Worker Justice Policy Advocate

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Position Location: New York City or Washington DC preferred

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a full-time Worker Justice Policy Advocate.

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 45 partner organizations in more than 38 states, Puerto Rico, and D.C., and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position

We seek an energetic and experienced person to join CPD’s workers’ rights and economic justice team. The policy advocate will support our affiliates and allies to win victories on next-generation workplace justice issues like fair workweek, forced arbitration, worker-driven enforcement mechanisms, just-cause termination, labor practice transparency, regulating the gig economy, future of work and automation, and improving job quality in specific low-wage industries (e.g., child care, warehousing, retail).  This position will also provide targeted support to exciting state and local campaigns in established policy areas like minimum wage, paid sick days, paid family leave, and wage theft prevention; and help support CPD’s work at the intersection of racial and economic justice policies. 

The Worker Justice Policy Advocate will report to the Senior Staff Attorney for Worker Justice.

Primary Responsibilities

The Worker Justice Policy Advocate will:

  • Support CPD’s Workers’ Rights and Economic Justice policy work as a member of the organization’s Workers’ Rights Campaigns Team;

  • Develop policy campaign infrastructure through a combination of the following activities (depending on skills and experience): collaboration with external and internal strategic researchers; drafting national campaign strategies and plans; training staff and leaders of affiliates and allies on policy and campaign strategy; planning and facilitating periodic cross-geography and cross-campaign worker justice calls and meetings; coordinating campaign activities with national allies; and for candidates with law degrees legal research, policy drafting, and developing policy toolkits and public education materials.

  • Collaborate closely with CPD affiliate organizations and state coalitions to plan and execute policy campaigns by providing deep support on campaign planning, coalition development, basebuilding and field, legislative engagement, communications and messaging, polling, digital strategies, and integrating electoral accountability where appropriate. 

  • Represent the organization at external meetings, coalition tables, and conferences.

Job Requirements

  • A commitment to social, racial and economic justice and an understanding of the challenges facing low-wage workers, immigrant communities, and communities of color;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Ability to work well independently and to drive multiple projects to completion in a fast-paced environment;

  • Problem-solving perspective;

  • Willingness to travel occasionally;

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships of trust and mutual respect with broad range of people, and an understanding of the role of race and gender in coalition work;

  • Attention to detail and strong project-management skills;

  • Either: a law degree and two or more years of legal work experience relating to employment; or at least 2 and preferably 4 years of experience in issue/policy campaigning, with experience in multiple capacities (eg., coalition management, field, lobbying, communications, digital);

  • Experience in community organizing, labor organizing, and/or working with broad-based advocacy coalitions. 

Salary and Benefits

This is a union position. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $60,000-$75,000 and category 2. The CBA is available here.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter, resume, and writing sample through our HiringThink portal.

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. 

Location: New York, NY
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