August 30th, 2021

We’re Hiring a Work With Dignity Organizer

Southern Maine Worker Center is Hiring – Join our Team!

Work With Dignity Organizer Job Announcement

Come Work with us!  We’re now hiring for a full-time staff organizer position, with a focus on outreach, member leadership development, and the management of the Worker Support Hotline. Women, Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people are strongly encouraged to apply!

This position will coordinate the member-driven Work With Dignity Committee (WWD) at the Southern Maine Workers’ Center. The WWD program exists to raise the expectations of workers in southern Maine around dignity at work, in the form of respect, fair pay, and time to rest, among other things. WWD fosters solidarity between immigrant workers, low-wage workers, union workers, and others, building our knowledge and skills to ensure that our legal rights and human rights are met in the workplace. In this position you will coordinate and support member and volunteer participation in all WWD programs. This includes day to day management of the Worker Support Hotline and Legal Clinic, running volunteer trainings, and supporting worker organizing campaigns. Other responsibilities include running Know Your Rights trainings, representing SMWC in local and national coalitions, and data management for all programs area. 

Job duties and responsibilities

  • Collaborate with WWD Committee members to maintain the Workers Support Hotline, by recruiting, training, and managing hotline volunteers, keeping training materials up to date, tracking data, and collaborating with partner organizations to ensure callers’ needs are being met. 
  • Collaborate with WWD Committee members to support workers (hotline callers or others) in organizing to improve conditions at work, collaborating with community partners and strategizing with workers. 
  • Collaborate with WWD and other committees to conduct outreach to hotline callers for membership development.  
  • Bottom-line scheduling, agenda-writing, and facilitation of biweekly WWD Committee meetings 
  • Collaborate with WWD committee members to create and hold Know Your Rights trainings 
  • Collaborate with interpreters and translators to make programs accessible to non-English speakers 
  • Maintain relationships with local and national coalition partners 

Required Skills + Experience

  • Two or more years of experience in grassroots organizing (whether paid or unpaid), including campaign or workplace organizing strategy, one-on-one organizing conversations, leadership development, and event coordination
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to use writing as an organizing tool. Experience writing op-eds or letters to the editor is preferred. 
  • Strong relationship-building skills, including mentoring and supporting the leadership of others. 
  • Strong facilitation skills, including experience developing and facilitating trainings
  • Strong cross-cultural communication skills. Experience organizing in multilingual or multi-cultural settings and experience communicating through an interpreter strongly preferred. 
  • Experience successfully working both independently and collaboratively within a team
  • A high degree of initiative, resourcefulness and flexibility, and an ability to prioritize and delegate tasks
  • Excellence at executing a plan or idea and taking ownership to bring the plan to fruition
  • Strong creative problem-solving skills, including experience solving problems through collaborative decision-making
  • Communication skills in a language other than English, particularly French, Somali, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Kirundi, Vietnamese, Khmer, Kinyarwanda, or Acholi, is a plus but is not required. 

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Alignment with SMWC’s political orientation, mission, human rights principles, values, and community agreements.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice
  • Ability to work both in-person at SMWC’s Portland, Maine office and remotely via phone and online platforms, such as Zoom.
  • Ability to use Google Suite, and basic data entry skills
  • Availability to work 40 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends to accommodate the organizational calendar. 
  • Ability to travel when needed to meetings and events around Maine and, occasionally, in other states.  
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English

Compensation, Work Hours and Benefits

  • WWD Organizer is a full-time position with annual pay starting at about $43,000.
  • 20 days paid vacation, 10 paid sick days, 12 paid holidays, and a flexible, family-friendly schedule
  • Health insurance with 100% of the premium covered 
  • 8 weeks of paid parental leave. 
  • Paid sabbatical after five years of employment. 

About the Southern Maine Workers Center

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center is a nonprofit membership organization committed to creating a grassroots, people-powered movement that improves the lives, working conditions, and terms of employment for working and poor people in Maine.  We believe that we must organize together to ensure our human rights.  

We are a dynamic, smart, collaborative group of people who are passionate about our work and committed to supporting and advancing the health and wellbeing of working class people in Maine.

Our Values and Commitment to Equity and Racial Justice 

As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit and hire with the understanding of systemic oppression and of the lived reality of people with marginalized identities.

Therefore we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage working class, black, indigenoue and people of color, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people with disabilities, parents, and formerly incarcerated people to apply.

Application and Deadline

Submit your resume, a cover letter highlighting your interest in the position and what makes you a strong candidate, and three references by email to lori@maineworkers.org with “Work with Dignity Organizer” in the subject line.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.  However, we prefer to receive applications by September 8, 2021.   No Phone Calls Please!