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Worker’s Justice Project Seeks Workers’ Rights Organizer

Job Overview: The Workers’ Rights Organizer position is a full-time position organizing and empowering low wage workers to demand living wages and dignity on the job. The organizer will work along the side with other team members in developing a new infrastructure that will allow addressing wage theft and health and safety issues by engaging new workers, identifying potential leaders, and developing leadership to build power in their workplace and in their communities.

Essential Job Functions: Organizing

  • Coordinate the organization’s wage theft work;
  • Mentor VALORS Worker’s Justice Project wage theft committee;
  • Conduct worker outreach through contacts, day laborer corners, worker meetings, and at community locations;
  • Motivate workers to take action within their campaign and to support other campaigns;
  • Identify potential leaders and develop worker members’ leadership skills;
  • Set up one-on-one meetings with worker members;
  • Be persistent in obtaining commitments from workers;
  • Help coordinate and support workers in engaging in direct action;
  • Develop meeting agendas and facilitate meetings to engage workers;
  • Build WJP’s membership;
  • Meet regularly with the team of organizers to evaluate and improve work;
  • Participate in creating new strategies to organize workers around wage theft, enforcement, and prevention;
  • Meet regularly with supervisor to discuss strategies and check in on progress of the team;
  • Flexible schedule including some early mornings, late evenings, and weekends
  • Running campaigns to fight wage theft, unsafe working conditions, and improve wages using an array of strategies including policy advocacy, media, and ally mobilization;
  • Coordinate and integrate with the broader WJP team;
  • Conduct trainings around basic organizing, wage theft, health and safety, advocacy, amongst other trainings through popular education and peer to peer methodologies.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate in planning and staffing WJP events;
  • Create strategic ideas on how to move the campaign forward;
  • Flexible to the needs of carrying out the organizational mission.

Special Requirements

  • This position requires travel periodically;
  • Some weekends, required.

Compensation: This is a full-time, hourly position. The annual salary for this position is $47,500. A generous benefits package is included.

Qualifications: The job requires a high degree of motivation and the ability to take initiative. A successful applicant will have the following qualities:

  • Commitment to WJP’s mission, vision, values, workers, and worker justice;
  • Familiarity and direct experience with immigrant workers;
  • 2-5 years community, immigrant, and/or labor organizing experience;
  • Bilingual in Spanish, required;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Basic knowledge in New York and Federal labor and employment laws;
  • Excellent people and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Mail, etc.)

To Apply:  Please send by email a letter summarizing your qualifications and interest along with your résumé that includes education, work history, and two employment and one personal reference to Director, Ligia Guallpa: ligia@workersjustice.org

Worker’s Justice Project Seeks Community/Domestic Worker Organizer

Position Description

The Organizer is responsible for outreach, recruitment, and retention of worker members. The Organizer provides strategic leadership in the development of organizational base building plans, enlists WJP members leaders and volunteers in these movement building efforts, and trains and supports members in developing their leadership roles in the movement.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work closely with other WJP staff – The worker organizer must collaborate on an ongoing basis with other WJP staff. This involves regular meetings and coordination;
  • Community and workers outreach and recruitment – Conduct consistent and targeted street outreach of workers;
  • Organize workshops and leadership development trainings – Organize and facilitate workshops to develop the skills of members and leaders;
  • Partnership work – Invest time and energy in building and maintaining WJP’s relations with key coalitions and partner organizations. This involves attending meetings and inviting new and old members to partnership meetings, and reaching out to and inviting unengaged organizations to become more involved in supporting the movement;
  • Base-building events – Create events and spaces that are educational and contribute to movement building that include entertainment and friendly, supportive socializing;
  • Create spaces for workers to demonstrate their leadership and foster empower and ownership over their organization;
  • Collective identity – Aid worker members and leaders into developing a collective identity and integrate them to Workers Justice Project;
  • Follow-Up – Work with WJP staff to develop more systematic ways to ensure follow up of new contacts, current members, and lapsed members;
  • New member orientation & member tracking – Coordinate and conduct individual and group new member orientations. Track members’ involvement in our database and hard copy systems;
  • Conflict resolution – The organizer needs to be able to manage, aid, and facilitate in internal and conflict resolution;
  • Organize and engage in direct action organizing.

Special Requirements:

  • Local travel periodically, required;
  • Available to work on weekends.

Job Requirements

  • Commitment to WJP’s mission, vision, values, workers, and worker justice;
  • Familiarity and direct experience with immigrant workers;
  • 2-5 years community, immigrant, and/or labor organizing experience;
  • Bilingual in Spanish, required;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Basic knowledge in New York and Federal labor and employment laws;
  • Excellent people and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, Mail, etc.)

Compensation: This is a full-time, hourly position. The starting salary for this position is $47,500. A generous benefits package is included.

To Apply:  Please send by email a letter summarizing your qualifications and interest along with your résumé that includes education, work history, and two employment and one personal reference to Director, Ligia Guallpa: ligia@workersjustice.org

Young Invincibles Seeks Northeast Director (NYC)

The Northeast Director leads our New York operations headquartered in New York City. The Director manages the organizing, policy, communications, consumer education, and development work of the office, helping to build YI’s impact in the region. She or he is also part of Young Invincibles’ national management team, guiding organizational strategy and priorities.

The ideal candidate has outstanding leadership ability, communication skills, and political instincts. She or he must be entrepreneurial, a great team player, and passionate about changing the world. The Northeast Director also must be a supportive manager who can grow a team of passionate staff members to advance the mission and sustain the organization. The position is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in making a real impact and developing a growing nonprofit office.

Position reports to:  Director of Regional Strategy Principal

Responsibilities:

• Leadership: Support a small, growing team of passionate, energetic staff members to craft a vision for YI’s impact in the region.

• Campaign Management: Identify opportunities and then build and implement local organizing, policy, and communications campaigns around health care, higher education, workforce and financial security, and civic engagement; implement YI’s national campaigns at the regional level, with a focus on New York. Understand political dynamics of the region and the state.

• Fundraising: Lead all local fundraising efforts.

• External Relations: Manage and develop long-term strategic relationships that can support our programs and mission with non-profits, government, foundations, and the private sector.

• Media: Act as a spokesperson for Young Invincibles in the media and at public speaking appearances in the region and occasionally on the national level.

• Organizational Development: Work with YI’s national management team to develop the long-term vision of the organization, help shape internal processes and strategies to improve our work and organization, and implement them across the organization.

Qualifications:

• Minimum 6 to 8 years experience in organizing, policy advocacy, or legislative work.

• Outstanding leadership ability and political instincts.

• Excellent verbal and written communications ability, including strong policy writing and grant writing skills.

• Campaign or program management experience.

• Strong fundraising instincts and ability to present a concept or campaign in a compelling way.

• Entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to launch new programs from the ground up.

• Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with a diverse range of individuals with varied life experiences, political views, and backgrounds.

• Supportive management style, with a demonstrated ability to grow team members to take on greater leadership roles, and strong interpersonal skills.

• Strong understanding of political process, and how organizing, policy, and communications can work together to move an agenda.

• Solutions-oriented attitude, entrepreneurial work ethic, passion for the mission.

• Understanding of New York state political and funding landscape are nice to have but not mandatory.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Aylia Naqvi at aylia.naqvi@younginvincibles.org and write “Northeast Director” in the subject of email.

Pay is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Young Invincibles is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. Young Invincibles does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

New York City Employment and Training Coalition Seeks Executive Director

Started in 1997 as a volunteer organization and incorporated in 2001, the New York City Employment and Training Coalition is the only membership organization focused exclusively on workforce development in New York City. The organization currently boasts 180+ members comprised of community-based organizations, community colleges, proprietary schools, union affiliated training programs. Now in our 20th year, armed with a five year strategic plan, the Coalition is well poised to be the Strong Voice of New York City’s workforce development community.

The Coalition’s core strengths are in its ability to provide the collective voice of a diverse and vibrant community to policy makers, philanthropy and the public as well as the power of convening the community on a wide range of topics including industry intelligence, best practices, and the expertise of the community.

NYCETC is a partner project of the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY) and enjoys the benefits of being co-located with other non-profits at the Fund’s Manhattan shared workspace. NYCETC is a financially stable organization with an annual budget of approximately $400,000 supporting two full time directors in addition to the Executive Director. More than half of the Coalition’s revenue is earned income from membership dues, event sponsorship and fee for service work. The remainder comes from private philanthropy grants. The NYCETC Board of Directors is comprised of over 20 executives of NYC’s leading workforce development providers.

The Position

The Board of Directors is looking for a creative and entrepreneurial executive director who can lead NYCETC to the next level and navigate the challenges and changes in the field that are currently in motion. S/he must be an extraordinary leader, who has experience working with a large group of stakeholders developing consensus around complex issues, and has a demonstrated track-record of successful fundraising and advocacy.

The successful candidate should have significant experience in economic development, workforce development, education, training and/or social services. He or she should have a full understanding of what it means to run a membership association, working with an active and engaged Board of Directors and should have experience as an effective spokesperson. A Bachelor’s degree is required; Advanced degree is preferred.

NYCETC promotes an open, inclusive environment that emphasizes cooperation and teamwork among staff, the board, members and partner organizations.

Responsibilities

1. Entrepreneurial Leadership

 Provide vision for the organization  Lead organizational development activities such as implementation of strategic initiatives  Develop and implements annual operating plans  Work with staff, board, and partner organizations to develop and pursue policy and program goals  Supervise full-time staff and add capacity through part-time opportunities  Works closely with an active and diverse Board of Directors individually and through the Board Executive, Advocacy, Event, Membership and Leadership committees

2. Fundraising and Fiscal Oversight

 Lead annual fundraising activities  Provide financial management system oversight for efficiency and general accounting standards  Develop and monitor annual budgets and monthly financial statements  Work with FCNY portfolio manager and the Board to ensure sound fiscal oversight

3. Communications, Collaboration and Stakeholder Management

 Serve as the lead spokesperson for the organization promoting NYCETC’s mission and advocacy priorities, communicating successfully and persuasively in various forums.  Provide direction and oversight to develop and implement messaging and public relations strategies to increase awareness  Develop and maintain relationships with national, state and local political leaders, and relevant coalitions and advocacy organizations  Develop and nurture relationships with government and elected officials  Provide oversight and direction for the Coalition’s major communications vehicles including the Workforce Weekly, the website and blog and social media platforms

4. Advocacy and Policy Expertise

 Provide direction and oversight to development of a set of advocacy priorities based on member needs and priorities  Promote this advocacy agenda in social media, traditional media, government and elected officials  Provide oversight and direction to the development of policy positions and written briefs  Provide leadership support to the Board and Member Legislative Policy and Advocacy Committees

5. Strategic and Event Planning

 Oversee and manage the organization’s annual event schedule including three signature events a year – the Summit, the Policy Forum and the Opportunity Awards  Create a robust calendar of additional events including Coalition Cafes, Executive Breakfasts, Information Sessions and Employer Roundtables  Provide leadership support to the Board Events Committee

6. Membership Services

 Provide direction and oversight to the annual membership dues drive and collections  Develop mechanisms to gather feedback and suggestions from membership and the community through such mechanisms as annual surveys and targeted focus groups  Cultivate new members, communicate regularly with long-term members and devise strategies to continue to grow the organization

Required Qualifications

  • The ability to effectively work with multiple stakeholders at all levels within the government, corporate, foundation and non-profit communities
  • Knowledge of City, State and Federal workforce legislative and regulatory policy and process
  • A solid track record in fundraising and growing an organization of a similar size
  • A clear understanding of membership associations and how they function
  • A minimum of four years senior management experience including management of organizational budgets and fiscal operations
  • Strong written and public-speaking communications skills
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the complex issues facing non-profit community service organizations and educational institutions within the workforce development system.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in a related field.
  • Experience in management of a workforce or economic development organization
  • Knowledge of the NYC workforce system and its various stakeholders

Application information Interested applicants should send cover letter, resume and salary requirements by June 16, 2017 to edsearch@nycetc.org . The New York City Employment and Training Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Boston Ujima Project Seeks Ujima Capital Fund Manager

Ujima Project is seeking a full time Fund Manager to help launch and lead Ujima’s innovative community-controlled investment fund. The Fund Manager will have a balance of investment analysis and / or management experience, a commitment to social and economic justice, and the ability to communicate effectively across diverse communities.

The Ujima Capital Fund will be a non-profit fund that includes a diverse group of non-accredited, accredited and institutional investors. The Fund’s portfolio will be made up of local small business investments, the majority owned by working class people of color. The Fund Manager is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Ujima Project’s democratic community investment process. The Fund Manager serves on Ujima’s Management Team and reports to the Director of the Ujima Project.

Responsibilities

● Lead the development and maintenance of the administrative, financial, and operational infrastructure of the Ujima Capital Fund

● Work with key stakeholders to help design and implement Ujima’s participatory planning and investment process

● Help form and manage Ujima’s Investment Committee, responsible for developing and overseeing Ujima’s capital allocation strategies

● Support investor recruitment and fund capitalization efforts

● Work with Investment Committee to design and implement a portfolio allocation strategy for balancing risk, return and timing to assure that investors receive their anticipated return

● Coordinate investment pipeline, due diligence processes, term structuring and closing processes for Ujima investments

● Monitor portfolio companies and communicate fund performance with Ujima’s community of investors Desired Qualifications

● Proactive, with a keen ability to cooperatively support the development of a new organization

● Demonstrated commitment to Boston’s working class communities of color

● Passionate about both social justice organizing and community controlled finance

● Experience underwriting and structuring direct investment terms (preferably across a wide variety of capital types including debt, equity, royalty and convertible instruments.)

● Experience managing an investment portfolio

● Experience with running a business or coaching entrepreneurs

● Fluency with the field of local impact investing

● Reliable with impeccable follow-through

● Both detail-oriented and able to keep an eye on the bigger picture

● A relationship-builder with strong interpersonal skills

● Computer and technology savvy

● Fluency with Excel and experience with accounting software like Quickbooks

● Clear, and coherent communicator in both written and oral forms

● Well-organized and able to self manage complex workflows

● Ability to engage and leverage support from volunteers and diverse partners

● Experience living in Boston’s communities of color a plus

● Bi-lingual abilities is a plus

Compensation

The salary is competitive with executive salary levels of community-based nonprofits. The position includes insurance, benefits, and flexible time-off.

How to Apply

Email info@ujimaboston.com with “Fund Manager Application” in the subject line.

Please include:

● Resume

● Cover letter describing interest in the position, qualifications, and expectations

● Three references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the position can start as early as May 1 and no later than Sept 1, 2017. Ujima Boston is an equal opportunity employer. Boston residents, women, Black people, people of color, immigrants, queer, and gender nonconforming people strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about Ujima Project at www.ujimaboston.com