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Organizer, Jobs to Move America

 Jobs to Move America is a national project to make our transit dollars go the distance –to build better, cleaner public transit systems, to create and retain good manufacturing jobs, and to generate opportunities for unemployed Americans like veterans, single parents, and residents of low-income neighborhoods.


We seek a talented and motivated organizer to join the team as the Illinois Organizer of the national Jobs to Move America campaign. Jobs to Move America is a national project dedicated to ensuring that the billions of public dollars spent on public transit systems create better results for our communities: good jobs, cleaner equipment and more opportunity for low income people. Jobs to Move America has a plan make our transit dollars go the distance — to build cleaner public transit systems, create and retain good American jobs, and generate opportunities for unemployed Americans like veterans, single parents, and residents of low-income neighborhoods.


Position Description & Responsibilities

We seek a dedicated person to join our team as the Jobs to Move America campaign organizer in Illinois, working in partnership with the Chicago Federation of Labor. This person will engage in community organizing, coalition building, and event coordination, and will provide some research support. In working across Illinois, the person will be expected to travel regularly across the region and work intensely to advance a complex project.


With access to office space in Chicago, the Organizer will report to the Jobs to Move America national outreach coordinator and is responsible for:


  • Campaign Coordination: Helping drive the development of the Illinois campaign which will involve extensive campaign visioning, planning, research support and strategy development done in conjunction with labor, community, and environmental allies. With a strong strategic plan, the lead organizer will work with the national outreach coordinator to lead the labor, environmental, community coalition through the plan and adapt effectively.


  • Coalition-Building: Building powerful coalitions with a diverse set of local partners, including labor unions, environmental organizations, community groups, elected officials, etc., and coordinating with local and national coalition partners through biweekly and quarterly meetings; building leadership and mobilization capacity of community and labor allies, deepening city community-labor-environmental network.


  • Leadership Development: Identifying, recruiting, and developing individual supporters; developing materials, educational and training sessions to support leadership growth and development; recording and tracking progress through Powerbase database system; growing our organization’s and the movement’s power by maintaining individual activism within our organization during and between campaigns.



  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and the labor movement
  • At least 3 years of organizing experience in labor, community, student or political organizations or campaigns
  • 2 years proven lead-level organizing experience is strongly preferred
  • Strong coalition building and facilitation skills across a diverse set organizations and constituents
  • Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion
  • Excellent organizational, research, writing, and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task, collaborate as part of a team, work in a deadline-driven environment
  • Strategic judgment, flexibility, creativity, and initiative
  • Willingness to work long hours, evenings and weekends when necessary
  • Access to a reliable car


Terms of Employment: This is a full-time position with health, retirement, vacation, and other benefits.


Application Process: Please send applications with “IL Jobs to Move America Organizer” in the subject line of the email. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, short writing sample and three references in one PDF document. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.


LAANE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.

Make Your Voice Heard: CUNY Strategic Planning Process

From 21st Century CUNY:

CUNY will undertake a strategic planning effort intended to assess, reflect, and improve upon its status as a leading public university and one of this city and state’s most valuable resources. Guided by Chancellor Milliken and a committee of dedicated university leaders, faculty, and students, the entire university community is invited to engage in this process of evaluating and envisioning CUNY’s priorities for the future. 

All members of the CUNY community are invited to share comments and ideas for and about the future of CUNY. Submit yours today, and make sure Murphy voices are heard as CUNY shapes its future.

Trade Association Communications and Event Manager, Community Housing Improvement Program

Salary: $45 – $60,000 depending on qualifications.

Description: Produce and arrange seminars, meetings, trade show participation, fundraisers, public official forums, networking and other event duties including: Negotiations and Execution of contracts for event space, prepare presentation materials and ensure appropriate setting. Client outreach by developing lists of potential clients and making standard contact. Website management. Membership support and retention activities. Produce written materials as needed to support any company activity including testimony and marketing materials. Analysis and research in support of written materials.

Further Info: Bachelor’s degree; three years of administrative/events experience; demonstrated ability to communicate at a high level in writing, by phone and in person; examples of ability to work collegially. Experience in Real Estate or Law preferred. Please send resume and cover letter to

Labor Relations Specialist – Long Island/Hudson Valley Region, CSEA

Salary: $54,587 w/ excellent benefits/career ladder


Description: Hudson Valley and Long Island Regions of New York State CSEA, New York’s leading union, is seeking resumes for Labor Relations Specialists serving the Long Island areas of Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Hudson Valley areas of Ulster, Westchester, Sullivan, Orange, Rockland, Dutchess and Putnam counties. Requires knowledge of labor relations, ability to negotiate/administer contracts, resolve employer/employee
conflicts. Operate independently & schedule workload. Drivers license/car for business use.
and education.


Further Info: To view the full job description and apply, please visit:


Washington Labor Center Seeks New Director

The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center at South Seattle College (SSC) is seeking a new Director. The salary range is $59,836 – $82,631 DOE. The positon carries full benefits including comprehensive medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance, paid sick leave, vacation and paid holidays, and retirement benefits. This is a full-time position at the Georgetown campus of SSC.

 All applications must be submitted through the Seattle College District’s Human Resources on-line application process. Position and application information can be found at Look under “Job Opportunities” and scroll through the pages until you find the listing for the Director, WA State Labor Education and Research Center.

This position closes on June 20th, 2015.

For questions contact SSC Georgetown campus Associate Dean EV VanDerWeil at

 Position Summary

The Director of the Labor Center is responsible for design of, oversight, and implementation of multiple on- and off- campus adult education programs that fulfill the mission of the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, and the Seattle College District. The Director reports to the Executive Dean of the Georgetown campus and supervises Labor Educators (exempt staff) and support staff (classified staff). The Center collaborates with union and community organizations to design programs to help working people develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge to become effective leaders, organizational staff, and rank-and-file activists.  With the fourth highest union density in the U.S., and a significant number of worker-centered and employment-focused organizations, Washington State has a particularly robust need for labor education services. Our work is essential to develop and sustain organizations concerned with job quality, workplace rights, and an economy that works for working families. To this end, the Center provides educational and technical services via contract to unions, community-based organizations, and public institutions in a broad range of topical areas.  In addition, the Center offers ongoing, non-credit open-enrollment classes, and also organizes conferences, workshops, and institutes open to a broad mix of union activists and community members. The Labor Center develops for-credit classes and serves as a resource for faculty, students, and staff in our home institution and other institutions of higher education.  In addition to all of the program development mentioned above, the Director is responsible for staff hiring & training, developing contracts for specialized training, budget management and fundraising, and all the technical aspects of running a complex organizations with dozens of community partners. The Director also teaches and facilitates workshops, convenes the Center’s Advisory Committee, is the Center’s primary liaison with labor leaders and legislators in Washington State, works with other labor educators nationally and internationally to develop programs in the community and higher education settings, participates in or supervises research projects, and works to integrate the Center into our home institute, South Seattle College, and the Washington State Community and Technical College system more broadly. 

ARTICLE V of the Labor Center Advisory Committee Bylaws titled “ROLE IN APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR” states: The SSCC President shall be the appointing authority for the Director position. In recruiting the Director, the President shall appoint a seven person committee, including at least three members from organized labor in Washington State selected by the Advisory Committee, and at least one faculty member from SSCC. The LCAC shall also be empowered to interview finalist candidates and make an independent recommendation for the Director position to the College President.

Candidates selected for an interview will be required to complete a questionnaire prior to the interview and provide a teaching demonstration during the interview.

Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

Essential Functions

·     Oversee and direct the work of the Labor Center, including program development, hiring and supervising staff, budgeting, and fundraising. 

·     Provide vision, leadership and management in order to develop and support a Center that responds to the critical educational needs of labor unions, workers, students, apprentices, and community members involved in civic engagement and economic empowerment.

·     Strategically plan and implement Labor Center program and funding expansion.

·     Recruit and support excellent staff and assist with their professional development.

·     Work with other Labor Center and college staff and/or community partners to write grants to foundations, government agencies, and other potential funders as appropriate.  

·     Establish overall budget priorities for each academic year, and oversee budget expenditures.  Primary responsibility for following sound financial management practices and staying within the allocated budget while anticipating and planning for future growth and development of both the Labor Center and its curriculum.

·     Serve as lead ambassador to labor unions, the Washington State Labor Council, other union organizations, Washington state legislators, the governor’s office, other institutions of higher education, and national labor education organizations.

·     Keep the Center’s Advisory Committee vital through recruiting members, working with the Committee Chair to schedule and plan meetings, and producing the Committee’s meeting notes.

·     Serve as one of the Center educators by designing, planning, and teaching workshops, formal presentations, and other educational programs.

·     Serve as principal investigator or participant on research teams as appropriate.

·     Work with the SSC community (students, staff, faculty, and administrators) to integrate the Labor Center into the credit and non-credit curricula of the college.

·     Work with the statewide community and technical college system to introduce labor education into credit and non-credit curriculum of the various colleges. 

·     Serve as an expert on campus and with segments of the public about labor union issues.

·     Oversee production of Labor Center publications and outreach efforts.  

Required Education, Experience & Abilities

·     Bachelor’s degree plus three years’ work experience developing, delivering, and facilitating labor education programming for adults.

·     Knowledge of and sympathy towards the basic premises of labor union organizing.

·     Sensitivity to and understanding of issues of difference and power (race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, class, etc) as they impact working people, labor unions and communities throughout Washington state.

·     Skills as a teacher, facilitator and researcher, with an understanding of a variety of teaching methods including popular (experiential) education and on-line or hybrid formats.

·     Successful budgetary, fundraising and administrative experience.

·     Ability to organize collaborative leadership for event planning committees, with diverse representation from union and community organizations.

·     Excellent written and oral communication skills and literacy in Office and Internet computer applications.

·     Experience working within a large bureaucracy and comfort with following complex administrative processes. 

·     Proven effectiveness at staff management and development.

Preferred Qualifications

·     Master’s degree plus five years’ work experience developing, delivering, and facilitating labor education programming for union and community members.

·     Successful financial management experience.

·     Fund raising and/or grant writing experience.

·     Experience in labor representation, bargaining, and/or organizing.

·     Experience building community/labor coalitions or partnerships around issues such as immigrant rights, women’s rights, the right to organize, etc.

·     Employment experience teaching in a community or technical college or other institution of higher education.

·     Experience working with legislative bodies.

·     Fluency in a language other than English.

·     Experience with strategic research and campaigns. 

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy Hiring a Campaign Director (Oakland, CA)

Raise the Wage Campaign Director:

Dynamic opportunity to join the movement for economic justice

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) has a 16 year track record of advancing economic, racial and social justice by building a just economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. We address the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community, faith, and labor to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color.

Position Summary
EBASE’s Raise the Wage Campaign Director is principally responsible for managing EBASE’s campaigns, coalition building, and solidarity work in partnership with low-wage worker organizing efforts. The Campaign Director will work with community, labor and faith partners to ensure successful enforcement of city-based minimum wage and worker justice policies. The Campaign Director will also work with partners to develop and support worker justice campaigns in other East Bay cities to build towards a regional set of worker justice standards. Tasks will include building a shared vision among partners on the campaign strategy; coordinating worker, electoral and faith-rooted organizing, media, politics and coalition building; and representing EBASE with allies, employers, government officials, and other decisionmakers. The Campaign Director will support fundraising efforts related to this campaign, and participate in organizational planning and leadership. The Campaign Director is supervised by the Deputy Director, will supervise one organizer, and may supervise other researchers, organizers, interns, volunteers, and consultants as needed.


Campaign Strategy and Coalition Building (60%)

  • Build a shared vision among community, labor and faith partners working to support worker organizing through advancing minimum wage and other worker justice policies in East Bay cities.
  • Develop and lead comprehensive campaigns that include coalition building worker, community, electoral, and faith-rooted organizing, media, policy development, and politics.
  • With allies, ensure workers are receiving all the appropriate pay and benefits under the city-based Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Day, and Service Charge Protection ordinances, and coordinate campaigns to hold employers and the cities accountable to the law.
  • Develop relationships with community, labor and faith partners towards building efforts to expand the minimum wage movement in 2-3 cities in the East Bay.
  • Develop policy proposals affecting low wage workers that reflect the needs of workers and community partners, drawing upon policy experts and resources as necessary.
  • Convey EBASE’s positions with employers, elected officials, and other decisionmakers in writing, in public meetings and 1-1.
  • Lead the internal Raise the Wage team of organizers, communicators, and researchers. Identify opportunities to engage all EBASE staff in the campaign and keep staff up to date and educated about what is happening in the campaign.

Organizing and Leadership Development (25%)

  • Work with allies to develop coordinated organizing strategies that create opportunities for affected communities and workers to build power and develop leadership through the campaign.
  • Create avenues to deepen solidarity and commitment of rank and file members across community and labor organizations through member-to-member meetings, low wage worker summits or other activities.
  • Identify worker leaders who can take on greater leadership in the campaign as volunteer organizers, spokepeople and strategists.
  • Supervise a community organizer, conduct regular weekly checkins, review workplans and create a leadership development plan to support his/her growth.

Fundraising and organizational leadership (10%)

  • Partner with the Executive Director and Development Director to prepare and edit foundation grant proposals and reports.
  • Participate in funder briefings and build relationships with program officers.
  • Support individual donor fundraising.
  • Participate in Directors Team and organizational planning.

Organizational Development and Personal Administration (5%)

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, internal trainings, mandatory all staff meetings, and strategic an annual planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Support “all hands on deck” requests, including mobilization support, phonebanking, and other activities.
  • Maintain personal organization systems.
  • Complete reimbursements, timesheets and lobbying reports.



  • Minimum of 7 years of directly applicable experience with a community organization, labor union, base building organization, or equivalent.
  • Significant campaign leadership, organizing and base building, and coalition building experience.
  • Experience in supervising and training a team including organizers, researchers, and communicators.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and stay accountable to individual and team workplans and goals.
  • Commitment to social, economic, environmental, and racial justice movements.
  • Ability to balance irregular schedules with evening, weekend, and holiday work, with periods of rest and reflection.


  • Policy advocacy and policy development experience, particularly on jobs and employment issues, is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in written and verbal Spanish.
  • Political understanding of Oakland and East Bay cities.
  • Understanding of minimum wage, paid sick day, and other low-wage worker campaigns and policies.
  • Experience working with low-income communities and low-wage workers of color.

Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary between $55,000-$65,000 depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package. EBASE provides an excellent working environment that encourages team work and recognizes high-quality work.


To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and 3 references by June 19, 2015 to:
Jennifer Lin, Deputy Director at Please send documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf format, with “Raise the Wage Campaign Director Search” in the subject line. The position is open until filled.

EBASE is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under- represented in professional environments, or that suffer broader societal discrimination.