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Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.

Public Education Organizer, Massachusetts Jobs With Justice

Reports to: Field Director

The Ballot Measure Committee seeks dynamic candidates to manage volunteer voter contact efforts, coalition building, grassroots recruitment and the engagement of the members of endorsing organizations. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.

Responsibilities:

  • Works at direction of field director to secure and capitalize upon endorsements.
  • Manage local coalitions.
  • Organize outreach events in targeted areas.
  • Recruit and train volunteers for overall campaign efforts, working with allied groups and organizations.
  • Work with communications team to identify local spokespeople and media opportunities.

Voter Contact:

  • Works under the direction of the Field Director to execute the voter contact plan to:
    • Build and train structure in the targeted areas
    • Implement the field portion of the voter contact program and activities
    • Provide training and direction to volunteers

Functions:

  • Execute field plan as required by the overall voter contact plan.
  • Organize table of allies in field area to run field program.
  • Contact local elected officials regarding endorsements.
  • One “drill down” political and field meeting per week.
  • Identify supporters, undecided voters, and opponents using campaign organizing tactics.
  • Manage field office(s) in region/area.
  • Execute GOTV program.
  • Assist with earned media and tracking in the field

Key Qualities and Competencies:

  • Strong commitment to and understanding of community organizing, social justice and the labor movement.
  • 1-2 years experience labor or community organizing including base building, leadership development, campaign research, and communications. This may include volunteer experience and participation in campaigns as a rank and file organizer.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a diverse organization.
  • Knowledge, skill, and experience in developing and leading effective campaign strategy and commitment to developing rank and file leadership.
  • This is a fast-paced work environment; expect to work on weekends. Must be able to multi-task and hold multi-deadlines as well as possess strong analytical skills.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese or Creole a plus.

Please send inquiries, resumes and cover letters to Lynda.tocci(at)deweysquare.com. Deadline to apply – April 15, 2016.

Western Massachusetts Organizer, Massachusetts Jobs With Justice

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice (www.massjwj.net) is seeking a dedicated, hard-working individual to carry out the overall work of the organization and to help with campaigns, communications and coordination of our growing community-labor coalition in Western Massachusetts.

The Organizer will work with other Jobs With Justice staff to carry out the work of the organization and participate fully in the planning and implementation of our work-plan as outlined by our Steering and Executive Committees. The Organizer will work under the supervision of the Organizing Director and Mass Executive Director. The Organizer will help JWJ projects and will carry out, and help to organize others to carry out, the work of the coalition. This work will include, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities:

1. Coordinate and drive local area campaigns including the items listed below. (This person won’t necessarily do all this work her/himself, but will be responsible for coordinating and following up with everyone else to ensure the plan is on track and work is getting done.)

  • Outreach to and ongoing conversations with community organizations, faith-based groups, other unions, etc to build coalitions and collaborations on JWJ campaigns.
  • Facilitate local unions & allies developing goals & strategy of campaigns.
  • Facilitate regular coalition meetings, Executive Committee, and Steering Committee meetings.
  • Planning and implementing campaign events.
  • Ensure outreach to elected officials happens as needed by campaigns.
  • Ensure proactive outreach to relevant news media happens to get earned media coverage of our campaigns and issues.
  • Public speaking and writing to explain campaign goals.
  • Work with other staff for ongoing administration of the coalition, develop a regular media presence, maintain online communications, including social media.
  • Do direct outreach to workers.

2. Work with other labor and community campaigns to integrate work into overall building of workers’ movement including connecting work of our campaigns to other organizing, bargaining and community struggles as appropriate.

3. Serve as point person for participation in national JWJ campaigns as appropriate.

Person applying should have strong interpersonal and communications skills and a minimum of two years organizing experience. This position is funded for one year but may become permanent. Position is covered by Jobs With Justice Personnel Policy and includes medical, dental and other benefits. Salary is $40,000-$45,000 depending on experience.

Please send inquiries, resumes and cover letters to russdavis(at)comcast.net. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2016.

Organizer, Jobs With Justice Education Fund

Jobs With Justice is a national network of local coalitions comprised of labor unions, worker centers, community, faith-based, and student organizations.  We work locally and nationally to reduce inequality by expanding opportunities for workers to organize and to bargain collectively. The national staff provides strategic support to nearly 40 autonomous local coalitions, builds networks on common issues, shapes public discourse and leads strategic campaigns to build power for working people. Jobs With Justice is committed to winning real change for workers by leading campaigns that combine innovative communications strategies, solid research and policy advocacy, grassroots action, and coalition building.

Position overview: 

The Organizer leads, develops and executes innovative and generative campaigns.  In this role, the organizer mobilizes and supports other JWJ staff members, internal inter-disciplinary teams, local coalitions, national partners, and allies to expand worker organizing and bargaining and successfully advance the goals of Jobs With Justice.  The Organizer is accountable to and supervised by the Organizing Director.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leads in innovating, analyzing and testing emerging strategies to sharpen JWJ approaches to campaigns;
  • Executes campaign plans to win significant campaign victories that concretely improve workers’ lives;
  • Supports JWJ coalitions and partners to grow and develop more strategic approaches for local campaign work;
  • Develops the skills & leadership of local organizers in the JWJ network;
  • Is a supportive and flexible member of the JWJ national team;
  • Supports the cultivation of resources/funding for campaign and program work.

Detailed areas of work currently include:

  • Active engagement in visioning, planning, and evaluating practices, both within the JWJ Organizing Department, and with coalitions and partners.
  • Coordination of a table of key stakeholders to carry out campaign plans.
  • Coordination of the network into strategic solidarity opportunities.
  • Providing targeted technical assistance to local coalitions and partners moving organizing and bargaining strategies.
  • Documenting relevant communications, activities and outcomes.
  • Training and developing local organizers.
  • Supporting opportunities to build new JWJ coalitions based on campaign work and related partners.
  • Collaborating broadly with JWJ staff to strengthen and win campaigns and strengthen local coalitions.
  • Identifying potential financial and in kind support for current and potential campaigns.

Qualifications:

  • Three plus years of organizing experience, with a particular emphasis on worker-related campaigns and projects.
  • Experience with creative direct action.
  • Experience with Jobs With Justice, JWJ local coalition affiliates, or JWJ partners.
  • Ability to coach local leaders on sustaining long-term relationships through campaign work and strategy development.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including historically underrepresented communities
  • Ability to handle and resolve conflict.
  • Excellent interpersonal and group facilitation skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a collective environment.
  • Ability to develop and lead trainings
  • Self-motivated and strong work-planning, including good personal time management skills.
  • Understanding of and commitment to a broader working class perspective.
  • Must be able to travel a minimum of 5-10 days per month, both for campaign related actions/meetings and to support local coalitions and partners.
  • Labor movement/worker organizing experience is a plus

Salary:  50s to 60s, depending upon experience

Benefits: Generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

This is a union-represented position

Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and writing sample to smiley (at) jwj.org. Please be sure to put “Organizer” in the subject line in the email.

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to personally acknowledge the receipt and status of each one. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please follow the job application instructions specific to the position you are applying for. No phone calls or direct solicitations please. Incomplete applications, or applications delivered by fax, mail, or in person will not be considered.