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Farm Labor Organizing Committee FLOC, AFL-CIO

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Current openings:
-Deputy Director of Programs, Dudley, NC
-Field Organizer, Dudley, NC
-Part time student organizing internship
 

 
Deputy Director of Programs
Dudley, NC
 
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY AND SCHEDULE:

Deputy Director position includes labor camp outreach and union contract administration; maintaining FLOC’s communications program; working with Campaign Committee to coordinate Campaign related activities, and working on fundraising strategies.
 
Regular hours are 9am-6pm, six days per week. During harvest season (from about May through the end of October), deputy director will also be responsible for visiting labor camps an average of 2 nights per week. All staff work out of the Dudley office, and must be prepared to work irregular hours including weekends and holidays, as necessary.

Job responsibilities include working with a team in the following areas:

Communications
• Write and send 1-3 listserve blasts per month
• Maintain FLOC’s website and social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, blog, and YouTube
• Maintain media list and relationships with local and national reporters
• Draft and send press releases and field media inquiries
• Design and promote flyers and other materials for events

Reynolds Campaign
• Assist in coordinating campaign actions, aimed at improving conditions and wages in the tobacco supply chain.
• Work with Campaign Committee to move actions and letters aimed at key players in the tobacco supply chain.
Fundraising
• Work with other staff to develop and implement yearly fundraising plan, including 1-2 fundraising drives per year
• Maintain accurate records of supporters and donors

Outreach and contract administration
• Assist other staff in visiting labor camps and speaking with workers about the union, rights under the union contract, and the Tobacco Campaign
• Meet with workers as they arrive for the growing season and as they leave for Mexico
• Assisting union members in the use of the union’s Employment Bid System and Grievance Procedure to resolve work related disputes.
• Work with other staff on Camp Solidarity program

Administrative work
• Maintain accurate union membership records
• Maintain accurate records of camp visits and locations and communication with members
 
QUALIFICATIONS
• Flexible schedule, willing to travel and work evenings and weekends
• Fluent Spanish is required (oral required, written preferred)
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice/labor rights issues
• 1-2 years experience in labor or community organizing is preferred
• Highly self-motivated and able to work well independently and with a team
• Experience in supervising staff or interns is preferred
• Experience writing website content, media releases, blogs, or related materials preferred
• Must have valid driver’s license and a car and be willing to drive for work
• Proficient administrative/computer skills
 
How to apply:
We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please send a cover letter and resume to Briana Kemp at
bkemp@floc.com. Please be sure to mention what date you are available to start.

Field Organizer
Dudley, North Carolina
 
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY: From April until October field staff will be responsible for visiting camps, responding to member calls, recruiting new members, and investigating and resolving union members’ complaints. All staff work out of the Dudley office during the day six days per week, and coordinate camp visits 4-5 nights per week. Office days following late nights at camps will be shorter. While the schedule is flexible, field staff must be prepared to work long and irregular hours including weekends and holidays as necessary.

FIELD STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Member Organizing
• Visiting labor camps and speaking with workers about the union, the union contract, and the Tobacco Campaign
• Organizing regional worker meetings and coordinating drivers
• Investigating worker complaints and facilitating a solution
• Meeting with workers as they arrive for the growing season and as they leave after the season

Office work
• Data entry
• Maintaining accurate records of camp visits and locations and communication with members
• Providing limited direct services to local associate members

During the “off season,” generally November through March, field staff will work with campaign staff on various Tobacco Campaign activities and general community organizing projects such as:
• Organizing fundraising events
• Networking with allies
• Organizing community actions around the Tobacco Campaign (demonstration at convenience stores we are targeting, coordinating letters to board members, planning shareholders meeting demonstrations, etc.)
 
QUALIFICATIONS
• Flexible schedule, willing to travel and work evenings and weekends
• Able to travel for 1-2 week periods
• Fluent Spanish is required
• Demonstrated commitment to social justice/labor rights issues
• Basic computer and writing skills
• Must have valid driver’s license and a car and be willing to drive for work
• Proficient administrative/computer skills

How to apply:
We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Please send a cover letter and resume to Briana Kemp at bkemp@floc.com. Please be sure to mention what date you are available to start.


Student and Worker Organizing Internship
Part time

 

Part 1 – FLOC Trainings

 

Early in the semester FLOC will provide a thorough introduction our work and our organizing style at our office in Dudley. You will learn in depth about the Reynolds campaign and the work students are doing around it.

 

Through the year, there will be additional skills trainings offered including communications training, meeting facilitation training, student outreach training, and farmworker issue trainings, among others.

 

Part 2 – Campus Organizing (Fall and Spring semester)

Alianza is an organization at UNC’s campus that dedicates itself to support and be in solidarity with farm workers. As a FLOC intern you be expected to will:

-Regularly attend Alianza meetings

-Help plan events with Alianza students and be involved with the general running of the organization, as well as work with students in the campaign to get David Powers, a UNC Board member and Reynolds exec, removed from the UNC Board of Governors

-Participate in Farmworker Awareness Week by highlighting FLOC’s work during the events

-Work with Alianza to plan a fundraising event for FLOC

-Help mobilize for and attend Reynolds shareholders meetings in May of 2014

-Host one house meeting to bring supporters to the Reynolds SHM

 

Part 3 – Worker organizing (Spring semester)

FLOC represents over 6,000 farmworkers throughout North Carolina, and visits camps throughout the season to work with our membership to solve any problems that may arise. As an intern you will:

-Coordinate 3 - 5 times during April-May to meet with FLOC organizers at camps

-Write a blog post for the website about your experience

 

 Qualifications:

-You must be a college student enrolled at a school in North Carolina

-Be able to dedicate at least 10-15 hours a week to this internship

-Ability to work in groups and communicate with fellow students to get the work done

-Highly motivated and able to work independently

-Demonstrate commitment to social justice

-Preference is given to students who speak Spanish

 

*Note: FLOC is unable to offer a paid internship but is willing to work with students to make this internship count for class credit, or may also be able to offer a small stipend.

 

To apply please send a cover letter and your résumé to Briana Kemp at bkemp@floc.com. In your cover letter please be sure to answer the following questions:

-     Why are you committed to social justice?

-     What experience have you had working on issues of social justice and how do you think this can translate to working with FLOC?

-     What interests you about FLOC and what experiences, skills or ideas do you think you can bring to the organization?

-     What is your availability for the semester/year and when are you available to start?