Lead Worker's Rights Organizer

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Posted Date 2 months ago(8/19/2021 5:11 PM)
Job ID
2021-1882
# 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) 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 MissionWorks, 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 Lead Workers’ Rights Organizer works from WJP‘s Sunset Park and Williamsburg Worker Centers. The Lead 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 Lead is a key thought partner in shaping WJP’s overall organizational development strategy and vision.

This is a temporary 3 month position with the possibility of extension.

 

The Lead is required to work on-site and regularly on evenings and weekends. The work performed is deemed Essential, as the Lead 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.

 

General Organizational Support

  • Train and assist staff in identifying, recruiting, developing, and partnering with leaders to successfully implement the mission, goals and work of WJP;
  • Oversee, coordinate, supervise and lead teams of staff and members in developing and implementing industry vision, programs, and campaigns;
  • Help develop and direct campaigns to resolve workplace issues;
  • Assist staff/lead campaigns and actions;
  • Guide integration of politics, community relationships and organizing support into the daily work of staff;
  • Participate in and/or lead new organizing and political campaigns, as needed;
  • Evaluate staff/develop and implement staff development plans;
  • As part of supervisory team, contribute to organizational vision and manage the local’s strategic plans and campaigns;
  • Plan and run comprehensive organizing and workplace campaigns, as assigned;
  • Keep track of data, activities, material other information, as needed;
  • Support in preparing quarterly reports and other reports, as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Rights Implementation

  • Lead industry-specific campaigns to implement and enforce the labor rights of low-wage immigrant workers;
  • Identify cases that may be lifted to become visible impact campaigns in the industry, sending a message to workers that they have rights and options to assert those rights, and a message to employers that there are consequences to violating the rights of workers; 
  • Manage case inquiries and case intakes for workers that reach out to the coalition to understand their rights as domestic workers and provide affiliate organizations support with individual worker cases.

Policy Advocacy

  • Organize lobby days including recruitment of members, training of lobby captains, coordination of lobby visits, collection of reports, and tracking of information on legislators to inform targeted messaging and strategies; 
  • Coordinate internal trainings and the creation of capacity building materials for the coalition’s policy campaigns, including developing educational curriculum and written materials;
  • Educate coalition steering committee on key policies, opportunities and threats impacting domestic workers;
  • Manage Letters of Support for bills that the Coalition identifies as a priority;
  • Represent WJP in key alliances and meetings .

 Building Worker Power

  • Work with team members to develop meeting agendas and facilitate 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;
  • Support WJP’s annual operations calendars and manuals across all areas of work;
  • 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;
  • 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.

Reporting to this Position

 

Worker's Rights Organizers, Associates, and Assistants

 

Position Information and Work Schedule

 

This is a full-time (37.5 hours/week); 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.

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.

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

Benefits: This position is temporary (3 months) and is not eligible for benefits.

 

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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