Black Workers Center Co-op Organizer 2018 Job Announcement

Posted August 2, 2018

To Apply:
Please submit resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) electronically to Applications will be accepted until September 5, 2018.

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.

Moving beyond service provision, ONE DC builds the political capacity of low-income, long-term residents of color in DC, in order to create and preserve racial and economic equity in the district. Our grassroots resident leadership development draws deeply on the principles and achievements of Ella Baker and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). We seek to learn from and build upon this history and that of people-led movements for justice and human rights throughout the world (see our vision and values). Through ONE DC's People’s Platform, we seek to organize, educate, fight for and win truly affordable housing, sustaining work, and wellness for all in DC. We envision a DC that retains its long-term residents and is an equitable and just place to live for all of its residents.

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, that recognizes, supports and encourages the contributions of its members, staff, and directors. [More details provided during interviews and staff orientation.]

Black Workers Center Co-op Organizer (Part Time 20-25 hours per week):
ONE DC’s Black Workers Center (BWC) 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 Black workers. The BWC provides a place to openly discuss the intersection of race and work, particularly what it means to be "working while Black." The BWC 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 Center. It exists to expand dignified employment opportunities for low-income DC residents through the development of worker cooperatives, businesses owned and managed by their employees. Cooperation DC coordinates city-wide efforts for worker co-op development, including education and advocacy, and also coordinates the DC Co-op Loan Fund. Our vision is a city and world where all workers – especially those of us who have been most marginalized by our current economy – reap the benefits of our labor. Through this we will have a meaningful voice in the workplace, and apply those democratic practices to other areas of our lives.

Responsibilities include:

Community organizers are responsible for coordinating weekly outreach goals and outreach strategy, membership recruitment, leadership development, one-on-one’s, and coalition building activities:

  • Conduct 5-15 hours of outreach per week, including door-knocking, with Right to Income and Right to Housing members and other primary members.
  • Conduct at least five weekly one-on-one’s with ONE DC recruits representative of our organization’s base- primarily long-time, low-income Washingtonians of color.
  • Host monthly Outreach Days with ONE DC’s base.
  • Participate in planning People’s Platform monthly general body meetings, which must include a political education component.
  • Perform organizing campaign-related administrative tasks as needed and appropriate to sustaining the organization.
  • Attend regular staff meetings, Shared Leadership Team meetings, and other campaign-related sessions, etc.

Organizer will coordinate and continue building a citywide base of Washingtonians who develop and support alternative economic strategies including worker co-ops, and champion the rights of Black workers and other low-income workers of color in DC. This co-op organizer’s main priorities will be to coordinate Cooperation DC. This includes providing and facilitating cooperative economics popular education and advocacy, especially to develop worker co-ops. They will implement popular education and organizing strategies to achieve community-controlled development, living wage jobs, local hiring policies, and worker cooperatives in Washington, DC.

In addition, this ONE DC organizer will be part of a team cultivating a broad base of advocates led by and centering on long-time, low-income Black Washingtonians. They will advance the mission of the BWC and the People’s Platform. These leaders, with the right to income organizers and other ONE DC organizers and members, will work to deepen our membership’s political analysis, and build alternative community-driven economic initiatives. Lastly, the BWC Cooperation DC organizer must be collaborative and willing to build a movement that is multi-national, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and multi-class.

Job Duties:

  • Take a lead role in building an effective organizing team with the other right to income Black Workers Center organizer, with resident leaders, other staff, and members of the Right to Income campaign. Be an active member of ONE DC’s Organizing and Coalition Building Committee.
  • Coordinate Cooperation DC by facilitating political/ cooperative economics education and business development activities and strategies;
  • Collaboratively plan Cooperation DC’s general body meetings and joint meetings with BWC and/or People’s Platform members and organizers.
  • Initiate and advocate policy focused on developing worker co-ops and promoting cooperative development in DC.
  • Coordinate and facilitate technical assistance for co-op business development, especially worker co-ops.
  • Build coalitions with a broad base of partner organizations to achieve citywide Black Workers Center co-op policy goals, particularly for worker co-op development.
  • Coordinate the DC Co-op Loan Fund, including participation in national Peer Network trainings and meetings.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of ONE DC Cooperation DC events and media coverage for Cooperation DC.


  • Several years of demonstrated direct organizing/base building experience or training or education that provides similar skills; and Willingness to learn about and commit to ONE DC’s organizing model.
  • Familiarity with cooperatively run businesses, the international co-op principles, and community-based economic development and/or the solidarity economy movement.
  • Ability to build unity and motivate others to action.
  • Good written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; and strong computer, internet, and social media skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work as part of a team.
  • A mature and reflective professional practice allowing for honest, constructive, mindful, and compassionate self-evaluation and peer-to-peer evaluations.
  • Willingness to follow Shared Leadership protocols and procedures.
  • Must be a resident in the DMV area, DC residents are strongly encouraged to apply and given preference.
  • Must be willing to commit to at least a 2 year involvement in ONE DC.
  • Knowledge of Washington, DC communities, history, issues, and organizations.
  • Willingness and ability to work with diverse community residents, particularly low-income residents, to overcome barriers to developing their strength as a community.
  • Flexible hours, including a willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Desired Skills:

  • Bilingual speakers are welcome; Proficiency in written and conversational Spanish strongly preferred;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Ability to see the broad picture and have an eye for detail;
  • Creativity and sense of humor;
  • A desire to deepen political analysis and knowledge about cooperative economics, community development finance, fair labor practices and policies, and equitable community development.

ONE DC offers a generous salary and benefits package. 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.

ONE DC is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to: race, color, religion or religious creed, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, ancestry, handicap, veteran status, uniform service member status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) electronically to Applications will be accepted until September 5, 2018.