Regional Lead Organizer

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About us

We are a national organization uniting Black workers (employed, underemployed and unemployed) around the country to mobilize and provide resources needed
to take on systems of oppression, including industries and policies that have benefitted from Black exploitation for generations. NBWC is the go-to source for insight into the discrimination that Black workers face and the solutions sought to end anti-Blackness in the workplace.

Title: Regional Lead Organizer

Reports to: Organizing Director

Salary: $55,000 – $65,000 (Based on Experience)

Work Schedule: Full-time

Location: Southeast and Bay Area of the 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 who 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, 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 Director of Organizing.

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 strategy to end worker structural racism
  • Acts as a spokesperson with allied organizations, community groups and media in assigned region(s)
  • Coordinates the development of a member organizing committee
  • Ensures the tracking, reporting and analysis on 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.
  • Other duties as required

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:

Works under the supervision of the Director of Organizing.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least 3 years of organizing experience running campaigns, 1 year political and policy experience preferred
  • 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 effectiveness of strategy and growth
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with 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 judgement skills
  • Skilled in communication, collaboration, and teamwork,
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Assist with the planning, monitoring, and evaluation of activities

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).

To Apply: Provide a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. Candidates must also present a 2000 to 3000-word writing sample that answers the question: How do you bring about change via community organizing?

These elements will make up your candidate profile. 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, 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.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000.00 – $65,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Education:

  • High school or equivalent (Preferred)

Experience:

  • organizing and campaign: 3 years (Required)
  • political and policy: 1 year (Required)

Work Location:

  • Fully Remote