Labor Program Coordinator

April 29, 2021

For over a decade, Many Languages One Voice - MLOV has fought to secure language access for DC's immigrant and refugee communities of color through storytelling, education, and civic engagement. We mobilize the community to catalyze systemic change to meet the goal of language justice in the District. 

MLOV pursues racial equity, both within the work we do, as well as within our leadership and staffing. Racial equity is more than a commitment at MLOV—it is the foundation of what we do. We highly encourage applicants from immigrant, refugee, and marginalized communities to apply.

This is a full-time (40 hours/wk), salaried position with compensation in the range of $43,000 to $47,000, depending on experience. Benefits include: Health insurance, paid vacation, sick leave and holidays along with a flexible work schedule and monthly travel stipend.

Job Description

The Labor Program Coordinator (LPC) is responsible for managing and developing pathway initiatives to improve economic mobility for DC’s immigrant and refugee communities. You will have the opportunity to dive deep into the issues impacting inclusive economic development  within a wide array of entrepreneurial and employment sectors for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The LPC will also work closely with MLOV’s national and local partners such as  Welcoming America, Family Values @ Work, Jews United for Justice, The Fair Budget Coalition and DC Jobs with Justice to establish worker-owned cooperatives or other liberatory business model for undocumented, immigrant, and/or exculded workers, while combating worker inequality.  

We look for a person who has their finger on the pulse of labor-related legislation, willing to build power with community and partners and construct pathways to career and financial security for immigrant families. Finally, it is critical that the LPC is knowledgeable in collecting and utilizing data relating to wage theft, unemployment, worker’s compensation and safety to co-create advocacy campaigns with our members.

Recruitment & Coalition Building

  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with community-based organizations from within the African, Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino/a, and other immigrant communities in the District;
  • Convene weekly with groups of excluded, Black, brown and immigrant workers to map out group goals, protections and advocacy agenda;
  • Collaborate on Ward to city-wide advocacy efforts to advance economic mobility for immigrant populations;
  • Scout and partner with national and local immigration organizations in pursuit of resources, grants, and networking opportunities for members; 
  • Serve as a representative for MLOV and the Labor Committee at community events, policy sessions, and other external events;
  • Attend and represent MLOV and partners in ANC and or community meetings;
  • Participate in partner monthly calls with Family Values @ Work, DC Jobs with Justice, and The Fair Budget Coalition. 

Education & Development

  • Facilitate and/or coordinate worker development for MLOV’s Labor Committee;
  • Provide employment related workshops and/or clinics monthly to MLOV members on worker’s rights, employment justice, language access, Anti-Blackness, solidarity, excluded worker’s history and other related topics;
  • Partner with local experts and city officials to connect immigrant workers and employees to resources (i.e. Career Pathways Program or Washington Literacy ELL courses);
  • Organize MLOV’s Annual Leadership Training Summit for worker justice issues for immigrant workers, childcare providers, domestic workers, street vendors, and other excluded workers; 
  • Contribute to the collection of storytelling campaigns of members affected by COVID-19, lost wages, unemployment, etc.;
  • Identify,  circulate, and amplify labor legislative updates, initiatives, and community updates.


Organizing & Policy

  • Investigate and advocate for liberatory business models such as co-op and equity-advancing DC paid family leave, COVID-19 worker safety, minimum wage, wage theft prevention, etc to build opportunities for MLOV’s Labor Committee;  
  • Work with DC City Council, Mayor, ANC Commissioners, local universities, colleges and labor partners to continue advancing the Street Vendor Decriminalization legislation;
  • Partner with local experts and groups such as Vendors United/Vendedores Unidos and H.I.P.S to promote equitable labor policies and to close policy loopholes;
  • Engage grassroots constituencies, particularly those who are underrepresented (those with low incomes, immigrant workers, BIPOC workers, speakers of other languages than English, gig/temp/contract workers; LGBTQ+ workers); 
  • Craft, submit and testify to city officials in support of MLOV’s labor initiatives and budget priorities.

Data, Reporting & Admin

  • Maintain a Labor Committee database and communications to track members goals, growth, and collective resources; 
  • Contribute to labor communications, including social media posts, newsletters. blog posts, and reports;
  • Monitor and track program goals, objectives, and milestones;
  • Manage annual program budget and plan fundraising initiatives with MLOV’s Development, Finance and Communications team in order to meet the collective goals of the Labor Committee; 
  • Draft, submit, and maintain program expenses, including recording receipts;
  • Identify and develop contractual employment and opportunities for MLOV members; 
  • Record and construct agendas, presentations and meeting minutes from labor-related meetings

Requirements

Our ideal candidate has the following qualifications:

  • At least 3 years of work experience in community organizing, union organizing, issue advocacy, or electoral campaign work;
  • At least 1 year experience  working on workforce and or labor issues, either through lived-experience or an understanding of policy;
  • Proven skills in working and communicating with diverse communities, especially with working class and poor communities of color;
  • The ability to read, write, and speak a 2nd language other than English;
  • Intimate knowledge of DC’s historically underserved and underinvested communities, specifically in Wards 1, 4, 7, & 8;
  • A passion for, and commitment to, social and racial justice with a deep understanding of structural racism and responsibility to transformative anti-racism work;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a small office environment with a positive, hard-working attitude and excitement to pitch in when needed;;
  • Comfort with technology and social media, including proficiency with Google and Microsoft products;
  • Computer and other standard office equipment skills sufficient to prepare flyers and communicate with members via email and text;
  • Maintain Salesforce CRM databases and member outreach campaigns;
  • Practical time management skills, with an ability to work effectively under pressure and to prioritize multiple activities and responsibilities;
  • Possess strong facilitation skills leading in-person events;
  • Organized and self-motivated, able to juggle responsibilities and prioritize your workload with minimal oversight;
  • Ability to travel within/between DC Wards;
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as necessary; and
  • A sense of humor!

Preferred but not Required

  • Interest in building relationships with diverse leaders and demonstrated success in running campaigns to win progressive change;
  • Working knowledge of, or hunger to, learn digital organizing platforms; and
  • Experience in large-scale coordinated actions that have strategic impact.

How to Apply

To apply: Please email the following documents to hiring@mlovdc.org with the position listed in the Subject line.

Please Send all documents in PDF format & labeled:

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We strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply, including immigrant, refugee, BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants. MLOV is proud to be an equal opportunity employer—diversity only makes us stronger. Preference will be given to applicants who live in Washington, DC and understand its unique policy landscape.