Executive Director – (National, Remote)


Reports to: United for Respect and United for Respect Education Fund Boards of Directors

Supervisory Responsibilities: This is a management or supervisory position.

Supervises: Chief of Staff, Chief Operating Officer, and members of the Senior Management Team.

Bargaining Unit Status: Out of the bargaining unit

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: National (Remote)


United for Respect (UFR) is a national non-profit organization building an industry voice of working people working for the country’s largest retail corporations. Through scaled leadership development and base-building, UFR’s growing network is challenging major corporations and policymakers to provide family-sustaining jobs for all working people. We leverage technology — social media and our digital platform, WorkIt — to bring the retail workforce into a shared community of support and advocacy.


In the face of consolidated corporate power and the rise of right-wing extremism, United for Respect and United for Respect Education fund seek a visionary and dynamic leader to build on the organization’s success of organizing and mobilizing retail workers in the pursuit of equity and justice.

As labor organizing and action continue to increase across the country, United for Respect has been a leader in organizing in the retail sector and serves as a model of worker-driven comprehensive campaigns critical to reaching and impacting the lives of millions of workers. United for Respect is uniquely positioned to build organizations whose front-line leaders drive change at multinational and Wall Street-owned corporations to build a democratic economy where all people can thrive. In this dynamic and exciting time, United for Respect seeks a visionary new leader to helm the organization and serve the workers rights movement to face the upcoming challenges and harness the new promise and opportunity of this unique moment. In partnership with the UFR and UFR Education Fund (UFREF) Boards of Directors, the new Executive Director will:

  • Serve as a dynamic, inspirational movement leader who will continue to build new models of worker organizing.
  • Drive the high level strategic, organizational, programmatic, and fiscal direction across the organizations to achieve the mission.
  • Serve as the primary fundraiser for the organization by serving as an inspiring relationship-builder, storyteller to secure financial support for the operating budget.
  • Make decisions in the best interest of the broader organization; continually leveraging opportunities to advance or promote organizational goals and expand impact; address short term needs with the longevity of the organization in mind.
  • Represent United for Respect in the broader fight for economic, racial and gender justice by serving as a trusted partner, movement leader and co-collaborator able to articulate a clear vision for the organization’s work and rally movement partners around our cause.
  • Lead a fully remote, innovative and dynamic workplace of 35 staff members. Must promote an equitable organizational culture where all team members are able to thrive.
  • Supervise a senior leadership team of 4-6 people and a total organization budget of about $8 million.

What You Will Bring:

  • A high level of motivation and passion for transforming the lives of working people in retail and in low-wage jobs.
  • At least ten years experience in labor and workers’ rights movement.
  • Knowledge of the retail industry and where it is headed.
  • Experience with and deep understanding of fundraising and relationship-building with foundations and individual donors.
  • An understanding of the framework of intersectionality, how workers are impacted by multiple oppressions and how to connect to broader movements for gender and racial justice.
  • Experience managing high-performing teams by setting clear, well-defined goals and building an inclusive workplace.
  • Experience working in a membership-based organization.
  • Demonstrated success in building coalitions and managing external power dynamics.
  • A history of efficient and effective management of people, programs and budgets at scale.
  • Strong internal communication acumen to motivate and inspire staff and key stakeholders in the quest to fulfill the organization’s vision and goals.
  • Experience managing people, programs, and budgets efficiently and effectively
  • An acumen for building an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.
  • Functional knowledge needed to lead an anti-racist organization, build effective teams, effective advocacy and organizing tactics/strategy, and the internal management of a growing organization (i.e. budgeting, operations, development).


Once a month on average for fundraising, in-person staff gatherings, and work with partners and members.


Salary Range: $186,000 – $227,000 annually depending on experience and location

Benefits: Competitive benefits package provided for full-time employees and eligible dependents, including health, dental, vision, and prescription coverage and 401k.


For potential consideration or to advance a prospective candidate, please email: UFR@meridiansolutionsworldwide.com or visit: https://ufr.hiringthing.com/job/591674/executive-director-remote-us


United for Respect is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community. United for Respect provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.