Organizer - New Orleans

Job Type

Part Time


Details: Salary commensurate on experience.




New Orleans
United States



Founded to support hundreds of displaced restaurant workers in New York City after

September 11, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) has

grown into a national organization with more than 25,000 restaurant worker members in

New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Chicago,

Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Washington, DC. 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.


Restaurant Opportunities Center New Orleans (ROC-NOLA) is an affiliate of

ROC-United. Over the past five years, we have trained hundreds of worker members in

Know Your Rights workshops and ROC’s COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers

(CHOW) job training program. In addition, we have organized in support of the Fight for

$15, secure scheduling, and improvements to statewide standards for minimum wages,

paid sick time and tip protections. Our mission is to promote and ensure a just and

dignified workplace in restaurants throughout the greater New Orleans area, and to

build a strong and unified community of restaurant workers.

We are looking for a bold and innovative Part-time Organizer to help lead ROC-NOLA’s

efforts to grow its worker membership with an emphasis on reaching workers who face

growing disparities in today’s political climate, including people of color, immigrants and

refugees, women, formerly incarcerated individuals, and LGBTQ individuals. Workforce

training and leadership development are important aspects of ROC’s organizing. This is

a dynamic position that trains and mobilizes workers to reach ROC’s ambitious goals of

racial equity and just working conditions in the restaurant industry.


The Part-time (20 hours per week) Organizer will be dedicated to the recruitment and

development of restaurant worker leaders to support ongoing efforts to advance racial

and gender equity, and improve overall working conditions for individuals working in the

greater New Orleans area. The Organizer will direct field outreach, and organize trainings and leadership opportunities for people working, or seeking to work, in casual, family-style, and upscale/fine dining restaurants.


Under the supervision of ROC-NOLA’s Director, the Organizer will:

● 30% of time - Grow ROC’s worker membership:

● Direct weekly outreach to restaurant workers, and training and engaging

worker leaders in doing the same (utilizing: targeted public outreach;

social media and advertisements; worker-to-worker recruitment; referrals

from employers and community partners; and community-based trainings

and events);

● Help develop effective recruitment strategies to reach workers of color,

immigrants and refugees, women and others who are traditionally

underrepresented in living wage jobs in the restaurant industry;

● Conduct digital and online outreach as necessary to reach different

communities of restaurant workers throughout New Orleans; and

● Help conduct legal intakes and referrals.

● 35% of time - Lead ROC’s Membership Development:

● Grow, develop, and mobilize ROC NOLA’s worker membership through:

ongoing 1-on-1s with worker leaders, and supporting regular member-led

meetings and committees;

● Support member leaders in developing organizing strategies and

campaigns as needed, and designing and leading activities to build a large

and active worker base; and

● Help develop leadership of restaurant workers to engage politically on the

issues that impact them, their co-workers, and their communities.

● 30% of time - Expand ROC’s Training and Education Programming:

● Help staff and/or member leaders organize and implement trainings and

events, such as: Food Handlers PLUS; Food Workers Resource Fair;

Know Your Rights workshops; Fine Dining Service and Bartending 101;

English for Restaurant Workers; Industry Nights gatherings; etc.; and

● Teach certain aspects of the ROC’s CHOW training including: workplace

and immigration Know Your Rights; political education and advocacy; and

organizing for racial, social and economic justice in the industry.

● 5% of time - Administrative tasks and Communications:

o Database entry and reporting;

o Mass communications with membership via email and social media.


● Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant

experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic

backgrounds, languages, socioeconomic status, age, gender identities and sexual


● Experience in community or social movement organizing;

● Strong communication, leadership, and management skills with high attention to detail

and ability to work independently;

● Self-motivated, strategic and determined, with ability to move through formal and

informal channels;

● Impeccable work ethic and a willingness to learn and grow;

● Willingness to travel;

● Flexible schedule to accommodate some weekend and evening hours


● Driver’s license and access to an operating car with insurance;

● Ability to Inspire and motivate activists and coworkers;

● Ability and interest in mentoring people to be agents of their own liberation;

● Restaurant work experience;

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

action; and

● Fluency in oral Spanish, Bengali, Mandarin, and/or Cantonese


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


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications to Laura Ekua 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.