ROC The Bay – CHOW Organizer

Oakland/Bay Area,  CA –  CHOW ORGANIZER

Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) has grown into a national organization with more than 30,000 restaurant worker members in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. In California, we are building a movement to win workplace justice campaigns and are advancing “One Fair Wage” (OFW) legislation that will raise wages for restaurant workers, address sexual harassment, and help eradicate occupational segregation (based on race and gender) in the restaurant industry. 


The Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay Area (ROC-The Bay) is an affiliate worker center of ROC-United that was founded in 2013 in Oakland, California. We have over 300 worker members and dozens of restaurant employers throughout the Bay Area. Our mission is to promote and ensure a just and dignified workplace in restaurants throughout the Bay Area and to build a strong and unified community of restaurant workers. We operate the COLORS Hospitality Opportunity for Workers (CHOW) job training program that trains over 125 low-income workers.


Under the supervision of the Lead Organizer, the ROC the Bay Organizer will:

  • Grow and develop ROC-the Bay’s worker membership recruited through the CHOW program in order to advance local workplace justice campaigns and California’s campaign(s). 
    • This includes: directing the weekly outreach to restaurant workers, and engaging worker leaders in doing the same; engaging in organizing strategies and campaigns as needed by the organizing team. We want to build even stronger ties with Bay Area restaurant workers, and your role is to bring students to be part of our collective mission. It could include helping restaurant workers from the program with work-related issues they may be having, and guiding them to appropriate resources. 
  • Operate our community-based CHOW hospitality job training program. 
    • This includes: hiring, contracting qualified and experienced instructors; coordinating with our COLORS tenant to run the training program from our Restore Oakland building; handling all administrative functions to ensure the smooth operation of job training program; recruit, retain and train at least 100 CHOW graduates annually; maintain key relationships with community organizations to advance and facilitate the operation of our job training program; and update and develop the CHOW curriculum as needed, as well as; and print and deliver class materials as needed.
  • Develop a job placement pipeline by: 
    • Organizing CHOW Graduation & Job Fairs for each graduating session of classes.
    • Throughout the year, developing strong relationships with high road employers to help transition students into jobs post graduation
    • Create a system of support to both assess and guide students’ job readiness.
    • Maintaining a 60%-70% placement or promotion rate for CHOW graduates.
  • Deepen restaurant worker engagement in thee Village, a restaurant worker share-care community app
    • This includes recruiting 100 parents to join, assisting in the formation of circles of trust, and assisting parents in using the app to schedule childcare sharing opportunities 
  • High Road Employer Responsibilities:
    • Recruit and maintain engagement with like-minded high road employers with the goal of introducing them to our mission, transitioning students into jobs at their workplaces, and building a community of employers committed to a just restaurant industry

It will be important if you are good at:

  • Building relationships with a diverse set of people (food service industry workers and employers alike) while assessing the unique skills and talents that they could contribute to our programs and campaigns;
  • Inspiring and motivating leaders and activists and your coworkers; 
  • Oral and written communication;
  • Taking responsibility for your work and creatively surmount obstacles; and
  • Organizing and are committed to mentoring people to be agents of their own liberation. 



  • Commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and a willingness to work collaboratively with persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status, ages, and sexual orientations;
  • Case-management experience;
  • Organizing experience is preferred;
  • Restaurant management and work experience is a plus;
  • Experience parenting young children; and
  • Fluency in oral and written Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Tagalog, and/or Cantonese is strongly preferred.


Compensation : This is a full-time position under the collective bargaining unit.  Generous benefits, including health and dental coverage, retirement plan, paid vacation, personal days, and holidays.. Salary range is $45,547-$53,601 commensurate with experience.

To apply: Please send a brief cover letter and resume detailing your qualifications to Please place the title of the position in the subject line of your email. Please be advised that Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is an Equal Employment Opportunities Employer and hence we do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. Women, immigrants, people of color, people with disabilities, Trans*, genderqueer/expansive, LGBTQI, and returning citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.

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