Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, Iowa City, IA

CWJ is seeking a lead organizer who is experienced, self-motivated, and passionate about building power for low-wage workers. Our lead organizer will recruit members and develop leaders, and coordinate several current worker justice campaigns. The best candidate has at least one year of paid experience conducting home visits, holding membership meetings, leading direct actions, and working with a diverse membership.

o Develop campaign strategy to confront wage theft, defend tenants’ rights, promote economic and social justice, and pass local ordinances.
o Recruit, identify, and develop worker members to guide and lead campaigns.
o Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action.
o Build one-on-one relationships with workers.
o Work to involve community allies and organizations in organizing campaigns.
o Communicate in both English and Spanish regularly with members, leaders, and allies using email, mass text (WhatsApp, etc.), social media, and Salsa (mass email listserv system) to promote education and action in support of CWJ programs.
o Maintain databases of demographics, membership, etc.
o Report to CWJ Executive Director and Board of Directors.

o Create basic campaign literature, including flyers and agendas.

o Assist with other CWJ events.
o Assist in fundraising efforts.
o Oversee and supervise part-time employees, interns and volunteers in resolving members’ concerns.

o Any other duties required to carry out the work of CWJ.

♣ At least one year of paid experience in community or labor organizing.
♣ Native-like spoken and written proficiency in Spanish, French, and/or Arabic.
♣ Access to an insured vehicle and valid driver’s license.

♣ A strong commitment to CWJ’s mission and belief in empowering low-wage workers to lead their own campaigns for social, economic and racial justice through organizing and direct action.
♣ Ability to work with coalition partners in faith-based groups and labor unions.

♣ Experience working with a diverse community of people, including immigrants and people of color.

♣ Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, including one-on-one communication (active listening, clearly conveying ideas) and public speaking.
♣ Have some understanding of current wage and hour labor laws.
♣ Resilience, passion, and willingness to learn and take direction – ability to bounce back quickly from set-backs.

♣ Willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.


o Base annual salary of $40,000 – $50,000 depending on experience.
o Health care coverage.
o Generous paid vacation.
o Flexible work environment and scheduling.

SCHEDULE: An average of 40-50 hours per week, which may fluctuate. Evening and some weekend availability is necessary.


• Please send a cover letter and resume to Mazahir Salih, CWJ Executive Director, at with the subject line “Community Organizer Application.” We will consider applications sent by Thursday, December 15th or until the position is filled.



Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, Iowa City, IA

We are seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead the overall operations of our organization, support the development of member leaders, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to build our membership, strengthen alliances, plan issue-based campaigns, coordinate meetings and direct actions, supervise staff, and oversee administrative and fundraising functions. Candidates must have several years of paid organizing and supervisory experience in grassroots community or labor organizations made up of diverse communities of workers. They must also demonstrate written and verbal fluency in English and one of the most common languages represented among CWJ’s membership (Spanish, French, or Arabic).


Key Duties and Responsibilities 

• Oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization, in consultation with the Board of Directors.

• Build immigrant and low-wage worker membership and leadership.

• Meet with members to develop plans to address individual and community concerns.

• Establish and maintain alliances with labor, faith, and community organizations.

• Administer office, supervise completion of grant reports, and develop fundraising strategies.

• Train and supervise staff, volunteers, and interns.

• Lead communication with members, allies, and media.

Required Qualifications:

• At least 3-5 years of paid experience as a labor or community organizer, coordinating grassroots campaigns involving diverse communities of workers and/or experience as a leader of a comparable organization.

• Experience building or maintaining coalitions with labor, faith, or other grassroots community organizations.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and one of three most common languages spoken by CWJ’s current membership (Spanish, Arabic, or French).

• Experience with grant reports and/or organizational budgeting.

• Experience supervising employees and volunteers.

• Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License, vehicle in working order, auto insurance.

• Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.

Desirable Qualifications:

• Experience with computer programs related to office and organizational development (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, membership databases).

• Familiarity with workers’ rights under U.S. labor and employment law.

Compensation and Benefits:

• Starting salary of $80,000/year.

• Employer contribution toward medical insurance coverage, retirement, and generous paid time off policies.

Application Information:

***Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of references and contact information to CWJ Vice-President Greg Hearns at with subject line “Executive Director Application”. Review of applications will begin November 30, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.***


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