California State Organizer



United for Respect (UFR) is a multiracial national nonprofit organization organizing people working in retail and fighting for fair, safe, and bold legislative and corporate policies that improve the lives of people who work in the sector. UFR is advancing a movement for an economy where corporations respect working people and support a democracy that allows everyone to live and work in dignity. We are building the 21st Century labor movement and we need a phenomenal state organizer to fight fiercely and implement strategies to win a world where we can all live and work in dignity. 

Through strategic communications engagement, innovating digital strategies, scaled leadership development and base-building, UFR’s growing network is challenging major corporations and policymakers to provide family-sustaining jobs for all working people. We leverage technology — social media and our digital platform, WorkIt — and bring the retail workforce into a shared community of support and advocacy.

United for Respect is seeking a California State Organizer to drive and build worker leadership with a scaled activated base for economic and racial justice. Our campaigns focus on raising workplace standards by protecting jobs from Wall Street and automation, winning significant raises, a fair workweek, family leave, earned sick time and equitable workplaces free of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Key policy initiatives that this position will be responsible for moving in state include, but are not limited to:

  • The Fair Workweek Initiative (FWI) which is driving the growing momentum to restore a workweek that enables working families to thrive and have input in their weekly schedules. The initiative would create predictable, stable, and transparent schedules and provide access to full time employment. FWI leaders successfully won fair workweek policies in Oregon, Seattle, San Francisco, New York City, Philadelphia, Emeryville, San Jose, and Chicago. 

  • The Future of Workers and Work campaign which has brought together a coalition of non-profits, worker centers and unions to research and base build around the challenges facing California workers such as heavy surveillance to monitor productivity, automation and data collecting, and the expansion to the gig economy and app based work that has impacted worker’s hours and positions.  

  • Paid Leave for All national campaign that aims to provide access, enforcement, job protection, and a progressive wage replacement for all retail workers. The Paid Leave for All coalition is focused on passing a federal policy that will be implemented throughout each state and job sector. 

  • Finding affordable childcare options for low income families create barriers to employment especially for low income women of color. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue, forcing parents out of the workforce to care for their children and step into the role of educators during this remote learning period. Affordable childcare options through federal and state funding would alleviate the economic hardships parents face on a day to day basis.  

Job Responsibilities:The State Organizer will work as part of the Organizing team at United for Respect. Working in collaboration with the core States Policy Campaign team and the Policy/Political department, the State  Organizer will:

  • Advance state campaigns that improve the lives of workers in low wage jobs while transforming how retail operates, including winning a fair workweek and protecting jobs from Wall Street looting and automation by attending weekly coalition meetings and cultivating strong relationships with partner organizations. 

  • Build a broad base and strong leadership of people working across major retailers and in key states to support each other to enforce their rights and advance policy and industry change campaigns through UFR’s online to field organizing model that includes online social media communities, peer to peer texting, field outreach, and our digital app WorkIt. 

  • Develop and build leadership committees to drive public and corporate policy campaigns through an inclusive process that develops their organizing and advocacy skills, generates bold actions, moves policy makers and educates the public. 

  • Develop the leadership of working people to share their stories with each other and publicly, with the media and online.

  • Work in collaboration with the policy and political department to build and maintain political relationships with state elected officials, key stakeholders and other state/local policy allies to support campaigns, our members, and core organizing work.

  • Work with the staff and partners to  organize actions, press events and prepare testimony for public hearings.

  • Help build internal state policy campaign infrastructure with the states campaign team, including development of strategic plans, new opportunities and lobbying support.

  • Participate in strategy development and planning to grow the organizing program and advance campaigns.

  • Collaborate with communications and digital teams to amplify worker leadership and stories online, in the media and for advocacy. 


  • Highly motivated individual with a passion for transforming the lives of working people in low-wage jobs. 

  • Minimum 2 years organizing campaign experience, ideally with organizing workers and using digital strategies. Public and/or corporate policy advocacy experience is a plus.

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to empathize, connect, and work with workers in low-wage jobs from diverse backgrounds.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including listening, persuasion and facilitation skills.  

  • Ability to work independently, navigate obstacles, discern priorities, meet competing deadlines and handle multiple projects. 

  • Strong database management skills that inform analysis of the base and strategy.

  • Familiarity with digital strategies and online to offline organizing.

  • Ability to work varied hours including some nights, weekends and holidays.  

  • Must have a car and be able to drive and maintain a valid driver’s license, and travel as needed on a regular basis.  

  • Comfortable with a remote work culture. 

  • A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice issues and understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-and moderate income families.

  • This position will support monolingual Spanish speaking workers across California in various sectors including but not limited to retail, agriculture, warehouse, and food service. Candidates who are fluent in Spanish with strong oral and written communication skills are required.  

Salary Range: $50,000-$71,500 dependent upon experience 

Location: California, must reside in the Bay Area 

Additional Information: 

Competitive benefits package provided for full-time employees and eligible dependents, including health, dental, vision, and prescription coverage and 401k. 

United for Respect is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to equity. People of color, women, and LGBT candidates are encouraged to apply.

United for Respect is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. United for Respect provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.