Community Advocacy Coordinator

Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project seeks a full time Community Advocacy Coordinator to organize for immigrant and workers’ rights in Portland, Oregon.

Mission of Voz

VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project (“Voz”) is a worker-led organization that empowers diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working condition and protecting civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education and economic opportunity. Voz operates the MLK Workers’ Center where day laborers are connected with employers in a safe environment.

Description

The Community Advocacy Coordinator will collaborate with Voz staff and day laborers (members) to strengthen worker leadership and advocate for day laborers’ rights by leading Voz’s participation in community coalitions, organizing worker-led actions, coordinating our Know Your Rights and Wage Theft workshops, and other community building activities.

Responsibilities

Community Organizing and Engagement:

  • Work directly with day laborers to connect the challenges they experience to larger systemic issues, using popular education methodology to inform, educate and motivate day laborers to be politically active.
  • Organize political participation in grassroots community initiatives, as well as local and state government, through day laborer attendance, testimony at hearings, lobby days, meetings, and forums.
  • Outreach to day laborers on street corners to involve them in the organizing program and activities
  • Regular meetings with day laborers to consult, plan, involve, reportback, inform, and evaluate advocacy work

Participate in coalitions: Represent Voz, and strengthen day laborer participation and leadership campaigns, coalitions, community forums, and other spaces for civic and political engagement

Research and strategy building: Collaborate with the Lead Organizer to research and strategize around campaigns, coalitions, and actions

Organize and participate in political actions: Including direct actions, protests, and marches; solidarity actions (letter writing, photos, statements, etc.); and days of solidarity and action (May Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Other organizations’/coalition members’ events and days)

Supervision: supervise community advocacy interns and volunteers

Administrative work: This position will also assist with planning, documenting, evaluating, and reporting on Organizing activities.

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

You’re passionate about fighting for immigrant and worker rights. You have experience organizing and/or supporting social justice campaigns, participating in grassroots coalitions, and facilitating group meetings and workshops. You have a track record of dedication to working with communities facing oppression. You are knowledgeable about current issues in immigrant rights organizing and workers rights organizing. You enjoy working with a diverse team, and have strong communication and collaboration skills.

Required Qualifications:

  • Dedication to Voz’s mission to build worker leadership
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish, both written and verbal
  • Strong cultural competence working with Latinx, immigrant, and working class communities
  • Ability to travel: access to reliable transportation to offsite meetings and between work sites
  • Our facilities have limited ADA accessibility: access to office includes stairs
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Experience with, or willingness to train in, popular education methodologies
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent time management skills, ability to work on multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Performing work at various sites: Voz’s administrative office, Voz’s Worker Center, and in community spaces. Ability to work at least 30 hours/week onsite in the Administrative office is required.
  • Scheduling requirements: Ability to begin work at 8:00AM at least one day per week
  • Read, write, and work for extended periods of time at a computer
  • Responsibility, dependability, and excellent attendance
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Work with Lead Organizer to responsibly handle and report expenses based on our budget
  • There is no minimum education requirement for this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with popular education
  • Experience working with people experiencing trauma and crisis; experience with trauma informed care, and/or trauma stewardship
  • Experience supervising interns or volunteers
  • Experience with strategy building, and developing curriculum/training
  • Interest in growing with the organization
  • Public speaking ability or willingness to learn
  • Ability to attend monthly worker assemblies on the first Saturday of every month from 7:30AM-10:30AM

Compensation

Salaried: $37,310