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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.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND
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.

COMPENSATION
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.

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Seeks Policy Organizer

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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.

POSITION SCOPE:
FPWA recently completed our strategic plan and has the vision to be a driving force behind unparalleled upward mobility for New York’s most vulnerable. The Policy Organizer is a critical position to achieving our strategic vision, and we are looking for a new team member who has the broad skills and passion for our comprehensive vision.

The Policy Organizer is responsible for building and managing 1-2 advocacy campaigns, organizing/mobilizing activities connected to PAR’s advocacy campaigns and priority issues, being the primary driver of member and ally engagement on policy advocacy and building political relationships.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Develop and implement 1-2 advocacy campaigns
 Identify key policy priorities for advocacy campaigns to build a city of equal opportunity
 Create and manage comprehensive advocacy plans for the campaigns
 Build new and innovative advocacy campaigns, in close collaboration with staff, stakeholders and allies, that enable us to achieve our strategic goals
 Effectively manage the various elements of the advocacy campaigns:
o Identify key decision makers and build political relationships
o Build and maintain an effective coalition
o Engage grassroots and key contacts
o Timely gather data and information, as needed
o Assist with developing effective campaign media strategies

2. Assist with 1-2 advocacy campaigns
 Work closely with Policy, Advocacy and Research Team on other advocacy campaigns
 Assist with organizing and mobilizing activities on these campaigns
 Ensure grassroots and grasstops engagement in advocacy campaigns and other policy
initiatives

3. Be the primary driver of member and ally engagement on policy advocacy
 Effectively organize/mobilize member agencies, their constituents, and allies to participate in advocacy campaigns and activities by:
o Conducting effective outreach and organizing work
o Building relationships with staff, constituents, and allies
o Increasing the advocacy capacity and leadership of staff, constituents, and allies
o Developing new and creative engagement/community outreach efforts
o Providing opportunities for advocacy (e.g., meetings with key elected officials, e-advocacy, etc.)
o Coordinating regular meetings to ensure ongoing buy-in, engagement and leadership in campaigns
o Developing advocacy materials and event-related documents (e.g., flyers) that are informative, inspiring, and creative to ensure good attendance and engagement of the target audience
 Work with FPWA’s Faith Organizer and Member Outreach Coordinator on capacity building and cross-unit collaboration to increase engagement of members and faith leaders

4. Administration
 Ensure timely recording of data connected to Outcome Measurement
 Assist with fund development including drafting proposals, writing reports, and supporting fundraising activities as needed
 Perform administrative duties as required by the PAR Unit (e.g., setting up for meetings and events, ordering of photocopy jobs, phone calls, etc.)
 Serve on internal committees representing FPWA including the Board Public Social Policy Committee, Policy and Program Department meetings, and others as directed
 Perform all other related duties as assigned. Work on related FPWA efforts as assigned.

COMPETENCIES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES INCLUDE:
 Organizing Training and Experience – Paid, full-time work experience effectively organizing constituents and stakeholders; proven success with coordinating advocacy campaigns; formal training in organizing preferred.
 Policy Advocacy – Knowledge of poverty and economic policy issues and the politics of New York City and State preferred.
 Action Oriented – enjoyment of working hard and looking for challenges; ability to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; a high degree of independence, flexibility, initiative, commitment and ability to work as part of a team.
 Communication Ability – excellent writing, analytical, research and speaking skills; experience facilitating meetings and workshops; ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders; ability to develop effective partnerships; demonstrated media skills and experience a plus.
 Results Orientation – proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; and problem solving, solution-oriented, project management, and creative resourcefulness.
 Operational Management – experience and demonstrated success in setting goals and objectives, managing to outcomes, and developing and using data to inform continuous improvement and decision making.
 Solid Educational Background – B.A. or graduate degree in community organizing, public policy or related field. Proficient computer skills (e.g. Word, Publisher, Access, Excel, etc.). Strong commitment to social justice and understanding of the needs of low-income communities in New York.

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
281 Park Avenue South
New York, New York 10010-6102
jobs@fpwa.org
No phone calls or other inquiries please. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies Seeks Senior Policy Analyst

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is an anti-poverty, policy and advocacy organization whose mission is to promote the social and economic well-being of greater New
York’s most vulnerable by advocating for just public policies and strengthening human service organizations. FPWA has a membership network of nearly 200 human service organizations
and churches that operate over 1,200 programs throughout the New York City metro area. Together we serve over 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities and denominations each year.

POSITION SCOPE:
The Senior Policy Analyst is responsible for policy formulation, direction, and implementation of campaigns focusing on promoting policies that improve the social and economic well-being of low income New Yorkers. FPWA recently completed our strategic plan and has the vision to be a driving force behind unparalleled upward mobility for New York’s most vulnerable. The Analyst is a critical position to achieving this vision, and we are looking for a dynamic and strategic new team member who has the broad skills and passion needed to implement large-scale change.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Policy Advocacy (90%)
 Assume primary responsibility for the policy formulation, direction and implementation of advocacy campaigns designed to impact low-income New Yorkers, including an existing campaign designed to reform City and State social service contracting processes to
provide a living wage and career ladder development opportunities to all social service employees.
 Collaborate with member agencies, allies, coalition groups, and across FPWA departments to promote and advance policy campaigns through the implementation of effective advocacy and engagement strategies.
 Identify new and emerging policy priorities that impact vulnerable and low-income populations, are of interest to our member agencies, and provide opportunities for FPWA
leadership.
 Conduct timely analysis and maintain on-going monitoring of relevant proposed and enacted legislation and regulations on the city, state and federal levels.
 Produce high-quality policy documents (e.g., policy statements, articles, testimony, memos of support or opposition, etc.) that are well researched, strategic and well written.
 Develop and maximize strong and effective relationships with key legislators and staff.

Administration (10%)
 Assist with fund development including drafting proposals, writing reports, and supporting fundraising activities.
 Perform administrative duties as required by the issue areas and by the PAR Unit (e.g. setting up for meetings and events, ordering of photocopy jobs, phone calls, etc.).
 Serve on internal committees representing FPWA
 Perform all other related duties as assigned. Work on related FPWA efforts as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
 Policy Advocacy – demonstrated advocacy skills and experience; proven success with coordinating advocacy campaigns; knowledge of policy issues in the New York City and State human services field; firm understanding of city, state and federal legislative processes; proactive in prioritizing and selecting among numerous issues worthy of advocacy and the ability to assess and justify the continuation or discontinuation of certain initiatives and activities.
 Nonprofit Experience – track record in the nonprofit sector; experience with working in, or coordinating, coalitions; demonstrated experience with not-for-profit contracting policies and issues; knowledge of the social welfare fields in New York, including public and voluntary agencies and churches; positive relationships with decision makers, nonprofit leaders and
faith-based organizations.
 Project Management – proven leadership skills as evidenced by program and/or project management, ability to facilitate teamwork; ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences and trends; capacity to incorporate changes into program plan.
 Action Oriented- enjoyment of working hard and looking for challenges; ability to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; a high degree of independence, flexibility, initiative, commitment and ability to work as part of a team.
 Communication Ability – excellent writing, analytical, research and speaking skills; ability to work as part of a team; experience facilitating meetings and workshops; ability to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders; ability to develop effective partnerships; demonstrated media skills and experience preferred.
 Results Orientation – proven track record of exceeding goals and a bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget; experience and demonstrated success in setting goals and objectives, managing to outcomes, and developing and using data to inform continuous improvement and decision making.
 Solid Educational Background – Bachelor’s degree required. Graduate degree in policy, social work, public administration, law, divinity or related field preferred. Proficient computer skills (e.g. Word, Publisher, Access, Excel, etc.). Strong commitment to social justice and understanding of the needs of low-income communities in New York.

TO APPLY:
Send PDF cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Emma Guzman at jobs@fpwa.org.

Emerald Cities Cleveland Seeks Director

OVERVIEW

Emerald Cities Cleveland—a collaborative of local government, business, labor, environmental and community organizations—is part of the national 501(c)3 Emerald Cities Collaborative working across the country to advance a sustainable economy and opportunity for all.

Emerald Cities Cleveland promotes clean energy, more efficient use of energy and water, good jobs, union labor, and pathways out of poverty for disadvantaged communities. As a leader in advancing clean, equitable, sustainable development in greater Cleveland, Emerald Cities Cleveland’s past major accomplishments include: Collaborating with partners to launch the Cuyahoga County Sustainability Department and Clean Energy Finance Hub; developing the nationally-recognized RENEW Cuyahoga program to foster energy efficient retrofits of municipal buildings; and, sparking a $1.9 million municipal retrofit for Seven Hills, Ohio.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Stakeholder Engagement and Relationship Management. The Director will serve as primary liaison and facilitator between local partners and the national Emerald Cities Collaborative to promote equitable and sustainable development in the Cleveland area.

  • Forge and develop relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders including contractors, and local government, community, environmental and labor leaders.
  • Within six months, facilitate collaboration of key local partners, empower them as the new Emerald Cities Cleveland Local Council, and develop a new strategic plan.
  • Facilitate meetings, generate useful meeting materials, follow-through on deliverables.

Champion High-Road Economic and Workforce Development Projects and Policies

  • Work with the newly empowered local council to identify and promote projects with potential to significantly enhance the environment, create good jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged residents.
  • Drive adoption and implementation of best practices and policies for sustainable, equitable development in local government, such as community benefit agreements.
  • Monitor, measure and market successes of community benefit policies in place, including as technical support provider for the Cuyahoga County Clean Energy Finance Hub.
  • The director will report regularly to local council, and share reports of success with the national Emerald Cities Collaborative.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Commitment and Collaboration. Strong commitment to mission and vision of Emerald Cities Collaborative. Proven ability to work with, and commitment to, unions and disadvantaged communities.  Exceptional relationship-building skills, and collaborative working style.  Public speaking skills.
  • Management Abilities.  Strong organization, time management, strategic planning and analytic skills.  Ability to balance competing priorities.  Group convening, facilitation and communication skills with varied stakeholders including business, labor, government officials, and community organizations.  Background or working knowledge of program development, grant writing, fundraising, budgeting, and developing earned revenue streams helpful.
  • Knowledge Base.  Degree in business, policy, environmental studies, engineering or similar studies.  Knowledge of construction training, project labor agreements, community workforce agreements, commercial and public construction industry, energy policy, environmental sustainability and/or related government entities helpful.

TIMING AND COMPENSATION

This full-time position will start as soon as possible. Competitive salary based on experience. Benefits include health insurance (medical, dental, vision) and eligibility for 401(k) retirement savings program. The position term is indefinite, subject to available funding. ECC is the fiscal sponsor for Emerald Cities Cleveland. Director will be accountable to the local council but will be a national Emerald Cities Collaborative employee.

Please send resume and cover letter, together in one document, with subject line “Job: Emerald Cities Director” toawoodrum@policymattersohio.org.  Position open until filled with priority given to applications received by July 24th, 2015.

ECC is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in professional environments, or that suffer from broader societal discrimination.