• Co-op Developer and Community Organizer

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(9/20/2019 2:50 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy
    Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
    Location : Name
    Worker's Justice Project
  • Overview

    Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) (www.workersjustice.org) 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 skill-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. Workers Justice Project is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks (www.tsne.org).


    The Co-op Developer/Organizer is responsible for providing leadership skills, technical assistance and educational services to low-income workers and potential worker-owners. The developer will conduct leadership development trainings and offer technical assistance in business development planning. Additionally, the coop developer/ organizer will engage workers in Workers Justice Project’s organizing campaigns, program and worker leadership development, and plays an important role in applying and serving as a model of the principles of the workers and their organizations, those being unity and membership-based growth. The position requires travel periodically as well as some evening and weekend work.  This position will be based in our Williamsburg office and will also travle to our Bensonhurst office. 


    Essential Job Responsibilities


    Worker Coop Development

    The Co-op Developer is responsible for the development of a menu of service options for members and potential worker owners that will grow their cooperatives and help them reach their goals. The Co-op Developer would be an innovative and out of the box thinker capable of conducting thorough assessments of business operations and governance structures; helping co-ops troubleshoot problems as they arise; connecting co-ops with new opportunities; and holding them accountable to their promises.

    • Survey potential new worker owners to identify needs
    • Coordinate trainings for new potential worker-owners on specialized topics as needed
    • Coordinate mediation for cooperatives as needed
    • Identify resources and opportunities that can support the growth and development of WJP member cooperatives
    • Compile and share best practices on cooperative governance and business operations.
    • Schedule and confirm location, dates, guest speakers, agenda, and attendees for quarterly co-op assemblies

     Workforce Development Trainings, Program Management, & Outreach

    • Based on collective observations and historically identified needs, work with team members to scope, plan, develop, implement, and document workforce development trainings and programming, which include: job skills trainings, vocational trainings, workforce preparation, pre- apprenticeship referrals, life skills workshops, financial literacy, occupational health and safety trainings, and English language instruction.
    • Coordinates and maintains job skills, educational trainings program (bookkeeping, business plan development, marketing) with worker leaders and community partners and subcontractors.
    • Incorporates popular education and teaching methodologies into the trainings and workshops.

    Advocacy, Leadership Development & Social Justice Organizing

    • Serve as a lead staff Organizers to engage workers and members in organizing campaigns for Workers Justice Project (WJP).
    • Convene and facilitate committees, meetings and general assemblies with workers as needed.
    • Facilitate dialogue and education for day laborers about their legal rights and responsibilities.
    • Work in collaboration with staff and member leaders to develop and promote leadership and empowerment of day laborers and other workers.
    • Promote democratic decision-making processes.
    • Maintain and nourish positive community and public relations with visitors to the workers centers including: police, neighbors, volunteers, the press, medical and legal representatives and other institutions including churches, unions, and local businesses.
    • Conflict resolution - The Organizer must be adept in identifying, managing, aiding and facilitating both internal and external conflict resolution.
    • Organize and engage members and others in direct action organizing.


    • Oversee and maintain data management and record keeping and prepare weekly and monthly activity and data reports.
    • Answer phones and field calls when at the worksites.
    • Provide interpretation/translation of job requirements for laborers and worker members.
    • Participate in weekly staff meetings and all other relevant meetings.
    • Perform other responsibilities as needed.


    We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.

    • A strong interest/background in worker-cooperative business development, community organizing, worker/immigrant rights and
    • 1-3 years experience with social group work including meeting facilitation and coordination, democrativ decision-making and mediation.
    • Ability to learn quickly and be interested in developing a variety of new skills; be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; have the ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
    • Willingness to engage with the cooperative members, the customers of the coops, and other individuals and organizations supporting the development of cooperative businesses.
    • Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated experience of written an oral presentation skills.
    • BA or MA level in Social Work, Sociology, Community Development, Business, Public Administration or other related fields, preferred.
    • Business development experience valued.
    • Experience with community organizing.
    • Experience with working in Latinx immigrant communities.
    • Must be a strong verbal and written communicator in both English and Spanish. 

    TSNE MissionWorks/Worker's Justice Project envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE MissionWorks actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.


    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Worker's Justice Project will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.  


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