Details: Based on Experience
District of Columbia
BILINGUAL (ENGLISH/SPANISH) ORGANIZER - WASHINGTON, DC
Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national organization with 130,000 restaurant workers, employers and consumers nationwide. Over the last fifteen years, we have won more than a dozen workplace justice campaigns, winning more than $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with more than 700 responsible restaurant owners to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability and trained more than 5,000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published more than 50 ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We have organized restaurant workers to open COLORS restaurants and training facilities in New York and Detroit.
We have launched affiliates in New York, New Orleans, Michigan, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, DC, Seattle, and Massachusetts. In each region, we conduct workplace justice campaigns, partner with ‘high road’ restaurants to conduct advanced restaurant workforce development programs and collaborate with local academics and other allies to produce comprehensive participatory research and policy initiatives. Nationally, we organize national convenings of restaurant workers, Congressional briefings, public fora, and more. In these ways, ROC continues to build power and voice for low-wage restaurant workers at the local, state, and federal levels.
ROC-U is hiring a bilingual (English/Spanish) organizer to help our restaurant workers recruitment effort in DC. The ultimate goal of the DC staff is to build a base of employers, restaurant workers, and consumers poised to win campaigns to improve wages and working conditions in the restaurant industry.
ABOUT ROC-DC & OFW
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC (ROC-DC) is an affiliate worker center of ROCUnited 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 achievea more just and dignified DC restaurant industry. Under this individual’s mentorship, workerswill learn how to organize their coworkers, draft petitions and run actions. To win the One FairWage campaign, the organizer will build partnerships with a variety of unions and communityorganizations.
The ROC-DC Organizer will strengthen ROC’s organizing capacity and will focus on: (1) therecruitment 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 jobtraining and placement program and (5) building and maintaining relationships with high-roademployers.
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 analysisdevelops 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
○ Recruitretain 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 onholidays as necessary. The work of an organizer necessitates flexibility as demands and prioritiesfor a particular campaign or the overall organization shift. It is expected that organizers beavailable 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 three months, and an annual review.
Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, 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 ROC-HR@rocunited.org.
Please write “Bilingual Organizer-DC” 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.