Immigration and Workers’ Rights Campaign Organizer
Immigration and Workers’ Rights Campaign Organizer
Jobs with Justice Education Fund
Position Overview: Jobs with Justice Education Fund, a nonprofit workers rights advocacy organization focusing on strategic fights that build power for working people and address the root causes of the problems facing workers & communities; seeks a Campaign Organizer for The JwJ Immigration and Workers’ Rights Campaign who will carry out organizing with a set of local Jobs with Justice coalitions in key states, making sure these coalitions carry out organizing at the intersection of immigrants’ rights and workers’ rights. The organizer will work to ensure that that this organizing is connected nationally as part of broader campaign efforts to address immigration enforcement, immigrants’ workers rights, and the right to organize and collectively bargain. This organizer will also help coordinate the overall efforts and contributions of JwJ to broader campaign efforts like Turning the Tide on Immigration Enforcement and Criminalization, the Excluded Worker Congress, and the POWER Act. This is a 12 month campaign organizer position with the national office of Jobs with Justice, which has the potential to be renewed, depending on funding. This position will be supervised by the National Executive Director.
Responsibilities will include:
- Working with leaders and other local stakeholders to develop and carry out organizing plans in 6-8 states to advance the POWER Act campaign and the Turning the Tide Campaign. This will include building local organizing committees, integrating local organizing and policy campaigns into these efforts, and gain Congressional support for the POWER Act.
- Provide strategic and technical support to local organizers who are working at this intersection of immigrants’ rights and workers’ rights in key states.
- Coordinate the efforts of the POWER Act and Turning the Tide campaign team of JwJ through regular meetings, planning sessions, and tracking our overall contributions to the broader campaigns.
- Seek opportunities to engage JwJ constituency-based work in the two campaigns (ie. Student Labor Action Project and Workers’ Rights Boards).
- Be a team player with the larger JwJ Campaign Team, Field Team, Program Team, and Communications Team to carry out the campaign plans in coordination with broader efforts.
- Represent JwJ at broader Power Act and Turning the Tide campaign steering committee meetings.
- Represent JwJ at staff meetings with allied organizations on these efforts.
- Represent JwJ at broader campaign meetings and with national allies.
- Seek opportunities to deepen labor’s engagement in these campaign nationally and locally.
- Build and deepen JwJ’s relationship to key immigrants’ rights organizations and workers’ centers.
Work in the Target States:
The work of the JwJ Immigration and Workers’ Rights Campaign Organizer will include work with JwJ coalitions to facilitate the following:
1) Ensure they are connected to key local leaders that will be developing and carrying out the Turning the Tide and/or POWER Act campaigns.
2) Inventory the relationships and other leverage they can have with congressional or other targets
3) Develop an organizing plan, then work plan, that puts that leverage to work on the federal bill, POWER Act.
4) Develop and carry out concrete organizational building goals (i.e. deeper commitments from member organizations and Workers’ Rights Board members, and raising our profile as the community voice for labor and immigrants’ rights).
5) Regular reports and check-ins.
- Possess organizing experience within Immigrant communities
- Possess campaign, community, or labor organizing experience
- Spanish Speakers a PLUS
- Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, prioritize and perform a wide variety of tasks over the course of the workday.
- Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
- Possess strong organizational skills
- Commit themselves to working in a high pressure, high functioning team environment
- Motivation, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
- Be open to leadership development and skill development.
- Ability to work independently and with professional discretion in performing work assignments.
- Commitment to and experience in social justice advocacy, progressive politics, or workers’ rights policy preferable.
- Commit themselves to working with diverse and engaged communities including organized labor and grassroots organizations
- Possess a strong work ethic and willingness to endure the rigors of a campaign
Benefits: 100% employer-paid health care (includes dental), retirement fund (after 6 months), staff development fund
The Jobs with Justice Education Fund is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.
Please send and/or email resume and cover letter to:
Jobs with Justice Education Fund c/o Scarlet Jimenez
1325 Massachusetts Ave, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005
Tel (202) 393-1044
Fax (202) 393-7408
Application Deadline: March 6, 2012