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Workers’ Rights Organizer (Part-Time)

Description: 

LAJC seeks a Workers’ Rights Organizer to work with farmworkers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia to fight exploitation and injustice and to build workers’ power through grassroots organizing.  This is a grant-funded, part-time (approximately 29 hr./week) position is currently funded through September 30, 2020, with the possibility of extension depending on availability of funding.

 

  • Primary job duty of this position:
    • Seek out and identify agricultural workers on the Shore, and collaborate with local partners and farmworker team staff to distribute information about legal rights to and organize alongside workers
  • Secondary duties of this position:
    • Client intakes, case work follow-up, client meetings, note-taking and associated duties
    • Seek out and visit labor camps or other sites where farmworkers live (maintaining social distancing and all necessary COVID precautions)
    • Communicate and establish relationships with community partners and potential clients
    • Facilitate the communication between farmworkers and attorneys or other staff
    • Assist in development of cases and provide support for litigation
Requirements: 

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, workers’ rights, and immigrants’ rights.
  • Spanish fluency (enough to communicate with workers without interpreter); and, at minimum, limited English proficiency
  • Willingness to find new ways to communicate and connect with clients and community partners.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the Eastern Shore and, occasionally, to other locations across the Commonwealth, and to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Sufficient flexibility to meet changing needs of farmworker community and the farmworker advocacy team.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
  • High level of professionalism
  • Culturally sensitive approach to diverse client community.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, workers’ rights, and immigrants’ rights.
  • Spanish fluency (enough to communicate with workers without interpreter); and, at minimum, limited English proficiency
  • Willingness to find new ways to communicate and connect with clients and community partners.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the Eastern Shore and, occasionally, to other locations across the Commonwealth, and to work nights and weekends as needed.
  • Sufficient flexibility to meet changing needs of farmworker community and the farmworker advocacy team.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle.
  • High level of professionalism
  • Culturally sensitive approach to diverse client community.

 

Preferred

Qualifications

  • Some experience working as an organizer, preferably with immigrant workers.
  • Ability to balance a variety of responsibilities with a healthy sense of humor.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office

 

To Apply: 

 

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Jason Yarashes at hiring@justice4all.org.  Please include “Workers’ Rights Organizer – Eastern Shore” in the subject line and identify in your cover letter or highlight in your resume your experience in working with diverse communities. Please also state the earliest date you would be available to start work. Applications will be reviewed, and interviews scheduled as soon as they are received, so please apply as soon as possible. 

 

Questions? Contact Jason Yarashes, Lead Attorney and Program Coordinator of the Farmworker Program at jasony@justice4all.org or 503-430-4123.

 

The Legal Aid Justice Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply. The Legal Aid Justice Center is committed to strengthening the voices of our low-income clients, working in collaboration with community partners, and rooting out the inequities that keep people in poverty. We strive to take on the issues that have broad impact on our client communities and to be responsive to client input. Recognizing the particular impact of racism on our clients and staff, we devote special attention to dismantling racial injustice. All applicants must be dedicated to working in and sustaining an environment that enables staff and clients to feel empowered, valued, respected, and safe. In reviewing applications, we look for evidence that applicants have experience and/or thoughtfulness in working with traditionally marginalized

populations.

 

Information

Submission Deadline: 
July 1, 2020
Organization Information: 
Legal Aid Justice Center
626 East Broad Street, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23219
United States
Phone: 804-643-1086