Worker Center Director

About Us

Voz Workers’ Rights Education Project (“Voz”) is a worker-led organization that aims to empower diverse day laborers and immigrants to improve their working conditions and protect civil rights through leadership development, organizing, education, and economic opportunities

Voz runs a community space in NE Portland, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Worker Center, a place built by and for day laborers. The workplace brings dignity and justice to the employment relationship between employers and workers by providing a safe, dignified and organized space for workers to search for work, guaranteeing a fair wage, monitoring labor and civil rights abuses, improving working conditions and recovering stolen wages. Within the framework of our new Gender Justice initiative, we are building a project especially for domestic workers so that they also have an organizational space within the workplace.

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 Jr Worker Center where day laborers are connected with employers in a safe environment.

Description

Voz seeks a passionate and committed social justice advocate with a strong background with worker centers, worker rights, day laborers, and supervision. The Worker Center Director manages our center’s operations and processes. The Worker Center Director will lead a dedicated team of dispatchers, organizers and workers’ rights advocates to realize a vision of a worker-led movement that protects worker rights and fully engages day laborers as leaders in our community. The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:

Responsibilities

Supervise Worker Center (WC) operations:

  • Ensure that the MLK Jr. Worker Center is a space that fosters inclusivity, safety, accountability, equity, nonviolence, gender and racial justice, and solidarity.
  • Co-coordinate with the Executive Directors the management of WC safety planning and protocols (in the event of violence, white supremacist hate, police/ICE presence, cyber security threats, pandemic, wildfire smoke, earthquake, climate justice disasters, etc.)
  • Document incidents, problems, and conflicts that occur at the Worker Center.
  • Manage and coordinate schedules of all staff and relevant volunteers of the Worker Center.
  • Manage and Coordinate maintenance of the WC building and inventory needed to maintain cleanliness and Worker Center programs.
  • Coordinate with Activities Organizer the logistics of activities at the worker center
    • Ensure that employers, staff, volunteers, membership, and partners can conduct activities in a safe and organized manner.
    • Coordinate standardized documentation of all WC activities and events.
  • Co-coordinate with the Leadership and Education (LEED) Director on the following Day Laborer Committee (DLC) components:
    • Co-coordinate the bi-annual DLC elections and the elections sub-committee.
    • Manage and coordinate the Table of Consequences, restorative/transformative accountability and mediation processes with day laborers.
    • Attend and coordinate meetings with the Day Laborer Committee to coordinate the resolution of incidents, economic relief, and general matters pertaining to work center operations and processes.
    • Assist with planning and attend the monthly general membership Assemblies.
    • Implement changes made to worker center operations and agreements as decided by the DLC and greater membership.
  • Manage worker center programs and supervise its related staff and volunteers.
    • Labor Rights Program:
      • Supervise the Labor Rights Organizer’s coordination of the Worker Defense Clinic that seeks to address labor exploitation and recuperate wages owed to day laborers and domestic workers.
      • Coordinate monthly reports and assist with grant coordination.
    • Dispatch
      • Supervise dispatchers and volunteers that coordinate job opportunities, update the machete database, coordinate daily worker center upkeep, maintain excellent client satisfaction and retention with the membership and employers, and serve as the first line of defense against abusive employers and potential safety and health threats and/or incidents.
      • Coordinate monthly reports and assist with grant coordination.
      • Assist and coordinate with LEED Director and Dispatch staff on domestic work dispatching.
    • Workforce Development Program
      • Supervise the Workforce Development Organizer that coordinates our Workforce Development Program and the skills training for day laborers to gain job skills that can lead to increased economic opportunities.
      • Assist with new member orientations and member renovation sessions.
      • Assist and coordinate with Workforce Development Organizer and LEED Director on workforce development and domestic worker training.
  • Coordinate monthly reports and assist with grant coordination.
  • Co-develop and implement with LEED a standardized worker apprenticeship program; manage a component pertaining to entry level trade skills;
  • Marketing:
    • Plan and co-coordinate with Dispatch, Activities Organizer, Resource Navigator and Workforce Development Organizer activities to promote the Worker Center through employer outreach and relationship-building, social media, community presentations, and other creative mediums.
  • Coordinate bi-weekly meetings and regular check-ins with the worker center staff.
  • Conduct annual evaluations with staff.
  • Provide regular progress reports of activities and achievements of the center to the Co-Executive Directors.
  • Participate in and coordinate relevant training for the professional development of the WC staff.
  • Attendance and participation in bi-weekly Voz staff meetings, and weekly supervisory check-ins.
  • Timely submission of reimbursement and check requests, timesheets, and other organizational forms and documents needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Dedication to the mission and core principles of Voz
  • Dedication to strengthening worker leadership, within Voz and in the community
  • Bilingual, and fluent in Spanish, written and oral.
  • Have strong cultural competence working with Latinx, immigrants, people of color, working-class, and LGBTQ2+ communities
  • Being able to work in person in various places, and also from home
  • Have an excellent ability to manage time and prioritize tasks to meet objectives and deadlines effectively
  • Have good communication (clear, direct, respectful)
  • Humility and emotional intelligence: The capacity for self-insight and learning/growth, the resiliency to navigate complex situations, and the ability to build strong and lasting relationships with colleagues, members, allies, etc.
  • Ability to maintain respectful and professional treatment with colleagues, volunteers, and grassroots workers
  • Highly organized and capable of managing multiple ongoing projects at once
  • Learn quickly and possess the ability to know how to prioritize in stressful situations
  • Excellent membership service skills
  • There is no minimum education level requirement for this position
  • You value equity, gender justice, racial justice, and the domestic work program
  • Be responsible, reliable, punctual and have excellent attendance
  • You collaborate and work cooperatively as a team, as well as work independently effectively
  • You know how to ask for help and communicate your needs
  • Basic computing skills (email, Word, Excel, Google Drive, Google Spreadsheets, Google Calendar, etc.)
  • Availability to work irregular hours such as Saturdays from 7a.m.-1 p.m. or in the afternoons/evenings after day laborers finish their work day
  • Follow Voz’s health and safety regulations at all times (including the use of face masks and other precautions due to COVID19).

Compensation

Annual Salary: $53,350, salaried exempt employee

  • This position is represented by Communications Workers of America Local 7901
  • 100% Health/Dental Coverage
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • 3 weeks paid vacation (starting)
  • 60 hours of sick time per year
  • 6 weeks paid family leave
  • Financial support for the use of personal telephone, and mileage / transportation reimbursement
  • A staff development budget for training, coaching or other education/support.