National Organizer

IWJ seeks a dynamic and experienced organizer to lead IWJ’s national campaign work, provide organizing training and technical assistance to local IWJ affiliates, design and implement new strategies for organizing and mobilizing workers and people of faith, and develop and maintain relationships with faith and labor affiliates, worker centers, and organized labor. This position will have extensive national travel.   

Accountability: The position is directly accountable to the Director of Organizing.

Responsibilities: 

Provide training and technical assistance to IWJ affiliates.The organizer will:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to IWJ affiliates via site visits, regional trainings, and webinars, including: assistance with base-building, leadership development, religious outreach, campaign strategy, planning direct actions, and public policy campaigns on issues such as wage theft and minimum wage.
  • Recruit and develop new affiliate organizations in priority regions and industries.
  • Train affiliates on OSHA health and safety regulations and organize Health and Safety Committees in partnership with affiliates.
  • Develop training resources and lead workshops as part of IWJ’s training program.
  • Contribute to the development of written and online organizing resources and toolkits.
  • Organize and coordinate calls, video conferences, and meetings among affiliates to plan campaign strategy, share best practices and resources, and encourage peer-learning.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner organizations, including other worker center networks, unions, and faith-based organizations.
  • Contribute to the vision and direction of the IWJ network as a whole.

Lead IWJ’s organizing strategy on national campaigns.The organizer will:

  • Lead the development and implementation of local and national field strategies and tactics—in partnership with unions, IWJ’s board, other staff, partners, and affiliates.
  • Partner with affiliates to develop working relationships with key agencies within the Department of Labor and other federal departments.
  • Organize affiliates to partner with unions and faith communities on national campaigns (e.g. Fight for $15, Pay Stubs for All, etc).
  • Organize national days of action for key worker issues, such as the Wage Theft Day of Action.

Other:  In addition to the specific job responsibilities, the staff member will:

  • Represent the organization in religious communities, the media, and local, regional, and national meetings.
  • Support fundraising efforts.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and events.
  • Attend board meetings as requested.
  • 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 3-5 years of experience in community and/or labor organizing.
  • Commitment to economic social justice.
  • A faith background and strong experience working with worker centers, the labor community, and/or the religious community.
  • Strong writing and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to travel. This position requires considerable domestic travel in busy periods.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English is strongly preferred.
  • Training/public speaking experience is a plus.
  • Theological education a plus.

Location: The base location is flexible, given willingness and ability for regular travel.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range for this position is $48,000-$53,000 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 jobs@iwj.org. Put “National Field Organizer” 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.