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WWRC - Warehouse Worker Resource Center

WWRC
Warehouse Worker Resource Center
Warehouseworkers.org


Lead Organizer

Based in Ontario, CA

 

About the Position
The Warehouse Worker Resource Center is seeking a qualified Lead Organizer to build power and organization among non-union warehouse workers in Southern California. The Lead Organizer will play a critical role on one of the most consequential organizing campaigns of our lifetime supporting workers at major retailers like Amazon and Walmart.

There is no other warehousing hub like California’s Inland region. The Inland Empire handles the majority of goods that enter through the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which is about 40% of imported goods to the United States.

More than 200,000 people work inside of warehouses in the Inland Empire Metro area—at least 40,000 of them for Amazon alone. That means one in ten working residents in the area works in a warehouse and one in five warehouse workers works for Amazon.

The Lead Organizer will help workers define the future of the Inland Empire.

Note that the WWRC is currently only seeking either an Organizing Coordinator OR a Lead Organizer. Please read each position description and apply for the one that you are most qualified.

About the Warehouse Worker Resource Center
The WWRC is the premier worker organizing center in the Inland Empire with a track record of changing the logistics sector through strategic organizing, education and policy. The WWRC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the thousands of workers in the supply chains of major retailers across Southern California through education, advocacy and action. We educate workers and community members about their rights in the community and the workplace. We support workers with administrative claims and refer workers to legal support when they encounter legal violations at work. We work on local and statewide policy, and campaign for justice in the supply chains of major retailers.

Duties
The Lead Organizer executes organizing plans at major warehouses in accordance with WWRC’s strategic organizing goals. Working with the Organizing Director and Leadership Team, the Lead Organizer will work with a team of organizers to develop and support workers in active workplace campaigns at key warehouses in Southern California. This includes:

  • Working with the Organizing Director to implement the WWRC’s strategic organizing plans at key sites
  • Implementing innovative strategies and tactics for new organizing campaigns
  • Implementing external organizing campaigns in close coordination with other WWRC departments
  • Responsible for leading the organizing team to identify, recruit and develop an organizing committee of warehouse workers
  • Develops, supports and leads organizing staff using strong accountability systems
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal skills: high degree of patience and tact. Must be able to cultivate respectful, strategic and collaborative relationships with people from diverse backgrounds both internally and externally
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to communicate effectively in English
  • Skilled at supporting and holding worker organizers accountable
  • Must be a self-starter and team player
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure in a very high-paced environment
  • Ability to prioritize, organize and coordinate multiple tasks under changing deadlines
  • Must be detail oriented
  • Must be proficient in Google Suite, experience with Action Builder is a plus
  • Hold yourself and others accountable to a high level of performance and integrity
  • Must be able to work in a challenging environment
  • Able to thrive in an organizational culture where 360 degree accountability and constructive feedback from others is encouraged
  • Must be available and willing to work long and irregular hours on a daily or weekly basis (and/or overtime for applicable non- exempt positions), including weekends and holidays, as needed

Education and/or Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant external organizing experience, with focus on non-union, insecure and low-wage employment
  • Experience in traditional and non-traditional worker organizing, strategy, and tactics including experience organizing immigrant workers, subcontracted workers and leading workers to take direct action
  • Experience supervising organizers in active workplace campaigns a plus
  • Knowledge of the Inland Empire and logistics sector
  • Spanish language fluency is a plus

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary range $70,000 – $80,000 depending on experience
  • Full family medical PPO, dental and vision coverage
  • Vacation leave accrued at 12 days per year in the first year
  • 14 paid holidays per year

To Apply
To apply to any of our open positions, send your résumé and cover letter to: admin@warehouseworkers.org.

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