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VOCAL-NY (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders) Seeks Civil Rights Community Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Organizational Background

VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to building the power of low-income people affected by the drug war, mass incarceration, and HIV/AIDS to create healthy and just communities. Ending racially biased policing is an important goal of our work. This position is focused on engaging community members in advocacy and activism who have had unjust and biased police encounters or experienced incarceration.

Position Description

VOCAL-NY is seeking a talented individual interested in creating grassroots political power as part of a dynamic team. The community organizer will support leadership development and civic engagement among low-income people who are impacted by mass incarceration, and promote their participation in planning and policymaking that affects their lives. Examples of active campaigns include:

  • Ending biased policing practices like “broken windows” & reducing arrests
  • Eliminating money bail and dramatically reducing the pretrial population
  • Holding prosecutors accountable to the community
  • Removing barriers to employment, housing, and voting for people with conviction histories

Job activities are varied and may include: community outreach; mobilization; leadership development; base-building; event coordination; grassroots lobbying; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; and creating public education and advocacy materials. Some administrative tasks (e.g. phone calls, data entry) are assigned as needed.

Job Responsibilities

  • Membership recruitment: Conduct base building activities and achieve targeted membership recruitment goals, especially through outreach at alternative-to-incarceration and re-entry programs, courthouses, and other venues as directed.
  • Leadership development: Conduct trainings that build the knowledge and skills of people who are impacted by mass incarceration to participate in planning and policymaking that affects their lives, as well as Know Your Rights trainings.
  • Issue ID and campaign coordination: Assist members in identifying advocacy issues, developing advocacy strategy and implementation.
  • Mobilization: Turn out large numbers of members to rallies, meetings and other events through mass phone banking and relationship-building.
  • Phone-banking: In addition to directly phone-banking, the position will coordinate phone-banking for members.
  • Membership meetings: Convene regular membership meetings and smaller campaign/committee meetings.
  • Support: The position will also be expected to provide support for all community organizing and campaigns around the drug war, mass incarceration and HIV/AIDS within VOCAL-NY as needed. We have a highly collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other’s campaigns, which is in part a function of our limited resources and ambitious scope of work.

Requirements / Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong interpersonal, public speaking, writing, and problem solving skills. Candidates must demonstrate interest in criminal justice, policing, 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 Spanish fluency are pluses. Interest in working as a member of a team and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email, word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) programs are required.


VOCAL-NY offers a generous benefits package of twenty days of paid vacation, 100% employer-covered health and dental insurance plan, and 403(b) retirement plan.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

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

VOCAL-NY is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, people who are LGBTQ and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring those who have been adversely affected by the criminal justice system and the war on drugs.

The position will remain open until filled.

Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted

UNITE HERE Local 8 Seeks Union Organizer (Seattle, WA)

UNITE HERE Local 8 is seeking an Organizer to join our dedicated team. The Organizer will identify, recruit and develop worker leaders, build active worker organizing committees, work with local union team to win union representation and contract fights, and help build the movement of workers in the Seattle region.

UNITE HERE Local 8 represents over 5,000 hospitality workers in Oregon & Washington State. Local 8 members work in hotels, restaurants, food service, and airport concessions. They include room cleaners, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, food and beverage servers, bussers, and dishwashers. Local 8′s parent union, UNITE HERE, represents hotel, food service, and gaming workers throughout the US and Canada. For more information visit and

Through organizing and winning good contracts, UNITE HERE members throughout North America have made hundreds of thousands of traditionally low-wage jobs into good, family-sustaining, middle class jobs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify and develop worker-leaders through one-on-one communication;
  • Build and maintain worker committees;
  • Organize and lead worker committee meetings;
  • Help to organize and run large actions such as picket lines and civil disobedience;
  • Communicate with hotel customers in the event of a worker-called boycott;
  • Perform administrative tasks necessary for worker organizing such as maintaining database, producing materials and correspondence.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Dedication to social and economic justice, and specifically to building a strong labor movement;
  • Education or experience with labor unions and/or community organizing;
  • Organizing experience, particularly in building unity within a diverse group, and inspiring others to be a part of using collective action to build power;
  • Willingness to persevere to be able to motivate people to move beyond anger and/or fear into action;
  • Demonstrated ability to use independent judgment within the context of an overall plan and structure;
  • Excellent communication skills in one-on-one and group settings;
  • Good organizational and administrative skills, including basic computer skills;
  • Willing and able to travel to appropriate work sites, and to work long and irregular work hours;
  • Valid driver’s license and own car;
  • Strong language skills in a language other than English preferred; Spanish and Cantonese specifically needed.

UNITE HERE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Women and people of color are strongly urged to apply. Salary DOE


Includes excellent health benefits, paid time off and retirement.

Level of Language Proficiency

Strong language skills in a language other than English preferred; Spanish and Cantonese specifically needed.

Professional Leve: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

Please go here to apply online:

You will be asked to upload your resume, cover letter and three references.

Independent Drivers Guild Seeks Lead Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

The Independent Drivers Guild (IDG) is seeking an energetic and outgoing individual interested in helping build our organization from the ground up. We are an union nonprofit affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW, Machinists Union) and represent 60,000 app-based For-Hire Vehicle workers in New York City.

We are constantly working to recruit more For-Hire Vehicle drivers into our union and develop current membership to become more active. We are searching for an experienced organizer that has 5+ experience of organizing membership and staff.

The Lead Organizer position will be responsible for coordinating all levels of outreach for the Independent Drivers Guild. This position requires a high energy, responsible, and organized individual with a passion for social justice.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Managing and developing member and intern field organizers and phone organizers;
  • Maintaining a strong internal organizing strategy to continually develop members;
  • Building a network of active drivers in each borough;
  • Organizing and securing turn out for events, meetings, actions, and protests;
  • Organizing and running successful membership meetings;
  • Identify, track, and develop potential stewards and activists that we meet in the field and/or over the phones;
  • Coordinating and running works council meetings with members and company management;
  • Developing and maintaining a network of community partners;
  • The ability to troubleshoot problems as they come up with organizing staff and with membership;
  • Coordinating with the Education Director to run Organizing trainings to further develop our membership;
  • Required 5+ years of field organizing, coordinating experience, and leading organizing staff.

This position will report directly to the Chief of Staff.

This is a salaried position, starting at $50,000.

To apply please email us your resume, a letter of interest, and two references.

Level of Language Proficiency

Our members are immigrants from over 190 different countries. Russian, Chinese, and Spanish are strongly needed, but conversational-level language skills in any language is great.

Professional Leve: Professional

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

To apply please email us your resume, a letter of interest, and two references.

Churches United For Fair Housing, Inc. Seeks Tenant Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

About CUFFH:

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 believes that housing is a human right and that all New Yorkers regardless of their income level or immigration status deserve to live in a home that is safe, affordable and permanent.

Position Summary:

CUFFH tenant organizers identify and organize residents that are at the highest risk of harassment and displacement and provide them with the tools to fight back and stay in their homes. CUFFH works with an extraordinary legal team at Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A to provide legal services that preserve and expand affordable housing for lower income residents in the face of rapid gentrification and displacement throughout Brooklyn. This work involves representing low-income tenant associations confronting landlord harassment and pressure to vacate buildings; families facing eviction; low-income tenants in fair housing litigation; as well as tenants involved in struggles against pervasive housing discrimination, neighborhood segregation, and other issues critically affecting the future of their communities. The Tenant Organizer will work closely with and advocate for tenant associations in Brooklyn who are suffering from harassment and displacement due to prior/imminent local rezonings and pervasive landlord abuse and neglect —particularly in East Brooklyn communities.


Responsibilities include:

  • Carrying out door-to-door outreach and canvassing to engage tenants on their housing rights at their home
  • Conducting tenant know-your-rights workshops, community presentations, and educational seminars on housing rights, responsibilities, laws and process
  • Holding regular meetings with tenants/tenant associations to identify and prioritize apartment and building issues
  • Engaging community coalitions, advocates, and public officials in dialogue about pervasive displacement pressures/concerns and tenant harassment practices affecting low-income tenants in East Brooklyn
  • Publishing and distributing a broad array of informational materials that help inform tenants of their rights and protections under city, state, and federal housing laws as well as local community resources available to assist them with housing issues and government assistance
  • Maintaining a dedicated intake system for receiving and accurately tracking allegations of tenant harassment and displacement practices by landlords in buildings throughout the neighborhoods served
  • Organizing and mobilizing community members to attend events, rallies and other tenant rights campaign activities
  • Representing CUFFH priorities at coalition meetings and in local and citywide initiatives, to elected officials and the press


  • Spanish fluency (spoken and written) is required
  • A deep passion for social justice and community organizing
  • 2+ years of organizing or relevant experience
  • Strong organizing, planning, meeting/workshop facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly working with people in crisis, and with local community organizations in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Committed to leadership development, community building, and community outreach as strategies for social change
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work independently with strong motivation
  • Must be reliable, on time and responsive to communication
  • Basic computer skills, including Google G Suite
  • Good teamwork skills, high energy and a positive attitude
  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills are required

Level of Language Proficiency: Fluency in Spanish and English is required

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

To apply

Email resume and cover letter to with the subject line: Tenant Organizer

Learn more about our work at

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.

Center for Family Life Seeks Coopportunity Coordinator (Brooklyn, NY)

We are growing the Cooperative Development Program (CDP) in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Join a dynamic team of people who share your passion for positive social change! CDP channels the power of cooperative business ownership & grassroots social group work to address systemic oppression and shift economic power to low-income immigrant workers.

The Organization: The Center for Family Life has been at the forefront of worker cooperative development for the past 11 years.

● We provide support and consultation services to worker-owned businesses with a commitment to fair wages and working conditions based on principles of social justice, equity, and democracy. Since 2006, we have provided technical assistance and training to 17 cooperatives representing 540 worker-owners, and trained 30 community-based organizations on cooperative development.

● We are scaling the impact of worker cooperatives by leveraging the power of business development and marketing tools that have historically been inaccessible to low-income immigrant communities, such as booking app technology and franchising systems including shared branding and back office systems.

● We are launching Coopportunity, a new nonprofit organization that will help develop new cleaning and childcare cooperatives with shared brands. The worker-owners are in charge of their own autonomous businesses and actively participate in building strong brands and growing the co-op ecosystem with Coopportunity. Our goal is to create a self-sustaining network of cooperatives that can bring the power of worker-ownership to more communities across the country.

We believe that in the current times more than ever it is important to strengthen community self-determination, leadership, and advocacy. We invite you to be part of creating a new economic system that puts people and the planet before profit.

The Position: ​The Coopportunity Coordinator will join us in launching a groundbreaking approach to scaling immigrant worker cooperatives in the cleaning and childcare sectors, supporting the new CoOpportunity non-profit organization and initiative, and the existing Cooperative Development Program, including:

● Cooperative brand marketing. ​Working with CDP staff, consultants and worker-owners, conduct market research and develop marketing plans. This ranges from facilitating marketing strategy sessions to co-developing, implementing, and tracking creative campaigns.

● Board guidance and stewardship.​ The Coordinator will play a critical role in supporting the first generation of the Coopportunity Board of Directors. Plan and facilitate board meetings and support the board with assuring financial and legal compliance of the 501c3.

● Brand quality and industry leadership support​. Work with the worker-owners across cooperatives to update and implement joint service quality standards and quality control measures.

● Brand expansion planning and oversight. ​Working with the board, CDP staff and worker owners, lead the planning process for developing new cooperatives through research and finding the right partners.

● Back Office supervision.​ Supervise staff providing customer service and client database management.

● Impact monitoring. Play a key role in assessing program success by developing, tracking, and reporting on impact metrics of CDP & Coopportunity.

We offer excellent health (medical and dental) benefits, 4 weeks of vacation and sick leave, and leadership development opportunities.

The Ideal Coopportunity Coordinator ​will possess:

● Strong written and oral English and Spanish skills required.

● Superior organizational, data analysis, business, problem-solving, and communication skills. ​You are excited about finding and communicating the meaning behind numbers to a diverse audience.

● B.A. or M.A. in Business, Public Administration​ or other related field.

● Experience in a leadership role in a business or nonprofit organization.

● Passion for learning while engaging in diverse and creative work​. The range of responsibilities varies from conducting feasibility studies to preparing curriculum and agendas for meetings, figuring out legal incorporation and governance issues, individual and group leadership development coaching, and building a movement toward a solidarity economy. The diversity of tasks can be demanding, but if you are up for the challenge we can promise it will never get boring.

● Demonstrated commitment to social justice and economic democracy. ​You have a deep understanding of systemic oppression and are committed to dismantling it. You are eager to learn more about and strengthen the cooperative economics/solidarity economy movement locally and nationally, especially with immigrant communities.

● Experience working on complex multi-stakeholder projects. ​You excel at coordinating with people and bringing them together to create and work towards a common vision.

● Ability to thrive in a highly-collaborative work-environment.

You may be a strong candidate even if you don’t have all of the skills and characteristics described above.

You might have important skills not listed here. If you are excited about this position and what you can bring to our work, we want to read your application!

Please send us your resume and cover letter by email to​. Subject line should include: “Coopportunity Coordinator Position.” ​

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We are aiming for a May 7th start date.

The Center for Family Life, which is a program of SCO Family of Services, is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to build a Cooperative Development Team that reflects and shares community with the cooperatives we work with. Women, people of color, LGBTQI identified people, immigrants, and people with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

The Scarcity of Worker Cooperatives in the USA: Enquiring into Possible Causes

By Rebecca Lurie

Last year, the Community and Worker Ownership Project and John Mollenkopf at the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center were pleased to host Professor Sofia Arana Landin for research on cooperative economics in New York City. Her work was extensive in building foundational thought for a comparative study of cooperative enterprises’ success and challenges in the US as compared to other countries, especially in the European Union.

Professor Arana teaches taxation law and cooperatives at the public university in San Sebastian, Spain. Arriving to the states shortly after the inauguration of the 45th president for this research, the juxtaposition of opportunities and constraints was almost too much to bear. Nevertheless, she persisted.

Cooperative businesses, being a hybrid of “for profit” and “social” purposes, have a mission broader than that of a traditional business. Continue reading The Scarcity of Worker Cooperatives in the USA: Enquiring into Possible Causes