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Los Angeles Garment Worker Center - Director
GWC seeks a committed, skilled and creative strategist, fundraiser and administrator with an organizing background who can share leadership and compliment the skills of the GWC’s existing Lead Organizer. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and creative strategist and coalition builder who can provide visionary leadership to help guide GWC’s political and organizational positioning and trajectory over the next 5-10 years. The ideal candidate is dedicated to social and economic justice in low-income, multi-national immigrant communities and to sharing and uplifting leadership from within the garment worker community. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record in organizing, fundraising and administration, will have deep knowledge of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles labor community and will be fluent in English and Spanish.

Job Announcement—Director
Los Angeles Garment Worker Center

The Garment Worker Center (GWC) is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to
supporting and empowering low-wage garment workers in downtown Los Angeles in the fight for
social and economic justice. Los Angeles is the home to the nation’s largest garment
manufacturing district with over 60,000 workers. The GWC serves and outreaches to garment
workers whose population is primarily monolingual Spanish or Mayan languages speakers from
Central America and Mexico. Since its inception in 2001, the GWC has led a national boycott
against Forever 21, helped workers reclaim millions of dollars in owed wages and led a number
of health and safety campaigns in the factories. The GWC fulfills its mission by helping workers
organize and by providing workers’ rights trainings, organizing strategies and tools and
leadership development.

About this Position

GWC seeks a committed, skilled and creative strategist, fundraiser and administrator with an
organizing background who can share leadership and compliment the skills of the GWC’s
existing Lead Organizer. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and creative strategist and
coalition builder who can provide visionary leadership to help guide GWC’s political and
organizational positioning and trajectory over the next 5-10 years. The ideal candidate is
dedicated to social and economic justice in low-income, multi-national immigrant communities
and to sharing and uplifting leadership from within the garment worker community. The ideal
candidate will have a successful track record in organizing, fundraising and administration, will
have deep knowledge of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles labor community and will be fluent in
English and Spanish.

Qualifications

• Minimum 3-5 years of grassroots community organizing and/or labor organizing experience.
• Passion for social and economic justice, and strong commitment and ability to listen to, work
with, and take the lead from workers leaders.
• Demonstrated track record in successful grassroots, donor and grant fund-raising.
• Proven ability to develop and carry out a sound fiscal and fund development plan.
• Excellent team-building and communication skills, high energy, and strong one-to-one
relationship-building skills; self-starter.
• Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively about organizational development,
campaigns, program design and implementation.
• Ability to oversee and complete a variety of administrative and management tasks.
• Experience with building and maintaining vibrant, engaged, community and worker
governance bodies and advisors in developing current and new members and advisors.
• Proven ability in initiating/building and strengthening collaborative opportunities with key
individuals, allies and organizations.
• Experience working in networks/coalitions and with social movements, interacting with
diverse political actors, and ability to represent the GWC in a variety of settings.
• Experience working with diverse immigrant communities; bilingual ability in English and
Spanish strongly preferred.
• Excellent personal organization and time management skills: Attention to detail and the
ability to multi-task.
• Experience with public speaking and strong writing skills.
• Knowledge of common computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheets, email
programs, web, and Internet.
• Knowledge of Los Angeles political landscape and Los Angeles labor community.
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.

This is a full time position.

Salary/Benefits

Competitive salary based on experience. Health insurance and paid time off.

How to Apply

People of color, women, and LGBTQ people encouraged to apply. Do not call. Send a cover
letter indicating interest, resume, a writing sample, and the contact information for 3 references.
Send cover letter and resume to: Search Committee at garmentworker@gmail.com.
Applications accepted and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. The first cut off for interviews
will be January 22, 2013. The position will remain open until filled.

Garment Worker Center
1250 S. Los Angeles Ave., Ste. 213
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213‐748‐5866, 213‐748‐5876 (fax)
 

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