JOB OPPORTUNITY: Community Engagement & Base Building Educator

About Fair Work Center

Our organization builds worker power through education, organizing, and enforcement. We work to raise and uphold standards in the workplace. And we fight for economic and racial justice in our communities. Our Base Building team trains hundreds of workers a year about their rights on the job. Our Legal Clinic works to ensure that workers know their rights under city, state, and federal law and that employers are held accountable to labor standards.

We provide free individual consultations, pro se assistance, representation in administrative enforcement processes, and maintain an active strategic litigation docket. Over the past five years we have served thousands of workers and have recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages. In addition to direct representation our attorneys provide policy analysis, research, and enforcement strategy support campaigns to improve workplace conditions.

Our partner organization Working Washington leads innovative campaigns organizing delivery workers in the gig economy, enforcing Seattle’s domestic worker bill of rights, and making Washington’s workplace laws among the best in the country. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic our organizations have advocated for hazard pay for frontline workers, health and safety enforcement, and access to unemployment for gig and immigrant workers. Together, we have a history of making transformative demands for working people and winning big.

About the Position

The Community Engagement & Base Building Educator is primarily responsible for engaging low-wage workers about their rights at work and coordinating and facilitating labor standards training and workshops. Success in this position requires a worker-centered approach, knowledge of popular education dynamics, strong facilitation skills, and the ability to develop long-term engagement with low-wage workers.

The organization is striving to become an anti-racist organization and expects that all staff will play an active role in that process and engage in their own. This includes participating in organizational race equity initiatives and applying an anti-racist approach to position responsibilities whenever possible.

Download a PDF of the job posting here: Job Opportunity — Community Engagement & Base Building Educator.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Community Outreach

  • Perform in-person and digital outreach to bring in new workers and share information about local and state labor standards, including phone & text banking, door knocking, flyering, and participation in community events
  • Recruit, build, and sustain a strong worker-base into know-your rights trainings, worker committee, and long-term, deep engagement with the work of the organization
  • Help the recruitment, development, and engagement of workers in organization priority industries through in-person outreach and digital outreach; Facebook, Slack, Hustle, and other social media platforms that engage them in one on one conversations

Worker Education & Training 

  • Facilitate know-your-rights workshops for workers online and in-person on local and state labor standards, including co-facilitating with current community partners
  • Conduct individual intake meetings with workers who have called the general hotline and identify the resource or resolution, including making referrals to our internal legal clinic, campaigns team, administrative agencies, and other community partners
  • Implement curriculum and adapt facilitation to needs of training participants within a popular education framework and with social justice analysis along immigration, class, gender, and race.
  • Help build and co-facilitate a leadership development pipeline such as worker committees, leadership training, etc.

Data & Other Tasks

  • Help maintain relationships with other community-based organizations by finding opportunities to support their work and to advance the basebuilding strategy
  • Track relevant training, outreach, and data by entering into CRM on a timely basis
  • Other duties as assigned

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Ability to build relationship of trust and mutual respect and to move people into action
  • Experience coordinating community and education outreach to reach priority communities, including flyering, tabling, and individual conversations
  • Strong background on popular education framework, facilitation, and communication skills or demonstrated ability to learn
  • Commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and deep understanding of challenges facing low wage workers, immigrant communities, communities of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours, on evenings and weekends, as needed, to meet worker needs
  • Second language required, Spanish preferred

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2+ years prior experience in community or labor organizing, including base-building, mobilization, political education, and community-led programming and campaigns
  • Prior experience working with domestic workers, restaurant workers, gig workers, or other priority industry identified by the organization
  • Experience in curriculum development and development of visual materials
  • Proficiency with using database systems and MS office applications, Canva, Instagram, Facebook, and Whatsapp

OTHER INFORMATION

Salary & Benefits: This is a bargaining unit position. Salaries are set by the union pay scale, with anticipated starting pay between $56,445 – $62,231, depending on experience, along with significant annual step increases and COLAs each year. We provide a generous benefits package, including fully-paid family health care, 5% employer 401k contribution, substantial holidays, vacation and sick leave, and an ORCA card for employees in the Puget Sound area.

Location: This is a salaried overtime exempt position that we anticipate being based in our Seattle office, but we are open to the position being based in our Yakima office, for the right candidate. It may require occasional evening and weekend work and occasional travel throughout the state. Our team is currently working remotely due to COVID-19.

How to Apply: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@fairworkcenter.org with the applicant’s last name and “Base Building” in the subject line. In your cover letter, let us know why you’re interested in this role and which skills you believe will make you successful in it. The priority deadline for submissions is May 22, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we will accept applications until the position is filled.

Commitment to Equity: Fair Work Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by historical and ongoing inequity to apply, such as: people of color, immigrants, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities. We seek candidates whose lived experiences reflect the lived experiences of the workers we support. If you need disability, language or other accommodation in the application process, please contact Zhi Chen at zhi@fairworkcenter.org.