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Organizing Director, Colorado Jobs With Justice
Colorado Jobs With Justice is a coalition of community, labor, student and faith groups that come together to build working class power and stand up for workers’ rights. We work in partnership with our member organizations in a variety of ways to advance social and economic justice for all people, including the right to organize a union, rebuilding the social safety net, living wages, health care, and equal treatment for all.
About the Position
The Organizing Director is a leadership position that will work closely with the Board of Directors and the Organizer to strategically plan and implement our campaigns, build a strong base of mobilized members and leaders, fundraise, and design and lead workshops. The ideal candidate will be someone with demonstrated success with grassroots organizing, campaign strategy, fundraising, membership recruitment, and leadership development and someone with a strong dedication to protecting and strengthening workers’ rights and the labor movement in Colorado. This position reports directly to Board of Directors and is based in Denver, Colorado.
- Base-Building & Mobilization: JWJ puts people directly affected by issues into confrontation with decision-makers to win concrete changes in the lives of working people. The stronger and more engaged our base, the better we can do this. The Organizing Director will be responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of member recruitment and leadership development activities and will support Organizers’ efforts to grow and mobilize our base.
- Campaigns: The heart of Jobs With Justice is taking action as part of campaigns for social, racial and economic justice. The Organizing Director will direct all JWJ-led campaigns and take a leadership role in coalition-led campaigns. They will also support Organizers’ leadership in JWJ or coalition campaign and provide support for campaign development, mobilization, and evaluation. This will include our campaigns on in-home care work, transit justice, ending discrimination against those with felony records, as well as other legislative campaigns, workplace-based organizing, and collective bargaining fights.
- Steering and Mobilization Committee Support: JWJ operates through our leadership-driven Steering and Mobilization Committees. The Steering Committee meets monthly to coordinate on movement strategy and process Solidarity Requests. The Mobilization committee meets as needed to support the work of mobilizing our base. The Organizing Director will oversee Organizers’ coordination of the Steering and Mobilization Committees and will provide support as needed. They will also primarily manage relationships with Steering Committee organizations and secure membership dues.
- Fundraising: The Organizing Director will assist the board in developing and implementing an annual fundraising plan, including writing grant proposals and reports, overseeing grassroots fundraising activities, and helping to plan fundraising events, among other activities.
- Leadership Development: The Organizing Director will oversee and support the leadership development activities of the Organizer(s) They will support the recruitment and development of new Steering Committee members and Board members. They will also provide leadership for the National 3-day Leadership Development & Organizing Training. The Organizing Director will provide supervision and guidance to all other staff members.
- Workshop Facilitation and Training: Colorado Jobs With Justice currently hosts one regular workshop: Labor Liberation. The Organizing Director will develop the training curriculum for this workshop and others and secure workshop and other earned income opportunities. They will recruit, train, and manage workshop trainers, and will support the Organizer(s) in similar activities.
- Substantial experience with grassroots organizing, membership recruitment, and leadership development with community organizations and/or labor unions
- Demonstrated supervision/management experience
- Proven experience with local and state political processes and issue campaigns, including strategies and tactics of multi-year campaigns
- Solid commitment to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice as well as a strong anti-oppression framework
- Excellent and authentic communication skills, both oral and written
- Ability to be a self-starter, and to work independently toward agreed upon goals
- Strong ability to motivate people, coordinate volunteer activity and delegate responsibility
- Ability to hold others accountable and receive feedback
- Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of organizations and people
- An understanding of the labor movement, coalition building, and social movements
- Ability to work long hours at times, including nights and weekends
- Proficient in computer skills, especially Microsoft Office and online databases
- Bilingual in English/Spanish is preferred
- Fundraising experience, particularly grassroots fundraising, preferred
- Knowledge of and/or participation in Jobs With Justice in Colorado or elsewhere in the country is also preferred
Generous benefits package including health, dental, vision, and mental health care coverage; 401(k) plan; vacation, family leave, and paid sick days; and union representation.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and at least three references to cojwjboard(at)gmail.com by February 10th. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and the position is open until filled.
Colorado Jobs With Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We seek a diverse pool of volunteers and applicants for all opportunities and responsibilities within the organization – in particular with respect to women, people of color, the LGBT community, immigrants, and people of all ages and abilities.
Campaign Organizer, Portland Jobs With Justice
Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ) is seeking a full-time Campaign Organizer to help our organization build and manage active and emerging campaigns and partnerships with unions, faith leaders, community organizations, and volunteer activists. The Campaign Organizer works to bringing together multiple member organizations and key partners of Portland Jobs with Justice to leverage collective power for working people and working families in the Portland Metro area, and beyond.
The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to create and lead campaigns and efforts with multiple stakeholders, and a track record of helping foster cooperation between organizations with differing interests and priorities. A significant part of their work will include building and managing relationships with a wide range of union organizations. They will be committed to building strong and accountable relationships, and working with leaders and activists from many communities, racial and ethnic communities, class backgrounds, ages, abilities, gender identities and gender presentations. This position is an opportunity to work with key members and leaders of the coalition, senior leadership and staff of allied unions and workers rights organizations, committed activists that are a part of our base, and other partners to generate strategic campaigns or initiatives that advance the mission and priorities of the coalition. Experience and dedication to Faith-Labor connections, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant and refugee rights a strong plus.
About Portland Jobs with Justice
Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ) is a 25 year-old coalition of 100 labor, community, and faith organizations – as well as thousands of activists – dedicated to building a powerful movement for social justice for ALL working people in Portland and in the state. We do this by actively building the number of member organizations that join the coalition, identifying activists and leaders from our member organizations who pledge to “be there” for each other’s actions, and bringing together members of the coalition from multiple sectors – labor, community, faith, student/youth, and others- into shared struggles and strategic campaigns.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Campaign coordination Lead strategic coalition campaigns to promote economic justice in Portland, OR
- Under supervision of Executive Director, develop campaign strategy and plan.
- Build ad hoc coalitions, committees or working groups as needed to lead campaigns.
- Implement strategic campaign work engaging coalition member groups, activists, and allies.
- Build Portland JwJ’s long-term capacity by bringing in new activists and member organizations through campaigns.
- Workers Rights trainings and education program: Coordinate workers rights training program and other political and popular education opportunities
- Develop a calendar of trainings; Secure locations for trainings as needed, all related coordination and logistics
- Work with other staff to identify and recruit guest trainers from within coalition and partners and/or develop and deliver training content
- Promote trainings, including flyers, facebook, and email listserves. Outreach to workers, recruit participants, etc.
- Collect sign-in sheets and enter in database.
- Identify leaders and expand JwJ’s membership, base and leaders from worker participants
- Communications: Ensure regular communication about Portland JwJ activities to member groups, activists, and general public
- Develop campaign materials as needed.
- Contribute content for website, newsletter, twitter and other publications as needed.
- Support Executive Director in building media relationships and maintaining media list.
- Support other coalition activities as needed:
- Support grassroots fundraising efforts as asked.
- Represent coalition as needed at member organization or community events.
- Table, make presentations, give trainings as needed.
- Contribute to maintenance of online database lists (experience with Action Network and Salesforce desirable)
- Act as liaison to endorsed campaigns.
- Support or supervise interns working on priority campaigns.
- Participate in actions and mobilizations as needed
- Demonstrated, solid, passionate commitment to a deeply intersectional analysis and practice of justice, including social, racial, and economic justice, LGBTQ and immigrant rights
- An understanding of the labor movement, religious organizations and other social movements
- Minimum of three years grassroots organizing and/or labor and worker organizing experience.
- Previous experience working on or leading strategic campaigns.
- Ability to be a self-starter, and to work independently toward agreed upon goals.
- A strong ability to motivate people, coordinate volunteer activity and delegate responsibility.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Proven ability to work well as a team member, build relationships, and coordinate diverse groups.
- Excellent personal accountability, problem-solving, self-motivation and follow through skills.
- Demonstrated capacity to think logically, manage details, set and manage deadlines, and multitask.
- Demonstrated ability to raise funds.
- Willingness to work long hours, including 1-2 nights/week and weekends regularly.
- Proficient in computer skills, including database management, word processing and desktop publishing.
- Own vehicle available for work (mileage is reimbursed).
Additional desirable qualities (plusses but not requirements):
- Familiarity with organizing, bargaining, or contract campaigns
- Familiarity with corporate and local and/or statewide policy campaigns
- Familiarity with direct action organizing and coordination and/or arts and cultural organizing
- Organizing in immigrant communities
- The ability to speak a second language;
- Knowledge and/or experience with Jobs with Justice!
Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time position, with a salary range of $38,000-$40,000 DOE. We offer health and dental insurance, three weeks’ vacation, paid holidays, and a 401k with employer contributions. This position is covered by a staff union.