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Community Organizer with Churches United For Fair Housing, Inc.

Churches United for Fair Housing is a grassroots organization that works towards community empowerment through community organizing, youth engagement, and by providing sophisticated social services. CUFFH organizes towards preserving and creating vibrant communities that are not exclusive and are really affordable to working families in New York City.

CUFFH serves everyone in our communities regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.


  • Community Organizer will create new, and will cultivate existing relationships with CUFFH’s clergy network and will build our base to tackle pressing community issues.


  • Enlist churches to join CUFFH.
  • Create and Cultivate relationships with Clergy and lay leaders.
  • Represent CUFFH at public events.
  • Build lay action committees in CUFFH member congregations for leadership development.
  • Represent CUFFH to key allies and coalition meetings.
  • Design and launch a leadership development program for lay leaders from CUFFH member churches who will mobilize parishioners.
  • Organize community members to pass legislation which makes affordable housing more accessible in our communities.


  • Deep passion for social justice
  • Committed to help grow our efforts, and is willing to share insight and ideas as to how to expand the impact of our organizing work.
  • Member of an organization that “base builds” and has a social justice mission, and community organizing experience is a plus but not mandatory.
  • High energy and positive attitude
  • Must be reliable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Willing to work flexible hours
  • Basic internet skills
  • Bilingual (English & Spanish)

How to apply

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to with “Community Organizer Position” in the subject line.

Community Organizer for Race and Policing Reform Campaign with NAACP

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) seeks an experienced, dynamic and innovative Community Organizer to advance its Race and Policing Reform Campaign.
LDF and the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF:

LDF is the nation’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Since its founding under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall in 1940, LDF has been committed to transforming this nation’s promise of racial equity and justice into reality for all Americans.

LDF uses litigation, public-policy advocacy, organizing and public-education programs to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair criminal justice system.

In 2015, LDF celebrates its 75th anniversary with the launch of the Thurgood Marshall Institute. The Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF is a collaborative hub within LDF that combines a multidisciplinary approach to advocacy with LDF’s traditional litigation strengths to advance a modern vision of racial justice. The Institute’s goal is to advance racial equity, justice and a more inclusive democracy through research and public education, targeted policy reform, advocacy and communication campaigns.

Through the Thurgood Marshall Institute, LDF will have the ability to generate and integrate innovative research, organizing, advocacy, and communications aimed at educating the public and key decision makers. This added capacity will leverage LDF’s litigation expertise, advocacy experience and unique leadership role on matters of race, law, and policy to shape the narrative on racial justice and equity. Through targeted policy reform campaigns that attack entrenched problems of racial bias, the LDF Thurgood Marshall Institute will partner with local advocates to advance holistic strategies to achieve obtainable and lasting solutions on issues of criminal justice, political participation, education and economic opportunity.

The Thurgood Marshall Institute’s Race and Policing Reform Campaign:

As one of its inaugural initiatives, the Thurgood Marshall Institute is launching a Race and Policing Reform Campaign. The United States is undeniably in the depths of a national policing crisis. The life-threatening reality of racial bias in policing has undermined public confidence in our justice system, in law enforcement, and in the rule of law itself. Outrage over police-involved assaults and killings of unarmed African Americans—with many incidents captured in graphic and devastating detail on citizen cell phone videos—has inspired a movement of young activists, captured the public attention, and generated intense calls for a fundamental change in policing.

Through the Race and Policing Reform campaign, LDF will reform policing policies and practices through work at the federal, state and local levels.

Community Organizer for the Thurgood Marshall Institute’s Race and Police Reform Campaign:

LDF understands that advocacy outside the courtroom – specifically, community organizing – is a critical component of any effort to achieve sustained and comprehensive reform. Thus, to advance its Race and Policing Reform campaign, the Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF seeks an experienced, dynamic and innovative Community Organizer to work with communities of color on police reform issues. The duration of this position is two (2) years.

The Community Organizer will report to LDF’s Senior Community Organizer and will work on campaigns managed by a Campaign Lead and the Thurgood Marshall Institute Director .

• Valuing, highlighting and building the capacity of impacted communities to effectively organize initiatives to address police misconduct/brutality and discriminatory policing;
• Working with local communities to assist in building their capacity to change law enforcement policies and practices, and promoting bias-free and responsible policing;
• Organizing communities or coalitions to advance reforms to public systems, including but not limited to juvenile or criminal justice systems;
• Developing and maintaining relationships, partnerships, and coalitions with organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials;
• Planning, implementing and coordinating successful community outreach and public education campaigns; and
• Advocating for LDF’s police reform and other priorities.

The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following characteristics and skills:
• Five or more years of experience organizing communities or coalitions to advance reforms to public systems, including but not limited to juvenile or criminal justice systems;
• A college degree or equivalent work experience;
• A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and criminal justice reform;
• A willingness to advocate for LDF’s police reform and other priorities;
• Familiarity with police misconduct/brutality and discriminatory policing issues and campaigns and with the organizations and coalitions currently working on these issues nationally;
• A demonstrated commitment to valuing, highlighting and building the capacity of impacted communities to effectively organize initiatives to address police misconduct/brutality and discriminatory policing;
• Willingness to travel extensively to both urban and rural areas in the United States;
• Willingness to adhere to a fluid/dynamic and sometimes demanding schedule;
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to convey complex information effectively to a wide range of audiences of varying sizes;
• A demonstrated ability to plan, implement and coordinate successful community outreach and public education campaigns;
• A demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships, partnerships, with coalitions of organizations, community members/leaders, and public officials via the internet, in-person and telephone;
• The integrity, professionalism, discretion, and sound judgment to handle sensitive, high-profile, legally privileged and otherwise confidential information in an appropriate manner;
• The ability to work both in a team structure and independently, as required by different circumstances;
• Strong initiative and creative thinking; well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate with diverse groups;
• Excellent organizational skills; and
• A valid driver’s license.

This position is located in our New York or District of Columbia office.

How to apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter: Email to:
Monica Garcia, Director of Human Resources/Administration NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
40 Rector Street, 5th floor
New York, New York 10006

We seek to fill this position immediately.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to you without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.

US Field Organizer with Global Zero

There are no insurmountable technical barriers to achieving a world without nuclear weapons. The only barriers are political: it is a matter of the leaders of the nuclear powers acting with urgency and resolve. But political will rarely springs to life on its own. Real action on disarmament will require public pressure several orders of magnitude greater than exists today.

Over the last several years, Global Zero has built an international community of leaders and experts to champion global nuclear disarmament. This support is deeply credible and necessary, but not sufficient: generating pressure requires robust grassroots infrastructure that can shine a spotlight on the issue and mobilize the public.

This cannot be secondary. Relentless, long-range, capacity-building movement work is time-consuming, difficult and expensive. It’s also the only way to change hearts and minds, build power that lasts and win in the long run. And global nuclear disarmament is a long-run proposition.

That’s where you come in.

To succeed in the battles that will intensify on the road to zero, we’re hiring a U.S. Field Organizer based in Washington, DC (or another major U.S. city) to join our organizing team. This person will be responsible for leading our campaign execution and volunteer mobilization efforts on college campuses and in local communities in key markets across the country. The Field Organizer will play a critical role in the continued development and execution of our Action Corps volunteer leadership program by recruiting, training, and mobilizing volunteer activists in the U.S. to implement Global Zero’s global and national campaigns on the ground. The Field Organizer will also develop Global Zero’s grassroots presence in target states around the 2016 presidential election cycle. This role will also provide general support of Global Zero’s advocacy and campaigning work across the U.S. The Field Organizer will report to the Deputy Campaign Director. Frequent domestic and occasional international travel will be required.

This exciting, challenging position is the perfect fit for an individual with strong public organizing skills and a passion for building social movements. You have a knack for making global issues feel local and are comfortable building relationships with university faculty, students, and local community leaders. You are results driven and know how to make things happen. Direct action experience is a must; you don’t hesitate to come up with an idea that’s crazy in all the right ways, know how to make it happen quickly, and generate the noise to have a real impact. Above all else, you are a public organizer at heart, and can inspire people to turn out anywhere, anytime.

The gig:
Among other things, the U.S. Field Organizer will:

  • Recruit and train volunteer leaders as campaign organizers and advocates at key colleges and target communities across the country;
  • Manage both campus and community organizing efforts and the execution Global Zero’s national advocacy campaigns;
  • Manage the work of volunteer leaders in the region, including conveying priorities, developing materials, drafting communications and the tracking and reporting of metrics;
  • Develop and implement a strategy to increase Global Zero’s membership;
  • Develop Global Zero’s grassroots presence in target states around the 2016 presidential election cycle;
  • Play a critical role in the delivery of trainings that will excite, inspire and inform local volunteers, with a goal of developing more savvy volunteer advocates;
  • Train, mobilize, and deploy volunteers nationwide; be prepared to rally people on and off campus to execute rapid response offline tactics at a moment’s notice;
  • Manage local lobbying strategy and direct advocacy targeting key decision- makers;
  • Build relationships with high profile leaders on campuses and communities in an effort to strengthen Global Zero’s political networks; and
  • Manage educational efforts targeting volunteers including monthly conference calls, newsletters, email blasts, and trainings.


  • Bachelor’s degree required and at least 1 year experience mobilizing and organizing activists, preferably both on and off campus;
  • Self-starter and a strategic thinker with a creative edge who is socially conscious, organized, detail-oriented and able to manage complex projects;
  • Skilled communicator with strong interpersonal skills who will work collaboratively and effectively as a member of an international team;
  • Acute political skills and knowledge of how to work on campus and universities;
  • Experience conceiving, planning and/or executing direct actions;
  • Strong organizational skills; able to multitask and prioritize a number of projects;
  • Superior writing and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to produce under pressure and with tight deadlines;
  • Ability to travel (up to 50% of time);
  • Genuine passion and interest for Global Zero’s issues and priorities; and
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the job. This includes occasional early meetings, late nights, frequent travel, lifting boxes of campaign chum up to 35 pounds, and other duties as assigned.


  • Rolling submissions with a preference to those who apply by October 1, 2015;
  • Competitive salary and benefits;
  • Critical role in a rapidly growing, cutting-edge, international movement with opportunities for advancement;
  • Full-time position based in Washington D.C. (open to other major U.S. cities) with travel and the possibility of occasional trips abroad; and
  • Flexible and occasionally intense hours including some evenings and weekends, to accommodate a team across multiple time zones and a rigorous campaign.

    How to apply

    Please send your cover letter, resume and writing sample (preferably something campaign related) to, with “U.S. Field Organizer” in the subject line. Please note in your email where you saw this posting.

Community Organizer at Faith in New York

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Campaign For Citizenship (C4C): Community Organizer
All applicants must apply online. 

Faith in New York is seeking a highly talented and motivated Campaign For Citizenship (C4C) Community Organizer with a passion for racial and economic justice, and an appetite for deep and lasting transformation in New York City. Faith in New York is a growing interfaith, multicultural federation of over 70 congregations representing 80,000 families in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the Bronx. Faith in New York’s mission is to develop grassroots leaders and equip congregations to move significant public policy change that supports our leaders’ vision of a more just New York with excellent public schools, violence-free neighborhoods, access to good jobs, adequate and affordable health care, decent housing for all, and a place where people of all backgrounds can fully participate in economic and civic life. Faith in New York operates in low-income, working class communities that are 70% immigrant and over 85% people of color. Faith in New York is working to make large-scale, faith-based organizing a pillar of the broader social change infrastructure, as evidenced by issue campaign results, large numbers of clergy and lay leaders who are improving economic opportunities for working families, and the growth of our strategic partnerships.

In its brief history, Faith in New York has quickly established itself as an emerging force for positive change in diverse communities across the region, training hundreds of grassroots leaders, engaging clergy leaders with a vision rooted in their various faith traditions, and forging partnerships with a growing number of strategic allies to address issues including equitable rebuilding post-Hurricane Sandy, affordable housing development for middle and low-income families, good jobs and workforce development programs, ending mass incarceration, immigrant rights, and environmental stewardship.

Faith in New York believes that those directly impacted by systemic injustice must be partners in developing solutions and employs the Congregations-Based Community Organizing Model and is a proud affiliate of the PICO National Network. People Improving Communities through Organizing (PICO) is the largest and fastest growing community organizing effort in the country.  At PICO we are lifting a new vision for America that is rooted in our shared moral values and democratic traditions.


Community organizers train individual grassroots leaders and Local Organizing Committees to identify priority community concerns, research potential solutions and secure commitments from policy makers to implement these solutions to improve the community. An organizer has responsibility for teaching community organizing skills to community leaders within congregations and moving organizing teams through local and citywide actions.  Faith in New York has a strong learning culture and we place a high priority on personal learning and relationship building.  Faith in New York is lifting up a faith-filled vision that unites people across religion, race, class, ethnicity, age, and language; to this end, we are looking for applicants who have significant experience working within Latino and/or African-American communities, preferably (but not necessarily) in the faith context.

The person hired for this position will help build momentum for our Campaign for Citizenship to win national, state, and local policy victories that directly benefit immigrant families, in collaboration with strategic allies. The organizer’s work will towards developing and strengthening Black/Brown Unity within our work by working with our Live Free campaign, which is aimed at dismantling the cradle to prison pipeline and offering low-income people of color in New York City access to economic opportunities and reduce racial and economic inequality. We are looking for candidates that have the right combination of skills, emotional intelligence and a heart for improving the quality of life and broadening opportunities for all New Yorkers.


  • Ability and experience working with diverse faith communities, especially clergy
  • Solid understanding of one’s own faith journey and a strong understanding of power
  • Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members across religion, race, gender, age, language, class and experiences
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community
  • Desire to learn and openness to challenge
  • Ability to work as part of a strong staff team as well as independently
  • Relevant previous organizing experience (Community, Labor, Voter) strongly desired
  • Organize successfully in religious congregations
  • Train and develop community leaders to take action effectively in the public arena
  • Strong and effective communicator
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills to people on multiple levels
  • Prepared to lead and desires to be in deep partnership with others (community leaders, staff, allies, people with power)
  • Dedication to expanding the work of the campaign across various racial and ethic groups
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Fluency in Spanish both oral and written is required


  • Conduct up to 10 one-on-one meetings each week with existing or potential Faith in New York leaders, clergy, and influential external leaders throughout New York City, especially in Brooklyn and Queens
  • Provide regular organizing training for Faith in New York leaders and community members in the principles and strategies of congregation-based community organizing
  • Support organizing teams in congregations in outreach, research, and strategic planning leading to large community action meetings that impact systemic change
  • Attend weekly professional development sessions
  • Meet on a regular basis with Faith in New York Lead Organizers in Brooklyn and Queens to shadow, plan and evaluate work progress

This position is part-time, between 25-30 hours a week with some evening and weekend work. The pay rate is $20 per hour, depending on experience; benefits include excellent health plan and retirement plan. Opportunity for contract work is available. Candidate must successfully complete a series of one-on-one interviews.

All applicants must apply online. 

Please include the following two (2) documents:

  • An electronic file of your resume (preferably in PDF format) ready to be uploaded with your application.
  • A cover letter (outlining your qualifications for this position) ready to be uploaded with your application. Please address the Cover Letter to Onleilove Alston, Executive Director.


Report: State of the Unions 2015

What’s the relationship between unionization and the racial pay gap?

According to a new report by Murphy Institute Professors Ruth Milkman and Stephanie Luce, The State of the Unions: A Profile of Organized Labor in New York City, New York State, and the United States, unions narrow the racial divide in wage levels. The report states:

Blacks have higher unionization rates than any other racial/ethnic group. Those who are union members reap substantial economic advantages, such as improved earnings, more job security, and greater access to employer-provided health insurance and pensions. 

An annual publication from the Murphy Institute, the report provides a wealth of information about unions in New York City, New York State and beyond, providing union density levels by geography, industry, race, gender, earnings, education, and other variables, and showing modest growth of unions at both the City and State level.

On Friday, the report was covered in a NY Times article called Unionization Important to Closing Racial Wage Gap, Study Says.

See the full report here.

Pope Francis & the Moral Right to “Own Our Labor & Rent Our Capital”

A Growing Hybrid-Model-Movement Ripe for Political Consolidation

By Michael Peck

In America, the world of work has already changed beyond conventional wisdom sense perceptions and the willpower capacity of elected politicians to understand and embrace it. This workplace relationship tsunami, “a historic shift that rivals the transition from farms to factories,” calls out the anachronistic redlining between company and society, employee or independent contractor, worker versus manager, part-time as opposed to full-time, blue or white collar, as well as unions or work councils.

Today’s wrenching workplace issues — wage theft, eligibility for overtime pay, equalizing and standardizing worker classification, elevating minimum wage standards including the federal minimum wage, overtime protection, facilitating employees of contractors and franchise operations to achieve a collective bargaining agreement — constitute many of the most necessary but still wholly insufficient solutions to the problems at hand. The existential dilemma facing the world of work is that these problems together with traditional remedies have lost their time-space moorings.  Continue reading Pope Francis & the Moral Right to “Own Our Labor & Rent Our Capital”