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New Report on Immigrant Financial Empowerment

On Wednesday, February 25th, the Northwest Queens Financial Education Network, including the Community Development Project, Chhaya CDC, New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), and Queens Community House (QCH), held an event at the Murphy Institute to release a new report entitled Bridging the Gap: Overcoming Barriers to Immigrant Financial Empowerment in Northwest QueensCheck it out!


Participatory Budgeting Project Hiring Operations Manager

Come work with the Participatory Budgeting Project!

You: A practical problem-solver who gets things done and is committed to democracy. You have an eye for executing and improving internal systems, a mind for managing budget numbers and equipment specs, and a heart for supporting a process-oriented and hard-working team.

Us: A young non-profit organization growing rapidly to support the expanding field of participatory budgeting (PB), the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) empowers people across North America to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support PB processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, and Vallejo (CA), we have engaged 46,000 people in deciding how to spend $45 million. PBP currently has ten full-time staff members in three cities: Brooklyn, Chicago, and Oakland.

Learn more below or download the Position Description [PDF].

The Participatory Budgeting Project is seeking an Operations Manager to ensure the smooth running of our administrative and operational activities, and provide the infrastructure necessary to keep our programmatic work successful. The Operations Manager will manage PBP’s financial operations and personnel structures, in close collaboration with the Deputy Director and Executive Director, and oversee office management, recordkeeping, IT, and administrative support for PBP’s offices. The position reports to the Deputy Director and is based in our Brooklyn, NY office.

Organizational Finances and Bookkeeping

  • Coordinate bookkeeping activities with external bookkeeper, including maintenance of electronic and paper files, processing reimbursement and payment requests, and monitoring cash flow
  • Work with bookkeeper and payroll service to maintain payroll
  • Work with ED, Board and program staff to prepare periodic fiscal documents for project work, budget monitoring, and end of fiscal year reporting

Office and IT Management

  • Manage supply and equipment purchasing for all staff
  • Help maintain, improve, and troubleshoot internal communications and information infrastructure
  • Help train staff on existing and new IT, both hardware and software
  • HR and Personnel

Administer and manage staff benefits

  • Work with Deputy Director and staff to keep Employee Handbook updated and compliant with state and federal laws
  • Assist in coordinating hiring and onboarding for interns, new staff, and contractors

Program Support

  • Provide logistical support as needed for events, including conferences, retreats, convenings, and fundraising events
  • Help ensure compliance with state and federal laws for PBP general operations as well as project work in the US and Canada

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least three years of demonstrated experience in an office environment, with progressively increasing responsibilities. Must include direct experience with budgeting, human resources, financial administration and office management
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize, and effectively delegate large volumes of work
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Strong computer and technical skills; ability to work across platforms and to learn new technology quickly; especially strong skills in Microsoft Excel and Google Spreadsheets
  • Strong people skills, and ability and desire to work collaboratively with a diverse group
  • Good judgment, common sense, and ability to work independently
  • Dedication to workplace democracy and transparency
  • Flexibility to adapt as our organization and work changes

Educational requirements:

We understand that there are a wide variety of paths towards the skills necessary for the position. As such, there are no formal educational requirements, as long as the applicant can demonstrate mastery of the desired skills. We do, however, value experience gained through educational programs, including credits completed in related subjects such as accounting or financial administration.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Strong benefits include health insurance, 4 weeks paid vacation, and a commitment to staff development and a healthy work environment.

How to Apply

Please email applications to info<at>participatorybudgeting<dot>org by March 6, 2015, with Operations Manager in the subject line. Applications should include the following, if possible compiled in a single pdf: 1) cover letter explaining your relevant experience and interest in the position; 2) resume; and 3) list of three professional references with contact information. Expected start date is April 27th.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals.

Murphy Student Awarded Scholarship to Attend National Organizers Workshop

Congratulations to Sahar Khan, Labor Studies MA student at Murphy, who was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the National Organizers Workshop!

The National Organizers Workshop March 6-7th, 2015 in Washington, D.C. will bring together 400 frontline organizers from union and community organizations. Large group dialogues and workshops are being designed and led by frontline organizers. Plenaries will be devoted to generating interaction and conversation about key questions facing our movements.

Sahar Khan was born in Dubai but raised in New York City, Queens. Fired by her intellectual curiosity, college allowed her to explore the different fields of academics. While completing a major in Media Communications & Arts at City College of New York, it was crucial for her to link the world of politics to the humanities. Upon completing her Bachelors degree, she was accepted into the Union Semester Program and now she is completing her Masters in Labor Studies at the Murphy Institute, School of Professional Studies.

Two Openings at International Labor Rights Forum

Job Opening: Legal and Policy Analyst

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for workers globally. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights.

The Legal and Policy Analyst will help drive ILRF policy advocacy in support of strategic campaigns against forced labor, child labor, and other labor rights abuses. This position will require knowledge of international labor rights instruments and their associated enforcement mechanisms (e.g. GSP petitions, OECD-NCP complaints, etc.), which can support and help shape labor rights advocacy campaigns. An ideal candidate is one who has worked with a labor union and/or is interested in working with a small, fast-paced NGO and is an independent, innovative and driven individual.  The applicant must possess strong writing skills and the ability to work effectively in diverse coalitions.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Work with ILRF’s Legal and Policy Director to develop strong relations with policy-makers, union leaders, and NGO partners in the U.S. and abroad
  • Draft and submit policy briefs, testimony, recommendations and comments to USG agencies in order to advance ILRF campaign advocacy priorities
  • Research, draft and support ILRF legal and policy submissions, including GSP petitions, FTA complaints, OECD-NCP and World Bank complaints
  • Conduct research on relevant topics and publish analytic reports with policy and campaign recommendations
  • Develop/maintain expertise in leading social certification initiatives and government enforcement mechanisms for promoting respect for labor rights in global supply chains
  • Work closely with campaign staff to develop campaign strategies and outreach to supporters
  • Participate in and lead diverse coalition efforts to end forced and child labor
  • Grant proposal writing and reporting
  • 3+ years work experience on labor or human rights issues, preferably with an international focus
  • JD degree
  • Fluency in English a must; fluency in one of the following languages preferred: Mandarin Chinese, Hindi, Bangla, Khmer, Burmese, French, Thai
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and lead work streams
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively within coalitions
ILRF has a generous benefits package. The salary for this position will depend on experience. Employment status: full-time, exempt, bargaining unit.
To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and a sample of policy-related writing or a copy of a report by February 28, 2015.

Job Opening: Campaigner

The International Labor Rights Forum is a human rights organization that advocates for workers globally. We hold global corporations accountable for labor rights violations in their supply chains; we advance policies and laws that protect workers; and we strengthen workers’ ability to advocate for their rights.

This position will require experience mobilizing people to get involved in campaigns; enthusiasm to travel frequently; excellent writing skills; and knowledge about international labor rights issues with the ability to speak persuasively and compellingly to audiences of all sizes on topics including freedom of association, living wages, child labor, forced labor, and the power of organizing for achieving social change. An ideal candidate is one who has been active in anti-sweatshop or other economic justice campaigning and is an independent, innovative and driven individual with excellent communication skills.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Write content for ILRF’s website, blog, and social media pages, and draft campaign and outreach materials, action alerts, and other communications;
  • Research to help support and develop multiple campaigns housed at ILRF
  • Outreach and travel, in the United States and abroad, to promote and expand ILRF’s campaigns; build a broader activist network with unions, faith-based organizations, NGOs, and other allies; strengthen ILRF’s connections with and support for grassroots partners abroad; and deepen relationships with supporters by representing the organization publicly at speaking events, conferences, coalition meetings, and actions
  • Design, plan and implement a range of campaign activities, including organizing rallies, protests, press conferences, workshops, and other events
  • Assist in the writing and dissemination of public reports
  • Assist in the organization’s fundraising activities, including grant reporting and proposal writing
  • At least two years campus-based, union or community organizing experience developing, implementing and running corporate-focused or legislative campaigns on labor, economic justice or other social justice issues
  • Experience in organizing demonstrations, creative actions, and educational events
  • Experience as a trainer, workshop leader, and public speaker
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Interest and availability to travel extensively within the United States, and also available for travel abroad
  • Experience and skilled in working in coalitions and project teams
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple work streams
  • Ability to multi-task and work creatively
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Fluency in English a must; fluency in Bangla, Spanish, or another language is preferred
  • Strong computer and research skills, basic knowledge of layout and design a plus
  • Knowledge and experience in online organizing and using social networks for social change
  • Bachelor’s degree
ILRF has a generous benefits package. The salary for this position will depend on experience. Employment status: full-time, exempt, bargaining unit.

To apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, a sample of writing for an activist audience (flier, fact-sheet, brochure, press release, or e-blast), and a copy of longer paper or report to: by February 28, 2015.

ILRF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and actively recruits women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and persons with diverse gender and sexual identities.

These descriptions do not constitute employment contracts, implied or otherwise.

2015 Diversity Scholarship Application Now Online, Extended Deadline April 30th

The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor seeks to make a significant contribution toward redressing existing imbalances in the labor movement and academic discipline of Labor Studies by providing financial support to students entering our Labor Studies programs: up to $30,000 for graduate students, and up to $20,000 for undergraduate students

The 2015 Diversity Scholarship Application is now online. We encourage interested applicants to apply by or before the March 31st April 30th deadline*. For more information about the scholarship, please contact our Diversity Scholarship Coordinator, Janet Leslie, at 212-642-2083 or

*Deadline extended!