Brandworkers was founded in 2007 based on the principle that marginalized workers have the unique right and unique power to determine their destiny at work and contribute to transforming the larger society. We are the country’s first membership organization led by frontline workers in the fast-growing local food manufacturing industry.
Brandworkers members work in factories manufacturing a diverse array of specialty food including artisan bread, seafood products, dumplings, hummus, and more. Our organizing centers the leadership and prioritizes the demands of workers of color, particularly women (including trans women), indigenous, and immigrant workers.
After more than a decade of building power and developing our organizing model in New York City, Brandworkers is growing worker-led transformation to local food manufacturing in North Jersey.
You will serve as Brandworkers NJ’s second staff member, joining an accomplished veteran organizer currently on the team. Through one-on-one meetings achieved via house visits, outreach on the street, and member referrals, you’ll help highly exploited food factory workers build strong organizing committees and win their justice demands.
Your overarching goal will be to help workers develop as leaders and gain the know-how to operate Brandworkers NJ at the factory level, across the industry, and spanning all aspects of the organization. You’ll learn how to utilize outstanding organizing fundamentals to plan your time, identify influential workers, actively listen for deeply felt issues, create and refine organizing messages, maintain charts, track data, and support workers to overcome obstacles to victory.
This a full-time role for someone starting out in organizing. The job is based in the field rather than in an office. You’ll be seeking meetings with workers at their homes, in front of their factories, on their commutes, and through civic, communal, or faith institutions of which they are a part.
Brandworkers is committed to organizer sustainability and will do everything possible to assist you to have a schedule that works for you. It’s important to note that organizing in local food manufacturing does routinely involve weekend work when food factory workers are more likely to have a day off. Very early mornings and late nights are also common to meet workers from various shifts at factories that sometimes operate 24 hours a day.
- You have demonstrated a specific interest in becoming a worker center or union organizer. Having participated in an organizing drive in some capacity is a plus. At a minimum, you’ve been meaningfully involved in labor solidarity actions.
- You have the aptitude and disposition to genuinely enjoy and be successful knocking on doors unannounced to have one-on-one organizing meetings with workers.
- You are fluent in Spanish and at least proficient in English.
- Driver’s License and access to a car is preferred but not required
- You are wholly committed to applying a gender and racial justice lens to decisions, plans, and activities every day. You have a proven, crystal clear alignment with working class communities of color including immigrant workers.
- You genuinely welcome giving and receiving feedback, are candid about your point of view, continuously seek to improve, act on learnings, and are willing to dissent.
- You prefer working in accountable environments where results for the mission are delivered, goals are measured, and obstacles are identified and overcome.
Working at Brandworkers
Brandworkers aspires to be a leader in non-profit staff sustainability. We strive for an intersectional, anti-oppressive environment including in race and gender-equitable allocation of workload, dedicated spaces for staff members with marginalized identities, direction on issues from staffers directly impacted, a culture that promotes safety for dissent and challenges to privilege, and more.
You can count on your co-workers to support you, hear you, deal with trauma with you, and celebrate victories with you. We expect and encourage staff to take time off to take care of family issues, personal healing, and household matters that are difficult to schedule outside of work hours.
This is a beginner level organizing role with a starting salary from $40,000 – $45,000, depending on precise experience. Salary increases take place on an annual basis. Brandworkers provides fully-paid health and dental benefits, as well as participation in Brandworkers’ retirement program. Among other benefits, we offer generous vacation and professional development policies, a pre-tax commuter and health savings benefit, cell phone reimbursement, ample training opportunities, and a sabbatical policy. You’ll find a supportive environment to express your leadership and creativity for the movement.
To apply, please send a meaningful cover letter and your resume to jobs [at] brandworkers.org. Please include your pronouns. We welcome learning about any needs you have to feel safe in the application process. Applications are considered as they arrive, so please apply promptly if you believe you are a fit and no later than March 14, 2020.
Brandworkers strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, immigrants, indigenous people, LGBT people, and other traditionally oppressed communities.