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Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize – Call for Entries (2015)

THE NEW YORK LABOR HISTORY ASSOCIATION is pleased to announce this Call for Entries for the First Annual Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize. The deadline for entries is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2015.

THE BERNHARDT PRIZE IS AN AWARD OF $500 given to an article or series of articles that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. The work should be published – in print or online – in a union or workers’ center publication or by an independent journalist.

By sponsoring this award we hope to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations.

The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU’s Tamiment Library.

The winner will be announced at the Tamiment Library on OCTOBER 15, 2015, during a forum about the history of labor journalism.

We are guided by the vision of the late DEBRA E. BERNHARDT, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present.


The prize will be given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history; shows creativity; demonstrates excellence in writing; and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy.

The work may be an article or a series of articles, published in a labor or a workers’ center publication or by an independent journalist – in print or online – between January 2014 and August 30, 2015.

Entries should include a cover sheet with name of the author and the place and date of publication. Five copies of each article (with cover sheet) should be submitted, to:

New York Labor History Association, Tamiment Library, 10th Floor
Bobst Library NYU
70 Washington Square South New York NY 10012

Questions? Contact info@LaborArts.org or 212-966-4014 ext. 1703

ALIGN Seeks Field Coordinator (NYC)

ALIGN: the Alliance for a Greater New York unites labor and community for a more just and sustainable New York. Formed by the merger of New York Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda, ALIGN builds upon 20 years of creating good jobs, healthy communities, and a more accountable democracy for all New Yorkers. Successes include the “Trades and Residents for Apprenticeship Development and Economic Success” (TRADES) project, which has created over 300 careers in construction for local public housing residents through New York City Public Housing Authority capital repairs; securing one of the nation’s first municipal green buildings policies, which has eliminated over 200,000 metric tons of harmful greenhouse gas emissions; and anchoring the Alliance for a Just Rebuilding and achieving a the Build it Back local hiring program in Sandy-impacted communities. For more information about our work, visit www.alignny.org.

We seek a talented, motivated, and dedicated senior Field Coordinator to join our staff team. This is an exciting time to join our team and be engaged in building an ambitious organization at the forefront of innovative movement building efforts in New York.

Position Description & Responsibilities: The Field Coordinator will report to the Organizing Director and is responsible for:

• Mass Base Field Campaign Strategy: Leading the development of local organizing efforts which will involve extensive field campaign visioning, planning and strategy development done in conjunction with allies and internal policy and communications teams situated at the intersection of climate, race and the economy. The primary focus will be on guiding an emerging “New York Rising” coalition bringing together community and labor partners to implement a mass engagement strategy to develop a broad base of currently unengaged young people and people of color to support policy and issue campaigns.
• Mass Base Field Campaign Development & Implementation: Voter/constituent universe targeting and cutting turf for field (phone & door-to-door) campaigns through Voter Activation Network (VAN). Development and tracking in VAN of a leadership development ladder to increase consistent engagement of mass base.
• Alliance-Building: Strengthening and growing our Mass Engagement Strategy through our “New York Rising” coalition Leadership Team and our longstanding alliance through broad- based institutional and individual relationship-building and maintenance.
• Organizational Development & Leadership: Engaging actively as a member of the staff team by contributing to organizational vision, strategic planning, fundraising, and staff development as well as being a representative for the organization in the NYC movement, within our longstanding alliance and amongst national networks.

Qualifications: A commitment to social, economic and racial justice and the labor movement; Minimum 3 years of experience in a staff position within a community organization and/or labor union; Has strong relationships with and knowledge of economic justice, environmental justice and labor organizations; Knows the New York political landscape and communities; Highly developed racial justice analysis; Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion, particularly to coordinate direct outreach field campaigns through the Voter Activation Network (VAN), and work as part of a team; Minimum 3 years experience managing civic engagement style field campaigns and a high level of expertise in VAN; Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills; Ability to multi-task and work in a deadline driven environment; Willingness and ability to produce significant impacts however necessary; Ability to work independently.

Terms of Employment: Field Coordinator is a full-time position with health, retirement, vacation, and other benefits. These terms, and others relevant to your employment, are spelled out in the ALIGN Personnel Policy that is available upon request.

Application Process: This position is available immediately. E-mail cover letter and resume to employment@alignny.org. Please put “Field Coordinator” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

ALIGN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBT and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Introducing: ALRexchange.org

Murphy’s Advancing the Field of Labor Relations Program seeks to broaden and strengthen communications and exchanges between China and U.S. universities and unions. 

www.ALRexchange.org is an English-Chinese bilingual website, developed by Murphy’s Advancing the Field of Labor Relations Program to serve as a hub of resources for both academics and practitioners in the field of Labor Relations. More than five hundred searchable bilingual bibliographies, contract languages, training materials, relevant Labor Relations articles and U.S.-China comparative curriculum materials for the study of labor relations have been posted and shared in our website. Find it on our resource page.

The website also includes “Labor in the News”, featuring news from the labor field in the U.S., China, and worldwide on a weekly basis. To further this unique comparative perspective, the team also tweets these updates via Chinese social media, Weibo, to interact with our Chinese audience directly. Continue reading Introducing: ALRexchange.org

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Seeks Executive Assistant to the CEO

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The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is an anti-poverty, policy and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of nearly 200 human service and faith-based organizations. FPWA has been a prominent force in New York City’s social services system for more than 92 years, advocating for fair public policies, collaborating with partner agencies, and growing its community-based membership network to meet the needs of New Yorkers. Each year, through its network of member agencies, FPWA reaches close to 1.5 million New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities, and denominations. FPWA strives to build a city of equal opportunity that reduces poverty, promotes upward mobility, and creates shared prosperity for all New Yorkers.

Job Overview

The Executive Assistant provides the highest level of direct administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to facilitate the Chief Executive in the successful achievement of the organizational priorities and mission. Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the Executive Assistant manages all scheduling, travel arrangements, management of expenses, coordination of reports, and performs other critical administrative functions to the highest standards in a very fast –paced environment.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

– Provide first point of contact for all telephone calls to the Chief Executive, ensuring queries are directed appropriately and / or follow up action is taken promptly and managed effectively

– Monitor CEO’s email, alerting Chief of Staff and/ or CEO to issues as required and / or redirecting to appropriate FPWA staff and ensuring follow up on any outstanding issues

– Prepare correspondence on behalf of the Chief Executive as required

– Manage the CEO’s calendar and schedule, taking account of both internal and external organizational priorities

– Make all relevant travel arrangements including coordinating accommodation, ground transportation, event bookings and any other associated specific requirements

– Ensure briefing packs, meeting materials and or required supporting information is available for the Chief Executive in a timely manner before any meetings, liaising with the Chief of Staff as necessary Page 2 of 3

– Process all expenses and expense reports in a timely manner and in accordance with FPWA policies

– Coordinate all internal meetings involving CEO including catering, accommodation needs, and so on – Provide administrative support to all meetings of Board of Directors including scheduling meetings, answering queries, collation, production and distribution of Board materials, coordination of room requests, catering, and so on

– Undertake any other administrative duties required to ensure smooth running of Executive office including filing, photocopying, sorting mail, messenger services, working with Chief of Staff to prioritize requests, etc.

An effective Executive Assistant will have the following experience and competencies:

  • Minimum 3 years relevant work experience in a fast – paced, high –volume, professional environment.
  • Comfort with technology including excellent MS Office skills, particularly Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word. Minimum Bachelor’s level education
  • Highest levels of professionalism, smart and ‘polished’, ensuring representation of the organization to the highest standards
  • Highest level of integrity, maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion, tact and diplomacy
  • Administrative Excellence: Demonstrates excellent administrative, coordination and organizational skills; understands and manages priorities and is able to manage multiple tasks while maintaining standards and attention to detail; demonstrates ease in use of technology effectively in workplace. Uses MS Office (incl. Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word etc) to enhance administrative support to CEO
  • Drive for Results: Proactive and solutions –focused; thrives in a fast-paced environment; demonstrates initiative and problem-solving skills to reach required results; actively seeks out opportunities to enhance support provided to strive for results; drives self and others to achieve results; resilient and motivated for high achievement
  • Communication for Results: Communicates effectively both orally and in written form; adjusts style to ensure effective communication; listens to others to enhance understanding; uses tact and diplomacy as needed but can assert own needs while maintaining respect in the workplace
  • Maintaining Effective Partnerships: Partners effectively with others to achieve goals; does not allow ‘status’ of self or others to create barriers within the workplace; enjoys working with team and actively seeks out collaborations with others; works effectively with internal and external stakeholders Page 3 of 3
  • Excellence under Pressure: Demonstrates highest level of integrity in all situations; maintains confidentiality and exercises discretion at all times. Smart and polished, demonstrates highest levels of professionalism regardless of situation and represents the organization both internally and externally to the highest standards
  • Flexibility and Adaptability: Navigates ambiguity and change with an open, can-do attitude, adjusting behavior to manage changes and challenges; moves seamlessly between any number of functions as required; works out of normal office hours to achieve results if required
  • Critical and Analytical Thinking: Quickly and systematically analyzes the root cause of problems before taking corrective action; recognizes and communicates the implications of data/information; clearly frames a problem, identifies and collects the necessary data, and makes recommendations for solutions; takes complex issues or problems and breaks them down into manageable components; relates problems to one another to recognize opportunities for dealing with several related problems at the same time.
  • Commitment to Development: Continually seeks to improve and enhance work environment to ensure achievement of Executive Office priorities; seeks to enhance own understanding to enhance value added to organization; applies learning to enhance and support work of Executive Office
  • Commitment to the Mission: Actively seeks to enhance own understanding of work and priorities of FPWA and demonstrate understanding of and commitment to visions, goals and key policy priorities of the organization.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

PLEASE SUBMIT A COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO: Emma Guzman, Operations and Human Resources Coordinator Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies 40 Broad Street New York, NY 10004 jobs@fpwa.org No phone calls or other inquiries please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.


Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Seeks Group Purchasing Service Manager

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The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) seeks a creative and proactive manager to lead its Group Purchasing Service (GPS). This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced self-starter with purchasing experience, including marketing, outreach, and vendor management, to strengthen an essential service for our member agencies.

Originated in 1943, GPS was initially designed to help agencies cope with the scarcity of goods created by World War II. Operating continuously since, GPS now has 300 purchasing partners consisting of non-profits and places of worship throughout NYC that leverage their cooperative purchasing power to ensure the best product for the most reasonable price. As purchasing partners maximize their cooperative purchasing power they operate in a more efficient manner and save money that is vital to increasing their program operations. The manager is responsible for the overall operation of GPS and serves as the liaison between GPS’ purchasing partners and vendors.

The manager will be expected to establish a strategy to implement realistic goals for increased partnerships, volume, and revenue growth. Additionally, the manager will develop and execute mechanisms to track partner participation, ensure appropriate reporting, and identify opportunities for future growth. The manager will also be responsible for re-establishing relationships with lapsed purchasing partners, increasing usage by current partners, and recruiting new purchasing partners. The successful candidate will also manage all aspects of vendor relations including conducting competitive bids, developing opportunities in new product areas, and establishing funding partnerships with key suppliers. As a member of the Member Initiatives Unit within the Policy and Program Department, the manager is expected to work collaboratively with others to engage and strengthen FPWA member organizations.

The successful candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit with professional administrative and marketing experience. Specifically, the right candidate will have:

1. A baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited college in business, marketing, public administration, finance, accounting, or other fields related to the objectives of the program
2. A minimum of two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in one or a combination of the following: purchasing, economic or financial administration; sales and business development; wholesale or retail marketing; vendor management; program management and administration; fiscal management; or in a related area
3. At least one year experience in an executive, managerial, administrative, or supervisory capacity
4. Proven experience in vendor management and/or customer relations (direct retail or wholesale is a plus)
5. Experience in the creation and implementation of business plans
6. Excellent computer skills with prior experience of creation and maintenance of database information
7. Excellent interpersonal relations and communication skills with the ability to demonstrate tact and diplomacy while enjoying working as part of a team
8. Strong negotiation skills
9. Demonstrated ability for general budgeting and accounting
10. A proactive, results oriented attitude with proven ability to manage multiple tasks and properly measure success
11. Interest in the work of FPWA and commitment to the mission of assisting in the service of New York Cities neediest and most vulnerable citizens.

Overall work experience in the non-profit environment is considered a plus.

FPWA is a membership organization that works to build the capacity of the almost 200 human services agencies and affiliated churches in our network and to advocate for policies, legislation and budgets which support social and economic justice, on behalf of those whom they serve.

We offer competitive salary and excellent benefits. To apply please send a current resume, including salary requirements to the attention of Emma Guzman at jobs@fpwa.org
FPWA is an equal opportunity employer.