Black Workers & Wellness Center Community Organizer

About ONE DC:

ONE DC (formerly Manna CDC) was founded in 1997 (renamed Organizing Neighborhood Equity DC in 2006) in the midst of rapid neighborhood change. Our work centers on popular education, community organizing, and alternative economic development projects. Stemming from a deep analysis of race, class, gender, and power, our approaches to equitable community development and anti-gentrification address structural causes of poverty and injustice in Shaw and throughout the District of Columbia.

ONE DC’s Black Workers and Wellness Center (BWWC) is a member-led space that builds racial and economic justice through popular education, direct action and worker-owned alternatives. It is a center for finding and creating positive, dignified Black work and training. It’s an incubation space for alternatives to low-wage work, such as worker cooperatives, collectives, and small businesses created, owned, and operated by community residents of color. The BWWC provides a place to openly discuss the intersection of race and work, particularly what it means to be "working while Black." The BWWC creates an environment to challenge bad employers who exploit, cheat, & steal from their workers; and an educational space to talk about and create ways to provide safe, high quality, dignified work in DC. ONE DC’s Cooperation DC is a member-led initiative within the Black Workers and Wellness Center. Cooperation DC coordinates city-wide efforts for worker co-op development, including education and advocacy.

Organizationally, ONE DC has formally implemented a shared leadership structure, managed and governed by our Shared Leadership Team, composed of our not-for profit board of directors and senior staff. We practice a non-traditional governance structure of self-management by committee, with a working board and a member-staff supervision structure that recognizes, supports and encourages the contributions of its members, staff, and directors. [More details provided during interviews and staff orientation.] ONE DC desires applicants who are self-starters, continuous learners, are motivated to perform at high levels, passionate about organizing, and can meet strict deadlines.

Black Workers and Wellness Center Community Organizer Job Description (full time)

  • Responsible for organizing and outreach to community members including long term D.C. residents.
  • Coordinate ONE DC’s focus on structural unemployment, employment issues for African American workers/unemployed/and under-employed, and other people of color; and on labor rights, especially in DC and Ward 8.
  • Develop economic alternatives that support workplace democracy and living wages. Network with and be ONE DC’s representative to (or coordinate ONE DC’s representation on) the National Black Worker Center Project/Movement.
  • Create spaces and other opportunities for people to learn about worker rights, racial unemployment, job related opportunities, and economic alternatives.
  • Research topics and legislation related to work-related and income producing strategies, and cooperatives.
  • Support wellness practices and programming.
  • Secure media coverage of the Black Workers and Wellness Center’s organizing work.
  • Ensure repairs are handled in a timely manner.
  • Manage BWWC space rental, collect payments, and schedule the opening and closing of the center for clients.
  • Support member-initiated activities and groups related to ONE DC’s mission, vision and values, especially about right to income and alternative economics.
  • Attend staff and SLT meetings and planning sessions, LEAP, Freedom Schools, and other in-house political education.
  • Work with other organizers to carry out the strategic vision of the organization.


  1. At least 5 years of demonstrated experience, training or education in direct organizing, base building, program coordination, project management, and in particular labor rights organizing.
  2. Self-motivated and skilled at working as part of a team.
  3. Willingness to engage in honest, constructive, mindful, and compassionate reciprocal critique of self and work of team members with teams and other staff.
  4. Knowledge of Washington, D.C. communities, history, issues and organizations. Long term D.C. residents are strongly encouraged to apply and given strong preference.
  5. Willingness to learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model.
  6. Willingness and ability to work with diverse community residents, particularly low-income residents, to overcome barriers to developing their strength as a community; as well as practice and develop resident-led leadership.
  7. Strong computer, internet, social media skills.

 Desired Skills:

  1. Bilingual speakers are welcome, especially Spanish, Amharic, or Chinese language proficiency.
  2. Strong research skills: knowledge of Participatory Action Research (PAR); Labor Studies.
  3. Good public and interpersonal communication skills, written, verbal.

ONE DC offers a salary range of $43,000 to $48,000 based on experience and a benefits package that includes a comprehensive organization paid health insurance plan, personal leave and sick leave. ONE DC is strongly committed to staff development and training. This is an opportunity for an individual to build meaningful relationships with grassroots communities and to be a part of real, concrete social change. People of color, women, LGBTQ and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter electronically to Applications will be accepted until November 3, 2019.