National Organizing Director

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



275 7th Avenue
Suite 1703
New York
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, Minnesota 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’ campaigns that will raise wages for restaurant workers and end wage discrimination for tipped workers, who are largely women and disproportionately people of color.


ROC United seeks a dynamic leader with management, organizing, and campaign experience to lead our national and statewide advocacy strategies and drive a period of growth for the Organization. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a talented leader with strong organizing acumen to play a central role in shaping an ambitious vision to build a powerful grassroots organization for low-wage restaurant workers of color throughout the country. The right person for this position will have a profound dedication advancing intersectional justice experience, leading a rapidly expanding network of worker centers, an instinct for strategy, and familiarity with the power building strategy of low-wage workers throughout the country.


The National Organizing Director is a new position for the ROC United. Under the supervision of the Chief of Staff, the National Organizer Director will be responsible for building political will to facilitate the national coordination of campaigns that improve working conditions and increase labor standards for low-wage workers and for restaurant workers specifically.


Sunday, November 25th, 2018 (with applications considered until the position is filled)



Strategic Planning:

●     Work with organizers throughout the country and Chapter Leads to determine field strategy and organizing goals for policy campaigns

●     Engage in strategic planning with the Management Team and Chapters to ensure consistency across field campaigns

●     Develop and support chapters in implementing member engagement plans for workplace, legislative and corporate campaigns

●     Work with Chapters to conceptualize and construct plans for field operations including field goals, budgets and work plans

●     Maintain regular communication between ROC’s Management Team and Chapters regarding progress on organizing goals to ensure there is an effective feedback loop between worker members, chapter staff and national staff so that goals and priorities can be refined as necessary

Support Organizers in Local Chapters:

●     Develop and train national ROC staff and provide opportunities for member development;

●     Work with National Chapter Director to assess and develop individualized capacity improvement plans necessary for Chapters to implement effective campaigns;

●     Develop and implement trainings and strategies for streamlined resources that support field activity and reduce duplicative work;

●     Manage overall field operations, tracking performance to goals for chapters and national campaigns; and

●     Establish accountability systems to ensure that campaign goals are met, including the implementation of post-campaign debriefs and assessments.


●     Directly supervise Lead Digital Organizer who is responsible for building online base that is engaged in campaign work

●     Directly supervise Legal Organizer who is responsible for connecting worker members with legal resources

●     Directly supervise Leadership & Training Coordinator who is responsible for supporting chapters in running membership programs (i.e. skills training for members, dues collection, leadership boards, etc) and creating training opportunities for ROC Organizers

●     Directly supervise Chapter Leads & Directors and our growing national organizing team aas needed as needed in coordination with the National Chapter Director


●     Minimum of 6 years of campaign experience coordinating numerous aspects of a campaign including demonstrated success as a field director

●     Extensive knowledge of and experience working with voter files, modeling and targeting, and the Voter Action Network (VAN)

●     Extensive experience drafting field plans including managing budgets

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

●     Demonstrated ability to build and motivate teams and work effectively in a team environment in both a management and support role

●     Excellent listening, interpersonal, communication and problem solving skills;

●     Demonstrated ability to resolve conflicts while maintaining important and effective relationships

●     Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments

●     Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks

●     Demonstrated experience developing campaign and personal work plans and goals

●     Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed

●     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, gender presentations, and sexual orientations

●     At least 3 years of supervisory experience


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

●     Restaurant work experience

●     Basic computer skills (word processing, spreadsheet & database, electronic communication, web conferencing, social media tools such as Twitter and facebook)


There will be an evaluation after the first month, after three months, and an annual review.

Level of Language Proficiency

●     Fluency in Spanish

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree