Restaurant Opportunities Center

Lead Organizer

Based in Boston, MA

Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national organization with more than 25,000 low-wage restaurant worker members in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Washington, DC. In target regions, we are organizing restaurant workers, employers, and consumers to win ‘One Fair Wage’ legislation and ballot measures that will raise wages for restaurant workers and eliminate the lower wage for tipped workers, who are primarily women.

Over the last 16 years, we have organized thousands of workers to win $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with 300 responsible restaurant owners to promote the 'high road' to profitability, and trained more than 5,000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published forty ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick days for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We own and operate restaurants called COLORS that serve as the home base for our workforce-development training and membership programs in New York and Detroit, and will be expanding COLORS to Washington DC, and Oakland.

We are looking for a dedicated employee who will lead ROC–Boston’s “One Fair Wage” campaign worker organizing efforts. The Lead Organizer will help implement a new and evolving model in which connections made with workers online and through street outreach transform into real-world relationships and actions. Under this individual’s mentorship, the workers will learn how to organize and mobilize their co-workers. To win a One Fair Wage policy measure, the Lead Organizer will also build relationships with a variety of employers, consumers, and other allies in the region.


  • Grow and develop ROC-Boston’s worker membership and leadership significantly, creating a large and active enough worker base to demonstrate power as a restaurant workforce in the State of MA and lead and win a statewide One Fair Wage campaign. This includes: conducting daily outreach to restaurant workers, and engaging worker leaders in doing the same; conducting political education with workers going through ROC’s CHOW job training program; identifying and developing worker leaders; collecting dues from worker leaders, and establishing and growing worker committees.
  • Supervise a team of organizers in their work related to the One Fair Wage campaign.
  • Work with the ROC’s management team, worker and employer members of ROC–Boston, and local allies to advance One Fair Wage and support ROC’s national One Fair Wage policy efforts.
  • Run the field operation and provide strategic organizing input to overall campaign strategy;
  • Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to plan and implement actions related to the One Fair Wage campaign;
  • Develop leadership and political consciousness among restaurant workers through training, relationship building, and shared experiences;
  • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action;
  • Strategically identify and engage local community allies

The Lead Organizer position is a senior-level, experienced position. The Lead Organizer will report to the Organizing Director (TBH), and share staff supervision responsibilities.


  • At least 5-7 years labor/community member organizing and base-building experience;
  • Experience coalition building, and understanding of member leadership development;
  • Experience organizing connected to policy and policy campaigns;
  • Maintenance of a professional attitude and strong ethical practice and a willingness to learn and grow
  • Strong communication, leadership, and management skills;
  • Willingness to travel
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
  • Restaurant work experience a plus; and
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish strongly preferred.

Please send resume and cover letter to Sekou Siby at Siby@rocunited.org.

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