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New Economy Project Seeks Community Organizer (NYC)

New Economy Project is looking for an energetic and committed Community Organizer to help build a transformative, grassroots movement for economic democracy and racial and economic justice in NYC. The Community Organizer will play a key role in an emerging, broad-based campaign to create a public bank for NYC. Through a public bank, New York City can divest from Wall Street banks that harm low-income and immigrant neighborhoods and neighborhoods of color, fuel climate change, and perpetuate structural inequality, poverty, and segregation. The public bank can direct the public’s money to support truly affordable housing, living wage jobs, cooperative ownership, community-led development, and other critical neighborhood needs.

The Community Organizer will:
 Build a strong NYC public banking coalition, engaging in ongoing outreach and membership recruitment, and forming deep relationships among partner organizations.
 Help facilitate coalition meetings and working with coalition partners to ensure broad-based and consistent democratic participation in meetings.
 Maintain communication with coalition members, providing regular updates and alerts to reinforce participation and engagement.
 Participate in and support all coalition committees and working groups.
 Coordinate presentations on public banking for members of community-based organizations and other constituencies.
 Develop effective external communications, using storytelling techniques, in partnership with coalition members.
 Contribute to and expand the reach of social media campaigns and other communications.
 Use data to track, analyze, and strengthen the coalition.

The ideal candidate will be a community organizer with:
 At least 3 years’ experience working on community, labor, electoral, or other progressive campaigns. Familiarity with New York politics a plus.
 A demonstrated commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
 A track record of working effectively with a diversity of community groups.
 Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships.
 Outstanding writing and communication skills.
 A demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member, and with a diversity of organizations and partners.
 Fluency in Spanish.

New Economy Project offers an excellent benefits package and competitive salaries, commensurate with experience.

PREFERRED START DATE: September 5, 2017

New Economy Project works with grassroots groups to promote economic justice and to build a new economy that works for all, based on principles of cooperation, democracy, equity, racial justice, and ecological sustainability. We challenge corporations that harm communities and perpetuate inequality and poverty; and work with community groups to build democratic, community-controlled initiatives such as worker cooperatives, community development credit unions, community land trusts, and mutual housing. Our work focuses on neighborhood economic justice in New York City. New Economy Project is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to a diverse workplace, and to providing staff with ongoing professional development opportunities. People of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position by email to: Please enter “Public Banking Community Organizer” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

TWU Proposes School Bus Coop

School bus maintenance and driving has long been a tricky business in New York City. In the face of mounting maintenance costs, excessive emissions and flatlining wages, the Transit Workers Union (TWU) has proposed a novel — and potentially transformative — solution for the city’s school buses.

This week, TWU international president John Samuelsen and Manhattan New York City Council member Daniel Garodnick outlined the plan in the New York Daily News:

Here’s our plan. Let’s establish a unionized, worker-owned cooperative to transport students in non-polluting (and air-conditioned) electric school buses. For the pilot, we envision the worker cooperative entering into a contract with the Board of Education to provide service on approximately 15 existing routes that are not permanently assigned to any private company. Continue reading TWU Proposes School Bus Coop

Brandworkers Seeks Organizer & Event Associate (Long Island City, NY)


Job Overview:
Are you looking to challenge the racist and xenophobic policies of the Trump administration? Are you interested in developing a new model of organizing that builds a fighting labor movement for the 21st century? The organizer position at Brandworkers centers on building dynamic campaigns with workers directly affected by Trump’s policies. You’ll be helping local food manufacturing workers attain the know-how to create strong factory organizing committees and build collective power across the industry.

Our Story:
Brandworkers is the country’s first worker center led and operated by workers employed in the fast-growing local food manufacturing industry. Through organizing, direct action, and partnerships with eaters, Brandworkers members are winning dignified jobs across the local food industry and developing a model of workplace association with far-reaching potential for labor renewal. Commemorating its tenth anniversary, Brandworkers’ founding belief is that the most marginalized workers have a unique power to remake their industry and to help build a movement that transforms society.

Reports To: Campaign Director
Essential Responsibilities:

  • Identify, assess, and connect with worksite leaders in the local food manufacturing industry.
  • Help Brandworkers members attain mastery of organizing, campaigning, and leadership capabilities.
  • Support organizing committee leaders to design agendas, organize co-workers, develop a path to victory, formulate and advance a campaign plan, and counter anti-organizing tactics.
  • Support workers’ leadership development journey from the shop floor to the industry overall
  • Track, compile and analyze your organizing progress to maximize mission impact.

Essential Requirements:

  • Minimum of two years of experience and demonstrated success as a union organizer or as a worker center organizer who built robust organizing committees in workplaces.
  • Mastery of core workplace organizing capabilities: active listening, charting, message development, leadership identification, committee building, and more.
  • Demonstrated ability to embrace Brandworkers’ prioritization of the most marginalized workers including indigenous, immigrant, women, people of color and/or gender nonconforming people.
  • Ability to execute with discipline including making and carrying out quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily plans to achieve quantitative and qualitative goals.
  • You are fluent in Spanish and in English.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary based on your experience level, with a minimum range starting at $34,000/year

Fully-paid health and dental benefits. Participation in Brandworkers’ retirement program. Generous vacation and professional development policies. Platform to fully lead, to create, and to express your movement contribution.

Our Hiring Process & Timeline:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling phone interviews on July 17th.
  • We will conduct short phone interviews and begin in-person one-hour interviews in late July.
  • Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start August 14th.

Interested candidates should email Gabriel Morales, Campaign Director, at with a cover letter and resume.

Brandworkers strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, immigrants, indigenous people, LGBT people, and other traditionally oppressed communities.

Event Associate

Brandworkers is the first and only non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to the factory workers behind the soaring local food industry. Brandworkers members are organizing an industry-wide base of local food production workers for dignified jobs, promoting fresh food made close to home, and developing a new form of workplace association for the 21st century. We help members develop as social change leaders and attain the know-how to build their own life-changing campaigns for workplace justice. Our community is a vibrant partnership of workers and their allies rising together for wholesome local food and dignified jobs.

We were founded in 2007 based on the principle that workers themselves are uniquely positioned to lead dramatic change in an industry and in society.

The Position:

Do you have conviction for helping our community raise the money that movements need to win? Is a commitment to racial, gender, and immigrant justice central to your life?

This full-time, 3-month position is for someone who will thrive in a culture defined by accountability to workers and commitment to helping workers win. You challenge the ways things have been done before, think deeply about how the world is changing, and speak up with your open and honest opinions. You have a fine attention to detail and relish being part of a team working together to get the job done. You love working with communities and being a community builder.

Reports to: Michelle Flores, Development Director

Job Responsibilities:

  • Supervise the design, printing and mailing of all sponsorship letters, invitations, pledge letters, and gift acknowledgements.
  • Assist in digital outreach and administration such as sending emails, social media posts and website management.
  • Keep accurate records of all ticket sales, journal ads, sponsorships, monetary and in-kind donations, as well as event attendance and outreach activities.
  • Manage event logistics and coordinate all vendor relations with the dinner venue, caterer, graphic designer and printers, florist, lighting and sound technicians, check-in and electronic bidding support to execute an on-budget and seamless 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner.
  • Recruit, train and coordinate event volunteers.
  • Assist with implementation of the event outreach strategy through data management, fundraising phone calls and administrative support.

Your Qualifications:

  • Experience or a demonstrable interest in ally organizing and individual fundraising.
  • Specific, proven alignment with working class people, people of color, indigenous people, women, and immigrants.
  • Available to work full-time, August 14th—November 17th, usually Monday-Friday daytime hours with an average of one evening per week.
  • At least one year experience in event planning, volunteer coordination, community organizing, administration, communications or non-profit fundraising.
  • Skilled in MS Word, Excel, email, and basic graphic design. Eagerness to learn or experience with using Salesforce, Asana, and Slack, or similar systems.
  • Experienced with executing mailings.
  • Communicate clearly in writing and verbally, preferably in English and Spanish.
  • Strong analytical skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Value administrative support work highly and are eager to execute any data tasks to produce a successful event.


Please send a meaningful cover letter and your resume in a single PDF to Brandworkers’ Development Director, Michelle Flores at Brandworkers strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, immigrants, indigenous people, LGBT people, and other traditionally oppressed communities.

Our hiring process & timeline:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • We will begin scheduling phone interviews immediately.
  • We will conduct short phone interviews July 19th-25th and invite finalists to a one-hour in-person or video interviews the week of July 25th-28th.
  • If you are invited for the second interview, we will ask for two references and 1-2 work samples relevant to this position, e.g. a process, project, event or volunteer plan you created, a writing sample, graphic design work you created or supervised.
  • We hope to make an offer in early August and would like to have the selected candidate start on August 14th.


Health care stipend of $50/week


Proficiency in English is required. Spanish proficiency is preferred.

EcoMundo Seeks Office Coordinator (NYC)

Cooperative Office Coordinator Ecomundo Cleaning was incubated and launched in el 2012 with the support of Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. This Coop has 21 members who have worked together to build a successful residential and commercial cleaning business. All of the members of the coop are considered “Worker Owners” and decisions in the group are all made democratically with each owner having an equal vote.

The successful candidate for the position of Office Coordinator

 A strong interest/background in worker/immigrant rights and the cooperative business model.

 Strong customer service skills (i.e. responding to phone calls, problem solving with clients and coop members).

 Ability to learn quickly and be interested in developing a variety of new skills; be able to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines; have the ability to work independently and in a team.

 Superior organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated experience of written and oral presentation skills.

 Bi-lingual Spanish/English skills (required).

 Entrepreneurial/Business skills a plus.

 Computer skills: proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel, google calendar, quickbooks, etc

Responsibilities will include:

 Coordination of “Back office” – maintaining member and client records through their databases, answering customer calls, matching members with jobs, creating job estimates.  Formulating monthly financial reports for the cooperative.  Conducting ongoing Client Satisfaction Surveys via phone and email.  Assist the cooperative with marketing efforts and ordering materials as needed.

Job Logistics

 40 hours/week, $15-$18/hour (flexible schedule, some evening meetings and weekend phone coverage)

 Cover letter and resume should be emailed to in Spanish by Sunday July 23rd . We will review and interview candidates on a rolling basis, but would like someone to begin as soon as possible.

  • 45 Wadsworth Avenue New York, NY 10033
  • (917)830-8060

Gerente de Oficina Cooperativa

Ecomundo Cleaning fue incubado y lanzado en 2012 con la ayuda de Northern Manhattan Improvement Corp. Este Coop tiene 21 miembros que han trabajado juntos para construir un exitoso negocio de limpieza residencial y comercial. Todos los miembros de la cooperativa son considerados “Trabajadores Propietarios” y las decisiones en el grupo se hacen de manera democrática, teniendo cada propietario un voto igual.

El candidato seleccionado para el cargo de Coordinador de Oficina tendrá:

 Un fuerte interés / antecedentes en los derechos de los trabajadores / inmigrantes y el modelo de negocio cooperativo.

 Fuertes habilidades de servicio al cliente (es decir, responder a llamadas telefónicas, resolver problemas con clientes y miembros de cooperativas).

 Habilidad para aprender rápidamente y estar interesado en desarrollar una variedad de nuevas habilidades; Ser capaz de gestionar múltiples tareas y cumplir los plazos; Tienen la capacidad de trabajar de forma independiente y en un equipo.

 Capacidades organizativas, interpersonales y de comunicación superiores; Experiencia demostrada de habilidades escritas y orales de la presentación.

 Habilidades bilingües español / inglés (requeridas).

 Las habilidades empresariales y empresariales son una ventaja.

 Conocimientos informáticos: competente en Microsoft Office, incluyendo Excel, google calendar, quickbooks, etc.

Las responsabilidades incluirán:

 Coordinación de “back office” – mantenimiento de los registros de los miembros y clientes a través de sus bases de datos, respuesta a las llamadas de los clientes, correspondencia de los miembros con los trabajos, haciendo las estimaciones de trabajo.

 Formular informes financieros mensuales para la cooperativa.

 Realizar encuestas continuas de satisfacción del cliente vía teléfono y correo electrónico.

 Ayudar a la cooperativa con los esfuerzos de mercadeo y ordenar los materiales según sea necesario.

Logística de empleo

 40 horas / semana, $ 15 – $ 18 / hora (horario flexible, algunas reuniones vespertinas y cobertura telefónica de fin de semana)

 La carta de presentación y el curriculum vitae deben enviarse por correo electrónico a en español para el domingo 23 de Julio. Revisaremos y entrevistaremos a los candidatos de forma continua, pero quisiera que alguien comenzara lo antes posible.

  • 45 Wadsworth Avenue New York, NY 10033
  • (917)830-8060

Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) Seeks Community Organizer/Outreach Coordinator (Bilingual) (NYC)

The Project

Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is leading a groundbreaking digital inclusion initiative at five public housing developments across New York City. In partnership with the City of New York and the New York City Department for the Aging, OATS seeks to radically transform the lives of low-income seniors who live in public housing. OATS will talk to residents aged 60 and over to learn about their interests, provide access to technology and teach them how to use it to better their lives and make positive change in their community. 

The Position

This full-time, temporary position is a unique opportunity for a bilingual (Spanish-speaking) professional that is dynamic, results-oriented and passionate about working with older adults. The Community Organizer/Outreach Coordinator will conduct outreach, training, education and leadership development among older adults who live in public housing across New York City.

Working with the Project Leader and other key OATS staff, the Community Organizer/Outreach Coordinator will contribute in the following ways to make a difference in the lives of older adults:

Community Organizing

  • Develop a comprehensive plan to gain a solid understanding of the issues, concerns, interests and preferences of the older members of the community.
  • Develop and execute a strategy to build a vibrant base of older tech users who are actively engaged in ongoing program work and ad-hoc campaigns. Activities may include, phone banking, door knocking, focus groups, events, and other organizing tactics.
  • Recruit and manage volunteers.
  • Inspire and teach seniors how to advocate for the issues they care about most, including technology-related concerns.
  • Develop and deliver new lectures/classes to train older adults to engage in advocacy.
  • Maintain a database of older adults who can be called on for advocacy and other efforts.

Outreach/Program Support

  • Spearhead ongoing community outreach to raise awareness of the digital empowerment initiative, foster interest among potential participants, and enroll seniors into the program.
  • Build community partnerships through in-person meetings and attendance at community events.
  • Document program successes.
  • Prepare and deliver written reports as required.

The Candidate

In addition to a passion for improving the lives of older adults and a deep understanding of community organizing, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications/characteristics:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Experience with grassroots/field campaigns and social justice issues.
  • Demonstrated skills in community education and organizing.
  • A dynamic personality and excellent presentation, interpersonal and communications skills.
  • An affinity for technology and the ability to learn new technologies quickly.
  • Sound ability to work with diverse communities in an empathetic, comfortable and non-judgmental manner.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, yet take initiative and work independently.
  • Creative, resourceful and strong problem-solving ability.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and meticulous about quality, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Flexible schedule with the ability to work on the weekend, if needed.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google apps.
  • Ability to travel to all five boroughs.

Start Date

  • Immediately


  • Through June 30, 2018, with the potential for renewal.

To Apply

  • Please send a resume and cover letter in .pdf format to Thank you! 

The Organization
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is an award-winning New York City-based nonprofit with a mission to “harness the power of technology to change the way we age.” Founded in 2004, OATS celebrates “aging with attitude” and is an innovative national leader in improving the lives of older adults by providing free access to mainstream digital technologies, free intensive and high-quality technology training, and the opportunity to join a thriving community of tech-enabled seniors who are improving their health, making social connections, strengthening their finances, engaging on civic issues, and embarking on journeys of creative expression and lifelong learning.  OATS manages 23 community-based technology centers in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs of New York, including the country’s first full-service technology-themed community center for people aged 60 and older, and publishes, a popular website focused on aging well with technology.

OATS is committed to maintaining a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Why Labor and Campus Organizing Are Not a Zero Sum Game

This post originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence.

By Will Meyer

Popular left magazines have recently published articles that pit campus organizing against labor organizing. The broad stroke thinking by Amber A’Lee Frost in The Baffler and Freddie DeBoer in Jacobin suggests campus politics isn’t going to win material gains and that serious leftists should wage strategic labor battles as opposed to organizing students. While DeBoer does concede that organizing “absolutely should” happen on campus, he lists the pitfalls of student organizing — summer vacation, graduation, how busy students are and their need to get jobs, among other problems — to argue that campus organizing “isn’t going to work” as a movement’s primary organizing strategy. Frost, on the other hand, warns of rhetorical battles without demands that lack strategy and power. Her piece, titled “All Worked Up and Nowhere to Go,” paints a picture of academic writer-types bickering on Twitter and showing up to rallies that raise morale “but little else.”

This approach marks a stark contrast to that of the radical right, which — over the last generation — has weaponized campuses to serve their ideological agenda, dismantling public education using very effective organizing techniques. Continue reading Why Labor and Campus Organizing Are Not a Zero Sum Game