About Us

our
Mission

We are a multiracial coalition based in San Francisco, a city of staggering income and racial inequality as well as significant opportunity for innovative progressive leadership. Our SF-based advocacy has won workers rights victories that set precedents statewide and nationally.

Our member groups represent hotel, restaurant, retail and service workers, domestic workers, nurses, teachers, city workers, seniors, people with disabilities, tenants and students.

We believe that workers don’t lead single issue lives — working families need secure jobs with living wages plus accessible healthcare, quality public education, affordable housing and a liveable climate. By building a strong multiracial and multi-issue alliance rooted in long-term relationships and solidarity, we have the power to win significant policy and system change to empower workers and communities of color.

Together we have more power and can win victories that none of us could win alone. Join us.

Staff

alma soto

alma soto

Executive Director

alma (she/they) is Executive Director of Jobs with Justice. She comes to JwJ with a solid sixteen years of union organizing experience. Most recently she was Organizing Director at United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) where she helped lay the groundwork for the development of an organizing program that includes capacity building, leadership development, and deepening the coalition work of the unions that represent workers in SFUSD. alma came into union organizing work through her strong commitment to grassroots community organizing. As a young adult she was involved in a community organizing campaign in South Central Los Angeles that brought together many of L.A.’s social justice organizations.  There, she came in contact with UNITE HERE Local 11 (UH-L11) staff who encouraged her to become a union organizer. alma worked on numerous campaigns and union drives throughout the country while at UH-L11. When she returned to California she began a decade-long commitment to organizing in public education when she became an organizer with the California Federation of Teachers before moving on to UESF in 2015. alma is always up for an adventure. She loves to explore the Bay Area on foot and on bike, and has taken well to the City’s hills and fog.

Tracey Brieger

Tracey Brieger

Deputy Director

Tracey (she/her) leads JwJ SF’s work on climate justice and just transition, and has led the coalition’s accountable development work to victories including community benefits agreements with local hotel developers guaranteeing workforce training funding and good jobs. Prior to joining JwJ in 2017, Tracey was campaign director then co-director of the statewide environmental justice coalition Californians for Pesticide Reform for 14 years, where she grew organizing capacity to build power in farmworker communities, and coordinated the successful campaign to ban a cancer-causing strawberry pesticide nationally. Tracey has an M.S. in Environmental Science, Policy & Management from UC Berkeley and is an herbalist who sees clients and teaches about plant medicine.

Oraiu Amoni

Oraiu Amoni

Workers Rights Program Director

Oraiu is an expert in strategic planning, electoral campaigns, communications, California regulatory processes, public relations and legislative affairs.

Over the last 15 years, Oraiu has been active in managing electoral/organizing campaigns, passing/preventing state legislation, passing/preventing statewide ballot measures and implementing local policies on behalf of educators and home care workers across the state with emphasis on the greater Los Angeles area.

While at SEIU ULTCW (now SEIU 2015), Oraiu helped increase the pay of home-care workers who serve the most vulnerable amongst us.  In addition Oraiu helped pass Props 30 (raises $8 billion annually for education) and 32 which increased statewide education funding and amplified the voices of working class people throughout California.

As the political director for United Teachers Los Angeles (the 2nd largest teacher local in the US), Oraiu moved legislation to audit the largest charter school chain in the Los Angeles Unified School District, removed a democratic incumbent school board member supported by the LA City Mayor, prevented a billionaire from using public funds to open a charter school in downtown LA, and managed the most expensive school board race in human history (combined expenditures topped $13 million).

Oraiu has organized clergy in California to get more involved in regulation and legislation with the help of the California NAACP, the California Baptist Ministers Conference, National Action Network, and Holman United Methodist.

Oraiu has served for the California State Majority Leader and an Oakland City Council President.  Oraiu has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and is fluent in Spanish.

Keane Chukwuneta

Keane Chukwuneta

Senior Campaign Coordinator

Keane (he/his) works on JWJ SF’s housing and climate related campaigns. Keane came to JwJ with over 8 years of organizing experience from Democratic campaigns, and the labor movement. He has run field operations on competitive campaigns, and supported workers in their fights to win fair contracts and safe working conditions amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. He is an avid soccer fan, and spends his free time playing pick up soccer, gardening, and reading.

Julia Sebastian

Julia Sebastian

Senior Climate Policy Strategist

Julia Sebastian (she/her) is Senior Climate Policy Strategist at Jobs with Justice SF. In this capacity she supports a broad coalition of labor unions across California to advance climate policy, secure high road jobs and build critical infrastructure for all Californians. Prior to her work at Jobs with Justice SF, Julia directed research at One Fair Wage, a national coalition, campaign and organization seeking fair wages and working conditions for tipped and subminimum wage service workers. She also spent eight years leading research and strategy at Race Forward, a national movement building, research and media organization for racial justice. Outside of her professional work, Julia is co-coordinator of the White Noise Collective, a popular education organization focused on the intersection of racial privilege and gender oppression. Julia received her Masters of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.

 
Sasha Wright

Sasha Wright

Communications & Operations Director

Sasha (she/her) provides communications strategy and operations support to JwJ SF campaigns. Sasha came to JwJ with 15 years in the labor movement as a rank and file member of the Inlandboatman’s Union and a lead organizer at SEIU 1021 where she ran new organizing drives and contract fights. As staff at Pride at Work, Sasha lead a campaign for trans-inclusive healthcare at Kaiser Permanente and educated Bay Area unions on how to advocate for queer and trans members through inclusive contract language. Sasha also brings her experience leading art builds and direct actions in the anti-war, global justice and climate justice movements to JwJ mobilizations. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and believes in the power of stories to help us understand and transform our reality. 

Leadership

Sheila Tully

California Faculty Association, San Francisco State University

Alyssa Kang

California Nurses Association

claire Lau

Chinese Progressive Association

kevine Boggess

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Anakh Sul Rama

Community Housing Partnership

Roberto Alfaro

HOMEY (Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth)

Fred Sherburn-Zimmer

Housing Rights Campaign

 

Guillermina Castellanos

La Colectiva de Mujeres

Ian Lewis

National Union of Healthcare Workers

 

Conny Ford

SF CLOUT

Sarah Jarmon

Senior and Disability Action

Ramsés Teón-Nichols

SEIU Local 1021

Jose Luis Pavon

SEIU United Service Workers West

Anabel Ibáñez

United Educators of San Francisco

Cynthia Gómez

Unite Here Local 2

Our
Members Organizations

Our member groups represent hotel, restaurant, retail and service workers, domestic workers, nurses, teachers, city workers, seniors, people with disabilities, tenants and students.

Executive Director

Reports to: Executive Board (E-board)

Jobs with Justice San Francisco (JWJSF) is a long-term, multi-racial coalition of labor unions and community groups supporting workers’ rights and fighting for economic, racial and climate  justice. In San Francisco, we won the country’s first $15 minimum wage, tuition-free higher education program and fair scheduling law for retail workers. JWJSF has been working on climate and equitable transition issues since 2018.  With a history of precedent-setting innovation, JWJSF’s victories make real differences in the lives of working people, and spark movements nationwide. 

Job Purpose

JWJSF seeks a passionate Executive Director to lead a multi-racial and member-driven coalition of community organizations and labor unions that supports workers’ rights and fights for economic, racial and climate justice. The ideal candidate will have a drive to push for systemic change, with a combination of strategic vision and hands-on experience leading a coalition and organization, working with/within unions and community organizations, managing a board and staff, fundraising, developing relationships and organizing for racial and economic justice.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Coalition Leadership (20%) 

  • Managing relationships with coalition members (i.e. the Steering Committee and E-board)
  • Manage relationships with external partners/allies
  • Building shared agenda and purpose across the coalition and navigating conflict between partners 
  • Collaborate with senior staff to plan the agenda and facilitate the yearly Steering Committee retreat, including member turnout
  • Ensure yearly campaign evaluations in collaboration with staff and external partners
  • Ensure the preparation and presentation of annual campaign proposals

Executive Board (E-Board) and Governance (15%)

  • Lead monthly E-board meetings by drafting agendas, ensuring turnout of E-board members, delegating roles and ensuring language-appropriate access to all relevant materials and information before, during and after E-board meetings 
  • Engaging the E-board on financial oversight
  • Manage relationships with E-board members through regular check ins and 1:1s 
  • Collaborate with E-board officers on E-board development
  • Ensure effective engagement of the Steering Committee through quarterly meetings
  • Ensure compliance – bylaws, legal, regulatory
  • Manage E-board endorsement and input on legislation, ballot measures and other policy
  • Engage E-board in campaign planning and strategy

Organizational and Staff Management (20%)

  • Supervises 3-5 mostly senior staff
  • Collaborates with leadership team on organizational development and administration and to ensure the overall effective functions of the organization including:
    • internal policy and processes
    • staffing and human resources
    • capacity building for staff
    • team/staff relationships and cohesion
    • performance planning (organization, team and individual)
  • Ensures the financial sustainability of the organization through fiscal management, in coordination with E-board Treasurer and staff leadership team: 
    • developing and monitoring budgets
    • facilitating decisions on resource allocations
    • ensuring proper financial planning
    • ensuring proper internal controls are implemented

Fund Development (25%)

  • Foundation fundraising through prospecting new opportunities and grant writing
  • Manage relationships with funders
  • Serve as advisor and thought partner with funders
  • Represent JWJSF’s programs at funder events, convenings
  • Short and long-term funder education on workers rights, racial justice and climate justice 
  • Ensuring membership dues are paid
  • Support grassroots fundraising, including JWJSF’s annual fundraiser 
  • Co-leading with staff leadership team on fund development strategy

Strategy Development  (10%)

  • With staff leadership team, coordinate both long term and short term strategy including 
    • Long term strategic planning 
    • Shorter term strategic formation and  decision-making
  • Ensure engagement of coalition in organizational strategy and tactics
  • Lead the staff in strategic campaign development and broader coalition strategy

External Communications (5%)

  • Representing JWJSF in the media and in movement spaces

Campaign Work (5%) 

  • Support  campaign work in collaboration with campaign staff as needed

What we are looking for in a candidate

  • Demonstrated strong commitment to working class communities and economic and racial justice.
  • Exceptional leadership skills, combining strategic vision with a roll-up-your-sleeves, highly collaborative approach to getting the work done.
  • Strong experience leading multi-racial coalitions and cultivating the leadership of BIPOC, gender oppressed and queer communities.
  • Deep and nuanced understanding of power, with an ability to understand complex political dynamics.
  • Experience with governance of an organization/coalition, including E-board management and organizational development processes.
  • Experience working with and/or within labor unions and familiarity with the landscape of the labor movement.
  • Experience working with and/or within community based organizations. 
  • Deep lived experience of working class and BIPOC communities. 
  • Demonstrated successful  fundraising experience, including foundation and grassroots fundraising.
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Strong conflict resolution skills, comfortable having hard conversations with allies and others.
  • Ability to relate to and bridge diverse individuals and communities to strengthen. relationships and connections toward common goals.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and ability to interact effectively with coworkers, allies, funders, decision-makers and opposition.
  • Familiarity with the San Francisco and Bay Areas political landscape.  Familiarity with statewide policy changes a bonus.
  • Sense of humor & flexibility always appreciated.

Working conditions

Occasional travel and sometimes long and irregular hours. While some periods are busier than others, JWJSF’s culture strongly supports and encourages work/life balance. 

Salary range: $90-$110k salary range DOE. Excellent benefits package with three weeks starting vacation, family healthcare and 401k. This is a union represented position with Teamsters Local 856.

JWJSF’s office is located in San Francisco and the candidate must be (or willing to be) based in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are currently working remotely but will transition to in-person when safe and possible. We currently have staff meetings outdoors and masked when conditions permit and individual staff may choose to have in person meetings with coalition members or allies or not. When we work in-person, there is still  flexibility to balance time working in the office and time working at home.

Apply at https://bit.ly/jwjedapply. Open until filled, but we will begin our screening in April of 2022.

People of color, gender-oppressed and queer people strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Climate Jobs organizer
Reports to: Deputy Director

Jobs with Justice San Francisco (JWJSF) is a long term, multi-racial alliance of labor unions and community groups supporting workers’ rights and fighting for economic, racial and gender justice. Our member groups represent service workers, domestic workers, healthcare workers, educators, city workers, seniors, people with disabilities, tenants, students and more.  Our coalition connects people — workers, Black and Brown people, immigrants, queer and, gender-oppressed folks — to build collective power. 

We believe as Audre Lorde said, there is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives. Working people need good jobs with dignity and a voice at work, quality and equitable public education, affordable housing and a liveable climate. We see economic, racial and gender justice as intersecting and necessary to each other. Our current program focuses on workers rights, housing justice and climate justice.  

By building a strong multiracial and multi-issue alliance rooted in long-term relationships and solidarity, we have the power to win real systems change. Our victories in San Francisco include being among the first in the country to win a $15 minimum wage, tuition-free higher education program and fair scheduling laws for retail workers. With a history of precedent-setting innovation, we make real differences in people’s lives, build the power of workers and communities of color and spark movements nationwide. 

Job purpose

The Climate Jobs Organizer is an exciting new position to build worker and coalition power to win victories for strategic work on climate, jobs and equitable transition in California. Working with JWJSF’s Climate Jobs & Equitable Transition campaign team, close partner Labor Network for Sustainability and California Labor for Climate Jobs, a statewide coalition of partner unions, the State Climate Jobs Organizer will build the power and leadership of labor organizations (unions and worker centers) and their members on the nexus of climate, economic and racial justice issues; mobilize workers to support statewide advocacy; and work to change the narrative so that strong climate action is seen as an opportunity to create good, union jobs. 

While the majority of the Climate Jobs Organizer’s position will focus on our Climate & Equitable Transition campaign, each position at JWJSF is an integral part of a collaborative staff team that develops, plans, coordinates, and wins collective coalition campaigns across issues. The Organizer will contribute to the overall strategic direction of JWJSF by supporting the coalition’s annual campaign planning processes, and providing direct insight into this process. 

Duties and responsibilities

Climate Jobs Campaign: Organizing and Leadership Development (90%)
  • Build and grow a strong base of workers committed to taking action to win climate jobs campaigns.
  • Update and refine  political education materials on climate jobs.
  • Coordinate with partner unions to build power and leadership among their members and leaders.
  • Conduct political education and run trainings for union members and leaders, and other organizations.
  • Identify leaders on climate jobs issues and support their development.
  • Mobilize workers to take action to support strong climate jobs policies, including writing factsheets, organizing legislator education days etc. 
  • Collect and amplify stories from workers about why climate change matters to workers and unions.
  • Contribute to the development of the campaign’s statewide strategy, including incorporating feedback from partner organizations and member leaders.  
JWJSF Core Operations(10%)
  • Collaborate with other staff on annual coalition campaign planning & evaluation processes
  • Attend and support JWJSF internal meetings and public events. 
Qualifications

  • At least 3 years organizing experience with and/or within labor unions and familiarity with the landscape of the labor movement.
  • A firm commitment to economic and racial justice.
  • Ability to build strong relationships and move people from diverse backgrounds to take action in a multi-racial coalition.
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and deadlines, work independently, and take initiative.
  • Deep lived experience of working class and BIPOC communities. 
  • Ability to understand and navigate complex political dynamics.  
  • Strong communication skills, and ability to interact effectively with coworkers, allies, decision-makers, and opposition
  • Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish a plus
  • Digital organizing skills and experience a plus
  • Sense of humor & flexibility always appreciated

Working conditions

Our staff promote a positive, collaborative and supportive environment for each other. While some periods are busier than others, JWJSF’s culture strongly supports and encourages work/life balance. Work will involve occasional travel, and sometimes long and irregular hours. 

Salary range: $68-80k depending on experience. Excellent benefits package including paid vacation that starts with 3 weeks of paid vacation for new employees and increases thereafter; additional paid leave during winter break; 401(k) contributions rising from 3% to 12% of salary, no employee match required; and quality family healthcare, vision and dental coverage through our union health and welfare fund. This is a union represented position with Teamsters Local 856.

JWJSF’s office is located in San Francisco. We are currently working remotely but will transition to in-person when safe and possible. We have staff meetings outdoors and masked when conditions permit and individual staff may choose to have in person meetings with coalition members or allies or not. When we work in-person, there is still flexibility to balance time working in the office and time working at home.

Apply at bit.ly/JWJSF-climatejobsorganizer. Position open until filled.  Please include cover letter, resume and short (1-2 page) writing sample. 

Black, indigenous, people of color, gender-oppressed and queer people strongly encouraged to apply.

 

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