Bilingual (English/Spanish) Organizer - Washington, DC

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate on experience.




District of Columbia
United States



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.


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

training program

○ 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

restaurant association

○ 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

Working Conditions:

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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications to

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.