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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.

Organizer, Jobs With Justice

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 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 JWJ Training Team in conducting nationwide trainings for JWJ coalitions and partners;
  • 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.
  • Supporting training and development of 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.

Signs we are on track: A successful organizer

  • Contributes to the collective knowledge and disciplined practice of proven and emerging campaign strategies;
  • Develops and executes a variety of work to implement national and local campaigns, resulting in some victories, continuous learning and some experimentation and setbacks;
  • Develops and strengthens relationships with local coalitions, partners and others that could impact the success of a campaign;
  • Communicates about and documents work, outcomes, updates and developments in a timely and strategic way;
  • Successfully transfers knowledge and skill in order to builds the capacity of local coalitions and allies and win campaigns;
  • Effectively communicates and collaborates within the organizing department, throughout JWJ staff teams, and with local affiliates and partners;
  • Is accountable for and follows through on agreed upon work plans and actions;
  • Demonstrates the ability to coordinate inter-disciplinary teams and colleagues in a complex environment.

Qualifications:

  • Three plus years of organizing experience, with a particular emphasis on worker-related campaigns and projects.
  • Experience with creative direct action.
  • Ability to coach local leaders on sustaining long-term relationships through campaign work and strategy development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice.
  • Ability to work collectively, handle and resolve conflict, and facilitate groups.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and strong work-planning, including good personal time management skills.
  • Understanding of and commitment to a broader working-class perspective.
  • Ability to travel as needed, on average 5 days per month once the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience with Jobs With Justice, JWJ local coalition affiliates, or JWJ partners.
  • Labor movement/worker organizing experience.
  • Multi-lingual fluency.
  • Experience using issue campaigns (policy fights, wage theft, etc.) to drive mobilizations.
  • Ability to develop and lead trainings.

This position can be based anywhere in the United States. An Organizer based outside the D.C. area will need to travel to attend in-person staff gatherings at our D.C. office, once the COVID-19 public health emergency is lifted.

Salary:  High $50s to low 60s depending on experience.

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

This is a union-represented position represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, CWA

To apply, please email resume and cover letter to info@jwj.org.

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.


St. Louis Organizer, Missouri Jobs With Justice

Salary: Base salary at MO JwJ is $40,000 and position is commensurate with experience and the median organizer salary is $45,000. New contract negotiations will be at the end of 2021.

Benefits: Full health coverage for individual and family, 2 weeks vacation and 10 sick days, 4% retirement match, employer funded FSA, phone reimbursement, and union representation

The Organization
Missouri Jobs with Justice (MO JwJ) is a coalition of labor, faith, student and community activists and organizations committed to protecting the basic human rights of all people. MO JwJ attacks the root causes of poverty while working for an economic system that benefits the entire community. We believe that the fate of all working people and the communities in which they live are tightly bound together. We strive to build a multi-racial movement and are dedicated to leadership development and base building. We work in partnership with central labor councils, local unions, civil rights organizations, students, community, and faith-based organizations in mobilizing direct actions for social and economic justice, including the right to organize a union, rebuilding the social safety net, living wages, health care, and equal treatment for all. MO JwJ is an equal opportunity, affirmative action 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 LGBTQIA community, immigrants, and people of all ages.

The Position: St. Louis JwJ Organizer
The St. Louis Organizer, under the supervision of the Executive Director, will work closely with the St. Louis Leadership Team, St. Louis Organizing Committee, and with member organizations, funders, and national JwJ staff to provide organizing and administrative support to the local development and implementation of MO JwJ campaigns and programs. This position will be based in St. Louis, but will include some travel around the state as part of campaign mobilizations and meetings with the broader MO JwJ leadership and staff.

Responsibilities:
Base-Building: The St. Louis JwJ coalition is in a phase of deepening investment. Its Organizer will work closely with local leadership to implement MO JwJ’s outreach to new member organizations and build the base of individuals committed to taking action on behalf of MO JwJ campaigns.

Campaigns: The heart of MO JwJ is taking action through grassroots campaigns for social and economic justice. The Organizer will coordinate campaign development, mobilization, and evaluation with St. Louis leaders and members. This will include both legislative campaigns and support for workplace-based organizing and collective bargaining fights.

Committee Support and Development: MO JwJ operates through leadership-driven committees like the St. Louis Leadership Team, Organizing Committee, Mobilization Committee and other campaign or project specific committees. The Organizer will support these committees by providing logistical coordination, working with leaders to develop agendas and materials, assisting with committee communication, project accountability and more.

Fundraising, Communications and Data Management: The Organizer will help implement an annual fundraising plan, including organizational contributions, individual contributions, merchandise sales, grants, and grassroots activities and events as well as develop new sources of funding for the organization. The Organizer will also be responsible for maintaining parts of internal data and driving our online communications message around local campaigns.

Leadership Development: The Organizer will encourage, foster and develop the abilities of MO JwJ members, particularly rank and file members, to play leading roles in developing and building the organization. This will include participation in three-day Building JwJ Leadership Development trainings throughout the year.

Administration: The Organizer will be responsible for the administrative functions of the St. Louis work, specifically database management, grant administration, correspondence and record-keeping.

Must Have Qualifications
● Solid commitment to the principles of social and economic justice
● Commitment to dismantling white supremacy and patriarchy
● Minimum of two years grassroots organizing experience
● Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
● 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
● Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a wide range of organizations and people.
● An understanding of the labor movement, religious organizations and other social movements.
● Demonstrated ability to raise funds
● Willingness to work long hours, including nights and weekends; while also being able to prioritize work and seek input and feedback from the team about how to maintain a healthy work life balance.
● Proficient in computer skills, including database management, word processing and desktop publishing.
● Own vehicle available for work (mileage outside of office commute is reimbursed).

Ideal Applicants would also have the ability to speak Spanish, knowledge of and/or participation in Jobs with Justice in Missouri, and experience on ballot initiatives and voter engagement.

Please send a resume, cover letter and at least three references by April 9, 2021

To Apply:

Send materials to jobs@mojwj.org, with “St. Louis Organizer” in the subject line. Please send documents as PDF or MS Word email attachments.

**Any candidate who makes it past the 1st interview will be asked to put together some proposals and do on the ground organizing work with JWJ. They will be compensated for their time at the hourly rate of a base salary. We believe the process of applying, interviewing and organizing work will take between 4-6 weeks.

For more information on Missouri Jobs with Justice please visit www.mojwj.org or call the office at 314-644-0466.


Community Organizer, Food AND Medicine

Food AND Medicine (FAM) is seeking to fill a community organizer position to build collective action for FAM programs, particularly those relating to food justice, and to coordinate development and fundraising activities for the organization in conjunction with the rest of the FAM team. 

Background:  Founded in 2002, Food AND Medicine is a grassroots, volunteer-led, community organization working for food justice, worker rights, affordable public transportation as well as other basic needs.  We work closely with local labor unions, including the Eastern Maine Labor Council, as well as partner agencies and faith based entities such as Faith Linking in Action (FLIA), a FAM based interfaith group seeking the root causes and sustainable solutions for problems of people in our community who are underserved and suffering. Our offices are located at the Eastern Maine Labor Council’s Solidarity Center in Brewer, Maine. Food AND Medicine believes that no one should have to choose between food, medicine, and other basic necessities.

Key Responsibilities:

   Food Justice Organizing

    • Gardens Committees:  Organize and support development of FAM’s collective gardens program, including its directing committee, the Food Access Committee. This includes overseeing leadership development, turnout, meeting facilitation, and communications. A key part of this work is developing member-led, democratic, participatory committees to oversee each garden.  Program work of the garden committees includes trainings and programs related to gardening, cooking, and preserving food.
    • Food Justice/public policy:  FAM engages with elected officials at the local, state and federal levels and actively organizes around food justice issues, particularly support for and expansion of SNAP.  We do this through policy forums and educational events for constituents, members, elected officials, and the public.  This includes organizing people to engage with Maine’s Congressional Delegation through FAM’s Civic Engagement group at least monthly. This position is responsible for organizing and supporting members to speak out on food justice issues to elected officials and the general public.  
  • FAM’s Greenhouse:  Oversee member-run greenhouse at FAM, which provides seedlings for FAM’s gardens.  
  • Farmers:  Through our Solidarity Harvest program, FAM has developed deep relationships with farmers who are key allies in both the garden committees and food justice.  This position is responsible for involving farmers in such programs.
  • Other food justice organizing:  Over the years, FAM has developed a number of varied programs related to food justice.  This position will work with current initiatives, including the Bangor Area Food Council, as well as a number of allies including local restaurants, faith based organizations and progressive allies.
  • Perform other duties in support of FAM’s mission as assigned.  This may include worker justice, faith organizing, civic engagement according to the needs of the organization.

   Member Leadership Development

  • Involve FAM’s constituency of workers, unions, farmers and low-income people as volunteers and leaders in programs and as active FAM members generally.
  • Organize members to attend events, reach out to allies, meet with funders, speak to the media, attend committee meetings, volunteer at the office, and otherwise become more involved in the organization.
  • Facilitate members’ consciousness of and foster analysis of obstacles to low-income communities’ access to local food in relation to broader social issues and systemic inequality.

   Organizational Development

  • Lead fundraising efforts for the community gardens as well as farmer involvement in fundraising, particularly for Solidarity Harvest.
  • Contribute to fundraising activities including grant research and writing, database updating, membership fundraising and the like.
  • Contribute to membership fundraising and organization-wide events including the Legislative Breakfast and Labor Day.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent project management skills, including planning, delegating, and overseeing tasks and keeping to deadlines.  Highly self-motivated, self-sufficient, and self-directed.  The ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and to complete assigned projects under deadlines. Excellent attention to detail and follow-through.  Ability and commitment to do long-haul, sometimes gritty, organizing.
  • A commitment to FAM’s approach, which focuses on grassroots organizing, leadership development, and social and economic justice in Maine. The capacity to work with diverse communities and to develop and maintain collaborative relationships.  
  • Three years’ relevant experience in staff supervision and/or volunteer management preferred.  Demonstrated leadership and organizing skills at work, on campus, or in the community, with experience as a union or community organizer preferred.  
  • Strong writing skills, and the ability to represent FAMs goals, objectives and outcomes for programs and projects, both verbally and in writing.
  • Preferred experience in non-profit fundraising and development including grant-writing, solicitation and event planning.
  • Strong computer, problem-solving and analytical skills. Comfortable working with a variety of office software, internet and e-mail environments, specifically Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Physical requirements include ability to spend hours listening and talking; working via computer and telephone; driving frequently to meetings and events; light lifting of equipment and materials; occasional night and weekend work, long days and overnight travel.
  • A collaborative working spirit and desire to explore ideas, test assumptions, and find solutions as a team.
  • While this position manages our network of collective/community gardens, as well as farmer relationships, direct experience in gardening or farming is not required, but helpful. 

Reporting and Authority: The Organizer reports directly to the Director.

Application Process:

Timeline: Search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.  Applications will start to be reviewed immediately and the position will be hired as soon as an appropriate candidate is selected. 

How To Apply: Interested applicants should send (1) cover letter, (2) resume, (3) at least three references (4) a writing sample to fam@foodandmedicine.org or by mail to Food AND Medicine, 20 Ivers St. Brewer, ME. Inquiries can be directed to fam@foodandmedicine.org or (207) 949-0708. FAM is an equal opportunity employer. Women, members of the LGBTQ community, low-income, people of color and working class people particularly encouraged to apply.

Compensation/Benefits:  Competitive salary and benefits. This is a full-time position. Benefits include health insurance and paid time off covered under a union contract.