making, and programs. Our team and organization is growth-minded and development-focused. We always have room to improve! Our organization promotes honesty, communication, and integrity. These values allow for us to be a cooperative, productive, and effective team. We praise creativity and ingenuity. Nothing is more exciting than thinking outside of the box or challenging the status quo. Applications are a two-way street. We make our values as an organization clear to you in order to make sure our team is the right fit—and we hope we are! Do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions regarding our organization, values, workplace environment, or the application process. APPLY

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