Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national organization with over 24,000 low-wage restaurant worker members in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Washington, DC. In most regions, we are organizing restaurant workers, employers, and consumers to win One Fair Wage legislation and ballot measures that will raise wages for restaurant workers and eliminate the lower wage for tipped workers, who are largely women.

Over the last 15 years, we have organized thousands of workers to win $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with 160 responsible restaurant owners to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability, and trained more than 5,000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published thirty ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick days for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We own and operate restaurants called COLORS that serve as the home base for our workforce-development training and membership programs in New York and Detroit, and will be expanding COLORS  to New Orleans, Washington DC, and Oakland. Women, people of color, and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply. 

Salary and Benefits 

Salary is competitive based on experience. ROC United’s package includes medical and dental insurance, flexible spending account, and above-market paid-time-off package.

How to apply

Please send résumé and cover letter to Sekou Siby at siby@rocunited.org

New Orleans, Louisiana – Organizer

We are looking for a dedicated employee who will lead ROC-Gulf Coast One Fair Wage policy campaign efforts. The Lead Organizer will help build a new and evolving model in which connections made with workers online and through street outreach transform to real world relationships and actions. Under this individual’s mentorship, these workers will learn how to organize and mobilize their co-workers.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Grow and develop ROC-Gulf Coast’s worker membership and leadership significantly, creating a large and active enough worker base to: lead and win local ‘One Fair Wage’ campaigns; benefit from and justify the expansion of COLORS and CHOW, ROC’s restaurant and training program; and demonstrate power as a restaurant workforce in the Gulf Coast region. This includes: conducting daily outreach to restaurant workers, and engaging worker leaders in doing the same; conducting political education with workers going through ROC’s CHOW job training program; identifying and developing worker leaders; collecting dues from worker leaders; and establishing and growing worker committees. Work with ROC-Gulf Coast’s Campaign Manager to advance the local One Fair Wage policy campaign, by:

  • Providing strategic input to overall campaign and strategy;
  • Conducting individual and group meetings with workers to plan and implement the organizing campaigns;
  • Developing the leadership and political consciousness among restaurant workers through trainings, relationship building, and shared experiences;
  • Motivating individual workers and groups of workers to take action

The Organizer will report directly to the ROC-Gulf Coast Campaign Manager and the ROC-Gulf Coast Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3-5 years labor/community member organizing and base-building experience;
  • Experience in member leadership development;
  • Maintenance of a professional attitude and strong ethical practice and a willingness to learn and grow
  • Strong communication and leadership skills;
  • Possess reliable transportation and willingness to travel extensively
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
  • Restaurant work experience a plus; and
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish strongly preferred.

Bay Area, California – ROC-The Bay Director

In the San Francisco Bay Area, we will be defending and expanding One Fair Wage in California, and also piloting a racial equity campaign that includes worker training, addressing employer and consumer implicit bias, and policy work, and will serve as the basis for developing ROC’s next national campaign after One Fair Wage.

Over the last 14 years, we have organized thousands of workers to win $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with 200 responsible restaurant owners to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability, and trained more than 5,000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published thirty ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick days for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We own and operate restaurants called COLORS that serve as the home base for our workforce-development training and membership programs in New York and Detroit. We will be expanding COLORS to Oakland, California through a partnership with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights called ‘Restore Oakland’, which is part of the racial equity campaign described above.
We are looking for a local Director to lead the Bay Area affiliate of ROC, including supervising staff. The ROC-the Bay Director will supervise staff to grow ROC-the Bay’s worker, employer, and consumer membership; establish Restore Oakland in partnership with the Ella Baker Center, including raising funds and managing complex project finances; lead ROC’s groundbreaking racial equity project; support and participate in ROC’s California statewide policy campaign, and much more. To both open Restore Oakland and win racial equity interventions and policy change, the ROC-the Bay Director will build relationships with a variety of employers, consumers, donors, and other allies in the Bay Area.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate coalition of racial equity organizations, academics, City officials, employers, and workers to advance multi-year racial desegregation pilot campaign in Oakland.
  • Grow, develop, and mobilize ROC-the Bay’s worker membership and leadership significantly, creating a large and active enough worker base to: lead and win the racial desegregation campaign; benefit from and justify the expansion of COLORS and CHOW, ROC’s restaurant and training program; and demonstrate power as a restaurant workforce in the Bay Area.
  • Serve as ROC’s primary representative in leading the multi-year process of opening, fundraising for, planning, publicizing and leading Restore Oakland, including the opening of COLORS, ROC’s restaurant and training facility.
  • Conduct outreach and implicit bias testing with employers, and build ROC-the Bay’s membership of ROC’s national ‘high road’ restaurant association RAISE. Work with core group of employers and coalition to develop model employer practices to desegregate restaurants.
  • Partner with ROC’s Consumer Engagement Coordinator to conduct outreach and implicit bias testing with consumers.
  • Work with the ROC’s management team, worker and employer members of ROC-the Bay, the Cities of Oakland and San Francisco, and the racial equity coalition to develop policy proposals to address racial segregation in the Oakland restaurant industry, and support ROC’s statewide and national One Fair Wage policy efforts.
  • Provide strategic input to overall campaign and strategy;
  • Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to plan and implement the organizing campaigns;
  • Develop leadership and political consciousness among restaurant workers through trainings, relationship building, and shared experiences;
  • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action;
  • Strategically identify and engage local community allies
  • Supervise and partner local ROC staff to implement and strategically integrate local and national programs in worker and high road employer organizing, research, public policy, workforce development;
  • Assist in developing the organizing skills of staff and member organizers with a focus on membership recruitment, leadership identification and development, dues collection, and formation of member-led campaign and organizing committees;
  • Represent ROC to other institutions, press, and priority relationships and lead local implementation of national communications plans;
  • Provide local support as requested to a ROC-United staff team that provides centralized fundraising, accounting, and human resources management to the local ROC.
  • Maintain sound and sustainable fiscal operation of the local ROC including monitoring compliance with a local annual budget and expenditure developed by ROC-United;

The Director position is intended to be a senior-level, experienced manager position. The Director will report directly to any of the Executive Team designees.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5-7 years labor/community member organizing and base-building experience;
  • Experience coalition building, and understanding of member leadership development;
  • Experience in designing policy campaigns;
  • Experience in leading complex initiatives like Restore Oakland;
  • Maintenance of a professional attitude and strong ethical practice and a willingness to learn and grow
  • Strong communication, leadership, and management skills;
  • Possess reliable transportation and willingness to travel extensively
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
  • Restaurant work experience a plus; and
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish strongly preferred.

District of Columbia – Lead Organizer

We are looking for a dedicated employee who will lead ROC DC’s One Fair Wage policy campaign and Ballot efforts. The Lead Organizer will help build a new and evolving model in which connections made with workers online and through street outreach transform to real world relationships and actions. Under this individual’s mentorship, the workers will learn how to organize and mobilize their co-workers,. To win One Fair Wage policy measures, the Lead Organizer will also build relationships with a variety of employers, consumers, and other allies in the region.

Responsibilities:

  • Grow and develop ROC DC’s worker membership and leadership significantly, creating a large and active enough worker base to: lead and win local ‘One Fair Wage’ campaigns; benefit from and justify the expansion of CHOW; and demonstrate power as a restaurant workforce in the DC Metropolitan region. This includes: conducting daily outreach to restaurant workers, and engaging worker leaders in doing the same; conducting political education with workers going through ROC’s CHOW job training program; identifying and developing worker leaders; collecting dues from worker leaders; and establishing and growing worker committees.
    Work with the ROC’s management team, worker and employer members of ROC DC, and local allies to advance ‘One Fair Wage’ and support ROC’s national One Fair Wage policy efforts.
  • Provide strategic input to overall campaign and strategy;
  • Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to plan and implement the organizing campaigns;
  • Develop leadership and political consciousness among restaurant workers through trainings, relationship building, and shared experiences;
  • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action;
  • Strategically identify and engage local community allies
  • Coordinate coalition of local organizations, employers, academics, attorneys, City officials, and workers to advance ‘One Fair Wage’ policy measures in the region.
  • Represent ROC to other institutions, press, and priority relationships and lead local implementation of national communications plans;

The Lead Organizer position is intended to be a senior-level, experienced position. The Lead Organizer will report directly to the Managing Director or one of the designees.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5-7 years labor/community member organizing and base-building experience;
  • Experience coalition building, and understanding of member leadership development;
  • Experience in designing policy and policy campaigns;
  • Maintenance of a professional attitude and strong ethical practice and a willingness to learn and grow
  • Strong communication, leadership, and management skills;
  • Possess reliable transportation and willingness to travel extensively
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
  • Restaurant work experience a plus; and
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish strongly preferred.

Please send resume and cover letter to Diana Ramirez at Diana@rocunited.org

New York, NY – Lead Organizer

We are looking for a dedicated employee who will lead ROC DC’s One Fair Wage policy campaign and Ballot efforts. The Lead Organizer will help build a new and evolving model in which connections made with workers online and through street outreach transform to real world relationships and actions. Under this individual’s mentorship, the workers will learn how to organize and mobilize their co-workers,. To win One Fair Wage policy measures, the Lead Organizer will also build relationships with a variety of employers, consumers, and other allies in the region.

Responsibilities:

  • Grow and develop ROC DC’s worker membership and leadership significantly, creating a large and active enough worker base to: lead and win local ‘One Fair Wage’ campaigns; benefit from and justify the expansion of CHOW; and demonstrate power as a restaurant workforce in the DC Metropolitan region. This includes: conducting daily outreach to restaurant workers, and engaging worker leaders in doing the same; conducting political education with workers going through ROC’s CHOW job training program; identifying and developing worker leaders; collecting dues from worker leaders; and establishing and growing worker committees.
    Work with the ROC’s management team, worker and employer members of ROC DC, and local allies to advance ‘One Fair Wage’ and support ROC’s national One Fair Wage policy efforts.
  • Provide strategic input to overall campaign and strategy;
  • Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to plan and implement the organizing campaigns;
  • Develop leadership and political consciousness among restaurant workers through trainings, relationship building, and shared experiences;
  • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action;
  • Strategically identify and engage local community allies
  • Coordinate coalition of local organizations, employers, academics, attorneys, City officials, and workers to advance ‘One Fair Wage’ policy measures in the region.
  • Represent ROC to other institutions, press, and priority relationships and lead local implementation of national communications plans;

The Lead Organizer position is intended to be a senior-level, experienced position. The Lead Organizer will report directly to the Managing Director or one of the designees.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 5-7 years labor/community member organizing and base-building experience;
  • Experience coalition building, and understanding of member leadership development;
  • Experience in designing policy and policy campaigns;
  • Maintenance of a professional attitude and strong ethical practice and a willingness to learn and grow
  • Strong communication, leadership, and management skills;
  • Possess reliable transportation and willingness to travel extensively
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
  • Restaurant work experience a plus; and
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish strongly preferred.

Please send resume and cover letter to Sekou Siby at Siby@rocunited.org

Legal Organizer

Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers-United (ROC-United) has grown into a national organization with more than 18,000 low-wage restaurant worker members in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Washington, DC. In each region, we are organizing restaurant workers, employers, and consumers to win ‘One Fair Wage’ (OFW) legislation and ballot measures that will raise wages for restaurant workers and eliminate the lower wage for tipped workers.

Over the last 15 years, we have organized thousands of workers to win $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with 200 responsible restaurant owners to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability, and trained more than 5,000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published thirty ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick days for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We own and operate restaurants called COLORS that serve as the home base for our workforce-development training and membership programs in New York and Detroit, and will be expanding COLORS to Washington DC and Oakland. ROC United recently launched a Tipped Worker Legal Resource Center (TWRC), which is a legal organizing, worker advocacy, and research center designed to advance, support and foster local and statewide worker justice + OFW organizing, electoral and legislative campaigns throughout the country.

ROC United is seeking a highly skilled, experienced, and motivated legal organizer, who will work at the heart of a workers’ rights movement to increase wages and improve working conditions for restaurant workers nationally. The Legal Organizer of the TWRC will work with the Co-Directors of the Tipped Worker Resource Center to help operate our Sanctuary Restaurants Campaign and to help build strategic policy campaigns and litigation around our OFW Campaign.

This position is geared at a entry-level professional with some organizing and legal experience. The Legal Organizer will report directly to the TWRC Co-Directors.

Core Responsibilities:

Sanctuary Restaurants Campaign:

  • Assist in the development, maintaining and distribution of Know Your Rights materials for national webinars with restaurant employers and workers;
  • Respond to general inquires for Sanctuary Restaurants Project (SRP) and help advance the campaign’s reach throughout the country;
  • Support local affiliates by providing rapid response capacity and related organizing support; and
  • Field rapid response texts and designate to appropriate responder.

Legal Department:

  • Maintain legal databases to advance ROC-United’s OFW Campaign;
  • Recruit legal allies to be part of ROC’s legal referral network; and
  • Conduct and set-up intakes system for current and future ROC worker members.

Tipped Worker Resource Center:

  • Support organizing, research and legislative efforts as necessary. This may include conducting research, providing technical assistance to allies moving OFW campaigns throughout the country; and
  • Provide support to local affiliates in advancing local and statewide campaigns.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Mission Orientation: Personal and professional alignment with ROC United’s mission and vision, with a strong analysis of and commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and familiarity with the progressive field. Knowledge of low-wage worker organizing preferred.
  • Organizing Experience: At least two years of organizing and member engagement experience.
    Legal Knowledge: Basic knowledge of immigration and labor law, legal research skills and experience creating and providing know your rights information.
  • Detail-oriented
  • Project Management Skills: Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple priorities and drive projects from ideas to planning to action. Meticulousness with details and facts. Must be highly collaborative, iterative and focused on rapid and repeatable delivery.
  • Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an emphasis on persuasive writing.
  • Education: Paralegal Certification highly preferred.
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred.
  • Restaurant work experience a plus.

Chicago, IL – Campaign Organizer

We are looking for a dedicated employee who will lead a regional campaign for One Fair Wage. The Campaign Organizer will help build a new and evolving model in which connections made with workers online and through street outreach transform into real world relationships and actions. Under this individual’s mentorship, these workers will learn how to organize their co-workers, draft petitions and run actions.  To win One Fair Wage, the Campaign Organizer will build relationships with a variety of allies in Illinois.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the ROC Chicago Director and national staff to craft and implement a campaign plan to win One Fair Wage in Chicago/ Illinois.
  • Develop and implement One Fair Wage campaign strategy, including building and maintaining a One Fair Wage coalition, and working to advance research, communications, and legal activities as part of the campaign plan.
  • Grow ROC Chicago membership outside of CHOW recruitment by at least additional 200 workers, and develop at least 50 leaders from this group.
  • Mobilize workers, employers and consumers in monthly actions and earned media events advancing One Fair Wage. Escalate mobilizations until ROC Chicago can mobilize at least 75 tipped workers in support of One Fair Wage.
  • Support tipped worker mobilization for One Fair Wage in neighboring states like Minnesota
  • Assist in developing the organizing skills of member-organizers with a focus on membership recruitment, leadership identification and development, dues collection, and formation of member-led campaign and organizing committees:.
    • Conduct individual and group meetings with workers to plan and implement the campaign
    • Develop leadership and political consciousness among restaurant workers through trainings, relationship building, and shared experiences
    • Motivate individual workers and groups of workers to take action

The Campaign Organizer position is intended to be a mid-level, experienced organizer position.  The Campaign Organizer will report directly to the ROC-Chicago Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3-4 years labor/community/political organizing experience;
  • Experience coalition building, and understanding of member leadership development;
  • Experience in designing policy campaigns;
  • Maintenance of a professional attitude and strong ethical practice and a willingness to learn and grow
  • Strong communication, leadership, and management skills;
  • Possess reliable transportation and willingness  to travel extensively
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice; and significant experience working collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations
  • Restaurant work experience a plus; and
  • Fluency in a second language is preferred.