Action Center on Race and the Economy

Action Center on Race and the Economy

Deputy Director for Worker Campaigns

Location is flexible, but we prefer either
Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City,
Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area,
or Washington, DC

The Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) drives campaigns that seek to win structural change by directly taking on the corporations in the financial and tech sectors that are responsible for pillaging communities of color and working-class communities and harming our environment. Through partnerships with organizations involved in local racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice campaigns, we provide strategic campaign coordination and campaign infrastructure with an explicit racial justice analysis. 

One of the many ways that both Wall Street and Silicon Valley extract wealth from communities of color is through exploitative labor practices. We work closely with partner organizations that are organizing workers impacted by private equity firms and tech platforms in particular. ACRE’s role in these campaigns is to support these worker organizing campaigns that our partners are running through support around research and capital strategies primarily. In addition to coordinating this work and managing ACRE’s relationships with these partner organizations, the Deputy Director of Worker Campaigns will also help partner organizations develop campaign strategies and tactics that are informed by our research and build internal capacity to execute the campaigns.

Platform Worker Organizing Research Project. A key part of the job will be leading ACRE’s Platform Worker Organizing Research Project, with support from the Research Department. This will entail: (1) working with the Research Department to determine which research projects to take on; (2) ensuring that we are able to deliver the research products we promise to partner organizations; (3) ensuring research we produce is responsive to the changing needs of partners’ campaigns; (4) working with partner organizations to help them develop and adapt strategic campaign plans based on our research; and (5) helping partner organizations develop internal capacity for corporate campaigns through trainings.The Deputy Director for Worker Campaigns will report to ACRE’s Co-Executive Directors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Working with partner organizations to develop offensive campaigns to support worker organizing efforts;
  • Developing a long-term vision for ACRE’s role and lane in the worker organizing space;
  • Leading ACRE’s Platform Worker Organizing Research Project with support from the Research Department (see responsibilities above):
  • Partnering with state and local community organizations and labor unions to execute campaigns;
  • Representing ACRE at various local and national worker organizing tables;
  • Regularly assessing the changing campaign landscape and shifting campaign strategy as needed;
  • Laterally managing staff at partner organizations to achieve campaign objectives;
  • Serving as a resource for technical assistance and capacity-building for partner organizations;
  • Identifying potential partners and allies, building relationships with them, and creating pathways for collaborative work with them;
  • Convening national meetings and calls to coordinate work;
  • Coordinating with department heads and the Chief of Staff to ensure the work plans of staff on the project are aligned with their development plans; and
  • Contributing creatively to a forward-thinking team.


  • A strong commitment to progressive social change and racial justice, a familiarity with the issues that are central to ACRE’s work and a passion for ACRE’s vision;
  • At least five years of experience working on corporate campaigns;
  • Three or more years of experience doing research for corporate campaigns preferred but not required;
  • Understanding of how research informs corporate campaigns and proven track record of developing strategies and tactics for corporate campaigns based on research;
  • Excellent strategic and comprehensive campaigning skills;
  • Strong critical thinking skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments;
  • Demonstrated commitment to community and/or labor organizing and experience working with women and communities of color for social change;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with organizers and researchers;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently;
  • Strong staff management skills;
  • Willingness to travel extensively when it is safe to do so;
  • Willingness to work remotely;
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, with light supervision;
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours; and
  • A good sense of humor.

LGBTQ, women and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary range for this position is $80,000-$100,000. This position will be based out of either Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, or Washington, DC. There is a 10% cost of living adjustment for people working out of the New York City, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and DC metro areas. Position includes excellent benefits. 

To apply please submit your application HERE by March 1, 2021. If you have any trouble with the form, please email jobs@acrecampaigns.org with "Deputy Director for Worker Campaigns” in the subject line.

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