Overview of Interfaith Center for Worker Justice
The Interfaith Center for Worker Justice (ICWJ) of San Diego County is an interfaith and multi-racial alliance that draws on the unique resources of diverse religious traditions to provide a respectful and moral framework for realizing a just and fair economy of well-being and shared prosperity. The ICWJ was established in 1998 by clergy, congregation members, labor leaders and workers with a mission to educate and mobilize religious and faith communities to raise awareness and support actions that sustain the lives of workers with dignity, improve wages, benefits, access to quality healthcare, and working conditions, and ensure a voice on the job. The work of the ICWJ builds upon the prophetic mandates and principles of many faith traditions all directed toward eradicating poverty. The work of ICWJ to organize and amplify the voices of workers is essential to the aim of lifting people out of poverty by means of: 1. workplace campaigns that enhance wages and benefits, 2. Advancing policies and legislation that protect and lift up workers, 3. initiatives that diminish wage theft, harassment, intimidation, and retaliation, against workers 4. broad-based immigration advocacy locally and nationally, and 5. advocacy supporting access to quality public education as it affects workers.
ICWJ plays a critical role in the economic justice landscape of San Diego County. The organization has a solid reputation and strong relationships with unions, community based organizations, and elected representatives that are leading some of the most exciting campaigns to improve wages and conditions across low-wage and marginalized industries. ICWJ is eagerly poised to take on new challenges and fights for justice. This next year will be a time of transition within the organization since the departure of the director of the last fifteen years. The new director will have the opportunity to lead a team of committed and competent board of directors, staff, volunteers, members, and individuals. At the same time, the new director will be blessed to build on:
- Strong internal systems within the organization
- A wise and diverse board of directors
- Strong affiliate labor unions, congregations, immigrant rights, and community based organizations with extraordinary track records in the fight for worker justice
- A history of important leadership and victories on wage theft, minimum wage, paid sick days and other core issues
- Deep respect and trust within both the labor and faith communities
Executive Director Purpose
- To provide leadership and vision for the movement for worker justice and the building of ICWJ and its partner organizations
- To organize and support the staff and board in carrying out the mission of the organization
- To secure resources and manage the overall growth and work of the organization
The position is directly accountable to the board of directors.
The ED must be based out of San Diego. Approximately 10 percent of the Director’s time will likely be traveling to represent the organization, particularly in immigration advocacy, and to meet with funders.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
1) Public Representation and Leadership.
- Lead ICWJ’s collaborative creation of an inspiring vision for a more just society and
- the role of the religious community in advocating for worker justice
- Frame issues of labor and faith with a compelling analysis
- Represent the organization with the media in speeches, workshops and meetings
- Build and strengthen relationships with unions, policy makers, community based organizations, religious leaders and liked minded faith organizations including congregations.
- Ensure sustainable funding
- Build a fundraising culture among the staff and board
- Develop relationships with foundation staff
- Build relationships with individual donors
- Challenge unions, faith organizations, individuals, law firms and organizations to support the work
- Some grant writing experience
3) Staff Management
- Hire, train, and supervise staff,
- Work with staff to set clear goals and objectives.
- Maintain and enhance organizational structures and policies.
- Create a positive team spirit.
- Set high ethical and professional standards for staff.
4) Program Leadership.
- Organize and manage worker solidarity and policy campaigns.
- Lead the development and implementation of strategic directions and plans.
- Engage ICWJ’s diverse constituencies in San Diego County in the development of new strategies, tactics and programs that respond to changes in the faith, labor and work environments.
- Assist staff members and develop their expertise in planning and implementing key programs.
- Generate resources to cover new programs.
- Maintain relationships with sister organizations in California as well as IWJ, the national network of faith/labor organizations.
5) Board Support
- Participate in all board meetings and serve as the key link between the board and staff.
- Assist the board’s decision-making process by providing strong preparatory material, analyzing input and making recommendations.
- Make program recommendations to the board.
- Work with the board on recruiting, involving and developing board members.
Below are the ideal qualifications sought in a new director. Above all, the organization seeks a passionate leader committed to ICWJ’s mission and vision. The dream person will be/have:
- Passion for ICWJ’s mission.
- Clergy or religious leader preferred
- Strong commitment, relationships and experience working with an interfaith approach in the religious world, working with labor, community based organizations, immigration advocacy organizations, and working in partnerships of faith and labor.
- Strong network of contacts in the field is beneficial.
- Demonstrated understanding of how to communicate in the faith and labor worlds and
- Demonstrated understanding of how to build relationships with donors and foundations.
- A track record of leadership as a visionary, charismatic and passionate leader and public spokesperson who can inspire and organize board, staff and constituents to act and accomplish their aims.
- Outgoing people-person with excellent relationship, communication and listening skills.
- Collaborative, team building leadership and management style that delegates and holds accountable and develops the leadership of others.
- Experience working effectively with a board and as a board member.
- Openly invites and engages a variety of opinions and can also make decisions. Integrity and the ability to set a tone of ethics and values.
- A critical thinker with a cutting edge, big-picture analysis of the issues in which ICWJ plays leadership role.
- Ability to frame issues of labor and faith in a way that calls to conscience and compels public engagement in the movement for worker justice.
- Adaptable and persistent.
- Strategic planning and program development competency,
- a proven ability to develop creative programs that advance a strategic plan and respond to changing needs and trends.
- commitment and experience developing programs collaboratively with grassroots constituents and in partnerships across organizations.
- Comfort and enthusiasm regarding the ED’s role as chief fundraiser.
- Successful experience with fundraising.
- Knowledge of foundations and major donor fundraising.
- Management experience (supervision, finances, program effectiveness) and experience in building an organization or new program.
- Ability to engage with media and social media.
- Facility with Spanish and/or Tagalog is beneficial for this position.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Interfaith Center for Worker Justice is dedicated to ensuring workers’ rights and offers full and comprehensive benefits to its full time employees including medical, 401k retirement plan with organizational and a competitive salary. Interfaith Center for Worker Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Applicants should send:
- A resume,
- A maximum two-page cover letter describing interest in the position, qualifications, compensation requirements, and availability for preliminary interview dates, and
- Three references from the faith and labor worlds.
Email applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Executive Director” in the subject line. Applications may be accepted after deadline of November 9th if the search is extended. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. No calls please, feel free to request more information at the email above.
Interfaith Center for Worker Justice Search Team:
Mr. Christian Ramirez, Rev. Dr. Jamie Gates, Dr. Kelly Mayhew, Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson