Job Title: Wages and Workers Rights Organizer
Reports To: IEP Director
Salary Level: Coordinator
Type of Position: Regular, Full-Time
This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employees may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Who We Are
United for a Fair Economy (UFE) exposes and challenges the deep-seated systemic causes of economic inequality and the racial wealth divide: institutionalized racism, low wages, regressive tax policies and more. We provide popular education trainings and support for organizers across the nation, engage in state and federal policy debates, and publish illuminating reports and infographics.
We strengthen grassroots power by sharing an interactive and accessible analysis of the economy and the racial wealth divide. Our popular education tools help people “connect the dots” between racial, social, economic, and environmental justice issues and the erosion of our democracy. We also help break the cycles of harm by training community organizers in practices of healing justice and through mediating conflict in relationships through circle practice.
Our key constituencies and partners include immigration activists and organizers (members, staff, and leaders), low-wage workers, economic and racial justice activists and organizers (staff, members, and leaders), youth leaders in high school and college, women labor leaders, labor educators, public health professionals, social justice foundations, wealthy people working for social structures that share the wealth, and other progressive activists, organizers, and community members. Our staff work in Massachusetts and North Carolina.
The Wages and Workers Rights Organizer will support the development of an intersectional wage justice campaign to win concrete policy changes that improve the lives of low-wage workers, including immigrants and new workers, across North Carolina. Success will be achieved by developing a representative coalition that is guided by and informed by the members and organizations on the ground that center their work on BIPOC communities. The Organizer will build strong relationships with coalition partners and support them in their work.
UFE’s Inclusive Economies Project, IEP, brings together grassroots organizations in strategic states to push for progressive and equitable public policy and supports the movement to a more inclusive and fair economy.
- 3-5 years’ experience in labor and/or community-based organizations.
- Experience working in grassroots organizing campaigns supporting the leadership of those directly impacted by systemic oppression.
- Experience in coalition organizing and coordination.
- Excellent facilitation skills and ability to be a team player.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Strong awareness of the intersections of race, class, identities, and gender.
- Commitment to economic and social justice and anti-oppression values and to building multicultural, anti-oppressive workplace.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen effectively and collaborate with other team members.
- Willingness to learn.
- Knowledge of public policy, the legislative process and organizing strategies.
- Effective communication skills – written, oral (public speaking), and listening.
- Ability to manage time and prioritize work.
- Strong technology and data skills. Ability to use data strategically to help advance organizing goals.
- Bilingual spoken and written skills (Spanish and English) desired but not required.
- Proven advocacy and organizing skills.
Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities
- Facilitate, coordinate, and engage members of the Raising Wages NC coalition.
- Rebuild and engage a cross-issue steering committee to guide the overall strategic direction of the Raising Wages campaign representing labor, grassroots, and policy organizations, both statewide and regional in scope.
- Help to plan a statewide strategy meeting and support ongoing working groups.
- Support regional affinity groups who are working on wage justice issues and localized campaigns.
- Research and target key municipalities where living wage ordinances can be introduced and passed for city/county workers in partnership with key policy organizations and local community-based organizations.
- Produce and disseminate compelling infographics and communications tools for grassroots organizers about living wage and workers’ rights.
- Coordinate on a timely and ongoing basis with the UFE team as well as key allies. This will happen with daily, weekly and monthly check-ins. You will follow a work plan to ensure accountability and clarity on our goals and expectations.
Teamwork and Duties
- Work with the IEP team in strategic power analysis and political landscaping of North Carolina
- Help with logistics in other UFE events in North Carolina, such as training and retreats; and provide support to other members of the team as needed.
- Use online tools such as Google Workspace and our PowerBase database to input data to help track activities and goals.
- Participate in other UFE work, including staff and program department
- meetings; organizational strategic planning and evaluation; and development activities.
- Participate in UFE’s efforts to become an anti-racist organization.
Salary and Benefits:
This is a 32 hours-per-week, full-time position. UFE has a flexible 32-hour work week structure. Salary range is $50,000-$55,000 a year, depending on experience. UFE offers excellent benefits, including fully employer-sponsored healthcare, mostly sponsored dental plan, Flexible Spending Account and disability and life insurance. Employees are also provided with a 401(k)-retirement plan, 13 paid holidays, 4 weeks of vacation, sick time and parental leave. A full summary of benefits will be provided upon request.
United for a Fair Economy is an equal opportunity employer. Women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color), people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.