Make the Road New York Seeks Coordinator for Safe and Just Cleaning Research & Action Campaign

Make the Road New York ( is a non-profit organization that builds the power of Latino and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.  We have 21,000+ members and operate five community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island, Brentwood, Long Island; and White Plains, Westchester.

MRNY’s Workers’ Health and Safety Program serves thousands of immigrant workers per year through a combination of training on a variety of health and safety topics and community-based research across various low-wage industries.  The Program aims to develop the skills and leadership of community members to create more resilient, safe and healthy workplaces in a variety of industries across the city through dynamic training for immigrant workers, train-the-trainer programming, and community-based participatory research on occupational health and safety.  This Program is housed within MRNY’s Organizing Department (Worker Organizing Team) and strives to connect participants to our broader worker organizing and systemic change efforts.

Current Opening:

MRNY seeks a highly motivated, organized, and dedicated individual to join our dynamic workers’ health and safety team.  The focus of this position will be leading the day-to-day management of our research and public health action campaign, “Safe and Just Cleaning” – a multilevel campaign that aims to reduce the adverse health effects, and the associated disease burden, experienced by low-wage immigrant workers due to the use of cleaning chemicals at work and home.  This position will support a research project that MRNY is doing collaboratively with the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment at Queens College, CUNY and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Using a participatory research model, workers and community members will gain skills and knowledge to recognize their exposures and potential risks; this will lay the basis for building a joint worker-community advocacy effort that directly address the multi-layered impact of dangerous chemicals on cleaners’ and their communities.


The Coordinator for the “Safe and Just Cleaning” research and action campaign will, among other things:

    Assist in the planning of meetings, outreach initiatives, trainings, and collection of research data;

    Contribute to reports and other correspondence with project grantor(s);

    Collaborate extensively with team members to conduct project planning and assessment;

    Ensure connection of work performed across departments and partner organizations connects to the overall goals of the Safe and Just Cleaning campaign

    Assist the work of the broader worker’s health and safety program as needed.

    Supervise 1 staff member, and coordinate the work of member-volunteers.



      Must be fluent in English (written and spoken) and at least near fluent in Spanish (spoken);

      Strong organizational, interpersonal, writing, and communication skills;

      Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team, proven ability to problem-solve, and engage in positive conflict resolution and constructive solution-oriented conversation;

      Demonstrated ability to work independently while moving work forward in strategic and efficient ways as well as identifying when guidance/support is needed;

      Demonstrated commitment to social justice and cultural humility and interest in building a grassroots movement with community organizations;

      Be able to work some evenings and possibly some weekends;

      Strong command of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;

      While the position is based in our Queens office, the applicant will split their time coordinating activities at Queens College, CUNY, and must be willing to travel to our offices in Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island and Staten Island.



      Two to five years of project coordination experience and/ or master’s degree in Public Health, Social Work, or related field

      Knowledge of community-based participatory research;

      Experience collaborating with community organizers is a plus;


Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive annual salary based on a democratically designed salary scale, depending on relevant work experience, education, and other factors ranging from $48,000 to $53,000 MRNY offers a generous benefit package including health insurance and 401K.


How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to Applications with no cover letter will not be reviewed. Applications will be accepted until April 10 or until the position is filled. Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately.  


Make the Road New York is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to insure equal opportunity and equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, genetic information and sexual orientation, in all employment decisions including but not limited to hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.