Strategic Organizing Center

Strategic Organizing Center

Safety and Health Deputy Director

Based in Washington, DC and New York, NY
(hybrid remote)


How to Apply: Email cover letter, résumé and writing sample to https://jsco.re/d2n0r

The Strategic Organizing Center (SOC) is seeking a Deputy Director of Health and Safety to assist in the coordination of the SOC’s Health and Safety Program. The Deputy Director of Health and Safety will conduct innovative research projects, help shape and execute campaigns that challenge America’s largest corporations to take responsibility for how their business practices impact working families and their communities. The SOC – formerly Change to Win – is a dynamic coalition of North America’s most progressive labor unions and a leading force for social, racial and economic justice in our country.

The Deputy Director is an integral member of SOC’s broader Strategic Research and Campaigns (SRC) team, a growing and diverse multi-disciplinary group that develops and executes comprehensive corporate reform campaigns in partnership with SOC affiliate unions.
Today our work is focused on such companies as Amazon, Activision Blizzard, McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Uber and campaigns including the Fight for $15 and Code CWA.


  • Coordinate and execute the work of the the SOC’s Health and Safety program, in concert with the Director of the program, and in partnership with SOC and affiliate field, research, legal, and communications staff.
  • Design and execute comprehensive research plans, in coordination with SOC and affiliate health & safety, research and legal staffs, to support SOC and affiliate campaigns to advance workers’ rights.
  • Conduct original health and safety research that is both qualitative and quantitative, using a wide variety of resources and methods, including direct worker contact.
  • Draft and edit written work products for a wide range of internal and external audiences.
  • Advocate at the federal and state levels for public policy to protect and expand workers’ rights to safe and healthy jobs, and the ability of worker-led organizations to effectively represent workers seeking to enforce those rights.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the US Labor Department, key Congressional Committees, journalists, labor-side law firms, as well as academic, research and policy organizations who work on safety and health and labor standards enforcement.
  • Contribute to innovation in the SOC’s overall approaches to research and campaign strategy, including new and renewed methods to identify and target employer practices underlying race, gender and other forms of workplace abuses and discrimination.
  • Support the professional development of SRC team members on health and safety issues within the team’s broader campaign work.
  • Design training programs for affiliate staff and worker leaders to support SOC/affiliate campaigns on health and safety-related campaigns.
  • Participate in campaign field activities with unions, workers and coalition partners.

Job Qualifications:

  • 5 to 8 years of experience conducting research on occupational or environmental safety/health issues, including broad policy matters, epidemiological analysis, development and enforcement of safety and health laws and standards, and corporate management practices.
  • Strong passion for progressive social change, including exposing class-, racial- and gender-based workplace abuses, required.
  • Experience with union, political, civil rights or community organizing regarding worker and environmental health- and safety-related issues a must.
  • Strong quantitative and analytic research skills required.
  • Excellent writing skills a must.
  • Excellent people skills required.
  • Must be a team player and willing to work long and irregular hours, including work on weekends as necessary, as the campaign demands dictate.
  • A valid driver’s license and travel is required.
  • Spanish and/or other non-English language skills a plus

Location: The SOC’s offices are in New York City (10004) and Washington, DC (20036). The SOC offers hybrid work options from these two locations.

Compensation: $80k-$95k (depending on experience) plus excellent benefits.

Benefits: The SOC offers fully employer-paid comprehensive health insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits) for employees, their spouses or domestic partners, and children; a 12% of salary contribution paid by the SOC to a 401K retirement plan after six months of employment; fully paid premiums for life insurance, short- and long-term disability; and ample paid time off.

Women and people of color are strongly urged to apply. The SOC does not discriminate in any of its programs, procedures or practices on the basis of age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

How to Apply: Email cover letter, résumé and writing sample to https://jsco.re/d2n0r

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