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Worker’s Justice Project Hiring Lead Organizer

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Worker’s Justice Project (WJP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote justice and opportunity for low-wage immigrant workers in New York City by pushing for systematic enforcement and expansion of workplace protections, including labor and occupational health and safety standards; advocating for industry-specific efforts to improve working conditions; and educating immigrant communities about their rights in the workplace and how to exercise those rights. WJP’s strategic plan guides our programmatic focus on: (1) organizing immigrant day laborers; (2) developing a worker’s center for day laborers and domestic workers; and (3) leading campaigns that advance immigrant workers’ rights.

Job Overview

The Lead Organizer will coordinate the activities of the Bay Parkway Community Job Center to advance economic and workplace justice for day laborers and immigrant construction workers in South Brooklyn (Bensonhurst). The main areas of focus will be coordinating the job placement program, building a stronger and larger membership base and supporting and organizing leadership development efforts for Center members. This position is based in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

The Lead Organizer will be responsible for the following:

  1. Developing and coordinating job placements, including creating a marketing plan to promote the Center and its members
  2. Managing the day-to-day operations of the center
  3. Building and strengthening relationships with homeowners, contractors, workers, unions, and other local organizations in the neighborhood
  4. Coordinating and organizing various on-site activities such as health and safety trainings, the Wage Theft Clinic, leadership trainings, and other initiatives such as press conferences, fundraising or cultural events
  5. Preparing weekly and monthly statistical reports in a timely manner
  6. Supporting membership growth and workers’ rights organizing
  7. Other duties as assigned by the Project Director

Skills and Qualifications

  1. Workforce development experience
  2. Experience in the field of construction
  3. Knowledge of and commitment to immigrant rights and social justice
  4. Ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings
  5. Bilingual in written and spoken Spanish and English
  6. Workshop, training, or popular education experience
  7. Meeting facilitation experience
  8. Knowledge of computer operations including Mac, Windows, Word, Excel, etc.
  9. Driver’s License and Car preferred
  10. Ability to work well with diverse groups of people
  11. Ability to prioritize and multitask, and work well under pressure
  12. Patience and courtesy
  13. Love of teamwork and a good team player

Compensation: Competetive salary and full benefits package

To apply, please send a resume with references and cover letter with your name, address, and telephone number to Worker’s Justice Project’s email

Deadline: September 18th, 2015

National Field Organizer

U.S. Climate Plan is hiring for a 6-month full-time National Field Organizer, with possibility of longer-term employment.

The National Field Organizer will help build power for the youth climate justice movement by supporting a grassroots constituency of young people who understand that tackling the global climate crisis will require bold government action from the United States. This will primarily be through organizing related to U.S. Climate Plan’s Future Power initiative to transform the millennial generation’s passive support for climate action to active support for policy changes that match the scale of the challenge. We aim to support state-level campaigns for ambitious climate action, help build statewide and national networks of youth climate activists, leverage crucial political opportunities in the coming years, elevate climate change to a priority issue in key states, shift the public narrative around climate and energy, and build pressure for national action.


  • Support student and youth climate activists around the country with organizing and training through our Future Power initiative
  • Empower millennial climate activists to create uncompromised visions of the energy systems and communities they want to see
  • Train leaders in social movement theory, campaign strategy, action planning, anti-oppression, non-violent direct action, coalition building, promotion, recruitment, and more
  • Identify and develop youth leadership
  • Support local, state, and national network infrastructure
  • Help build national, state, community, and campus power for the youth climate movement
  • Cultivate relationships with public officials at the local, state, and national level
  • Represent U.S. Climate Plan to the public and in the media


  • Passionate about working for solutions to the climate challenge
  • Experience running grassroots community organizing or political campaigns
  • Events and action planning
  • Ability to plan and facilitate trainings; experience as a facilitator and trainer
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop trusting, productive relationships with staff, partners, and activists
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team to meet goals
  • Willingness to work more than 40 hours per week and unconventional hours
  • Willingness to travel
  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Provide your own laptop and cell phone

Desired (but not required) skills and experiences:

  • Experience with direct action organizing
  • Experience with student organizing on college campuses
  • Training development and delivery
  • Digital organizing, social media, and online to offline organizing
  • Grassroots fundraising and grantwriting

Position type: Full-time, salary

Start date: ASAP (negotiable)

Compensation: $2,500/month

Location: Flexible. (Washington, DC preferred)

Application instructions: Please send a résumé, cover letter, and contact info for 2 organizing references to with “National Field Organizer” in the subject line.

About U.S. Climate Plan:

U.S. Climate Plan was formed in June of 2013 in response to President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to build support and draw attention to the need for comprehensive energy policy solutions grounded in scientific demands — not politics. We are working to build a movement of people who understand that tackling the global climate crisis requires bold federal action from the United States. We seek to activate the people who share our vision for a just and beautiful world in order to shift the public narrative in our country and create the political will necessary to secure ambitious, comprehensive, and just national climate legislation and policy.

U.S. Climate Plan is a 501(c)3 non-profit and an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people of color, indigenous people, women, LGBTQ, and members of other marginalized groups to apply.

Research Data Analyst (UC Berkeley Labor Center)

The Center for Labor Research and Education [Labor Center] is a public service and outreach program of the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Founded in 1964, the Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment. The Labor Center’s curricula and leadership training’s serve to educate a diverse new generation of labor leaders. The Labor Center carries out research on topics such as job quality and workforc e develo pment issues, and we work with unions, government, and employers to develop innovative policy perspectives and programs. We also provide an important source of research and information on unions and the changing work force for students, scholars, policymakers and the public.

This position will involve gathering, analyzing, and interpreting a wide variety or research data, which may include selecting data samples, preparing questionnaires, and analyzing collected information according to established statistical methods. Prepares reports, charts, tables, and other visual aids.


  • Plans studies, including the design of survey instruments and determining the sampling and reporting procedures.
  • Cleans and prepares data sets, primarily from government sources, for analysis, using Stata.
  • Collaborates on the design, documentation, testing and implementation of research studies.
  • Gathers and analyzes research data; prepares and summarizes information and/or recommendations.
  • May be involved in researching, evaluating and selecting new data reporting products.
    Drafts and edi ts reports and/or analyses.
  • Researches and summarizes academic and applied research.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Two-years of work experience conducting policy research.
  • Demonstrated quantitative skills and experience in data/statistical analysis, including analyzing large government datasets.
  • Strong Stata programming skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimal supervision.
  • Skills to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both verbally and written.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well with university faculty, staff and students as well as labor leaders and rank and file workers.

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in public po licy, economics, sociology, or related discipline.
  • Coursework and/or applied research experience in industrial relations, labor economics, and/or labor market analysis.

Salary & Benefits 

Full-time position. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

How to Apply: 

Please submit applications via this portal:

Equal Employment Opportunity 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applic ants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Sustainable Communities Organizer, East Harlem (Community Voices Heard)

Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led multi-racial organization, principally women of color and low-income families in New York State that builds power to secure social, economic and racial justice for all. Founded in 1994 by welfare recipients in New York City working to fight unjust welfare policies, we have since expanded our organization to include working on multiple issues in three additional communities in the Hudson Valley. Our core organizing issues include fighting for a just social safety net, good jobs and access to them, truly affordable housing, a participatory democracy, and a fair share tax system.

Our NYC office is located in East Harlem/ El Barrio and we have additional sites in three other small cities in New York State – Yonkers (Westchester County), Newburgh (Orange County), and Poughkeepsie (Dutchess County).

Job Description:

Community Voices Heard (CVH) is seeking a mid-level, bi-lingual Spanish/ English organizer to expand the organization’s work advancing an agenda for truly affordable housing and good jobs in East Harlem.

CVH is currently involved in supporting the creation of a comprehensive Neighborhood Plan in East Harlem / El Barrio to influence the ultimate rezoning and planning process that the City of New York is advancing. Multiple Community Visioning Workshops are scheduled to gather community input, and a variety of sub-groups are digging into the ideas generated by the community to craft concrete recommendations. Initially, the Organizer will work to support broad-based community engagement and mobilization efforts around the Neighborhood Planning process. The Neighborhood Planning process will be completed by the end of the year or early in 2016.

Once the plan is completed, CVH is interested in ensuring that an organized base of individuals and organizations in the community have the power to advance the housing and jobs priorities in the Plan and that low-income people’s needs are at the forefront of any community change. The ideal candidate for the position will be able to advance work on three levels: (1) expanding and managing a CVH East Harlem leadership committee of engaged low-income residents ready to build power to determine how change happens in the community, (2) building out a coalition of other organizations in the community ready to work together to advance particular programmatic and policy goals, and (3) engaging with other citywide partners dealing with similar issues in other communities in order to advance an agenda beneficial to low-income families.

The responsibilities of the position will include:

  • Relational Meetings: Doing strategic outreach in East Harlem / El Barrio and coordinating members and leaders to do the same; keeping a rigorous schedule of one-on-one relational meetings; maintaining contact and communication with individuals met.
  • Outreach & Mobilization:Meeting new people through door knocking, public site outreach, and other forums; moving individuals and groups met to participate in meetings, trainings, actions, etc.
  • Campaign Development, Planning & Implementation: Facilitating the prioritization of demands for insertion into the neighborhood plan as well as for campaigns to advance priorities outside of the neighborhood planning process.
  • Committee Development: Pulling together and staffing an organizing committee of local leaders to determine the focus of a campaign and then make ongoing decisions regarding the campaign’s direction; providing critical background information to leadership team so as to facilitate strategic decision-making.
  • Leadership Development: Building the skills of active membership to understand the political underpinnings of the campaign (i.e. legal & policy context, power analysis, etc.) and to take on more and more roles in the campaign (i.e. giving testimony, facilitating meetings, conducting outreach, etc.) through both one-on-one development and workshops.
  • Coalition & Stakeholder Work: Working with ally organizations and networks in the community, city, and beyond to move forward campaign goals and demands; helping to maintain a local network of organizations ready to engage in the neighborhood planning process and the organizing work needed to implement it.
  • Fundraising:Assisting organization in growing its dues-paying membership and supporting fundraising events.

This is a full-time position that begins as soon as possible. This is a one-year position with a possibility of a renewal for an additional year.

The Field & Communications Director will supervise the Sustainable Communities Organizer, and the position will work collaboratively with the Executive Director and other NYC staff. The position will be based in NYC but will require occasional out-of- NYC travel to other CVH offices.


  • Applicants must be committed to ideology of building community power & share our commitment to membership grassroots decision-making, radical politics & our theory of social change.
  • Minimum 3 years community organizing, union organizing, political organizing, and/ or legislative issue advocacy experience required.
  • Experience in base building, door knocking, one-on-ones, leadership development, mobilization, strategy and campaign development & implementation essential.
  • Experience working in coalition and working with diverse partners is critical.
  • Ability to work independently, yet take direction, according to goals of the organization.
  • Spanish language skills are strongly desired.

How to apply

Please send resume and cover letter to Sondra Youdelman, Community Voices Heard 115 East 106th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10029 or email If sending an email, make sure to put “Sustainable Communities Organizer” in the subject line.

CVH is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people with current/ past experience on public assistance or residency in public housing are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please check out our web page at:

Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will begin immediately with qualified candidates and will continue until the position is filled.