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Maryland Lead Organizer

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Domestic Workers Alliance

Maryland, USA
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2023


Job Title: Maryland Lead Organizer
Position: Full time
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports To: DMV Chapter Co-Director
Salary: $79,310 to $82,933 DOE
Work location: Prince George’s County, MD and DMV area

Position Summary:
The National Domestic Workers Alliance (www.domesticworkers.org) is the leading voice for the country’s 2.5 million nannies, care workers, and house cleaners, and organizes domestic workers across the United States for respect, recognition and labor standards. We work to guarantee labor protections for domestic workers by winning legislation at the local, state, and national levels and elevating domestic workers as key leaders in building a powerful movement for social and global justice. The Alliance formed in 2007 and currently represents 74 affiliate organizations and local chapters in 36 states and 17 cities.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) launched a local chapter in the Washington D.C./Southern Maryland/Northern Virginia area in 2017 to engage the 100,000 estimated domestic workers who live in the area. In addition to the Maryland Organizer position, the chapter is staffed by two co-Directors, a DMV Chapter Organizer whose focus is on northern Virginia, and has a dedicated base of worker leaders. From 2018-2022, the chapter campaigned for a DC Domestic Worker Bill of Rights, which passed in December of 2022, winning new rights and protections for all domestic workers employed in DC. In 2021 the chapter campaigned and won a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in Virginia, in partnership with NDWA’s sister organization, Care in Action.

The MD Chapter Organizer will focus on growing a new base for the chapter of agency-employed and other publicly-funded home care workers, with a focus in Prince George’s County, Maryland. They will lead outreach and basebuilding work in PG County, develop partnerships with institutions to enhance recruitment efforts, and participate in the Caring Across Maryland coalition, the Maryland Direct Care Workforce Wages and Benefits Taskforce and other relevant coalitions in Maryland They will be responsible for developing new leaders to engage in campaigns to increase state investment in home-based services and secure higher standards for the direct care workforce, while developing and executing activities to further the goals of these campaigns. The Maryland organizer will support the overall work of the larger DMV chapter and engage Maryland members in overall chapter programming, including monthly meetings, trainings, the chapter’s democratically elected steering committee, and leadership development programs. The Organizer will work closely with the Chapter co-Directors and will also oversee paid seasonal staff and member fellows to accelerate outreach efforts. This position will also work in close collaboration with the Director and National Lead Home Care Organizer, who will support the Organizer on home care- specific organizing strategy.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Implement an outreach plan to reach agency-employed and publicly funded home care workers in PG County by utilizing both online and offline tools

    • At least 60% of the Organizer’s time will be spent in the field, conducting outreach and building community institutional relationships to generate new contacts and members

  • Regularly input new contacts, field interactions, and track member participation into the NDWA database

  • Conduct regular follow-up communication with new home care worker contacts

  • Work closely with members of the Caring Across Maryland coalition on joint legislative and administrative campaigns to transform overall care delivery system and secure higher standards for the direct care workforce

  • Develop worker leaders who can facilitate membership meetings, lead chapter programs, and support with outreach activities

  • Identify and provide support for new worker leaders in Maryland to participate in Caring Across Maryland campaigns and engage in campaign activities.

  • Identify and cultivate partnerships with ally organizations in Maryland and represent NDWA on relevant coalitions in Maryland

  • Support the co-Directors to grow the chapter's infrastructure, expand worker programming, and engage chapter members in national NDWA campaigns and other national opportunities

  • Additional responsibilities as needed


  • Minimum 3 years experience in grassroots community organizing, with an emphasis on labor organizing, racial justice, immigrant rights, and/or base building

  • Highly motivated individual with a passion for engaging multiracial, low wage communities and developing the leadership of domestic workers

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

  • Experience with supervision and managing a team

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

  • Strong and effective communicator

  • Must have a valid driver's license and access to a vehicle (driving to in-person outreach and meeting locations is required)

  • Experience developing and executing leadership development programs

  • Experience with meeting facilitation and popular education training

  • Basic computer skills: (i.e. Google Suite, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom,database programs)

  • Ability to work some evening and/or weekend hours as part of their regular schedule

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

  • Excellent time & project management skills

  • Knowledge of issues affecting women of color, Black, and/or undocumented domestic workers nationally and locally

Preferred but not required:

  • Fluency in Spanish

  • Familiarity with the domestic worker sector- especially home care

  • Familiarity with labor, racial justice, and other progressive movements in Maryland

  • Proficiency with technology for remote communications, meetings, webinars, project management

  • Experience with database management for organizing

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.