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The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Seeks Census Coordinator

Organizational Summary: The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is a racial justice and migrant rights organization which engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building in order to strengthen a national movement to end racism, criminalization, and economic disenfranchisement in African American and Black immigrant communities. BAJI’s headquarters are in Brooklyn, NY and we have additional offices in Oakland, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Atlanta, GA,  Miami, FL, Minneapolis, MN and Washington, DC.

BAJI strongly believes that those most impacted by injustice are best positioned to lead social movements. For this reason, we engage in organizing and leadership development in order to empower Black immigrants and refugees to effectuate change.  To implement this strategy, we host BAJI organizing committees (BOC’s) in 5 metropolitan regions – New York City, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, and the Bay Area. We also anchor the Black Immigration Network (BIN), an alliance of nearly 60 Black-led organizations and over 50 individuals serving Black communities who are focused on supporting fair and just immigration, and economic and social policies that benefit these communities. In addition, BAJI engages in several strategic initiatives targeting particularly vulnerable groups, including Black immigrant and refugee women and youth.  Each of these programs are staffed by an organizer who supports local outreach initiatives, leadership development, and campaigns.

Position Summary: An inclusive, fair and just census count must prioritize the most marginalized voices and this will in effect support other community needs. In order for Black immigrant and refugee families and communities to truly thrive in the U.S., their voices need to be fairly represented in the count.

The Census Coordinator will advocate, educate, and organize Black immigrants, especially the Hard-to-Count members of the community, around the 2020 Census as part of our overall 2020 civic engagement.

Duties & Essential Job Functions

  • Lead the national engagement work for 2020 Census, 2020 election, and other major civic engagement work through December 2020
  • Manage the Census work of the Black Immigrant Network (BIN)
  • Represent BAJI on the 2020 Census tables in immigrant rights and Black/African American network
  • Educate community members and key stakeholders including policymakers, opinion leaders, and advocates on the unique issues impacting Black immigrants that impacts the census
  • Assess and implement BAJI’s census strategy in coordination with national and local policy staff
  • Monitor, research and interpret relevant census updates for internal and external distribution
  • Anticipate possible developments and outcomes and prepare contingency plans and strategy adjustments
  • Develop and implement processes for tracking and measuring census efforts
  • Supervise volunteers, interns, and/or junior staff
  • Travel is required

Other Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of the census bureau and process
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to discuss the census in relation to Black immigrants clear and concise
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Comfortable and experienced in fast-paced environment and handling multiple deadlines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, including news media, about complex census issues
  • Extremely well organized and systems oriented
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to pay attention to detail
  • Ability to synthesize policy and research information for different audiences
  • Knowledge of BAJI’s mission and commitment to racial justice and immigrant rights issues
  • Minimum 2-5 years experience in the areas of immigration, civil rights, criminal justice and/or racial justice

To apply: Please email resume and cover letter with your full name in the subject line to jobs@baji.org. For questions email jobs@baji.org.

Individuals of color, LGBTQ identified individuals, individuals with past involvement in the justice system or who have loved ones currently or formerly in the justice system are strongly encouraged to apply.

Spotlight on Staff: Congratulations to Isaac Rodriguez of LEAP to Teacher

By Becky Firesheets

Lehman College’s new LEAP to Teacher Coordinator Isaac Rodriguez is certainly not new to SLU. After two years as the Writing and Research Consultant for the Murphy Institute at Queens College, Isaac is thrilled for this opportunity to step up – and not just because his commute is shorter now.

“I love it so far,” he said of his new role. “It’s much easier to get to. But the advocacy part of the job is most alluring for me. We serve the adult learner; we serve the worker.”

For the uninitiated, LEAP to Teacher (LTT) is a specialized set of support services for UFT paraprofessionals pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in any field of study, offered at five CUNY campuses across all of New York City’s boroughs. Managed by Worker Education at SLU, this program serves nearly 600 students per year and is currently in the process of expanding to BMCC. Continue reading Spotlight on Staff: Congratulations to Isaac Rodriguez of LEAP to Teacher

New Labor Forum Highlights: October 7th, 2019

The New Labor Forum has a bi-weekly 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.

Over a half-century ago, in a farewell address to the nation, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned citizens to “guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence . . . by the military-industrial complex.” Eisenhower’s admonition of “the disastrous rise of misplaced power” implicit in the burgeoning Cold War arms build-up would soon come to seem radical. And for decades hence, the words “military-industrial complex,” were seldom uttered by office holders or candidates in either the Republican or Democratic Party. Continue reading New Labor Forum Highlights: October 7th, 2019

DAWI Seeks Operations Manager

Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) seeks an energetic, experienced, self-directed and collaborative person to join our dynamic national organization supporting the expansion of democratic employee ownership

About the Job

The Operations Manager will work closely with the Executive Director, program staff, operations staff, board members and volunteers, to ensure that everyone in our mostly-remote organization has the tools and supports necessary to do their work well. They will set up, monitor and maintain systems for the Oakland, New York City, and remote offices, ensuring that the Institute’s infrastructure supports effective programs and fundraising and a happy, productive team. 

We are looking for an operations wizard. This position requires an unusual set of skills — technological, systems, and human — and we are seeking someone who really enjoys operations/administrative work and wants to do it for the foreseeable future. If you have a larger picture of how organizations work and what they need, perhaps from working in other nonprofit program or leadership roles, that’s a plus. We are a high-functioning, close-knit staff with a healthy respect for the operations work, and we want to work with a skilled and reliable colleague. This position has potential to grow as the organization grows.

Operations and Systems Administration (45%)

  • Manage email and phone inquiries; route to appropriate staffer for follow-up
  • Provide IT support for main and remote offices, making sure technological systems are appropriate and functioning to support our team to do their jobs.
  • Maintain and support IT hardware and software across the organization
  • Support IT troubleshooting and accessing outside support 
  • Maintain organized electronic (Box, Google docs) and physical files 
  • Support and work with Finance Manager
  • Maintain office and program supplies
  • Maintain staff travel calendar; assist staff in planning travel. Ensure that standard preparation, debrief and reporting happen for all staff travel events
  • Provide operations and logistics support for event planning, including bi-annual national conference 

Executive Administration (20%)

  • Manage the Executive Director’s calendar. Support scheduling, meetings, and travel
  • Support the administrative and logistical needs of the Board of Directors, mostly meeting scheduling and preparation; some onboarding and offboarding tasks (i.e. coordinate retreats and  Executive Director evaluation, Executive Committee support)
  • Work with the ED to assess the organization’s systems needs. Continually synthesize fragmented para-systems. Research, propose and lead new systems implementation

Database Support (20%)

  • Manage and perform routine data entry and data cleaning
  • Support the collection of metrics and evaluations for annual reporting
  • Assist Metrics and Impact Analyst with database design and development

Human Resources Administration (10%)

  • Coordinate the hiring committee’s recruitment, interviewing and onboarding for new hires
  • Coordinate and support employee offboarding processes
  • Maintain employee evaluation calendar and records
  • Coordinate annual benefits enrollment
  • Collaborate with Member Personnel Committee on policy development and implementation
  • Bottom line all HR records/file management, including all contractor and employee files
  • Oversee the 360 evaluation process for staff and the executive director. 

Contracts and Grants Administration (5%)

  • Manage fundraising and reporting calendar and deadlines; provide prompts and support
  • Support Contracts Manager to maintain and organize contracts with clients and vendors, manage client pipeline and prospecting.

Skills and Qualities We Seek

We are seeking someone with strong tech skills, excellent proactive communication habits, and experience developing and supporting systems with real people in mind. 


  • Basic operations experience: at least 4 years of experience in an admin or operations role. 
  • Full competency with basic office tools: Microsoft Office Suite, GSuite, online project management systems, remote file systems, online/remote meeting tools.
  • Facility with new technology: you can learn and teach programs to take the organization to the next level of cybersecurity and functionality, and you are willing to approach tech troubleshooting without fear or frustration. 
  • Database, data entry and data management experience (CiviCRM is a plus but we can teach you if you know databases generally).
  • Strong organizational skills, task-tracking and 100% follow-through on deadlines: you are able to set priorities, manage time well, establish realistic deadlines and meet them consistently.   
  • Strong written and oral communication skills across all mediums.
  • Initiative and ability to anticipate organizational needs: you can identify gaps, improve systems, and implement effective operations models. 
  • Remote work: you like to work independently and can prioritize and execute day to day tasks, with self-management systems in place.


  • Basic budgeting and bookkeeping skills; familiarity with Quickbooks.
  • HR and benefits administration experience.
  • Passion for social justice, racial equity, small business, and/or labor organizing; willingness to build familiarity with employee ownership and worker cooperatives
  • We value emotional intelligence, kindness, and sense of humor. Diplomacy, judgment, and discretion are important in this position.  

About DAWI

The Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit movement-based think-and-do tank that expands the promise of cooperative business ownership to communities most directly affected by economic, social, and racial inequality. We do research and advocacy; we develop tools and new models; we train worker-owners and developers; and we build cooperative development capacity to ensure that further growth in the worker cooperative movement reaches low-income people, people of color and recent immigrants. In all our work, as well as internal operations, we strive to embody our organizational values of Excellence, Equity, Entrepreneurialism, Collaboration, and Human-Centeredness. We are affiliated with the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, the national grassroots membership organization. All programs integrate USFWC member input and foreground the experience of worker cooperatives.


Started in 2013, DAWI is a relatively young organization, and all staffers are expected to help build organizational capacity, including organizational processes and documents. We love our work, and we work hard, but we also strive for work-life balance. We are a small team with extremely low staff turnover. Full-time staff are eligible for membership in the organization after 6 months of employment. Members are eligible to serve on the board of directors, elect two directors, and participate in the strategic guidance of the organization. 


We are a remote organization with offices in Oakland and New York. This allows us to have staff all over the country, and to create flexible working hours and locations. It can also be challenging for developing systems, getting buy-in for their use, and maintaining consistency of practice —a key part of this job. All staff are expected to be able and willing to learn and help improve the technological tools for remote working. A certain amount of travel for all staffers is expected and supported. For this position, we prefer someone who can work out of our Oakland office, but we will consider strong candidates from all locations. We are open to contractors.


Notice of Non­discrimination

Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) is committed to a multi-racial and class-diverse staff that reflects the future of worker cooperatives. Women, people of color and others who may be underrepresented at senior levels of the nonprofit workforce are strongly encouraged to apply. DAWI is committed to equal opportunity for all persons without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state or federal law. It is the policy of DAWI to comply with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding equal opportunity. In keeping with that policy, DAWI is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of unlawful discrimination and harassment. Accordingly, DAWI will not tolerate unlawful discrimination against or harassment of any of our employees or others present at our facilities by anyone, including any supervisor, co­worker, vendor, client, or customer of DAWI.


Compensation and Benefits

$50,000-$65,000 depending on experience. DAWI offers full health benefits coverage for employees, including dental and vision; participation in a 401(k) plan; a generous time-off policy; and a professional development budget.


How to Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and two references to hiring@institute.coop. Cover letters should be addressed to the Hiring Committee and include a 2-3 paragraph statement of interest describing how your skills and experiences qualify you for the position. Include the subject line “Application for Operations Manager position.” All materials should be submitted in PDF format. Deadline to apply: October 25, 2019.

Advancing Workers’ Rights in the Workforce Development Community

By Becky Firesheets

Sara Esfarayeni, Joanne Mason, and Becky Firesheets recently represented SLU at “Designing a System for the Future of Workers,” the New York City Employment & Training Coalition’s workforce development conference held Monday, September 23rd at the CUNY Graduate Center. The sold-out event featured panels and presentations with various CBOs, educational institutions, and local and city government, focusing on topics such as the role of public policy, utilizing big data, building apprenticeship programs, and how to more effectively support immigrants, women, and people of color in entering and advancing through the workplace. Continue reading Advancing Workers’ Rights in the Workforce Development Community

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) Seeks Institutional Research Manager – Worker Education and Workforce Development

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU) is the 25th and newest unit of the City University of New York. The School is dedicated to public service and social justice and offers undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs in labor relations, public policy, public administration, health care administration, community studies, community leaders, labor studies and urban studies. These programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults as well as traditional-age college students who seek to learn more about the challenges confronting poor and working-class populations in the workplace and in the community. Its faculty includes distinguished scholars in the social sciences as well as expert practitioners in government, labor, and public service. Through SLU’s Murphy Institute, the School 1) collaborates with other units of CUNY to offer a range of college-credit programs designed to provide workers with the academic and technical skills they need for professional advancement, and 2) provides educational and research services to the labor movement and the broader community.

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies is seeking a researcher for its Workforce Development unit. The researcher will report to the Director of Worker Education and will design and manage research projects, collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data, conduct educational needs assessments for union members, cross-match CUNY data with union data, and provide career and educational mapping plans, etc.  The purpose of this research will be to increase opportunities for workers to advance in their careers and achieve greater economic security.

Duties include but are not limited to:
– Oversee quantitative and qualitative analyses of aforementioned initiative drawing upon the CUNY administrative data warehouse, union data sources, and external mainframes as necessary.
– Work in collaboration with CUNY’s and SLU’s offices of institutional research to design and complete research using institutional data to evaluate programs, assessing needs, supporting strategic planning, and providing analytical guidance where necessary.
– Lead SLU’s Workforce Development programs in the collection, processing, and management of a variety of data, including processing incoming source data, restructuring data files, evaluating data quality and performing data-cleaning operations as needed.
– Generate and analyze data to prepare complex reports. Present findings and recommendations to senior administrators of the university, local unions, and external associations.
– Build relationships and work collaboratively with other SLU units, local unions, community organizations and to support data collection and reporting needs; provide guidance on the use of data for program development purposes
– Participate in professional development activities to stay current on matters related to education, training, and labor market research.



.Bachelor’s Degree and six years’ relevant experience required

Other Qualifications
– Advanced degree in the social sciences, statistics, higher education, or administration is highly preferred.
– Documented experience in data collection, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
– Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis.
– Experience in labor market research desirable.
– Previous experience in higher education or public administration research, including quantitative data analysis, interpretation, and presentation experience using various techniques and research methods
– Demonstrated proficiency in the use of statistical software (such as SPSS with syntax, Stata, R, SQL and/or SAS) and relational databases.
– Understanding of program evaluation methods for education demonstration projects.
– Experience evaluating performance; and creating and analyzing data/metrics.
– Experience working with large and complex data sets.
– Experience working with multiple stakeholders to develop collaborative relationships.
– Interest in issues of access to and success in postsecondary education.




Manages College institutional research programs and studies related to the College’s mission.

– Develops relevant, timely and accurate institutional information to administrators, the college community, the external community, and external agencies.

– Defines and implements research studies, designing and conducting data analyses and analyzing and interpreting results.

– Researches, develops and recommends policy analyses relevant to anticipated institutional planning, policy, and decision-making needs.

– Participates in college-wide strategic planning, institutional effectiveness and outcomes assessment tasks.

– Respond to data, table and report requests from college constituencies.

– Manage surveys, questionnaires and other data-gathering instruments administered by the Office.

– Manages a library of institutional planning and research documents.

– May consult with faculty and students in the design of databases for research projects

– Performs related duties as assigned.

Job Title Name: Institutional Research Manager




Higher Education Associate








Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.




For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY’s web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:




Open until filled.




CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional




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