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Illinois Lead Organizer


Position Title: IL Lead Organizer
Reports to: Illinois Director
Application Deadline: Accepted until filled
Anticipated Start Date: Flexible
Position Type: Full-Time ─ Exempt

We’ve got big things ahead of us in Illinois and are searching for a talented organizer who wants to get in on the ground floor of a big campaign to win with workers and the community. This is a great opportunity for an organizer who is interested in new organizing models to embed racial and economic justice in the green industrial economy. The ideal candidate is excited to take the lead on JMA’s organizing program and carry our coalitions to big victories. 


Jobs to Move America (JMA) is a national strategic policy center that works to transform public spending and corporate behavior using a comprehensive approach that is rooted in racial and economic justice, and community organizing. We seek to advance a fair and worker-centered economy with good jobs and healthier communities for all. To learn more, visit our website: and Illinois Program work. 


JMA is at the forefront of smart policy and strategic organizing to win real benefits for communities and workers of color who too often have been left behind. As the Illinois Organizer, you will be responsible for leading and growing the network of workers, grassroots community members, and coalition partners that are engaged in our campaigns to win community benefits agreements and worker-centered equity policies. The Organizer pays special attention to organizing key stakeholders that can include workers at a specific worksite, grassroots community members in key geographic areas, and/or organizational and union partners to advance a shared vision of racial equity and worker power. 

The Work

  • Develop and drive JMA’s field coordination efforts to organize workers and community members  to win community benefits campaigns and worker-centered policies
  • Expand and maintain substantial 1:1 relationships through regular meetings and consistent follow-up with key stakeholders including developing and running monthly coalition meetings
  • Ensure implementation of our community benefits agreement with a local manufacturer to develop jobs pipeline that prioritizes the hiring and training of workers of color, women, veterans, and people with records
  • Contribute to JMA’s organizational development. For example, assisting with fundraising, providing peer evaluations, and participating in JMA staff committees (not to exceed 15% of time)
  • (For Senior Level) Act as an effective spokesperson for JMA’s vision, work and campaigns and represent JMA in high-stakes meeting with decision makers
  • (For Senior Level) Strengthen JMA’s organizing program, strategies and toolkit by producing organizing and campaign materials and contributing to strategic planning 

The Necessary Skills

  • 2-5 years experience organizing with workers, community groups, and/or unions to win comprehensive strategic campaigns. Candidates with more than 3 years relevant campaign experience may be considered for senior level position
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including recruiting and leadership development and engaging diverse stakeholders via tailored messaging
  • Ability to continually assess and deepen the commitment of key stakeholders 
  • Develop engagement plans, conduct 1 on 1s, develop leaders, and facilitate meetings to move coalition and/or worker committee members to agreement and collective action 
  • Maintain good judgment, flexibility and creative thinking in difficult situations and evolving circumstances
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions and relationship building
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback 
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude 
  • Ability to develop and follow a work plan independently
  • Must have access to reliable vehicle for regular work-related travel
  • Familiarity with workforce development, training programs, labor unions, policy and/or research is a plus
  • Knowledge of and experience working within the political landscape and dynamics within diverse coalition spaces in Chicagoland and/or Illinois is a plus.

Note: This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the candidate. 


  • Compensation for this role is $63,500-78,500 depending on experience
  • Employer pays 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premiums
  • Generous time off including 12 personal days off a year, 12 paid vacation days, 12 sick days, 12 paid holidays, paid family leave, and eligibility to apply for a paid sabbatical after 5 years
  • Annual raises 
  • 401(k) plan with 5% employer contribution after 6 months of employment
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Cell phone reimbursement 
  • Mileage and parking reimbursement for work-related mileage 
  • Qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer 
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Work from home office set up provided if needed
  • This position is part of the staff union

COVID-19 Precaution(s)/Work Life Balance

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings
  • This will be a hybrid role- the candidate should be open to working 1-2 days a week in the office and working in the field as needed.
  • JMA understands the importance of work/life balance and seeks to ensure that all employees have the flexibility they need to achieve work goals and maintain personal balance and wellness.

How to Apply:  

Please complete this form to upload a cover letter, resume, and three work references as soon as possible. Cover letter must describe your commitment to JMA’s mission and your ability to be successful in this role. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Only applications submitted via the above link will be considered. No phone calls, please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications may not receive a reply. Applicants may be asked to provide a writing sample and/or perform an exercise later in the selection process. 

JMA Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement 

We are an EEO/affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. We work to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforce zero tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.  

Those who identify as persons of color, women, LGBTQ, veterans, or formerly incarcerated persons, and/or have had experience working with one or more of those groups are strongly encouraged to apply

JMA Diversity and Inclusion Statement

JMA believes that a diverse, engaged, and motivated staff are essential to achieving our goals of economic, racial, and social justice. JMA believes that each employee voice is valuable and that when all employees contribute to ideas to the organization’s operation, it enhances the success of the organization overall.