Organize. Build Power. Win Justice.

Job Opening

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center seeks a full-time Organizer to build power among low-wage and immigrant workers in Western Massachusetts.  The Organizer will primarily focus on base-building in Springfield, MA, and will also oversee the new PVWC Know Your Rights hotline, responding to immigration-related emergencies.  The ideal candidate will speak excellent Spanish and English, and have experience in organizing for social change among diverse populations.

This position will work closely with PVWC’s Lead Organizers and Worker Fellows to advance PVWC’s mission.  You would have primary responsibility for leading the PVWC hotline, and for base-building as well as leadership development and hotline promotion in Springfield, MA. You will work closely with the Brightwood Health Center in Springfield and hold meetings there.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Organizing:

  • Build and sustain relationships with low-wage workers, with a focus in Springfield, MA.
  • Support workers’ leadership development, strengthening their capacity to lead campaigns.
  • Facilitate worker meetings and develop worker capacity to lead meetings.
  • Work with PVWC Lead Organizers to launch a new membership model.
  • Train immigrant leaders in Know Your Rights curriculum and facilitate peer-to-peer education.
  • Organize and coordinate public events.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with agencies, organizing groups, schools, clinics, and elected officials to advance worker campaign goals.
  • Build worker engagement and leadership in coalitions.
  • Attend weekly meetings with PVWC Lead Organizers and monthly meetings of the New North Citizens Council.
  • Work in close partnership with new Community Outreach employee at Brightwood’s Cliniquita.

Hotline Coordination & Administration:

  • Oversee operations of PVWC’s Sanctuary in the Streets 24-hour hotline.
  • Work with PVWC Lead Organizers and Sanctuary in the Streets volunteers to ensure shifts are covered,volunteers are trained and engaged, and hotline is answered according to protocol.
  • Work with team to guide hotline strategy and growth.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Excellent communication skills in Spanish and English, written and spoken.
1-3 years of experience organizing, ideally among immigrants and/or low-wage workers and/or lived experience that gives unique insight into these communities.
Skilled at facilitating group meetings.
Coalition-building experience among unions and/or other organizations.
Ability to work some weekends and evenings, including being on call for our hotline.
Commitment to building racial and social justice through leadership development, community organizing and popular education.
Ability to successfully manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience preferred but not required.

Location: Northampton and Springfield, MA

Details:  Full-time position, some nights and weekends.  Exemption Status: Exempt

Compensation: $34-$40,000, DOE. This position is fully funded for one year, with plans to extend.

Benefits: Great flexibility and work environment. The opportunity to be creative. The PVWC operates as a collective, and is in the process of formalizing its worker-owner track. At the year mark, we hope to renew this position and offer the opportunity to become a worker-owner.

How to apply:  Please send a cover letter, resume, and two references to jobs@pvworkerscenter.org by November 10th.