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New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

National Guestworker Alliance

Position: New England Lead Organizer

About the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA):

The NGA is a national organization of low-wage and contingent workers across the United States. Founded ten years ago by workers in the U.S. Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, NGA represents contingent workers across many industries, including food manufacturing, construction, service, hospitality, and logistics.

About the Position

This position is based in New England with an initial focus on New Bedford, MA Providence, RI and Fall River, MA.

National Guestworker Alliance seeks a highly talented and experienced Lead Organizer.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Drive our strategic industry wide organizing plan with the local and national team. Provide support and supervision to a growing team of field organizers. Assure development of short and medium term work plans with clear measureable goals, strategies and tactics necessary to win campaigns. Evaluate potential organizing targets and integrate research, legal analysis and other information into campaign planning.
  1. Work directly with the field team to grow the worker association, build leadership capacity among the base and move the industry wide campaign. Assure the team is building, maintaining, and developing NGA worker contacts and membership. Support, expand and deepen member leadership and leadership structures through one on ones, membership meetings, leadership meetings and other fieldwork. Support the political development of worker leaders. Support the team in managing lists, charts, and databases and assure that fieldwork is clearly and systematically carried out and recorded.
  1. Directly supervise and provide support and accountability for a growing team of organizers who are building the worker association, developing contacts, assessing members, running leadership development, supporting committee development and running member defense strategies. Manage field organizers’ success in meeting goals and deadlines. Provide constructive support and evaluation and suggest areas of growth. Responsible for high performance and high production values of the team overall.
  1. Maintain, manage and develop NGA’s strategic partners and regional allies in civil, gender and labor rights organizations to support broad organizational and campaign goals and create the best possible space for workers to organize.
  1. Coordinate and integrate work with legal, research and communication staff and with the broader movement allies.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

Who You Are

Key qualifications:

  • The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
    • Creativity
    • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
    • Faith in poor peoples’ ability to transform the world
    • Patience and stamina
    • The ability to work well under pressure
    • Love of teamwork and the ability to be a good team player
  • The NGA / New Orleans Workers’ Center are strongly committed to racial justice, international solidarity and alliance building, economic justice and gender justice frames. While the lead organizer will focus primarily on the work described above, candidates must be committed to supporting African American organizing for access to dignified jobs; immigrant organizing for civil rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand dignity and democracy in the South.
  • Familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement.
  • Five to seven years’ experience in community, labor, or grassroots electoral organizing – including member recruitment, leadership development, and campaigns preferred.
  • Experience training, supporting and supervising community or labor organizer teams.
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish.
  • K’iche’ language abilities a plus.
  • Must have strong writing skills, office skills, and self-organization skills.
  • Must drive and have valid driver’s license.

National Guestworker Alliance / NOWCRJ is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email a cover letter and resume to kati@guestworkeralliance.org and mention this job title in the subject line of your email.   Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. Application process will be open until position is filled.


New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Congress of Day Laborers

Position: Immigrant Justice Organizer, Congress of Day Laborers

RELEASE DATE

June 22, 2016

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity. NOWCRJ anchors two grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers and Stand with Dignity, both of which are on the cutting edge of movements to end criminalization, exploitation, and exclusion in New Orleans. NOWCRJ also anchors the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), a national organization dedicated to winning rights and respect for guestworkers and building a social movement in response to the transformation of work in the United States, and 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

ABOUT THE CONGRESO DE JORNALEROS:

The Congreso de Jornaleros/Congress of Day Laborers is an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Today, Congreso is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region, and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers and families into public life and social movement participation. Congreso members organize at the intersections of the criminal legal and immigration enforcement systems, leading visionary campaigns in partnership with other marginalized communities to win human rights and dignity for affected people.

POSITION SUMMARY

NOWCRJ seeks a passionate, innovative dedicated, creative Immigrant Justice Organizer to participate in the implementation of strategic campaigns, develop member defense strategies, coordinate member services, lead engaging popular education programming, and support Congreso members’ own leadership development.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The new organizer will work closely with the rest of the Congreso team to execute a fluid set of responsibilities from the following list, (subject to change depending on shifting conditions and relevant experience):

  1. Develop and facilitate energetic meeting agendas that build our membership’s political analysis and engagement. This may include strategy sessions with member-leaders, support groups, and large general assembly Defend Your Rights workshops. Click the following links for a sense of Congreso weekly general assembly meeting activities: Solidaridad con Orlando, Vivos en el Congreso!, DAPA o Accion?
  1. Coordinate member defense strategies. Oversee a community raid-monitoring program, which may include supporting members in testimony-collection, inputting data, and noting trends. Develop campaigns to stop deportations using an array of strategies including media coverage, ally mobilization, pro-se prosecutorial discretion requests, etc.
  1. Carry out and coordinate member services. Build relationships and support members through accompaniment and translation at doctor’s visits, appointments, and in interactions with the criminal legal system, including traffic and criminal court. Support members in accessing their full rights. Maintain accurate documentation to support necessary follow-up.
  1. Plan and facilitate programming that builds our community. This may include fundraisers, holiday parties, story circles, gardening sessions, attending national conferences with member-leaders, etc.
  1. Participate in strategic political campaigns. This may include participating in strategy discussions, policy research, power mapping, and action planning and logistics.
  1. Build and maintain relationships with key allies, volunteers, coalitions, etc. on behalf of the Congreso and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

QUALIFICATIONS

The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative.  A successful applicant will have the following qualities:

  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Love of teamwork and a good team player.
  • Faith in poor people’s ability to change the world
  • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
  • Strong project management skills; experience overseeing and bottom-lining multiple concurrent projects.
  • Creativity, patience, positive attitude, and stamina
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement and deportation defense.
  • 3 years experience in grassroots organizing required – including outreach, leadership development, and strategic campaigns
  • Strong time-management, writing, office, and organizational skills
  • Experience coordinating volunteers is a plus
  • Must know how to drive and have a car

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

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 and criminal justice reform; labor organizing for workers’ rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand democracy in the South.

ACCOUNTABILITY

The immigrant justice organizer is supervised by Congreso’s Lead Immigrant Justice Organizer at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to LaToya Johnson at ljohnson@nowcrj.org , with “IMMIGRANT JUSTICE ORGANIZER” in the subject line. Phone inquires will not be accepted.


 

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New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

CONGRESS OF DAY LABORERS

 

Position Announcement: Equal Justice Works Community Paralegal Fellowship – Two Years

Organization: New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

Timeline: Interviews on a rolling basis in July 2015. Finalists will be selected in early August. Equal Justice Works will make the final decision. Selected candidates must be able to start work in New Orleans in September 2015.

 

Background:

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.

The Congress of Day Laborers (Congreso) 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 recently featured in national media in July for their continued call for an end to ICE abuses even as the DAPA lawsuit is ongoing.

Founded by law students in 1986, Equal Justice Works is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a just society by mobilizing the next generation of lawyers committed to equal justice. To achieve this, Equal Justice Works offer a continuum of opportunities for law students and lawyers that provide the training and skills that enable them to provide effective representation to underserved communities and causes. To help foster public interest values in students, Equal Justice Works collaborates with law schools to expand public interest programming on law school campuses. It also hosts one of the largest public interest law conference career fairs in the country, bringing students and public interest employers from across the country together in one place for job opportunities, networking and leadership training. Equal Justice Works is working with an anonymous funder to create seven post-graduate legal Fellowships and seven paralegal positions to work for two years providing high-quality, high-volume legal services to immigrants seeking relief under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice is the New Orleans site. The fellowship runs for two years from September 2015 to August 2017.

Key Responsibilities

The community paralegal will work closely with the Equal Justice Works attorney fellow and organizing and legal staff of the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice with a programmatic focus on the Congress of Day Laborers to provide high-quality, high-volume legal services to immigrants seeking relief under the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs as well as other types of immigration protections.  Services may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting outreach to underserved populations to locate individuals eligible for DAPA or DACA relief;
  • Providing support for legal representation in relation to DAPA and DACA applications, defense of eligible individuals against deportation and criminalization, and applications for other immigration protections;
  • Working with individuals in immigration detention and families whose family members are or have been held in immigration detention;
  • Creating and conducting popular education “know your rights” sessions; and
  • Working with individuals to remove barriers to future immigration relief

Qualifications

The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:

  • Creative and deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
  • Faith in poor peoples’ ability to change the world
  • Patience and stamina
  • The ability to work under pressure
and maintain attention to detail
  • Love of team work and a good team player
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Know how to drive and have a valid driver’s license

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 Equal Justice Community paralegal 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.

Compensation

The selected Paralegal will receive an annual salary of $34,500 annually for two years, competitive benefits, and training.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 references to: NOWCRJ at careers@nowcrj.org Please put “Equal Justice Works Paralegal” in the subject line. Phone inquires will not be accepted.

NOWCRJ will conduct interviews on a rolling basis until the end of July 2015. Finalists will be selected by mid-August 2015, and Equal Justice Works will make the final selection.

 

 

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