Director

Director

Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council Website
  • Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council
  • Minneapolis
  • Full Time
  • $80,000 to $85,000 USD / Year

ABOUT

The Building Dignity and Respect Program (BDR) is a Human Rights program built to prevent wage theft and other worker exploitation while securing dignified wages along with safe and respectful working conditions in the non-union sectors of the construction industry. The Director must communicate fluently in Spanish and English and bring an ability to navigate diverse cultural landscapes while conveying important technical information to workers and contractors.

BDR is a Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) initiative that rests on a strong commitment to empower workers through labor rights education and access to a protected complaint mechanism so that they may form the first line of defense against labor abuses.

The Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council (BDC) was established to address the program’s need for an independent entity to monitor and enforce its standards under the construction worker-defined BDC Code of Conduct (Code), which represents Twin Cities construction workers’ definition of the human right to work with dignity.

Learn more about the model on their website.

DIRECTOR

BDC is seeking to hire a Director to continue building the organization. Since the spring of 2020, the current director has worked with board members, part-time staff, allies, and partners to establish the organization, build infrastructure, and adapt the WSR model to construction. In addition, extensive work has been done to educate elected officials, labor enforcement agencies, developers, and the broader public about the nature of the current crisis and the innovative, worker-centered solution that the BDR program offers.

BDC is based in Minnesota with an office in south Minneapolis. The position involves regular travel to meetings and construction sites in the seven-county metropolitan area and occasional longer trips for conferences, educational events, or collaboration. The salary range is $80,000 to $85,000, depending on qualifications and experience.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership

Work with the Board of Directors to carry out the mission of BDC
Represent the organization and the BDR Program to allies and future partners
Maintain the basic organizational infrastructure
Raise funds for the organization through grants, donors, and other sources
Hire, supervise, and develop the staff
Program Management & Growth

Grow relationships to educate elected officials, labor enforcement agencies, developers, and the broader public about the BDR program
Conduct audits and investigate complaints in both Spanish and English
Design, implement and draft written audit reports that clearly explain BDC’s findings about relevant working conditions
Extensive contact and interviews with construction workers, supervisors, and contractor management in both Spanish and English
Train and supervise additional auditors and other staff
Work with developers to join the program
Work with other staff to coordinate and conduct comprehensive audits of participating contractors
Intake, investigate, and resolve confidential worker complaints
Conduct sensitive interviews with construction workers, supervisors, and management
Work with contractors to improve their standards in order to correct violations and prevent future violations through audits, Complaint Resolutions, and Corrective Action Plans
Design, implement and draft Corrective Action Plans and Complaint Resolutions
Administrative

Prepare detailed, accurate notes from interviews and complaint investigations
Work closely with other staff to improve auditing methods and tools
Organize/analyze data from audits and complaints using our Salesforce database
Perform additional duties and projects as assigned by the Board
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Fluency in Spanish and English
Strong communication and interviewing skills in both Spanish and English
Excellent writing and documentation skills, including attention to detail while keeping a strong level of organization
Ability to connect facts and discern patterns
Ability to interact well with people of different nationalities, genders, and educational backgrounds
Willingness to work irregular hours and comfortable working outdoors
Ability to work well as part of a team as well as independently
Ability to work closely with labor and community allies
Disciplined work habits and initiative
Driver’s license and ability to maintain reliable access to a vehicle
Nice-to-have experience:

Experience and knowledge of the construction industry
Significant experience working with low-income and/or immigrant communities
Working for labor and/or human rights
Significant experience supervising staff
WORK ENVIRONMENT

This position is 40 hours a week with heavy computer use, irregular hours, and outdoor work
Hybrid, based in Minnesota with an office in south Minneapolis
The position involves regular travel to meetings and construction sites in the seven-county metropolitan area and occasional longer trips for conferences, educational events, or collaboration
HOW TO APPLY

Email a cover letter and a resume or CV in a PDF to careers@buildingdignityandrespect.org

The subject line of the email should read “BDC Director Position.”

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled.

BDC is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing a workforce that reflects and can relate easily to the diverse populations involved in the BDR Program.

To apply for this job please visit movementtalent.org.

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