WORKPLACE JUSTICE LEAD ORGANIZER

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/27/2018

Address

Make the Road New York
301 Grove Street
Brooklyn
NY
11237
United States

Description

WORKPLACE JUSTICE LEAD ORGANIZER


Current Opening:

Make the Road New York (MRNY) and its sister 501(c)(4) organization, Make the Road Action (MRA) are seeking a full-time Lead Organizer to direct the worker and economic justice organizing initiatives of the two sister organizations. The position is ideal for an experienced community and/or labor organizer interested in building a feisty, resilient, democratic organization to win enforceable workplace rights and help transform the power dynamics of our economy. The Lead will work within MRNY’s 501c3 Organizing Department to support and supervise the multi-sector workplace justice committees based in each of the organization’s community centers, nurture the leadership of our members, and lead city- and state-wide campaigns for workers’ rights. They will have the support of a full Occupational Health & Safety education and research program (supervised by the new hire themself), as well as a team of attorneys experienced in legislative drafting, strategic litigation, and movement lawyering. S/he will also work through Make the Road Action to lead and expand our program of innovative sector-specific worker organizing, through local, regional and national campaigns, largely in a labor-community partnership model. Make the Road Action has a national reach, and the new hire will coordinate the work with sister organizations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Nevada as well as other labor and community allies across the country and internationally.


Specific responsibilities include the following:

·      Oversee Make the Road New York’s workplace justice and economic justice policy and organizing work.

·      Coordinate a team of organizers, member leaders, trainers, researchers and attorneys to develop and implement a vision for building workplace power through innovative equivalents to collective bargaining, worker center-style organizing, legislative and policy campaigns, training & education, and enforcement strategies.

·      Support experienced organizers in taking on leadership of the different components of the overall strategy. Handle all hiring and training for the program, with support from Co-Executive Director and Co-Director of Organizing.

·      Supervise and support experienced organizers who staff the multi-sector workers’ committees within Make the Road New York’s multi-issue organizing model.

·      Supervise and support experienced organizers who staff sector-specific organizing campaigns, in partnership with other labor and community organizations, including current campaigns focused on e-commerce, delivery, and logistics.

·      Build resilient long-term alliances with coalition partners in order to coordinate city, state, regional and national campaigns. Support staff organizers in helping to lead these campaigns.

·      Engage multiple stakeholders involved in workplace justice issues in order to build MRNY’s and MRA’s program – including member leaders, elected officials, labor and community allies, funders, and the media.

·      Create and facilitate leadership development approaches, curricula, and activities. Work with experienced organizers and advanced leaders to chart plans for their next phase of growth in the work, and support them in taking on new leadership.

·      As member of Make the Road New York’s Strategic Planning team and lead organizer team, and senior leadership of Make the Road Action, participate in developing and implementing a vision for collective power building across all areas of work of both organizations; support organization-wide and team-wide activities in issue areas other than workers’ rights. 


Qualifications:

We are looking for a strategic organizer and creative thinker with exceptional management skills and the ability to lead complex campaigns and build and sustain long-term strategic coalitions. The new hire will work primarily in MRNY’s offices in Brooklyn and Queens, but must be ready to travel to Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Albany and throughout the country from time to time.


The successful candidate must have:

·      At least five years experience in community organizing and/or union organizing (ideally both);

·      A deep commitment to growing democratic base-building organizations and to building worker power in the US Economy;

·      The proven ability to move workers or community leaders and activists through fear and develop their leadership;

·      Proven ability to lead winning campaigns;

·      At least two years of supervision or lead organizer experience;

·      Proven coalition coordination skills and excellent ability to build relationships of trust with long-term allies;

·      Strong interpersonal and communications skills with an emphasis on navigating coalition dynamics, supporting member / worker leadership, and supervising staff;

·      The ability to work and supervise staff in both Spanish and English;

·      The ability to lead and support others’ leadership within a multi-racial organization that has made concrete commitments to elevating the leadership of frontline communities at all levels of organizational leadership;

·      A hunger to learn and experiment as part of a supportive team.


How to Apply:

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to workerlead@maketheroadny.org

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position is for immediate hire. If you do not receive a response within 5 days confirming receipt of your application, feel free to contact Deborah.Axt@maketheroadny.org to follow up on your submission.


Starting compensation is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. This position will likely qualify for a salary between $75,000 and $85,000 – and a candidate with exceptional experience may make possible additional resources for a higher salary level. MRNY offers a generous package of vacation, personal, sick days, paid parental leave, excellent benefits coverage and flexible work schedule. The work environment is team-oriented, dynamic, fast-paced, experimental, and supportive.


Make the Road New York would like to thank all applicants; however only qualified applicants will be contacted. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or marital status. 

Benefits

Starting compensation is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. This position will likely qualify for a salary between $75,000 and $85,000 – and a candidate with exceptional experience may make possible additional resources for a higher salary level. MRNY offers a generous package of vacation, personal, sick days, paid parental leave, excellent benefits coverage and flexible work schedule. The work environment is team-oriented, dynamic, fast-paced, experimental, and supportive.

Level of Language Proficiency

Ability to supervise staff in both Spanish and English

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply:

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to workerlead@maketheroadny.org

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Position is for immediate hire. If you do not receive a response within 5 days confirming receipt of your application, feel free to contact Deborah.Axt@maketheroadny.org to follow up on your submission.


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