Worker’s Justice Project (WJP), a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks, 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. The Organizer plays a predominant role in planning, developing, and carrying out organizing campaigns.
Essential Job Functions
- Works closely with other WJP staff – The Organizer must collaborate on an ongoing basis with other WJP staff. This involves regular meetings and coordination;
- Leads and develops project and/or campaign specific meetings – The Organizer creates work plans and leads strategic sessions with other staff and/or worker members;
- The Organizer is responsible to create a work plan, campaign time lines, and events required to achieve her/his project and campaign goals;
- Community and workers outreach and recruitment – Conduct consistent and targeted street outreach of workers;
- Organizes workshops and leadership development trainings– Organizes, develops, mentors, and facilitates workshops to develop the skills of members and leaders;
- Partnership work – Invests 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. Represents the organization at these coalitions;
- Base-building events – Creates 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 themselves to Worker’s 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.
- 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;
- Ability to manage multiple projects;
- Proficiency with Microsoft office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Mail, etc.)
Hours and Compensation
This is a full-time, exempt position. Generous benefits, including medical and dental, sick days, and vacation benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. The position requires travel periodically as well as working some weekends.
We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and cover letter.
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