Step Up Louisiana

Step Up Louisiana

External Labor Organizer
Low Wage Workers

Based in Nashville, TN


Job type: Full time
Compensation: $45,000 – $52,000, depending on experience
Benefits: Step Up Louisiana staff enjoy good benefits including cell phone stipend, gas reimbursement, comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, and generous holiday and vacation policies.

Desired start date: September 15, applications will be considered on a rolling basis

Location: In-person in Nashville, TN

Step Up Louisiana is looking for a full-time Labor Organizer to join our worker organizing team. This position is based in Nashville, TN and will have office access and work will be performed in the field.

Organizer (External Labor Organizer for Low Wage Workers)

Nashville, TN

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

Organizer In Training Program
Newly hired Organizers begin with a two-month organizer in training program.

All positions require a valid driver’s license, a personal vehicle available for work use, and willingness to travel and work on the road as required within greater Nashville. Occasional out of state travel will be necessary including occasional meetings in New Orleans. Step Up Louisiana reimburses gas and other expenses when working away from home.

Competitive salary package and benefits including $45,000 – $52,000, fully paid health insurance, cell phone stipend, and gas reimbursement.

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 résumé and cover letter online at: https://stepuplouisiana.bamboohr.com/hiring/jobs/35.

About Step Up
Step Up Louisiana, along with our sister organization, Step Up for Action, is a community-based organization committed to building power to win education and economic justice for all. Established in 2017, we work with multiracial and multigenerational Louisianans to “Step Up” by campaigning, organizing from a racial justice perspective, and holding public officials accountable. In Tennessee, we have organized protests for workers’ rights centering on racial justice, safety, and living wages. We organize with parents, workers, students, and community members to disrupt systemic oppression in our schools and workplaces through voter education, advocacy and action.

Organizing for economic and education justice in the South is fundamentally a fight against structural racism. This power analysis is essential to our work. We do the long-term base-building work we need to win and we are flexible to respond in times of crisis.

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