Job Opportunity: Lead Organizer, Economic Justice (Posted 01/06/17)

Join the next wave in the movement for economic justice in America.

Across the country, low-wage hourly workers struggle with jobs with unpredictable part-time hours, low wages and few benefits that strain their families and cause economic insecurity. The Center for Popular Democracy’s Fair Workweek Initiative (FWI) seeks a Lead Organizer to drive worker-driven corporate accountability campaigns to restore a family-sustaining workweek for the country’s hourly workforce.

More broadly, the Lead Organizer would work with CPD community affiliates and allied partners to organize working people nationally and through local field programs to drive coordinated economic justice campaigns that call for fair and full employment and a just democracy for working families.

449 Troutman Street, Suite A
Brooklyn, NY 11237


About The Center for Popular Democracy

CPD promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. CPD builds the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. Learn more at:


About The Fair Workweek Initiative

Anchored by the CPD and CPD Action, the FWI is driving the growing momentum to restore a workweek that enables working families to thrive. We are committed to elevating the voices of working people to ensure they shape the solutions that work for their families – through improved industry practices or workplace protections. Learn more at:

The Lead Organizer will report to the Corporate Strategies Director of the Fair Workweek Initiative and collaborate with a range of colleagues at CPD program leads running economic justice campaigns.



Advance national and local worker-driven campaigns to raise work hours standards in the service sector and to educate the public about a range of issues that impact working families.
Work with our community and labor partners to develop a worker organizing program that advances a range of CPD economic justice campaigns beyond a fair workweek that include: minimum wage, paid family leave, paid sick days, full employment, affordable childcare and equal opportunity.
Work with partners and the Corporate Strategies Director to organize national days of action, and convene national committee calls and meetings of member leaders.
Develop the leadership of workers to drive corporate accountability campaigns and build sustainable worker networks.
Train our partners in worker organizing and leadership development through direct field support, weekly coaching session by phone, and developing trainings for a cohort of worker organizers.
Integrate strategies that use digital and mobile texting technologies that assist with worker outreach, leadership development and activate a base.
Build a scaled story collection and spokespeople development program that supports our economic justice campaign.
This position will involve extensive travel that will also seek to be flexible to foster work-life balance.



We seek outcome-driven candidates with excellent relationship-building skills. Ideal candidates should have demonstrated experience in the following:

2-5 years of leading worker organizing campaigns and worker leadership and committees, and experience with comprehensive campaign strategies.
Experience with digital campaigning strategies is a plus.
A strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of challenges facing caregivers, communities of color, and low-and moderate-income families.
A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders.
Strong writing skills for public education, digital organizing, and earned media.
Experience with earned media, social media, multimedia and/or creative communications strategies.
Generous salary and benefits package, depending on experience.

We encourage interested candidates to apply immediately, no later than February 15. However, the position is open until filled, and candidates who apply after that date will still be reviewed.

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