ROC CA ORGANIZER

Job Type

Full Time

Published

10/18/2018

Address

Oakland
California
United States

Description

Northern California,  CA – ROC CA ORGANIZER


Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) has grown into a national organization with more than 30,000 restaurant worker members in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. In California, we are building a movement to win workplace justice campaigns and are advancing “One Fair Wage” (OFW) legislation that will raise wages for restaurant workers, address sexual harassment, and help eradicate occupational segregation (based on race and gender) in the restaurant industry.


ABOUT ROC The Bay


The Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay Area (ROC-The Bay) is an affiliate worker center of ROC-United that was founded in 2013 in Oakland, California. We have over 300 worker members and dozens of restaurant employers throughout the Bay Area. Our mission is ​to promote and ensure a just and dignified workplace in restaurants throughout the Bay Area and to build a strong and unified community of restaurant workers. We operate the COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers (CHOW) job training program that trains over 125 low-income workers.

Our programs and areas of work include:

  1. COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers (CHOW)​ is a hands on job training program with an advanced multi-tiered curriculum that trains over 125 workers annually. The goal of CHOW is to help train low-wage workers of color to move into higher paid positions in the restaurant industry such as serving and bartending.
  2. Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment (RAISE)​ is our “high-road” employer network for restaurant owners who are committed to higher standards in the restaurant industry.
  3. COLORS Oakland​ is the restaurant ROC is opening as part of the Restore Oakland project by 2019. COLORS will be a full service restaurant, but also regional training center that will train hundreds of Bay Area residents annually and help place them in higher paying jobs in the industry.
  4. The Racial Equity Project​ is a pilot program that seeks to desegregate the local restaurant industry by providing worker and management training, employer and consumer de-biasing strategies.
  5. One Fair Wage 2.0​ is led by ROC-CA (ROC-the Bay and ROC-LA) and engages restaurant worker members in strategic organizing and policy campaigns that will advance the rights of restaurant workers in California.

ABOUT THE ROC CALIFORNIA CAMPAIGN


The Restaurant Opportunities Centers of  California (ROC CA) is a campaign partnership between ROC LA and ROC the Bay. ROC the Bay was founded in 2013 in Oakland, California. We have over 300 worker members and dozens of restaurant employers throughout the Bay Area. We operate the COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers (CHOW) job training program with an advanced multi-tiered curriculum that trains over 100 workers annually. ROC the Bay’s mission is to promote and ensure a just and dignified workplace in restaurants throughout the Bay Area and to build a strong and unified community of restaurant workers.



POSITION OVERVIEW

We are looking for a dedicated organizer who will help advance ROC’s movement building goals. The ROC CA Organizer (based in Northern California) position will continue to strengthen ROC’s statewide organizing capacity by advancing ROC CA’s “One Fair Wage” Campaign. The ROC CA Organizer will: (1) organize in key areas throughout Northern California and the Central Valley to advance California’s OFW 2.0 Campaign; (2) provide policy advocacy support for the campaign’s multiple constituencies; and (3) help develop ROC CA’s High Road employer association with the support of the Northern California RAISE Associate.


RESPONSIBILITIES:


The ROC California Organizer will:

  • Grow and develop ROC CA’s employer membership base and a cross-sector coalition to advance California’s One Fair Wage 2.0 campaign(s).
  • This includes: strategically engaging in weekly outreach to restaurants, and engaging worker leaders in doing the same; recruiting employers to hire graduates from our job training program; recruiting restaurant employers to join our ongoing campaign efforts; engaging in organizing strategies and campaigns as needed; and collecting dues from employer members.
  • Collaborate with ROC-Bay Organizers to:
  • organize CHOW Graduation & Job Fairs for each graduating session of classes.
  • maintain a 60%-70% placement or promotion rate for graduating trainees.
  • Work with the ROC’s organizing team, worker and employer members of ROC CA, and local allies to advance the mission of ROC CA and to advance the OFW 2.0 campaign.
  • Advance CA OFW 2.0 campaign organizing efforts, particularly around engaging employer partners, and provide strategic organizing input to overall campaign strategy.
  • Develop leadership membership engagement and political consciousness among restaurant employers through training, relationship building, and shared experiences.
  • Strategically identify and engage local community allies.


It will be important if you are good at:

  • Building relationships with a diverse set of people and finding and learning the unique skills and talents that they could contribute to our programs and campaigns
  • Inspiring and motivating leaders and activists and your coworkers. You are an exceptional communicator both orally and in written form.
  • Taking responsibility for your work and will think of creative ways to surmount obstacles.
  • Organizing and are committed to mentoring people to be agents of their own liberation.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:


  • Demonstrated Commitment to Intersectional Justice: Commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and a willingness to work collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations.
  • Mission Orientation: Personal and professional alignment with ROC United’s mission and vision, with a strong analysis of and commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and familiarity with the progressive field.
  • Teamplayer: Ability to work closely with colleagues to build teamwork through open communications.
  • Detail-oriented Project Management Skills: Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities and drive projects from ideas to planning to action.
  • Inclination: Willingness and openness to learn and grow
  • Skills:
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with an emphasis on persuasive writing.
  • Significant experience in statewide policy advocacy efforts;
  • Demonstrated commitment to advocating on behalf of low-wage workers;

Organizing experience is preferred;

  • Policy campaign experience is a must;
  • Restaurant work experience is strongly preferred; and
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Tagalog, and/or Cantonese is strongly preferred.


Women, people of color, people with disabilities / disabled people, Trans* & Gender Queer/Gender Variant people, LGBTIQ, formerly incarcerated people and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.



Benefits

Health and Dental insurance after 90 days 

Level of Language Proficiency

Women, people of color, people with disabilities / disabled people, Trans* & Gender Queer/Gender Variant people, LGBTIQ, formerly incarcerated people and immigrants are strongly encouraged to apply.


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and at least three references to Kathy Hoang at kathy@rocunited.org.




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