Jobs to Move America

Jobs to Move America

Southern Program Director

Based in Birmingham, AL offices

JMA is currently seeking a Director with experience leading, developing and managing campaigns to lead a new Alabama based team to build a new program to win good jobs, access to training and community benefits agreements for the Black, Latinx and white workers that are employed at global manufacturers based in Alabama and Mississippi. This position is an excellent opportunity for organizers interested in new models of organizing at the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice to transform how global manufacturers receiving public support create good jobs and community benefits. The target starting date is February 1, 2019, or as soon thereafter as possible.

About Jobs to Move America (JMA)
Jobs to Move America supports quality American manufacturing jobs and generates career opportunities for historically underrepresented workers in the manufacturing industry, as well as those facing barriers to employment.

The Southern Program Director, who will be based in Birmingham, AL and will report to the executive director, will be responsible for the following:

  • Direct a two to three person team at a Birmingham, AL office that builds a community, worker, faith-based coalition to support access for Black, Latinx and women workers to good manufacturing jobs with training in Alabama and better jobs for all manufacturing workers.
  • Create a strategic plan to build a coalition of faith-based, community and labor organizations and to develop a public campaign around issues of employment equity and community benefits that includes research, organizing and communications components.
  • Move campaign messages effectively across media.
  • Create systems to manage a growing list of relevant contacts and campaign supporters/adversaries to advance monthly goals for each group.
  • Work with coalition partners and manufacturing workers to advance the JMA mission, including supervising research staff in the development of reports, fact sheets, white papers, and other campaign materials.


  • At least 7 years of full-time community and/or labor organizing experience, including at least 2 years of experience in a lead role, supervising organizers and researchers
  • Demonstrated success in managing and developing staff, community and worker leaders
  • Demonstrated success reaching and maintaining strong support while working on worker/community organizing and/or electoral campaigns
  • Experience developing and implementing a comprehensive campaign plan that includes research, organizing, and communications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the interests of people of color, women, veteran, and/or formerly incarcerated people at America's workplaces.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide array of constituencies including elected officials, agency staff, and members of the public.
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities, collaborate as part of a team, and work in a deadline driven environment.
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles
  • Has a car and a valid driver’s license

EXTRA CONSIDERATION will be given for candidates who:

  • Identify as persons of color, women, veterans, or formerly incarcerated persons and/or have had experience working with more than one of those groups.
  • Have experience working in the labor movement.
  • Are fluent speaking a language other than English.
  • Have experience with a workforce-reentry and/or pre-apprenticeship program.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Have experience managing a budget and/or working with funders
  • Relevant advanced education beyond a master’s degree will be given credit toward the starting salary

Terms of Employment
The salary range for the position is $72,000-$78,000/ year and is dependent upon experience. JMA offers full family health and dental benefits (at no premium cost to the employee) retirement, generous time off, cell phone reimbursement and work-related mileage reimbursement.

Application Process
This position is available starting February 1, 2018. Please email your cover letter, résumé and brief writing sample to mjanis@jobstomoveamerica.org with “Southern Director” in the subject line. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not receive a response. No phone calls, please.

JMA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

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