Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers: Director of policy & organizing

The Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers (MCDW) seeks a director of policy and advocacy to advance our mission to bring justice and dignity to all domestic workers in our state. Founded in 2010, MCDW was the driving force in passing the MA Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which established important labor standards and granted basic protections to nannies, housekeepers, and other in-home caregivers.

With the passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights behind us, our focus now is the implementation of the new law and continued advocacy on behalf of domestic workers. The Coalition is currently made up of five organizations: the Brazilian Women's Group, the Dominican Development Center, Matahari Women Workers’ Center, the New England Jewish Labor Committee and the Boston Center for Independent Living. MCDW is housed at the Matahari Women Workers’ Center.

Founded in 2002, Matahari Women Workers’ Center, a fiscally sponsored project of Third Sector New England (TSNE), is a Greater Boston social justice organization of women of color, immigrant women and families who organize as sisters, workers, and survivors for personal and societal transformation, justice and human rights. We build leadership and organize communities impacted by gender based violence and exploitation, provide survivor advocacy, and fight for the rights of those who suffer domestic, workplace, systemic, and state violence. 

 

Essential job functions

Policy leadership

  • Track and report legal and legislative efforts to support or weaken laws and communicate about those efforts with the Coalition;
  • Develop and implement a strategic policy agenda;
  • Analyze implications of federal, state and local legislation on the lives of domestic workers and their families;
  • Coordinate with the steering committee and workers’ council on policy advocacy communications including email alerts and press releases;
  • Conduct and oversee policy research and drafting;
  • Build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on priority issues and campaigns;
  • Lead the development and management of effective working relationships with key public officials at the federal, state and local levels;
  • Develop Know Your Rights toolkits for use of coalition members;
  • Coordinate with legal representatives and with allies regarding small and large wage campaigns and ensuring advocacy and support at the state and municipal levels.

Organizing and leadership development

    • Train staff organizers of Coalition member organizations and Workers’ Council/worker leaders;
    • Coordinate the Workers’ Council, working with organizers to develop the Worker Council fellowship program;
    • Assist in outreach to achieve key turn out for Coalition events;
    • Coordinate and facilitate regular cross-sector Coalition-wide meetings to discuss campaign progress and how it relates to the national strategy and landscape;
    • Communicate with and support the working relationship between the Workers’ Council and Steering Committee;
    • Provide outreach, development and maintenance of relationships with current and potential allies;
    • Send out reminders and agendas with relevant materials, facilitate meetings and take minutes and distribute promptly for regular Coalition Steering Committee meetings;
    • Maintain Coalition calendar, send reminders to keep members informed about key events and meetings and maintain Coalition’s system of data storage and management (Google Drive);
    • Develop and maintain the internal list serve and the database/spreadsheet of endorsers;
    • Develop and maintain the Coalition’s presence in social media (including Facebook, Twitter) and on the Coalition website.

Coalition-building:

      • Act as the MCDW liaison to the National Domestic Worker Alliance (NDWA) by participating in and reporting back on monthly NDWA organizers’ calls. Maintain regular communications with the NDWA State Strategist & Communications Director and keep abreast of domestic worker-related happenings in other states and on a national level;
      • Raise funds and build resources for the Coalition and its members by writing grant proposals with the assistance of the steering committee and supporting the workers’ council with grassroots fundraising activities;
      • Build and maintain relationships with enforcement agencies including the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, MA Commission Against Discrimination, the Department of Labor and community partners (both private and public sector).

Qualifications

      • A 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;
      • Experience in coalition-building, and understanding of member leadership development, along with the ability to deal with strong personalities;
      • Graduate-level degree in public policy, public administration or law;
      • At least 2 years of experience working with communities;
      • Knowledge of state and federal laws;
      • Excellent English writing and oral communication skills;
      • Fluency in a second language highly desirable;
      • Professional attitude and strong ethical practice, with a willingness to learn and grow;
      • Strong communications, leadership, and organizational skills;
      • Knowledge of social media, Microsoft Office tools and some database management;
      • Willingness to travel throughout the state/country periodically.

The salary is $48,000 per year. A generous benefits package is included.

To apply, visit www.tsne.org/jobs. A cover letter and resume are required. We also accept applications by fax, at 617-523-2070, or by mail at:
Third Sector New England
Attn: Employment Manager – Matahari
NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02111

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE and Matahari will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.