Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project, Labor Justice Committee (Comité de Justicia Laboral, or CJL)
Develop leadership and organize CJL campaigns
- Work with CJL’s members to create escalating strategies to resolve wage theft cases
- Support worker members in their efforts to collect evidence of workplace exploitation, gather information about their employer target, and gain co-worker support
- Lead direct actions including community delegations, public protests, press conferences, and employer negotiations
- Work with CJL and other worker centers to create and implement a long-term strategic plan for CJL
- Coordinate policy campaigns for worker-friendly legislation as needed, in coordination with CJL and local allies (including community and religious allies, government agency representatives, attorneys, and union partners)
- Work closely with CJL’s Mesa Directiva to train worker members in labor rights, organizing skills, and tactics for successful policy campaigns
- Educate, train, and organize members to attend actions, reach out to organizational allies, provide workers’ rights workshops, speak to the media, attend coalition meetings, and otherwise become more active leaders in the organization Administrative Duties
- Coordinate PDN’s relationship with the Marguerite Casey Foundation and other Equal Voice organizations in the El Paso region
- Attend Marguerite Casey Foundation events, both local and national
- Fulfill yearly grant reporting requirements
- Participate in weekly staff meetings at PDN
- Assist PDN in pursuing grants and other fundraising opportunities for the CJL
- B.A. degree preferred
- Full Spanish and English oral and written fluency is required. Please do not apply if you are not fully bilingual
- 2-3 years of community or union organizing experience, preferably in the El Paso region
- Comfort and skill in disputes and negotiations, and ability to manage risks
- Familiarity and comfort with popular education and leadership development practices
- Collaborative working spirit and strong interpersonal skills
- Commitment to social justice and the empowerment of low-income populations
- Familiarity with state and federal law a plus
- Basic computer skills
Medical, retirement, casual work environment, great co-workers, and knowledge you’re making a difference.
Please send 2 copies of a cover letter and resume, 1 in English, and 1 in Spanish, to
firstname.lastname@example.org with “Community Coordinator Position” as email subject. No phone calls, please.
Application deadline is June 29, 2012.
Texas Civil Rights Project is an equal-opportunity employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT are especially encouraged to apply.
Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project Mission Statement
Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project (PDN) is the El Paso, TX office of the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). Its mission is to promote racial, social, and economic justice through litigation, education, and social services for low/moderate-income persons least able to defend themselves.
TCRP strives to foster equality, secure justice, ensure diversity, and strengthen low/moderateincome communities in Texas.
Labor Justice Committee Mission Statement
Labor Justice Committee (Comité de Justicia Laboral, or CJL) is a project of Paso del Norte Civil Rights Project. It is a grassroots organization started during the summer of 2009 to combat rampant wage theft in El Paso. CJL focuses on worker empowerment through education and the creation and implementation of community-based strategies to recover unpaid wages. Because they use community pressure instead of relying on governmental agencies or private attorneys, CJL’s members develop the knowledge, confidence, and courage to raise their voices against wage theft.