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National Employment Law Project Seeks Senior Policy Analyst

The National Employment Law Project seeks an experienced Senior Policy Analyst for its new Research Team to collaborate with NELP staff and partner organizations in producing highly credible research and written products in support of all of NELP’s programs and policy campaigns, with a particular focus on safety net and social insurance programs including unemployment insurance, retirement security, and other work supports like portable benefits proposals.

Who We Are

NELP is a national non-profit with offices in New York, Washington (DC), Seattle, and Berkeley, promoting federal, state, and local policies to create good jobs in safe and healthy workplaces, boost access to employment for all job seekers, enforce worker rights, and ensure that work provides economic opportunity, security, and prosperity for all of America’s workers. NELP provides research and policy development, litigation support, public education and communications support, and technical assistance to raise wages and end wage theft, secure safe and healthy workplaces, strengthen unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation programs, promote fair chance hiring, ensure employer accountability, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy. For more information, see http://www.nelp.org/.

What You Will Do

Policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels regularly turn to NELP for reliable, timely research on issues important to low-wage workers. NELP is now deepening our investment in research by building a new Research Team that provides additional support to our programs while developing cross-cutting publications aimed at a broader public audience.

As a Senior Policy Analyst at NELP, you will work with this new Research Team to devise strategies for data collection and analysis, assist with data visualization, and clearly describe the importance of the data and your methodology to a variety of audiences. You will also conceptualize and draft stand-alone research reports and other products that cut across NELP’s subject matter areas, often identifying emerging trends in our workforce and potential policy proposals to address them. While your work involves many of NELP’s program areas, you will provide focused research and policy writing involving unemployment insurance, retirement security, and other work support proposals like portable benefits and universal basic income.

In addition, you will:

  • Conduct research and analysis, of a mostly descriptive nature, to support NELP’s policy campaigns and program teams;
  • Prepare policy reports, data briefs, memos, blogs, and other advocacy oriented products for internal and external audiences including legislators, partners, members of the media, and the general public;
  • Work with NELP program teams to identify and develop model policies to advance our priorities at the state and federal level and to help improve economic security for our nation’s low wage and unemployed workers;
  • Review the use of data in NELP’s substantive reports and other products to help maintain our high standard for accuracy sound research methodologies l;
  • Help coordinate across the organization to identify best practices, opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, and options for engaging with academics and graduate student researchers;
  • Represent NELP in the media, including print, radio, internet and television; at conferences; before government officials; in coalitions and community events; and in public forums;
  • Track relevant information, resources, tools, and developments in the federal and state domestic economic policy field;
  • Contribute to NELP’s fundraising, grant proposals, project reports, newsletters and web materials as needed.

Who You Are

  • You have a Master’s or Ph.D. in public policy, economics, or sociology. These degrees are preferred, but NELP will consider strong candidates with degrees in other relevant social sciences.
  • You have a passion for social and economic justice, as reflected by involvement in professional or volunteer activities or study related to labor/employment rights, civil rights, anti-poverty work, and domestic economic policy.
  • You have policy advocacy experience or expertise in U.S. social insurance programs, including unemployment insurance, retirement security, and/or workers’ compensation, or strong interest in developing expertise in these areas.
  • You have demonstrable skill and background in compiling and analyzing aggregate data and microdata from government and other sources. You have experience visually representing and reporting on data in a way that appeals to a wide audience, and working in a statistical software program, such as Stata or SPSSA; experience performing regression analysis is a plus.
  • You have a strong track record writing for a general audience and synthesizing existing research, including scholarly work, and can do so on sometimes short timelines.
  • You are skilled at working collaboratively and supportively with other co-workers and with other organizations, including lawyers and others without formal research training.
  • You are a confident public speaker and have experience speaking in front of a variety of audiences. Experience responding to media requests for information and on-record interviews a plus.
  • You work effectively under limited supervision. You are effective in managing your time and balancing multiple expectations and demands. And you are skilled in creating your own or using existing systems for organizing and maintaining information and data relevant to both internal and external work.
  • You have at least 5 years of experience (and preferably more) working in this or a related research or policy advocacy field. Time spent in postgraduate education may count toward the requisite experience.
  • The following qualifications, though not essential, are a plus: experience working with allies such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, and policymakers, elected and appointed; Spanish-language fluency.

Start date and compensation:  We would prefer to fill this position in our Washington, DC, office, but would consider excellent candidates who could be located in NELP’s other offices.  The position will start as soon as possible and reasonable, given the candidate’s current employment.   Salary is competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience and education.  Excellent benefits package.  This position is in NELP’s bargaining unit, represented by National Organization of Legal Service Workers, UAW Local 2320. The position will require some travel.

To apply:   Email cover letter, resume, three references, and three different types of writing samples (including one that demonstrates your ability to work with data) to jobs@nelp.org, noting “Senior Policy Analyst (Research)” in the subject line.  If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to jobs@nelp.org, noting “Senior Policy Analyst (Research) Questions” in the subject line.  No phone calls or other email inquiries please.  We will consider applications on a rolling basis.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

 

New Labor Forum Highlights: May 15, 2017

The New Labor Forum has launched 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.

One of the enduring conversations of the 2016 election is the significance of the white working- class Trump vote. According to some pundits, this vote drew much of its impetus from economic decline characteristic of the rust belt. New Labor Forum’s Michael Zweig writes about White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics. One major issue he raises is the difficulty of identifying precisely what we mean by ‘working-class,’ as well as the extent to which class anxiety versus racial animosity motivated their support for Trump. An excellent data-filled companion piece is the PRRI/The Atlantic report on the WWC. Using large data sets and prominent academic researchers, this report indicates that economic fatalism predicted support for Trump, while economic hardship predicted Clinton support. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post focuses on a specific demographic: the swing voters who moved from Obama to Trump. This group played an outsize role in the 2016 elections. What are they telling Democrats?

The economic nationalism and xenophobia that motivated some working-class Trump supporters has found distinct articulations throughout Europe. The failure of European center and center-left parties to take a stand against the ravages of neo-liberalism has buoyed right-wing populism. Edouard Louis has written a moving essay about the recent French elections describing the feelings of neglect many working-class voters have experienced at the hands of the governing Socialist Party and expect under Macron’s centrist banner En Marche!. This fact, he contends, lead many of them, like his working-class father, who sense their own invisibility to vote for Marine Le Pen.

Table of Contents

  1. White Working-Class Voters and the Future of Progressive Politics / Michael Zweig, New Labor Forum
  2.  Beyond Economics: Fears of Cultural Displacement Pushed the White Working Class to Trump / Daniel Cox, Rachel Lienesch, Robert P. Jones / PRRI, The Atlantic
  3. Why Did Trump Win? New Research by Democrats Offers Worrisome Answer / Greg Sargent, New York Times
  4. Why My Father Votes for Le Pen / Edouard Louis, New York Times

Photo by Lorie Shaull via flickr (CC-BY-SA)

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson Hiring for 2 Organizer Positions (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Job Description
Lead Organizer
May 2017

Reports to:                            NLMH’s Executive Director
Type of position:                 Full time, 40 hours
Compensation:                    $50,000 – $65,000, based on experience and skills. Higher requests from exceptional candidates may be considered. Benefits including health insurance.

Mission & Purpose:
Based in Poughkeepsie, NY, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson (NLMH) is a grassroots community organization building the power of working class people and people of color to strengthen social movements, end all forms of oppression, and realize a world that puts people before profit. Formed in 2012, NLMH uses direct action, advocacy, and research/policy work to win concrete victories for its members, achieve policy change, and change systems of power.

Rather than permanently tie itself to particular issues, NLMH organizes around the issues most strategic for building power in the shifting context of the Hudson Valley. NLMH is currently fighting for educational justice in the Poughkeepsie school system, fighting for energy justice locally and statewide, and building the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone as a network resisting post-election attacks on oppressed communities.

Position Description:
We are seeking a lead organizer who has the experience and skills to own the organization’s base-building efforts. The lead organizer must both be willing to directly base-build themselves and to manage an entry-level organizer’s work (and possibly multiple organizers’ work in the future). The lead organizer may be asked to play a lead role in hiring one or more entry-level organizers over time and to otherwise support the executive director’s work and organization’s work as a whole.

The lead organizer must have the commitment and energy to own base-building in a difficult context. NLMH is a young organization with a rapidly developing and changing organizational structure, set of campaigns, and group of members and allies. The Hudson Valley does not have as many movement organizations as major cities.

The lead organizer must be excited to take on autonomy and responsibilities for base-building work. The lead organizer will be able to use their vision, strategy, and creativity to heavily shape short- and long-term base-building and campaign strategy.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct base-building and/or managing one or more entry-level organizers’ base-building work, depending on staffing levels and experience.
  • Develop the skills of other staff and members through a variety of methods—including trainings and support in leading meetings, actions, and campaigns.
  • Grow the base and its impact by organizing, doing outreach for, and facilitating member meetings; identifying, developing, and implementing campaigns; and planning and leading direct actions.
  • Develop relationships with member-leaders and organizational allies; work closely with organizational allies to develop campaigns and members.
  • Attend, participate in, and help facilitate regularly scheduled team meetings.
  • Effectively supervise community organizer/s to support their growth and high performance.
  • Participate in fundraising and grant preparation activities as required.
  • Support the executive director and overall organizational work as needed— including through criticism, a problem-solving orientation and suggestions for changes, and collaborative work to advance the organization’s impact and mission.
  • Take on additional and changing responsibilities in a shifting context.

Experiences and Skill Requirements:

  • 3+ years of experience in community or labor organizing.
  • 1+ years of experience managing and supervising other staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a member-led model of grassroots organizing.
  • Strong ability to both “manage up” and “manage down” and to provide support and accountability.
  • Strong ability to plan and lead organizational campaigns, strategy, tactics (including direct actions), base outreach, and member and staff meetings.
  • Strong ability to give and receive criticism and contribute to an anti-oppressive organizational culture.
  • Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong ability to use word processing programs and familiarity using databases.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

People of color, gender oppressed people, working class people, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and all others directly impacted by oppression encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applying is June 23rd, 2017. Those interested in applying after this date should first contact the organization.

Please send a cover letter, resume, any salary requirements, and three professional references with emails and phone numbers to info@nobodyleavesmidhudson.org and put “Lead Organizer position” in the subject line.

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Job Description
Community Organizer
May 2017

Reports to:                            NLMH’s Executive Director / Lead Organizer
Type of position:                 Full time, 40 hours
Compensation:                    $40,000 – $45,000 and benefits including health insurance

Mission & Purpose:
Based in Poughkeepsie, NY, Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson (NLMH) is a grassroots community organization building the power of working class people and people of color to strengthen social movements, end all forms of oppression, and realize a world that puts people before profit. Formed in 2012, NLMH uses direct action, advocacy, and research/policy work to win concrete victories for its members, achieve policy change, and change systems of power.

Rather than permanently tie itself to particular issues, NLMH organizes around the issues most strategic for building power in the shifting context of the Hudson Valley. NLMH is currently fighting for educational justice in the Poughkeepsie school system, fighting for energy justice locally and statewide, and building the Hudson Valley Hate Free Zone as a network resisting post-election attacks on oppressed communities.

Position Description:
We are seeking a community organizer who has the passion and skills to maintain and grow the organization’s base quantitatively (overall numbers) and qualitatively (organizing skills, political analysis, leadership) and to plan and execute campaigns to win material victories for that base.

The organizer will be closely supervised by a lead organizer or by the executive director.

The organizer must have the commitment and energy to advance base-building in a difficult context. NLMH is a young organization with a rapidly developing and changing organizational structure, set of campaigns, and group of members and allies. The Hudson Valley does not have as many movement organizations as major cities.

Responsibilities:

  • Grow the base and develop member-leadership through a variety of methods— including door-to-door outreach; 121s; skills and political education trainings; and supporting members in leading meetings, actions, and campaigns.
  • Organize, do outreach for, and facilitate member meetings.
  • Develop relationships with member-leaders and organizational allies.
  • Identify, develop, and implement campaigns under the direction of supervisor.
  • Work closely with organizational allies to develop campaigns and members.
  • Encourage the use of direct action, as appropriate, to advance campaigns.
  • Attend, participate in, and help facilitate regularly scheduled team meetings.
  • Meet with supervisor on a regular basis.
  • Participate in fundraising and grant preparation activities as required.
  • Take on additional and changing responsibilities in a shifting context.

Experiences and Skill Requirements:

  • 1+ years of experience in community or labor organizing.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a member-led model of grassroots organizing.
  • Experience in planning and leading meetings, direct actions, and campaigns.
  • Strong relational skills.
  • Ability to facilitate member meetings and political education; comfort being at the front of the room and as a public speaker.
  • Ability to give and receive criticism and contribute to an anti-oppressive organizational culture that aims for both support and accountability.
  • Ability to meet people where they’re at— be available at the times and in the places that work for our members and our organizational allies and their members.
  • Flexibility to work independently, as a part of a team, and/or with close supervision.
  • Consistency in bringing a problem-solving orientation and creativity to shifting challenges and responsibilities.
  • Commitment to leaning into discomfort and seeing/using challenges as opportunities for growth.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to use common word processing programs and familiarity using databases.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus.

People of color, gender oppressed people, working class people, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and all others directly impacted by oppression encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applying is June 23rd, 2017. Those interested in applying after this date should first contact the organization.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references with emails and phone numbers to info@nobodyleavesmidhudson.org and put “Community Organizer position” in the subject line.

JustLeadershipUSA Seeks Lead National Organizer (NYC)

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. JLUSA was launched in November 2014.

Open Position

JLUSA seeks a driven, inspired, and energetic National Organizer. The National Organizer will work with JLUSA’s dynamic team to mobilize directly impacted communities across the country in support of advocacy campaigns to end mass incarceration. The ideal candidate is an experienced organizer who has worked on grassroots, policy and advocacy campaigns. This position will involve managing organizing staff, campaign leaders, and coordinating with partner organizations, as well as JLUSA’s national base of directly impacted Fellows and leaders; thus, a history of demonstrated leadership is essential.

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. With our bold and ambitious goal and unique theory of change, the right candidate can have a significant impact on redefining justice in America. In addition, the National Organizer will work to organize formerly incarcerated leaders from across the United States into a powerful force for change, while developing and managing innovative campaigns in multiple cities. JLUSA’s National Organizer reports to the Director of Policy & Campaigns and works closely with our campaign partners and members to build a movement to reach #halfby2030.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with Director of Policy & Campaigns and policy team to develop and execute strategy for national criminal justice reform agenda, including political landscaping and lobbying;
  • Develop and implement organizing curricula as part of JLUSA’s leadership training;
  • Partner with JLUSA’s leaders and members to learn about on the ground developments in criminal justice reform across the United States;
  • Build partnerships with criminal justice advocacy organizations;
  • Develop, launch and Coordinate multiple campaigns in different jurisdictions;
  • Cultivate and drive outreach efforts to build membership and identify leaders within the supporter and member network;
  • Manage staff, interns, volunteers, including staff working remotely;
  • Identify, measure, track and be accountable for personal outcomes and outcomes for subordinates; and,
  • Create leadership opportunities for JLUSA leaders and members.

 

Qualifications

JustLeadershipUSA seeks a candidate with the following qualities and skills:

  • 5-7 years of community organizing experience (required);
  • Developing leaders and employing grassroots strategies for social change;
  • Work on coalition-based campaigns to effect national policy change;
  • Collaborating with remote staff and/or volunteers;
  • Supervising staff, interns/volunteers (required);
  • Knowledge of and interest in criminal justice reform, including a serious commitment to end mass incarceration;
  • Ability to develop relationships with community leaders around the country and collaborate on community driven policy reform;
  • Knowledge of federal policy-making;
  • High energy, strong interpersonal, public speaking and problem-solving skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Suite and Internet use; and,
  • Comfort working with a team in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and working independently on specific projects.

How To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in JustLeadershipUSA and the role of National Organizer. In addition, include a writing sample of no more than five pages, and three references to janos@justleadershipusa.org with subject line: Last Name, First Name, National Organizer.Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. The deadline for responding to this job posting is May 22, 2017. Although JustLeadershipUSA is based in New York City, the opportunity to work remotely can be discussed on a case-by- case basis.

Salary

Salary commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits.

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 www.justleadershipUSA.org

How To Apply

http://justleadershipusa.org

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in JustLeadershipUSA and the role of Lead National Organizer. In addition, include a writing sample of no more than five pages, and three references to janos@justleadershipusa.org with subject line: Last Name, First Name,

National Organizer. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. The deadline for responding to this job posting is May 22, 2017. Although JustLeadershipUSA is based in New York City, the opportunity to work remotely can be discussed on a case-by- case basis.

Make the Road Action Seeks Better Banks Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Make the Road Action seeks a dynamic, motivated organizer to join our bank worker organizing campaign, the Committee for Better Banks. The primary focus of this position will be organizing front-line bank workers to effectively engage in workplace and policy campaigns in order to improve wages, working conditions and rights on the job. We are looking for an energetic individual with the ability to work both independently and in teams to deliver high quality work in a fast-paced environment. The applicant should possess strong communication and relationship building skills for both in-person and remote organizing.

The Committee for Better Banks organizer will be responsible for using online and in-person organizing techniques to build strong committees of engaged workers who can drive campaigns around issues that impact both front-line workers, and immigrant and working class communities. This is an ideal position for an individual with some organizing experience, who is interested in being part of an innovative campaign that combines traditional organizing methods with new organizing models.

About the Committee for Better Banks: The Committee for Better Banks is a national effort of community and labor groups across the United States, working closely with international allies, to organize bank workers and improve working conditions in the financial industry. Our goal is to improve working conditions and the quality of jobs in the finance industry, and to add worker voices and power to the existing and growing movement – of students, homeowners and others – to challenge Wall Street’s domination of the political and economic life of the United States.

About Make the Road Action: Make the Road Action builds political power rooted in working class Latino communities, promotes policy solutions that improve the lives of all New Yorkers, and strengthens the movement for justice through electoral and grassroots organizing to advance progressive political and policy change in New York State.

Make the Road Action builds on more than a decade of work by Make the Road New York, the largest community-based participatory immigrant organization in New York City. Today, Make the Road New York has over 20,000 dues paying members, primarily Latino immigrants, and active bases of community power in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. Make the Road New York is one of New York’s most dynamic and high-impact grassroots organizations and a leader in many of the battles to protect the rights of workers, expand affordable housing, improve public education, and uphold public accountability for New York’s low-income and immigrant communities.

Responsibilities:

–     Outreach, Organizing, and Leadership Development:

o  Conduct outreach to bank workers both at their work sites and through online campaigns.

o  Develop informed, confident worker-leaders who themselves can recruit, mobilize, and organize workers to help lead our campaign work.

o  Build the participation of bank workers to engage in workplace, policy and press campaigns.

o  Mobilize bank workers to attend and participate in meetings, actions, and events.

o  Plan and run worker committee meetings and calls.

o  Create and conduct trainings, presentations and workshops centered on workplace justice and organizing topics.

–     Foster and Manage Public Relationships:

o  Represent, and advocate on behalf of the Committee for Better Banks and Make the Road Action in coalition spaces, with elected officials, and government agencies.

o  Help develop and maintain relationships with allied organizations and individuals.

o  Speak about the Committee for Better Banks’ work and campaigns in public spaces and to the press, and train members to do the same.

–     Campaign Development and Implementation:

o  Help create and implement workplace justice campaign plans utilizing policy, legal, press and organizing strategies.

o  Engage members and member-leaders in the development of campaign strategies.

o  Ensure that benchmarks are met on campaign timelines.

–     General Duties:

o  Work in close and effective coordination with other organizers, allied organizations, and members of the legal and communications teams.

o  Record and report metrics as part of individual work plan, campaign plans and organizational goals.

o  Foster working relationships with the broader organizing team and membership of Make the Road Action and Make the Road New York.

Requirements:

o  Demonstrated commitment to social justice and collective action

o  Ability to manage complex relationships and build consensus among diverse interests

o  Ability to motivate and inspire others to overcome fear and apathy and engage in collective action

o  Team player, who engages in respectful and honest dialogue with colleagues.

o  Strong computer skills

o  Strong oral and written communication skills

o  Ability to work in fast-paced, deadline orientated environment

o  Ability to work some evenings and occasional weekends

o  Should be comfortable traveling to, and working in, neighborhoods across New York City, especially Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn

Preferred Skills and Qualities:

o  Experience working in a coalition environment

o  Open, caring, and compassionate personality

o  Fluency or near fluency in Spanish

o  Experience with online to offline organizing techniques

o  Familiarity with labor law and workers’ rights campaigns

o  Familiarity with the financial sector

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary for this full-time position is competitive. MRNA offers a generous package of vacation, personal, sick days, and health benefits coverage.

How to Apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant references to mfosque@maketheroadaction.org with the subject line: “Banks Organizer”.

Applications with no cover letter will not be reviewed.

Make the Road Action 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.

How To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and relevant references to mfosque@maketheroadaction.org with the subject line: “Banks Organizer”.

Benefits

Salary for this full-time position is competitive. MRNA offers a generous package of vacation, personal, sick days, and health benefits coverage.

MinKwon Center for Community Action Seeks Civic Participation Coordinator (Flushing, NY)

The MinKwon Center for Community Action is pleased to invite applications to join our team as a Civic Participation Coordinator. We are seeking an outgoing, action-oriented individual to play a key role in our voter engagement work in the immigrant, Asian American and Korean American communities. This is a full-time, salaried position.

Organization History & Mission

The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 to meet the needs and concerns of the Korean American community. Since our founding, we have made a profound presence through various grassroots organizing, education, and advocacy initiatives that address important community issues, including immigration policies, civic participation, and targeted social and legal services. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including low-income, limited-English-proficient and undocumented residents.

Job Description

The Civic Participation Coordinator works with the Korean American, Asian American, and immigrant communities as part of the Civic Engagement Team to grow an informed, active base of community members who are fully engaged and in campaigns and elections on issues such as immigrants’ rights and comprehensive immigration reform, housing and tenants’ rights, fairer allocation of city and state budgets, and voting rights.

Job Responsibilities

The position’s responsibilities would include the following:

  • Manage APA VOICE, a pan-Asian coalition of nineteen organizations across New York City focusing on boosting civic engagement in the Asian Pacific American community. This includes strategizing the overall direction of the coalition, coordinating coalition events and meetings, and providing technical assistance to organizations.
  • Lead MinKwon’s voter-focused outreach and education. This includes developing materials, canvassing door-to-door and encouraging community participation in elections and in issue advocacy, and executing and improving voter registration efforts.
  • Provide support for the planning and execution of voter education events for APA VOICE and MinKwon, such as candidate forums and voter engagement trainings. This includes coordinating with other organizations and government officials and overseeing the logistical details for events.
  • Perform desk research on voter and demographic issues impacting the Asian American community, as well as analyses of demographic data. This includes learning several online tools for voter research, including Factfinder, Catalist and the Voter Activation Network.
  • Working closely with other staff to integrate civic engagement and electoral activism into MinKwon’s work in advocacy, community organizing, youth empowerment and social services.

Job Requirements

  • Experience and/or interest in working on social justice issues in the context of the immigrant, Asian American or Korean American community
  • Experience in prioritizing projects and day-to-day work, often under a deadline
  • Ability to work well both independently and in teams
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal)
  • Flexibility in working evenings and weekends required
  • Proficiency in Korean or Mandarin language preferred

How To Apply

hr@minkwon.org

Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to:

James Hong, Co-Director

hr@minkwon.org

NOTE: Make subject line of email, “Application to Position: Civic Participation Coordinator – [YOUR NAME]”