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THE SOLIDARITY CENTER SEEKS A COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST

For the duration of the global health crisis, all work for this position will be done remotely. All travel will be contingent upon the lifting of government restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground.

Location: San Salvador

Deadline for Application: When filled

This position is contingent upon donor approval

SUMMARY

Solidarity Center seeks an experienced, creative, and forward-thinking Communications Specialist to fill a newly created position based in San Salvador, El Salvador supporting worker rights programs in Central America. Under the supervision of the Central America Country Program Director (CPD) based in Guatemala, the Communications Specialist will be primarily responsible for overseeing the implementation of an integrated communications and outreach strategy for a USDOL-funded project to “Improve Respect for Workers’ Rights in Agricultural Supply Chains in Honduras and Guatemala, and the Maquila Sector in El Salvador.” Fluent English and Spanish language skills are required.

DUTIES

  • Design and oversee a communication strategy that accomplishes Solidarity Center goals through traditional and new media platforms. The Communication Specialist will present an ongoing workplan to the CPD with deliverables and deadlines.
  • Provide guidance to strategically deploy worker testimonies in local media, social networks, and for advocacy engagement with employers, third-party stakeholders (like brands and consumers), and national governments.
  • Work closely with the project team to gather photos, conduct interviews, and organize training workshops, conferences, and other events.
  • Capture and edit photos and video for production materials.
  • Design, write and edit publications, broadcast scripts, brochures, newsletters, and feature stories intended for both allies and the public.
  • Train workers and staff to be effective spokespeople and storytellers through the use of communications workshops and mentoring programs that build communications capacity into local union organizing.
  • Develop curriculum, materials and training for staff and partner organizations on various communications methods as part of the skills transfer and sustainability plan.
  • Coordinate all aspects of press conferences and media events, including preparation and distribution of press releases and advisories, collecting information, quotes and contact information and prepping training leaders to speak to the press.
  • Make outreach calls to reporters and cultivate relationships with media.
  • Contribute to Solidarity Center’s website with specific information about local campaigns in the region.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in communications work relevant to worker rights and/or collective action to protect the interests of underserved communities, preferably in the project’s target countries (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador) and sectors (maquila and agriculture).
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team;
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, with minimal supervision, while staying well organized and self-motivated.
  • Ability to make good use of resources and available tools.
  • Ability to work effectively with allies and staff from diverse ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Ability to travel throughout Central America talking to workers and members of the public to gather photos, interviews and conduct/ set up press conferences.
  • Sound judgment and ability to manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, an enthusiastic attitude and a commitment to contribute to a positive work environment.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Spanish language skills

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ENGLISH

The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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THE SOLIDARITY CENTER SEEKS A COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Please Note: All work for this position will be done remotely for the duration of the global health crisis. Once government restrictions are lifted and office conditions are confirmed to be safe, the Communications Officer III will work at Solidarity Center’s Washington, DC headquarters.

Anticipated Start Date: September 27

Deadline for Application: Until Filled

Summary

Solidarity Center seeks a disciplined self-starter for the role of Communications Officer III to manage content on its web site. This includes drafting, editing, formatting, and posting web stories and other information, maximizing social media sharing of web content. The Communications Officer will draft, edit, proofread, and disseminate reports, press releases, brochures, flyers, letters, and other outreach materials. Other duties will include researching photos, obtaining permissions, and maintaining the Solidarity Center photo library. The Communications Officer will work closely with all departments and field offices and with outside vendors on print and other projects. This individual will help plan organizational events and may represent Solidarity Center at meetings and conferences in the U.S. and abroad with donors, partners, and other national and international public and private organizations.  Pending safe conditions, travel abroad may be required.

The Communications Officer will need to summarize large quantities of information about programs accurately, succinctly, and compellingly.  This individual prepares and exchanges information and coordinates the writing and editing of documents with other sections of the Solidarity Center.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Technical skills in Drupal and/or WordPress to oversee the Solidarity Center’s website Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, etc.)
  • Thorough knowledge of global political, economic, and social justice issues
  • Fluency in English with excellent communications skills, including writing, editing, and proofreading
  • Ability to work independently and complete assignments without supervision
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously
  • Ability to develop and implement strategies to increase web traffic and reach new audiences, and monitor web analytics
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work and interact easily with a wide variety of people.
  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, political science, international relations, labor relations or a related field and/or ten years of related work experience
  • Advanced word processing skills and basic spreadsheet and database skills
  • Experience in writing material for the web
  • Experience in page layout and design
  • Willingness to travel as necessary (10-20% pending safe conditions)

Additional Job Requirements:

  • At least five years of experience working in external communications, preferably for a labor rights, human rights or global nongovernmental organization
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofing skills
  • Ability to analyze data and understand and translate its connection to program and mission
  • Proven ability to coordinate complicated projects and to communicate across an organization and with partners and consultants
  • Experience initiating, contributing to, and producing communications assets (social media, visuals/videos, and publications such as research reports, fact sheets, blogs, news stories, etc.)
  • Ability to thrive and be flexible in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Experience with developing budgets and monitoring expenses for programs, and managing vendor contracts
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

Experience translating statistical and economic data into common language is a plus, as are photographic and/or video skills, along with familiarity with graphic design, photo editing, and publishing software. Proficiency in a second language is preferred but not required. Previous trade union experience and knowledge of labor issues is highly desirable.

Supervisor: Communications Director

Basic Duties:

  • Oversee and update the Solidarity Center web site
  • Conceptualize, develop, write, edit, ensure accuracy, and incorporate reviews of stories and information for the web site, outreach materials and other media and Solidarity Center publications
  • Interview staff, union leaders, and experts on issues relevant to workers for the web site
  • Maximize social media channels for greater outreach
  • Coordinate development of Solidarity Center materials with staff
  • Research, select, commission (when necessary), and manage rights to use photos/videos and maintain a photo library
  • Draft proposals, budgets and reports as requested by supervisor
  • Assist with production of reports and other documents as needed
  • Travel as necessary
  • Provide feedback to staff regarding draft materials to improve the quality of future submissions
  • Work with program staff to develop flow of interesting information from the field to the AFL-CIO Now weblog and other vehicles for dissemination of information about Solidarity Center programs
  • Write articles, reports and presentations for the Executive Director
  • Do page layout and design for organizational brochures
  • Edit outgoing correspondence as requested
  • Select information from field reporting and synthesize for website or publication
  • Write documents that require summarizing large quantities of information
  • Exercise quality control function to ensure that all outgoing documents are well written, free of errors, and presented in a professional manner
  • Represent the Solidarity Center as directed
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

This is a collective bargaining unit position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary starting at approximately $83,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.

The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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THE SOLIDARITY CENTER SEEKS A DEPUTY PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR CENTRAL AMERICA

This is an expatriate position. Due to the global health crisis, deployment to Guatemala will be contingent upon the lifting of travel restrictions and confirmation of safe conditions on the ground. Until that time, all work will be done remotely. 

Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Target Start Date: October 17, 2021

Deadline for Application: When filled

Summary:

Solidarity Center seeks a Deputy Country Program Director (Deputy or DCPD) with strong management skills and a commitment to social justice to serve as the primary support person to the Country Program Director (CPD) in our Guatemala field office. In the absence of the CPD, the Deputy will assume represent Solidarity Center with donors and partners and take responsibility for managing the field office, including local staff.  This individual must be conversant in events relevant to the political, economic, social and trade union developments in Central America. The Deputy must have sound judgment and political sense for making decisions when the Country Program Director and headquarters cannot be reached for consultation.  This individual will need a working knowledge of and experience in US Government regulations and procedures related to the funding and management of grants.

The Deputy assists in designing and implementing field programs that address the needs of our partner trade unions and the AFL-CIO. This includes writing and editing concept papers and proposals and seeking funding opportunities. This individual assists the CPD in program monitoring to measure and evaluate progress and ensure budgetary compliance.  The Deputy may be assigned primary responsibility for implementing and monitoring specific programs within the country/regional program portfolio.  The Deputy liaises with the CPD on significant developments in the country or region through meetings, reports and other communication.

The Deputy supports the work of the CPD with AFL-CIO affiliates, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and its regional organizations, and global union federations (GUFs), to facilitate their participation in Solidarity Center programs.  The Deputy provides logistical support for visitors from the Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO, affiliates, GUFs, the donor agency and other organizations. The Deputy may be required to fill in for a CPD on a temporary basis. Some travel will be required within Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica).

The Deputy assists the CPD in ensuring compliance with Solidarity Center policies, US regulations governing grants, and host-country law.  At the direction of the CPD, the Deputy shall develop and maintain positive relationships with the appropriate personnel at the USAID mission and the US Embassy, including completing requisite reporting requirements regarding Solidarity Center work.  With the CPD, the Deputy monitors developments to ensure that USAID and the Embassy understand organized labor’s role in development and how Solidarity Center programs contribute to and enhance their ability to accomplish their strategic objectives.

Basic Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of international relations and trade union, socio-economic and political developments in the U.S. and Central America;
  2. Experience in a trade union, specifically with grassroots organizing and campaign design;
  3. Experience and skill in strategic planning;
  4. Experience with proposal development and reporting, ideally in the context of U.S. government grants;
  5. Bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, labor relations or related fields and/or five years equivalent work experience
  6. Ability to implement projects alongside partners
  7. Ability to work independently on project start-up, with limited supervision, while collaborating with and coordinating teams;
  8. Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously and make decisions that have major effects on costs and completion of projects
  9. Good communications and writing skills
  10. Good interpersonal skills
  11. Fluency in written and spoken Spanish
  12. Computer literacy for word processing and simple spreadsheets

Supervisor: Regional Program Director

(Country Program Director will direct the work of the Deputy on a day to day basis)

Specific Duties

  1. Assist the CPD in managing the field office;
  2. Under the direction of the CPD, supervise local-hire staff;
  3. Ensure compliance with Solidarity Center and AFL-CIO policies and procedures, applicable donor and federal government regulations, and host-country law;
  4. With the guidance of the CPD, design, develop and implement country or regional programs that respond to the strategies, goals and objectives of the donors, the AFL-CIO and the Solidarity Center’s partners in the field.
  5. Initiate concept papers and program proposals and seek funding for same;
  6. Prepare timely, well-written reports in accordance with the deadline schedule;
  7. Monitor program performance and results as assigned by the CPD; discuss substantive changes required with CPD/Program Officer/Regional Program Director;
  8. Monitor program expenditures to meet budget targets;
  9. At the direction of the CPD and within approved communications guidelines, work closely with AFL-CIO affiliates to coordinate their participation in Solidarity Center programs;
  10. Manage the logistics for field trips by Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO and affiliate personnel as requested;
  11. Under the direction of the CPD, develop relations with US government personnel in country to ensure they understand the role of labor in development and of Solidarity Center programs in the context of their strategy;
  12. Share information on country conditions and labor issues as appropriate;
  13. Provide assistance and support for program evaluations or audits of field projects/offices;
  14. Travel on a TDY basis to conduct and/or oversee program development and implementation in other countries in the region; and
  15. Guided by CPD, develop coalition-building contacts with national and international labor, government and non-governmental organizations in the country or region.

The duration of this position, while contingent upon continued grant funding, is anticipated to last from three to six years, with the option to transfer to another post at the end of the assignment.

As part of the collective bargaining unit, this position is generously compensated with an annual salary starting at around $90,300, which may be subject to U.S. foreign earned income tax exclusion for US citizens (please consult a tax professional to verify). A robust benefits package includes excellent health and life insurance, a retirement plan/pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and sick leave. In addition, as an expatriate position, the Deputy Country Program Director is entitled to housing, relocation expenses, annual home leave, and an education allowance for dependents.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.

The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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THE SOLIDARITY CENTER SEEKS A POLICY DIRECTOR

Anticipated Start Date:  November 1, 2021

Location: Washington, DC

Summary of Position

As a member of Solidarity Center’s management team, the Policy Director plays an institutional management role with direct responsibility for the organization’s government and congressional relations. As the person responsible for advancing Solidarity Center’s education and outreach efforts with Congress and the federal government, this individual establishes and maintains relationships with representatives from multiple Congressional offices and committees, federal agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Policy Director is the organization’s liaison to multiple labor and international development coalitions and represents Solidarity Center in a variety of public for a promoting global worker rights among U.S. policy makers.

The ability to manage divergent interests, to respond to requests for information quickly and accurately, and to distill and synthesize complex pieces of information efficiently tailored to various audiences is critical to success in this role. In addition, the Policy Director must be able to speak extemporaneously, stay on message, and demonstrate a solid knowledge of Solidarity Center and its programs. This individual must have a keen political sense and the ability to manage confidential information with discretion.

This work requires close coordination with the Executive Director, Communications Director, Regional Program Directors and other Washington and field-based regional staff.

Qualifications

  • Extensive knowledge of across U.S. Congress and federal agencies Extensive knowledge of current international labor, socio-economic and geopolitical issues
  • Familiarity with federal budget processes and foreign assistance programs
  • Firsthand trade union experience, with extensive knowledge and deep understanding of labor movement dynamics in the U.S. and globally
  • Ability to understand and effectively articulate Solidarity Center’s mission and programs to diverse audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, specifically the ability to relate to and communicate effectively with Solidarity Center staff, U.S. and foreign trade union leaders, senior U.S. and foreign government officials, and representatives of non-governmental organizations
  • Exceptional writing/editing, critical thinking, and analytical skills
  • Basic computer literacy in word-processing and simple spreadsheets

Candidates for the position should have an academic background, preferably a master’s degree, in labor relations, political science or international affairs, or equivalent work experience.  Fluency in a foreign language is a plus.

This position entails occasional travel outside the U.S. A medical condition that precludes the ability to travel regularly may disqualify a candidate from eligibility.

Supervisor: Executive Director

Congressional Outreach and Education

  • Develop and strengthen Solidarity Center relationships with Congressional offices, committees, and caucuses
  • Seek opportunities for Solidarity Center partners and staff to engage with Congress, including via SC-led briefings
  • Coordinate and help draft Congressional testimony for Solidarity Center staff
  • Respond to inquiries from members of Congress and committees
  • Draft and submit questions for the record for Congressional hearings
  • Track annual appropriations process and promote Solidarity Center priorities in conjunction with the AFL-CIO
  • Track, review, and provide input on pending legislation
  • Share regular updates on labor issues with key members of Congress and committees
  • Participate in joint outreach and education meetings with Solidarity Center coalition partners including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and its core institutes, InterAction, and others
  • Plan and coordinate Congressional delegations and visits to Solidarity Center programs

Administration

  • Plan, convene, and facilitate quarterly interagency labor meetings
  • Participate in ad hoc and regular policy meetings with federal agencies, sometimes jointly with the AFL-CIO, on relevant policy issues
  • Track federal policy and regulatory changes that affect Solidarity Center’s work
  • Draft policy papers and briefs (jointly with the AFL-CIO where appropriate) s

Coalitions

  • Represent Solidarity Center in external coalitions, including with the NED and its core institutes, InterAction, and others
  • Draft labor content for joint publications and policy papers with coalition partners

Internal

  • Provide regular updates, analysis, and advice to Solidarity Center management and staff on Congressional and federal developments that affect their work
  • Coordinate with regional and thematic departments on advocacy strategies
  • Serve as liaison with the AFL-CIO on trade issues
  • Promote an atmosphere of cooperation, coordination, and respect among staff at all levels and across departmental/regional lines
  • Know and follow Solidarity Center policies and procedures; ensure staff are aware of and comply with same
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by Executive Director

Additional Information

This is a senior management position, generously compensated with a gross annual salary of approximately $150,000 USD. A robust benefits package includes fully paid health insurance, life insurance, a retirement plan, pension, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical leave.

The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO

Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.

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VOCAL NEW YORK SEEKS A DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE

Organizational Background

VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization working to create healthy and just communities by building power among people affected by HIV, drug use, mass incarceration, and homelessness. We do this through community organizing, leadership development, participatory research, policy advocacy and direct action with the belief that true social change must come from the bottom up and be led by those most directly impacted.

VOCAL-NY also provides onsite and peer-based syringe exchange, overdose prevention, hepatitis C and HIV education, drug treatment education and other services for people who use drugs. Services are provided in a low-threshold, nonjudgmental and culturally relevant manner.

Position Description

The Development Associate is a key member of the Infrastructure Team, responsible for supporting the development department’s work and activities and will report to the Director of Development.

As Development Associate, you will support the growth of VOCAL-NY, manage the monthly donor program, assist in organizing the annual gala and other special events, manage fundraising calendars, research and apply for grants, and maintain relationships with VOCAL-NY’s 1000+ monthly donors.

Job Responsibilities:

Other duties may be assigned. On an ongoing basis regular duties include the following:

  • Fundraising: Assists with individual donor campaigns (e.g., annual gala, end-of-year fundraising) and manages the monthly donor program.
  • Administration: Manages electronic and paper records of donors and grants.  Manages donor acknowledgements. Coordinates development calendar, as well as development activities in the calendars of the Director of Development and the Co-Executive Directors.
  • Writing: Write fundraising and communications emails about VOCAL-NY’s campaigns. Support writing grants, development materials, and the annual report.
  • Prospecting: Conduct regular research into prospective foundations and major donors. Generate donor profiles. Manage foundation tracking so the organization is always following up on appropriate funder leads.
  • Events: Assists in the coordination for the annual gala and occasional fundraising and “friend-raising” events. Coordinates social events for VOCAL-NY’s monthly donor program.
  • Support Other VOCAL Campaigns: The position will be expected to periodically provide support for any and all community organizing and campaign work within VOCAL-NY. We have a highly collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other’s campaigns as needed.

Requirements / Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong interpersonal, writing, and problem solving skills, with a keen attention to detail. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic, the war on drugs, homelessness, and mass incarceration and a willingness to approach these issues through a racial justice analysis and using approaches that elevate the involvement of directly affected people and communities. People directly impacted by HIV, the war on drugs, homelessness, and mass incarceration are encouraged to apply. A deep commitment to social justice is required.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent verbal, written, research and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have a commitment to grassroots fundraising as a necessary component of power building.
  • Attention to detail and strong proofreading skill.
  • A strong commitment to teamwork and to working with and promoting the leadership of people directly affected by the issues we work on.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with common business software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email clients). Adobe graphics programs and fundraising database programs is a plus.
  • Spanish language proficiency is desirable but not required.
  • Understanding of and passion for VOCAL-NY’s mission.

This is a full-time position. The position will report to the Director of Development and will work collaboratively with other members of the Infrastructure, Campaigns, and Services teams.

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VOCAL NEW YORK SEEKS A HOUSING CAMPAIGNS DIRECTOR

Organization Overview: VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization working to create healthy and just communities by building power among people affected by HIV, drug use, mass incarceration, and homelessness. We do this through community organizing, leadership development, participatory research, policy advocacy and direct action with the belief that true social change must come from the bottom up and be led by those most directly impacted.

VOCAL-NY also provides onsite and peer-based syringe exchange, overdose prevention, hepatitis C and HIV education, drug treatment education and other services for people who use drugs. Services are provided in a low-threshold, nonjudgmental and culturally relevant manner.

Position Description: The Housing Campaigns Director is responsible for leading and implementing all of VOCAL-NY’s housing campaigns, with an emphasis on developing the power and leadership of low income people of color who have direct experience with homelessness and housing insecurity. This role will oversee the policy, advocacy, and community organizing components of our campaigns, and supervise the Housing Campaigns Coordinator and Homelessness Community Organizer.

VOCAL-NY’s housing priorities aim to rehouse homeless New Yorkers, break the cycle of homelessness, and remove barriers for people who are experiencing homelessness. Examples of active campaigns include:

  • Increasing the Mayor’s affordable housing commitments for homeless New Yorkers
  • Ending landlord and broker discrimination against homeless New Yorkers
  • Winning a statewide Section 8 style rental assistance program to help New Yorkers exit homelessness and to keep others from becoming homeless.

This role will report to VOCAL-NY’s Political Director.

Specific Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Supervise Housing Organizing and Campaign Staff: Supervise and develop the Housing Campaign Coordinator and Homelessness Organizer. Meet weekly for supervision, develop work plans, provide direction and support to ensure staff are meeting work tasks and professional goals. Create and maintain frequent and clear lines of communication around tasks, feedback, and expectations.
  • Team Development: Establish and facilitate regular team meetings with housing staff to develop strategy and troubleshoot campaign challenges. Support a results-driven team to build capacity for our housing and homelessness campaigns.
  • Campaign Strategy: Support housing staff and VOCAL-NY members in identifying advocacy issues, and developing campaign strategy, and ensuring timely and effective implementation.
  • Coalition Building: Support housing staff to represent VOCAL-NY in housing and homelessness coalitions, build relationships with key allies, and move other organizations to action in support of VOCAL-NY goals.
  • Legislative & Budget Work: Monitor the city and state budget and legislative processes around housing and homeless issues, identify and/or develop budget and legislative priorities, and lead a grassroots lobbying strategy to pass legislation or adopt budget priorities.
  • Campaign Materials: Oversee the preparation of policy & research reports, legislative summaries, talking points for members, hearing testimony,  and other campaign materials as needed. 
  • Press: Support housing staff to develop relationships with media contacts; draft and pitch media advisories, press releases, and press statements for events; draft opinion editorials with members and pitch to media.
  • Overall Support: The position will also be expected to occasionally provide support for all community organizing and campaigns around the drug war, mass incarceration, and HIV/AIDS within VOCAL-NY as needed.  We have a highly collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other’s campaigns.

Requirements / Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong interpersonal, public speaking, writing, and problem solving skills. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to housing & homelessness issues and a willingness to approach these issues through a racial justice lens. People directly impacted by homelessness & housing insecurity are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A deep commitment to ending homelessness in New York.
  • A deep commitment to working with and promoting the leadership of people directly impacted by homelessness & housing insecurity.
  • At least 5 years of full-time community organizing, advocacy (or related) experience, and 3 years of experience leading a team.
  • Familiarity with the New York City and State housing system – including key players, processes, and practices – and an understanding of why the system is in need of reform.
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment, with changing assignments.
  • An ability to lead their own projects, and take initiative.
  • Excellent ability to facilitate meetings and trainings, coordinate coalitions, and develop partnerships among a wide and diverse array of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with common business software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail).

This is a full-time position. The position will require occasional attendance at evening and weekend meetings, and regular day trips to Albany, NY during the legislative session.

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