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Metropolitan Council on Housing Seeks Tenant Organizer (NYC)

Met Council on Housing is hiring two experienced Tenant Organizers to build a base of low-income rent stabilized tenants in Upper Manhattan. We take collective action in buildings and communities to shift power from landlords to renters. Housing is for the people of this city, and not for the profits of landlords!

For 60 years, Met Council has been educating, empowering and organizing renters in a city and state dominated by the real estate industry. In 2019 we won a historic victory by strengthening New York State’s rent stabilization system, which will protect the affordability of a million apartments, and the lives of over two million New Yorkers. Yet gentrification, predatory equity and rezonings still conspire to push low income families further to the periphery if we don’t band together and exercise these rights.

At Met Council our small and dynamic staff are supported by over 30 dedicated volunteers who field calls for the city’s longest running Tenant Rights Hotline. In addition, members of Met Council run campaigns to strengthen housing policy, pressure the Rent Guidelines Board for an annual Rent Freeze, and mobilize against rezonings for luxury development.

This position will be supervised by the Executive Director. The organizers will work in partnership with Manhattan Legal Services and various coalitions.

Responsibilities:

  • Organize tenants at a building-wide level to address housing-related issues, including conflicts with landlords, repairs, overcharges, harassment and discrimination
  • Research and Identify potential organizing targets – Landlords with a track record of serious neglect, over-leveraging their properties, etc.
  • Conduct outreach in buildings and identify leaders
  • Train and Conduct one on one meetings with leaders
  • Support tenants in forming tenant associations and developing organizing strategies
  • Bring tenants together on a neighborhood level to work on policy campaigns
  • Bring tenants together across buildings owned by the same landlord to develop common strategies and tactics
  • Educate community residents on tenants’ rights, gentrification and anti-displacement strategies
  • Conduct outreach events in the community, including workshops and trainings on tenants’ rights
  • Mobilize tenants for demonstrations, rallies and forums
  • Facilitate at our Uptown Tenant Rights’ Clinic and recruit volunteer facilitators
  • Assist in the facilitation of our annual leadership training program, the Bess Stevenson Leadership Academy

Qualifications & Experience

  • Fluent in Spanish and English
  • Must have 2+ years of organizing experience
  • Familiarity with housing issues and community organizing experience preferred
  • Ability to commit to at least 2 years with the organization.
  • Demonstrated Computer literacy and proficiency, including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Familiarity & experience working in Harlem, West Harlem, East Harlem, Washington Heights or Inwood a plus.

 Qualities

  • Strong verbal and written communication
  • Can motivate and inspire others;
  • Detail oriented, systematic & organized
  • Strong interest in working in low-income and culturally diverse communities.
  • Able to work independently and efficiently on multiple tasks as well as work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment
  • Resourcefulness and talent for problem-solving
  • Persistence and determination
  • Graphic art, design skills, and web design experience a plus (ex: making flyers)

Physical Requirements & Work Environment:

  • Organizers are expected to visit tenants in their homes, conduct outreach in buildings, and attend events outside the office.
  • Work will be conducted at our main office 168 Canal St., Inwood Manhattan Legal Services Office at 5030 Broadway, buildings, and occasionally outdoors.
  • Willingness to work long hours, evenings and occasional weekends

Benefits

Full health and dental coverage. Four weeks annual vacation.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluent in Spanish

How to Apply

jobs@metcouncilonhousing.org

https://www.metcouncilonhousing.org

To apply please send resume and cover letter. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Location

168 Canal Street, Suite 600, New York, NY 10013

Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College Seeks CLSJ Census Justice Project Coordinator (Brooklyn)

Salary: $23/hour

In 1986, the Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) was founded as a community service unit of Medgar Evers College, CUNY in Brooklyn, to serve as an institutional response to continuing racial injustices. CLSJ’s mission is to conduct quality legal advocacy, research, and training in a personal manner on major racial and social justice issues affecting New York City’s communities of African descent and the disenfranchised. CLSJ focuses on issues like racial violence in policing, voting rights, educational equity, and cultural rights. CLSJ’s values are the same as those that drove the Civil Rights and continuing liberation movements: we confront racial inequities with creative and innovative community-based collaborations, grounded in an integrity-driven approach to justice. We are dedicated to empowering New Yorkers of African descent and the disenfranchised to secure freedom and recognition for our collective humanity.

Achieving an accurate population count of Black New Yorkers on the 2020 Census, is one such major substantial racial and social justice issue.

Each year, based on census data, the federal government decides how to spend more than $675 billion dollars to pay for food, nurses, doctors, health benefits, affordable and emergency housing, teachers, bus and train lines, transportation infrastructure, senior services, infants and youth services, climate emergency care. That money is distributed in communities across the country. The government also uses the census count to determine how many elected officials each community is allotted. Communities that are undercounted on the census do not get their fair share of these resources or their fair share of political power. Increasing the 2020 Census response rate in New York City’s “Hard to Count” Black communities will play a significant role in securing the proper level of services and electoral representation for the next ten years.

CLSJ seeks an experienced community organizer to coordinate its Census Outreach work. Specifically, the Project Coordinator will:

  • Manage various Census 100% Count activities and a team of outreach workers and volunteers who will provide information to community organizations (i.e. churches, neighborhood associations, etc.) about the importance of completing the 2020 Census, especially for communities of African descent;
  • Promote partnerships with various agencies, local businesses and community groups to communicate the need to increase the numbers of people who complete the Census, particularly in hard to count areas;
  • Drive the development and implementation of Census Justice social media campaigns and coordinate integration of Census campaigns into CLSJ social media platforms;
  • Supervise team providing “door to door” onsite Census support services to both individuals and organizations in need of assistance completing the census;
  • Perform administrative duties, maintain proper tracking and monitoring systems and prepare documentation and reports as required; and
  • Communicate project developments regularly with the Executive Director/Project Director. Submit monthly written reports.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; Associate or equivalent required;
  • Active involvement in community organizations that demonstrate a commitment to racial and social justice movements;
  • Documented campaign coordination experience required: One to three years’ experience managing public education campaigns, preferably in a nonprofit, public policy or advocacy-oriented setting;
  • Familiarity with excel or geo-mapping programs and their applications;
  • Experience managing and supervising staff;
  • Superb project management, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Well-organized and attentive to details; and
  • Able to work independently and also collaboratively with others, maintaining a positive, professional attitude.

How to Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and two references to info@clsj.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Location

Brooklyn, NY

 

32BJ SEIU Seeks Political Organizer (NYC)

32BJ SEIU is one of the largest and most dynamic labor unions in the Northeast, with over 175,000 members in 11 states and Washington, DC. The Union is at the forefront of building the nation’s labor movement, supporting progressive candidates for elected office and moving a broad policy agenda, including campaigns to guarantee family sustaining wages, improving working conditions for fast food workers and other low wage workers, promote responsible development and expand access to health care. Its parent organization, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is the nation’s largest labor union.

Reporting to the Deputy Political Director for NY State, the Political Organizer is responsible for member engagement and support of the Union’s NY City-based legislative and political work.

This position is based in New York City, and requires some travel across the state, including to Long Island and Albany.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting member engagement of the Union’s New York City political and legislative campaign activities, including scheduling lobby meetings with union members and new organizing workers. Other campaign activities include preparing members and logistics for lobby days, phone banking, rallies, and press events on a range of issues including workers’ rights; and economic, racial, immigrant, and climate justice.
  • Working with the Deputy Political Director to plan and implement the Union’s New York City member-led political engagement program, including:
    • Monitoring and organizing union members during local legislative and policy reform initiatives that affect workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, responsible economic development, and more;
    • Supporting the Union’s work and member involvement with local elected officials at the City level;
    • Engaging local labor and community allies on the Union’s work;
    • Implementing the union member focused local electoral field activities, including planning get-out-the-vote (GOTV) events.
    • Supporting Fast Food worker organizing and worker engagement in the Union’s political program
    • Supporting Airport worker organizing, legislative campaigns and strategic planning
  • Drafting materials as needed for various activities, including emails, flyers, one-pagers, and campaign plans;
  • Drafting and updating training materials for members for various activities;
  • Supporting efforts to mobilize, train, and educate union members and activists for legislative and electoral activity.

Qualifications:

  • Up to one year of experience preferred supporting legislative, electoral, or community organizing campaigns;
  • Desire to work and grow in the labor movement
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Experience building relationships with various stakeholders;
  • Basic understanding of NYC political, electoral and legislative processes;
  • Desire and willingness to work as part of a team and across departments within the Union;
  • Fluent written and oral Spanish preferred but not required;
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel as needed.

Benefits

We offer a competitive salary based on experience. Our benefits package includes employer-paid health and dental insurance for employees and their qualified dependents, and a retirement benefit.

How to Apply

Please email résumé and letter of interest to Human Resources – HR@seiu32bj.org , with subject “Political Organizer NYC”

 

32BJ SEIU is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

 

Location

New York, NY

Event: The Fight for Fair Elections: Expanding the Vote in 2020 (2/21)

Date: Fri, February 21, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST
Location: CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, 25 West 43rd Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10036

RSVP HERE

Featuring:

  • Gloria Browne-Marshall
    Professor of Constitutional Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Gerry Hudson
    Secretary-Treasurer, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Moderator:

  • Deepak Bhargava
    Distinguished Lecturer, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
    Former Executive Director, Center for Community Change

Doors open at 8:30am. A light breakfast will be served.

Given the especially high stakes of the 2020 election, the need for broad and unobstructed voter participation could not be greater. Yet the past decade has seen a plethora of legal curtailments on voting rights. Since 2010, 25 states have adopted strict photo ID requirements, curbs on early voting, and voter registration restrictions that have all served to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a major win of the Civil Rights movement. Finally, the perennial challenge of voter turnout still exists – over 25% of eligible voters are unregistered, and only 50% of registered voters are expected to vote, making the prospects for a truly democratic election in 2020 very concerning.

What lessons can be gleaned from a long history of heroic efforts to ensure equal voting opportunities and rights for all? What are advocates, unions, and other activists doing to combat voter suppression and promote voter registration and turnout in the upcoming election? What should be the top legislative priorities of a more progressive, post-2020 federal government to strengthen our democracy by expanding the vote?

Jobs to Move America (JMA) Seeks Southern Director (Birmingham, AL)

Jobs to Move America (JMA) is currently seeking a Southern Director with at least eight years’ experience leading, and managing campaigns and community/worker organizing. The Director will run campaigns to win good jobs, access to training, and community benefits agreements for the Black, Latino and white workers employed at global manufacturers based in Alabama and Mississippi. This position is an excellent opportunity for long-term organizers interested in new models of organizing at the intersection of racial, economic, and environmental justice to transform how global manufacturers receiving public support create good jobs and community benefits. The target starting date is April 1, 2020, or as soon thereafter as possible.

About Jobs to Move America (JMA)

Jobs to Move America is a national strategic policy center that works to transform public spending and corporate behavior using a comprehensive approach that is rooted in racial and economic justice and community organizing. We seek to advance a fair and prosperous economy with good jobs and healthier communities for all.  JMA’s offices are located in Birmingham, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.

Responsibilities

The Southern Program Director, who will be based in Birmingham, AL and will report to the executive director, will be responsible for the following:

  • Directing a three-person team at a Birmingham, AL office that advances JMA’s mission, in organizing community members and manufacturing workers and developing research and reports.
  • Moving campaign messages effectively across media.
  • Creating systems to manage a growing list of relevant contacts and campaign supporters/adversaries to advance monthly goals for each group.
  • Supervising research staff in the development of reports, fact sheets, white papers, and other campaign materials.
  • Supervising organizing staff in moving workers and community members to fight for Community Benefits Agreements that guarantee access to all workers to good manufacturing jobs, including job training, in Alabama
  • Creating and driving strategy, and managing a comprehensive campaign, in order to win community benefits agreements campaigns with global corporations based in the South.
  • Collaborating with JMA’s other campaign teams to drive policy in market-shaping regions that support southern workers and communities

Qualifications

  • At least 8 years of full-time community and/or labor organizing experience, including at least 2 years of experience in a lead role, supervising organizers and researchers
  • Demonstrated success in managing and developing staff, and community or worker leaders
  • Demonstrated success reaching and maintaining strong support while working on worker or community organizing
  • Experience working on comprehensive corporate campaign plans that include research, organizing, and communications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing the interests of people of color, women and/or formerly incarcerated people at America’s workplaces.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide array of constituencies including elected officials, agency staff, press, and members of the public.
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities, collaborate as part of a team, and work in a deadline-driven environment.
  • A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles
  • Has a car and a valid driver’s license

EXTRA CONSIDERATION will be given for candidates who:

  • Identify as persons of color, women, or formerly incarcerated persons and/or have had experience working with more than one of those groups.
  • Have experience working in the labor movement.
  • Are fluent speaking a language other than English.
  • Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Relevant advanced education beyond a master’s degree will be given credit toward the starting salary

Terms of Employment

The salary range for the position is $72,000-$78,000/ year and is dependent upon experience. JMA offers full family health and dental benefits (at no premium cost to the employee) retirement, generous time off, cell phone reimbursement and work-related mileage reimbursement.

Application Process

This position is available starting April 1, 2020. Please email your cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to mjanis@jobstomoveamerica.org with “Southern Director” in the subject line. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications will not receive a response. JMA is looking for experienced campaigners and organizers, so please don’t apply if you don’t meet the minimum qualifications.  No phone calls, please.

JMA is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Hotel Trades Council (HTC), AFL-CIO Seeks Organizing Intern, Summer 2020

The Hotel Trades Council (HTC), AFL-CIO, is the union of nearly 40,000 hospitality workers in New York State and Northern New Jersey. For 80 years, HTC has been at the forefront of the fight for social justice, including racial, economic and gender equality. Today, in a time of political uncertainty, massive income inequality and injustice, we continue to fight to better the lives of hotel and gaming workers.

Interns contribute to our internal organizing department. We have built a rank-and-file leadership structure called the Hospitality Employees Action Team (H.E.A.T.) System. The purpose of the H.E.A.T. System is to keep our union strong and to increase the participation of the membership in the union. This greatly enhances the union’s ability to mobilize for large-scale action, which is necessary in order to build power, organize non-union workers, fight for higher wages and better benefits, and increase the rights of hotel and gaming workers.

Interns do work that supports these goals. HTC interns have the opportunity to work directly with the union membership, learn about union organizing first-hand, and gain exposure to a powerful and effective local labor union.

Resourceful and committed interns who distinguish themselves will have numerous opportunities for interesting and rewarding work. Many interns are offered full-time positions as union organizers.

Qualifications for becoming a union organizing intern:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Willingness to handle a wide range of dynamic responsibilities
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to multi-task and work efficiently
  • Ability to learn quickly and grow into positions of greater responsibility
  • Thorough attention to details
  • Willingness to work hard and put in long hours when necessary
  • Reliability, and a cooperative attitude
  • Previous organizing experience not needed

Extra consideration will be given for the following:

  • Ability to write clearly, concisely, and persuasively
  • Bilingual, especially in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Russian or Polish
  • Experience working in the hotel, restaurant, or other service industries

Areas of responsibility include (but not limited to):

  • Recruitment and training of rank-and-file leaders
  • Member outreach and mobilization
  • Information management and tracking that provides the department with valuable tools for organizing
  • Preparation of written communications to rank-and-file leaders and members, and the public
  • General support for field operations and campaigns
  • Logistical support for a wide variety of union events, including strikes and picket lines

Salary

  • Interns will be paid $16 per hour, with overtime pay after 40 hours
  • The union will sponsor students for academic credit when applicable

Application Instructions

We seek to hire the best of the best, and there are a limited number of positions available. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter. Cover letters should be limited to one page and should explain in specific terms the reasons for your interest in the internship.

Applications should be sent to careers@nyhtc.org. Deadline for applying to the Summer Internship 2020 is March 1st, 2020.

The New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, is an equal opportunity employer.  All persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply.