Worker’s Justice Project (WJP), a fiscally-sponsored project of Third Sector New England (TSNE), was founded in 2010 to address the racial and economic injustices that day laborers face by building collective power to win institutional change. WJP runs a long-standing worker’s center in South Brooklyn and organizes female day laborers in Williamsburg through our Women’s Economic Justice Initiative. We promote justice and opportunity for low-wage immigrant workers in New York City by pushing for systematic enforcement and expansion of workplace protections including labor and occupational health and safety standards, advocating for industry-specific efforts to improve working conditions, offer skills-building training to workers in health & safety and industry-specific areas, and educating immigrant communities about their rights in the workplace and how to exercise those rights.
The Organizer is responsible for outreach, recruit, and retention of worker members. The Organizer provides strategic leadership in the development of organizational base building plans, enlists WJP members leaders and volunteers in these movement building efforts, and trains and supports members in developing their leadership roles in the movement.
Essential Job Functions
- Work closely with other WJP staff – The worker organizer must collaborate on an ongoing basis with other WJP staff. This involves regular meetings and coordination;
- Community and workers outreach and recruitment – Conduct consistent and targeted street outreach of workers;
- Organize workshops and leadership development trainings – Organize and facilitate workshops to develop the skills of members and leaders;
- Partnership work – Invest time and energy in building and maintaining WJP’s relations with key coalitions and partner organizations. This involves attending meetings and inviting new and old members to partnership meetings, and reaching out to and inviting unengaged organizations to become more involved in supporting the movement;
- Base-building events – Create events and spaces that are educational and contribute to movement building that include entertainment and friendly, supportive socializing;
- Create spaces for workers to demonstrate their leadership and foster empower and ownership over their organization;
- Collective identity - Aid worker members and leaders into developing a collective identity and integrate them to Workers Justice Project;
- Follow-Up – Work with WJP staff to develop more systematic ways to ensure follow up of new contacts, current members, and lapsed members;
- New member orientation & member tracking – Coordinate and conduct individual and group new member orientations. Track members’ involvement in our database and hard copy systems;
- Conflict resolution - The organizer needs to be able to manage, aid, and facilitate in internal and conflict resolution;
- Organize and engage in direct action organizing.
- Local travel periodically, required;
- Available to work some weekends.
- Commitment to WJP’s mission, vision, values, workers, and worker justice;
- Familiarity and direct experience with immigrant workers;
- 2-5 years community, immigrant, and/or labor organizing experience;
- Bilingual in Spanish, required;
- Strong verbal and written communication skills;
- Basic knowledge in New York and Federal labor and employment laws;
- Excellent people and relationship building skills;
- Ability to manage multiple projects;
- Proficiency with Microsoft office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Mail, etc.)
The starting salary for this position is $45,000. A generous benefits package is included.
We strongly encourage online applications. A resume and cover letter are required.
We also accept applications by mail or fax. Apply by mail to: Third Sector New England, Attn: Employment Manager, NonProfit Center, 89 South Street, Boston, MA 02111; or send by fax to: 617.896.9393.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE and Worker’s Justice Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.