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Position Announcement: Lead Organizer, Congress of Day Laborers

Organization: New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Release Date: April 1, 2014

Position Description

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice seeks a passionate, dedicated, creative LEAD ORGANIZER for the Congress of Day Laborers.

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice is a multi-racial 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, as well as guestworkers across the country. The Center anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance, as well as a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power.  In the last five years, 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 and www.guestworkeralliance.org

The Congress of Day Laborers is a project of the New Orleans Workers’ Center.  The Congreso is a rapidly growing membership organization of immigrant workers and families in New Orleans and beyond. The Congreso was founded by the day laborers who rebuilt New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Today, the Congreso’s members are among those leading the fight to stop deportations across the United States and win human rights for immigrants.   Members of the Congreso were on the front page of the New York Times this past December for the leadership role in fighting for immigrant rights.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Lead and manage strategic campaigns. 
  2. Lead and supervise organizers. Provide support and accountability for growing team of field organizers who are carrying out outreach, leadership development, cultural organizing, and member defense.
  3. Direct organizational and membership growth.
  4. Manage and coordinate member defense strategies.   Running campaigns to stop individual members’ deportations, using an array of strategies including policy advocacy, media, and ally mobilization. 
  5. Manage member services.  Accompany members through all of the processes of the criminal justice system, including traffic and criminal court, and in deportation proceedings; and advocate for members to ensure they access their full rights.
  6. Manage strategic partnerships and alliances.
  7. Represent the organization publicly.
  8. Coordinate and integrate with the broader New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice team.

Qualifications

  • The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative.  A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
    • Creative
    • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people 
    • Faith in poor people’s ability to change the world 
    • Patience and stamina 
    • The ability to work under pressure 
    • Love of team work and a good team player.
    • The Congreso and the New Orleans Workers’ Center are strongly committed to multi-racial organizing, and racial justice, economic justice and gender justice frames.  While the immigrant justice organizer will focus primarily on the work described above, candidates must be committed to supporting African American organizing for jobs; labor organizing for workers’ rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand democracy in the South.
    • Great familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement.
    • 3 years experience in grassroots organizing required – including outreach, leadership development, and campaigns
    • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish
    • Must have strong writing skills, office skills, and self-organization skills
    • Must drive and have valid driver’s license

Accountability

The Lead Organizer is supervised by the Executive Director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

Salary commensurate with experience.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to:  Sheena Brown at sheena@nowcrj.org.  Phone inquires will not be accepted.

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