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Essex Street Market Vendor Association Seeks Part-time Community Events & Vendor Support Coordinator (NYC)

The Essex Street Market Vendor Association (ESMVA) is a not-for-profit organization with a membership comprised of 25 diverse vendors from the historic Essex Street Market. Our mission is to support the market’s small merchant community through marketing, promotional events, and community programming. ESMVA acts as the central point of contact between market management, community-based organizations, as well as other governmental and community stakeholders.

In the fall of 2018, Essex Street Market will move directly across the street from its current home to the Essex Crossing development — a move that presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges for the vendor community, and puts you on the forefront of opening New York City’s largest public market.

Position Description:
The Community Events & Vendor Support Coordinator will work closely with the market’s Community Programs & Engagement Manager to carry out weekly programming initiatives and connect one-on-one with market vendors to provide small merchant support.

This is a part-time position (paid hourly) ideal for a graduate student interested in New York City’s food system, food education, community-based food programming, and/or economic development. Hours are flexible with some evening and weekend dates asked, depending on the market’s monthly schedule of events. Strong preference given to those who can commit to 1 year of work starting July 2018.

Primary Responsibilities:
1. Community Events
○ Assist in planning and executing weekly food education programs including our free cooking and nutrition workshops, and healthy shopping tours;
○ Help with ongoing market events such as vendor tastings, tours, nighttime panel discussions, and weekend family activities; and,
○ Gather post-event data to be used in marketing efforts or community-facing reports.
2. Vendor Support
○ Build relationships with market vendors and relay their questions/concerns to the appropriate parties;
○ Coordinate monthly vendor meetings and share meeting minutes with vendors;
○ Ensure vendors are continuously updated on all aspects of the market’s move; and,
○ Help onboard new vendors as needed.

Required Qualifications:
● Demonstrated interest in food systems and community organizing;
● Ability to work with a diverse population of shoppers, small merchants, and community members;
● Strong written and verbal communication, and very detail-oriented;
● Basic culinary skills and strong interest in preparing fresh food; and,
● Eager to engage with community-based organizations around the neighborhood to promote market news and events.

Desired Qualifications:
● Food education and teaching experience;
● Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) and/or Spanish speaking; and/or,
● Graphic design and data management skills.

To Apply:
Send your resume and cover letter outlining relevant experience to Lauren Margolis, Community Programs & Engagement Manager, at:

Congratulations to Spring 2018 Graduates!

On May 30th, the Murphy Institute hosted our spring graduation party.

The event was emcee’d by Diana Robinson, who graduated with an MA in Labor Studies, and Racquel Barnes, who graduated with an MA in Urban Studies. Thanks also to MA in Labor Studies graduate, and new father, James Van Nort for his stirring speech.

Some photos from the event are below.  A big congratulations to our graduating class of 2018!

Photos by Aaron Lenchner

And congrats to our graduates who attended the CUNY School of Professional Studies commencement ceremony at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall on Friday June 1st. Some photos of our grads are among those posted on the SPS Facebook page.

New Labor Forum Highlights: June 11th, 2018

The New Labor Forum has 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.

In this newsletter, we turn our attention to the suburbs. And for good reason, since that’s where slightly over half of U.S. residents currently live. You may have noticed that today’s suburban dwellers increasingly don’t conform to the mythic image of the suburbanite. By 2013, 61 percent of all immigrants to the U.S. lived in the suburbs, and that percentage continues to increase. And, rather than the prized destination of prolonged efforts to escape urban ghettos, many of these suburbs are where immigrants settle upon arrival. Partly as a result of these trends, the last census showed suburban poverty to have grown at more than twice the rate of urban poverty.

In the current issue of New Labor Forum, Phil Neel describes this new suburban landscape: where once there were only bedrooms and commuter trains, now there are factories, warehouses, distribution centers, and sometimes blasted waste-lands lacking many of the essential services, like child care and public transportation, more common to cities.  He argues that one need look no further than Ferguson, Missouri for evidence that conditions now prevalent in suburbs will contain new challenges, as well as new possibilities, to spur movements for social and economic justice. For all of these reasons, anyone interested in the nation’s social and political future would do well to study suburbia. Toward that end, we also offer a recent report on the challenges of suburban poverty by Margaret Weir, as well as a review of Lorrie Frasure-Yokely’s Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Suburbs, the 2016 winner of two national book awards.

Table of Contents

  1. The New Geography of Suburbia/ Phil A. Neel, New Labor Forum
  2. The Rising Challenge of Poverty in the Suburbs/ Margaret Weir, Scholars Strategy Network
  3. The Changing Face of the U.S. Suburbs/ Josh Fox, Harris Public Policy- The University of Chicago

Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via flickr (CC-BY-SA)

National Resource Hub for Police Reform Seeks Organizer Coordinator (NYC)

About the Hub

The National Resource Hub for Police Reform is a newly launched project that serves as a resource for local advocates working on campaigns to reform policing in America and create a better, more fair, and effective system of policing in this nation. The Hub is a conduit of information and assistance for local grassroots police reform campaigns across the country. The Hub will be managed by an Executive Director who will work with a small staff and contracted experts, consultants and national organizations with expertise in this field, to engage directly with local campaigns and offer support by providing relevant and up to date research, data, policy and other resources, trainings and technical assistance in the following four categories: police practices, communications, campaign strategy, field organizing, and capacity building.


Position Summary

The Organizing Coordinator serves as the Hub’s main liaison to local advocates and campaigns. The Coordinator will work directly with local advocates and campaigns to support capacity building, field organizing, and strategic planning. He or she will work closely with local leaders and police reform campaigns to identify resources needed by local advocates (policy, data, communications, research, etc.) The Coordinator will work with other Hub staff to ensure that local campaigns receive technical assistance and have access to resources gathered and/or produced by the Hub and other partner organizations. The Coordinator will also be responsible for training local advocates on organizing, capacity building and development of campaign strategies. He or she will be charged with supporting local advocates in identifying potential funding sources and devising fundraising strategies. Additionally, the Organizing Coordinator will work to create connections and build bridges between local police reform campaigns across the country, ensuring that advocates are learning from and building with one another and collaborating when necessary. The Coordinator may also be involved in potential crisis response work in representing the hub in communities experiencing crises involving police misconduct.


Essential Responsibilities and Tasks 

  • Serve as the main contact person with local advocates
  • Work directly with local advocates to identify organizing, research, strategy, and capacity needs
  • Create and/or strengthen local campaign strategies on police reform
  • Support local advocates in executing campaign strategies
  • Conduct organizing and advocacy training for local advocates
  • Support local advocates and local organizations in identifying funding sources
  • Work with other Hub staff to ensure the work of the Hub (research, communications, etc.) is driven by local needs
  • Ensure inclusion of the voices of local leaders in decision making for the Hub
  • Lead planning of regional or national convenings that aim to convene and train local advocates
  • Create, maintain and updated landscape of existing police reform advocacy campaigns in key cities across the country
  • Write and contribute to grant proposals and reports
  • Represent the Hub at meetings and convenings as needed


  • Bachelor’s Degree in social science, sociology, public policy, criminal justice or related field; Master’s Degree is a plus but not required
  • 6+ years of work experience as an organizer
  • Experience working with local police reform campaigns
  • Knowledge of and connection to local police reform and justice advocacy organizations and groups across the country
  • A deep understanding of police reform strategies and policing issues; including police policies and practices
  • A deep knowledge of local organizing strategies and campaigns
  • A deep understanding of c4 and c3 advocacy campaigns
  • Familiarity with foundations that invest in police reform, including potential local and regional funders
  • Great written and oral communications skills
  • Great professional acumen, high energy, team player and ability to multi-task and work in fast-paced, sometimes stressful environment

Benefits: This is a full-time position and offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Professional Level: Professional

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

How To Apply:

Please send resume, cover letter, and 3-page writing sample to:

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Make the Road New York Seeks Outreach Specialist (Queens, NY)

Make the Road New York ( is a non-profit organization that builds the power of Latino and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. We have 21,000+ members and operate five community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island, Brentwood, Long Island; and White Plains, Westchester.

MRNY’s Workers’ Health and Safety Program serves thousands of immigrant workers per year through a combination of training on a variety of health and safety topics and community-based research across various low-wage industries. The Program aims to develop the skills and leadership of community members to create more resilient, safe and healthy workplaces in a variety of industries across the city through dynamic training for immigrant workers, train-the-trainer programming, and community-based participatory research on occupational health and safety. This Program is housed within MRNY’s Organizing Department (Worker Organizing Team) and strives to connect participants to our broader worker organizing and systemic change efforts.


Current Opening:

MRNY seeks a highly motivated, organized, and dedicated individual to join our dynamic workers’ health and safety team. The focus of this position will conducting in-person outreach to

domestic cleaners at and around their job sites, and in their communities, and engaging workers in the “Safe and Just Cleaning” campaign- a multilevel campaign that aims to reduce the adverse health effects, and the associated disease burden, experienced by low-wage immigrant workers due to the use of cleaning chemicals at work and home. We are looking for an energetic individual with the ability to work both independently and in teams, and deliver high quality work in a fast paced environment. The applicants should be fully fluent in Spanish and possess strong communication and relationship building skills.


This position will support a research project that MRNY is doing collaboratively with the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment at Queens College, CUNY and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Using a participatory research model, workers and community members will gain skills and knowledge to recognize their exposures and potential risks; this will lay the basis for building a joint worker-community advocacy effort that directly address the multi-layered impact of dangerous chemicals on cleaners’ and their communities.


The Outreach Specialist for the “Safe and Just Cleaning” research and action campaign will, among other things:

  • Recruit a large number of domestic cleaning workers to participate in a survey about their working conditions;
  • Recruit domestic cleaning workers for focus groups and mobilize workers to attend meetings and events;
  • Help conduct presentations and assist with the facilitation of meetings;
  • Promote the engagement of domestic cleaning workers in this campaign and help develop their leadership within the workplace justice organizing project;
  • Meet productivity and quality performance targets, maintaining database records, paper files, and documentation required by campaign procedures and by funders;
  • Assist the work of the broader worker’s health and safety program as needed.



  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and collective action.
  • Training as a community health worker
  • Comfort approaching and speaking to workers at and around their job sites.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
  • Self-motivated with a high level of accountability and initiative. Proven ability to problem solve and overcome obstacles;
  • Collaborative attitude; an eagerness to work alongside a dynamic team and receive constructive feedback on job performance;
  • Able to work in an exciting, fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment;
  • Comfortable traveling to, and working in, neighborhoods across New York City, especially, Queens and Brooklyn;
  • Able to work occasional evenings and some weekends;
  • Bilingual English-Spanish preferred, Spanish required;
  • Experience working with the population that MRNY serves;
  • Trained in community-health work issues.


  • Experience providing workshops/ community presentations;
  • Experience in public health and/or workplace justice advocacy;
  • Strong computer skills (web-based database, word processing, Excel, etc.);
  • Knowledge of community-based participatory research;
  • Experience collaborating with community organizers.


Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive annual salary based on a democratically designed salary scale, depending on relevant work experience, education, and other factors. MRNY offers a generous benefit package including health insurance and 401K.



How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to Applications with no cover letter will not be reviewed. Applications will be accepted until June 15th or until the position is filled. Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately.


Make the Road New York is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to insure equal opportunity and equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, religion, color, citizenship, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, genetic information and sexual orientation, in all employment decisions including but not limited to hiring, compensation, benefits, training, termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.


Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive annual salary based on a democratically designed salary scale, depending on relevant work experience, education, and other factors. MRNY offers a generous benefit package including health insurance and 401K.

Level of Language Proficiency: Bilingual (English/Spanish) required.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How to Apply: 

Please send a resume and cover letter to safe& Applications with no cover letter will not be reviewed. Applications will be accepted until June 15th or until the position is filled. Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately.

Churches United For Fair Housing, Inc. Seeks Bi-Lingual Racial Justice Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)


Churches United for Fair Housing (CUFFH) 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.


Position Summary

The Racial Justice Organizer will help build new relationships and sustain existing involvement in the CUFFH Network by engaging church leaders and community members in immigrant and low-income communities of color; Provide programs and services which promote community empowerment; Mobilize our base to tackle pressing community issues; Strengthen our relationships with partnering organizations and other allies.


Essential Responsibilities Include

  • Facilitate fair housing organizing efforts across our Network, with a focus on racial justice as a core principle of housing justice
  • Foster relationships at CUFFH member churches, and identify and support lay-leadership development
  • Coordinate logistics for fair housing workshops and other events
  • Organize and mobilize community members to attend events, rallies and other fair housing campaign activities
  • Represent CUFFH priorities at coalition meetings and in local and citywide initiatives, to elected officials and the press
  • Engage CUFFH members to create a community-based vision of our fair and affordable housing organizing efforts
  • Help develop individual work plan and annual organizational goals
  • Manage CUFFH social media accounts for organizing efforts


  • A deep passion for social justice and community organizing
  • 2+ years of organizing or relevant experience
  • Strong organizing, planning, meeting/workshop facilitation skills
  • Experience and interest in taking ownership of social media accounts
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Must be reliable, on time and responsive to communication
  • Strong writing and communication skills in both English and Spanish
  • Basic computer skills, including Google G Suite
  • Good teamwork skills, high energy and a positive attitude


CUFFH provides a laptop and cell phone and a generous and flexible PTO package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual: Fluency in Spanish & English is required for this position.

Professional Level: Professional

Minimum Education Required: High School

How To Apply:

CUFFH is a non-religious organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage qualified individuals of every race, creed, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity to apply.

Email your resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Racial Justice Organizer. No phone calls will be accepted.