Executive Director

San Francisco, CA

Open until Filled
Preference given to applications received by August 1.

Organizational Description
Young Workers United (YWU) is dedicated to improving the quality of jobs for workers in SF. We raise standards in the low-wage service sectors in San Francisco through worker & student organizing, grassroots advocacy, leadership development, and public education. We advance economic justice for young & immigrant workers through strategic partnerships with workers center & immigrants’ rights groups. We are a dynamic team of young organizers and we have an active membership base of dedicated workers and we seek an experienced leader to build our capacity in this critical moment when workers’ rights are on the upswing but also face more and more threats. YWU helps hundreds of workers directly and is a critical voice in advancing policy changes that help the whole community.

Young Workers United is seeking a new bilingual (English/Spanish) Director to lead our team to carry out our vision. We have stable budget and a strong successful model that has a great reputation and credibility. We are poised to grow and support more workers. The right candidate for Executive Director will allow YWU to grow our team, expand our fundraising strategies, and strengthen our organizational leadership structures to maximize our program successes.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Directing the organization in its strategic vision to empower workers and strengthen enforcement mechanisms at the local and state levels
  • Manage contracts and grants
  • Expand fundraising capacity, including grant development and donor relationships
  • Build budget from $200,000 to $300,000 within 2 years
  • Write approximately 5-8 grant proposals and related grant reports per year
  • Cultivate relationships with partners and participate in a leadership role with several coalitions
  • Build skills of the Board of Directors for management oversight and strategic direction
  • Develop clear goals for campaigns and assist staff and members in achieving them
  • Build mechanisms to strengthen membership participation, volunteer capacity and leadership roles
  • Work collaboratively with staff, members, volunteers, and board to carry out our mission

Ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Experience organizing and advocating on behalf of low-wage workers, people of color, women, LGBTQ, and immigrants. At least 3-5 years’ experience working in labor and/or community organizing
  • Significant experience coordinating teams; Ability to lead staff, members, volunteers, and board of directors.
  • Skills to lead administrative, budget and personnel management of a non-profit organization
  • Experience with fund development, building long-term donor relationships, and grant-writing
  • Experience structuring strategic vision, leading organization, leading coalition building.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with minimal supervision; must be well organized, persistent, and self-motivated.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English required, live interpretation and translation skills preferred
  • Commitment to worker and member leadership in all aspects of the organization’s work
  • Commitment to gender, racial, social, and economic equality
  • Dedication to improving the position of working people through direct action, organizing, and legislative campaigns.
  • Strong organizational, writing, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of local policy campaigns and experience with campaign planning and development

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with San Francisco/California labor law
  • Experience working and/or organizing in restaurants or other service sector jobs
  • Experience working with multiracial, low-wage communities.
  • Experience with popular education teaching and curriculum development
  • Experience with consensus decision-making and meeting facilitation

The position is full time and the office is located in San Francisco.
Full time salary range is between $55,000-$65,000 depending on experience. Benefits include health insurance, vacation and sick time.

Position is open until filled; applications received sooner will get preference.

Women, people of color, and QTPOC encouraged to apply!

Please email your cover letter, resume, three references and writing sample to:

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