Lead Organizer (30 hrs/ week) (Idealist Link)

This is an historic moment for the political landscape of Massachusetts. If you want to help activate faith communities, build bridges with worker organizations, and amplify the voices of low-wage workers, women, immigrants and people of color, our Organizer position may be the job for you.

MIWJ (www.massinterfaith.org; ww.facebook.com/Mass.IWJ/) is looking for an Organizer to lead our campaign work with faith communities and worker rights organizations. The Organizer will have the opportunity to learn from and train under the current MIWJ organizer before she leaves her current position.

The Organizer will work with the MIWJ Executive Committee, member organizations, and activists to participate fully in the planning and implementation of our work plan. The Organizer will work out of our partner organization’s office (MA Jobs with Justice) in Jamaica Plain under the supervision of our Executive Committee and the Co-Directors of MA Jobs with Justice.

The Organizer’s work will include, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities:

Campaign Work

  • Connect with worker groups to bring the voice of affected workers, immigrants and people of color to faith communities.

  • Connect with a diversity of faith communities to get involved in our campaign work. This includes outreach to congregations to schedule worker visits through our Labor in the Pulpits/on the Bima/in the Minbar program.

  • Work with labor and community organizations to integrate MIWJ into overall building of workers' movement including connecting work of our campaigns to other organizing and community struggles as appropriate.

  • Coordinate activists, including facilitating monthly membership meetings, meeting one on one with activists, updating/educating activists on relevant campaigns, actions, and events, empowering activists to play a role in the organization’s mission, etc.

  • Outreach and relationship building with faith communities, faith-based and workers rights organizations, unions, student groups, etc. to build coalitions and collaborative on events and campaigns.

  • Perform public speaking and writing to explain campaign goals and promote the MIWJ mission

Fundraising

  • Take the lead role on fundraising events, including our annual breakfast

  • Write appeals for funds and orchestrate the sending of our annual letter

  • Coordinate with the MIWJ Grant Writer and Executive Committee to design fundraising plan and ensure all avenues for fundraising are being explored effectively

Administrative and Miscellaneous

  • Work with Executive Committee to update and revise budget as needed

  • Work with our fiscal sponsor and bookkeeper to track funds

  • Maintain online communications, including email, social media, and website.

  • Update membership database regularly

  • Design and update necessary materials (i.e. brochures, flyers)

  • Ensure outreach to relevant news media to obtain media coverage of our campaigns and issues.

Qualifications include

  • strong writing and interpersonal communication skills, including social media

  • knowledge of and commitment to worker justice issues

  • knowledge of/familiarity with faith traditions and economic social justice

  • community or labor organizing experience

  • a commitment to the dignity of every working person and the well-being of all workers

  • theological education a plus

  • training/public speaking experience a plus

  • ability to speak Spanish is desirable but not required

  • Women, people of color and immigrants highly encouraged to apply.

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location

  • Full Time Schedule

  • High School Diploma Required

Benefits

Health care and dental benefits, paid vacation, holidays and sick time.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish desirable but not required.

How To Apply

massiwj@gmail.com

http://www.massinterfaith.org

Please send in a resume, a cover letter, and two professional references to massiwj@gmail.com with the position written in the subject line.

Location

375 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  We seek a diverse pool of volunteers and applicants for all opportunities and responsibilities within the organization – in particular with respect to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and people of all ages and abilities.

Immigrant Rights Organizer

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice (www.massjwj.net) is seeking a organizer to coordinate and carry out the overall work of the organization, including coalition building, campaigns, communications and administration of our community labor coalition in Massachusetts.

The Organizer will work with Jobs with Justice staff, partners, and activists to carry out the work of our organization and participate fully in the planning and implementation of our work-plan as outlined by our Steering and Executive Committee. The Organizer will work under the supervision of our Co-Directors based in our headquarters in Boston.

The Organizer’s work will include, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities

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  • Do outreach to and build relationships with community organizations, student groups, faith-based groups, and unions, etc to build coalitions and collaborations with JWJ campaigns as well as support on their events and campaigns.

  • Work with labor and community organizations to integrate JWJ work into overall building of workers' movement including connecting work of our campaigns to other organizing, bargaining and community struggles as appropriate.

  • Do direct outreach to workers as well as regular one on one conversations with local leaders.

  • Facilitate local unions & allies developing goals & strategy of campaigns.

  • Facilitate regular coalition and campaign meetings.

  • Plan and implement campaign events and actions.

  • Ensure outreach to elected officials as needed.

  • Ensure outreach to relevant news media to obtain earned media coverage of our campaigns and issues.

  • Perform public speaking and writing to explain campaign goals.

  • Maintain online communications, including email and social media.

  • Execute fundraising plan in region.

  • Collaborate with JwJ staff and Executive Board to develop work plans, campaign plans, and fundraising plans.

  • Serve as point person in National Jobs with Justice campaigns as appropriate.

 Desired qualifications for applicants:

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice, and building working class power

  • Familiarity with Massachusetts political and organizing landscape

  • Familiarity with Massachusetts immigrant rights organizing landscape and immigrant populations and communities

  • Ability to relate to the diverse membership of our coalition, from organizational decision-makers to workers and activists

  • Ability to travel to meetings throughout Massachusetts

  • 2 or more years of labor or community organizing experience

Benefits

This is a union-represented position. Salary is based on experience and set within parameters of our collective bargaining agreement. The salary for this position is $42,000 per year. Jobs with Justice provides a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, retirement and professional development benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual in Spanish or Portuguese a requirement. Women, people of color and immigrants highly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education

No requirement

How to Apply

Accepting rolling applications until position is filled. Please send in a resume, a cover letter, and two professional references to search@massjwj.net.

In your cover letter, you must address your Familiarity with Massachusetts organizing landscape and your experience in community and labor organizing, particularly your experience with immigrant rights organizing and immigrant populations and communities.

Massachusetts Jobs With Justice is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  We seek a diverse pool of volunteers and applicants for all opportunities and responsibilities within the organization – in particular with respect to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and people of all ages and abilities.