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UHAB Seeks Crown Heights Tenant Union Organizer/Researcher & Community Organizer (Interim Facility)

This listing is advertising TWO positions with UHAB’s Organizing Policy & Research department.

1) Crown Heights Tenant Union Organizer (CHTU)

UHAB is seeking a Housing and Community Organizer to support the activities of the Crown Heights Tenant Union (CHTU). A grassroots coalition of tenant associations in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, CHTU is coordinated by UHAB and led by its members. (Read more below.)

2) Researcher and Community Organizer, Interim Facility

UHAB is seeking an Interim Facility Project Lead, a researcher and community organizer.

Spearheading our Interim Facility Project, this staff member will help identify strategic opportunities for affordable housing preservation and organize tenants to have a choice in the future ownership of their buildings. (Read more below.)

About the Organization

UHAB empowers low- to moderate-income residents to take control of their housing and enhance communities by creating strong tenant associations and lasting affordable co-ops. Since 1973, UHAB has been helping New Yorkers with limited means become part of their own housing solutions. Our work is guided by core principles self-help, democratic resident control, and affordability for low-income households.

UHAB’s Organizing, Policy, and Research department works with tenants who are at risk of displacement due to predatory behavior from landlords, gentrification, or poor living conditions. UHAB works with tenant leaders to develop resident associations and engage members in fighting for their own housing solutions.

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First Position: Crown Heights Tenant Union Organizer (CHTU)

The Housing and Community Organizer will work alongside tenant associations and community leaders to prevent displacement in Crown Heights. The Organizer will work to develop tenant associations in buildings facing distressed physical conditions, severe tenant harassment, and a loss of affordability as well as work closely with the leadership of the CHTU.


  • Supporting the development of tenant associations in Crown Heights and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Identifying and supporting the growth of tenant leaders through training, skill-sharing, and one-on-one meetings
  • Expanding the base of CHTU through outreach and leadership development to existing tenant associations
  • Working with the leadership of CHTU to coordinate two monthly membership meetings with its members, in addition to providing logistical support to the committees and working groups within the union
  • Reaching out to and mobilizing CHTU members to participate in and support the work of City- and State-wide coalitions to strengthen affordable housing in New York City


The ideal candidate will be computer proficient, have excellent organizing skills, be personable, flexible, and have

  • a strong commitment to housing and economic justice,
  • several years prior experience working as a community or labor organizer (preferably within New York City),
  • an ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and accessible way,
  • strong oral and written communication skills, and
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively handle multiple projects at the same time.

Candidates with an interest in alternative affordable housing models (i.e., affordable co-ops) and an interest in supporting UHAB’s work to build a pipeline of low-income co-ops are preferred. Hours include evenings and some weekends


The Housing and Community Organizer will be based primarily in our main office in Lower Manhattan; the organizing work takes place in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter with two references to UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Second Position: Researcher and Community Organizer, Interim Facility

The Interim Facility Project Lead will help identify distressed properties where there is a chance of ownership change (e.g., buildings in private foreclosure). The Project Lead will conduct outreach to buildings to find tenants interested in organizing towards a tenant-supported purchase model. Additionally, they will help tenants build leverage to negotiate with the current owner or lender, decide what the future ownership of the building should look like, and, when appropriate, bring in preservation purchasers to meet and work with the tenants.


  • Maintain a database of at-risk buildings, primarily buildings in foreclosure
  • Research opportunities for preservation, including target research for identified buildings, focusing on outstanding private debt or municipal liens
  • Conduct outreach to identify residents interested in working with the Interim Facility Project
  • Train residents in different types of ownership models and help tenants decide which type of ownership is right for their building as well as assist tenants in identifying and meeting with potential preservation partners
  • Collaborate with legal service providers and city agencies to assist tenants in securing emergency repairs and support throughout the process


The ideal candidate will be computer proficient, have excellent research and organizing skills, be personable, flexible, and have

  • a strong commitment to housing and economic justice,
  • prior experience working as a community or labor organizer (preferably within New York City),
  • research and database management skills,
  • an ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and accessible way,
  • strong oral and written communication skills, bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred,
  • a strong sense of self-motivation, creativity, and desire to solve complicated problems, and
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively handle multiple projects at the same time.

We will give preference to candidates with an interest in alternative affordable housing models (i.e., affordable co-ops) and in supporting UHAB’s work to build a pipeline of low-income co-ops. The project focuses on working with residents in extremely physically distressed housing. Candidates with experience or interest in conducting building needs assessments and cost analyses, as well as overseeing repairs, are encouraged to apply. Hours include evenings and some weekends.


The Interim Facility Project Lead will be based in our main office, in Lower Manhattan, but significant time will be spent in the field in buildings across New York City.


$35,976 annually, including a generous benefits package with both health and dental insurance.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter with two references to UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Planned Parenthood of New York City Seeks Community Organizer

Planned Parenthood of New York City is seeking a Community Organizer to join our Public Affairs team. The Community Organizer is based at our Administrative Offices located at 26 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.

What you’ll find at Planned Parenthood of New York City:

Commitment: Planned Parenthood of New York City is a leading provider of sexual and reproductive health care, education, and advocacy. We’ve been here 100 years and will continue to be here for as long as New Yorkers need high-quality health care.

Passion: Staff and leadership are dedicated to advocating for reproductive health and providing expert care to all New Yorkers.

A focus on justice: We are here as a resource for all New Yorkers, including people of color, the LGBT community, and immigrants.

Care for our staff: One of the ways we value the wellbeing of our staff is through the compensation and benefits package we offer to eligible employees. Our benefits package includes comprehensive health and dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan including an employer contribution, and generous paid time off.

What the Community Organizer does:

– Works with community members and partners to develop opportunities for New Yorkers to engage with Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) and advocate for reproductive health, rights, and justice

– Expands and strengthens PPNYC’s activist and supporter base throughout New York City

– Mobilizes PPNYC activists in support of local coalition efforts

– Coordinates many aspects of the PPNYC Action Fund Activist Council, developing advocacy events and tactics, leading community outreach, and supporting activist recruitment, training, and development

-Works with the Activist Council workgroup’s (Sex Ed Advocacy, Fundraising, Health Center Escorts, and Field Outreach) leadership to set monthly meeting agendas and co-facilitate meetings

-Supports PPNYC’s Health Center Advocacy program and Patient Activist trainings

– Working with the Senior Director of Organizing and the Manager of Youth Organizing, the Community Organizer will develop strategies and tactics to bring a reproductive justice framework to PPNYC’s organizing work.

We’re seeking candidates who have:

– Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent

– Requires 2-3 years of experience and success in community organizing, grassroots issue or advocacy campaigns, and/or electoral campaigns

– Must have a commitment to reproductive freedom for all people and commitment to social, economic, and racial justice for all

– Must have strong written, verbal, and organizational skills; and the ability to set and meet clear goals

-Experience working with and managing volunteers

– Working knowledge of online advocacy systems a plus

– Evening and weekend hours required


We offer an excellent, comprehensive benefits package!

Professional Level: Professional

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

How To Apply

Community Access, Inc. of New York City Seeks Housing Counselor Coordinator

Community Access, Inc. (CA), founded in 1974, is a progressive not-for-profit organization that expands opportunities for people living with mental health concerns to recover from trauma and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services. We are built upon the simple truth that people are experts in their own lives. Our programs are spread across 20 locations and include over 1000 units of supportive housing in three boroughs, the Howie The Harp Advocacy Center, ThriveAtWork, Blueprint Supported Education, East Village Access—a PROS program, and a peer-driven Crisis Respite Center.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of

HOUSING COUNSELOR COORDINATOR  to work in our housing division, with locations in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn

This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week, with a salary in the low 50’s and an excellent benefits package.  

Position Overview

The Housing Counselor Coordinator is responsible for creating and maintaining the housing counselor schedule across the community residence programs. The Community Residence Scheduler/Trainer is also responsible for providing tools/coaching/training for HC’s to enable them to carry out their job responsibilities in line with CA program standards and values.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Serve as lead in Per Diem HC recruitment efforts to ensure an adequate Per Diem pool is available at all times; Provide on-site orientation and training for all newly hired Housing Counselor staff; In coordination with training department and program managers, develop and deliver HC training curriculum; Create and maintain monthly Housing Counselor schedule for all CRs; Address night and weekend scheduling emergencies, providing coverage when necessary; In conjunction with program managers, develop HC manual; Provide crisis de-escalation and intervention services, ensuring the safety of residents, and the upkeep of the buildings, during assigned shifts; Ensure quality services are provided to the residents at sites during assigned shifts, through task supervision and coaching of HC’s; Provide and document supervision to assigned staff so that agency and program goals are communicated effectively, job performance is continuously evaluated and appropriate training is given; Maintain documentation as required by Community Access, OMH and Medicaid. This includes progress notes, incident reports and reception desk logs; In conjunction with program managers, ensure medication monitoring policies are followed through regular review of records; Provide progressive employee discipline when necessary, consistent with agency policies and in consultation with supervisor and human resources department; Oversee the front desk areas to assure they are clean and organized; Attend team meetings and training sessions as required; Participate in arranging coverage for holidays and staff vacations.


Qualified candidates must have an understanding, appreciation, and commitment to the philosophy and mission of Community Access; Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED); Previous experience working with adults with living with mental health conditions, preferred; Previous supervisory experience preferred; Commitment to recovery oriented practice and harm reduction; Must be fingerprinted and cleared by the NYS Justice Center; Be skilled in de-escalation and conflict mediation/negotiation; have an assertive approach to problem solving; Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to work as part of a team; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Ability to utilize various computer programs, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel; Be creative and flexible; Show initiative and be responsible for follow through; Ability to maintain confidential information, as related to position; Ability to walk up four flights of stairs; Ability to work in the field (using public transportation).

Interested candidates should apply on

Community Access is an Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Women, People of Color and Members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

CA is committed to the hiring of at least 51% consumer staff, in all of its departments and programs, and at all levels of management.

Community League of the Heights Seeks Project Manager – Affordable Housing Redevelopment (NYC)

Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is seeking a full-time Project Manager to oversee the redevelopment of various buildings of affordable housing in Washington Heights, New York. CLOTH is an experienced affordable housing developer with a portfolio of 36 properties. This is an opportunity to redevelop and preserve affordable housing for families in NYC in a dynamic, community-based organization.

Background: Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is a multi-faceted community development and service organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the economically disadvantaged residents of Inwood, Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights. Our mission is to provide the knowledge, resources, and opportunities our residents need to empower themselves and their community. Our work encompasses advocacy, organizing and the providing of services related to decent affordable housing, education, health, youth services and neighborhood improvement. Since our inception in 1952, CLOTH has grown from an all-volunteer agency focused on the youth of Washington Heights to an influential community development corporation. CLOTH offers an array of services including an after school program, a middle and high school for 690 students annually, a food pantry that feeds 400 families a week, and a technology center that provides workforce development, adult education classes and access to computers.

In addition to our health and education community-based programs, CLOTH is a highly experienced developer of affordable housing and a recognized leader in the transformation of distressed properties into high quality affordable homes. CLOTH’s housing portfolio currently includes 36 properties with a total of 557 units located in the neighborhoods of Inwood, Washington Heights and Hamilton Heights. Our properties serve a variety of different populations including the formerly homeless, youth aging out of foster care, those with chronic mental illness, the elderly, and families. With extensive experience in low-income housing tax credits, HOME, RAD, and other programs, CLOTH has successfully secured millions of dollars in project financing to redevelop and preserve hundreds of units of affordable housing.

Job Summary and Responsibilities

This Project Manager will report to the Director of Real Estate Development and will be responsible for implementing a range of projects from pre-development through construction and permanent financing conversion. The Project Manager will serve as the primary point person for CLOTH’s redevelopment projects and will be responsible for ensuring the on-time and on-budget completion of projects. The Project Manager must have the ability to work both as part of a team and independently on complex assignments. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage real estate development projects from predevelopment through construction
  • Oversee project development and team.
  • Review and negotiate project legal and contract documents.
  • Monitor construction process including progress schedules and project financial management.
  • Prepare, analyze, and revise functional pro formas
  • Communicate with internal and external development team members (i.e. architect, contractor, HPD, or other consultants).
  • Develop and track project budgets before and during construction.
  • Coordinate relocation for existing tenants during construction
  • Marketing and selling of rehabilitated affordable units

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Real Estate, Planning, Public Administration or Business preferred.
  • Minimum two years of real estate experience required.
  • Real estate development experience, including experience in affordable and LIHTC housing development preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with NYC HPD programs such as YR 15, PLP etc.
  • Solid understanding of operating budgets and proformas with experience in the use of various related computer programs including Microsoft Suite.
  • Ability to successfully manage and complete complex development projects that involve multiple sources of financing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and work with directed, but limited, supervision.
  • Experience with and interest in working in a community-based organization
  • Bi-lingual Spanish and English preferred

We offer a competitive salary & comprehensive benefit package including health insurance, paid vacation and personal days.

For more information on our organization please visit our website at

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $50,000.00 to $60,000.00 /year

Required education:

  • Master’s

Required experience:

  • real estate: 2 years
  • Project Management: 1 year

Required language:

  • Spanish


Democracy Now! Seeks Interns (NYC)

Democracy Now! Internships are paid, 20 hour per week, temporary work placements to help students, people early in their careers and career changers to gain entry-level skills and experience in the fields of outreach, social media, education, fundraising, translation and archiving in a non-profit setting. All internships take place at our Manhattan studio where we produce our daily TV and radio news hour.

Democracy Now! staff provide one-on-one mentorship and supervision to help Interns maximize their educational experience. Where possible, Democracy Now! will provide assistance to Interns requesting academic or work-study credit.

The Internship program is offered in two sessions per year. Interns work with our Archive, Democracy Now! en Español, IT, Education, Outreach & Development and Social Media departments. Candidates interested in opportunities with our Production department should apply for our Fellowship Program.

Session Dates
January–June (application deadline November 15)
July–December (application deadline May 15)

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have completed a high school diploma, GED or equivalent and must have a valid US work authorization.

To Apply

  • Review the Internship Descriptions below to choose which department you’d like to work with. Candidates may only apply for one internship.
  • Send a one-page resume, a cover letter and two work or academic references to the email address specified in the in the appropriate Internship Description below. In your cover letter, please address these questions:
    1. How did you discover Democracy Now!?
    2. What are your goals in seeking out this internship?
    3. What makes you a good candidate for this internship?

Due to the volume of applications received, you will only be contacted if you are selected for an interview. No mail submissions or phone calls please.

Democracy Now! is an equal-opportunity employer.

Internship Descriptions

New Labor Forum Highlights: Nov. 13th, 2017

The New Labor Forum has a bi-weekly newsletter on current topics in labor, curated by the some of the most insightful scholars and activists in the labor world today. Check out some highlights from the latest edition below.

While important revelations of workplace sexual harassment committed by men in the entertainment industry continue to come to light, we take this occasion to consider the ubiquitous and nearly invisible harassment faced by the women who are most tethered to their jobs and least able to access legal remedies. They labor in fast food joints, hotels, secretarial jobs, farms, hospitals, and night shift janitorial jobs. For a host of reasons, their sexual harassment, assault and rape go largely unreported.* This abuse sometimes motivates them to organize, says New Labor Forum Editorial Member Kate Bronfenbrenner,  “But it can be a reason women don’t organize,” she explains in a Boston Globe article on sexual harassment within unions. Lin Farley, journalist, author, and coiner of the term “sexual harassment,” suggests that employers may also use sexual harassment to fend off union drives: “You have young girls, working-class kids for the most part, trying to get jobs in fast food places, because they have to work. And you have fast food managers systematically using sexual harassment to keep turn-over high, so they don’t have to unionize, they don’t have to give high wages. . . . Its one of the huge scandals going on in America today.” Continue reading New Labor Forum Highlights: Nov. 13th, 2017