Make the Road Action Seeks Better Banks Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Make the Road Action seeks a dynamic, motivated organizer to join our bank worker organizing campaign, the Committee for Better Banks. The primary focus of this position will be organizing front-line bank workers to effectively engage in workplace and policy campaigns in order to improve wages, working conditions and rights on the job. We are looking for an energetic individual with the ability to work both independently and in teams to deliver high quality work in a fast-paced environment. The applicant should possess strong communication and relationship building skills for both in-person and remote organizing.

The Committee for Better Banks organizer will be responsible for using online and in-person organizing techniques to build strong committees of engaged workers who can drive campaigns around issues that impact both front-line workers, and immigrant and working class communities. This is an ideal position for an individual with some organizing experience, who is interested in being part of an innovative campaign that combines traditional organizing methods with new organizing models.

About the Committee for Better Banks: The Committee for Better Banks is a national effort of community and labor groups across the United States, working closely with international allies, to organize bank workers and improve working conditions in the financial industry. Our goal is to improve working conditions and the quality of jobs in the finance industry, and to add worker voices and power to the existing and growing movement – of students, homeowners and others – to challenge Wall Street’s domination of the political and economic life of the United States.

About Make the Road Action: Make the Road Action builds political power rooted in working class Latino communities, promotes policy solutions that improve the lives of all New Yorkers, and strengthens the movement for justice through electoral and grassroots organizing to advance progressive political and policy change in New York State.

Make the Road Action builds on more than a decade of work by Make the Road New York, the largest community-based participatory immigrant organization in New York City. Today, Make the Road New York has over 20,000 dues paying members, primarily Latino immigrants, and active bases of community power in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. Make the Road New York is one of New York’s most dynamic and high-impact grassroots organizations and a leader in many of the battles to protect the rights of workers, expand affordable housing, improve public education, and uphold public accountability for New York’s low-income and immigrant communities.

Responsibilities:

–     Outreach, Organizing, and Leadership Development:

o  Conduct outreach to bank workers both at their work sites and through online campaigns.

o  Develop informed, confident worker-leaders who themselves can recruit, mobilize, and organize workers to help lead our campaign work.

o  Build the participation of bank workers to engage in workplace, policy and press campaigns.

o  Mobilize bank workers to attend and participate in meetings, actions, and events.

o  Plan and run worker committee meetings and calls.

o  Create and conduct trainings, presentations and workshops centered on workplace justice and organizing topics.

–     Foster and Manage Public Relationships:

o  Represent, and advocate on behalf of the Committee for Better Banks and Make the Road Action in coalition spaces, with elected officials, and government agencies.

o  Help develop and maintain relationships with allied organizations and individuals.

o  Speak about the Committee for Better Banks’ work and campaigns in public spaces and to the press, and train members to do the same.

–     Campaign Development and Implementation:

o  Help create and implement workplace justice campaign plans utilizing policy, legal, press and organizing strategies.

o  Engage members and member-leaders in the development of campaign strategies.

o  Ensure that benchmarks are met on campaign timelines.

–     General Duties:

o  Work in close and effective coordination with other organizers, allied organizations, and members of the legal and communications teams.

o  Record and report metrics as part of individual work plan, campaign plans and organizational goals.

o  Foster working relationships with the broader organizing team and membership of Make the Road Action and Make the Road New York.

Requirements:

o  Demonstrated commitment to social justice and collective action

o  Ability to manage complex relationships and build consensus among diverse interests

o  Ability to motivate and inspire others to overcome fear and apathy and engage in collective action

o  Team player, who engages in respectful and honest dialogue with colleagues.

o  Strong computer skills

o  Strong oral and written communication skills

o  Ability to work in fast-paced, deadline orientated environment

o  Ability to work some evenings and occasional weekends

o  Should be comfortable traveling to, and working in, neighborhoods across New York City, especially Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn

Preferred Skills and Qualities:

o  Experience working in a coalition environment

o  Open, caring, and compassionate personality

o  Fluency or near fluency in Spanish

o  Experience with online to offline organizing techniques

o  Familiarity with labor law and workers’ rights campaigns

o  Familiarity with the financial sector

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary for this full-time position is competitive. MRNA offers a generous package of vacation, personal, sick days, and health benefits coverage.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant references to mfosque@maketheroadaction.org with the subject line: “Banks Organizer”.

Applications with no cover letter will not be reviewed.

Make the Road Action is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to insure equal opportunity and equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, genetic information and sexual orientation, in all employment decisions including but not limited to hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

How To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant references to mfosque@maketheroadaction.org with the subject line: “Banks Organizer”.

Benefits

Salary for this full-time position is competitive. MRNA offers a generous package of vacation, personal, sick days, and health benefits coverage.

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