The New York Public Interest Research Group, or NYPIRG, seeks qualified candidates for project coordinator position in Brooklyn, NY. Project coordinators gain valuable, hands-on, leadership and organizing skills and are provided a rewarding, meaningful, exciting work experience and the opportunity to educate college students as well as train the next generation of activists.
Description: NYPIRG’s campus chapters statewide provide much of NYPIRG’s energy, vitality and grassroots power. Each campus chapter consists of full-time staff organizers — known as project coordinators — who recruit and train college students in civic action skills including media outreach, event planning and coalition building. Project coordinators engage in campus-wide educational efforts on issues from free and fully-funded higher education to environmental justice to social justice, and work with students to advocate on NYPIRG’s key issue areas on campus and in communities, design and oversee an intensive, for-credit internship with regular workshops and presentations, and work to form coalitions with faculty, administrators, and campus organizations.
Qualifications: Applicants should have exceptional interpersonal communication and public speaking skills, strong writing skills as well as a commitment to social change, a desire to work with college students, and a willingness to be a part of local, statewide and national policy advocacy efforts. Ability to work with a wide-array of personality types and to think on one’s feet is highly desired. Busy days, occasional weekends, and some travel is necessary. A bachelor’s degree, at a minimum, is required. Experience with student organizations, campaigns, or media is helpful. Proficiency with social media is a must. Fluency in Spanish is highly desired, but not required. The ideal candidate is a versatile, creative, and energetic person capable of handling numerous tasks expeditiously to meet the demands of ever-evolving policy debates
Training: Since a key part of NYPIRG’s mission is to engage in large-scale public educational efforts and to train student leaders who can meaningfully participate in policy debates at the local, state and federal level, project coordinators go through a minimum of two weeks of training each year, with workshops conducted by NYPIRG’s issue experts. Project coordinators also participate in regular regional trainings and statewide conferences.
NYPIRG is New York State’s largest not-for-profit, non-partisan, student-directed research and advocacy organization. NYPIRG empowers students to shape public policy and create social change through the development of essential skills, while enriching the campus community with a wide range of projects, events, and activities.
Staff and students alike are afforded the opportunity to make a real impact on important issues facing society today. Since 1973, NYPIRG has helped to pass over 150 pieces of legislation, and has won victories on a wide range of issues, including environmental preservation, consumer protection, public health, government accountability, higher education and mass transit.
Recent victories include a ban on hydro fracking, the elimination of credit checks in the hiring process, as well as several tuition freezes for state colleges in New York State.
Notable former NYPIRG project coordinators include college professionals, business executives, attorneys, journalists, local and statewide legislators, and even a United States President!
The Project Coordinator position has a starting annualized salary of $40,000 and includes a health benefits package, two weeks paid vacation and sick days. Project Coordinators are scheduled around the traditional collegiate academic year.
How to Apply
Email a cover letter and resume (MSWord or PDF only please) as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org with PROJECT COORDINATOR in the subject line. No phone calls please.
NYPIRG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For all employment opportunities people of color, women, and LGBTQIA individuals are highly encouraged to apply.