Make the Road New Jersey

Make the Road New Jersey

Director of Organizing

Based in Elizabeth, NJ


Make the Road States (MRStates) is the national home for the second-generation Make the Road family of organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Nevada, this in addition to New York, that serves to uplift the voices of working-class, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA people, and people of color across the Make the Roads umbrella. From an operational spectrum it serves as the Finance and Human Resources Compliance Officers for the umbrella at large.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ), a project of Make the Road States, builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and respect through community organizing, the provision of high quality legal and support services, transformative education, and policy innovation. MRNJ is a project of Make the Road States. Founded in 2014, MRNJ operates centers and organizing hubs in the cities of Elizabeth, Passaic, Perth Amboy, and Newark, that reach thousands of immigrants and working-class people of color each year with legal and support services and through organizing and civic engagement org. Our member-led organizing committees -- which work on the issues named above-- implement strategies to combat shared problems and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. In the past four years, MRNJ has won more than 10 pro-immigrant and pro-worker policies, including the nation’s first guaranteed severance law, landmark anti-wage theft legislation, occupational and drivers’ license for undocumented immigrants and a $15 minimum wage. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services including ESOL, legal services in the areas of immigration and workplace rights, workplace safety training and college access. 

Make the Road Action (MRA), a 501(c)(4) organization is committed to building power for justice in immigrant and low-income working-class communities of color. MRA operates in five states - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. We work to create social change, connect voters to the candidates and issues that are most important to them, and work hands-on in a fast-paced environment to create long-term impact in the communities that need it most. 

The Role:

The Full Time Director of Organizing is responsible for supervising our Make the Road New Jersey’s housing, immigration and youth organizing programs. The Director will supervise Make the Road New Jersey’s community organizers and will oversee all aspects of growing the department, including base building, leadership development, resource development, developing issue campaigns and strategic communications. The Director of Organizing will also work with the Make the Road Action political director on civic engagement and electoral work.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  •  Develop shared annual goals with the organizing team and create support structures to help the team meet those annual goals;

  • Oversee the tracking and reporting of organizing program goals and outcomes and ensure each organizer is interfacing with Everyaction

  • Direct the implementation of outreach and recruitment efforts to grow our organization’s membership base;

  • Strengthen our membership recruitment and retention models, including advancing membership blitzes and new member orientations;

  • Identify policy research and advocacy opportunities in alignment with the vision, mission and core values of MRNJ and grow our pool of coalition allies in those efforts;

  • Collaborate closely with key local, statewide and national coalition partners and elected leaders;

  • Collaborate effectively with MRNJ’s legal services, services and, development and admin/operations departments to ensure thoughtful integration with our full array of work. 

  • Lead coordination of civic engagement initiatives, including, but not limited to, voter registration efforts and Get Out the Vote efforts;

  • Coordinate and execute weekly organizing team calls;

  • Support organizer preparation for actions, events and trainings;

  • Coordinate and support organizing department annual events including membership assembly, May Day;

  • Participate in shared DEI spaces and ground the organizing department in the organization's collective DEI goals;

  • Represent the organization at external meetings, coalition tables and conferences. 

  • Be responsible for monitoring, transporting and/ or ensuring return of MRNJ equipment. 

  • Stay updated on program, department or organization related matters, events and practices to provide clients, guests and volunteers with accurate information. 

  • Ensure the completion of detailed data entry and accurate records on MRNJ database in accordance with MRNJ’s data entry system

  • Maintain work space and shared areas in a clean and tidy manner at all times. 

  • Attend, participate in, and/or facilitate MRNJ’s events, meetings, and trainings as needed

  • Follow and help enforce company safety and COVID-19 protocols as needed

  • Uphold MRNJ’s values and mission


  • Eligible to work in the US 

  • Must be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to first day

  • 5+ years of experience in community or labor organizing

  • Significant supervision experience

  • Bilingual (fluency preferred) in Spanish and English.

  • Flexibility to attend evening and weekend events and meetings, as needed.

  • Excellent communication, problem solving and organizational skills;  

  • Strong interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.

  • Desire to work collaboratively; Self-motivated; detail oriented, well-organized, and be able to prioritize assignments and workload.

  • Willingness to grow professionally through learning, participate in trainings and accepting direction.

  • Commitment to social justice; Demonstrated ability to work effectively and respectfully with a diverse client population as well as with community members, co-workers, and the public.

Salary and Benefits: Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education. MRStates offers an excellent benefit package including health insurance, 401K, and generous paid vacation, sick, personal days. The salary range for this position is from $80,000 - $90,000.

To Apply
Submit résumés to: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=a688d1c3-aa45-4a4d-bb51-a8e9a1803e70&ccId=1586553140135142_6420&jobId=445965&source=CC2&lang=en_US

MRS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status.

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