Lead Organizer – Bay Area/Northern California

Reports to: Organizing Director  

Salary:  $70,000 – $80,000 (Based on Experience)   

Work Schedule: Full-time  

Location: Bay Area/ Northern California 

Deadline to Apply: Until Filled  

In response to disproportionately high levels of unemployment and low-wage work in Black communities, the National Black Worker Center (NBWC) – a national network of Black worker centers – launched in 2011. We support and incubate worker centers that empower Black workers to advance their rights and improve the quality of jobs in key employment sectors through policy change and creation. We provide education and opportunities to mobilize around the impacts of low-wage work and unemployment in Black communities and work to prevent racial discrimination in hiring and other employment practices and policies.  Through our network, we intervene in the labor market to improve racial and economic employment conditions. Our network consists of membership-based, and member-driven organizations that mobilize through a lens of joyous militancy, utilizing leadership development, organizing, policy advocacy, Black culture, and strategic communications to build power to address the Black job crisis.   


The ideal candidate is a seasoned community organizer and strategist with extensive coalition-building experience. The Lead Organizer will be responsible for building a Black Worker Center in Oakland, CA, mapping out and executing a strategic organizational development plan that is centered around eradicating oppressive, harmful, and unsafe workplaces for Black people. S/he will be responsible for doing all of this in collaboration with, member leaders, and community allies. The ideal candidate must be able to manage volunteers, mobilize and train community members and effectively communicate at all levels.  

Key Areas Of Responsibilities:  

  • Build a base of community activists who participate in demanding changes from employers and create a climate that allows for those changes to be adopted. 
  • Identify pressing organizing issues, organize direct actions, events, and other tactics to address said issues and bring about change. 
  • Develops and executes field strategy to launch a hub dedicated to building power for and with Black workers  
  • Acts as a spokesperson with allied organizations, community groups, and media  
  • Coordinates the development of a member planning/organizing committee  
  • Ensures the tracking, reporting, and analysis of all membership activity  
  • Manages and allocates resources effectively and plans and implements program activities as appropriate  
  • Other duties as required  


  • Three or more years of organizing experience leading campaigns and developing the leadership of community members 
  • Demonstrated experience leading successful mobilizing, organizing, and recruitment drives  
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Relentless drive, tenacity, and a willingness to advance our mission and values, dedicated to Black people, workers’ rights, and social justice  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds  
  • Comfortable with nontraditional routes to mobilizing, organizing, and leadership development  
  • Experience with organizing databases  
  • Ability to lead and work with a team as well as having proven success working independently
  • Digital organizing experience a plus  
  • Ability to track and report the effectiveness of strategy and growth  
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with a demonstrated focus on policy analysis, outreach, and targeted communications 
  • Knowledge of Black workers, the workplace, and racial justice issues  
  • Willingness to work long and often irregular hours including evenings and weekends 
  • Adept at leading and motivating workers in necessary struggles  
  • Required to have a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance, and a working automobile  
  • Strong planning, organizational and independent judgment skills 
  • Skilled in communication, collaboration, and teamwork, 
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, monitor, and evaluate all components of committee development 


Salary range is $70,000 to $80,000 depending on experience.  

National Black Worker Center is a project of and fiscally sponsored by NEO Philanthropy.  NEO Philanthropy provides a robust benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term disability, and pet insurance. NEO also administers FSA, commuter benefit, and 401k retirement plans and has generous Paid Time Off and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


Please email a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) professional references to admin@nbwc.org. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

NEO is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Due to the anticipated volume of responses, we will contact only those candidates who most closely match our requirements.