Bilingual (English/Spanish) Organizer - Washington, DC
- Job posted by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Details: Salary commensurate on experience.
District of Columbia
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 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. Throughout the country, ROC is
organizing restaurant workers, employers, and consumers to win ‘One Fair Wage’ legislation and
ballot measures that will raise wages for restaurant workers and end wage discrimination for
tipped workers, who are largely women and disproportionately people of color.
ABOUT ROC-DC & OFW
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) is an affiliate worker center of ROC
United that was founded in September 2009 and is dedicated to raising labor standards and
working conditions across the restaurant industry.
We are looking for a dedicated individual who will organize workers to build power and achieve
a more just and dignified DC restaurant industry. Under this individual’s mentorship, workers
will learn how to organize their coworkers, draft petitions and run actions. To win the One Fair
Wage campaign, the organizer will build partnerships with a variety of unions and community
The ROC-DC Organizer will strengthen ROC’s organizing capacity and will focus on: (1) the
recruitment and retainment of worker leaders, (2) assisting in OFW campaign needs, (3) adding
spanish-language capacity, (4) supporting the successful expansion of the CHOW hospitality job
training and placement program and (5) building and maintaining relationships with high-road
Under the supervision of the Lead Organizer, the ROC-DC Organizer will:
● Grow and develop ROC-DC’s worker membership and leadership significantly to
advance DC’s OFW campaigns and local workplace justice campaigns.
○ Conducting weekly outreach to restaurant workers, and engaging worker leaders
in doing the same
○ Engage in organizing strategies and campaigns as needed
○ Building relationships with members and conduct one-on-ones
○ Ensure that all center materials are translated to Spanish
○ Train member leaders to become advocates and spokespeople for OFW
○ Supporting members to move up the ladder of engagement into active leaders.
● OFW Campaign support
○ Help develop and implement campaign strategy to move decision makers to
support One Fair Wage
○ Support DC leadership in implementing turnout and recruitment plans for events
○ Participate in research activities as needed
○ Support DC leadership team to do house visits, general recruitment, turnout calls,
power analysis, develop strategic tactics to move campaigns forward, and garner
earned media etc.
● Support the development and expansion of the CHOW hospitality job training program.
○ Hire and contract qualified and experienced instructors
○ Secure restaurant locations to run the training program
○ Supporting administrative functions to ensure the smooth operation of the job
○ Recruit, retain and train at least 100 CHOW graduates annually
○ Maintain key relationships with community organizations to advance and
facilitate the operation of our job training program
○ Update and develop the CHOW curriculum as needed, and prepare and deliver
class materials as needed.
● Recruit employer members and build their leadership through RAISE, ROC’s national
○ Build and maintain relationships with restaurant owner partners
○ Organize quarterly RAISE meeting for employers to share best practices and
participate in industry advocacy
○ Train employers on labor laws and how to ensure compliance
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;
● Communicating both orally and in written form;
● Taking responsibility for your work and will creatively surmount obstacles; and
● Organizing and are committed to mentoring people to be agents of their own liberation.
● Fluent in Spanish and English
● Deep 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
● Minimum of 3 years of community organizing and base building experience
● Strong written, verbal and listening skills
● Ability to work under pressure
● Willingness to travel and work flexible hours
● Commitment to building progressive political power
● Ability to work independently: Self-motivated
● Basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, electronic
communication, social media tools such as Twitter and facebook)
● Restaurant management and work experience
● Have a valid driver's license and access to an operating car with insurance
● Experience with digital organizing and moving people from online to offline action; and
● Knowledge of District politics, layout, and history
Organizers are required to work long and irregular hours including work on weekends and on
holidays as necessary. The work of an organizer necessitates flexibility as demands and priorities
for a particular campaign or the overall organization shift. It is expected that organizers be
available during the times that workers in their assigned area are available at their work site,
home or other locale. You may be required to travel.
There will be an evaluation after the first month, after three months, and an annual review.
Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement plan, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays.
Level of Language Proficiency
Must be fluent in English & Spanish.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications to email@example.com.
Please place the title of the position in the subject line of your email.
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.