JOB OPENING: Worker Rights Organizer

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Worker Rights Organizers at NICE build the individual and collective power of immigrant workers through innovative direct service and community organizing strategies. They work with day laborers and other newly arrived immigrants who depend on the informal economy for work and are often preyed upon by unscrupulous employers. 

The ideal candidate is passionate, creative, and a great team player who works effectively independently and as part of a team, with a long-term commitment to social and economic justice and the empowerment of low-income immigrant workers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Direct service provision

  • Manage a caseload of immigrant workers, including group cases, on issues such as wage theft and workplace safety
  • Liaise with attorneys, paralegals, and other associated staff
  • Provide interpretation/translation, when required
  • Provide referrals and follow up as needed
  • Execute rights-based workshops 

Developing membership and leadership

  • Support outreach and recruitment of new members and member leaders
  • Conduct intake and orientation of new members
  • Build relationships with new and existing members 
  • Support members to build relationships with each other and the organization 
  • Develop the leadership and organizing skills of members
    • Organize and participate in leadership training for members
    • Turn out members for worker and immigrant rights-specific events and actions
    • Develop the political consciousness and vision of members
  • Help develop campaigns, both for local efforts and for broader policy campaigns

Building organizational and movement capacity and power

  • Help lead and support organizational activities
  • Ensure that work is aligned with the mission and values of the organization
  • Ensure that local work helps achieve the broader goals of the organization
  • Ensure that members understand and are connected to the whole organization
  • Ensure their work is contributing to building a broader social justice movement

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A passion for social and economic justice and a strong commitment to organizing and the empowerment of low-income immigrant workers
  • Ability to develop appropriate, trusting relationships with a predominantly Spanish-speaking community of immigrant workers
  • Excellent listening, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to set clear performance objectives and set-up organizational systems
  • Strong Spanish and English communication skills - must be fluent in Spanish
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings, evenings and some weekends
  • Administrative, computer, and organizational skills necessary to carry out job description responsibilities

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong social justice analysis, particularly around immigration, class/labor, gender, and race
  • Experience working with immigrant communities or other vulnerable individuals
  • Experience managing cases with vulnerable individuals
  • Experience with team building, strategic planning, and developing internal capacity
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing deadlines and to organize, plan, and execute multiple projects.
  • Experience working in coalitions and/or community/labor organizing
  • Experience with popular education and other leadership development practices, such as preparing materials and facilitating group meetings with immigrant workers 
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, recruit, and develop a base of worker leaders
  • Demonstrated understanding of community/labor/immigrant organizing
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others

COMPENSATION

Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits package applies.

TO APPLY

Please send the following items to careers@nynice.org with the subject line: Worker Rights Organizer

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Professional writing sample

DEADLINE 

Application review will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.

Posted 25 June 2019.


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