DC Jobs With Justice Seeks ‘Research Project Coordinator’

Overview: DC Jobs with Justice is a dynamic coalition of labor unions, community organizations, faith institutions, and student activist groups dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights of DC workers and residents. For a full list of our organizational members and past campaign work, please visit our website at www.dcjwj.org.

Currently, DC JWJ is leading the “Just Hours” campaign to transform service sector jobs into jobs with just hours and fair scheduling practices. We seek to hire a Project Coordinator to oversee a related research project we are conducting.

In June 2015, we released a study along with the Georgetown University Kalmanovitz Initiative that found erratic scheduling practices and insufficient hours of work to be widespread issues in the retail and food service industries. In 2016, we will partner with Duke University on a groundbreaking study to assess how unstable work schedules and hours impact parents and family life. The Project Coordinator will lead the pilot phase of that study this summer, with the possibility of continuing on as the Project Coordinator for the subsequent phases of the study. The pilot phase of the study will consist of brief daily surveying of participants for 1 month.

This position will report to the Lead Organizer.

Job Responsibilities:
The Project Coordinator will oversee and implement the pilot phase of the Duke Study through:

Participant Recruitment

  • Lead the recruitment of 40 participants for the pilot – these must be parents working in retail or food service with a child under the age of 6
  • Work with volunteers, interns, other staff, and partner organizations to identify and pursue opportunities to recruit participants
  • Conduct and oversee outreach to childcare centers, schools, workplaces, and other locations at which we might recruit participants for the study
  • Conduct and oversee conversations with each participant about the expectations of their involvement in the study
  • Manage disbursements of stipends to each participant

Leadership Development

  • Assess pilot participants ability to get involved in the Just Hours campaign advocacy through one-on-one conversations
  • Maintain consistent contact and develop relationships with study participants
  • Troubleshoot problems they may be facing with participating in the study

Infrastructure Management

  • Maintain a database of study participants
  • Interface with Duke professors when necessary to address problems or revisions to the study survey questions
  • After the pilot’s completion, debrief and review lessons learned with DC JWJ staff and Duke professors

Required Qualifications:

  • A deep commitment to workers’ rights and the labor movement
  • Self-motivation and a strong ability to work and problem-solve independently
  • Outstanding leadership skills and the ability to connect and develop relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to strike up conversations with people you don’t yet know
  • Flexibility to work some nights and weekends
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications

Extra consideration will be given to candidates who possess any of the following qualifications:

  • Proficiency or fluency in Spanish
  • Experience in community or labor organizing
  • Experience working in retail, food service, or other service industries

Term of Employment: This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC for 3 months with the possibility of extension (desired start date September 1, 2016)

Compensation: $20-25 per hour, depending on experience; fully paid health and dental benefit

How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, though candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their materials immediately. Please send a cover letter, resume, and one professional reference with email and phone number to jobs@dcjwj.org. Please make the subject line: “Project Coordinator

DC Jobs With Justice is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and differently-abled people to apply.

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