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Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City Seeks General Coordinator

The Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City seeks a full-time General Coordinator to manage the fundraising, administration, membership, communications, and programs of our organization, with the support of a robust volunteer team and working Board.

The Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC) aims to strengthen and expand community-led, democratically-controlled initiatives — from worker, financial and consumer co-ops to community land trusts and gardens, mutual housing, and low-income housing co-ops. Our goal is to build an economy based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, mutualism, and democracy.

 

The General Coordinator works remotely and meets in person with leaders and volunteers as needed, and reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience working with cooperatives and NYC’s solidarity economy
  • Experience working remotely and managing remote teams and projects with attentiveness and care
  • Familiarity with social and racial justice concepts and movements
  • Fluency in written and verbal Spanish and English
  • An ability to rigorously follow through and apply creative solutions to barriers or challenges
  • Experience managing or creating leadership development programs
  • Demonstrated experience working in the communities most impacted by structural oppression

General Coordinator duties are split among the following areas: 30% fundraising, 30% programs, 20% administration, 20% membership and communications.

Duties include:

  • Supervise, hire, and train staff and volunteers
  • Organize and support the Board of Directors as requested
  • Oversee and manage all administrative and programmatic aspects of the organization; organize the delegation of tasks and responsibilities among staff, board and volunteers
  • Oversee and manage all aspects of fundraising and development including grant fundraising, individual giving, corporate sponsorships, city contracts, and the giving circle program.
  • Oversee all aspects of communications, including management of CEANYC’s website, social media, newsletter, materials, and database
  • Manage all fiscal, budgetary and human resource matters

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position that offers a base salary of $55,000-$60,000 plus health insurance benefits, with room for growth as the organization’s budget grows. CEANYC is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, disabled people, and LGBTQIA+ people to apply.

 

To apply, please submit the following to organize@gocoopnyc.com no later than November 30th:

  1. A cover letter
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae
  3. Three references
  4. A work sample (something you created for your work that you are proud of and tells us something about who you are as a professional, no more than 2 pages of text)

RiseBoro Community Partnership Seeks Worker-Coop Developer, Part-Time

RiseBoro’s mission is to unleash the potential of communities to thrive, no matter the odds. We believe that through our unique model of holistic community revitalization, we can create a new economy that works for all people and the planet too. The cooperative movement offers not only the opportunity to create increased wealth for all working members of society, but also for communities to self-determine the types of businesses that will shape their community. While a history of redlining, followed by rapid gentrification has contributed to unhealthy, poor, ghettoized neighborhoods, we believe that by bringing a food and economic justice lens to our work, we can contribute to greater health, wealth, and empowerment in historically marginalized and oppressed communities. 

 

The Central Brooklyn Food Democracy Project

The Brooklyn Movement Center and RiseBoro have teamed up to lead a project to imagine a neighborhood-based food system powered by a new generation of consumer- and worker-owned cooperative food enterprises. They together, incubate the consumer-owned grocery coop (The Central Brooklyn Food Coop), organize and support new cooperatively owned food business, and implementcommunity culinary education programs. 

 

The 2019-2023 goals of the Central Brooklyn Food Democracy Project (CBFDP)related to worker-coops include:

  • In collaboration with the Working World, start 6 new worker-owned, democratically-run cooperative food businesses, and support the existing 2 worker-owned coops, employing at least 36 people. 
  • Complete the Development of a Community Chef worker-cooperative that will lead a food education institute within the food coop. The Chefs will teach culinary courses and conduct cooking demonstrations among the food coop community of families.
  • Create a project leadership team that will ensure coordination and create a Central Brooklyn Food Democracy support network.

Job Summary

The Worker-Coop Developer builds on the RiseBoro Food Justice Team’s years of field experience in Bushwick and Central Brooklyn to:support current worker-owned coops and coops in formation, including: a Community Chef coop and the Brooklyn Packers; develop new worker-coops all along the food supply chain, with the support of the Food Justice Program Manager.

 

Near-term Duties and Responsibilities

Strategy and Process Development

We are in a new phase of our worker-coop development and are currently focused on defining our strategy and process. The Worker Coop Developer will lead our team through a process of defining roles both on our team and within our network, they will further develop an incubation process for the coops, as well as curricular materials. 

 

Community Chef Coop

The Community Chefs are already in the early stages of a development process. The Developer will continue this process and support the chefs to launch the coop in 2020

 

Ongoing Responsibilities

In the field

  • Together with the Food Justice Program Manager, create, plan, and deliver workshops with community members to deepen analysis of food and economic justice issues.  
  • Conduct outreach and respond to opportunities to reach community members and leaders to awaken and deepen public consciousness about economic democracy and activate participation in our work.
  • Seek out new opportunities, partnerships, and initiatives through networking and research and by attending conferences, trainings, events, and meetings with stakeholders, strategic local and city-wide partners, government agencies and other support organizations.
  • Work with other leaders in the CBFDP team to integrate our work, build the network, and ensure success of the project whole.

 

Cooperative Development

  • Together with Food Justice Program Manager, participate in process design for all coops.
  • Conduct Feasibility and/or Marketing Studies with new coops.
  • Canvas local business landscape to identify opportunities for coop conversion.
  • Along with TA providers, coordinate process of legal incorporation and governance of coops.
  • Develop, review and assist in implementing marketing strategy with coop members.
  • Support the development/strengthening of the back office for the business.
  • Assist in maintaining customer contact database/member information.
  • Work with members to develop sales promotions and communications tools.
  • Outreach to media.
  • Organize and attend regular coop meetings in the evenings and weekends.
  • Coordinate with the CBFDP evaluation team, implement tools, and maintain system for data management.

 

Fundraising

While this work is led by the Food Justice Program Director, the worker-coop developer will contribute in the following ways:

  • Provide narrative and quantitative content for grant proposals and marketing materials. 
    • Once funding is obtained for the program
      • Track and report on relevant programming. 
      • Keep expenditures in line withprogram budget

 

COMPETENCIES

 

Skills

  • Business/entrepreneurship development
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Sales and marketing support
  • Leadership developmentConsensus decision-making
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability to manage multiple projects at once 
  • Mediation, conflict management, and troubleshooting

Qualifications

  • Experience starting a business
  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in Spanish preferred
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, worker cooperatives or socially responsible businesses 

EDUCATION

Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or universitypreferred.Candidates with a Master’s in Business, Economics, Worker Organizing, or related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

EMPLOYMENT TYPE

Part-time 20 hours/week

 

SALARY

Hourly. $30/hour

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE 

December 4, 2019. Expected start date: January 6, 2020

 

SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER

Bianca BockmanFood Justice Program DirectorBbockman@riseboro.org, subject should include: “Worker Coop Developer

CEANUS Seeks General Coordinator

The Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City seeks a full-time General Coordinator to manage the fundraising, administration, membership, communications, and programs of our organization, with the support of a robust volunteer team and working Board.

 

The Cooperative Economics Alliance of New York City (CEANYC) aims to strengthen and expand community-led, democratically-controlled initiatives — from worker, financial and consumer co-ops to community land trusts and gardens, mutual housing, and low-income housing co-ops. Our goal is to build an economy based on values of social and racial justice, ecological sustainability, cooperation, mutualism, and democracy.

 

The General Coordinator works remotely and meets in person with leaders and volunteers as needed, and reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience working with cooperatives and NYC’s solidarity economy

  • Experience working remotely and managing remote teams and projects with attentiveness and care

  • Familiarity with social and racial justice concepts and movements

  • Fluency in written and verbal Spanish and English

  • An ability to rigorously follow through and apply creative solutions to barriers or challenges

  • Experience managing or creating leadership development programs

  • Demonstrated experience working in the communities most impacted by structural oppression

 

General Coordinator duties are split among the following areas: 30% fundraising, 30% programs, 20% administration, 20% membership and communications.

 

Duties include:

  • Supervise, hire, and train staff and volunteers

  • Organize and support the Board of Directors as requested

  • Oversee and manage all administrative and programmatic aspects of the organization; organize the delegation of tasks and responsibilities among staff, board and volunteers

  • Oversee and manage all aspects of fundraising and development including grant fundraising, individual giving, corporate sponsorships, city contracts, and the giving circle program.

  • Oversee all aspects of communications, including management of CEANYC’s website, social media, newsletter, materials, and database

  • Manage all fiscal, budgetary and human resource matters

 

This is a full-time (40 hours per week) position that offers a base salary of $55,000-$60,000 plus health insurance benefits, with room for growth as the organization’s budget grows. CEANYC is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and strongly encourages people of color, women, disabled people, and LGBTQIA+ people to apply.

 

To apply, please submit the following to organize@gocoopnyc.com no later than November 30th:

  1. A cover letter

  2. Resume or curriculum vitae

  3. Three references

  4. A work sample (something you created for your work that you are proud of and tells us something about who you are as a professional, no more than 2 pages of text)

New Labor Forum Highlights: November 2019

The New Labor Forum has a monthly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

Two historically important strikes came to a close last week, as 49,000 GM workers returned to work after the longest national work stoppage against the automaker in half a century; and 25,000 teachers and 7,500 school employees headed back to Chicago schools after landmark gains in negotiations with the city. Part of a rising tide of victorious strikes during the past two years, these workplace actions represent advancements worth noting in both public and private sector bargaining.

With $8.1 billion in earnings at GM in 2018 and $1.5 million in annual salary going to chief executive Mary Barra, UAW members were hell-bent on sharing in the company’s reversal of fortune since the Great Recession. A primary bargaining concern for workers was to raise the abysmal wages at the low end of their multi-tier contract, which included both temporary workers and “in progression workers” hired after 2007. A hallmark divide and conquer tool of management, multi-tier wage scales sell out the unborn by establishing lower wages and benefits for new hires, thus undermining worker solidarity and, in effect, giving employers reason to target older, more expensive workers. Undoing a multi-tier contract, which is precisely what UAW members managed to do, requires a heightened level of worker solidarity, given the need to direct contract gains toward workers on the lower end, in this case roughly 37% of the GM workforce. This sort of egalitarianism, heightened solidarity, and militancy in the private sector, the core of our economy, bodes well for a labor movement struggling to revive itself.

The Chicago Teachers Union − a leader in experimentation with a promising new strategy called Bargaining for the Common Good − won major concessions last week from the city in the form of contract language that went well beyond traditional negotiations over wages and benefits. Putting the demands of their community-based allies on the bargaining table, the union won lower class sizes and guarantees that every school will employ a nurse and social worker, as well as 120 new counselors, restorative justice coordinators and librarians in the highest-need schools, and improved staffing in bilingual and special education. These demands, including an unmet bargaining demand for affordable housing, make the union an increasingly powerful voice in policy-level concerns that impact educational outcomes. The strategic advance of Bargaining for the Common Good in the public sector presents a dramatic advance in joining the interests of worker and tax-payers in securing well-funded, equitable, high quality public services. The CTU strike, joined by SEIU Local 73, points the way in that direction.

With this installment of the newsletter, we offer a New Labor Forum article by Jobs with Justice Executive Director Erica Smiley that assesses organized labor’s growing militancy and innovation during the last year. We also bring to your attention to new publication from Labor Notes , “How to Strike and Win ,” which seeks to encourage and inform the rising tide of strikes by providing analysis and resources for unions and workers contemplating how, why and when to use the strike weapon.

Table of Contents

  1. Crisis, Creativity, and a Labor Movement Revival /  Erica Smiley, New Labor Forum
  2. How to Strike and Win/ Labor Notes, November 2019 Issue

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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 living wages, 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.

The Political Organizer is based in New York City, with extensive travel across the state, especially to the lower Hudson Valley and Long Island, and is responsible for member engagement and support of the Union’s state-wide legislative and political work.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supporting member engagement of the Union’s New York State 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 NYS Political Coordinator to plan and implement the Union’s Hudson Valley and Long Island membership political engagement program, including:

o  Monitoring and organizing union members during local legislative and policy reform initiatives that affect workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, responsible economic development, and more;

o  Supporting the Union’s work and member involvement with local elected officials at the town, city, and county level;

o  Engaging local labor and community allies on the Union’s work;

o  Implementing the union member focused local electoral field activities, including planning get-out-the-vote (GOTV) events.

  • 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:

  • One to three years of experience coordinating legislative, electoral, or community organizing campaigns;
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills;
  • Experience building relationships with various stakeholders;
  • Basic understanding of NY political and legislative processes;
  • Ability to plan and execute small to large-scale events with close attention to detail;
  • Ability to draft, refine, and implement effective legislative and electoral campaign plans;
  • Desire and willingness to work as part of a team and across departments within the Union;
  • Ability and willingness to drive preferred;
  • 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”

Location

New York, NY