Director of Organizing

Interfaith Worker Justice seeks an experienced organizer with management experience to lead IWJ’s organizing department. Candidates should have excellent verbal and written communications skills and an understanding of the dynamics of working with faith communities. The Organizing Director leads local and national IWJ campaigns and provides support and direction to the organizing department. This position will have extensive national travel.   

Accountability:   The position is directly accountable to the Executive Director. 


Provide robust supervision to organizing staff:

  • Supervise all organizing and policy staff by providing clear measurable goals and regular, constructive feedback.
  • Lead quarterly organizing staff retreats, weekly supervisory meetings with staff, and departmental meetings.
  • Prioritize team-building and leadership development.
  • Assess all departmental staff and create a development plan for each person that encourages staff retention.

Provide leadership for the organizing department and the IWJ network:

  • Build strong relationships with key leaders from affiliates across the IWJ network.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of major network-wide events, including trainings, the annual network convening, and other affiliate gatherings.
  • Strengthen the network leadership of affiliates in the strategy and decision-making of IWJ.
  • Lead the organizing department’s yearly work-planning, assignments, and budgeting.
  • Lead fundraising initiatives within the organizing team.
  • Provide program content for grant proposals and reports.

Provide leadership for the organization through the Senior Management Team:

  • Participate in staff directors’ meetings and retreats. Provide leadership and input for overall organizational goals and strategy.
  • Participate in bi-annual IWJ Board of Directors meetings and facilitate the IWJ Board of Directors organizing committee.
  • Oversee the organizing budget. Track all income sources and coordinate with administrative manager for year-to-date reports.
  • Meet with foundation officers and major donors as needed to raise the department budget.
  • Work with communications department to inform and optimize IWJ’s internal, affiliate, and public messaging.

Lead strategic partnership work through collaboration with labor, religious institutions and higher education institutions:

  • Participate in national coalitions and organizing tables.
  • Represent IWJ at denominational meetings on economic justice.
  • Build and maintain good relationships with partner organizations.
  • Participate in public policy tables as necessary.
  • Write and speak on key worker justice and faith issues.

Other:  In addition to the specific job responsibilities, the staff member will perform other tasks as requested.

Evaluation: The work will be evaluated based upon this job description, the specific goals and objectives established, and the person’s contributions in meeting the overall goals and objectives of the organization. 

Additional Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience in community and/or labor organizing.
  • At least three years of experience in supervising organizers.
  • Commitment to economic social justice.
  • Experience working within the religious community is a plus.
  • Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Strong time management and planning skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Ability to travel at least two weeks per month.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English strongly preferred.
  • Public speaking experience preferred.
  • Chicago-based and remote candidates will both be considered.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range for this position is $65,000-$70,000 depending upon experience. Interfaith Worker Justice is dedicated to ensuring workers’ rights and offers full and comprehensive benefits to its employees including: medical, dental and disability insurance, 401K retirement plan with organizational contribution, and pre-tax transportation plan. 

How to Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Put “Director of Organizing” in the subject line. No calls please. Interfaith Worker Justice is a union shop.  Interfaith Worker Justice is also an Equal Opportunity Employer.  People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.