Worker's Rights Associate Organizer - Williamsburg

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/5/2021 3:02 PM)
Job ID
2021-1869
# 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) (workersjustice.org) was founded in 2010 to address the racial and economic injustices that low-wage immigrant workers face in New York City 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 Workers’ Rights Associate Organizer works from WJP‘s Sunset Park and/or Williamsburg Worker Centers. The Associate works directly supporting a team of organizers who are ready to strengthen and expand WJP’s membership, win concrete and transformative workplace campaign victories, and significantly contribute to long-term movement building in New York City and beyond. The ideal candidate will not only align themselves with WJP’s vision and mission but will have a proven track-record of organizing experience and administrative understanding of processes and will follow through to the last detail. The Associate is a key thought partner in shaping WJP’s overall organizational development strategy and vision.

 

Essential Functions

 

Worker Organizing

  • Work with team members to develop meeting agendas and facilitate meetings to engage workers;
  • Participate in regular worker and membership meetings to provide opportunities for members to discuss internal operational issues, learn about the political process, discuss current events impacting the community and to identify upcoming advocacy and organizing opportunities;
  • Provide administrative process support to WJP leadership and staff, including developing and presenting training series, membership meetings and other forms of member engagement;
  • Provide assistance in facilitating workshops for workers about their labor rights, pertaining primarily to issues of wage theft, discrimination and workplace health and safety;
  • Identify and help build WJP’s base and develop WJP members through one-on-ones. Set one-on-one meetings with new workers members identified through outreach and walk-ins;
  • Conduct targeted street outreach to workers. Find new contacts by making worksite visits and other general community outreach;
  • Conduct regular outreach to build awareness and increase member participation in new organizing initiatives;
  • Motivate and obtain commitment from workers, and support workers to take direct action in their workplaces, to file complaints and to educate their co-workers about their rights.

Leadership Development

  • Outreach members to participate in organizing activities and events;
  • Facilitate workers’ rights workshops;
  • Collaborate with staff and member leaders to develop and promote leadership and empowerment of domestic and other workers;
  • Support building partnerships with community organizations, local elected officials, and other institutions.

Health and Safety the WJP Workplace

  • Follow all WJP health and safety protocols while working on-site as an Essential employee.

Qualifications

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

  • Current or former WJP volunteer or member;
  • A commitment to WJP’s mission, vision and values and our workers and worker justice;
  • Basic knowledge of New York State and Federal labor and employment laws;
  • Excellent people and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities at the same time;
  • Proficiency knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.) and other applications (Google Aps.) and equipment operation such as copiers, fax machines and telephones;
  • Administrative and organizational skills necessary to carry out the 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;
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in popular education methods, immigrant rights and social justice;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills in English and Spanish. Spanish fluency is required;
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills;
  • Dedication and ability to work a flexible schedule including early mornings, evenings, and/or weekends as needed;
  • Special interest in building power among low-income people of color to fight for social economic and racial justice.

Additional Information

 

This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week), non-exempt position. The position will require working some early mornings, evenings, and/or weekends as needed and will travel periodically once COVID-19 restricted are lifted. The Associate is required to work on-site and regularly on evenings and weekends. The work performed is deemed Essential, as the Associate is responsible for ensuring that activities are conducted professionally, in a culturally sensitive manner, and are consistent with WJP’s (NY State and City) Covid-19 safety protocols and organizational mission.

 

Physical Demands/Work Environment

 

The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.

 

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

Compensation and Benefits

 

Location: Work will be primarily performed at the Williamsburg Worker Center - 365 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211. Work is not eligible for remote work.

Benefits: This position is eligible for a full benefits package including:

  • Generous Paid-Time-Off (PTO): 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 1 week personal holiday, and sick time for full-time staff;
  • 80% Employer-paid, $0 deductible Health Insurance through Harvard Pilgrim;
  • Low-cost Guardian Dental and Vision;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) for Health and Dependent Care;
  • Employer-paid Life, Long- and Short-Term Disability Insurance;
  • Employer-paid Pension through TIAA;
  • ...and more!

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

 

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/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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