Bilingual Organizing Fellow

January 4, 2022

The Bilingual Organizing Fellow should be an enthusiastic and committed Spanish or Amharic speaker willing to learn how to organize and uplift the voices of Spanish- and Amharic-speaking communities in DC. Our Labor Program focuses on hosting monthly worker trainings, organizing a committee of worker-leaders around critical issues they face in their communities, coordinating advocacy for worker-centered policies in DC, and connecting immigrant communities across DC through street outreach. 

MLOV has a particular emphasis on care work and the cash economy, as well as challenges faced in housing, healthcare, and transportation. The Organizing Fellow would primarily work in tandem with the Labor Program Coordinator to achieve these goals, with a particular focus on assisting Spanish-speaking or Amharic-speaking community members through community interpretation, public benefits applications assistance, and political education. The Organizing Fellow will also work with other MLOV staff to achieve our collective vision of language and economic justice for all immigrant communities in DC.

Terms:

  • Part-time, 20 hours per week
  • $1600 per month, paid biweekly on the 15th and last days of each month

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Highly proficient or bilingual Spanish or Amharic speaker
  • Physical ability to access homes, workplaces, and other semi-public spaces for street outreach in DC for several hours at a time
  • Some understanding of predominantly-Latinx and/or predominantly-East African DC neighborhoods
  • Experience in worker, student, or issue organizing
  • Detail-oriented, self-driven, and works well in a team environment

Additional Recommended Qualifications:

  • Experience with verbal interpretation between English and Spanish, or English and Amharic, in any setting
  • Experience or knowledge of DC policies related to economic justice, including labor, housing, and public benefits policies
  • Experience or interest in creating and implementing creative community organizing strategies
  • Experience managing volunteers or staff
  • Door-to-door canvassing experience

Job Responsibilities

*Subject to shift according to your strengths, skills, personal goals, and needs of each MLOV program

  • (1-6 hrs/week depending on skills and time of year) Work closely with the Economic Justice (Labor) Program Coordinator to craft and implement outreach strategy 
  • (1-3 hrs/week) Manage street outreach logistics, such as mapping out communities where outreach should be intensified and data entry for potential new members
  • (4-6 hrs/week) Conduct street outreach and canvassing with the Coordinator, MLOV staff, and worker-leaders
  • (2-4 hrs/week) Helping plan, co-facilitate, and interpret for organizing meetings and workshops with MLOV members
  • (4 hrs/week) Conduct or help with language interpretation at intake meetings with individuals who need assistance navigating public benefits applications or other city services
  • (2-4 hrs/week) Meet with coalition partners, such as DC Jobs with Justice, ROC-DC, Under 3 DC, the Eviction Rapid Response Group, Reclaim Rent Control, as needed
  • Maintain contacts with community members interested in getting more involved with organizing
  • Work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, as needed
  • Participate in an extensive onboarding process

We will be hiring one Spanish and one Amharic speaker for this role.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and any other status protected by law. 

To apply: please send a resume to yannik@mlovdc.org and fill out this form. You do not need to send a cover letter.