Membership Organizer

Portland Jobs with Justice (JwJ) is seeking a full-time Membership Organizer to help our organization grow and develop our membership with a focus on building solidarity with historically marginalized communities and low-wage workers.  The Membership Organizer works to bring together key partners of Portland Jobs with Justice to mobilize and leverage collective power for working-class people in the Portland Metro area, to show up powerfully as part of a larger global movement for justice..  

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to organize people, who has helped foster cooperation between organizations with who sometimes have different priorities. They will be committed to building strong and accountable relationships, and working with community leaders and activists representative of the working class communities that make up Portland, BIPOC communities,  intergenerational, neurodivergent and differently abled, and those with diverse gender identities and expressions to name a few.  Ideal candidates will also have experience and dedication to ending police violence that disproportionately affects Black and brown lives, and a commitment to change the criminal in-justice system.

About Portland Jobs with Justice

Portland JwJ is a growing 30 year-old coalition of over 100 labor, community, faith, and student organizations – as well as thousands of activists who have pledged to take action 5 times a year – dedicated to building an intersectional social justice movement that includes all working people in the Portland metro area.  We have three staff currently and strive to maintain a positive, trusting, and open workplace.  

Roles & Responsibilities:

Build Relationships:

  • Identify leaders and build their organizing and leadership skills.
  • Activate leaders to commit to improving workplace standards and conditions
  • Actively recruit new members and build power in marginalized communities through outreach, one on one conversations, and connecting members to issues they care about in their workplace.
  • Build and maintain deep relationships with members through organizing conversations and leadership development.


  • Create regular oral and written reports about the organizing work.
  • Develop materials as needed such as written materials, graphics, and social media posts.

Support Coalition Activities:

  • Support grassroots fundraising efforts including fundraising events and donor outreach. 
  • Represent the coalition as needed at member organization or community events. 
  • Tabling and giving presentations on JwJ.
  • Support JwJ program committees in their work. 
  • Participate in actions and mobilizations as needed.


  • Demonstrated commitment to intersectional organizing; this could include analysis around  anti-racism,   economic justice, LGBTQ justice, immigrant justice, and disability rights.
  • Experience working well as part of a team, building relationships, and effectively mobilizing diverse groups
  • Grassroots organizing and/or Labor and worker organizing experience.
  • Self-starter who can work independently toward organizational goals. 
  • A strong ability to motivate people and delegate responsibility. 
  • Coordinate JwJ pledgers, engage with longstanding volunteers, include and orient new volunteers, building up their leadership.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise.
  • Willingness and ability to work irregular hours including occasional weekend and evening work.
  • Proficient in computer skills, including database management, word processing and social media.
  • Own or can acquire a vehicle available for work (mileage is reimbursed). 

Additional desirable qualities (plusses but not requirements):

  • Familiarity with Labor organizing, collective bargaining, and Union contract campaigns
  • Familiarity with corporate campaigns and/or local or statewide policy campaigns
  • Organizing experience in immigrant communities
  • Fluency in a second language 
  • Experience with Action Network and Salesforce
  • Knowledge and/or experience taking action with Jobs with Justice!

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full-time position, with a posted starting salary of $44,200.  JwJ offers health and dental insurance, three weeks’ vacation, paid holidays, and a 401k.  This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement and is part of a bargaining unit represented by CWA Local 7901.

To Apply: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@jwjpdx.org as soon as possible, with priority going to applications received by January 22, 2021. Please send an email with “Membership Organizer” and your name in the Subject line. You will not be contacted unless you are chosen for an interview. Position open until filled.

People of color, women, and LBGTQ people strongly encouraged to apply

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