ROC-DC Director Position - TO APPLY Please send cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications and stating your salary requirements to email@example.com
Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national organization with over 13,000 low-wage restaurant worker members in thirteen locations, and growing rapidly. From 2001 until 2008, our work was focused in New York City, and achieved great success in impact for restaurant workers. In summer 2007, ROC-NY hosted the nation's first national restaurant worker convening, and the national organization, ROC-United, was born. In January 2008, the co-founders of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY) left the local organization in the hands of former members and restaurant workers, and went on to launch ROC-United.
Over the last eleven years, we have won more than ten workplace justice campaigns, winning more than $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with more than 100 responsible restaurant owners to promote the 'high road' to profitability, and trained more than 5000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published thirty ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick days for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We have organized restaurant workers to open their own cooperatively-owned restaurants in New York and Detroit.
Since January 2008 we have launched affiliates in the Bay Area, Boston, New Orleans, Miami, Michigan, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Seattle, and Washington, DC. In each region, we conduct workplace justice campaigns, partner with 'high road' restaurants to conduct advance restaurant workforce development programs, and collaborate with local academics and other allies to produce comprehensive participatory research and policy initiatives. Nationally, we organize convening of restaurant workers, Congressional briefings, public fora, and more. In these ways, ROC continues to build power and voice for low-wage restaurant workers at the local, state, and federal levels.
ROC-United worked with local residents to launch ROC-DC in 2009, to organize restaurant workers in DC, engages in workplace justice, research and public policy campaigns, and workforce development work, including operating a non-profit restaurant (COLORS) and a cooperative business incubator program.
● Supervise local ROC staff to implement and strategically integrate local and national programs in worker and high road employer organizing, research, public policy, workforce development (including COLORS Restaurant), and cooperative development;
● Assist in developing the organizing skills of staff and member organizers with a focus on membership recruitment, leadership identification and development, dues collection, and formation of member-led campaign and organizing committees;
● Under the supervision of ROC-United National Program Directors, lead and provide support to local staff and members in the day-to-day implementation of national workplace justice organizing campaigns as well as local, state, and federal public policy campaigns that bring pressure to bear on targeted employers as well as the industry as a whole;
o Provide strategic input to overall campaign and strategy;
o Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to plan and implement the organizing campaigns;
o Develop leadership and political consciousness among restaurant workers through trainings, relationship building, and shared experiences;
o Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action;
o Strategically identify and engage local community allies
● Represent ROC-DC to other institutions, press, and priority relationships and lead local implementation of national communications plans;
● Provide local support as requested to a ROC-United staff team that provides centralized fundraising, accounting, and human resources management to ROC-DC
● Maintain sound and sustainable fiscal operation of ROC-DC including monitoring compliance with a local annual budget developed by ROC-United;
Additionally the Director will represent ROC-DC on the Council of Directors in their national strategy and decision-making process. The Local Director position is intended to be a senior-level, experienced organizer position. The Local Director will report directly to ROC-United’s Deputy Executive Director.
● 3-4 years labor/community/political organizing experience;
● Experience coalition building, and understanding of member leadership development;
● Experience in conducting research;
● Experience in guiding policy campaigns;
● Significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
● Demonstration of a professional attitude;
● Willingness and openness to learn and grow;
● Strong communication, leadership, and management skills;
● Possess reliable transportation;
● Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice;
● Restaurant work experience a plus; and
● Fluency in oral and written Spanish strongly preferred.
Note: We recognize that not all applicants will possess all qualifications. We are looking for an applicant with the right mix to be successful in the position.
Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a generous benefits package, including Employer paid health and dental insurance provided after 90 days
Please send cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications and stating your salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org
ROC-United is an equal opportunity employer. Women, immigrants, LGBTQ, low-income, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.