Details: Negotiable based on experience.
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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 50ground-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 national One Fair Wage Campaign Directorto lead and win our One Fair Wage Campaign in coordination with campaign leadership across multiple entities.
POSITION LOCATION: Flexible
The One Fair Wage Campaign Director will be responsible for the management, strategic development, and day-to-day coordination and operation of the three pillars of our One Fair Wage Campaign – Policy Shift (including Membership Growth & Leadership Development), Industry Shift, and Narrative Shift. With regard to Policy Shift, this work will include: (1)guiding/supporting any active One Fair Wage policy campaigns moving in ROC chapters; (2) coordinating the work of all ROC chapters toward winning a federal One Fair Wage bill over the next few years; (3) leading and managing a team of online organizers to build the base of restaurant workers and employers in ROC chapters and in the key states in which One Fair Wage policy is moving, even if there is no ROC chapter present; and (4) leading ROC’s law and organizing staff to coordinate strategic litigation and legal referrals that identify the target and justification for the campaign, and help to build the base of workers. With regard to Industry Shift, this work will include managing the High Road Director and High Road Department. With regard to Narrative Shift, this work will include coordinating with the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center and the Communications Director to roll out a calendar of research, books, films, television, and other narrative and culture shift tools to support the One Fair Wage campaign.
Strong candidates need not necessarily bring immediate expertise in all of the areas of our One Fair Wage Campaign, but must have strong management skills, effective leadership qualities, experience with large-scale or national organizing campaigns, and a creative or entrepreneurial energy in visioning and launching new initiatives.
1. Policy Shift: Coordinate with the Chief of Staff to lead One Fair Wage policy work in ROC Chapters; Lead online and legal-related organizing for all One Fair Wage campaigns happening nationally.
- Guide/support active One Fair Wage campaigns in any ROC chapters. For 2018, that includes One Fair Wage policy in DC, NY, MI and defense in Seattle. In 2019-2020, that would include One Fair Wage policy in Chicago, One Fair Wage 2.0 policy in CA, and One Fair Wage incentives policy in possibly a few key municipalities – Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans.
- Coordinate work of all ROC Chapters toward federal One Fair Wage campaign
- Managing the National Lead Organizer to lead a team of online organizers to build the base of restaurant workers and employers in ROC chapters and in the key states in which One Fair Wage policy is moving, even if there is no ROC chapter present.
- Managing ROC’s law and organizing staff to coordinate strategic litigation and legal referrals that identify the target and justification for the campaign, and help to build the base of workers. This includes litigation in coordination with partners against one national strategic target.
2. Industry Shift: Manage the High Road Director to lead the High Road Department to:
- Grow RAISE nationally, developing employer leadership, developing financial, consumer and training support for employers to move to the ‘high road,’ and
-eveloping leadership of influential employers in each state ers to move to the 'n, DC and the San Francisco Bay Area. oyers to mobilizing employers in support of worker-friendly policies
- Grow RAISE in key states, developing leadership of influential employers in each state
- Supervise the CHOW /Diners United Coordinator to build out the workforce development and consumer engagement pieces of the campaign
3. Narrative Shift: Coordinate with the UC Berkeley Food Labor Research Center and the Communications Director to roll out a calendar of research, books, films, television, and other narrative and culture shift tools to support the One Fair Wage campaign.
- Maintain an organization-wide campaign calendar that tracks the narrative arc of the campaign and keep all staff regularly updated on the calendar
- Work with the Chief of Staff to roll out National narrative shift tools (like films and books) and National Days of Action
· At least 5-7 years of community organizing, union organizing, and/or political organizing experience, with some connection to community, labor, or other non-candidate politics;
· At least 3 years of experience supervising and/or managing work teams;
· Ability to work independently, yet collaboratively to drive multiple projects and programs in a fast-paced work environmental;
· Excellent writing and communication skills;
· Results-focused, organized, attention to detail, and strong planning skills;
· Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and
· Willing to carry significant travel schedule
· Restaurant work experience;
· Additional language skills
Benefits include health and dental coverage, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications to ROC-HR@rocunited.org.
Please write “ROC OFW Campaign Director” in the subject line of your email.