Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance

Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance

Director of Organizing

Based in Los Angeles, CA

About KIWA
KIWA is a multiracial worker center, with roots in the Korean progressive movement. Founded in 1992 in Koreatown, Los Angeles, the mission of KIWA is to build the power of immigrant workers and residents and to organize a progressive grassroots leadership to transform our workplaces and communities, in Koreatown and beyond. KIWA has achieved victories in the restaurant and market industries and shaped the culture of work in Koreatown. We engage in workplace and housing justice campaigns, policy campaigns, affordable housing development, and worker- and tenant services in Spanish, Korean, and English. We are a membership-based organization open to all with a mostly Latinx and Korean base of active, committed member leaders. Organizing workers and tenants and building their leadership is at the heart of our vision for a more just society.

Position Summary
KIWA seeks a fierce and passionate leader who shares our long-term vision for grassroots organizing and building worker and tenant power, and possesses the skills, analysis, and drive to make this vision a reality. KIWA's Organizing Director will have the privilege of working with and directly supporting a team of some of the most talented and innovative organizers and leaders who are ready to strengthen and expand KIWA’s membership, win concrete, transformative workplace and housing/land-use campaign victories, and contribute to long-term movement building in Los Angeles and California. The ideal candidate will not only align with KIWA’s vision and political analysis but have a proven track record of meticulous execution and at least two years’ experience developing workplans, delegating assignments, supervising, and supporting a team. You will be a key thought partner in shaping KIWA’s overall organizational development, vision, and strategy.


  • Building and supporting a powerful membership (35%)
  • Lead all aspects of KIWA’s membership organizing program, including:
  • With the organizing team, develop and implement a membership recruitment and development strategy that combines worker outreach and recruitment, campaign implementation, and in-house programs/services that result in an increase of at least 50 worker members per year.
  • Engage the membership in sharpening their political analysis and leadership capacities by facilitating leadership programs and committees, distributed leadership structures, creating curricula, tools and resources, and supporting organizers.
  • Oversee coordination of membership spaces at KIWA, including monthly membership meetings, committee meetings, and ad hoc membership events. Convene and facilitate KIWA’s member leadership committee.
  • Coordinate staff to implement administrative and operational aspects of KIWA’s membership development, including the collection of applications and dues, updating KIWA’s database, and tracking and reporting membership, program, and campaign data for internal assessments as well as contract and grant reporting.

Leading and supporting campaigns (35%)

  • In collaboration with the Campaign Director, ensure a synergy among strategy, goals, and execution of KIWA’s membership organizing and campaigns, including:
  • Lead our housing and land-use campaigns and support workplace campaigns. Ensure that they align with KIWA members’ leadership, political development, and participation.
  • Co-coordinate general field outreach as well as targeted industry or neighborhood outreach for organizing team and member leaders.
  • Represent and advocate for KIWA’s membership and campaign interests externally. This can include participation in key coalitions as well as liaising with policy makers and other institutions.

Team Management 20%

  • Supervise and coach an eager and talented team.
  • Work with staff to develop workplans based on organization goals. Hold regular one-on-ones and provide ongoing staff development. Provide the tools and support so they can be successful and thrive.
  • Ensure that KIWA’s organizing team sets and meets the highest standards of organizing.
  • Support the creation of a harmonious, sustainable, and effective work environment by developing genuine and respectful relationships with coworkers (in particular supervisees). Address challenges, track workloads and promote sustainability, and promote healthy communication and conflict resolution.

Organizational Development (10%)

  • Provide thought partnership and implementation support to the KIWA Management Team as needed.
  • Participate actively as a KIWA staff member, including in staff meetings, political education, fundraising, staff development and other organizational priorities.
  • Prompt and efficient time-keeping, expense reporting, and other required personnel administrative work.
  • Support programs and shared management of our space.
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of materials.


  • An understanding of KIWA’s mission and commitment to building the power of immigrant workers, tenants, and their communities. Familiarity with the Korean and/or Latinx immigrant community.
  • Commitment to organizing for social, economic, and gender justice in a multiracial context.
  • Organizing: Five years’ experience successfully organizing to create change.
  • Campaign: Five years’ campaign development and project leadership experience.
  • Supervision: Two years’ experience supervising full-time, paid employees.
  • Excellent listening and communication skills.
  • Strong skills in advocacy with elected officials, agencies, and interest groups at the local and state levels.
  • Native or near-native fluency in the Spanish and/or Korean language. Strong oral and written skills in English.
  • The Director of Organizing will join weekly strategy team sessions and will have regular one-on-ones with their supervisor to receive support in staff development and work-plan implementation. They will also receive a yearly performance evaluation by their supervisor and a 360 evaluation by their co-workers.

Job Title Director of Organizing
Employment Status Full-Time (40 hours), exempt
Reports to Executive Director
Starting date ASAP
Salary range $60,000-$65,000, depending on relevant experience

Work Schedule is generally Monday through Friday; includes some weeknights, early mornings, and weekends. Occasional travel. Benefits include employee healthcare after three months following the first 1st of the month worked, 15 paid holidays, and 24 paid leave days accrued over one year. Cell phone subsidy and nonprofit mileage reimbursement.

To Apply
Please send cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to jobs@kiwa.org. Only finalists’ references will be contacted. We will begin reviewing applications immediately.

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