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Building Bridges with Cassy Klewicki

Cassandra Klewicki builds things. Train platforms. Bridges. And international labor organizations.

Cassy is a concrete carpenter with Local 290, and how she got there was quite a journey. “I’ve worked all over, in six states and 24 countries.” she said. “I worked at a coffee farm in Ecuador. I took seasonal jobs where you live in camps, and afterward I would just travel until I ran out of money. I did a lot of work in state and national parks, doing things like putting up and taking down barriers. That’s where I learned to use hand tools. I worked on hiking and ATV trails, I did some natural resource management—planting bushes and such—as well as doing environmental presentations for kids.”

What is she doing now? “When I moved back to New York I got into the union, with the help of a friend,” she said. “I’ve been with Local 290 for almost five years. It’s great because the carpenters’ union covers both the U.S. and Canada, so I can work in many different places and still pay into the same pension and benefits system. Most recently, especially since COVID, I’ve been working on-site at transportation venues like the LIRR.”

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Building Blocks for a Career in Public Service … Eriam Lopez’s Story

“I love architecture. That’s why I work in construction. I want to marry my love for architecture and my career in public service with advocacy. That’s why I am at SLU.”

Eriam Lopez works for the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. She is also a mom with a 6-year-old and a 13-year-old that she is home-schooling. And she’s a lifelong learner with degrees from SUNY Farmingdale and CUNY’s John Jay College, and now she’s a candidate for the M.A. in Labor Studies from SLU. Oh … and she’s also a representative to SLU’s Student Union and Academic Governing Council, and graduate representative to the University Student Senate.

How does she manage to wear so many hats? “It’s been hectic,” she admitted, “The pandemic actually kind of simplified my life because I’m at home most of the time, and so is my partner. I don’t have to commute from Queens to my office or school and only travel to my construction sites as needed. I just jump on and off Zoom meetings most days,” Eriam laughed. Continue reading Building Blocks for a Career in Public Service … Eriam Lopez’s Story

Manager, Events and Operations

Mission​:TheNewYorkCityEmploymentandTrainingCoalition(NYCETC) is the city’s association for the workforce development community. Founded in 1997 as the membership organization for New York City workforce providers, NYCETC has played a vitalrole in the workforce community by advancing policy priorities and convening the sector to build capacity by sharing information and best practices. Currently, we support over 170 workforce providers, colleges and universities, and labor unions that provide job training and employment services to nearly 600,000 New Yorkers.

About The Position

●Position Location: New York, NY○Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, the position may indefinitely be conducted remotely.

●The position is paid and full-time (40 hours per week) under the supervision of the Vice President

ResponsibilitiesDuties may include the following:

●WorkingwiththeVicePresidentontechnologycoordinationwithanexternalITvendor,maintainingofficeequipmentandorganizationhardware,andansweringquestionsfromstaffonkeysystems.Pleasenotethatspecialtechnologyexperienceisnotrequiredforthisrole,andnecessarytrainingwillbeprovided.

●Draft communication on important office and technology updates

●Providingadministrativesupportbyprocessinginvoicesandcompletingexpensereportsforseniorstaff.Whenourofficere-opens,theOperationsAssociatewillprovideadditionaladministrativesupportbysortingmail,routingcommunicationfromtheprimaryphonelineandinbox,andcoordinatingofficecatering

●Assistwithvirtualonboardingandoffboardingstaff.Whenourofficere-opens,additionalresponsibilitieswillincludewelcomingvisitorsatreception,makingsuretheofficeisproperlystockedwithofficesupplies and consumables, and orienting new staff to the office.

●Workingwithmaintenancestaff,cleaningstaff,andvariousvendorstokeepourofficespacefullyfunctioning

●Supportingtheteamonprovidinglogisticssupportfororganizationwideevents,specialconvenings,and actions

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Fellow, Economic Development and Housing

About NYCETC

Mission: The New York City Employment and Training Coalition (NYCETC) is the city’s association for the workforce development community. Founded in 1997 as the membership organization for New York City workforce providers, NYCETC has played a vital role in the workforce community by advancing policy priorities and convening the sector to build capacity by sharing information and best practices. Currently, we support over 170 workforce providers, colleges and universities, and labor unions that provide job training and employment services to nearly 600,000 New Yorkers.

Values

  • Access and Equity: Ensure that every New Yorker gains the skills needed to earn a meaningful income.
  • Market-Driven Talent Development: Build strong ties with the business community to invest in employment pathways that grow a diverse & expanded workforce in the innovation economy.

 

About The Position

  • Position Location: New York, NY
  • Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, the position may indefinitely be conducted remotely.
  • The position is a contract based position (less than 10 hours per week) under the supervision of the CEO.

Qualifications

– Basic: MA in Economics, Urban Planning, or closely related field

– Preferred:

  • Applicants with considerably more experience, including mid-career, are also strongly encouraged.
  • Strong background in statistics methodology, applications to business problems, and/or big data.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced business environment.
  • Strong research track record.
  • Effective verbal and written communications skills.

– Work Experience: Applicants are required to have 5-7 years of professional work experience.

– Languages: Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Spanish is desirable.

Responsibilities

Duties may include the following:

  • Provide analysis to the senior leadership and membership on economic development, rezoning initiatives, housing market trends and economic theory that supports the development of organizational priorities
  • Assist in the development of reports aligned to current and future projects, campaigns, and contracts
  • Assist in the formation of NYCETC policy and advocacy positions and strategies, in consultation with the VP for Policy and Special Initiatives
  • Other duties as assigned

Core Competencies

 

Essential Skills

  • Must be energized by working with people
  • Willingness to address issues directly and respectfully with individual members for the greater good of the membership community
  • Able to work independently and coordinate effectively with a small but agile team
  • Ability to devise projects, delegate responsibilities and see projects through to completion
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once in a busy and fast-paced work environment
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Skilled at managing multiple people and priorities
  • Clear, positive, and professional communicator
  • Entrepreneurial attitude. No problem is too big or too small to tackle.
  • Collaborative attitude with a desire to work within a small and agile team to build a strong organization and supportive ecosystem for changemakers.
  • Innovative in developing solutions, willingness to take on tasks outside of job description
  • Knowledge of the workforce ecosystem and social innovation sector in New York is preferred, but not necessary
  • Experience in customer service or sales is a plus, but not required

Communication

  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively
  • Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Teamwork

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings

https://www.idealist.org/en/nonprofit-job/2bbbc2a9dd0347d3b4061e35cf624aae-fellow-economic-development-and-housing-new-york-city-employment-and-training-coalition-new-york