Workers Center for Racial Justice

Workers Center for Racial Justice

Development & Communications Coordinator

Based in Chicago, IL

The Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ) is a grassroots organization founded in 2012 by a group of unemployed and formerly incarcerated Black workers. Our core work revolves around organizing unemployed, low-wage and formerly incarcerated Black workers for racial and economic justice. Our mission is to eliminate the barriers to sustainable and living wage employment for Black workers, strengthen economic security for Black families, work to end the over-criminalization prevalent in the Black community, and advance a progressive pro-worker agenda that will lead to inclusion and prosperity for all marginalized workers. While a majority of our leaders are African American, our intended audience is individuals of the African diaspora who we broadly identify as Black Workers.

The overarching goals for the WCRJ are to: 1) build a base of unemployed, low-wage and formerly incarcerated Black workers with critical consciousness and deep analysis of structural racialization; 2) develop and advance a set of policies at the metropolitan and state level that seek to eliminate persistent racial inequality in the areas of employment and criminal justice; 3) improve the working conditions and earnings in low-wage job sectors; 4) directly challenge implicit bias associated with Black workers in order to change the narrative about them; and 5) shift the public discourse on race, and advance a grassroots racial justice agenda.

The WCRJ is looking for experienced resource organizer to join our staff to help build the organization, and lead us through the next phase of our development.

Job Scope:
The Development and Communications Coordinator plays a vital role in the growth of the Workers Center for Racial Justice as an independent Black political organization in the state. We believe that in order to build a strong and powerful organization, we need people, resources and be able to tell our story.

Strong leadership and attention to detail is essential. The main areas of responsibility are: 1) build and manage relationships with individual donors; 2) grant writing and reporting; 3) organize fundraising events throughout the year; 4) manage the organization’s social media pages and websites; and 5) send regular communications to members, leaders, funders and allies.

Summary of Essential Job Functions:

  • Major donor prospecting – identify prospective donors using a combination of WCRJ’s database, LinkedIn, Google, and networking.
  • Major donor acquisition – build and maintain relationships with high net worth individuals and connectors.
  • Identify prospective foundation donors through online research and networking
  • Schedule meetings for the Executive Director with major donors and program officers of foundations
  • Maintain relationships with existing donors and foundations
  • Write grants and reports for the Workers Center for Racial Justice and our sister 501 C4 organization, the Center for Racial and Gender Equity
  • Coordinate events throughout the year to attract and build relationships with existing donors and to garner referrals.
  • Stay on top of deadlines for when foundation proposals and reports are due
  • Draft compelling posts to place on our Facebook and Twitter pages
  • Ensure our C3 and C4 websites are visually appealing and up to date
  • Draft attention-grabbing e-blasts and send them out to our list of supporters, funders and allies
  • Constantly update our database and build our email list
  • Assist members and leaders in being able to tell their stories
  • Identify the right spokespeople to represent the organization in the media


  • 2-3 years’ experience in major gifts, special events or writing grants for a social justice organization
  • Passion for worker’s rights and criminal justice reform
  • Strong knowledge of organizing, leadership development and the progressive movement
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Excited to work in a small independent Black political organization
  • A decisive, independent thinker with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to manage and share pertinent information with staff
  • High level of computer literacy and competency required (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Powerbase, etc.).

Please email resume and cover letter to info@center4racialjustice.org.

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