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Center for Popular Democracy Seeks High Road Campaigns Director, Fair Workweek Initiative

Position Location: Preferably Brooklyn, New York, though working remotely from other locations is possible.

Join the next wave in the movement for economic justice in America.

Across the country, workers in growing sectors like retail, food service, and healthcare struggle with unpredictable schedules with fluctuating part-time hours that wreak havoc on their lives and cause economic insecurity. The Center for Popular Democracy’s Fair Workweek Initiative (FWI) is seeking a High Road Campaigns Director to drive national field and digital campaigns that improve scheduling standards in low-wage sectors for hourly workers. Our campaigns are rooted in the leadership of women and communities of color to hold corporations accountable for delivering equitable 21st century workweeks.

About The Center for Popular Democracy

CPD promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. CPD builds the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda. Learn more at: www.populardemocracy.org.

About The Fair Workweek Initiative

Anchored by the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action, the FWI is driving the growing momentum to restore a workweek that enables working families to thrive. We are committed to elevating the voices of working people to ensure they can shape the solutions that work for their families – whether through improved industry practices or new workplace protections. Learn more at: www.fairworkweek.org.

Job Responsibilities

The Campaigns Director will develop and drive campaign strategy to raise scheduling standards across the service sector through corporate engagement strategies, worker leadership development, and workforce development programming by CPD partners. The Campaigns Director will supervise a Program Coordinator who will oversee the workforce development and employer engagement programs. The Director will play a hands-on role with at least six CPD partner organizations, implement worker-driven campaign strategies and partner with employers interested in our High Road Workweek Pledge. The Campaigns Director will report to the Director of the Fair Workweek Initiative and will have duties that include:

Campaign Strategy and Coordination & Capacity-Building

  • Develop comprehensive worker-driven campaigns to compel industry-wide scheduling reforms and recruit forward-thinking employers to join the High Road Workweek Partnership, which works with leading corporate employers on implementing improved scheduling standards informed by worker input, an independent research-based assessment, and a multi-stakeholder process.
  • Work with CPD partners to implement scaled comprehensive worker-driven campaigns for with innovative strategies to push for raised industry standards in the low-wage service sector, providing staff training and support in worker organizing, and worker leadership development;
  • Work with CPD’s communications and digital teams to drive and implement innovative, creative digital organizing and communications strategies that advance worker organizing, industry change and foster a broader dialogue on fair workweek issues
  • Provide the infrastructure for grassroots groups to collaborate, coordinate strategies, organize national days of action, and convene national committee calls and meetings of member leaders;
  • Work with the Deputy Director of policy campaigns to provide support to the coalition, political, and media work related to policy campaigns where partners are also engaged in worker organizing.
  • Supervise the Program Coordinator who will develop and implement a new workforce development program to develop workers’ skills and leadership within the service sector, piloting the program in two sites and expanding to others as funds are raised.
  • Manage worker and worker-related ally lists to support consistent communication with the Fair Workweek networks.
  • Provide capacity-building support to partners, including developing campaign tools so partners may better develop the skills of members to take leadership in strategic planning, activate their coworkers, and speak publicly; digital and communications technical assistance or support to partner organizations as needed; training partners to conduct participatory action research on economic justice issues through surveys, focus groups and interviews.
  • Directly engage and develop the leadership of workers connected through digital strategies to drive corporate accountability campaigns and build sustainable worker networks.
  • Working with the Initiative Director to fundraise to support the national program and to re-grant significant resources to partners in the field.


Candidates should have at least 8-10 years of relevant campaign experience, including 5 years of managerial-level experience in directing worker or community organizing campaigns, running an issue-based or corporate campaign, developing grassroots leadership and building worker committees; coalition-building, and utilizing digital campaign strategies to drive campaigns.

We are seeking outcome-driven candidates with excellent relationship-building skills. Ideal candidates should have demonstrated experience in the following:

A strong commitment to social justice and an understanding of challenges facing caregivers, communities of color, and low-and moderate-income families;

  • Experience with supervision and navigating organizational partnerships;
  • A track record of developing and maintaining strong working relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders;
  • Experience managing multiple projects and ability to coordinate with partners on digital campaigning, earned media, and joint campaign projects in a fast-paced environment;
  • Strong writing skills for public education, digital organizing, and earned media;
  • Experience with earned media, social media, multimedia and/or creative communications strategies;
  • Foundation and other fundraising experience.

Generous salary and benefits package, depending on experience.

How to apply:

To apply submit a resume and cover letter through our hiring portal:



CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.


Director/Coordinator, Make the Road Replication Project (Center for Popular Democracy)

Position Location: New York City (preferred)

About CPD:  The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. CPD works to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

About the Position:  We seek an energetic and experienced organizer to support and anchor the growth of new organizations in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  All of these projects have launched, have high quality staff in place and have growing bases of committed members.  All are sister organizations to the highly successful Make the Road New York (maketheroadny.org).

Primary Responsibilities:  This staff person will report to the Director of Organizing and Capacity Building at the Center for Popular Democracy and will:

  • Support local staff in all aspects of their day to day work, through in-person visits and regular meetings
  • Assist in training and recruitment of new staff
  • Anchor communications work with members, allies, potential supporters, press, and the broader community
  • Develop funding proposals and other funding materials and participate in fundraising to grow these new organizations
  • Manage organizational budgets and finances
  • Manage organizational databases
  • Represent these organizations at external meetings, coalition tables, and conferences
  • Ensure strong communication and relationship building between the new organizations and their sister organizations, Make the Road New York and CPD
  • Provide support to replication efforts in additional places over time

Job Requirements:  We are seeking a seasoned organizer with strong references who is interested in growing into a senior leadership position, with at least 5 years of organizing experience, experience organizing in coalition with grassroots, political and labor allies, strong English language writing skills, and experience in fundraising from individual and institutional sources.  Candidates should have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and a strong analysis of systemic oppression based on race, class, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Drivers license and vehicle;
  • Excellent organizational skills and good attention to detail;
  • A high level of self-motivation and a proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively;
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations;
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours;
  • Capacity to engage community members one-on-one and run meetings and trainings in Spanish and English

Strong benefits package. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume to-https://cpd.hiringthing.com/job/22891/director-coordinator-make-the-road…

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. 

Research Associate, Center for Popular Democracy

Full-Time Research Associate

The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) is seeking a full-time Research Associate to work on economic justice, immigrants’ rights and/or racial justice policy initiatives and campaigns.

The Center for Popular Democracy builds organizing power and transforms the local and state policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community organizing groups and labor unions nationwide. CPD collaborates with partners to build their internal strength, infrastructure and capacity – and to envision and win campaigns, with a particular focus on efforts to move a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda at the city and state level.

The Research Associate will join CPD’s strategic research team, and will collaborate closely with CPD’s organizing and policy staff, as well as staff and constituents from our partner organizations.  The Research Associate will work on a range of projects, including exploratory campaign research, data gathering and analysis, creation of campaign materials (including reports for CPD and our partner organizations), and community education activities.
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