Day Laborer Organizer

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(11/9/2020 12:12 PM)
Job ID
2020-1716
# of Openings
1
Category
Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy
Type
Fiscal Sponsorship Organizations
Location : Name
Worker's Justice Project

Overview

The Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) (workersjustice.org) was founded in 2010 to address the racial and economic injustices that day laborers in Brooklyn, NY face, by building collective power to win institutional change. WJP, a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE (tsne.org), runs two long-standing worker’s centers in Brooklyn. We promote justice and opportunity for low-wage immigrant workers in New York City by pushing for systematic enforcement and expansion of workplace protections which include labor and occupational health and safety standards while advocating for industry-specific efforts to improve working conditions. WJP also offers skills-building training to workers in health & safety and industry-specific areas and we educate immigrant communities about their rights in the workplace and how to exercise those rights.

Responsibilities

The Day Laborer Organizer is responsible for driving the field and strategic campaigns to implement the labor protections for immigrant workers. The organizer will invest deeply in workplace organizing to advance the organization’s goals to uplift the dignity of low-income immigrant 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 organizer is required to work on-site as an Essential Employee and to work occasional evenings and weekends, ensuring that activities are conducted professionally, in a culturally-sensitive manner, safe and consistent with the mission and WJP’s COVID-19 safety protocols.  This position is temporary through June 30, 2021. Renewal is expected, contingent upon securing additional funding.

 

Workforce Development Trainings, Program Management, & Outreach

  • Plan, implement, and document workforce development training and programming, which include: job skill training, vocational training, workforce preparation, pre-apprenticeship referrals, life skills workshops, financial literacy, occupational health and safety training, and English language instruction;
  • Monitor workplaces to ensure safe workplace standards and fair wages; 
  • Coordinate day labor job skill training (i.e. painting, carpentry, sheetrock) with worker leaders and community partners;
  • Incorporate popular education methodology into training and workshops.  

 Day Laborer Center

  • Work in collaboration with staff, director, and worker leadership to create and implement a work plan of activities related to the overall objectives of the organization;
  • Assist employers, domestic workers, and day laborers to negotiate work agreements with their employers at their worksites in an organized and respectful manner; 
  • Ensure adherence of the rules and procedures accorded by the New York State Department of Labor;
  • Advocate for the needs and rights of domestic workers and day laborers directly with employers;
  • Assist in mediating and resolving conflicts between domestic workers, day laborers and employer;
  • Document incidents, events, problems, conflicts and resolutions that occur at worksites.

Advocacy, Leadership Development & Social Justice Organizing:

  • Serve as one of the primary staff Organizers engaging day laborers and domestic workers in the organizing campaigns of the Worker’s Justice Project;
  • Facilitate meetings with workers 3-4 times per month (mostly weekends) and as needed;
  • Facilitate dialogue and education for day laborers about their legal rights and responsibilities;
  • Work in collaboration with other staff and worker member leaders to develop and promote leadership and empowerment of day laborers and domestic workers;
  • Work in collaboration with other staff and worker member leaders in implementing a new membership structure that will unify and strengthen the membership-base;
  • Promote and facilitate civic participation and democratic decision-making processes. Maintain and nourish positive community public relations with visitors to the worker centers including police, neighbors, volunteers, press, medical and legal representatives and other institutions, such as churches, unions, and businesses.

Administrative

  • Prepare weekly and monthly activity and data reports;
  • Provide accurate, and up to date data management and record keeping;
  • Participate in weekly staff meetings and other activities;
  • Answer phones/field calls and triage, refer and/or resolve matters presented;
  • Provide interpretation/translation as needed.

Health and Safety in the WJP Workplace

  • Follow WJP’s safety protocols / safety rules while working on-site as an essential employee;
  • Uses good judgment to follow safety procedures;
  • Clean and use your own designated area or equipment;
  • Conduct health check-in with members before scheduling in-person appointments;
  • Use personal protective equipment at all times while working o site as an essential worker;
  • Provide members with relevant safety information and ensure personal protective equipment is used at all times while on site. Additionally, providing information related first aid, toilets, and wash facilities, and emergency arrangements. You may also want to provide relevant health and safety information to the public in the form of signage and/or a pre-event announcement;
  • Monitor risks while on site by having trained member leaders responsible for crown and traffic control. It is expected everyone using the space to sign in every time enter the space to monitor visitors and to mitigate risk.

Qualifications

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

  • Admnistrative 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/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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