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Organizing Director

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Position: Organizing Director
Position Type: Full-Time ─ Exempt
Location: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Birmingham preferred; remote (work from home) available
Reports to: Co-Executive Director
Salary Range: $100,000 – $120,000 based on location and relevant experience

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:
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 build powerful coalitions to fight for community benefits agreements at green and high-tech manufacturers–ones who stand to benefit from billions of dollars of public investment. We want manufacturers to make real, legally-backed commitments to communities and workers for a voice on the job, equitable hiring and training, and other needs identified by communities. We are hiring a team of organizers to organize these coalitions and to build relationships with workers at targeted plants. We seek a Director to build JMA’s organizing program. 

Primary responsibilities include:

Develop JMA’s organizing methodology 

  • Create processes for how to build, structure, and assess our coalitions; how to engage and assess workers; how to engage community leaders and organizations 
  • Standardize worker and coalition assessments and data practices across JMA including using Salesforce 
  • Create materials and train staff on these methods and processes 
  • Develop and strengthen our analysis of power in how we organize
  • Operationalize intentional considerations of race, gender, and other identity-related oppressions in how our organizing is carried out
  • Work with JMA’s partner unions to develop a culture of practice for organizing methods on JMA campaigns.

Create training program for JMA’s organizers

  • Develop a curriculum for JMA’s organizers including onboarding new hires, training new organizers, and upskilling and coaching experienced organizers
  • Create materials to train organizers on how to organize effective community coalitions and engage workers
  • Periodically run training workshops for new and current organizers
  • Nurture a culture of winning and institutionalizing protections and gains for working people and in particular impacted-  and historically-marginalized communities and people of color.

Supervise JMA staff

  • Support JMA program directors, assistant program directors, and campaign managers in supervising organizers
  • Understand and provide lead thinking about strategy and organizing needs, purposes, outcomes, and plans for each of JMA’s campaigns
  • Regularly check-in and debrief with JMA organizers
  • Provide feedback to organizers to help them improve, participate in evaluations with organizers
  • Supervision may include traveling to shadow organizers in the field.

About you ─ Required Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate is able to quickly build up a supervising and training program for our organizers and should have:

  • At least 10 years of experience in labor, community, and/or coalition organizing with at least 5 years in a supervisory role
  • Experience in building coalitions across a range of stakeholders with the ability to move coalition members to shared agreement and action
  • Demonstrated ability to organize workers
  • Experience supervising organizers and leading them on campaigns
  • Experience working with data management systems to track contacts; Salesforce experience is a plus
  • Skill leading or creating organizing training programs preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team
  • Ability to provide useful and effective feedback
  • 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 
  • Maintain a high level of timely follow-up to follow through on commitments 
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions
  • Ability to work independently and remotely when necessary.

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 communicate clearly over the phone with reasonable accommodations 

What Else You Should KnowCompensation/Benefits: 

  • Salary Range is $100,000 – $120,000 depending on years of relevant experience and location with annual salary increases
  • 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 year. Employees can accrue up to 20 vacation days and 20 sick days. After 5 years of work, all staff are eligible to apply 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 a management level position and not a member of the bargaining unit.

How to Apply:  

Complete the form at this link and upload a cover letter, resume, and three work references.

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.

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.