Make the Road New York Seeks Outreach Specialist (Queens, NY)

Make the Road New York (www.maketheroadny.org) 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 conducting in-person outreach to

domestic cleaners at and around their job sites, and in their communities, and engaging workers in the “Safe and Just Cleaning” campaign- 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. We are looking for an energetic individual with the ability to work both independently and in teams, and deliver high quality work in a fast paced environment. The applicants should be fully fluent in Spanish and possess strong communication and relationship building skills.

 

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

  • Recruit a large number of domestic cleaning workers to participate in a survey about their working conditions;
  • Recruit domestic cleaning workers for focus groups and mobilize workers to attend meetings and events;
  • Help conduct presentations and assist with the facilitation of meetings;
  • Promote the engagement of domestic cleaning workers in this campaign and help develop their leadership within the workplace justice organizing project;
  • Meet productivity and quality performance targets, maintaining database records, paper files, and documentation required by campaign procedures and by funders;
  • Assist the work of the broader worker’s health and safety program as needed.

 

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and collective action.
  • Training as a community health worker
  • Comfort approaching and speaking to workers at and around their job sites.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • Self-motivated with a high level of accountability and initiative. Proven ability to problem solve and overcome obstacles;
  • Collaborative attitude; an eagerness to work alongside a dynamic team and receive constructive feedback on job performance;
  • Able to work in an exciting, fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment;
  • Comfortable traveling to, and working in, neighborhoods across New York City, especially, Queens and Brooklyn;
  • Able to work occasional evenings and some weekends;
  • Bilingual English-Spanish preferred, Spanish required;
  • Experience working with the population that MRNY serves;
  • Trained in community-health work issues.

Preferences:

  • Experience providing workshops/ community presentations;
  • Experience in public health and/or workplace justice advocacy;
  • Strong computer skills (web-based database, word processing, Excel, etc.);
  • Knowledge of community-based participatory research;
  • Experience collaborating with community organizers.

 

Compensation and Benefits:

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

 

 

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to safe.justcleaningoutreach@maketheroadny.org. Applications with no cover letter will not be reviewed. Applications will be accepted until June 15th 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.

Benefits

Compensation and Benefits:

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

Level of Language Proficiency: Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to safe&justcleaningoutreach@maketheroadny.org. Applications with no cover letter will not be reviewed. Applications will be accepted until June 15th or until the position is filled. Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately.