Reports to: Organizing Director
Salary: $55,000 – $65,000 (Based on Experience)
Work Schedule: Full-time
Location: Southeast Region of United States
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 Project (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.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION:
The ideal candidate is an experienced community organizer and campaigner who is also a coalition-builder and strategist and who believes deeply in the importance of building community leadership, capacity, and power for working Black people. The Regional Lead Organizer will be responsible for mapping out and executing a comprehensive strategic campaign plan for assigned areas that is rooted in holistic organizing and centered around eradicating oppressive, harmful, and unsafe workplaces for Black people. S/he will be responsible for doing all of this in collaboration with staff, member leaders, the leadership of current Black worker centers as well as allies. The ideal candidate must be able to organize and effectively communicate at all levels – with our constituencies as well as established community leaders and policy experts.
The Regional Lead Organizer will report directly to the National Organizing Director.
Key Areas of Responsibilities:
- Build a large base of members who participate in demanding changes from their employers and creating the political climate that allows for those changes to be adopted.
- Identify hot organizing issues that Black workers want to address in their regions and nationally. Organize direct actions, events, and other tactics to address said issues and bring about change.
- Develops and executes field and political strategies to end worker structural racism.
- Acts as a spokesperson with allied organizations, community groups, and media in assigned region(s).
- Coordinates the development of member organizing committees.
- Ensures the tracking, reporting, and analysis of all membership activity in her/his purview.
- Manages departmental budgets, allocates resources effectively, and plans and implements program activities as appropriate.
- Coordinate campaign messaging, traditional media work, mass communications, and digital organizing with NBWC’s communications department.
- Regularly communicate the campaign’s progress to our members, staff, and partners.
- Work with the existing database to track members, participation, and progress towards achieving success.
- Work with partners to move the campaign forward. This may include joint strategy meetings, joint actions or other events, relationship building, etc.
- Enhance our reputation and brand and promote our values.
- Utilize online spaces to reach, engage and grow our base of constituents.
- Some travel is necessary.
- Other duties as assigned by Organizing Director
- At least 3 years of organizing experience running campaigns, and 1 year of political and policy experience preferred
- Demonstrated experience leading successful mobilizing, organizing, and recruitment drives
- Must be strong strategic thinkers and effective strategy developers
- 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 like Every Action and/or Action Network
- Ability to lead and work with a team as well as having proven success working independently
- Digital organizing/ online to offline experience preferred
- 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
- Assist with the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of activities
All NEO Philanthropy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for medical and/or religious exemptions from the vaccination requirement will be considered on an individual basis, to the extent required by law.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary range is $55,000 to $65,000 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).
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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.