About the Role
This position is based in New Orleans, LA. Exceptional candidates based in other parts of Louisiana will be considered.
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, providing support and ensuring 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 their support teams; Craft and implement staff development plans for each organizer, ensuring they manage their worker committees’ development -
Development plans may include hands-on training in the field, in the office, and with external partners; Ensure high performance and high production values of the organizing team;
Develop and execute an organizing strategy;
Develops the overall organizing strategy with feedback and input from colleagues and workers;
Identifies opportunities and works with the leadership team, staff and membership to develop escalating campaigns that engender material and transformational changes; Supports organizers in building and running sharp campaign plans based on detailed and evidence-based power analysis and a robust 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, and more; 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; Works with the Executive Team 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, groups, and processes;
Coordinates the organizing with legal, research, and communications staff and with broader movement allies, ensuring integration; Maintains, manages, and develops NOWCRJ’s strategic partners and allies to ensure support for broad organizational and campaign goals and create the best possible space for workers to organize; Delivers critical relationships with allies to the organizing and campaign work; Coordinates 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, and weekend work 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 can work well under pressure and value organization and planning as tools to reduce pressure. You love working with and developing teams. You are a strong educator and coach and know how to teach by example.
Key qualifications: The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take the initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities and experience:
Highly organizedPossesses the ability to synthesize goals, objectives, obstacles, and solutions
Clear communicator (both verbally and in writing)
Substantial experience leading grassroots campaigns in the workplace, pro-black movements, electoral campaigns, and immigrant rights movements
Five years of experience in community, labor, or grassroots electoral organizing – including member recruitment, leadership development, and campaignsMinimum three years of experience supervising organizers
Pedagogical skills, including popular educationBilingual applicants, mainly Spanish/English speakers, strongly preferred
Strong writing skills, office skills, data management, and self-organization skills required
Valid driver’s license, plus ability, willingness, and means to travel across the state required.
NOWCRJ is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
TO APPLY: Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please thoroughly answer the four (4) questions below and submit as an attachment, along with your resume as a separate document, in an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Type your first name, last name, and the position you are applying for 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.
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About the Company
The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice 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 with strategic legal, policy, and communications work to build campaigns that advance racial justice, immigrant rights, and a fair economy. Our members are African American and immigrant workers and families in New Orleans and the Gulf South. The Workers’ Center anchors three grassroots membership organizations: Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the Seafood Workers Alliance. Over the last thirteen years, the Center’s organizing and policy victories have substantially improved the material conditions for poor people in the South. Together with our allies, we are building a new freedom movement to fight for dignified work, racial justice, liberation that transcends borders, and our full participation in every decision that affects our lives. NOWCRJ is an equal-opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.