CAREERS.

ORGANIZING DIRECTOR 

Position Summary

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) seeks an experienced, talented, and motivated Organizing Director to lead, develop and build a growing organizing team and worker committees. The Organizing Director 1) Develops and manages the organizing team 2) Creates structures for distributed leadership 3) Manages NOWCRJ’s worker leadership development program and 4) and Co-designs NOWCRJ campaigns. The Organizing Director will report to the Deputy Director and will work collaboratively with staff and members across the organization.

 

Position:

Organizing Director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ)

 

About the Organization:

The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial membership-based organization dedicated to building the power and participation of poor people in order to expand democracy and transform the economy. We organize directly affected people, and couple their courage and knowledge with strategic legal, policy and communications work to build campaigns that advance racial justice, immigrant rights, and a fair economy. We are Louisiana workers, led by a united front of exploited black and immigrant workers, organizing and building the power to reclaim what is rightfully ours. Together, we are demanding dignified work, racial justice, a liberation that transcends borders, and our full participation in every decision that affects our lives. Since 2006, the Center’s organizing and policy victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. For more information go to www.nowcrj.org.

 

About the Position

This position is based in New Orleans, LA. Exceptional candidates based in other parts of Louisiana will be considered.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Lead the Organizing team:

  • Manage and train on NOWCRJ’s organizing infrastructure, including, but not limited to the leadership development arc, committee structure, and leadership school.

  • Supervise organizers by providing support and accountability.

  • Provide ongoing constructive feedback and evaluation to team members.

  • Manage organizers’ success in meeting goals and deadlines.

  • Work with organizers to create and meet goals in detailed work plans for themselves and the teams they support.

  • Craft and run staff development plans for each organizer and assure they manage their worker committees’ development. This could include hands-on training in the field, in the office, and with external partners. 

  • Responsible for high performance and high production values of the organizing team.

 

Develops and executes organizing strategy

  • Develops the overall organizing strategy with feedback and input from colleagues and worker

  • Identifies opportunity and works with the leadership team, staff and membership to develop escalating campaigns that affect material and transformational changes

  • Supports organizers in building and running sharp campaign plans based on detailed and evidence-based power analysis and a strong theory of change

  • Foments an organizing culture of constant learning, analysis, and progress

  • Builds coherence across the campaigns and programs

  • Provides strategic guidance to all departments on campaigns, programs, etc.

  • Ensures the quality and completeness of all membership data

  • Identifies relevant research needs and works with organizers, policy team, and partners to gather necessary information

 

Provide Organizational Leadership

  • Serves on the organization’s leadership team and contributes to organization-wide decisions

  • Work with the Executive Director to drive forward organizational development goals and help align organizing work overall to achieve those goals

  • Works with the leadership team to develop and refine organizational structures, teams, and processes

  • Coordinate and integrate the organizing with legal, research, and communication staff and with the broader movement allies

 

Allies

  • Maintain, manage and develop NOWCRJ’s strategic partners and allies to support broad organizational and campaign goals and create the best possible space for workers to organize

  • Delivers key relationships with allies to the organizing and campaigns

  • Coordinate allies to support campaign work as needed

 

Other duties as assigned

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required. This position will include significant travel.

Who You Are

You are a person who is dedicated to societal transformation through the leadership of directly affected people. You have faith in workers’ ability to lead. You are able to work well under pressure and you value organization and planning as tools to reduce pressure. You love working with and developing teams. You are a strong educator, coach and know how to teach by example.  

 

Key qualifications:

  • The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative.  A successful applicant will have the following qualities:

    • Highly organized

    • The ability to synthesize clarity about goals, objectives, obstacles, and solutions

    • Clear communicator (both verbally and in writing)

  • Substantial experience leading grassroots campaigns in the workplaces, pro-black movements, electoral campaigns, and/or immigrant rights movements

  • Five years experience in community, labor, or grassroots electoral organizing – including member recruitment, leadership development, and campaigns required

  • Minimum three years experience supervising organizers

  • Pedagogical skills including popular education

  • Bilingual applicants, particular Spanish/English speakers, strongly preferred

  • Must have strong writing skills, office skills, data management, and self-organization skills

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and the means to travel across the state.

 

NOWCRJ is an equal opportunity employer.  Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will only be accepted electronically.  Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@nowcrj.org and mention this job title in the subject line of your email.   Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you.  The application process will be open until the position is filled.