New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board Workers United, a/w SEIU

New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board
Workers United, a/w SEIU

Language Justice Coordinator – Nail Salon Campaign
Bi-Lingual English / Spanish

Based in New York City, NY


The NY NJ Regional Joint Board of Workers United is dedicated to winning economic and racial justice through innovative and dynamic worker-led organizing campaigns.

We are a diverse and participatory union that centers our members’ needs for justice at work and in their communities. We build their collective power to win dignity, good contracts, safe working conditions, and laws that benefit working families. We are committed to uplifting all working people in the New York -New Jersey region.

Our current focus is building worker leadership among the mostly immigrant women employed in New York’s nail salon industry. This growing campaign is centered around building the power of working class immigrant women of color. We are building the first-ever nail salon worker union in the United States, changing the landscape of what’s possible to win power.

The nail salon industry is notable for it’s huge diversity of languages and ethnicities. We are seeking an experienced bilingual (Spanish/English) individual to join our team as the Language Justice Coordinator to help build an inclusive, multilingual membership. Reporting to the Campaign Coordinator, the LJ Coordinator will form part of a cross-departmental team, providing coordination, administrative and program support for the organization’s language justice activities. As needed, the LJ Coordinator will provide translation of written materials and interpretation for training, staff meetings and team building activities and public events. The LJ Coordinator will help facilitate communication for members and staff, enabling the full participation of our staff and members across languages.

Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Develop vision and strategy for language justice as we organize with our current membership (majority Spanish-speaking) and build a multilingual membership - organizing with Mandarin and other language speakers, including indigenous languages
  • Provide Spanish-language interpretation and translation as needed, and ensure access to low-literacy members
  • Coordinate interpretation and translation needs within the organization, and build, support and maintain relationships with consultant interpreters and translators
  • Support worker leaders with language access, and in co-creating a linguistically inclusive membership
  • Coordinate program planning and lead activities
  • Provide administrative and hospitality support for activities related to organizational culture and language justice activities
  • Lead trainings on interpretation and language justice with staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Fluency in Spanish and English (including reading, writing and speaking)
  • Strong communication, listening and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management, project management and delegation skills
  • Ability to track multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience providing interpretation and translation
  • Determination, tenacity and willingness to do what is needed to advance the mission and values of the campaign and create multilingual spaces that honor diverse communities and cultures
  • Knowledge of computer operations; experience with database systems a plus
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel, and to work irregular hours (at times evenings and weekends)
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrate a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Experience and ability to work with communities of color and people from diverse backgrounds
  • Passion and dedication to fight for progressive values and a commitment to social, economic and racial justice

The NY NJ Regional Joint Board offers a competitive salary and a full benefits package, including employer-paid health coverage for full-time employees and their eligible dependents. Salary is 60,000 or commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Qualified candidates that wish to apply should email Claudia Saenz at CSaenz@workersunitednynj.org with “Nail Salon Campaign” in the Subject line, and must include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Résumé
  • Three references

Accepting applications until the position is filled.

We are looking for someone to begin immediately.

The NY NJ Regional Joint Board is an equal opportunity employer. People of color and women are encouraged to apply.

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