Los Angeles Organizer

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Minimum: $40,888
Details: additional credits commensurate with experience

Published

09/25/2018

Address

3055 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles
California
90010
United States

Description

Los Angeles, CA – ORGANIZER


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 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 building a movement to win workplace justice campaigns and are advancing “One Fair Wage” (OFW) legislation that will raise wages for restaurant workers, address sexual harassment, and help eradicate occupational segregation (based on race and gender) in the restaurant industry.


ABOUT ROC-LA


The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles (ROC-LA) is an affiliate worker center of ROC United that was founded in 2009. We have over 1,000 worker members and dozens of restaurant employer partners throughout Los Angeles. We operate the COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers (CHOW) job training program that trains over 100 low-income workers annually. Our mission is to promote and ensure a just and dignified workplace in restaurants throughout the LA area and to build a strong and unified community of restaurant workers. ROC-LA is currently: (1) organizing low-wage immigrant restaurant workers of color in workplace justice campaigns; (2) operating our CHOW job training program, and (3) partnering with government agencies, worker centers and legal advocates to enforce labor laws. We are also leading a statewide campaign jointly with ROC-The Bay to build power for the 1.5 million restaurant workers across CA.


POSITION DESCRIPTION


We are looking for a dedicated organizer who will help advance ROC’s movement building goals. The ROC-LA Organizer’s main duties are to recruit new worker members and ensure that CHOW trainees are integrated into the organization’s other programs and campaigns through ROC’s political education pipeline. They will also manage our rapidly evolving CHOW training program, which duties include:

●     Conduct one-on-one job placement support with CHOW trainees.

●     Continued development of the CHOW job readiness and job training curriculum.

●     Implement political education activities to develop worker leaders who will lead campaigns to advance the rights of restaurant workers in California.

●     Refining recruitment and retention strategies of worker members.

●     Developing and leading popular education activities to strategically connect the CHOW trainees with ROC’s organizing and advocacy campaigns.

The organizer will also provide support to ROC-LA’s workplace justice campaigns and ROC-CA’s OFW campaign.


RESPONSIBILITIES:


Under the supervision of the Lead Organizer, the ROC LA Organizer will:


●     40% Operate our CHOW Job Training Program:

○     hire and contract with qualified and experienced instructors;

○     secure restaurant locations to host the training program;

○     handle all administrative functions to ensure the smooth operation of the training program;

○     recruit, retain and train at least 100 CHOW graduates annually;

○     conduct one-on-one job placement support with CHOW trainees including resume and interview prep, follow up and tracking;

○     maintain key relationships with community organizations to advance and facilitate the expansion of our job training program;

○     update and develop the CHOW curriculum as needed.


●     40% Grow and develop ROC-LA’s worker membership and leadership to advance local workplace justice campaigns and California’s OFW campaign(s):

○     direct the weekly outreach to restaurant workers, and training and engaging worker leaders in doing the same;

○     engage in organizing strategies and campaigns as needed;

○     set up membership dues for worker members;

○     lead the popular education-based ROC-LA Leadership Institute, including continuing to develop curriculum, designing and leading activities, and ongoing 1-on-1s with worker leaders;

○     lead membership activities including facilitating monthly member meetings and worker committees.

○     develop membership by supporting their attendance and participation in ROC activities, which includes but is not limited to transporting members to/from events.


●     20% Support ongoing workplace justice campaigns and the ROC-CA OFW campaign:

○     Develop worker committees to lead the campaigns, including identifying, recruiting, and developing leaders, preparing meeting agendas, and conducting 1on1s

○     Plan and lead direct actions of targeted restaurants, including garnering community support and attendance

○     Leveraging media attention to advance the campaigns, including training workers in public speaking and media advocacy, building relationships with media outlets, and developing messaging and content.

○     Support lobbying and public education activities.




IT WILL BE IMPORTANT IF YOU ARE GOOD AT:

●     Building relationships with a diverse set of people and listening 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;

●     You are an amazing communicator both orally and in written form;

●     Taking responsibility for your work and will creatively surmount obstacles;

●     Time management and staying organized while juggling multiple tasks; and

●     Organizing and are committed to mentoring people to be agents of their own liberation.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:


●     Demonstrate Commitment to Intersectional Justice: Commitment to racial, social, gender and economic justice and a willingness to work collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, genders, and sexual orientations.

●     Mission Orientation: Personal and professional alignment with ROC United’s mission and vision, with a strong analysis of and commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and familiarity with the progressive field of organizing.

●     Teamplayer: Ability to work closely with colleagues to build teamwork and accountability through effective communication.

●     Detail-oriented Project Management Skills: Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities and drive projects from ideas to planning to action.

●     Inclination: Willingness and openness to learn and grow.

●     Experience and skills needed:

○     Familiarity with workforce development, adult learning, re-entry and popular education;

○     Organizing experience;

○     Proficiency in oral and written Spanish.

○     Restaurant work experience is a plus.


STARTING SALARY:

Starts at $40,888.00 annually, with additional credits commensurate with experience. This is a union position. Featured benefits include health and dental insurance.


HOW TO APPLY:


Please send a cover letter, resume and at least three references to Manuel Villanueva at manuel@rocunited.org.


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.

Benefits

This is a union position. Featured benefits include health and dental insurance.

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in oral and written Spanish.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and at least three references to Manuel Villanueva at manuel@rocunited.org.


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.


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