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NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program Seeks 2 Americorps Vistas

In participation with the first-year Resilience AmeriCorps pilot, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) is engaging two AmeriCorps VISTA members in ongoing recovery initiatives, with particular focus on the NY Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program. The NYRCR Program is a participatory recovery initiative established to provide assistance to 124 communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee, by directly engaging local stakeholders in a bottom-up approach to rebuilding communities in a resilient manner. GOSR has allotted more than $700 million in federal funds to support the planning and implementation of community-developed projects, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable populations in these impacted communities.

To begin February, 2016, GOSR Resilience AmeriCorps members will assist in the implementation of recovery and resiliency projects proposed by NYRCR communities, through research, assessment, project management, and stakeholder engagement. Applications should be submitted by January 8, 2016. Learn more about the positions available and apply here:

About GOSR: Established in June 2013, GOSR coordinates Statewide recovery efforts for Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee. Through its NY Rising Housing Recovery, Small Business, Community Reconstruction and Infrastructure programs, more than $4 billion made available through the HUD CDBG-DR Program to better prepare New York for future extreme weather events. More information about the GOSR and its programs is available online at

About AmeriCorps VISTA: Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) was founded in 1965 as a national service program to fight poverty in America. In 1993, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs. Members make a year-long, full-time commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency. They focus their efforts to build the organizational, administrative, and financial capacity of organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, and otherwise assist low-income communities.

About the Resilience AmeriCorps pilot: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are partnering with The Rockefeller Foundation, Cities of Service, and country-wide municipalities to launch Resilience AmeriCorps, a pilot program that will recruit, train, and embed AmeriCorps VISTA members. The 2-year pilot program responds to a recommendation made by the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (Task Force) to assist vulnerable communities that lack the capacity to address climate-resilience planning and implementation. The AmeriCorps VISTA members will increase civic engagement and community resilience in low-income areas, and help those communities develop plans for becoming more resilient to any number of shocks and stresses, including better preparations for extreme weather events.

New Labor Forum Highlights: Dec. 21, 2015

The New Labor Forum has launched 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.

The Paris Agreement: More Than Was Expected, But Still Far Less Than Is Required

World leaders have greeted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change as a ‘giant leap for humanity.’  But unions and their allies are concerned that the commitments made by countries do not add up to 2 degrees, let alone 1.5 degrees.  The ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (or INDCs) set us on course for more thanlfhighlightsn 3 degrees of warming. In fact, most countries have not proposed any emissions reductions at all, but have instead pledged to reduce emissions based on business as usual ‘trajectories.’ 


  1. Video: Naomi Klein and Jeremy Corbyn Speak at December 7th Gathering of Unions and Social Movements
  2. One Million Climate Jobs – A Model for US Labor?
  3. Radicalism Rising and the Limits of the “Inside” Game (Asbjørn Wahl)
  4. Colorado Ballot Initiative for Fair Wages, Environment, & Housing (Sarah Jaffe)
  5. Poem: Juneau Spring By Dorianne Laux
  6. Earth to Labor: Dispatches from the Climate Battleground (Sean Sweeney)

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The Future of Murphy: Labor Studies School?

The NYC Council Committees on Labor and Higher Education held a joint hearing last Thursday to focus on the Murphy Institute and the proposal to establish a new CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies. At the hearing, union representatives and Murphy students sang the praises of the Institute.

The%20Chief%20-%20City%20Council%20Hearing An article in this week’s edition of the Chief describes the hearing, which concluded with “[CUNY] officials…discount[ing] proposals to establish a stand-alone labor-studies school in the near future, but…[saying]…they would continue to nurture the Murphy Institute.”

See the full article here.

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EDC Hiring Senior Project Manager (NYC)

To apply, visit the EDC jobs site.

The Senior Project Manager will direct and work with interdisciplinary teams to develop and implement plans for complex projects involving multiple stakeholders


·         Provide strategic direction and management to multi-disciplinary teams facilitating large-scale planning and development efforts.

·         Establish and oversee interagency working groups on select projects, meeting frequently to move projects forward and address challenges

·         Articulate a vision for and evaluate the feasibility of future development based on sound planning principles and market realities.

·         Develop financing and implementation strategies for interim and long-term uses.

·         Craft and manage public outreach processes.  Represent the organization in professional and public forums.

·         Build and maintain relationships with governmental and quasi-governmental entities; real estate and business groups; civic & community organizations; cultural and professional organizations; and advocacy groups.

·         Strategically identify next steps to advance projects.

·         Ability to communicate design ideas and perform simple site planning and massing tasks.

·         Other projects and tasks as assigned; other duties as assigned


·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         3 years experience in economic or community development, planning, urban design or equivalent

·         General computer skills, project scheduling (i.e. MS Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project)

·         Strong interpersonal, written, verbal and analytical skills.

·         Strong project management skills

·         Demonstrated interest in urban planning and development issues.

·         Ability to facilitate community outreach processes.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Masters Degree in urban planning, real estate, public policy or law, or related field.

·         Strong understanding of and experience with the technical aspects of the public planning and development process, preferably specific to NYC; experience with structuring and facilitating community planning processes.

·         Understanding of and experience with, real estate development economics and finance including experience negotiating real estate transactions.

·         Competence in computer-based drawing (AutoCad, SketchUp), graphics programs (Adobe Suite) and in GIS software (ArcGIS) a plus.

·         Strong understanding of urban infrastructure and economic development issues;

·         Strong entrepreneurial and leadership ability, including interpersonal and public speaking skills.

·         Strength in use of spreadsheets and presentation applications, including Excel and PowerPoint.

·         Spanish speaking preferred.

About Development:

Spearheads NYCEDC and interagency efforts on complex planning and development projects which advance the City’s competitiveness, enhancing the City as a place to live, work and visit through promoting a diverse economic base; fostering vibrant, livable and accessible neighborhoods; executing keystone economic development projects; leveraging diverse waterfront assets for economic, recreational and resiliency uses; and supporting and expanding the City’s freight, maritime, aviation and transit transportation networks.

Specifically, Development works to identify strategic locations for public involvement and/or investment; develop and facilitate appropriate planning and community outreach processes; shape use and development.

Examples of Development’s role in key City initiatives can be seen in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, including Coney Island and Seward Park.  In Coney Island, Development played a key role in implementing a 19-block rezoning which includes the revitalization of a 27-acre amusement and entertainment district, and makes strategic investments in infrastructure that unlock potential to build over 4,500 new units of housing as well as retail, services, and jobs.  The NYCEDC Development team also played a pivotal role in advancing development of the former Seward Park Extension Urban Renewal Area sites and surrounding City-owned sites, including spearheading over four years of community engagement and successful collaboration between the local community and the City to plan for a new mixed-use, mixed-income development.


New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate job growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Additional information on NYCEDC can be found by visiting

Our Diversity & Inclusion Mission is to attract, retain, and engage a diverse workforce comprised of talented people. Like the city of New York, NYCEDC knows our strength comes from each of our connected parts, making the fabric of our organization better and stronger because of our unique employees’ talents. NYCEDC employees can expect to work as part of a highly engaged, passionate and inclusive workforce where everyone’s contributions are valued, respected and make an impact on one of the best and most diverse cities in the world!

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NYCEDC offers excellent benefits, including company-paid 401 (a) pension plan, 457(b) tax-advantaged retirement savings plans, medical, dental and vision benefits, and discounted gym memberships and movie tickets.

Labor Education and Research Center Seeks Career Instructor (Portland, Oregon)

Employment Start Date: Between July 1 and September 15, 2016 Closes: Open until filled, review begins February 13, 2016

The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) at the University of Oregon invites applications for a dynamic, committed labor educator to join our faculty as a Career Instructor. We welcome applications from candidates who share our commitment to promoting and enhancing inclusion and diversity.

About LERC:

Since its creation in 1977, LERC has provided teaching, research, and technical assistance services to working adults and labor organizations in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history LERC has served as a catalyst for critical analysis, strategic thinking, and concerted action aimed at strengthening labor organizations and improving the lives of working Oregonians.

LERC has a six-member faculty with strong roots in the union movement and expertise in a variety of academic disciplines. In addition to teaching working adults, LERC faculty members conduct research on relevant labor, employment, and public policy issues. They also work extensively with policy makers, university faculty, labor relations professionals, and community leaders on issues of concern to Oregon workers.

A thirty-member advisory board provides LERC with support, guidance, and strategic advice. The program enjoys an excellent reputation at both the state and national levels as a valued resource that works diligently to meet the multiple needs of its constituents. For more information about LERC, please visit our website:

The University of Oregon is an AAU research institution that has a total enrollment of 24,000. The career instructor position will be located in LERC’s office at the University of Oregon’s downtown Portland Center. As the state’s largest metropolitan area, Portland is a focus of much of LERC’s activity. Three of LERC’s faculty positions are located in the Portland office, while LERC’s director and two additional faculty members are based at the University’s main campus in Eugene.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to design and teach non-credit classes for working adults, union members, and community partners; facilitate planning sessions; and assist with organizational development processes. LERC’s teaching is primarily aimed at rank-and-file unionists and member-leaders. In recent years, its educational offerings have also focused on advanced leadership training and promoting organizational change.

In order to prepare workers for the demands of a rapidly changing social environment, LERC instructors provide a diverse set of educational offerings. These classes include subjects related to effective union representation (collective bargaining, labor law, grievance handling, and arbitration); the social, economic and political context in which labor operates (labor history, politics, the domestic and global economy, community outreach, and coalition building); skills needed for effective union leadership (strategic planning, organizational development, interpersonal communications, internal organizing); strategies for recruiting new members; and approaches for forging effective alliances between labor and community organizations. The Career Instructor also will be responsible for coordinating occasional full-day and multi-day conferences on these topics with assistance from other LERC faculty and staff.

The Career Instructor will also be encouraged to pursue applied research projects and/or policy analysis on work and employment issues. LERC has a long history of conducting research projects requested by its diverse constituents and offering analysis on specific issues related to work, employment, and economic affairs. We invite applications from candidates with an interest in helping LERC expand its capacity in these areas. Over time, we expect that projects developed by LERC faculty should be capable of attracting external funding or support.

Depending on the candidate’s background and qualifications, the position might also include occasional teaching of credit classes to undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Oregon.

The Career Instructor’s job will entail frequent in-state travel along with periodic night and weekend work.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required in social sciences, education, or other relevant field. In exceptional circumstances a bachelor’s degree with extensive experience will be considered.
  • Relevant teaching and facilitation experience in adult education (e.g., classroom teaching, workshop training, popular education, strategic planning and facilitation).
  • Two or more years of experience working with labor unions or other worker organizations.
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work effectively with a diverse range of constituents on work and employment issues and an interest in supporting and enhancing an inclusive learning and working environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Some or all of the following skills and experiences would be beneficial, although they are not required:

  • Curriculum development and labor education
  • Advanced leadership training.
  • Organizational development planning strategies and skills.
  • Track record of, or demonstrated potential for, producing applied research or policy analysis funded by external sources.
  • Experience working with racially and ethnically diverse communities.


This is a full time, 12-month Career Instructor position. Salary is highly competitive and the University of Oregon offers very generous health care, leave, and pension benefits. Annual contracts are renewable for the first four years of employment, followed by a two-year renewal period. This position is represented by the faculty bargaining unit and is covered by the contract negotiated between the University of Oregon and the United Academics of the University of Oregon, AAUP/AFT, AFL-CIO.

Application Procedure:

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

To ensure consideration, please submit your application by February 13, 2015. Please send the following information in a single .pdf document to Deb Mailander, LERC Program Manager, at : cover letter, current CV or resume, names of three references, and responses to supplemental questions (see below). Please use “Career Instructor Position” in the subject line of the email.

The position is subject to criminal background check prior to hire.

Questions about the position should be addressed to: Dr. Gordon Lafer, Chair, Career Instructor Search Committee Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon.

Supplemental Questions (to be answered in a total of four pages or less):

1. Briefly describe your experiences with curriculum development, adult education, facilitation, and coordinating events or conferences. Also, please briefly discuss your philosophical approach in teaching workers/adult learners.

2. Provide specific examples of your work or experience with labor unions, workers, or community-based organizations, accompanied by a discussion of the impact of your work and what you gained from the experience. Please include examples of any work you have done with racially or ethnically diverse groups.

3. Given the current circumstances of the union movement, what do you see as the most serious challenges or priorities facing today’s labor educators? What does the field of labor education most need to do in order to address changing political and economic conditions and remain relevant to the lives of workers and unions?

4. If your interest in the position includes potential work on applied research projects, briefly outline your ideas for applied research or policy analysis projects that would be relevant to this position. Feel free to draw from past experience as well as your current interests.

Empire Justice Center Seeks Policy Coordinator (Albany, NY)

Empire Justice Center, a highly respected, statewide nonprofit law firm, is seeking a Policy Coordinator to join our team. This is an opportunity to join one of the most effective organizations serving low income individuals and families in New York State.

Empire Justice Center attracts and employs dedicated, determined and passionate advocates who, together, make a significant impact on the lives of low income New Yorkers. We achieve our successes through direct legal representation and high impact litigation, legislative and administrative advocacy, and by providing training and technical assistance to other advocates who are working towards the same goals.

Our organization offers staff an exciting and dynamic working environment and a strong commitment to teamwork, diversity, and personal/professional development.

Policy Coordinator Position

The Policy Coordinator is a critical member of the Policy Team, which is focused on improving and enforcing the law to reduce poverty and promote social justice. The Policy Coordinator should be passionate about Empire Justice Center’s mission, work well as a member of a team, be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the policy process. They must have the ability to juggle multiple tasks and priorities in a fast paced environment and have excellent communications skills.

The Policy Coordinator is responsible for working with the Policy Team to support the development of the organization’s annual policy agenda, in consultation with Empire Justice Center attorneys and advocates. The Coordinator is also responsible for working with the Team to implement the agenda through: participation in and coordination of organizational, coalition, and government meetings; the creation of materials, action alerts, social and other communication and media strategies. Materials may include, but are not limited to: researching and writing policy reports, testimony, legislative memoranda, regulatory comments, letters to the editor, op-eds, blog posts and social media posts.

The Policy Coordinator will work as part of the Policy Team to coordinate and track all policy related work of the organization at all levels of government, ensuring consistent positions and branding on issues, internal information sharing, reporting and strategizing, and helping shape and consistently improve internal systems.

The Coordinator will also work to advance the organization’s policy positions in the broader community by educating organizations, policy makers and other stakeholders about Empire Justice Center’s overall mission as an organization. This may include representing Empire Justice Center in coalition meetings, public presentations and media opportunities as the need arises.

The Coordinator will become a participating member of the Marketing and Communications Team and help maintain the organization’s vast online policy presence, including any social media programs, by identifying and creating content, updating posted materials, using analytics across multiple digital platforms to track and grow efficacy.

The Position

This position is based in Albany and reports to the Vice President for Policy and Government Relations, who is also based in our Albany office.


  • Education: at least 3 years of New York State policy experience, BA and/or Masters in relevant field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office 2010, especially Outlook, and familiarity with Adobe.
  • Familiarity with current and emerging social media and other digital platforms.

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience and based on the organization’s salary scale.

Empire Justice Center offers a generous benefits package, including health insurance, pension and life insurance, vacation, holiday, personal and sick time. We are an organization that supports and encourages a work/life balance.

Empire Justice Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and desires a diverse work force. People of color, women, persons with disabilities, persons who are elderly, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted until close of business Friday, December11, 2015.

If interested, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample (legislative memo, letter, or fact sheet not to exceed 3 pages) and three professional references to: (no phone calls or hard copies please)

Rebecah Corcoran
Human Resources Manager
Empire Justice Center