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MinKwon Center for Community Action Seeks Community Organizer

The MinKwon Center for Community Action invites applications for a Community Organizer. The Community Organizer would work in the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities as part of the Civic Engagement Team to grow an informed, active base of community members who are fully engaged in the electoral process and in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, fairer allocation of city and state budgets, and housing rights. This is a full-time position.

Job Responsibilities The Community Organizer would have the following responsibilities: Organizing & Advocacy • Engage in different forms of community outreach and mobilization. • Develop community members’ leadership abilities. • Coordinate regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and educational forums. • Engage in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and tenants’ rights. • Represent MinKwon Center and participate in meetings with other coalition groups. • Coordinate media and publicity to raise awareness.

Job Requirements • Interest and experience in working on social justice and immigrants’ rights issues • Spoken fluency or proficiency in Korean • Excellent communications skills • Ability to work well both independently and in teams • Flexibility in working evenings and weekends

Organization History and Mission The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 as the Young Korean American Service & Education Center (YKASEC) to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies, voter rights, and cultural awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.

The MinKwon Center will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to: Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Engagement Manager NOTE: Make subject line of email “Application to Position: Community Organizer – [YOUR NAME]”

How to apply

Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to: Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Engagement Manager NOTE: Make subject line of email “Application to Position: Community Organizer – [YOUR NAME]”

Originally Posted: May 20, 2015

NY Communities for Change Seeks Housing Community Organizer – Neighborhood Organizing Department

Join the fight to take back our communities! New York Communities for Change is seeking a Community Organizer to build power to fight for social and economic change in New York State.

Our neighborhoods have been under attack by financial institutions foreclosing on homes statewide, hedge funds privatizing our schools, and especially the losses of affordable housing and the increase in rent that has spurred gentrification displacing longtime residents out of their homes.

As a community organizer with New York Communities for Change, you will have the opportunity to work with community members in strengthening and developing the local NYCC chapters and work with members fighting around issues on a Local, City, State and the National level.

About New York Communities for Change:

New York Communities for Change is a community – base, member run organization that fights for social and economic justice for low and moderate income families. NYCC is a multi-issue organization that integrates labor and community issues together. Our members organize their neighborhoods and workplaces to take action against the toughest problems facing working families throughout New York – affordable housing, good schools, well-paying jobs, climate change, Police reform, and Wall St. Accountability. Through meetings with elected officials, community events, and protest and rallies, New York Communities for Change takes a power in numbers approach to fight for real change for hard working New Yorkers.

Applicants must have:

  • At least1year of organizing experience in labor, community, student or political organizations or campaigns.
  • At least one year of experience with Housing organizing(buildings, multi-family homes, single family homes or public housing.
  • Excellent communication interpersonal skills (Listening, speaking, and writing)
  • Commitment to the social justice movement and passion for winning change for low income people
  • Ability to organize and build neighborhood groups
  • Ability to move community members to take action on multiple issues for local campaigns as well as state wide campaigns.
  • Must be able to work independently and manage a team
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast pace, ever changing environment and be detailed orientated.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends
  • Ability to fundraise and sign up members to engage in the local chapter
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is a preferred.
  • People of Color strongly encourage to apply.

    How to apply: please send a 5 page cover letter and your resume. Send to:

Original posting: April 27, 2015

Power to the People: Toward Democratic Control of Electricity Generation

A new working paper from Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) titled Power to the People: Toward Democratic Control of Electricity Generation shows how “another energy is possible, and absolutely necessary.” The paper documents how and where energy democracy is expressing itself — and argues that public renewable power can drive the energy revolution the world needs. Union leaders from different sectors have welcomed the report.

Check it out.

Trade Unions for Energy Democracy is a multi-partner initiative coordinated by the International Program for Labor, Climate and Environment (IPLCE), based out of the Murphy Institute, in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – New York Office. 

Photo by Bert Kaufmann via flickr (CC-BY).

Faculty Position in Labor Education at Penn State

The School of Labor and Employment Relations at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a non-tenure track faculty appointment at the Lecturer rank. The position will be a twelve-month appointment and will include a three-year renewable contract. Start date is negotiable. The School of LER is committed to providing union members and leaders with opportunities to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees, both online and through traditional resident instruction. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to help the School aggressively move forward in this area.

The position will include some combination of responsibilities in several areas related to the School’s labor education mission. Among these are: promoting the School’s online undergraduate and graduate degree programs to unions and union members; developing experiential learning assessment policies and practices for the School; working with union apprenticeship programs to develop pathways to Penn State’s online degree programs; working with community colleges to facilitate the transfer of credits to Penn State degree programs through articulation agreements and transfer guides; teaching in Penn State’s online degree program; and planning, administering, and teaching non-credit labor education programs.

Candidates should have experience working with unions on labor education programs and some expertise in the area of experiential learning assessment and a general understanding of best practices and trends in the field. Candidates should also be able to teach in the School’s undergraduate Labor and Employment Relations degree program. Applicants should possess a minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant field.

The School of Labor and Employment Relations is a multidisciplinary program with large residential and online Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, strong research programs, and growing outreach initiatives.

Candidates must electronically submit a letter of application and a curriculum vita. All candidates should request letters from three references to be sent directly to Trisha Everhart, Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Prof. Stephanie Luce on the Uber Ruling

In a potentially striking blow to the Uber-ization of the state’s economy, the California Labor Commission declared this week that a San Francisco-based Uber driver is an employee, and not an independent contractor, of the company. The implications of this ruling could be far-reaching, requiring the company to start offering benefits and protections to its drivers — which it has, until now, managed to skirt.

In an article by Amy Langfield on CBSMoneyWatch, Murphy Institute Prof. Stephanie Luce explains:

“Employers have been increasingly shifting the risks of the employment relationship onto workers – whether in the form of classification as independent contractor, or moving to on-call scheduling, shifting from defined benefit to defined contribution pensions (or to no pension at all), and so on […] Workers and worker organizations have been resisting and fighting back – not just in the U.S., but in other parts of the world (similar issues are happening in Europe – and Uber is also engaged in similar legal battles in many other countries).”

“I think the ruling is significant both because of its impact on such a large and growing global company (Uber), but also for the possible spillover effects to so many other industries that have been moving in the same direction of attempting to evade the legal responsibility of the employer/employee relationship[…]”

For the full article, visit CBSMoneyWatch.

Photo by noeltock via flickr (CC-BY-NC).

Department of Education – Community School Outreach Canvasser (NYC)

Job Title: Community School Outreach Canvasser
Division: Division of School Support
Office: Office of Community Schools
Period of Employment: July 2015 – August 31st, 2015
Contracted Through: School Professionals

Position Summary: The Outreach Canvasser will work with The Family and Community Outreach Team on community engagement strategies and outreach in order to elicit full parent and community participation in the development of the community school approach at the school. Among other responsibilities, Canvassers will be knocking on the doors of all Renewal School families to inform parents of the NYC community school initiative and recruit interested parents and caregivers to participate in their Community School Teams for the Fall of 2015.

Reports to: Family and Community Outreach Team Director

Direct Reports: N/A

Key Relationships: Family and Community Outreach Specialists, parents and caregivers, school leadership and staff, Community School Coordinator, Parent Coordinator, PTA/PA leadership, School Leadership Teams, community leaders, community partners and members.


● Meet daily and weekly metrics for door to door outreach and phone banking
● Work with outreach specialists to help carry out comprehensive outreach plans including phone calls and phone banks to parents, flyering neighborhoods, door-knocking etc.
● Conduct and model leadership development, including preparation of parents and communities for participation in above activities
● Set up infrastructures to help institutionalize the parent engagement and outreach methods conducted as part of the community school planning process
● Transition the school community to the appropriate DOE contact for future follow-up and engagement

Qualification Requirements:


1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
2. High school graduation or equivalent and / or four years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one year of experience as described in “1” above.


● Experience in door to door outreach and / or phone banking.
● Interest in parent, student and/or community organizing, working with school communities
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● Experience in data entry
● Fluency in Spanish or other foreign language a plus.
● Experience in New York City public school system is a plus.


● Able to walk 2 to 4 miles a day
● Willingness to work evenings and weekends
● Organized and detail oriented with the ability to multi-task, analyze and drive process improvement.
● Strong interpersonal skills.

To apply email resume and cover letter to