• Domestic Worker Organizer

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(9/20/2019 2:19 PM)
    Job ID
    2019-1455
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy
    Type
    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).

     

    At Worker’s Justice Project (WJP), we are expanding our organizing strategy to build a voice for Domestic Workers. The overarching goals of WJP includes;

    • Grow WJP’s membership of domestic workers who can lead within a movement for a new economy and a new democracy.
    • Develop and implement leadership development and organizing strategies that can increase fertile ground for powerful victories for women and domestic workers.
    • Launch neighborhood and city-wide organizing campaigns
    • Build leadership and increase the skill set of emerging domestic workers leaders to uplift and address the issues faced by Low-income communities.

    Responsibilities

    Worker’s Justice Project is looking for an experienced organizer who is ambitious about building grassroots power for immigrant women workers. The organizer will drive the field and strategic campaigns to implement the labor protections for domestic workers. The organizer will invest deeply workplace organizing to advance the organization’s goals to uplift the dignity of domestic workers through base-building, leadership development, worker empowerment, rights implementation, strategic industry campaigns and policy wins.

     

    The Organizer also  engages 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.

     

    Essential Job Functions

     

    The Workers’ Rights Organizer (Organizer), based in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, is responsible for outreach, recruitment, and retention of WJP 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.

     

    Training and Lead WJP’s organizing strategy and workplace campaigns

    • Provide training and support organizing efforts of domestic workers and women seeking to address unsafe and unhealthy workplace conditions, discrimination, wage and hour violations, etc.
    • Identify and train domestic workers and women on health and safety regulations and organize Health and Safety Committees
    • Implementing and running internal membership apprentice programs;
    • Develop training resources and lead workshops as part of WJP’s leadership and organizing program.
    • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, including other worker center networks, unions, and faith-based organizations.
    • Contribute to the vision and direction of the WJP’s network as a whole.

    Advocacy, Leadership Development & Social Justice Organizing

    • Serve as a lead staff organizer to engage domestic workers and domestic worker members in organizing campaigns for Worker’s Justice Project (WJP).
    • Convene and facilitate committees, meetings and general assemblies with domestic workers as needed. Create a space in the committee where workers can make decisions about their plans, initiatives and campaigns.
    • Facilitate dialogue and education for domestic workers about their legal rights and responsibilities.
    • Incorporate popular education and teaching methodologies into the trainings and workshops for domestic workshops.
    • Conduct consistent and targeted street outreach to workers.
    • Work in collaboration with staff and member leaders to develop and promote leadership and empowerment of domestic workers and other workers.
    • Promote democratic decision-making processes.
    • Partnership work - Maintain and nourish positive community and public relations with neighbors, volunteers, the press, community organizations, 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.
    • 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 Workers Justice Project. 

    Administration

    • 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.

    Position information and work schedule

     

    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. 

    Qualifications

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

     

    Qualifications

    • Administrative and organizational skills necessary to carry out job description responsibilities
    • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
    • A belief in peoples’ ability to change their conditions and their communities
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Love of teamwork and a good team player while working in a collaborative work environment
    • Community organizing and popular education training
    • Ability to work effectively with people from a broad range of backgrounds including knowledge of and commitment to immigrant rights and social justice
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills in English and Spanish. Spanish fluency is required for this role
    • Strong meeting facilitation skills
    • Dedication and ability to work a flexible schedule including early morning hours and some Saturdays
    • A commitment to WJP’s mission, vision and values and our workers and worker justice
    • Familiarity and direct experience working with community and immigrant workers
    • 2 to 5 years of labor, immigration and/or community organizing experience
    • Basic knowledge of New York State and Federal labor and employment laws
    • Excellent people and relationship building skills
    • Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
    • Competent knowledge of social media, computer operations (Google Apps, Word, Excel, etc.) and equipment operation such as copiers, fax machines and telephones
    • Proficiency with Microsoft office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Mail, etc.)

    TSNE MissionWorks/Worker's Justice Projectenvisions 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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