STREET LEVEL HEALTH PROJECT
Title: OWC Day Laborer Employment Advocate
Hours: 40 hours per week - Non - Exempt
Reports to: Immigrant Rights and Empowerment Program Manager
Organization: Street Level Health Project is an Oakland-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved, urban, immigrant communities in the Bay Area. We prioritize a holistic health framework that provides direct services to empower low-wage workers to access and advocate for resources that strengthen communities.
Immigrant Rights Empowerment: The immigrant rights and empowerment program connects with day laborers and low-wage workers to effect change and transformation. It focuses on access to economic opportunities, education of immigrant rights and worker protections, and fosters an environment of collective power and belonging.
Additionally, the Immigrant Rights program fosters community through the Oakland Workers’ Collective. The Oakland Workers’ Collective (OWC) began in March 2012, and is a worker-driven collective committed to using a popular education model to inform workers about their rights, create a safe pace for skill building, and support day laborers in connecting with employers in which it serves as a vehicle for economic self sufficiency. Its members also partner with allied organizations to advocate and advance policies that protect low wage immigrant workers.The OWC provides:
● Occupational health and workers rights training that inform workers about their rights to support healthy and safe work environments.
● Leadership development and grassroots organizing skills that empower workers to be active participants in impacting policies that directly affect the lives of day laborers.
● Provides job referrals to link workers with short term employment opportunities and advancing safe, just, and dignified economic opportunities.
● Culturally relevant activities that support community building and allyship across race, gender, age, sexuality, and religion.
● Please see http://streetlevelhealthproject.org and www.oaklanddaylabor.com for more information.
The OWC Day Laborer Employment Advocate will collaborate with the IRE Program Manager to connect employers with OWC members; conduct job intakes; as well as outreach to potential employers which can include: door-to-door leafleting, community events, and other strategies to increase job opportunities for workers. The coordinator will also be responsible for supporting creation and vision of alternatives for day laborers who previously looked for work on street corners to find work in a more safe, dignified, and organized environment.
Job Referral Coordination and Placement (80%)
- Managing the OWC job portal and daily phone (Mon-Friday phone line) requests to match OWC members to job opportunities
- Follow up with and implement OWC member manual agreements manual and organization agreements to continue building and maintaining relationships with day laborers and all OWC members. This includes implementing placement guidelines to ensure equitable distribution of placements among OWC members.
- Support OWC members and troubleshoot conflict as needed between employers and OWC members to ensure positive placements and repeat clients.
- Document conflicts, incidents, and member issues as they arise at the day laborer corners and with OWC jobs and activities.
- Cultivate an employer base to improve the job referral process and increase client satisfaction. May include but not limited to: conducting outreach activities such as flier distribution, social media posts, job search, business visits and others as needed.
- Assist Program Manager in nurturing leadership development with OWC program by promoting and encouraging civic participation and democratic decision-making practices with the day laborers, and center’s committee
- With the IRE team, conduct outreach and education in regards health and social resources with hard-to-reach populations, including the Mam community.
- Support street outreach at the gathering stops and invite them to use SLHP services centers’ services and build solidarity and trust with day laborers
- Making 1-1 connections and collecting information for follow up conversations and referrals
- With the IRE team, contribute towards the creation of OWC meeting agenda and facilitation.
Administrative Responsibilities (10%)
- Maintain weekly records of job placements and issues. Keep job referral data sheets updated with workers’ and employers information, job referral data, feedback, worker’s job performance, outreach, and other information as needed for grant purposes.
- Coordinate OWC volunteers and delegating tasks as needed.
- Assist potential OWC members with drop-in and scheduled new member intake meetings and be available to meet with workers as needed to give support to members participating in the program.
General Organizational Support (10%)
- Support occasional organizational events and advocacy efforts (such as annual holiday events and other social events).
- Collaborate with other program staff to ensure documentation of referrals between departments.
- Attend weekly staff and program meetings and any other external meetings representing the organization as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned
Skills and Experience Required:
- Must be fluent in English and Spanish, with strong written and oral communication skills. Mam speakers are highly encouraged to apply.
- Experience working with Immigrant and Day Laborers; Commitment to immigrant rights and social justice
- Knowledge of Microsoft office, Google Suite, Social Media; Salesforce experience preferred.
- Demonstrate ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure.
- Strong teamwork and organizational skills
- A valid California driver’s license, and good driving record
- At least two years of customer service, call center, or hiring hall experience
- Basic knowledge of trade skills or desire to learn (ex. construction, gardening, moving, painting, etc.) to better understand employers that call for a specific type of job.
- Skilled in group facilitation, conflict resolution, community outreach, with a demonstrated ability to interact with diverse populations including staff, clients, business leaders, community partners, and funders.
Salary and Benefits: This position is full time at a base rate of $23/hr , however the rate can be reviewed for highly qualified candidates. Full Benefits (vision, dental, health) accrual of 10 days of vacation/sick per year, and an addition of 10 days paid time off during December closure (after a year of employment).
Street Level Health Project (SLHP) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, marital status, age, disability, gender, identity, HIV status and any other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law, in any of its relationships with employees or employment applicants.
How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter detailing related experience and a resume to jobs@streetlevelhealthproject[dot]org. Note job title in the email subject. This position will remain open until filled.