Houston Base Building Organizer
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- Willingness to Travel
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Reports To: Houston Lead Organizer
BACKGROUND & POSITION SUMMARY
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the leading national voice for dignity and fairness for domestic workers in the United States. Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections of domestic and home care workers across the country. NDWA is winning improved working conditions while building a powerful movement rooted in the human rights, dignity and equality of domestic workers, home care workers, immigrant women and Black women.
NDWA was founded in 2007 by domestic workers and organizers from around the country. Our national alliance has grown from this founding group of 13 organizations to now more than 60 affiliate organizations, plus local chapters developed by NDWA in Georgia, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York City, and individual members from states without affiliates or chapters to join. To date, the Alliance has gathered more than 70,000 nannies, housekeepers, and home care workers in 44 cities and 20 states.
We Dream in Black is NDWA’s political home for Black domestic workers across the country. Our mission is to build the political power and visibility of Black domestic workers across the diaspora.The National Domestic Workers Alliance believes that our organizing must be led by and center the lives of Black women because Black women are who the industry was built to exploit.
This position will report directly to the Houston Lead Organizer and work as part of the organizing Houston and national organizing teams to build up a thriving membership of Black domestic workers, who take regular political action and pay membership dues to be part of NDWA. The base building organizer is also creative and personable and understands how to retain membership and create culturally affirming programs that actively engage Black women who are U.S. born and immigrants, as well as other low income workers in Houston, Texas.
Position is mostly remote during the covid-19 pandemic and will require frequent travel in Harris County, Texas and nationally once restrictions are lifted.
PRIMARY ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Basebuilding (70%)
- Manage an ongoing outreach plan for engaging our list of 200+ members, recruiting new members, and work with a We Dream in Black outreach team (made of volunteers and interns) to canvas in the local community, outreach at events and worksites
- Conduct and coordinate regular follow-up phone calls for post-outreach follow-up with new contacts, and for event turnout with general membership.
- Identify workers who show potential for deep engagement and leadership and hold 1-on-1 in-person visits to develop them as members and leaders in the chapter.
- Co-lead monthly meetings and other membership activities.
- Conduct Membership Recruitment presentations, support workers who want to join as NDWA members register online and make their payment, and consistently involve workers and supporters in the organization and increasing their commitment.
- Update EveryAction (our member database) with new contacts, member profile changes, and notes that describe where members are in their individual leadership journeys.
- Maintain regular communication with a base of workers via ThruText, Whatsapp and our FB group.
- Work with the Lead Organizer to plan and lead monthly We Dream in Black meetings
- Work with Lead Organizer to coordinate membership participation in national We Dream in Black gatherings, campaigns and national rapid response mobilizations
- Facilitate workers rights and job readiness trainings (ex: resume building, contract negotiation)
- 1-2 years experience in community organizing, with an emphasis on leadership development, labor organizing, racial justice, immigrant rights, and base building;
- Understanding of issues facing low wage workers, immigrant and African American communities, and other communities of color in Texas;
- Strong facilitation skills;
- Ability to work some nights and weekends;
- Strong and effective communicator;
- Basic computer skills: (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs);
- Hard-working and self-disciplined;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
- Ability to work well under pressure and manage time efficiently.
- Knowledge of issues affecting Black domestic workers nationally and locally.
- Position requires travel throughout Harris county. Ideal candidate will have their own car, a valid TX driver’s license and proof of insurance.
How to apply
Please send resume, cover letter and a writing sample to https://domesticworkers.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=174. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you.
Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQ people strongly urged to apply. NDWA is a union employer; this is a bargaining unit position.