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Research Specialist C
Job Description Summary
The Gig Economy Tech Organizer will work collaboratively with the MIC Center, the National Domestic Workers Alliance Pennsylvania Chapter, and NDWA Labs to strategize, implement, and enforce portable benefits with a focus on utilizing this law to build worker organizing.
The Media, Inequality & Change Center (MIC) is a collaboration between Penn's Annenberg School and Rutgers Universityâ™s School of Communication and Information. The Center explores the intersections between media, democracy, technology, policy, and social justice. MIC produces engaged research and analysis while collaborating with community leaders to help support activist initiatives and policy interventions. MIC strives to create more democratic media systems that serve community needs.
Millions of gig workers across the country arenâ™t able to access benefits because they work for many different hiring entities. To ensure that all workers can access these basic rights, we want to design, implement, and enforce innovative policies that harness technology while organizing workers in the gig economy. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) - PA, the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Bill of Rights has created the countryâ™s first ever portable benefits system through which domestic workers can access paid time off.Â To ensure that this groundbreaking law is successful and can be a model for gig workers of all kinds across the country, the Gig Economy Tech Organizer will work collaboratively with the MIC Center, the NDWA Pennsylvania Chapter, and NDWA Labs to strategize, implement, and enforce portable benefits with a focus on utilizing this law to build worker organizing.Â
The Gig Economy Tech Organizer should have interest or experience in organizing to support the development of worker organization and improve the lives of workersÂ in the gig economy (with a focus on domestic workers). The successful applicant will work closely with MIC co-directors, NDWA staff and affiliates, and will be responsible for helping to determine how technology has been harnessed to organize platform workers, and to develop organizing strategies in order to pioneer and pilot with Philadelphia-based platform worker organizations.
Applicants should have the ability to start in January 2020.
This is a one-year term limit position with the possibility of renewal, dependent upon funding.
Masterâ™s degree and 3 to 5 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience such as minimum 3 years of experience as a union and/or community organizer with a strong background in base building.Â Â
Demonstrated, measurable experience organizing individuals to advance the welfare of multiracial, working class people.
Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish
Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to take and give direction.
Motivation, discipline, flexibility, discretion, attention to detail, ability to work on multiple projects with independence.
Experience building and maintaining coalitions of diverse stakeholders
Ability to work long and irregular hours, including some weekends, with possibility of travel.
Tech policy experience and the ability to engage with external stakeholders and policymakers.
Intermediate computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Google Doc, and Google Sheets.
Driverâ™s license and reliable car helpful but not required.
Web application development/ UX experience preferredÂ
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
Annenberg School for Communication
$42,953.00 - $77,315.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00013158
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