Centro de Trabajadores Unidos – United Workers’ Center

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos
United Workers’ Center

Director of Economic Justice

Based in Chicago, IL


Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: United Workers’ Center (CTU) is a grassroots community organization & worker center based on the Southeast Side of Chicago and South Suburbs that was founded in 2008 after a group of immigrant workers organized against unfair labor practices at a local factory. CTU strives to build power among low wage workers and advance systemic change to stabilize low-income immigrant communities and communities of color. CTU works at the intersection of immigration and labor & employs a grassroots, community organizing model to advance social, economic and racial justice by addressing the root causes.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos—United Workers’ Center (CTU) seeks a full-time Director of Economic Justice. This position is salaried with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois health insurance, workers' compensation insurance, and generous benefits including paid vacation and paid sick leave. This position has a 6-month probation period. A commitment of at least 3 years is desired. Until further notice, CTU is working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Director of Economic Justice will oversee Centro de Trabajadores Unidos’ cooperative incubator and social enterprise, advocacy for a solidarity economy, and collaborate with the Organizing Team to support immigration and labor organizing campaigns. As a member of the CTU Management Team, the Director of Economic Justice will build organizational membership, healthy and resilient organization-wide culture and infrastructure, and membership and staff leadership. This position will be co-supervised by the Associate and Executive Directors for approximately six months, after which this position will report to the Associate Director.

CTU Cooperative Incubator & Social Enterprise

  • Hire, train, and supervise Economic Justice Organizer, Cooperative Office Coordinator, volunteers and/or interns. Supervision responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coaching; professional development; and fostering a team-based environment that is collectively and individually accountable to program and organizational plans and timelines.
  • Collaborate with partner community organizations to design and implement effective systems and policies designed to promote and advance worker-owned cooperatives, the CTU Cooperative Incubator, and a solidarity economy that are equitable, accessible, and responsive to low-income residents of south Chicago and surrounding suburbs.
  • Oversee the day-to-day functions of the CTU Cooperative Incubator, the cooperatives launched by the incubator (currently four, in various stages of development), the CTU Social Enterprise, and the organization’s support to ChiMeals. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring timely, accurate, and secure record-keeping and reporting; current and regular Worker Cooperative Development popular educational programming for the community; and tailored logistic, business planning, and leadership development support to the cooperatives and social enterprise.
  • Monitor and evaluate the CTU Cooperative Incubator to ensure accessibility and responsiveness to low-income community members, including but not limited to those who do not speak English, have low or no literacy skills, and/or have limited or no access to digital resources.

Leadership & Vision
This position is a member of the CTU Management Team, for which responsibilities include collaborative development and implementation of the following:

  • Organizational long-range strategy and planning to achieve the mission, and toward which the organization makes consistent progress. This includes, but is not limited to: programs design, implementation, review, and evaluation; organizational development and leadership; fundraising; financial management; human resources infrastructure; and communications.
  • Supportive, healthy, and participatory organizational culture that prioritizes shared decision making, individual and mutual accountability, and active learning.
  • Active leadership by members and staff.


  • In collaboration with the Associate Director, ensure the CTU Cooperative Incubator has the resources and competencies necessary to serve low-income residents of southeast Chicago and area suburbs.
  • In collaboration with the Organizing Team, support the development and implementation of immigration and labor organizing campaigns.
  • Remain informed and responsive in strategy and communications regarding cooperative and solidarity economy policy and regulatory developments.
  • Represent CTU at conferences, coalitions, campaign events & other public venues.
  • Attend Centro de Trabajadores Unidos weekly staff meetings, CTU Management Team meetings, membership meetings, and other organizational meetings, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to collaborative development and implementation of organizational fundraising initiatives.

We’re seeking candidates who excel in relationship-building, are self-motivated, and have strong time management skills. You should have:

  • 3+ years of experience with solidarity economy structures and practices, with particular focus on worker-owned cooperatives and social enterprises, including abilities to provide education and cooperative development supports for community members.
  • Leadership in creating infrastructure and ethic to advance recognition and respect for low-wage workers’ human and civil rights, inclusion, and full and equitable access to community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of analysis and policy/regulatory advocacy for economic equity and justice. Experience with immigrant communities highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social, economic & racial justice and low-wage workers of color, including immigrant workers.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Management experience.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English, to include excellent written/verbal communication ability and ability to interpret/translate.
  • A commitment to problem solving, with innovative, creative and strong interpersonal, time management, planning, and communications skills.
  • Technology proficiency.
  • Reliable transportation.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send a cover letter and résumé to: ahernandez@ctu-iwp.org. Email subject line should read: "Director of Economic Justice Application: [Applicant's Name]". Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Centro de Trabajadores Unidos | United Workers’ Center (CTU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. CTU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, citizenship, national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or presentation, marital, veteran, or housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws.

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