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Seeking to Sponsor Fellows | New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice

About the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-disciplinary impact strategy center and “think and do tank” as well as a membership organization. We are dedicated to expanding democracy, winning a just economy, and transforming the country by transforming the South. The Workers’ Center is a critical architect of permanent progressive civil society infrastructure in the South. At the end of our first decade, we are gearing up to advance a long-term Southern agenda for an inclusive economy. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

Description of Opportunity

NOWCRJ seeks to sponsor one or more individuals for a 2018 post-graduate fellowship (Equal Justice Works, Skadden, Soros Justice, Liman, etc.) NOWCRJ is also open to hearing from individuals wishing to do law school-funded short-term or long-term fellowships in 2017. NOWCRJ has a unique and diverse practice and we would welcome applicants interested in implementing a one or two-year fellowship project in any of the following areas:

  • Immigration enforcement. NOWCRJ helped to establish groundbreaking pro-immigrant policies in New Orleans and would like to do the same in Jefferson Parish, where NOWCRJ has a deep membership base and where terrifying home raids and racial profiling are increasing as the Trump deportation machine kicks into gear. Fellowship projects could include: civil rights abuse documentation; litigation under the U.S. Constitution and Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871; motions to suppress evidence collected during unconstitutional raids; and legal support for advocacy to change local policy.
  • Full and fair employment for Black workers. Black workers in New Orleans and throughout the South are locked into structural and long-term unemployment and low wage jobs. Fellowship projects could focus on enforcement of local hiring ordinances, and workplace monitoring.
  • Right to counsel in immigration court. Though New Orleans has vibrant and expanding immigrant communities, there is a dearth of free and low cost representation in immigration court. A fellowship project in this area could focus on direct representation of workers in cases related to civil rights, labor trafficking and workers’ rights, and conducting research and building a coalition towards an innovative Louisiana immigrant access to justice project at the city level through training, education and coalition building.
  • Immigration detention. For-profit detention centers in western Louisiana serve as key nodes in the deportation pipeline for a five-state Southern region. A fellowship project could focus on habeas corpus litigation to bring constitutional challenges to no-bond detention. Despite a mounting wave of precedent across the country on the constitutional limits to no-bond immigration detention, these cases have been unsuccessful and stymied by extreme delay in the Western District of Louisiana. This project would build on NOWCRJ’s past habeas cases, learning from the challenges unique to this jurisdiction and building innovative litigation strategies to overcome them.
  • Seafood Worker Campaign. NOWCRJ’s National Guestworker Alliance recently launched the Alliance of Seafood Workers to improve conditions in the seafood industry from the Gulf Coast to New England. Fellowship projects could focus on research, policy advocacy, member support, and/or labor standards litigation (FLSA, OSHA etc.) to improve working conditions in this industry.

 

Qualifications

  • Experience with or demonstrated commitment to movement building or immigrant justice work.
  • Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Excellent research, writing and court advocacy skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.
  • Spanish-speaking candidates are highly encouraged to get in touch.
  • Be willing to sit for the Louisiana bar exam (see more information below)
  • Be eligible for a post-graduate fellowship (third year law student or law school graduate)

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to get in touch.

Salary & Benefits

Salary will be set according to the terms of the fellowship program. NOWCRJ’s benefit package includes paying 100% of health insurance premiums, including for family members.

Louisiana Bar Exam

Fellows need to sit for the Louisiana bar exam before or after their fellowship starts. NOWRCJ will pay all costs associated with studying for and passing the Louisiana bar exam and becoming admitted to practice law in Louisiana. Although Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. using the civil law system, the Louisiana bar and Louisiana law and practice are fundamentally similar to other states. The Louisiana bar exam passage rate for first-time takers who graduated from law schools outside of Louisiana was 70%. In addition, historically, 80% of NOWRCJ’s practice has been before federal agencies and federal courts.

To apply:

Please send a short email with specific fellowship interests, if any, and resume to Kerry O’Brien at kobrien@nowcrj.org, subject line: Fellowship 2018. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number.

Lead Immigrant Justice Organizer | Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros

Position

Lead Immigrant Justice Organizer, Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros

Organization

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Organizational Background

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity. NOWCRJ anchors two grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers and Stand with Dignity, both of which are on the cutting edge of movements to end criminalization, exploitation, and exclusion in New Orleans. NOWCRJ also anchors the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), a national organization dedicated to winning rights and respect for guestworkers and building a social movement in response to the transformation of work in the United States, and a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power. In the last five years, the Center’s organizing and policy victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. For more information go to www.nowcrj.org

About the Congreso de Jornaleros:

The Congreso de Jornaleros/Congress of Day Laborers is an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region, and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers and families into public life and social movement participation.

Position Summary

NOWCRJ seeks a highly talented lead organizer to build strategic grassroots organizing campaigns, expand membership participation, create and implement leadership development programs for members, and build and sustain alliances and coalitions. The Congreso lead organizer will also supervise a team of two field organizers and work with the legal department of the NOWCRJ to develop strategic interventions in policy and workplace campaigns. The Congreso lead organizer will report to the Managing Director of the New Orleans Workers Center for Racial Justice and will work collaboratively with a team of organizers across membership organizations within the Center.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Develop and oversee the implementation of strategic grassroots organizing campaigns that will win concrete improvements in the lives of our most impacted members

  • Drive a collaborative campaign development process that brings together the perspectives and wisdom of our members, allies, organizers and legal team.
  • Ensure that the campaign policy goals reflect the priorities of our members.
  • Support, expand and deepen member leadership and leadership structures through one on ones, membership meetings, leadership meetings and other field work. Lead the field team in supporting political development of worker leaders. Manage lists, charts, and databases and assure that fieldwork is clearly and systematically recorded.
  • Build and develop systems to effectively monitor and enforce our policy victories.
  • Encourage the use of direct action as necessary and strategic to advance campaigns andbuild power.
  • Provide strategic direction and vision for power and influence on city, state and region-wide policy issues and politics.

2. Effectively supervise and develop Congreso organizers to hit their membership and organizing goals.

  • Oversee the execution of the organizers’ work plans to ensure they are hitting their goals.
  • Provide weekly coaching and feedback to help them achieve their goals and so they get better and better at what they do.
  • Support Congreso organizers in running effective weekly membership and leadership meetings.
  • Provide leadership development opportunities for Congreso organizers to help them grow their skills.

3. Build and maintain local, regional and national alliances that support and build the power of Congreso members.

  • Identify and reach out to strategic partners.
  • Quickly build trust and rapport.
  • Maintain these relationships on behalf of the NOWCRJ, Congreso de Jornaleros, and our members.

Who You Are:

Strategic campaigns get you up in the morning. You follow the latest developments in the national movement but know that changes in the local conditions are equally, if not more, important. Creative direct action is your bread and butter. You execute formidable plans, but also recognize unforeseen opportunities and switch gears to accommodate.

Leadership development is core to your organizing. You meet your people wherever they’re at, and are constantly working to push them to greater heights. You know that most moments can be learning moments—as long as you structure the right debrief—but you’re instituting more structured leadership pipelines too. Ideally, you’ve worked as a trainer at one point or another and feel comfortable designing a short workshop on the fly.

You’re a people person. You’re empathetic, fun, and quickly establish connections. You can take the emotional temperature of a room and facilitate a hard conversation (in English and in Spanish), but you also know that plenty of consensus building happens one-on-one outside of the meeting. You know the importance of relationships and treat them accordingly.

You’re a details-oriented visionary. You draw connections easily—between mass incarceration and mass deportation, racism and economic inequality. You know that building a multi-racial, cross-issue political analysis is essential. You communicate the big picture powerfully and implement the small steps to move us forward.

Required:

• Demonstrated experience as a lead organizer or organizing director at grassroots based organization
• Supervision experience
• English-Spanish bilingual
• Knowledge of immigration issues; previous experience organizing on immigration, criminal justice, or detention issues
• Car and ability to drive
• Comfortable working long hours including evenings and weekends,

To apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to astewart@nowcrj.org subject line: NOWCRJ- Congreso Lead Organizer. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number. The application process will be open until position is filled.

Immigrant Justice Organizer | Congress of Day Laborers/Congreso de Jornaleros

POSITION

Immigrant Justice Organizer, Congress of Day Laborers

ORGANIZATION

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

RELEASE DATE

June 22, 2016

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity. NOWCRJ anchors two grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers and Stand with Dignity, both of which are on the cutting edge of movements to end criminalization, exploitation, and exclusion in New Orleans. NOWCRJ also anchors the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA), a national organization dedicated to winning rights and respect for guestworkers and building a social movement in response to the transformation of work in the United States, and a strategic legal department that innovates law and policy strategies that build grassroots power. In the last five years, the Center’s organizing and policy victories have been highlighted in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. For more information go to www.nowcrj.org

ABOUT THE CONGRESO DE JORNALEROS:

The Congreso de Jornaleros/Congress of Day Laborers is an organization of immigrant workers and families founded by the day laborers who helped rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Today, Congreso is a hub for immigrants across the Southeast region, and a leadership pipeline for hundreds of immigrant workers and families into public life and social movement participation. Congreso members organize at the intersections of the criminal legal and immigration enforcement systems, leading visionary campaigns in partnership with other marginalized communities to win human rights and dignity for affected people.

POSITION SUMMARY

NOWCRJ seeks a passionate, innovative dedicated, creative Immigrant Justice Organizer to participate in the implementation of strategic campaigns, develop member defense strategies, coordinate member services, lead engaging popular education programming, and support Congreso members’ own leadership development.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The new organizer will work closely with the rest of the Congreso team to execute a fluid set of responsibilities from the following list, (subject to change depending on shifting conditions and relevant experience):

  1. Develop and facilitate energetic meeting agendas that build our membership’s political analysis and engagement. This may include strategy sessions with member-leaders, support groups, and large general assembly Defend Your Rights workshops. Click the following links for a sense of Congreso weekly general assembly meeting activities: Solidaridad con Orlando, Vivos en el Congreso!, DAPA o Accion?
  1. Coordinate member defense strategies. Oversee a community raid-monitoring program, which may include supporting members in testimony-collection, inputting data, and noting trends. Develop campaigns to stop deportations using an array of strategies including media coverage, ally mobilization, pro-se prosecutorial discretion requests, etc.
  1. Carry out and coordinate member services. Build relationships and support members through accompaniment and translation at doctor’s visits, appointments, and in interactions with the criminal legal system, including traffic and criminal court. Support members in accessing their full rights. Maintain accurate documentation to support necessary follow-up.
  1. Plan and facilitate programming that builds our community. This may include fundraisers, holiday parties, story circles, gardening sessions, attending national conferences with member-leaders, etc.
  1. Participate in strategic political campaigns. This may include participating in strategy discussions, policy research, power mapping, and action planning and logistics.
  1. Build and maintain relationships with key allies, volunteers, coalitions, etc. on behalf of the Congreso and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

QUALIFICATIONS

The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative.  A successful applicant will have the following qualities:

  • Must be bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Love of teamwork and a good team player.
  • Faith in poor people’s ability to change the world
  • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
  • Strong project management skills; experience overseeing and bottom-lining multiple concurrent projects.
  • Creativity, patience, positive attitude, and stamina
  • The ability to work under pressure
  • Familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement and deportation defense.
  • 3 years experience in grassroots organizing required – including outreach, leadership development, and strategic campaigns
  • Strong time-management, writing, office, and organizational skills
  • Experience coordinating volunteers is a plus
  • Must know how to drive and have a car

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

The Congreso and the New Orleans Workers’ Center are strongly committed to multi-racial organizing, and racial justice, economic justice and gender justice frames.  While the immigrant justice organizer will focus primarily on the work described above, candidates must be committed to supporting African American organizing for jobs and criminal justice reform; labor organizing for workers’ rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand democracy in the South.

ACCOUNTABILITY

The immigrant justice organizer is supervised by Congreso’s Lead Immigrant Justice Organizer at the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to LaToya Johnson at ljohnson@nowcrj.org , with “IMMIGRANT JUSTICE ORGANIZER” in the subject line. Phone inquires will not be accepted.

New England Senior Organizer | National Guestworker Alliance

Position

New England Senior Organizer

Organization

National Guestworker Alliance

About the National Guestworker Alliance (NGA)

The National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) is a national organization dedicated to winning rights and respect for guestworkers and building a social movement response to the transformation of work in the United States. Anchored by the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, a multi­racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities, NGA and the Workers’ Center have been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

NGA is organizing workers in multiple sectors including industrial construction and food processing and building a national movement around contingent work. You’ll be part of a small but growing, fast-paced organization that will shape the face of labor in the next two decades through strategic campaigning and worker victories.

About the Position

This position is based in New England with an initial focus on New Bedford, MA Providence, RI and Fall River, MA.

National Guestworker Alliance seeks a highly talented and experienced Senior Organizer

Position Primary Responsibilities

  1. Drive our strategic industry wide organizing plan with the local and national team. Provide support and supervision to the lead organizer. Assure development of short and medium term work plans with clear measurable goals, strategies and tactics necessary to win campaigns. Evaluate potential organizing targets and integrate research, legal analysis and other information into campaign planning.
  1. Work directly with the lead organizer in the field to grow the worker association, build leadership capacity among the base and move the industry wide campaign. Assure the team is building, maintaining, and developing NGA worker contacts and membership. Support, expand and deepen member leadership and leadership structures through one on ones, membership meetings, leadership meetings and other fieldwork. Support the political development of worker leaders. Support the team in managing lists, charts, and databases and assure that fieldwork is clearly and systematically carried out and recorded.
  1. Directly supervise the lead organizer to provide support and accountability for a growing team of organizers who are building the worker association, developing contacts, assessing members, running leadership development, supporting committee development and running member defense strategies. Manage lead organizers’ success in meeting goals and deadlines. Provide constructive support and evaluation and suggest areas of growth. Responsible for high performance and high production values of the team overall.
  1. Maintain, manage and develop NGA’s strategic partners and national level allies in civil and labor rights organizations to support broad organizational and campaign goals and create the best possible space for workers to organize.
  1. Coordinate and integrate work with legal, research and communication staff and with the broader movement allies.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

This is not a 9 to 5 job—long and varied hours, with early morning, evening, weekend work is required.

Who You Are

Key qualifications:

  • The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:
    • Creative
    • Deep dedication to the leadership of directly affected people
    • Faith in poor peoples’ ability to change the world
    • Patience and stamina
    • The ability to work well under pressure
    • Love of teamwork and a good team player.
  • The NGA / New Orleans Workers’ Center are strongly committed to racial justice, international solidarity and alliance building, economic justice and gender justice frames. While the lead organizer will focus primarily on the work described above, candidates must be committed to supporting African American organizing for access to dignified jobs; immigrant organizing for civil rights; LGBTQ rights organizing; gender justice organizing; and other efforts across many communities to expand dignity and democracy in the South.
  • Familiarity and experience in the immigrant rights movement.
  • Five to ten years’ experience in community, labor, or grassroots electoral organizing – including member recruitment, leadership development, and campaigns preferred
  • Experience training, supporting and supervising community or labor organizer teams;
  • Must be fluent in English and Spanish
  • K’iche’ language abilities a plus
  • Must have strong writing skills, office skills, and self-organization skills
  • Must drive and have valid driver’s license

National Guestworker Alliance / NOWCRJ is an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email a cover letter and resume to kati@guestworkeralliance.org and mention this job title in the subject line of your email.   Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. Application process will be open until position is filled.

Managing Attorney

Position

Managing Attorney

Organization

New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

About the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

The New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) is a multi-racial organization dedicated to building the power and participation of low-income workers and communities. NOWCRJ has been nationally recognized for direct worker organizing, strategic campaigns, policy advocacy, litigation, and coalition building to advance immigrant rights, racial justice, and economic equity.

NOWCRJ anchors three grassroots membership organizations: the Congress of Day Laborers, Stand With Dignity, and the National Guestworker Alliance.

NOWCRJ’s Legal Department provides legal support to NOWCRJ membership groups and their members to force employers and federal, state, and local agencies to comply with existing laws, to build worker power, and to protect workers’ rights to organize.  Our current work includes federal impact litigation and law reform cases, strategic immigration and detention work, administrative advocacy, policy advocacy, and campaign support.  Practice areas include workers’ rights, civil rights, immigration, and benefits.

Position Summary

This position is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NOWCRJ seeks a highly motivated managing attorney based in New Orleans to lead a team of attorneys in New Orleans with an intersectional legal practice. The Managing Attorney will be expected to (1) direct and supervise the docket and staff attorneys and represent clients in complex cases; (2) oversee internal management of the legal department and ensure we hit our ambitious goals; and (3) serve as a key leader of the Legal Department. This position reports directly to the Legal Director.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Set the direction for and lead NOWCRJ’s legal work
    • Lead staff of attorneys and legal fellows to build NOWCRJ’s docket, in alignment with the organization’s strategic direction;
    • Lead litigation work and represent clients, especially for particularly complex cases;
    • Collaborate with campaign teams on legal and policy strategies;
    • Coordinate planning process across the department and organization to keep work plans up to date; and
    • Ensure smooth communication and coordination within the department and across departments.
  1. Manage legal department to ensure we deliver on our goals
    • Supervise staff attorneys, legal fellows, and administrative staff in the legal department;
    • Ensure that the team and individuals have ambitious goals and plans in place to meet them;
    • Develop staff skills as attorneys and advocates by providing clear and useful feedback in an ongoing manner;
    • Provide support and accountability to attorneys and fellows including workplan development; and
    • Work to ensure that top performers are retained.
  2. Serve as a key leader of the legal team and support ongoing work to build and strengthen NOWCRJ
    • Ensure legal and fiscal compliance and space/ infrastructure/ technology support for the department;
    • Create and review adherence with annual department budget;
    • Build innovative, disciplined, positive culture within the legal department and across the organization; and
    • Support the Legal Director and Executive Director in identifying, building, and maintaining the NOWCRJ’s resources.

Qualifications

  • Commitment to legal practice in a way that empowers collective vision and action by low-income workers and communities of color.
  • Substantial experience one or more of the following legal areas: labor, employment, immigration, or civil rights.
  • Management or supervision experience including legal supervision, case development, and project management.
  • Ability to implement vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.
  • Deep commitment to legal and policy work on behalf of low wage workers, immigrant communities, and other communities of color.
  • Sense of humor in order to maintain perspective and balance.
  • Minimum 5 years demonstrated litigation experience in labor, employment immigration, and/or civil rights law showing excellent skills and outcomes and innovative strategies.
  • Juris Doctor and active bar admission and willingness to take the Louisiana Bar Exam.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English), bicultural experience a plus.

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals strongly encouraged to apply.

Accountability

The immigrant justice organizer is supervised by the Legal Director of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice.

Please send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to LaToya Johnson at ljohnson@nowcrj.org, with “MANAGING ATTORNEY” in the subject line. Phone inquires will not be accepted.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@nowcrj.org, subject line: NOWCRJ- Managing Attorney. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. The application process will be open until position is filled.