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Graduate Analyst, Karp Strategies, NYC

Karp Strategies is an urban planning strategy consulting firm that builds stronger communities and thriving cities. We partner with our cross-sector clients to identify their unique needs and provide tailored solutions. We take analysis to action to allow our clients to make better decisions – and ultimately, to build stronger communities and better cities. We deeply value our holistic analytic methods, and maintain strong core values that equity and upside can go hand in hand when working on planning and development projects. We work on projects around the country, with projects currently underway or starting across the NYC region, Atlanta, and greater Boston. Our team works at the sweet spot where data, people, and place intersect: we strive to understand what drives change in places, and how people, businesses, and institutions exist and can thrive within that change.

Karp Strategies celebrated five years in June 2020, and we’ve grown tremendously since inception from one person to a team of 14. Due to COVID-19, we are working remotely through 2020 with the hopes of returning to our offices in Manhattan’s Financial District in 2021. This position will be fully remote, with access to tools to ensure great remote work, and could change to in-office in 2021 if safety and health circumstances change. We value and celebrate diversity and inclusion in our team. Karp Strategies is active in the field: our team members are involved with APA-NY’s Urban Design and Diversity Committees, ABNY, IEDC, NYBC, CoreNet, OHNY, RPA, Coro, ULI….let’s just say we are plugged into the action and keep our finger on the pulse.

With current projects ranging from economic and community development planning initiatives to stakeholder analysis and engagement, from infrastructure feasibility and resiliency studies to real estate advisory, Karp Strategies is working with many of the industry’s most dynamic partner firms and clients on pressing, timely challenges facing the country, region, and our city.

As our company kicks off additional projects, we seek to meet thinkers and doers interested in joining us who care as much about urban change and neighborhoods as we do. Karp Strategies is actively interviewing for a PT Graduate Analyst (Graduate Student Intern). Graduate Analysts support projects through research and writing, data analysis and visualization, engagement/facilitation support, and through supporting business development and marketing initiatives.

Learn more about this position and how to apply here.

Lead Organizers and Online-to-Field Organizers, Athena

Athena and ILSR are looking for an organizer to support and develop the leadership of small businesses and consumers to win policy changes that check Amazon’s outsized power and address rising corporate concentration across the economy.

Athena is growing a high-impact field support team, recruiting both Lead Organizers and Online-to-Field Organizers to support the coalition’s mission and its members.

This position is housed at an Athena member, the Institute for Local Self Reliance. The position reports day-to-day to Athena’s campaign director and is focussed on developing the small business organizer program at ILSR, with support and guidance from ILSR staff, and the consumer organizing program at Athena.

This position is national and can be either remote & based anywhere, or (post-Covid) based in one of ILSR’s offices in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, or Portland, Maine.

About Athena — Athena works on delivering democracy by taking on a primary impediment to a democracy that represents us all and an economy that works for everyone: Amazon.com. We are a growing coalition of local, state-wide, and national organizations tackling the corporation’s nefarious size, power, scope and operations, in particular: antimonopoly remedies; local and regional governance; data abuse, especially the racism of surveillance technologies; environmental and climate (in)justices; and working conditions. More about our coalition is at www.athenaforall.org  

About the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) — ILSR is a national research and advocacy organization working to reverse corporate concentration and advance policies to rebuild the economic power and capacity of local communities. Our work illuminates the public policy decisions that have fueled concentration at the expense of local businesses, working people, and communities. It also shows how we can change the rules to create a more equitable, sustainable, and democratic future. We partner closely with a broad range of allies to move these ideas and policies. More at www.ilsr.org

Job Responsibilities: We are seeking an online-to-field organizer focussed in two groups, small business and consumers to:

  • Build a broad base and strong leadership of small business owners affected by Amazon and other monopolistic company business practices to accomplish the goals of ILSR, support one another, and advance policy and industry change campaigns through ILSR and Athena. This is an online-to-field organizing model that includes online social media communities, peer to peer texting, and field outreach.
  • Coordinate and develop an existing table of leaders of local and national small business organizations.
  • Develop and build leadership committees to drive small business public policy campaigns through an inclusive process that develops their organizing and advocacy skills, generates bold actions, moves policymakers and educates the public.
  • Build a broad base and strong leadership of people who shop at or are affected by Amazon’s business practices to accomplish the goals of the Athena coalition, to support each other, to enforce their rights, advance policy and industry change campaigns through Athena member organizations and the coalition overall. This is an online-to-field organizing model that includes online social media communities, peer to peer texting, and field outreach.
  • Work with ILSR staff and Athena staff to  organize actions, press events, and prepare communications materials such as testimony for public hearings, op-eds, and talking points.
  • Develop the leadership of people to share their stories with each other and publicly, with the media and online.
  • Participate in strategy development and planning to grow the organizing program and advance campaigns.
  • Build meaningful partnerships with community and policy allies to support campaigns, our members, and core organizing work.


  • Minimum 3 years organizing campaign experience, ideally with in person organizing and using digital strategies.
  • Strong writing, research and communication skills.
  • Strong listening, persuasion and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people as well as an understanding of the daily challenges faced by low-income communities of color.
  • Ability to work independently, navigate obstacles, discern priorities, meet competing deadlines and handle multiple projects.
  • Strong database management skills that inform analysis of the base and strategy.
  • Familiarity with digital strategies and online to offline organizing is a plus.
  • Ability to work varied hours including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Spanish fluency is a plus.

Salary Range: $46,000 to $65,000 annually depending on experience and location.

Position includes 100% employer-paid health plan (family coverage & you pay no premiums); generous vacation, holiday, and parental leave; and a retirement plan with a matching contribution. We are a dynamic and friendly team dedicated to making the world a better place. ILSR takes professional growth seriously.

ILSR is deeply committed to equity and inclusion. We’re an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, women, non-binary candidates, and LGBTQIA+ candidates to apply.


Lead Organizer, Green Workers Alliance

The Green Workers Alliance is a project of the Partnership for Working Families that will organize current and potential workers in green jobs. Together, we win a green stimulus big enough to take on the twin crises of environmental injustice and economic inequality that have been particularly devastating in Black and brown communities.  We are a strong worker-led voice supporting the Green New Deal, a Just Transition and the fight against structural racism in the workforce.  We will be organizing initially online and on the ground in Virginia in the near future.

We are seeking a Lead Organizer to engage in experimental organizing during this time and eventually build out our field staff.

In this moment of history we see our work as being vital to organize not just those currently employed in the green sector but also some of the millions of newly jobless and underemployed workers to demand a massive green stimulus. This must include access to green jobs and paid training for everyone, with an emphasis on reducing the huge income disparities between white workers and workers of color, especially African American workers.


The Lead Organizer will head up our organizing efforts to build a membership base, develop leadership, and ensure that member voices are leading on our decision making and campaign work.  The Lead Organizer is the one who ensures that we are building a mass-based organization.  The ideal Lead Organizer will have a mix of both worker organizing and digital experience.  The Lead Organizer is responsible for engaging in outreach experiments to green workers and those who aspire to work in the field.  Responsibilities include:

  • Solicit membership through a combination of on-line and eventually workplace and home visits.
  • Develop organizing skills of members.
  • Identify, recruit, train and develop leaders.
  • Develop various communication systems to effectively reach members and providers.
  • Work to build coalitions with environmental, labor and community organizations.
  • Mobilize, turn out and engage membership
  • Train and supervise new organizers
  • Help co-create the internal participatory membership engagement processes
  • Co-create and scale up the digital organizing strategy.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • At least five years of experience in organizing and management
  • Spanish fluency strongly preferred
  • Campaign planning experience, both labor and community side
  • Ability to lead a diverse team
  • Experience working through a racial equity lens
  • Ability to both think creatively and implement effectively.
  • Work effectively in team settings, as well as independently.
  • Effectively prioritize and multi-task assignments and responsibilities.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, often including nights and weekends.
  • Willingness to travel, as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, auto insurance that covers business driving, and an automobile for business use.

Compensation and Location

This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive starting salary at $55,000 to $72,000 (depending on experience) and generous benefits, including covering full health benefit premiums (health, dental and vision) and a 401k plan with an employer contribution

The position will ideally be located in Northern Virginia, but we will consider exceptional candidates who are located elsewhere.

To Apply

Please send a letter of interest, resume, and a list of 3-4 professional references including at least one supervisor. Send all application materials to  and include “Lead Organizer Position” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women and gender non-binary people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

In Two Seconds: Tamir Rice 2002-2014

by Mark Doty

the boy’s face
climbed back down the twelve-year tunnel

of its becoming,  a charcoal sunflower
swallowing itself. Who has eyes to see,

or ears to hear? If you could see
what happens fastest, unmaking

the human irreplaceable, a star
falling into complete gravitational

darkness from all points of itself, all this:

the held loved body into which entered
milk and music,  honeying the cells of him:

who sang to him, stroked the nap
of the scalp, kissed the flesh-knot

after the cord completed its work
of fueling into him the long history

of those whose suffering
was made more bearable

by the as-yet-unknown of him,

playing alone in some unthinkable
future city, a Cleveland,

whatever that might be.
Two seconds. To elapse:

the arc of joy in the conception bed,
the labor of hands repeated until

the hands no longer required attention,
so that as the woman folded

her hopes for him sank into the fabric
of his shirts and underpants. Down

they go, swirling down into the maw
of a greater dark. Treasure box,

comic books, pocket knife, bell from a lost cat’s collar,
why even begin to enumerate them

when behind every tributary
poured into him comes rushing backward

all he hasn’t been yet. Everything
that boy could have thought or made,

sung or theorized, built on the quavering
but continuous structure

that had preceded him sank into
an absence in the shape of a boy

playing with a plastic gun in a city park
in Ohio, in the middle of the afternoon.

When I say two seconds, I don’t mean the time
it took him to die. I mean the lapse between

the instant the cruiser braked to a halt
on the grass, between that moment

and the one in which the officer fired his weapon.
The two seconds taken to assess the situation.

I believe it is part of the work
of poetry to try on at least
the moment and skin of another,

for this hour I respectfully decline.

I refuse it. May that officer
be visited every night of his life
by an enormity collapsing in front of him

into an incomprehensible bloom,
and the voice that howls out of it.

If this is no poem then…

But that voice –- erased boy,
beloved of time, who did nothing
to no one and became

nothing because of it –- I know that voice
is one of the things we call poetry.
It isn’t only to his killer he’s speaking.

In Two Seconds: Tamir Rice, 2002-2014″ previously appeared in vol. 44, no. 3 of American Poetry Review. Copyright © 2015 by Mark Doty. Used with permission of the author.

Author Biography

Mark Doty is the author of several collections of poetry, including Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which received the 2008 National Book Award. He served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 2011 to 2016.

Photo by Miki Jourdan via flickr (cc-by-nc-nd)

Summer Spaces Activity Specialist, Fresh Air Fund, NYC

Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has worked with and provided free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities. More than 1.8 million children have been served through two core program areas, the Fresh Air Camps on Sharpe Reservation, and through visits to volunteer host families in states along the East Coast and into southern Canada. The Fresh Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit organization. Today, thousands of boys and girls participate in Fresh Air programs each summer.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Fresh Air Fund made the heartbreaking decision to cancel its traditional camping and Friendly Towns (visiting host family) programs for Summer 2020. Still, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing a fun and enriching summer to children from New York City’s low-income communities. As such, The Fresh Air Fund is planning four programming opportunities to keep the magic of summer alive: Fresh Air Everywhere (virtual programming); Fresh Air Summer Spaces (NYC-based programming); Fresh Air Youth Internships, Credentialing & Training (teen programming); and Fresh Air Family Wellness (family programming). All programming is free of charge.

Employment Opportunity: The Fresh Air Fund is recruiting Activity Specialists to work in our Summer Spaces programs. This is a 21-28 hour per week paid, seasonal position scheduled to begin in mid-July and end in late-August 2020.

Under the direct supervision of the Summer Spaces Site Coordinator, Activity Specialists work as part of a team in the energetic environment of The Fresh Air Fund’s Summer Spaces and are responsible for facilitating daily age-appropriate activities.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Set up, monitor, and breakdown all equipment and activities
• Ensure the safety of children and equipment
• Maintain the cleanliness of the play area facility
• Monitor for age-appropriate activity and behavior
• Plan and facilitate daily games and activities
• Ensure customer relations and satisfaction are among the top priorities of all staff

Education and/or Experience:
• High school diploma or higher
• Prior youth development activity facilitation experience preferred
• Certified in CPR/First Aid preferred but not mandatory
• Valid Driver’s License a plus

Language Skills:
• Ability to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules, operating/maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals written in English
• Ability to write routine reports and correspondence in English
• Ability to speak effectively with guests, co-workers, and groups
• Bilingual a plus

Physical demands and work environment: Physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.
• Sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop or kneel, talk or hear
• Lift and/or move equipment/materials weighing 20+ pounds
• Exposure to wet, humid, and hot/very hot conditions

Employment Period: Through late August 2020
Hours per Week: 28-35 hours per week
Compensation: $20 per hour
Benefits: None

Interested candidates should apply at https://freshair.org/summer-2020-jobs/. No calls please.

The Fresh Air Fund is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in its work and on its staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.