Rights Defenders (Defensores) Organizer Position

Rights Defenders (Defensores) Organizer Position


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:

Rights Defenders (Defensores) is a program focused on Leadership Development and Labor Education with a multiracial membership base. We fight against violations of labor rights in the workplace to build power with workers from different industries who have historically been marginalized due to their race, immigration status, gender, and social class in and around the Twin Cities. Our vision is to improve working conditions for workers and for the working class to empower themselves in their rights and educate other workers and join the movement for social justice.


Job Description:

This is a full-time, salaried position organizing workers in the Twin Cities and surrounding area, with an emphasis on organizing Black workers and other workers of color. Organizers at CTUL are the primary connection with our membership and essential to building worker power. Organizers make initial contact with workers and develop their leadership within the organization and on specific campaigns by listening, understanding self-interest and barriers, agitating, and supporting workers to take risks and grow in their leadership. Organizers do this by visiting worksites or community locations, having one on one conversations, holding small group meetings, and facilitating group meetings or training sessions. Often they support a worker in fighting back against a workplace violation through legal channels or through small campaigns and through this process build worker leadership to fight for systemic change.  CTUL staff currently work remotely from home due to COVID-19, but we anticipate these positions moving back to in-person organizing in mid-2021.


Primary Job Responsibilities:

  • Acts in alignment with CTUL’s mission, vision, strategy, and organizational priorities.
  • Regular worksite or community outreach
  • Regular one-on-one conversations with workers
  • Regular facilitation of group meetings
  • Commit workers to public action including direct action, speaking publicly, serving on taskforces, and work stoppages/strikes.
  • Commit workers to internal leadership roles in the organization or campaign and provide proper support
  • Participate in, take roles, and sometimes plan Direct Actions as part of a campaign
  • Collect, input, and use data consistently
  • Meet regularly with the team of organizers and staff team to evaluate and improve work of the team and yourself as an individual
  • Consistent communication with team and direct supervisor about work and schedule.
  • General responsibility and follow through on commitments


Organizational Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with other staff through 1-1 meetings
  • Participate in planning and staffing CTUL events. 
  • Participate in fundraising for CTUL.
  • Support other staff when necessary in meeting CTUL’s goals.
  • Flexible to the needs of carrying out the organizational mission.


Required Skills:

  • Previous organizing experience required – at least 1-2 years
  • Experience organizing in community with Black workers and workers of color in a multiracial program
  • Ability to listen to people and identify what motivates them
  • Skilled in organizing conversations and obtaining commitments
  • Basic facilitation skills
  • Ability to manage one’s own schedule and time
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Google Docs, Zoom
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English


Other Job Requirements:

    • For some positions, a car is necessary
  • Have a flexible schedule, including some early mornings, nights, and weekends
  • Speaking Spanish is a plus but not required


Reports to: 

Lead Organizer


Salary and Benefits:

CTUL has a tiered salary range set by the Staff and Board based on the principles of economic justice and inclusion.  This is a salaried position currently compensated between $44,500 – $49,500 a year for 2021 depending on experience with an annual cost of living raise of 3%.  

Benefits include: 3 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid sick days, 5 floating health days, medical and dental insurance for you and your immediate family at 10% cost, annual end of year payment of 5% of yearly salary towards retirement fund, and others.

How to Apply:


Please send resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to operations@ctul.net using the subject “Defensores Organizer.”

Applications are due on Friday, February 5, 2021: Position Open until Filled. 

CTUL is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, women, immigrants, folks from working class backgrounds and formerly incarcerated people.