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Ohio Citizen Action (OCA) is the premier grassroots mobilizing and organizing team in the Midwest. Ohio Citizen Action educates, organizes and mobilizes people to advocate for public interests. In person, by phone, and online, we engage people in actions that protect public health, improve environmental quality, and benefit consumers. Our campaigns connect Ohioans and build a movement to protect democracy and create a sustainable future. Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund (OCAEF) is the 501(c)(3) non-profit research and education affiliate of OCA. Both were founded in 1975.
We understand that informed and engaged citizens create the best possible hedge against abuses of government and corporate power, which lie at the heart of most injustice. Therefore, public education and engagement form the foundation of our success. For more than four decades, we’ve developed our outreach model to integrate field canvassing and follow-up phone canvassing with online organizing. Through each of these methods, we educate people on a particular issue, urge them to take a specific action step, such as writing a letter to a decision maker, and ask them to contribute money to fund our campaigns. These investments keep us accountable to Ohioans.
Ohio Citizen Action’s Core Values
• Leadership • Transparency • Accountability • Self-determination • Inspiration • Creative problem-solving • Honesty • Positive change • People over profits
Ohio Citizen Action/Ohio Citizen Action Education Fund has long recognized the benefits of a “strength-in-numbers” strategy, which activates diverse people and organizations with common cause to advocate for the public interest. We further recognize the inequitable distribution of environmental and consumer burdens and benefits and seek to improve the balance of power between decision-makers and people affected by their decisions. In order to more fully accomplish our mission, we have made a commitment to diversity and inclusion which is apparent in our organizational structure, policies, board of directors, staff, donors, goals, and vision. We welcome the participation of people from diverse races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, political persuasions, sexual orientations, ages, physical abilities, socio-economic backgrounds and parental situations. Just as in nature, our organization, mission and movement all benefit from the greatest possible diversity, as it equips us to adapt to an ever-changing landscape of challenges and opportunities.
Health – All permanent full-time employees are entitled to and eligible for health insurance coverage. Coverage begins on the 30th day of employment. The employee benefit is 50% of the cost of single coverage
Dental – All permanent, full-time employees are entitled to and eligible for dental insurance coverage. Coverage begins on the 30th day of employment. The employee benefit is 80% of the cost of coverage.
Life Insurance – All permanent full-time employees are entitled to and eligible for life insurance coverage offered and paid for by employer. Our current policy offers $25,000 coverage. Coverage begins on the 30th day of employment.
Vision – All permanent, full-time employees are entitled to and eligible for dental insurance coverage. Coverage begins on the 30th day of employment. The employee benefit is 80% of the cost of coverage.
Vacation - Full-time employees receive an annual vacation of 10 working days.
Sick - An employee accrues 1 sick day/quarter, for a total of 4 per year.
Paid Holidays – New Years Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
Family Sick Leave – Employees with more than one year of seniority are eligible for up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave to care for an immediate family member who is suffering from an extended illness. Health benefits will continue for the employee during this time at the same cost to them.
It is the policy of Ohio Citizen Action to comply with all federal and state laws concerning the employment of persons with disabilities and to act in accordance with regulations and guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Furthermore, it is the organizational policy not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in regard to application procedures, hiring, advancement, discharge, compensation, training or other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.