Position: National Organizer
Department: National Program
Position Type: Full-Time ─ Exempt
Location: Hybrid (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Birmingham), or U.S. – Remote
Reports to: National Director
Salary Range: $59,000 – $90,000, depending on experience and location
At this critical time for lower-income, frontline communities and people of color, JMA is uniquely positioned to advance a powerful agenda for equitable job creation and climate justice. JMA is working to ensure that the recent federal achievements of the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act, the CHIPS Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act lead to good jobs, with equitable access to them for historically underrepresented groups. As we build out the U.S.’s green manufacturing sector, it is critical that we create a high-road industry that works for all. As the National Organizer, you will support groups around the country organizing for good jobs and equitable hiring in these major infrastructure and manufacturing investments.
Who we are ─ About Jobs to Move America:
Jobs to Move America is a national and multi-regional 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 prosperous economy with good jobs and healthier communities for all. To learn more, visit our website: www.jobstomoveamerica.org.
What You’ll Do ─ Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Within 6 months:
- Support coalition-building efforts by groups who wish to negotiate community benefits agreements (CBAs) with green manufacturers who are locating in their communities
- Identify and develop local community organizations to anchor CBA coalitions
- Develop and maintain 1:1 relationships through regular meetings and consistent follow-up with key stakeholders
- Provide technical assistance to local groups to support local advocacy efforts around local hiring and good jobs policies
- With proper training from the National and Communications team, develop the ability to act as an effective spokesperson for JMA’s vision, work and campaigns
- Comply with all organizational policies and procedures, including timely attention to administrative responsibilities
- Help contribute to JMA’s organizational development, for example assisting with grants efforts, and participating in JMA staff committees (not to exceed 15% of time)
- Some travel is required, around once every 2 months
Within 1 year:
- Contribute to the development of comprehensive campaign strategy through regular power mapping, analysis of the landscape and identification of opportunities to build the power we need in order to win CBAs
- Work with National team and Communications team to strategize on earned media and other press opportunities for JMA
About you ─ Required Qualifications:
The ideal candidate is able to dive into our campaigns and take initiative over their work. You should have most of the following qualifications:
- 3-10 years of experience in labor, community, environmental, advocacy and/or political campaigns. Candidates with more extensive work experience may be considered for a Senior role with additional responsibilities.
- Experience in building coalitions across a range of stakeholders
- Facilitation skills and ability to move coalition members to shared agreement and action
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate JMA’s work to the public and to a wide variety of stakeholders
- Ability to build and sustain authentic and productive working relationships with colleagues across race and other group identities, including JMA employees as well as external partners
- Ability to continually assess and deepen the commitment of key stakeholders, through regular 1:1s, thoughtful asks, and securing of commitments
- Maintain a high level of timely follow-up to follow through on commitments – both personal commitments made as well as commitments made by partners
- Demonstrated self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions
- Ability to work independently and remotely when necessary
- Ability to carry out assignments to completion and meet deadlines
Other Physical Requirements:
- Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
- Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
- Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone with reasonable accommodations
What Else You Should Know ─ Compensation/Benefits:
- 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums for the employee and dependents
- Generous paid time off including 12 personal days, 12 federal holidays, and 2 floating holidays each year. JMA has a paid, two-week winter break at the end of each December. Staff can accrue up to 20 vacation days and 20 sick days. After 5 years of work, all staff are eligible for 3 months of sabbatical leave.
- 401(k) plan with 5% employer contribution after 6 months of employment
- Flexible spending account (FSA)
- Cell phone reimbursement
- Utility/Internet monthly stipend for those working from home
- Work from home office set up provided if needed
- Training and professional development opportunities are available upon completion of the probationary period
- A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices
- Qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer
- JMA is a unionized workplace. This position is included in the collective bargaining agreement.
How to Apply
Complete the application form here and upload a cover letter, resume, and three work references. Only applications submitted via this process will be considered. No phone calls, please. Candidates who advance in the interview process will be asked to complete a writing assessment.
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, 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 diverse, engaged, and motivated employees are essential to achieving our goals of economic, racial, and social justice. JMA believes that each employee’s voice is valuable and that when all employees contribute ideas to the organization’s operation, it enhances the success of the organization overall.
In order to assist us in achieving our goals as a diverse and inclusive workforce, we ask optional self-identification questions in the job application.