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Job Opening: Workers Rights Organizers

Posted: August 30, 2011

The Alliance for Immigrants Rights and Reform – Michigan (AIR) is seeking an individual committed to the rights of immigrant workers to fill an entry-level community organizing position focused on workers’ rights.

This is a half-time, contract position, funded for at least 1 year. This position may be increased to full-time as funding allows.

Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately. Applications are due by Friday, September 9th.

AIR is a statewide coalition of faith, labor, civil rights, business, and social service organizations working together to protect the civil and labor rights of immigrants, to reform the immigration system, to encourage civic participation and voting by immigrant communities, and to build a broad agenda for shared prosperity and re-development in Michigan.

The workers’ rights organizer will be based in Dearborn, Michigan.

For more information about the organization and position, as well as application information, please click "Read More"...

Our organizing includes the Freedom From Fear campaign to end racial profiling and random stops of immigrants by Border Patrol and local police; advocacy for more just local, state and federal immigration policy; popular education in immigrant communities regarding civil and labor rights; community education in non-immigrant communities to build long-term support for immigration reform.

The organizer must:
-Have their own reliable car. American-made cars are encouraged.
-Have their own cell phone and computer.
-Be comfortable working with a culturally, religiously, and economically diverse group of partners, members, and staff
-Speak fluent Spanish

We are currently expanding our organizing and advocacy efforts in support of the rights of low-wage immigrant workers in Southeast Michigan. Primarily, the organizer will be responsible for staffing and expanding a workers organizing committee as they campaign to improve labor conditions at local job sites. The organizer will also be responsible for assisting workers on recovering lost or stolen wages, ensuring workers receive proper compensation for injuries on the job, and educating the community about the rights of immigrant workers. Importantly, the organizer will be responsible for building the leadership of immigrant workers and increasing their capacity for social action.

This is an entry-level position. Applicants need not have prior professional community organizing experience, but should have strong organizational skills, a tireless commitment to social justice, a basic familiarity with immigrants’ rights issues, and be comfortable building new relationships. Applicants should be prepared for a fast-paced work environment with a high-level of autonomy. The organizer will occasionally be expected to pitch-in on major organizing priorities, such as marches, conferences, etc.

The organizer should be comfortable with modern office software and learning new technologies. AIR uses Salsa Labs, the Voter Activation Network, Microsoft and Google productivity software, Facebook, Twitter, and Mobile Commons.

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

Pay for this half-time, contract position is $15,000 per year, plus cell phone and travel stipends.

Please send resume and cover letter to: ryan@michiganimmigrationreform.org
Cc: jeries@michiganimmigrationreform.org
Subject: Workers’ Rights Organizer.
Call 248.787.6767

Visit www.michiganimmigrationreform.org for more information about AIR.

AIR is a project of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services , 501c(3).


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