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Executive Director

Based in New Orleans, LA


The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice seeks a highly talented and experienced Executive Director.

About the Organization:
The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice is a multi-racial membership based organization dedicated to building the power and participation of poor people in order to expand democracy and transform the economy. We organize directly affected people, and couple their courage with strategic legal, policy, and communications work to build campaigns that advance racial justice, immigrant rights, and a fair economy. Our members are African American and immigrant workers and families in New Orleans and rural Louisiana. The Workers’ Center anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the Seafood Workers Alliance, as well as a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power. Over the last more than ten years, the Center’s organizing and policy victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. For more information go to www.nowcrj.org and www.guestworkeralliance.org.

About the Position
This position is based in New Orleans, LA. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors of NOWCRJ.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Staff management and support:
Provide leadership, support and accountability as well as overall guidance for lead staff and campaign teams.

  • Directly supervise a growing team of lead staff (currently five direct reports)
  • Identify areas of growth for staff and create opportunities for development both through internal and external training and hands on learning
  • Provide constructive and systematic feedback and evaluation of lead team members
  • Manage leads success in meeting goals and deadlines.
  • Work with staff and members to develop member-led strategic campaign plans and support leads in building work plans for themselves and their teams
  • Help create and maintain a deep organizing culture to support powerful teams based on trust, love, and accountability
  • Responsible for high performance and high production values of the organization overall
  • Support organizing leads in collaborating with the legal department to build strategic campaign work

Fundraising and financial management of the organization

  • Manage and build funder and donor relationships to secure diverse financial resources and meet budgetary priorities
  • Manage the overall organizational budget to assure stability and take opportunities for growth
  • Engage staff in fundraising program and budgeting
  • Oversee strategic integration between organizing and development

Organizing the united front and positioning the organization

  • Maintain, manage and develop NOWCRJ’s strategic partners and allies to support organizational and campaign goals and create the resources and space for members to build power
  • Work to position the organization locally, regionally, and nationally to advance the member goals and long-term organizational sustainability
  • Multi-racial, cross-base alliance building
  • Seek out and create opportunities for the organizing work to connect and build power, alliance and solidarity toward shared vision and politics across bases
  • Coordinate and integrate the organizing with the legal department (and other strategic support departments, like communications and research, if funding permits)
  • Build the broader movement allies

Other duties as needed: This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

Salary Range: Competitive, commensurate with experience

Who You Are
Key qualifications:

  • The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
    • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
    • Faith in poor peoples’ ability to transform the world
    • Patience and stamina
    • The ability to work well under pressure
    • Love of teamwork and team building
    • Enthusiasm for using the law and legal work to build member power
  • Experience in a leadership role in the labor movement, pro-black movements, immigrant rights movements, or grassroots electoral organization
  • Strong experience managing a team
  • A track record of hiring, developing and retaining a multi-racial team and building team cultures where people of color can thrive
  • Demonstrated understanding of how race, gender and class dynamics impact supervisory relationships, organizational culture, partnerships, campaigns and coalition work.
  • Ability to deepen a racial justice approach within an organization
  • Proven ability to fundraise and manage budgets
  • Strong writing skills and personal organization skills
  • Spanish language skills and/or experience with language justice preferred

NOWCRJ is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@nowcrj.org and mention this job title in the subject line of your email. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. Application process will be open until position is filled.

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