Colorado Jobs With Justice

Colorado Jobs With Justice

Community Organizer

Covering the Denver, CO Metro Area


Employment Type: Full-Time Salary/Exempt Employee
Reports to: Executive Director and Organizing Director
Location: Metro Denver, CO

The position of Community Organizer plays a key role in executing COJWJ's approach to leadership development; supporting worker organizing and advocacy; coalition building; and direct action campaigns that integrate strategic research and communications. The Community Organizer will work collaboratively with COJWJ staff, partners, organizers, and worker leaders to mobilize and support worker organizing. The Community Organizer reports to and is supervised by the Organizing Director.

About Colorado Jobs with Justice
Colorado Jobs with Justice Colorado Jobs with Justice is a long-term, formal coalition of labor, community, faith, and student and youth organizations that come together to advance workers’ rights and social justice through building sustained relationships and taking direct action to create concrete change in the lives of working families. We are among the oldest of the more than forty local, autonomous chapters of the Jobs with Justice network, which has a twenty-five-year history of fighting for working families and their communities. Across the network, Jobs with Justice works on a range of issues from labor law reform to healthcare, from organizing campaigns to immigrant rights. In Colorado, we focus on those places where other social justice issues overlap with economic, racial, and gender justice.

Primary Role and Job Responsibilities
Membership Recruitment and Engagement

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with current member leaders and steering committee reps through mostly one-to-one conversations, and steering committee meetings. Maintain day-to-day contact with membership leaders; work independently to integrate strategies.
  • Identification and recruiting new organizations and individuals as members of the organization. Strategies include having affiliation meetings and membership asks at events, in-person one-on-one, or by phone.
  • Recruitment and retention of existing members into the leadership ladder through building durable and strong relationships with members, activists, and leaders; planning and organizing membership activities.

Coalition and Partner Engagement

  • Participate or lead work with partner organizations and coalitions toward shared goals.
  • Builds intentional relationships with partners and explores how COJWJ’s capacities meet organizational needs and construct strategies for advancing the organization.
  • Communicate with the rest of the organization teams to provide capacity to COJWJ’s role in meeting deliverables with partner organizations and labor partners
  • Share responsibilities for engaging grassroots leaders in COJWJ’s collective campaign work, including strategic goal setting, preparing leaders for visits to advocate with elected officials, gathering signatures, and turning out their friends and family for actions, press conferences, voter work, etc.

COJWJ’s Campaign and Program Execution

  • Plan and execute membership solidarity requests and project needs including mobilizations, training, convening meetings, and playing a role with leaders.
  • Working closely with the senior leadership to execute organizing goals and ID and recruit targeted members to provide ongoing support for external advocacy to reach its strategic campaign goals and vision.
  • Coordinates member outreach to retain and activate new members; consistently involves workers and supporters in the organization and increases their commitment; activates members to lead work on various campaign committees.

Leadership Development and Training

  • Conduct and facilitate training/workshops with and for membership groups and partners on effective community organizing: research meetings, team building, mobilization, power analysis, voter engagement, coalitions, structural racism, storytelling, one-to-ones, etc.
  • Develop others’ ability to teach these skills.
  • Identify and cultivate grassroots leaders to increase skills and effectiveness in building the organization, taking on leadership roles and taking action; implementing a leadership ladder to provide opportunities for growth and development; supporting the political education/skills of leaders through 1-on-1s.

Additional Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in organizational strategy, planning, tracking and reporting, and staff meetings.
  • Work with COJWJ staff to provide timely reporting on program activities and leverage strategic relationships for the organization when needed.
  • Actively participate in COJWJ events and efforts such as Fundraising events, and JWJ annual training.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Directors.

Job Qualifications
Required Qualifications

  • At least 2 year of grassroots organizing and Labor and worker organizing experience.
  • Prior work experience working in high-risk/ pressure situations.
  • Prior experience in outreach and engagement of working people, including mobilizing people to action and building up their leadership.
  • Ability to manage multiple “priority” projects and meet established timelines.
  • Ability to work effectively with organizations and members in complex, political situations.
  • Ability to work well with a team and motivate others to take action. Self-starter who can work independently toward goals in a multi-step project.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and with minimal supervision. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Having reliable transportation and driving for regional work-related travel is a must.
  • Willingness and ability to work irregular hours including occasional weekend and evening work.
  • Strong commitment to racial, economic and gender justice, workers’ rights, and working-class community empowerment.

Additional desirable qualities but not required

  • Knowledge of issues affecting workers, union members, and working poor communities.
  • Fluency in a second language
  • Familiarity with the building trades unions, construction industry
  • Experience with Action Network and Digital Texting programs.
  • Knowledge and/or experience taking action with Jobs with Justice!

Required Skills

  • Ability to understand and articulate the COJWJ’s vision, mission, and theory of social change and organize others to align self-interest with the interest of Colorado workers. Quick learner with a willingness to work hard and develop as an organizer, especially through 1:1s.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Basic computer skills: (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.)
  • Ability to cultivate and nurture internal and external public relationships that are accountable, reciprocal, and transparent
  • Positive, energetic approach.
  • Ability to motivate, move, and inspire people.
  • Willingness to take initiative and use creativity to achieve our shared objectives.
  • Excellent writing, proofreading, and verbal communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise.
  • Demonstrated skills in facilitation of meetings, training, events.

Salary/Benefits/Additional Information
The salary for this position falls within our salary employee level pay scale. The salary will start at $46,800 with an increase to $50,000 on January 1st, 2023. Includes a generous benefits package that includes employer-funded medical, vision, and dental insurance. The contract also includes paid vacation, personal, holiday, and sick days. This position is part of the bargaining unit.

How to Apply
Please email a résumé, cover letter, and three references to: sofia@cojwj.org. Make sure to send the email with COJWJ Organizer and your name in the Subject line. Please include in the email your location, salary requirements, and where you saw the posting. NOTE: You will not be contacted unless you are chosen for an interview. Position open until filled.
This is a union-represented position represented by the Denver Newspaper Guild, DNG.

Colorado Jobs with Justice is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Colorado Jobs with Justice is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, people of all abilities, and those with working-class backgrounds to apply.

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