Make the Road New Jersey

Make the Road New Jersey

Worker Organizer

Based in Elizabeth, NJ


Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ) 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 Elizabeth, Passaic, Perth Amboy and Newark, NJ that reach thousands of immigrant and working class people of color each year. 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.

The Role:
Make the Road New Jersey seeks a Worker Organizer to help grow our Worker Committee and develop member-leaders to take on the most critical issues faced by immigrant workers in our state. This role reports to the Director of Worker Organizing and Policy. The role will require in person work in one of our offices in Elizabeth, Passaic and/or Perth Amboy and travel throughout the state.

The position would be ideal for an energetic, flexible organizer with a commitment to social justice, worker justice, and community organizing. The candidate will work with MRNJ’s team of Worker Committee organizers, as well as with the broader organizing team, our lawyers and our communications specialists to strengthen the power and capacity of our base, develop the leadership of our members, and advance city, state and federal campaigns that will meaningfully change the lives of immigrant workers. Additionally, the Organizer will represent Make the Road New Jersey at coalition partner tables and help lead campaigns and coalitions.

We are looking for a passionate, creative thinker with outstanding leadership skills who has the ability to develop member leadership and  implement a variety of strategies to advance our campaigns. This is an excellent opportunity to sharpen your skills as an organizer, develop grassroots leadership, and make lasting change alongside workers on the frontlines.

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

  • Execute campaign plans designed to mobilize working families around the most urgent workplace and worker justice issues in our state.
  • Lead teams of member-organizers through community outreach and actions, including door-knocking, rallies, protests, engagement with elected officials, etc.
  • Conduct outreach at warehouses, temp agencies and other workplaces
  • Hold frequent one-on-one meetings with both current and prospective Worker Committee members
  • Co-design and co-organize leadership development opportunities for members
  • Engage  the broader community and expand the Worker Committee’s base with popular education
  • Build and hold organizing relationships with key partners, allies and elected leaders while representing MRNJ at key coalition partner tables
  • Contribute to creating impactful and culturally-relevant messaging and aesthetics that elevate our campaigns
  • Support the implementation and recruitment efforts to grow our membership based throughout the state.
  • Provide support and participation for organization-wide and national campaigns, civic engagement initiatives and other events


  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Spanish/English fluency preferred;
  • Must be fully vaccinated with an FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine prior to first day
  • Have 2 years demonstrated experience in community or workplace organizing;
  • Must be open to working some evenings and weekends
  • Required travel across all our community centers and statewide, with some travel to Washington, DC and other geographies in the United States.
  • Must have a commitment to social justice and building leadership of immigrant and working class people of color
  • Must have passion/knowledge of worker justice issues
  • Must have experience working on organizing campaigns
  • Valid driver's license and vehicle

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 $45,099 to $61,859

How to Apply:
Submit résumés and cover letters at the Make the Road New Jersey Career Center. Apply HERE.

MRNJ is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and people of color are 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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