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Atlas: DIY Seeks Community Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Atlas: DIY, Powered by Immigrant Youth, seeks a 11-month contracted Community Organizer to join our staff as part of a coordinated citywide initiative, ActionNYC. The purpose of ActionNYC is to reach immigrant communities across New York City and connect individuals to free immigration legal consultations, document preparation, and application assistance. This position will work with our partnered school to conduct tailored outreach to engage and activate traditionally underserved immigrant communities and connect them with a free, comprehensive, and confidential legal screening to determine eligibility for immigration benefits.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate 15 immigration clinics with 21-24 appointment slots in NYC public schools;
  • Establish, strengthen, and maintain connections with 12-15 NYC public schools primarily focusing on community and international high schools;
  • Establish, strengthen, and maintain connections with trusted community groups, faith-based institutions, and other leaders in immigrant neighborhoods;
  • Provide designated schools with support in conducting strategic and targeted outreach to promote upcoming clinics including tailored Know Your Rights workshops;
  • Refer individuals to ActionNYC events and other services;
  • Attend meetings and events to promote and provide information about ActionNYC,
  • Use ActionNYC’s technological tool to collect and track data,
  • Work closely with lead organizer to meet organizational goals and tasks.


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish;
  • Previous campaign and/or community outreach experience;
  • Experience working with diverse individuals and communities;
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills;
  • Excellent communications skills, including written and verbal;
  • Flexible schedule and availability for occasional weekend and evening events and meetings;
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with community partners (e.g., churches, social service organizations);
  • Ability to work in a team and in collaboration with other organizations and partners;
  • Ability to work independently to meet ambitious goals;
  • Comfort using technology and inputting data;
  • Ability to work in a fastpaced, high intensity environment;
  • Demonstrated a commitment to social justice issues and experience working in youth empowerment advocacy;
  • Ability to engage, motivate, and inspire others.

Preferred but not required:

  • Directly impacted by the US immigration system ex. DACAmented or previously undocumented;
  • Experience and knowledge in working within community context


Salary in the mid-30 range with commensurate benefits package. This position is full-time, hourly and non-exempt.


Applications will be received on a rolling basis and interviews will happen concurrently. Ideal starting date before the end of August.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Submit your resume and cover letter to with “Community Organizer-[Your Name]” in subject line

City Parks Foundation Seeks Catalyst Organizer (NYC)



At City Parks Foundation (CPF), we are dedicated to invigorating and transforming New York City parks into dynamic, vibrant centers of urban life through sports, arts, community building, and education programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs — located in more than 350 parks, recreation centers, and public schools across New York City — reach 425,000 people each year.

  • CityParks Shows brings hundreds of live music, dance and theater performances to communities throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The SummerStage festival presents over 100 free performances and benefit concerts each year in 16 parks throughout the city, ranging from American pop, Latin and world music to dance, spoken word and theater. The Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, home to one of the last public marionette companies in the US, presents modern takes on classic fairytales, and the traveling PuppetMobile presents family-friendly puppet shows and workshops outdoors around the city, free of charge.
  • Partnership for Parks is a unique public-private partnership between CPF and NYC Parks that supports and champions neighborhood volunteers by giving them the tools they need to advocate and care for their neighborhood parks and green spaces.
  • CityParks Learn environmental education programs help students experience the fun of science, while learning about their relationship to the natural world and the ways in which they can protect our natural environment. We provide environmental science programs for elementary, middle and high school students throughout New York City, serving nearly 3,000 kids through school-day, afterschool and summer programming, as well as credit-bearing training and paid internships for teenagers.
  • CityParks Play activates New York’s neighborhood parks with free sports programs for kids, including tennis, soccer, golf, track & field, and multi sport instruction, as well as fitness classes for seniors. We help New Yorkers stay active and healthy, discover new sports, and make new friends.

Our ethos is simple: we believe thriving parks mean thriving communities.


Catalyst, a program of Partnerships for Parks, harnesses the resources of City Parks Foundation, NYC Parks, and local partners to improve high needs parks and build community in historically underserved neighborhoods. The Catalyst Organizer will connect local residents, groups, and community-based organizations with their local open spaces; foster park and water stewardship and community-building activities among local residents and groups; and promote parks as a community resource for civic engagement, activation, programming, and environmental stewardship. The Catalyst Organizer will expand engagement in 3 – 5 sites at any given time, which will shift every 1 – 2 years.

The Catalyst Organizer will be expected to work as part of a team and report to the Director of Catalyst.


  • Develop a thorough understanding of assigned Catalyst parks and local issues, demographics and opportunities
  • Through asset mapping and onsite/neighborhood activation, identify stakeholders interested in caring for their park and community
  • Cultivate partnerships with intensive, customized support
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration among interested partners
  • Support the leadership development of local partners as ongoing, sustainable park and waterfront stewards by connecting them to Partnerships for Parks and other skill building and engagement opportunities
  • Conduct ongoing coaching for partners in alignment with Catalyst goals
  • Document, highlight, promote, and advance partner and Partnerships for Parks efforts in and around Catalyst parks
  • Serve as liaison between community partners and NYC Parks, CPF and other organizations
  • Connect and leverage local and regional resources to support and amplify community partner efforts
  • Track Catalyst work in database – maintain individual and organizational records, input outcomes and other important details as determined by the Catalyst Director
  • Develop internal and external reports as needed
  • Participate in work plan development and strategic planning
  • Work closely with Catalyst Director and CPF fundraising team to inform fundraising plans and reporting
  • Support special Partnerships for Parks initiatives as needed, working collaboratively across program areas to share best practices and support stewardship development broadly


  • Demonstrable ability to work with diverse constituencies
  • Community organizing, coalition-building, public service/administration, and/or programming experience – degree in related field preferred, not required
  • Strong public speaking, writing, and listening skills
  • Motivated, resourceful, and creative self-starter with a passion for sustainable community development who is confident working both individually and as part of a team
  • Responsible, detail-oriented, and organized project manager
  • Experience planning community-led events and/or collaborative projects that feature multiple stakeholders and interests
  • Comfort and facility with office software and Google apps
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection
  • Willingness to travel frequently around NYC and work on-site as often as needed
  • Flexible schedule – ability to work nights and weekends
  • Driver’s License, required
  • Bi or multilingual strongly preferred


Benefits include excellent healthcare and dental package, vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) Retirement Plan, Transit Check program, life insurance, and flexible spending plan. City Parks Foundation is a collegial, mission-focused organization that values its employees and encourages professional growth and advancement.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

Interested parties should email cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: Put “Catalyst Organizer” in subject header.

Thank you for your interest in City Parks Foundation, an equal opportunity employer. Only potential candidates will be contacted. No calls, please.

JustLeadershipUSA Seeks NYC Community Organizer (Bronx)


About JustLeadershipUSA

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. On the guiding principle that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform.

Open Position

JLUSA seeks driven, inspired, and energetic Community Organizer. The Community Organizer will work with JLUSA’s dynamic team to build grassroots political power in communities impacted by mass incarceration, through developing leadership and promoting participation in efforts to reform the criminal justice system, particularly JLUSA’s campaign to close #CLOSErikers.

The ideal candidate is an experienced organizer who has worked on grassroots, policy and advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate is committed to JLUSA’s mission, is flexible and effective in a fast-paced environment, and possesses a great sense of humor. This is not an office-based job. The ideal candidate will be spending time in the community, identifying and developing members who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.

With our bold and ambitious goal and unique theory of change, this is an exciting professional opportunity; the right candidate can have a significant impact on redefining justice in America.

JLUSA’s Community Organizer reports to the Lead Organizer and works closely with our campaign partners and members to build a movement to reach #halfby2030.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the NYC Campaign Coordinator in developing and executing targeted base-building efforts and campaign member development;
  • Lead street outreach and other community-based canvassing;
  • Utilize online tools to identify members and integrate them into campaigns;
  • Measure and track outcomes;
  • Create leadership opportunities for members that provide opportunities for responsibility, skills development, and ownership of the work;
  • Identify and cultivate leaders from within the supporter and member network;
  • And other responsibilities as identified.


JustLeadershipUSA seeks a candidate with the following qualities and skills:

  • Previous experience community organizing preferred, a demonstrated commitment to activism and mobilizing communities required;
  • Experience developing members into leaders and employing grassroots strategies for social change;
  • Experience working on coalition-based campaign to effect policy change;
  • Basic knowledge of and interest in criminal justice reform, including a serious commitment to ending mass incarceration;
  • Deep and meaningful ties to the community and community driven policy reform;
  • High energy, strong interpersonal, public speaking and problem-solving skills- an outgoing personality and willingness to take risks is essential to succeeding in this position;
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email, word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) programs;
  • Comfort working with a team in a fast-paced and dynamic environment;
  • Experience working in New York City and State preferred, but not required;
  • Collaborative instincts, sense of humor, and charm.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter explaining interest in JustLeadershipUSA, and list of three references to “See Instruction” with subject line: Last Name, First Name, Community Organizer.

Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

JustLeadershipUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status. JustLeadershipUSA values diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

For more information about JustLeadershipUSA, visit our website at

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) Seeks Environmental Justice Program Manager (Brooklyn, NY)

Job Summary:

The Environmental Justice Program Manager is a four day a week (min.), grant-funded position. S/he will work closely with the Executive Director and board members to organize and execute grassroots environmental justice initiatives designed to address legacy toxins, open space, and ongoing sources of pollution in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The Environmental Justice Program Manager is responsible for engaging residents and stakeholders in town hall meetings, workshops, and informational sessions, and other activities with the goal of developing community-based solutions to environmental problems. This position is funded through June 30, 2019 with the potential to become full-time and be extended, pending funding.


  • Spearhead grassroots efforts that engage residents around lead in soil, open space, and other environmental justice issues of concern
  • Plan, coordinate, facilitate, and execute workshops and events, including identifying locations and developing materials
  • Create content for program materials, social media, and website. Work collaboratively to manage calendar of social media and website updates
  • Develop and conduct surveys and petition drives
  • Actively solicit and record feedback from workshops and community meeting attendees
  • Represent organization at community meetings, partner events, and meetings
  • Support grant reporting efforts
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Two to four years’ experience in nonprofit setting, environmental advocacy, community organizing, or equivalent experience
  • Commitment to environmental and climate justice
  • Sense of humor and creative thinker with a can-do attitude
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights and/or weekends
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Capacity to balance multiple projects
  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Advanced computer skills including proficiency in MS Office and other standard office tools, social media apps, and CMS programs
  • Comfortable operating cargo bicycle
  • Knowledge of issues facing Greenpoint and Williamsburg preferred


Excellent benefits, including health insurance, vacation and sick leave (pending full-time funding).

Level of Language Proficiency: Fluency in Spanish and/or Polish a plus

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter and resume to with the subject line “Environmental Justice Program Manager”

The Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) Seeks Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization Program Manager

Organization Description:

The Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is a non-profit, multi-faceted community-based organization that has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for residents in the Southern Washington Heights area for fifty years. This mission encompasses advocacy, organizing and providing services related to decent affordable housing, education, health, youth services and neighborhood improvement. CLOTH’s wideranging programs include affordable housing, educational programming for children and adults, economic development, social services, and food pantry programs.

Job Description:

The Avenue NYC Commercial Revitalization Program Manager will help CLOTH develop, design, and deliver commercial revitalization programs and services as part of the organization’s three-year Avenue NYC grant funded by the New York City Department of Small Businesses Services. Avenue NYC grants strengthen community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to carry out commercial revitalization programs in low and moderate-income communities. The Program Manager will be responsible for leading a commercial district needs assessment process in the relevant commercial corridor(s) and spearheading a process to analyze the data collected through the needs assessment. Following the completion of the needs assessment process, she/he/they will work in partnership with the organization’s leadership to develop and implement various commercial revitalization projects that will address the needs identified by the assessment. The Program Manager will be part of a cohort of Avenue NYC grant-funded program managers dedicated to executing commercial revitalization programs in commercial districts across New York City.


NYC EDC Seeks Development Analyst

Our Vision: To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City’s diverse people and businesses.

Our Mission: To create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.

Are you passionate about public service and New York City? Do you want to have a hand in shaping its growth? Would you like to make a tangible impact in your community? Do you want to make impactful contributions towards our mission of growing good jobs and strengthening neighborhoods? Apply today!

NYCEDC is seeking a passionate Development Analyst to join our dynamic team of skilled and dedicated New Yorkers committed to making New York City a more prosperous place to live and work.

The Development Department spearheads NYCEDC and interagency efforts on complex planning and development projects which advance the City’s competitiveness, enhancing the City as a place to live, work and visit through promoting a diverse economic base; fostering vibrant, livable and accessible neighborhoods; executing keystone economic development projects; leveraging diverse waterfront assets for economic, recreational and resiliency uses; and supporting and expanding the City’s freight, maritime, aviation and transit networks. Specifically, Development works to identify strategic locations for public involvement and/or investment; develop and facilitate appropriate planning and community outreach processes; and shape land use and development.

Examples of Development’s role in key City initiatives can be seen in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs, including in neighborhood planning efforts such as Inwood, Manhattan and Downtown Far Rockaway, Queens, and through our engagement with large-scale planning efforts including the Sunnyside Yards Overbuild Feasibility Study, the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project, and the Downtown Staten Island initiative.  The Development Department works closely with staff at various City agencies in support of high-profile Administration rezoning and redevelopment efforts, and provides strategic guidance to other divisions within NYCEDC in relation to community engagement, neighborhood planning, public-private partnerships, and major infrastructure investments.


  • Work with interdisciplinary teams to support large-scale planning and development efforts.
  • Provide support in the implementation of public outreach processes, including providing administrative and staffing support for events, workshops, charrettes, meetings, and other professional and public forums.
  • Assist in the preparation of a wide variety of materials to support project teams including graphics, maps, presentations, web content, narratives, and other materials.
  • Interact with administrative support departments and other project implementation stakeholders.
  • Assist the Department in building and maintaining relationships with governmental and quasi-governmental entities; real estate and business groups; civic & community organizations; cultural and professional organizations; and advocacy groups.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with EDC staff within and beyond the Development Department.
  • Consistently meet deadlines set by manager(s), and communicate to manager(s) any changes to agreed-upon schedules.
  • Produce high-quality meeting materials and presentations.
  • Develop basic understanding of internal administrative processes such as procurement and contracting.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Passion for public service and New York City
  • Undergraduate degree
  • 1 – 2 years of work experience, including any previous internship experience.
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal, written, verbal and analytical skills
  • Experience with public outreach processes and communications with community stakeholders
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Impressive academic and extracurricular qualifications, consistently strong performance, and a passion for innovation and success
  • An ability to work and communicate well in a fast paced environment while interacting with a wide variety of people
  • Teamwork and problem-solving skills, a willingness to accept responsibility, ask tough questions, and have a solutions-oriented approach
  • NYC residency within 180 days of hire

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest in economic or community planning and development
  • Understanding of and interest in urban planning, infrastructure and economic development issues, including real estate development and finance
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial and leadership skills, including interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Graphic design, mapping, presentation, and geo-analytical skills preferred, but not required
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS preferred, but not required

About NYCEDC: The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is a non-profit organization that reports to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding. The NYCEDC is charged with encouraging economic growth in New York City through a variety of means, including facilitating real estate development, improving infrastructure, attracting and retaining businesses, and conducting economic research and analysis. Additional information on NYCEDC can be found by visiting