• Health and Safety & Community Organizer (Bilingual)

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1/17/2020 11:21 AM)
    Job ID
    2020-1524
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Community Development
    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 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. WJP is a fiscally-sponsored organization of TSNE (www.tsne.org).

    Responsibilities

    The Health & Safety/Community Organizer (Bilingual) will be working in both of our worker center locations [Williamsburg & Bensonhurst] in Brooklyn. The Organizer will have the privilege of working with and directly supporting a team of organizers and our member leaders who are ready to strengthen and expand WJP’s membership, win concrete, transformative workplace campaign victories, and contribute to long-term movement building in New York City and beyond. The ideal candidate will not only align with WJP’s vision and politics, but must also have a proven track-record of organizing experience, delegating among their team, and following through to the last detail. You will be a key thought partner in shaping and forwarding WJP’s overall organizational development, vision, and strategy. You must have native, or near-native fluency in the Spanish language.

     

    Primary Responsibilities

     

    Health & Safety Program Development

    • Provide mentorship and leadership development support to WJP ́s Safety Liaison Committee and other worker organizing programs through base-building, leadership development, worker outreach, campaign strategy, planning direct actions, and public policy campaigns on issues such as Health & Safety and Wage Theft;
    • Provide organizing support to staff and member leaders who are interested in organizing Health and Safety Committees;
    • Develop health and safety training resources and lead leadership development trainings and worker committee meetings;
    • Organize and coordinate calls and meetings among organizing and member leaders to plan campaign strategy, share best practices and resources, and encourage peer-learning;
    • Work with WJP ́s Safety Liaison Committee and organizing team training 500 day laborers in 40–Hour Site Safety Training every year;
    • Work with Safety Manager and WJP’s organizing team to develop a comprehensive organizing program for developing dues-paying membership with a leadership ladder, based on WJP ́s mission, vision and values;
    • Work with Safety Manager to develop escalating grassroots campaigns to win issue fights, while building WJP’s dues-paying membership base as the priority for those campaigns;
    • Work with Safety Manager to develop staff and member skill-based and political analysis and leadership capacities, by facilitating leadership programs, committee and distributed leadership structures, and creating curricula, tools and resources;
    • Coordinate with other staff to establish strong strategic and solidarity partnerships with other base–building organizations, labor and community-based organizations--and allies for movement building;
    • Coordinate with staff to implement administrative and operational aspects of WJP’s membership development efforts, including the collection of applications and dues, updating WJP’s database, and tracking and reporting membership, program, and campaign data for internal assessments as well as for contract and grant reporting.

    Leading/Supporting Campaigns

    • Lead workplace safety campaigns and legislative campaigns. Ensure that they are in alignment with WJP members’ leadership, political development, and participation;
    • Co-coordinate general field outreach as well as targeted industry and/or neighborhood outreach for organizing team and member leaders;
    • Represent and advocate for WJP’s membership and campaign interests externally. This can include participation in key coalitions as well as liaising with policy makers and other institutions.

    Team Management

    • Hold regular one-on-ones with members, develop and periodically assess individual member goals and committee work plans, and identify and provide ongoing member development in the form of individual and team tools, resources, and training;
    • Support the creation of a harmonious, sustainable, and effective work environment by developing trusting, genuine, and respectful relationships with all team members (in particular supervisees) and being able to identify and address individual/personal challenges faced by team members, track and evaluate team members’ workloads and promote sustainability, and promote healthy communication and conflict resolution among the team;
    • Serve as the main cheerleader, motivator, and mentor for organizing member leaders.

    This is an exempt, salaried position and reports to the Safety Manager. The organizer participates in weekly strategy team sessions and checks in approximately every two weeks with a supervisor to receive support in staff development and work plan implementation.

    Qualifications

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

    • Native or near-native fluency in the Spanish language is required;
    • An understanding of WJP’s mission and commitment to building the power of immigrant workers and their communities;
    • Familiarity with the Latinx immigrant community and their issues in and outside of the workplace;
    • Commitment to organizing for social justice and gender justice in a multiracial context and at least 5 years of demonstrated experience successfully organizing to create change, preferably with immigrant worker communities;
    • Strong community outreach, organizing and engagement skills - both at the grassroots (Latinx immigrant workers) and the grasstops (community organizations, unions, businesses, government agencies) levels;
    • Strong skills in advocacy of elected officials, agencies, and interest groups at the local and state levels;
    • Very strong oral and written ability in English;
    • Ability to work independently and within a team;
    • Dedication and ability to work on a flexible schedule, including some weekends, and some nights.

    TSNE/Workers 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 actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.

     

    As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Workers 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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