Step Up Louisiana

Step Up Louisiana

External Labor Organizer
Low Wage Retail Worker Organizing

Based in New Orleans, Louisiana


Step Up Louisiana is looking for a full-time Labor Organizer to lead our worker organizing team.

About Step Up Louisiana
The members of Step Up Louisiana are committed to building power to win education and economic justice for all. Our members step up and go beyond voting to campaign, organize from a racial justice perspective and hold political and community leaders accountable. We work in our own neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces to disrupt systemic oppression. We build the people-power needed to win in our city and state.

Organizer (External Labor Organizer for Low Wage Retail Workers)

New Orleans, Louisiana

Duties and Responsibilities
Organizers perform a wide range of duties focused on coaching and leading workers to stand up for themselves and join with their co-workers to use their strength to win improvements on the job and in the community. An organizer’s work often includes:

  • Coaching workers to stand up for their rights and use their power in numbers to win
  • Identifying, recruiting and training workers to become effective leaders through a leadership development pipeline
  • Using a computer and phone to organize digitally with workers
  • Planning and facilitating meetings, rallies, direct action, and other ways for workers to come together and exercise their collective power
  • Tracking and assessing organization building metrics
  • Developing a basic understanding of labor law and regulations affecting organizing
  • Campaigning creatively around safety problems and other public policy issues that impact workers
  • Creating relationships with issue stakeholders and workers’ allies to advance our shared agenda including being part of coalitions to build power and advance worker issues
  • Helping workers tell their story through public speaking, video, social media, and other communications
  • Political analysis development of workers and allies
  • Using basic social media tools to effectively engage workers, built networks, and communicate
  • Organizing meetings online and by phone with workers across the state and country.
  • Support building Step Up Louisiana as an organization including internally focused organizational development processes, participation, and leadership


  • A strong commitment to social, racial and economic justice and the desire to work hard to win
  • Excellent ability to communicate, motivate and listen to people, and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong union, labor, or worker organizing experience at least 2 years
  • Flexibility with assignment as needed for an emerging organization
  • Ability to work independently with a strong sense of accountability to shared goals
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends as necessary
  • Social media literacy, typing proficiency, and very comfortable using a computer

Apprenticeship Program
Newly hired Organizers begin with a two-month apprenticeship program.

All positions require a valid driver’s license, a car, and willingness to travel and work on the road as required within Louisiana. Occasional out of state travel will be necessary. Step Up Louisiana reimburses gas and other expenses when working away from home.

Competitive salary package and benefits including fully paid health insurance, cell phone stipend.

Equal Opportunity
Step Up Louisiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT+ people, People of Color, and People from Louisiana are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and résumé to: info@stepuplouisiana.org with LABOR ORGANIZER in the subject line.

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