Job Opening: Defensores Lead Organizer

Defensores/Worker’s Rights Defenders Lead Organizer with CTUL 

CTUL seeks to hire a Lead Organizer to lead the team fighting wage theft in the Twin Cities metro area. This position will require the ability to work independently and with a team. Please submit your resume, cover letter, and three references to by July 1, 2019. Applications and interviews will take place as they are received and a hire may be made before this date.

CTUL’s Mission

CTUL is a worker-led organization where workers organize, educate and empower each other to fight for a voice in their workplaces and in their communities. We partner with other organizations and leaders to build a movement to win racial, gender and economic justice. We identify the root causes of injustice and work to shift the balance of power between those who have it and those who don’t to improve the lives of our communities for present and future generations.

Program Description

The Workers’ Rights Defenders (Defensores) Program arose after CTUL began proactively organizing in the retail janitorial industry, as a way for the organization to keep its finger on the pulse of work in the Twin Cities. Following victories in Minneapolis on earned sick and safe time (ESST) and $15/hour minimum wage, Defensores is in its first year of a city contract for outreach and education on those ordinances. Defensores program activities include doing general outreach in the community to educate workers on their rights, on-the-ground organizing with workers facing exploitation, as well as advocating for changes in government to create stronger protections for workers.

Position Description

This is a full-time, salaried position as campaign lead. This position reports to the Organizing Director and supervises 2 Organizers. Responsibilities include managing the campaign, organizing workers, and supervising/developing organizers.Organizing Lead will develop campaign strategy, set goals and create accountability for organizing team on our Anti-Wage Theft campaigns. Organizing Lead will also directly do leadership development of workers to defend their rights on the job and form part of campaign committee.

Primary Responsibilities

Worker organizing (40%)

  • Find new contacts by worksite visits and other general community outreach
  • Set up 1-1 meetings with workers identified through outreach and walk-ins
  • Motivate and agitate workers to fight, develop worker leadership
  • Be persistent obtaining commitments from workers
  • Support workers to take direct action in their workplaces, file complaints, and educate their coworkers about their rights
  • Build CTUL’s membership and collect membership contributions

Campaign leadership (50%)

  • Supervise and develop leadership of organizing staff
  • Use existing structures and create new ones when necessary to identify progress and set achievable goals
  • Lead regular team meetings to evaluate and improve work
  • Communicate high expectations of organizing from organizers, hold team and individuals accountable
  • Work with team to develop meeting agendas and facilitate meetings to engage workers
  • Work with members, organizers, and others in the organization to develop knowledge, tools, and campaign strategy
  • Take leadership role in carrying out campaign strategy, including but not limited to: developing relationships with organizational partners and allies, communicating with bosses, leading direct actions.
  • Communicate organizational priorities and needs to defensores organizing team

CTUL general support (10%)

  • Perform tasks as part of the team that develop leadership with all workers in CTUL’s base, such as participation in members meetings, popular education trainings, or large direct actions
  • Support other organizers when necessary for organizational goals
  • Be part of raising money to support the organization

General Requirements

  • Have a passion for organizing workers
  • Commitment to advancing CTUL’s mission, vision and values
  • Be able to push workers and organizers outside of their comfort zones
  • Be consistent and accountable in completing goals and expectations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Takes initiative and very self-directed in day to day work
  • Access to own transportation
  • Have a flexible schedule, including some early mornings, nights and weekends
  • Bilingual English/Spanish speaking and writing skills
  • Minimum three years experience organizing
  • Experience and skills working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Past supervisory experience preferable but not required. Candidates with relevant life experience and/or a deep commitment to working with low-wage communities of color strongly preferred.

Salary & Benefit

  • $43,900 yearly salary
  • Low cost Medical and Dental Insurance
  • 3 weeks paid vacation per year
  • 12 paid sick days per year
  • + more

Please send resume, cover letter, and references to Becky Trujillo at

CTUL is an equal opportunity employer. People who are of color, working class, immigrant, LGBTQ, living with disabilities, and women strongly encouraged to apply.