ARISE Chicago

ARISE Chicago

Member Organizer

Based in Chicago, IL

Job Description:
Full time position to work closely with and develop low-wage, primarily immigrant workers into powerful leaders in the labor movement.

Reports to Worker Center Program Director.

Internal Organizing - 40%

  • Conduct 1 on 1 meetings with promising new members & assess leadership potential
  • Asses for and recruit members to attend Leadership Institute
  • Plan Leadership Institute weekend trainings twice a year
  • Plan and execute annual Member Unity Potluck
  • Plan and coordinate annual Member Victory Party
  • Recruit and train members to become workshop trainers
  • Maintain membership records & track leadership data
  • Identify leadership development opportunities for members
  • Identify and recruit member candidates for Board of Directors
  • Produce member educational materials including flyers and social media materials
  • Maintain communication with membership via meetings, phone calls, mass texts, social media, and e-boletin newsletters
  • Create and distribute membership ID cards and t-shirts
  • Report and advocate for membership during weekly staff meeting

External Organizing - 40%

  • Coordinate with and support Arise Chicago staff on workplace organizing campaigns
  • Mobilize members to support the workplace campaigns of fellow members
  • Mobilize members to support the campaigns of Arise allies, including Raise the Floor, sister worker centers, advocacy groups, and labor unions
  • Mobilize members to support the organization’s public policy campaigns
  • Recruit and prepare members to represent the organization to religious congregation partners, including at annual Labor in the Pulpit event
  • Recruit, prepare, and accompany members to represent the organization in conferences
  • Recruit and prepare members to participate in fundraising, including foundation site visits and annual Breakfast fundraiser

New Member Outreach & Education - 10%

  • Recruit new worker members for the organization
  • Lead monthly Workers’ Rights Workshops at Arise & periodically at community locations
  • Greet “walk-in” workers who arrive in person to the Worker Center
  • Manage worker center hotline: respond to worker inquiries invite to upcoming workshops
  • Represent the organization in community and coalition settings

Administrative Support - 10%

  • Provide data for grant writing and reporting, as requested
  • Produce annual membership report for staff retreat
  • Manage the renting & borrowing of equipment, including projector/interpretation devices
  • Collaborate with communications director to maintain and update website

Skills & Qualifications:
Required Qualifications

  • Full English and Spanish bilingual fluency is required (native Spanish-speakers preferred). Please do not apply if you are not fully bilingual
  • Basic training in community or union organizing
  • Strong respect for and comfort working with diverse immigrant and religious communities
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in groups
  • Familiarity with leadership development practices
  • Commitment to social justice and the empowerment of low-income communities
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and meeting facilitation skills
  • Basic computer skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 years of community or union organizing experience
  • Teaching or training experience
  • First-hand work experience in low-wage jobs

Compensation commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits including health, dental, long and short term disability, and generous vacation and sabbatical policies. Unique, collaborative and supportive work environment, with talented and dedicated team.

Arise Chicago is an equal opportunity employer. In order to best reflect our membership, immigrants, people of color, and women are especially encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Send résumé and cover letter to: info@arisechicago.org
Please include “Member Organizer Application” in the subject line.

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