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Community Organizer at VOCAL-NY

VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to building the power of low-income people affected by the drug war, mass incarceration, the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C epidemics, and homelessness to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, activism, and public policy advocacy. You can learn more about our work through our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Building a movement of directly affected New Yorkers to demand action to end the Hepatitis C (HCV) epidemic is an increasingly important part of our work. This position is focused on engaging community members in advocacy and activism who need access to hepatitis C prevention, care, and treatment, and supporting the development of a New York State plan to end the epidemic.

Position Description

VOCAL-NY is seeking a talented individual interested in building grassroots political power as part of a dynamic team. The community organizer will primarily support leadership development, community empowerment, and civic engagement among people living with or at risk of HCV infection, as well as families, allies and healthcare providers in support of action to end the epidemic in New York State. The successful candidate will also work on VOCAL’s other campaigns related to HCV, such as our work to promote access to harm reduction services, authorize supervised injection facilities, and reform NYC and NYS drug policies.

Examples of campaign activities include:

  • Expanding access to HCV prevention services by passing legislation to fully legalize syringe possession or appropriations to increase harm reduction funding.
  • Coordinating a statewide network of people living with HCV, healthcare providers, and allies in order to undertake original research, policy analysis, and develop advocacy positions related to ending the epidemic.
  • Activism targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers for price gouging.

Job activities are varied and may include: community outreach; mobilization; leadership development; base-building; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; creating public education and advocacy materials; and administrative tasks as needed.

The position will be based at VOCAL’s office in Brooklyn, NY. The position will require frequent travel in support of VOCAL chapters in Westchester County and Albany.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Membership Recruitment & Leadership Development: Identify and develop HCV community leaders by responding to email and phone inquiries, conducting one-on-one relational meetings, nurturing an understanding of relevant policy issues, and supporting skills building among people living with HCV as spokespeople who can effectively communicate campaign messages and engage with policymakers.
  • Coalition Building and Grassroots Organizing: Promote the active involvement of healthcare and social service providers, community leaders, and civic organizations in the HCV campaign by conducting outreach and recruitment activities such as one-on-one’s and presentations to ensure understanding and support for the campaign among a diverse group of allies. Coordinate the field strategy with HCV campaign partners on an ongoing basis through calls, email and in-person meetings. Track and report on interaction and engagement with advocates and organizations.
  • Event Coordination and Mobilization: Implement a range of tactics, including hearings, press conferences, rallies, protests, lobby days, and in-district meetings. Turn out people living with HCV, healthcare providers, and allies to events through mass phone banking and relationship building. Convene, craft agenda, and facilitate regular membership meetings and smaller work group meetings.
  • Media and Communications: Identify people affected by HCV and allies for media and communications activities. Respond to media inquiries. Prep advocates speaking to the media. Draft op-eds, letters to the editor and quotes on behalf of advocates. Draft campaign materials.
  • Support Other VOCAL Campaigns: The position will also be expected to provide support for all community organizing and campaigns around the drug war, mass incarceration, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness within VOCAL-NY as needed. We have a highly collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other’s campaigns.

Requirements / Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong inter-personal, public speaking, writing, and problem solving skills. Candidates must demonstrate interest in HCV, harm reduction, and drug policy reform and a willingness to approach these issues through a racial justice analysis. Candidates must have at least two years of experience in community organizing and/or related fields. Advocacy campaign experience, significant community organizing experience, and a valid driver’s license are pluses. Interest in working as a member of a team and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential. Travel to other parts of New York State will be required approximately once per week. Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email, word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) programs are required.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to In the subject line, please put “Community Organizer [Your Name]”. No phone calls, please.

VOCAL-NY is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people who are formerly incarcerated, people living with HIV or HCV, women, LGBT people, and those who have been adversely affected by the criminal justice system and the war on drugs are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will remain open until filled.

Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted

Director/Coordinator, Make the Road Replication Project (Center for Popular Democracy)

Position Location: New York City (preferred)

About CPD:  The Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) promotes equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. CPD works to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda.

About the Position:  We seek an energetic and experienced organizer to support and anchor the growth of new organizations in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey.  All of these projects have launched, have high quality staff in place and have growing bases of committed members.  All are sister organizations to the highly successful Make the Road New York (

Primary Responsibilities:  This staff person will report to the Director of Organizing and Capacity Building at the Center for Popular Democracy and will:

  • Support local staff in all aspects of their day to day work, through in-person visits and regular meetings
  • Assist in training and recruitment of new staff
  • Anchor communications work with members, allies, potential supporters, press, and the broader community
  • Develop funding proposals and other funding materials and participate in fundraising to grow these new organizations
  • Manage organizational budgets and finances
  • Manage organizational databases
  • Represent these organizations at external meetings, coalition tables, and conferences
  • Ensure strong communication and relationship building between the new organizations and their sister organizations, Make the Road New York and CPD
  • Provide support to replication efforts in additional places over time

Job Requirements:  We are seeking a seasoned organizer with strong references who is interested in growing into a senior leadership position, with at least 5 years of organizing experience, experience organizing in coalition with grassroots, political and labor allies, strong English language writing skills, and experience in fundraising from individual and institutional sources.  Candidates should have:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and a strong analysis of systemic oppression based on race, class, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Drivers license and vehicle;
  • Excellent organizational skills and good attention to detail;
  • A high level of self-motivation and a proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively;
  • Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations;
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours;
  • Capacity to engage community members one-on-one and run meetings and trainings in Spanish and English

Strong benefits package. Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply:  Please send a cover letter and resume to-…

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community. 

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) Seeks Tenant Organizer

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation (CHLDC) is a not-for-profit community development organization serving 8,000 residents a year through a comprehensive array of housing preservation, economic development, community organizing and youth and family support services programs and projects. With community residents leading the way, the mission of Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation is to build a strong, sustainable Cypress Hills/East New York, where youth and adults achieve educational and economic success, secure healthy and affordable housing and develop leadership skills to transform their lives and community.

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation has an opening for one (1) part-time Tenant Organizer to work in the Community Organizing division. This is a part-time position (29 hours per week).
Principal Duties:

  • Conduct outreach, survey buildings and individual apartments and, in the process, engage tenants to work together to solve repair and safety issues.
  • Complete HPD building surveys.
  • Hold regular meetings with tenants to identify and prioritize issues (e.g. repairs, unresponsive management or landlords, shoddy maintenance, breach of rent-stabilization regulations).
  • Create and facilitate regular workshops specific to housing rights, responsibilities, laws and processes.
  • Counsel tenants individually.
  • Link tenants to the neighborhood-wide re-zone campaign and city-wide campaigns for affordable housing.
  • Demonstrate commitment to leadership development, community building, and community organizing as strategies for social change.
  • Provide monthly narratives and statistical reports on work accomplished.
  • Report to Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree required.
  • English/Spanish fluency required.
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Be detail-oriented.
  • Be comfortable facilitating meetings and leading workshops.
  • Be willing to work flexible hours.


To Apply:

Send resume, cover letter with relevant experience and three (3) references to Julia Watt-Rosenfeld, via e-mail at:  Please note that three (3) written reference letters will be required if chosen for the position.




We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.



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ANHD Seeks Equitable Economic Development Campaign Organizer

THE POSITION: ANHD seeks an Equitable Economic Development Campaign Organizer to lead ANHD’s work crafting a strategic agenda and engaging community activism to improve economic development policies and advocacy in New York City. This includes workforce development policies, industrial / manufacturing development policies, and policies to support small business, immigrant entrepreneurs, and more. The Economic Development Campaign Organizer will help develop and guide ANHD’s advocacy campaigns to mobilize the grassroots strength of our local not-for-profit member organizations to shift the economic development agenda of the City. Our goal is to win meaningful changes that implement our agenda to build more equitable outcomes for our low- and moderate-income communities and populations.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Equitable Economic Development Campaign Organizer will:

  • Engage, educate, and mobilize ANHD member-organizations and other city-wide allies in Equitable Economic Development advocacy.
  • Develop economic development advocacy campaigns and coordinate throughout to ensure that campaigns serve grassroots community’s needs and are backed by sound policy goals.
  • Engage ANHD member groups and allied organizations on issues in support of more equitable economic development and economic justice.
  • Coordinate with allied organizations working to advance economic development in New York City including other non-profit organizations, trade associations, think tanks, and research institutions.
  • Lead the campaign / coalition coordination duties including developing campaign strategy, power-mapping, managing campaign committees and working groups, meeting facilitation, working in partnership with allies, and leading / organizing campaign events.
  • Develop trainings and workshops on key Equitable Economic Development issues to inform ANHD members and stakeholders in order to expand capacity and knowledge about critical issues.
  • Work closely with all ANHD staff to ensure our Equitable Economic Development advocacy and policy development is well integrated into our broader citywide and neighborhood advocacy efforts.


  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in campaign coordination that engages a coalition of allied organizations.
  • Experience in community organizing or advocacy related to affordable housing, economic justice or community development.
  • Demonstrated expertise in strategic thinking on a particular campaign, coalition, advocacy effort or political agenda.
  • Demonstrated focus on achieving increased equity for low- and moderate-income communities and populations or communities.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in campaign coordination/organizing, advocacy, social service, or public policy.
  • Five years of experience in issue-based campaign coordination or 5 years of combined experience and education. Minimum 2 years leading issue-based campaigns required.
  • Commitment to New York City’s neighborhoods and respect for community organizing and grassroots organizations.Salary depending on experience. Good benefits. ANHD is an equal opportunity employer.

About ANHD: The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) – a membership-association of neighborhood-based affordable housing and economic development groups and one of NYC’s leading advocacy/policy organizations-

To Apply:   Please email resume, cover letter and writing sample (campaign letter, strategy memo, etc.) to:
Barika Williams, Deputy Director, ANHD

Center for Health Equity Seeks Neighborhood Coordinator, District Public Health Harlem


The Center for Health Equity aligns its efforts in advancing health equity across the City and ensures that it deploys resources to reduce health and mental hygiene disparities across all neighborhoods in NYC. The Center will work in collaboration with community-based partners, building on the work of the District Public Health Offices and others have pursued over the years.   The Neighborhood Health Hubs will build on these goals by providing physical space in our District Health buildings for co-location of community-based organizations (CBOs), providers of medical services, and other NYC government agencies. The aim is to move beyond current models of collaboration and to foster cross-sectorial work that addresses the root causes of health inequities in communities with the greatest burden of disease while building on the wealth of existing assets in those neighborhoods.

Under the direction of the Neighborhood Leader, the Neighborhood Coordinator will act as the community organizer for the Neighborhood Health Hubs.

–Develop and implement a community involvement process with all the partners and stakeholders co-located within the Neighborhood Health Hub.

–Develop a strong relationship with all partners within the Hub including the NYC government agencies, community based and private organizations, medical and health providers.

–Provide guidance and technical assistance to all Hub tenants around community health assessments and planning.

–Provide the Neighborhood Leader with reports on activities, issues and upcoming events related to the Neighborhood Health Hub.

–Provide recommendations the Neighborhood Leader on integrating a health equity lens to community organizing activities within the Neighborhood Health .

–Provide the Neighborhood Leader and other leadership with reports on activities, issues and upcoming events related to the Neighborhood Health Hub.

–Perform related assignments as required by the Neighborhood Leader.

Minimum Qual 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 six 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.


Preferred Skills
3+ years of experience in: Community organizing, strategic planning, and facilitating cross-sector partnerships; experience in public health, particularly community engagement, partnership development and coalition building; Knowledge of and experience with principles of collective impact;  deep understanding of and experience around community development and health issues in urban, underserved neighborhoods; knowledge of health and social service agencies; proven track record of coordinating partnerships and building a network; outstanding written and oral communication skills; strong facilitation and presentation skills, including design of publicity materials; facility with technology; social media skills a plus; Excellent analytic abilities, writing skills and interpersonal skills.


To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to  In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 205150.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Residency Requirement
New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

National Nurses Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President

It’s officially election season, and will be for some time to come. Some surprises have thrown the traditional players for a loop, including the rising support for Bernie Sanders. Drawing huge crowds at rallies across the country, and even a bit of controversy along the way, Sanders has galvanized his progressive base. And, as of Monday, he has also secured his first national trade union endorsement from the National Nurses union.

From CNN:

“Bernie Sanders has a proven track record of uncompromised activism and advocacy for working people, and a message that resonates with nurses, and, as we have all seen, tens of thousands of people across the country,” NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro said in a press release announcing the endorsement. “He can talk about our issues as well as we can talk about our issues. We are proud to stand with him in his candidacy for President today.”

The nurses organization officially announced their support at an event with Sanders in Oakland, California. The group, which is 90% women, called the meeting a “Brunch with Bernie.”

“Bernie’s issues align with nurses from top to bottom,” DeMoro said, noting that Sanders earned the groups support because of his positions on trade, minimum wage and expanding Social Security and Medicare.”

Earlier this year, the group conducted an internal poll to decide who to endorse. Charles Idelson, the group’s spokesman, said the Vermont senator won “overwhelming support,” but no percentage was given.

Previously, the American Federation of Teachers endorsed Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, Sanders has received support, if not outright endorsement — though neither is permitted according to AFL-CIO rules —  from a number of union locals.

Photo by Gage Skidmore via flickr (CC-BY-SA).