New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice

New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice

Lead Immigrant Justice Organizer
Congress of Day Laborers / Congreso de Jornaleros

Based in New Orleans, LA

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity. NOWCRJ anchors two grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers and Stand with Dignity, both of which are on the cutting edge of movements to end criminalization, exploitation, and exclusion in New Orleans. NOWCRJ also anchors the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), a national organization dedicated to winning rights and respect for guestworkers and building a social movement in response to the transformation of work in the United States, and a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power. In the last five years, the Center’s organizing and policy victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. For more information go to: www.nowcrj.org.

The Congreso de Jornaleros/Congress of Day Laborers is an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region, and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers and families into public life and social movement participation.

NOWCRJ seeks a highly talented lead organizer to build strategic grassroots organizing campaigns, expand membership participation, create and implement leadership development programs for members, and build and sustain alliances and coalitions. The Congreso lead organizer will also supervise a team of two field organizers and work with the legal department of the NOWCRJ to develop strategic interventions in policy and workplace campaigns. The Congreso lead organizer will report to the Managing Director of the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice and will work collaboratively with a team of organizers across membership organizations within the Center.


  1. Develop and oversee the implementation of strategic grassroots organizing campaigns that will win concrete improvements in the lives of our most impacted members.
    • Drive a collaborative campaign development process that brings together the perspectives and wisdom of our members, allies, organizers and legal team.
    • Ensure that the campaign policy goals reflect the priorities of our members.
    • Support, expand and deepen member leadership and leadership structures through one on ones, membership meetings, leadership meetings and other field work. Lead the field team in supporting political development of worker leaders. Manage lists, charts, and databases and assure that fieldwork is clearly and systematically recorded.
    • Build and develop systems to effectively monitor and enforce our policy victories.
    • Encourage the use of direct action as necessary and strategic to advance campaigns and build power.
    • Provide strategic direction and vision for power and influence on city, state and region-wide policy issues and politics.
  2. Effectively supervise and develop Congreso organizers to hit their membership and organizing goals.
    • Oversee the execution of the organizers’ work plans to ensure they are hitting their goals.
    • Provide weekly coaching and feedback to help them achieve their goals and so they get better and better at what they do.
    • Support Congreso organizers in running effective weekly membership and leadership meetings.
    • Provide leadership development opportunities for Congreso organizers to help them grow their skills.
  3. Build and maintain local, regional and national alliances that support and build the power of Congreso members.
    • Identify and reach out to strategic partners.
    • Quickly build trust and rapport.
    • Maintain these relationships on behalf of the NOWCRJ, Congreso de Jornaleros, and our members.

Strategic campaigns get you up in the morning. You follow the latest developments in the national movement but know that changes in the local conditions are equally, if not more, important. Creative direct action is your bread and butter. You execute formidable plans, but also recognize unforeseen opportunities and switch gears to accommodate.

Leadership development is core to your organizing. You meet your people wherever they’re at, and are constantly working to push them to greater heights. You know that most moments can be learning moments—as long as you structure the right debrief—but you’re instituting more structured leadership pipelines too. Ideally, you’ve worked as a trainer at one point or another and feel comfortable designing a short workshop on the fly.

You’re a people person. You’re empathetic, fun, and quickly establish connections. You can take the emotional temperature of a room and facilitate a hard conversation (in English and in Spanish), but you also know that plenty of consensus building happens one-on-one outside of the meeting. You know the importance of relationships and treat them accordingly.

You’re a details-oriented visionary. You draw connections easily—between mass incarceration and mass deportation, racism and economic inequality. You know that building a multi-racial, cross-issue political analysis is essential. You communicate the big picture powerfully and implement the small steps to move us forward.

Demonstrated experience as a lead organizer or organizing director at grassroots based organization • Supervision experience • English-Spanish bilingual • Knowledge of immigration issues; previous experience organizing on immigration, criminal justice, or detention issues • Car and ability to drive • Comfortable working long hours including evenings and weekends

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

How To Apply
Please email a cover letter and résumé to: careers@nowcrj.org, with the subject line: NOWCRJ- Congreso Lead Organizer. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number. The application process will be open until the position is filled.

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