One Fair Wage

One Fair Wage

Midwest High Road Restaurant Organizer

Based in Chicago, IL


One Fair Wage is a national organization of service workers and restaurant owners seeking to raise the minimum wage closer to the cost of living and end to all subminimum wages. We work to advance local, state and federal policy by educating policymakers, press and the public on the need for One Fair Wage and by: mobilizing low-wage worker voters in support of One Fair Wage; engaging ‘high road’ employers and conscientious consumers in support of One Fair Wage, and create consequences for ‘low road’ actors on the issue; and producing research, books, films and television to help shift the narrative on these issues.

Through our RAISE (Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment) network, we have partnered with more than 1000 responsible restaurant owners across the country to promote the ‘high road’ to profitability. RAISE is a vibrant community of restaurants committed to professionalizing our industry by raising wages, working conditions and standards for American’s 13.6 million restaurant workers. RAISE members advocate for fair wages, better benefits, racial equity and gender equity in the restaurant industry. Within RAISE, we have launched the High Road Kitchens program, to provide support, training, technical assistance and recognition to restaurants willing to raise wages and increase equity to recruit and retain staff.

We are looking to hire an energetic, committed Midwest High Road Organizer to grow the High Road Kitchens Program in IL and expand our base of restaurant employers in IL, MI and OH who support campaigns to improve wages and working conditions in the restaurant industry.


Responsibilities include:

  • Work to grow RAISE in IL, MI and OH, developing employer leadership by expanding existing financial, consumer and training supports for employers to move to the ‘high road,’ and developing leadership of influential employers in each state to move to the ‘high road’ by mobilizing employers in support of worker-friendly policies
  • Grow RAISE in these 3 key states, developing leadership of influential employers in each state
  • Conduct outreach to restaurant owners
  • Recruit ‘high road’ restaurants to benefit from the High Road Kitchens program
  • Coordinate with our research, communications and narrative shift to develop the data and framing needed to win policy change.
  • Help maintain core social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) by creating, developing, and editing posts
  • Coordinate with communications team on social media strategy and assist in strategy for social growth
  • Working to mobilize ‘high road’ employers and target ‘low road’ employers to demonstrate the demand and need for One Fair wage policy.
  • Other responsibilities as necessary.


  • At least 3-5 years of community organizing, union organizing, and/or political organizing experience, with some connection to community, labor, or other non-candidate politics;
  • Ability to work independently, yet collaboratively to drive multiple projects and programs in a fast-paced work environment;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Results-focused, organized, attention to detail, and strong planning skills;
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and
  • Must have a flexible schedule to accommodate some weekend and evening hours.


  • Restaurant work experience;
  • Experience engaging small- to medium-sized business owners
  • Experience with launching and/or managing a high-road business and/or social enterprise, preferably one that is a restaurant or food-related;
  • Additional language skills

Compensation will range from $65-77,000, negotiable based on experience, plus benefits.

Women, immigrants, and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, résumé, writing samples and documentation of campaign experience and three references to Iman Mamdouh at iman@onefairwage.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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