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CSEA Local 1000 Hiring Labor Education Specialist


Under the direct supervision of the Director of Education and Training, this position designs, develops and implements education and training programs that meet the stated needs of officers, stewards and members in Regions, Locals and Units. Labor Education Specialists are considered to be part of the field services available to the regions, locals and units and as such, are viewed as professional staff members who are responsible for statewide workshops and meetings, regional education committee meetings and regional events on an as needed basis.


The Labor Education Specialist is responsible for the following duties, including but not limited to:

1. Knowing how adults acquire and use knowledge, skills and attitudes; understanding individual differences in learning.

2. Selecting and using audio visual hardware and software and ability to use computers technology.

3. Identifying the knowledge and skill requirements of officers, stewards, grievance representatives and members.

4. Planning and coordinating logistics in an efficient and cost effective manner. Able to accept responsibility for facility planning and coordination with regional and local representatives. Responsible for all areas of participant materials production and distribution.

5. Communicating opinions, observations and conclusions with the Director, professional and support staff and the membership such that they are understood both in a written and verbal format.

6. Knowing key concepts and variables that define public and private sector labor relations, including the NLRB, Taylor Law, collective bargaining, contract administration and the duty of fair representation.

7. Recognizing, exploring and using a broad range of ideas and practices from all sources. Thinking logically and creatively without undo influence from personal bias.

8. Gathering information from printed and other recorded sources. Identifying and using information specialists and reference services. Able to work independently in producing education materials.

9. Developing practical frameworks which explain complex ideas in understandable and usable ways.

10. Presenting information to large and small groups using appropriate formats and materials.

11. Knowing and using the techniques and methods used in training and understanding their appropriate uses, including the development of needs assessments and other instruments that measure needs, interests and/or performance.

12. Preparing written material which follows generally accepted rules of style and form and is appropriate for the audience, creative and accomplishes its intended purpose.

13. Traveling extensively (on weekdays and weekends) throughout New York State to accomplish these responsibilities and other duties as may be required by the Department.

14. Able to produce timely and accurate materials.

15. Serving as a back‐up to other Department staff, during critical work periods or in covering planned activities of the Department.

16. Performing other responsibilities/duties as required that pertain to the education and training of the leadership and activists of CSEA.


Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in human resources, labor relations, political science, public administration or other related field as determined by CSEA,Inc., and a minimum of eighteen months of acceptable full‐time experience in providing direct labor relations service, preferably in education and training, in a unionized environment.


Associates degree in human resources, labor relations, political science, public administration or related field as determined by CSEA, Inc., and a minimum of three and a half years of acceptable full‐time experience in providing direct labor relations service, preferably in education and training, in a unionized environment.


High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of five years of acceptable full‐time experience in providing direct labor relations service, preferably in education and training, in a unionized environment. Experience in adult education is especially desirable. Certificate of Study in Labor Relations from an accredited college or university may be substituted, at the discretion of the employer, for some amount of acceptable full‐time experience in a unionized environment.


A satisfactory equivalent combination of appropriate training and experience as determined by CSEA. Promotion to the Grade 18 position is based upon successful completion of two years of satisfactory performance as a Grade 15 as determined by the Director of Education and Training. Promotion to the Grade 20 position is based upon successful completion of two years of satisfactory performance as a Grade 18 as determined by the Director of Education and Training.

NOTE: Candidates must possess a valid New York State driver’s license and personal vehicle for business use in order to be appointed and continue in this position.



143 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210

CSEA Local 1000 Hiring Statewide Organizer


The incumbent reports to the Deputy Director of Organizing and the Director of Organizing. Responsibilities include all aspects of organizing campaigns and building the union.


1. Performs all phases of organizing activities such as targeting, research, developing leads, progress assessment, recruitment, issue development, strategizing, escalating tactics, voter assessment, GOTV strategies ‐ with the objective of increasing CSEA’s membership.

2. Develops and applies a thorough working knowledge of labor and employment laws in the campaign setting, especially as pertains to exerting pressure on the employer.

3. Acts as lead organizer in campaigns including recruiting and educating volunteers, making assignments and ensuring accountability.

4. Gathers, analyzes, manages and uses data and information essential to organizing.

5. Builds internal and external (i.e. community) relationships and supports campaigns.

6. Performs related duties as required.


A Bachelor’s Degree in labor relations or a related field three (3) years of responsible work experience in union organizing, union building, political or community organizing that demonstrates a planned approach to campaign development. A satisfactory combination of education, training and experience.

NOTE: Candidates must possess a valid New York State driver’s license and car for business use in order to be appointed.

Significant travel required.



143 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210

Students Fight Back in Philadelphia

By Steve Brier

In the latest ominous sign of the ramping up of the neoliberal agenda to undermine public funding for public institutions, the state-appointed Philadelphia School Reform Commission (PSRC), which has managerial control over the city’s public school system and its 130,000 students, on October 6th unilaterally cancelled the longstanding contract it had with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), as reported earlier on the Murphy Institute blog.

This public school crisis was the result of decades of systematic underfunding of public institutions by the state of Pennsylvania, which is now firmly in the political hands of Republicans — especially the reactionary Governor Tom Corbett, who cut close to $1 billion from the state’s education budget over the past few years.

While the city’s teachers are understandably dispirited by the cancellation of their contract, the schools’ students and parents are helping them fight back. One parent criticized the PSRC for trying to have teachers underwrite their own health care costs, concluding that this was tantamount to “robbing the children.”

Students have refused to remain idle in the face of this struggle, using social media like Twitter and Facebook to organize a walkout and a series of mass demonstrations in support of their teachers. Continue reading Students Fight Back in Philadelphia

Opening: Extension Associate in the Worker Institute – School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University


The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University has an immediate opening for an Extension Associate in the Worker Institute.

The position of Extension Associate – Co-Director Cornell Union Leadership Institute within the Worker Institute (WI) in the Extension/Outreach Division of the ILR School is responsible for providing a range of training, content development and programming primarily in the area of labor-based education programs.

The Extension Associate will co-direct the New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute, a training program housed within the Worker Institute in the ILR (School of Industrial and Labor Relations) Outreach Division. This program enrolls approximately 30 students from various unions all over the Northeast each year. The program has existed since 2001 and has graduated over 330 leaders of unions, central labor bodies, and worker-centered social justice organizations.

The curriculum requires the completion of six classroom seminars and two fieldwork projects as well as three optional electives, either online or in class. A potential student in this leadership training program must be nominated and sponsored by his/her organization, and entrance to the program is competitive. Each class of 30 students enters together as a cohort. Seminars are held each year in July (one week in duration), October, January, March and May (three days each in duration). Field projects are due in January and in July. In July, the graduating students return to Ithaca for their final week-long seminar.

The Extension Associate position is a non-tenure track academic term position with up to a three year initial appointment. The position may be reappointed on the basis of recommendations by the appropriate Project Director, Thematic Lead and Associate Dean of Outreach as well as available funding and work.

More information about the ILR School can be obtained at our web site, http://www.ilr.cornell.edu


• Master’s or PhD in Industrial and Labor Relations, Worker Rights, Social Science or related field.
• Demonstrated relevant professional leadership and network development at the state, regional, national, and/or international areas in relevant professional, trade, policy, or public networks.
• Minimum of three to six years teaching related courses in college-level environment, conducting training to relevant target audience, and/or conducting research in the thematic content area.
• Demonstrated writing ability and scholarly record in the thematic content area (articles in peer-reviewed journals, articles in trade publications, research and project reports, informational brochures, policy briefs, etc.).
• Strong written and oral communication skills and experience teaching adult learners.
• Familiarity with the trade union movement, professional organizations, and non-profit entities.
• Commitment to the labor movement and social justice issues.
Preferred Qualifications:
• Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in large project management (e.g. several staff and budgets exceeding $500,000).
• Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in promoting thematic area program teaching, consultation, and research services to regional, state, or national networks through the use of in-person, print, and electronic mediums.
• Demonstrated experience in leading teams and mentoring, coaching, and supervising teaching personnel: three to five years preferred.
• Professional credentials in disciplinary area, such as appropriate state and national licensure, certifications, etc.
• Minimum of one to three years demonstrated experience in successful grant writing and grant management.
• Minimum of one to three years of experience with distance learning.

To be considered for this position, please apply on-line.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We’re an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
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Tenant Organizer & Advocate at Fifth Avenue Committee in Brooklyn, NY

Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), is a nationally recognized South Brooklyn based, non-profit community development corporation formed in 1978 whose mission is to advance economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents has genuine opportunities to achieve their goals as well as the power to shape the community’s future. FAC works to transform the lives of over 5,500 low and moderate income New Yorkers annually so that we can all live and work with dignity and respect while making our community more equitable, sustainable, inclusive and just.

To achieve our mission FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification. In addition to our grassroots neighborhood work, we are actively involved in broader coalitions and campaigns.

The Tenant Advocate will work collaboratively with Tenant Organizing & Advocacy staff to provide high quality direct services to tenants, including tenants’ rights workshops, advocacy regarding repairs and landlord harassment, and leadership development for residents of the community. The Tenant Organizer & Advocate will assist in a weekly intake for tenants in need, manage cases, and staff building and community organizing efforts as needed. In addition to working out of FAC’s main office in Gowanus/Park Slope the position will work out of the busy Sunset Park office of FAC’s affiliate, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, as needed which has a small dedicated staff.

This position reports to the Director of Organizing and Advocacy at Fifth Avenue Committee, and s/he will receive on-site supervision and support from the Program Coordinator. The ideal candidate should feel comfortable working independently and collaboratively.


Tenant Counseling:

  • Provide housing counseling and case management services to tenants facing eviction and/or living in distressed housing;
  • Provide referrals to legal services and relevant assistance to tenants facing eviction and/or living in distressed housing;
  • Accompany tenants to housing court if they are unable to secure access to legal services;
  • Assist tenants with applying for housing related benefits such as SCRIE and DRIE;
  • Assist tenants with filing housing related complaint forms with the NYS DHCR ;
  • Educate community residents about their rights as tenants, and assess eligibility for public benefits, and other resources;
  • Conduct tenant rights workshops at local schools, senior centers, religious institutions and community organizations.
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate participant records, enter information in databases in a timely manner, and compile outcomes and deliverables on services for funder reports and special events;


  • Participate in regular staff meetings and professional development activities;
  • Assist in grant and contract reporting for private and government funders as needed;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:

Community Organizing:

  • Provide support for existing building organizing work and identify new buildings for outreach;
  • Develop leadership among counseling participants and tenants in neighborhood buildings; encourage community engagement through Inquilinos Unidos, tenant organizing group facilitated by Fifth Avenue Committee;
  • Participate and encourage member engagement in local, city-wide and national housing advocacy campaigns;
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community leaders, partner organizations, staff of elected officials and other related institutions.
  • Represent FAC and NHN in neighborhood and issue-based coalitions that have relevancy to FAC and NHN’s mission.


  • Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish required;
  • Prior knowledge of NYC tenant rights, tenant organizing, eviction prevention, and/or public benefits required;
  • Some exposure to NYC affordable rental housing issues and trends preferred;
  • Experience working in a community-based, not for profit setting preferred;
  • Comfortable working with low-income, immigrant residents, many undocumented;
  • Ability to learn quickly and utilize creative problem solving skills;
  • Detail-oriented, able to establish priorities in collaboration with program staff, and meet reporting deadlines;
  • Able to work independently in an intimate, fast-paced work environment;
  • Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, dignity and social justice;
  • Sense of humor, humility and respect;
  • Commitment to FAC’s mission.

To Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume by October 31st, 2014 to:

Dave Powell
Director of Organizing and Advocacy
Fifth Avenue Committee
621 DeGraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Email: jobs@fifthave.org

Please indicate “Tenant Advocate” in the subject line.

No phone calls, please.

Fifth Avenue Committee is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).

People of color, community residents, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.