Organizer - Bay Area

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary commensurate on experience.




United States



Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has

grown into a national organization with more than 25,000 low-wage 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 organizing

restaurant workers, employers, and consumers to win “One Fair Wage” legislation that will raise

wages for restaurant workers and help eradicate occupational segregation (based on race and

gender) in the restaurant industry. We are also opening COLORS Oakland, a restaurant that will

serve as a home base for our organizing campaigns and workforce-development program.


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.

Our programs and areas of work include:

- COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers (CHOW)​ is a hands on job training

program with an advanced multi-tiered curriculum that trains over 100 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.


The ROC-the Bay Organizer will increase organizing capacity and will focus on strengthening

ROC’s membership and leadership development. While focused on membership recruitment and

engagement, the Organizer will also play a part in supporting multiple programs and campaigns

at ROC-the Bay.

The organizer will be responsible for (1) the recruitment and retainment of worker leaders, (2)

assisting in statewide policy campaign needs, (3) supporting the successful expansion of the

CHOW hospitality job training and placement program, (4) building and maintaining

relationships with high-road employers, and (5) planning and facilitating trainings, events and

fundraising activities.


● Under the guidance of the Lead Organizer, the ROC-the Bay Organizer will help grow

and develop ROC-the Bay’s worker leaders to advance California’s OFW Campaign:

○ Conduct weekly outreach to restaurant workers and engage worker leaders in

doing the same

○ Engage in workplace justice campaigns as needed

○ Build strong relationships with worker members and conduct weekly one-on-ones

○ Train member leaders to become advocates and spokespeople for ROC & OFW

○ Support members to move up the ladder of engagement into active leaders

○ Help advance the organizing efforts of California’s OFW 2.0 Campaign and

provide overall support to the campaign

○ Facilitate trainings, workshops and meetings

● Assist the CHOW Organizer in successfully running and organizing ROC-the Bay’s

restaurant hospitality job training course:

○ Help with the logistics for 3-5 CHOW training course sessions including student

outreach, material prep and instructor recruitment

○ Assist with job preparation and placement to maintain a 60%-70% placement or

promotion rate for graduating trainees

○ Have active one-on-one check-ins with students pre-and-post finding a job

○ Help organize CHOW Graduation & Job Fairs for each graduating session of


○ Assist in the expansion of the CHOW training program as COLORS Oakland


● Develop a strong “high-road” restaurant owner association (RAISE) for the Bay Area

○ 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

● Contribute to various other projects and programs as needed

○ Support fundraising efforts for CHOW and COLORS Oakland

○ Conduct racial equity trainings and focus groups for employers and workers


● Deep commitment to racial, gender, social, and economic justice and an ability 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; and

● Ability to work independently: Self-motivated;

● Ability to build 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;


● Ability to inspire and motivate colleagues, activists and worker leaders to take action

● Strong written and oral communication skills

● Restaurant work experience;

● Event planning and/or fundraising skills;

● Experience mentoring people to be agents of their own liberation

● Experience with digital organizing and moving people from online to offline action; and

● Fluency in oral and written Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Tagalog, and/or Cantonese is

strongly preferred.


Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement plan, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and at least three references to Sophia Miyoshi at

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.