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Red Hook Initiative Seeks Executive Director (Brooklyn)

Red Hook Initiative (RHI) is a community-based nonprofit working to improve the lives of the residents of Red Hook, Brooklyn. RHI believes that social change to overcome systemic inequities begins with empowered youth, and that change in communities should come from within. In partnership with community adults, RHI nurtures young people in Red Hook to be inspired, resilient, and healthy, and to envision themselves as co-creators of their lives, community, and society.

Youth development, community building, and community hiring are at the core of the approach to strengthening Red Hook’s future. RHI’s model gives young people and residents the tools, resources, and opportunities they need to interrupt the systems and barriers that perpetuate historic inequities for the community. Residents lead the way toward a more equitable, hopeful future.

RHI confronts generations of institutional racism and inequity, serving Brooklyn’s largest public housing community with a model that prioritizes youth and residents needs first. Over their 18-year history, RHI’s model and dedicated team have been nationally recognized for their innovative, place-based approach to social change.

RHI’s programs include:

Youth Development: RHI engages over 450 adolescents each year, from middle school through young adulthood, endeavoring to interrupt cycles of injustice and to build hope.

Building Community: Works with Red Hook youth and adults to organize, exercise leadership to drive positive change for the community, and increase social cohesion to build a more resilient neighborhood.

Investing in Residents: RHI hires locally and invests in residents who will improve their lives and the community in which they live. More than $1.5M was earned in the last year by people from Red Hook.

Red Hook Farms: A youth-centered urban agriculture and food justice program operating one of Brooklyn’s original and largest farms. Red Hook Farms cultivates affordable, fresh produce and provides STEM and nutrition education, leadership development, and employment opportunities for local youth and residents.

For more information on Red Hook Initiative, please visit rhicenter.org.

The Opportunity

RHI seeks a dynamic, dedicated individual as its next Executive Director (ED). Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will be an experienced, visionary, and compassionate leader with the ability to advocate successfully and passionately on behalf of RHI and the Red Hook community in the public and private sectors. The ED will bring proven nonprofit management expertise and experience in community-based programs, youth development, advocacy/organizing, and/or other relevant disciplines. The ED must be a hands-on leader, strategic and analytic thinker, and problem solver who responds to challenges effectively with sound judgment, high integrity, and a sense of humor.

The ED must also demonstrate fundraising ability, a highly focused social justice lens, excellent communications and relationship-building skills, a deep belief in the power and potential of engaged communities, and the ability to provide a clear, inspirational vision for RHI’s next chapter. Ideal candidates will bring some connection to or knowledge of Red Hook and/or similarly marginalized communities.

The ED will be responsible for the following:

  • Providing hands-on leadership to a highly engaged, passionate, 50-person staff, with a focus on learning, coaching, and growing individual and team capacity, while directly supervising four staff who lead development, finance, strategy, and programs
  • Developing and implementing policies to ensure the successful recruitment and retention of staff with a wide range of experience and skills; encouraging a culture of transparency, diversity, and inclusiveness, with a focus on RHI’s commitment to creating local opportunities by hiring from the community
  • Maintaining a flexible and responsive management structure to foster thorough review and timely, collaborative decisions on programs and policies
  • Overseeing financial management, including the development of RHI’s annual budget; allocating resources for optimal effectiveness and efficiency; ensuring fulfillment of all contractual and regulatory obligations
  • Providing strong partnership, collaboration, and leadership to the Board, ensuring open lines of communication, high levels of engagement, and the advancement of RHI’s mission
  • In partnership with the Board, staff, and community members, establishing a clear vision for RHI’s next chapter as well as a road map for this strategic vision
  • In consultation with the Board, developing and administering prudent, effective strategies for continuous quality improvement, risk management, internal evaluation, and compliance across all aspects of RHI’s operations, including programs, finances, HR, facilities, and technology
  • Working in close partnership with the Director of Development and the Board to design and implement fundraising and communications strategies that increase RHI’s visibility and funding
  • Serving as an external spokesperson for RHI, ensuring that the organization is well represented and has a strong voice as needed, including knowing when another community or staff member may be the most effective spokesperson
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with key figures in the NYC governmental, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors
  • Effectively advocating for RHI’s mission and programs as well as the broader Red Hook community
Candidate Profile

Strong candidates will be seasoned, collaborative, and communicative leaders who understand how to move a diverse range of stakeholders forward through clear communication, inspiration, and motivation. Successful candidates will bring previous leadership in the nonprofit arena, exceptional organizational and people management skills, demonstrated passion for RHI’s mission, and a commitment to place-based work.

Desired skills and experiences include the following:

  • Deep knowledge of Red Hook or similar communities, including the history, policies, and systems that have established and maintained deep racial and other inequities; a desire to partner with community members to build an engaged, empowered community that is working to create positive change
  • Previous experience leading a complex, multi-faceted organization or initiative is desired, including an understanding of nonprofit finance and of all relevant public and private funding streams
  • Excellent leadership and management skills, including the ability to manage a diverse, engaged staff and Board
  • A strong orientation toward coaching and learning, a desire to help team members grow personally and professionally
  • Deep social justice values and competencies, including a belief in community-driven change, equity, and inclusion; fluency with related concepts like racial equity, redlining, and systemic discrimination; and the ability to raise, lead, and facilitate complex conversations about historic inequities
  • Dynamic and effective interpersonal and communications skills; outstanding ability to develop rapport and build collaborative relationships with staff, stakeholders, and funders
  • Experience fundraising and growing revenue with private sector donors, including individuals, foundations, and corporations; experience negotiating and managing government contracts
  • Exceptional project management skills; the ability to drive simultaneous, complex stakeholder projects to measurable success
  • An entrepreneurial approach to growth and impact, including a demonstrated ability to forge dynamic partnerships and coalitions
  • Passion for developing the skills and leadership of young people and engaging with youth in an authentic, empowering way

In addition, strong candidates will offer the following personal qualities and characteristics:

  • The ability to provide long-term, inspirational vision while simultaneously creating pragmatic solutions to day-to-day problems
  • Comfort navigating complex issues and making difficult decisions, often in high-pressure situations
  • Deep passion for RHI’s mission and values; commitment to building and maintaining a workplace that reflects the population served by the organization, as demonstrated through RHI’s commitment to hiring from the community
  • Ability to maintain calm and steadiness during times of crisis or complication
  • An understanding of how trauma impacts traditionally marginalized individuals and communities and how this influences the design and delivery of programs serving them
  • Resilience, flexibility, and a sense of humor

The annual salary for this role will start at $165,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Red Hook Initiative also offers a comprehensive benefits package.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Meghan Franklin are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role, please visit this link here or email mbrennan@koyapartners.com. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Red Hook Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.

Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Network (WSRN) Seeks Director of Strategic Partnerships

The Worker-driven Social Responsibility Network (WSRN) focuses on ending abuses against workers in corporate supply chains in the United States and globally.  Network members are committed to a worker-driven social responsibility model that prioritizes enforcement of legally binding agreements and worker leadership in the design and implementation of social responsibility programs. The goals of the Network are to:

  • Promote and build demand in key constituencies and workers’ organizations for the WSR model in corporate supply chains
  • Support grassroots worker and human rights organizations seeking to establish a WSR program in global supply chains through consultation, tools, shared learning and technical assistance.
  • Amplify and strengthen existing efforts through coordination, information sharing and collective action.

Position Overview and Responsibilities

The Director of Strategic Partnerships supports grassroots worker and human rights organizations seeking to design and implement a Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) program in corporate supply chains. This includes identifying possible practitioner organizations and assessing the feasibility of WSR adaptation in that context. Support for feasible projects may be in the form of consultation, tools, and technical assistance for all stages of a WSR adaptation, including program design, implementation guidance, and impact evaluation.

Additionally, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will also work closely with the Director of Outreach and Communications and the Director of Transnational Strategy to develop the strategic plan for the WSRN, coordinate activities, and evaluate the program of the WSRN.  The Director of Strategic Partnerships will also represent the WSRN in public presentations, including conferences and media, as needed.

Finally, the Director of Strategic Partnerships will support fundraising efforts of the WSRN, including funder cultivation, grant writing and reporting, and maintenance of the WSRN budget.

The WSRN is anchored by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI).  All WSRN staff are employed and supervised by NESRI; work priorities are set by the WSRN Coordinating Committee. This position can be based out of NESRI’s New York office or conducted remotely.

Qualities Sought

  • Knowledge of and experience in the field of workers’ rights;
  • 3-5 years of professional experience preferred;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills;
  • Experience working effectively with grassroots and partner organizations;
  • Experience successfully navigating complex partnerships, and ability to connect with a wide range of diverse constituencies;
  • Track-record of leading and/or implementing projects including planning, execution, and evaluation of lessons learned;
  • Demonstrated ability to perform in fast-paced, high-energy environment;
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines;
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally.

How to Apply: Please send cover letter explaining why this position interests you, resume, and a brief writing sample to jobs@wsr-network.org with the subject line: “Director of Strategic Partnerships.” No phone calls will be accepted about this position.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis but submitting an application by January 31st, 2020 is strongly encouraged.

Start Date: As soon as feasible.

Location: New York City or remote

Salary: $60,000 per year with a generous benefits package.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Seeks Senior Community Organizer (NYC)

About this organization

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as Senior Community Organizer. The Senior Community Organizer will report to the Director of Community Organizing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for supervising the work of two Community Organizers, in addition to working in conjunction with the full LDF staff on projects, cases and initiatives;
  • Assist in the implementation of LDF’s strategic plan and assist the Community Organizing Director in creating necessary workplans;
  • Supervise Community Organizer’s implementation of workplans;
  • Responsible for providing regularly scheduled updates to LDF’s legal staff. Additionally, the Senior Community Organizer will draw upon their knowledge, experience, communications capacity and reputation of LDF to support communities of color in their struggle to achieve racial equity and Justice;
  • Help build LDF’s relationship with communities most impacted by racial discrimination so that our advocacy efforts will be tailored to the real and expressed needs of the community;
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications include:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience organizing communities to advance racial justice and reforms to public systems;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences of varying sizes;
  • A demonstrated capacity to plan, implement and coordinate a broad range of successful campaigns;
  • Ability to train community members to conduct and facilitate trainings and workshops;
  • The capability to develop and maintain relationships, partnerships, and coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;
  • Professionalism, discretion, and sound judgment to handle sensitive, high-profile, legally privileged and otherwise confidential information in an appropriate manner;
  • A demonstrated ability to work both in a team structure and independently, as required by different circumstances;
  • Strong initiative and creative thinking;
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with diverse groups;
  • A demonstrated ability to adhere to a flexible and sometimes demanding schedule;
  • Willingness to travel extensively to both urban and rural areas in the United States;
  • A valid driver’s license.

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time

To Apply:

This position is open until filled.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:



Oris Diaz

Director of Human Resources/Administration

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

40 Rector Street, 5th floor

New York, New York 10006


The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.


New York, NY


Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice Seeks NYC Community Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

About this organization

Katal works to strengthen the people, policies, institutions, and movements that advance health, equity, and justice for everyone. We envision a world where all communities have the resources and power to exercise self-determination and participate meaningfully in the democratic process.

We launched in 2016 with three big, interrelated goals:

  • building leadership and organizing capacity of neighborhood residents, as well as organizers, advocates, and community groups, to effectively drive and shape systemic change;
  • ending mass criminalization, mass incarceration, and the war on drugs;
  • and advancing solutions to promote and secure health, equity, and justice

About the position:

The Community Organizer is a member of the Organizing team, building Katal’s base of members and leaders, and developing the leadership of our members. The Community Organizer will work closely with our staff and partners throughout NY to build power, close jails, win our #LessIsMoreNY campaign, and more.

The Community Organizer regularly reports to the Lead Community Organizer.

Responsibilities of the Community Organizer include, but are not limited to:

  • Building a strong member base of directly impacted people;
  • Developing members into leaders that will play prominent roles in campaign planning;
  • Preparing members and leaders for public speaking and media interviews;
  • Working with members to plan, organize, and facilitate regular Monthly Meetings;
  • Mobilizing members, supporters, and volunteers for actions, including supporting the work of partner organizations;
  • Developing materials including flyers, signs, materials, and more for outreach, education, lobby days, and actions;
  • Utilizing the database to track outreach and engagement;
  • Engaging in legislative advocacy and participation in public forums, coalition meetings, conferences, and lobby days;
  • Participating in coalitions across New York and Connecticut;
  • Building relationships with new organizations;
  • Taking notes, tracking, and reporting on activities – written and verbal;
  • Sharing infrastructure/administrative responsibilities with other staff.

Required Qualifications

  • Organizing experience (relationship building and maintenance): You have organizing experience working within your community, and have demonstrated a willingness to build and maintain relationships with community members.
  • Work Standards: You are able to set high standards of performance for self and others; you are able to self-impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Tenacity: You are able to stay with a position or plan of action until the desired objective is obtained or is no longer reasonably attainable.

Personal Attributes

  • You have a strong interest in community organizing and are looking for opportunities to develop your experience.
  • You are keenly interested in the mission and goals of Katal
  • You’re ready to work hard, and you enjoy working as part of a team.
  • You are an excellent communicator and a great listener.
  • You are motivated and driven.
  • You are detail oriented.
  • You’re a problem solver, hungry to dive into new challenges with lot’s to learn!
  • You think well on your feet, don’t get flustered easily, and when things change, you know how to roll with the punches.
  • You understand that there is some travel required, as well as periodic work on weekends and evenings – especially during (but not limited to) the legislative session.


Katal offers competitive benefits, including full health care coverage, dental and vision coverage, gym memberships, 401k, and more. This position comes with multiple professional development opportunities.

What you need to know to apply:

Katal offers full health care coverage and competitive benefits, with professional development opportunities. As is standard with community organizing jobs, there will be work on nights and weekends. Travel throughout the region, and some travel in the state, is part of the job.

How to Apply



To apply, please prepare the following application package:

A one-page cover letter that answers these questions:

  • Where did you start organizing, on what issue, and why?
  • Why do you want to join Katal?
  • Your resume or CV

Submit your application package by email to jobs@katalcenter.org with the subject line: “First Name Last Name – NYC Community Organizer”

Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted until filled. Only application packages received by email will be considered. We’ll contact you only if you’re under consideration, so please – do not call to check on your submission.


Brooklyn, NY


NY Communities for Change Seeks Community Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Salary: $43,000 – $47,000

Hourly non-exempt position starting at $43,000. Salary commensurate with experience.

About this organization

New York Communities for Change seeks a full-time community organizer to fight gentrification, school privatization, foreclosures, climate change and other critical issues facing low-income communities of color.

The ideal candidate will have a proven ability to build a neighborhood organization through building relationships with and mobilizing community members. They will understand the urgency of the issues facing our communities and will be committed to getting results and winning victories for our communities while working in a fast-paced environment. This position is an excellent position to build real community power and play a key role in organizing some of the most exciting grassroots campaigns in New York State.

The community organizer is a staff member of NYCC reporting to a Lead Community Organizer(s).

About NYCC:

New York Communities for Change (NYCC) is a membership driven community based organization fighting for social and economic justice throughout the State. We are people fighting to make a difference, using our power in numbers to effect change throughout New York. By using direct action, legislative advocacy, and community organizing, our members work to impact the political and economic policies that directly affect us.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Building a robust neighborhood based chapter(s) that meet regularly to take action on issues in the community and statewide
  • Mobilizing community members to fight back against issues affecting their communities
  • Identifying and developing community leaders
  • Signing up new NYCC members


We’re seeking candidates who are results oriented, have strong time management skills and who are committed to social and economic justice. You should have:


  • Demonstrated ability to build organizing committees or to mobilize constituents to take action on campaigns
  • Proven grassroots fundraising abilities
  • Experience working under pressure in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends
  • At least 1 year of organizing experience in labor, community, student or political organizations or campaigns is preferred but not required.

Compensation Package:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
  • Paid vacation, personal time, holidays, and sick time
  • Employer Paid Health Insurance and employer contribution to Dental and Vision
  • Weekly MetroCard
  • 401k with 3% match


Compensation package includes: Monthly MetroCard, 401k with 3% match, Paid vacation, personal time, holidays, and sick time, Employer Paid Health Insurance and employer contribution to Dental and Vision

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole) is preferred.

How to Apply


To apply please complete click here to complete our application and upload your resume and cover letter.


Brooklyn, NY


Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) Seeks Development Director

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) works to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers nationwide. Initially founded in New York City after September 11, 2001 to provide support to restaurant workers displaced as a result of the World Trade Center tragedy, ROC United has grown into a national restaurant workers’ organization with close to 130,000 restaurant worker, employer, and consumer members working together to realize a vision of a food system that includes sustainable wages and working conditions for the people who cook, prepare, and serve our food. We currently have chapter offices in New York, Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Minnesota, Boston, Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, Mississippi and Washington, DC. ROC United combines worker, consumer, and employer advocacy, workplace justice campaigns, award-winning job training, and innovative research all together to improve conditions for low-wage restaurant workers.

General Job Description:

This leadership role will partner with the Executive Staff, Board of Directors, and Chapter Directors to achieve ROC United’s overall mission by spearheading collaborative, organization-wide strategies to meet aggressive annual and long term fund development goals. The Development Director will lead the Development Department as ROC United significantly expands our culture and systems to empower a shift towards individual donor/consumer member cultivation while stewarding long-term foundation partners and new foundation prospects.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned development professional/community organizer with outstanding writing, editing, and interpersonal skills, who can provide strong and innovative  leadership to create opportunities and develop long-term relationships with individuals, foundations, and more. They will have experience in strategic framing and messaging to reach and engage diverse audiences.