Workers Center for Racial Justice

Workers Center for Racial Justice

Operations Director

Based in Chicago, IL

The Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ) is a grassroots organization founded in 2012 by a group of unemployed and formerly incarcerated Black workers. Our core work revolves around organizing unemployed, low-wage and formerly incarcerated Black workers for racial and economic justice. Our mission is to eliminate the barriers to sustainable and living wage employment for Black workers, strengthen economic security for Black families, work to end the over-criminalization prevalent in the Black community, and advance a progressive pro-worker agenda that will lead to inclusion and prosperity for all marginalized workers. While a majority of our leaders are African American, our intended audience is individuals of the African diaspora who we broadly identify as Black Workers.

The overarching goals for the WCRJ are to: 1) build a base of unemployed, low-wage and formerly incarcerated Black workers with critical consciousness and deep analysis of structural racialization; 2) develop and advance a set of policies at the metropolitan and state level that seek to eliminate persistent racial inequality in the areas of employment and criminal justice; 3) improve the working conditions and earnings in low-wage job sectors; 4) directly challenge implicit bias associated with Black workers in order to change the narrative about them; and 5) shift the public discourse on race, and advance a grassroots racial justice agenda.

The WCRJ is looking for experienced operations director to join our staff to help build the organization, and lead us through the next phase of our development.

Job Scope:
The Operations Director is a critical position at the WCRJ. The ideal candidate will be able to wear multiple hats, allowing him/her to provide leadership oversight and management of WCRJ’s Accounting, Human Resources, IT and Office Management. The position will oversee these back-office functions to support the day-to-day operations and logistics for all of WCRJ’s campaigns and programmatic work.

The Operations Director will be highly organized and mission-focused, helping to build and grow WCRJ’s back office systems, work flows and processes ensuring that they are anticipatory of and help drive, organizational accountability, compliance and growth. He/she along with the Executive Director, will help set the organizational culture for how WCRJ employees interact with each other and the various constituencies that we engage.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage all accounting functions ensuring accounts are reconciled, bills are paid on time and reports are drafted and sent to the board and Executive Director in a timely manner
  • Lead the budgeting process for the organization
  • Guide financial decisions by establishing, monitoring, and enforcing policies and procedures
  • Lead the audit & IRS 990 process to insure that financials are filed ahead of Federal deadlines
  • Make sure all the necessary reports and paperwork are filed with the Illinois Secretary of State and Attorney General on time

Human Resources

  • Manage all HR processes; including:
    • Determining compensation and benefits for staff
    • Manage the onboarding process for all new staff
    • Guiding the Executive Director and board in HR matters
    • Partnering with the Executive Director and board in all aspects of the employee lifecycle including attracting, hiring, orientation, developmental growth, and termination of employees
    • Risk Management
    • Employee relations
    • Maintain, update, create as needed, and ensure implementation of HR Policies for the overall operation and effectiveness of the organization
    • Keep track of staff hours and PTO

Information Technology

  • Responsible for planning, creating and managing WCRJ’s IT infrastructure
  • Responsible for distributing and keeping track of all WCRJ’s hardware, software and access to databases
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to maintain the integrity of WCRJ’s databases
  • Maintain and regularly update the organization’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter account
  • Enter data into the organization’s databases (Powerbase and VAN)

General Operations

  • Provide direct support to staff in creating goals, budgets, timelines, daily tasks, work flows, logistics, day-to-day problem solving and planning and executing long-term campaigns and projects
  • Maintain regular training, personal development, mission inspiration, and team building activities for the staff
  • Manage the office, ensuring that the facility is clean and as accessible as possible
  • Represent WCRJ at different events as an effective public speaker


  • Operations experience working at a social justice organization or labor union strongly preferred
  • 3+ years of progressive accounting and financial reporting experience
  • Minimum 2-3 years hands-on non-profit leadership, management, team-building and strategic planning experience
  • 1-3 year managing IT Operations
  • 3 + years of human resource and recruiting experience
  • Experience working with and a passion for serving the Black community
  • Strong critical-thinking skills
  • Strong interest and passion for racial and economic justice and Black Liberation
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, with demonstrated ability to present and interact effectively with all levels of an organization, from intern through Board of Directors and in public speaking engagements.
  • Strong knowledge of QuickBooks
  • Ability to work independently and a passion to roll up your sleeves to get the job done
  • Car and valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends as needed
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive, Google Mail, Powerbase, VAN, etc.)

To Apply
Please email resume’ and cover letter to info@center4racialjustice.org.

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