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We Dream in Black New York Base Building Organizer

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Domestic Workers Alliance

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Job Title: We Dream in Black New York Organizer 1

Position: Full time

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary: $71,070 to $73,218 DOE

Reports To: New York Chapter Director

Location: New York City, NY

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (www.domesticworkers.org) organizes domestic workers in the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. We work to guarantee labor protections for domestic workers by winning legislation at the state level, pushing for regulatory changes at the national level, through the International Labor Organization at the global level, and elevating domestic workers as key leaders in building a powerful movement for social and global justice. NDWA formed in 2007 at the US Social Forum and currently represents 75 local affiliates and chapters, plus thousands of individual workers across the country.

We Dream in Black (WeDIB) is an initiative of the NDWA that organizes Black domestic workers across the diaspora, and builds our capacity to shape a new economy and a new democracy for all of us. WeDIB works with existing member organizations of the NDWA, and initiates new organizing projects in regions that have high concentrations of Black domestic workers. Our existing membership is in Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and New York. “We Dream in Black” is hiring an organizer to help expand our New York organizing strategy to build a voice for Black domestic workers.

The overarching goals of our “We Dream in Black” Worker Organizing Program include:

  • Grow a network of Black domestic workers who can lead within a movement for a new economy and a new democracy;

  • Explore new partnerships that can increase fertile ground for powerful victories for Black women workers;

  • Build leadership and increase the skill set of emerging black leaders to uplift and address the issues faced by Black communities.

The NY Chapter is comprised of a staff of 6, and is part of the NDWA Field Team. The We Dream in Black New York Organizer is supervised by the NY Chapter Director and will work closely with the other organizing staff, as well as with We Dream in Black staff in other locations.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Base building - 60%

    • Manage an ongoing outreach plan for recruiting new members, and work with a We Dream in Black outreach team (made up of volunteers and interns) to canvas in the local community, outreach at events and worksites.

    • Conduct regular phone follow-up and coordinate group phone banking sessions for post-outreach follow-up with new contacts and event turnout with general membership.

    • Identify workers who show potential for deep engagement and leadership and hold 1-on-1 meetings to develop them as members.

    • Coordinate chapter’s outreach & recruitment system, co-facilitate monthly meetings and other membership activities.

    • Conduct membership recruitment presentations, support workers who want to join as NDWA members to register online and make dues payments, and consistently involve workers and supporters in the organization and increase their commitment.

    • Support managing digital outreach, digital communications, outreach data and event data with our current database systems.

  • Communications coordination - 10%

    • Identify member spokespeople for media requests & proactive strategies.

    • Liaise between the Communications team, media contacts, worker leaders, and other NY and WeDiB staff when appropriate.

    • Update database with spokesperson updates.

  • Program implementation - 30%

    • Work with the Lead Organizer to plan and lead monthly We Dream in Black meetings, and coordinate membership participation in national We Dream in Black gatherings and initiatives.

    • Offer workers rights and job readiness trainings, and provide additional coaching to active members.

    • Conduct legal clinic pre-intakes for WeDiB members who have workers right issues as needed, and refer them to the Groundbreakers enforcement program.

    • Assist the We Rise Nanny Training program:

      • Conduct outreach and follow-up to recruit nannies

      • Oversee training orientation & registration process

      • Update database with nanny training attendance

    • Support overall team efforts to lead outreach for local campaigns, other local worker engagement, and national rapid response mobilizations.


  • Highly motivated individual with a passion for engaging communities

  • Ability to work some nights and weekends

  • 1-3 years organizing experience (either paid or volunteer)

  • Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members

  • Strong and effective communicator

  • Intermediate computer skills: (i.e. PowerPoint, Google Suite)

  • Demonstrated leadership experience

  • Hard-working and self-disciplined

  • Ability to work well with a team and motivate others to take action

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage time efficiently

  • Knowledge of issues affecting Black domestic workers nationally and locally

  • Position requires travel throughout New York state and occasional national travel

  • Position requires some evening and some weekend work as needed.

  • Position Hours: 40 hours per week with a 3-month probationary period

Women, People of Color, People with Disabilities and LGBTQ people, and people with direct personal experience with domestic work are strongly urged to apply.

NDWA is a Union employer, this is a bargaining unit position.

Applications will only be accepted electronically. Please email a cover letter and resume. Please include a daytime phone number where we can contact you. This position will remain open until filled.