The Worker’s Justice Project (WJP), a fiscally sponsored program of Third Sector New England (TSNE), is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to 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, and educating immigrant communities about their rights in the workplace and how to exercise those rights. WJP’s strategic plan guides our programmatic focus on: (1) organizing immigrant day laborers, (2) developing a worker’s center for day laborers and domestic workers, (3) leading campaigns that advance immigrant workers’ rights, and (4) creating alternative economic initiatives for day- laborers and domestic workers.
The Workers’ Rights Organizer position is a full-time position organizing and empowering low wage workers to demand living wages and dignity on the job. The organizer will work along the side with other team members in developing a new infrastructure that will allow addressing wage theft and health and safety issues by engaging new workers, identifying potential leaders, and developing leadership to build power in their workplace and in their communities.
Essential Job Functions
- Coordinate the organization’s wage theft work;
- Mentor VALORS Worker’s Justice Project wage theft committee;
- Conduct worker outreach through contacts, day laborer corners, worker meetings, and at community locations;
- Motivate workers to take action within their campaign and to support other campaigns;
- Identify potential leaders and develop worker members’ leadership skills;
- Set up one-on-one meetings with worker members;
- Be persistent in obtaining commitments from workers;
- Help coordinate and support workers in engaging in direct action;
- Develop meeting agendas and facilitate meetings to engage workers;
- Build WJP’s membership;
- Meet regularly with the team of organizers to evaluate and improve work;
- Participate in creating new strategies to organize workers around wage theft, enforcement, and prevention;
- Meet regularly with supervisor to discuss strategies and check in on progress of the team;
- Flexible schedule including some early mornings, late evenings, and weekends
- Running campaigns to fight wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and improve wages using an array of strategies including policy advocacy, media, and ally mobilization;
- Coordinate and integrate with the broader WJP team;
- Conduct trainings around basic organizing, wage theft, health and safety, advocacy, amongst other trainings through popular education and peer to peer methodologies.
- Participate in planning and staffing WJP events;
- Create strategic ideas on how to move the campaign forward;
- Flexible to the needs of carrying out the organizational mission.
- This position requires travel periodically;
- Some weekends, required.
This is a full-time, hourly position. The annual salary for this position is $47,500. A generous benefits package is included.
The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
- 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.)
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