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Program Manager, Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative (NYC Dept of Small Business Services)

See original posting at NYC.gov

The New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) is a vibrant, client-centered agency whose mission is to serve New York’s small businesses, jobseekers and commercial districts. SBS makes it easier for companies in New York City to start, operate, and expand by providing direct assistance to business owners, supporting commercial districts, promoting financial and economic opportunity among minority- and women-owned businesses, preparing New Yorkers for jobs, and linking employers with a skilled and qualified workforce. SBS continues to reach for higher professional standards through innovative systems, new approaches to government, and a strong focus on its employees.

About the Worker Cooperative Business Development Initiative: The Worker Cooperative Business Development initiative will support the creation of jobs in worker cooperatives by coordinating education and training resources and by providing technical, legal, and financial assistance. The initiative will fund a comprehensive citywide effort to reach cooperative entrepreneurs, provide for the start-up of new worker cooperative small businesses, and assist existing cooperatives. The initiative will offer workforce development and concrete skills for unemployed, underemployed and discouraged workers in high-needs neighborhoods.

Job Description: The Program Manager oversees efforts and initiatives designed to sustain and enhance the level of service delivery provided to worker cooperatives and entrepreneurs. The responsibilities of the Manager are both strategic, in developing best practices and processes, and operational, in creating quality, consistency and accountability across all service providers. This is an exciting opportunity for a strategic leader to manage all day-to-day strategy, operations, and partnership development for the initiative as well as provide ongoing leadership, vision, and support for all service provider staff as they strive to develop and grow the impact of the services they deliver.

See full posting and application instructions here.

From Fast Food to Nonprofits: $15/hr in NYS

As New York State moves towards a $15/hr wage floor for fast food workers, some are asking: are fast food workers enough? In City & State this week, James Parrott and Jennifer Jones-Austin (Opinion: The Importance of a $15 Wage Floor for New York’s Nonprofits) argue for a wage increase for “[t]he 250,000 workers in New York’s nonprofit sector providing essential human services.” They write:

Over 80 percent of these workers are women, most are not represented by a labor union, and nearly two-fifths have at least a 4-year bachelor’s degree (twice the share as in fast food).

Yet half of this workforce makes less than $15 an hour. That’s not nearly enough to provide for basic family budget needs in any part of our state. Like fast-food workers, the earnings of many human services workers are so low that they qualify for public assistance.

Human services pay, they note, is directly linked to state allocations for human service contract funding. They write:

It makes good fiscal sense for the state to increase human services contract funding to raise the pay of low-paid nonprofit workers. High employee turnover will decline, yielding hiring costs savings and improved service quality. After all, many of these government-funded services are intended to help low-income families get back on their feet and to better care for their children and other family members. Improved delivery of these essential services will save taxpayers in the long run, as will the reduced use of public assistance by nonprofit workers.

For the full piece, visit City & State.

Photo by The All-Nite Images via flickr (CC-BY-SA).

Murphy Prof. Mimi Abramovitz Recognized by NASW

The NASW Foundation has selected Murphy Institute Professor Mimi Abramovitz to become a member of the NASW Social Work Pioneers. In addition to teaching at Murphy, Dr. Abramovitz is the Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and a faculty member at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Dr. Abramovitz is being honored for her “exceptional contribution to the social work profession and its ability to meet the needs of all people.”  NASW’s Newly elected Pioneers will be recognized during NASW’s 60th Anniversary Celebration on Friday evening October 23, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Congratulations, Dr. Abramovitz!

Illinois 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. 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 director and is responsible for:

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

Coalition-Building: Building a powerful coalition 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 regular weekly, monthly and quarterly meetings; building leadership and mobilization capacity of community and labor allies, deepening city community-labor-environmental network.

Qualifications:
· A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice and the labor movement
· A minimum of 1-2 years of community organizing
· 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, writing, communication and research skills
· Ability to multi-task, collaborate as part of a team, and work in a deadline-driven environment
· Strategic judgment, flexibility, creativity, and innovative
· Willingness to work some long hours, evenings and weekends when necessary
· Access to a reliable car

Terms of Employment: This is a full-time position with generous fully family health, retirement, vacation, and other benefits. The salary range is between $45,000 to $50,000, dependent upon experience.

Application Process: Please send applications to info<at>jobstomoveamerica<dot>org 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.

Housing and Economic Justice Organizer (Carroll Gardens Association, Inc.)

CGA is looking for a part time community organizer to join our anti displacement campaign and community wealth building initiative. The anti displacement campaign seeks to preserve and expand quality affordable housing in Southwest Brooklyn (Red Hook, Columbia Waterfront, and the surrounding area) by educating and organizing with residents and allies.

The community wealth building initiative works to create living wage job and asset generating opportunities for residents historically dislocated from mainstream economic development programs. Programs and organizing focus on worker cooperative development, merchant association formation, entrepreneur education, and broader community building events.

The organizer will work directly with the Community Planner to assist in resident and worker outreach, organizing info sessions and strategy meetings, and coordinate community planning workshops.

This position is 20-25 hours per week starting at $15/hour.

Responsibilities include:
Advocacy & Community Organizing:

  • Coordinate and implement door-to-door outreach to renters. Develop “Know Your Rights” materials for tenants.
  • Build tenant power through leadership development and assist in forming tenant associations.
  • Recruit child care workers to Southwest Brooklyn’s first child care worker cooperative.
  • Assist in developing a 12 week worker cooperative training for worker owners.
  • Grow the merchants association through outreach, engagement, and participation in monthly meetings.

Research & Policy:

  • Learn best practices for researching neighborhood demographic, economic, and housing trends.
  • Learn best practices for worker cooperative development, merchant association formation, and workshop and training content for entrepreneurs.
  • Develop tenant organizing and worker cooperative development presentations for broader community education.

Communications:

  • Update CGA social media accounts.
  • Write press releases, coordinate interviews with community members, and build relationships with media representatives.
  • Learn about pitching stories, press cycles and communications strategy.

Qualifications:

  • Experience in community organizing preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion for social justice and building power of low-income residents and communities of color.
  • Bi-lingual Spanish/English fluency strongly preferred.
  • Strong writing, communication, and group work skills.
  • Interest in growing a career with CGA.
  • Humility and humor.

About the Carroll Gardens Association:

The Carroll Gardens Association (CGA) is an affordable housing and economic development grassroots organization working in Southwest Brooklyn (Red Hook, Columbia Waterfront, and the surrounding area). We organize with low income residents, small businesses, and allies to advocate for equitable development, permanent affordable housing, and community wealth building policies. Our belief that local residents are the experts in the problems that face them guides our program design and direct service provision, prioritizing capacity building and leadership development. Learn more about us at www.carrollgardensassociation.com

How to apply:

If interested, please send resume and cover letter to Ben Fuller-Googins at bfgoogins@carrollgardensassociation.com with “Community Organizer– YOUR NAME” in the subject line. Your cover letter should address your passion for movement building and why you are interested in working with CGA.

Community Organizer at VOCAL-NY

VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to building the power of low-income people affected by the drug war, mass incarceration, the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C epidemics, and homelessness to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, activism, and public policy advocacy. You can learn more about our work through our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.

Building a movement of directly affected New Yorkers to demand action to end the Hepatitis C (HCV) epidemic is an increasingly important part of our work. This position is focused on engaging community members in advocacy and activism who need access to hepatitis C prevention, care, and treatment, and supporting the development of a New York State plan to end the epidemic.

Position Description

VOCAL-NY is seeking a talented individual interested in building grassroots political power as part of a dynamic team. The community organizer will primarily support leadership development, community empowerment, and civic engagement among people living with or at risk of HCV infection, as well as families, allies and healthcare providers in support of action to end the epidemic in New York State. The successful candidate will also work on VOCAL’s other campaigns related to HCV, such as our work to promote access to harm reduction services, authorize supervised injection facilities, and reform NYC and NYS drug policies.

Examples of campaign activities include:

  • Expanding access to HCV prevention services by passing legislation to fully legalize syringe possession or appropriations to increase harm reduction funding.
  • Coordinating a statewide network of people living with HCV, healthcare providers, and allies in order to undertake original research, policy analysis, and develop advocacy positions related to ending the epidemic.
  • Activism targeting pharmaceutical manufacturers for price gouging.

Job activities are varied and may include: community outreach; mobilization; leadership development; base-building; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection and analysis; communications and media outreach; creating public education and advocacy materials; and administrative tasks as needed.

The position will be based at VOCAL’s office in Brooklyn, NY. The position will require frequent travel in support of VOCAL chapters in Westchester County and Albany.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Membership Recruitment & Leadership Development: Identify and develop HCV community leaders by responding to email and phone inquiries, conducting one-on-one relational meetings, nurturing an understanding of relevant policy issues, and supporting skills building among people living with HCV as spokespeople who can effectively communicate campaign messages and engage with policymakers.
  • Coalition Building and Grassroots Organizing: Promote the active involvement of healthcare and social service providers, community leaders, and civic organizations in the HCV campaign by conducting outreach and recruitment activities such as one-on-one’s and presentations to ensure understanding and support for the campaign among a diverse group of allies. Coordinate the field strategy with HCV campaign partners on an ongoing basis through calls, email and in-person meetings. Track and report on interaction and engagement with advocates and organizations.
  • Event Coordination and Mobilization: Implement a range of tactics, including hearings, press conferences, rallies, protests, lobby days, and in-district meetings. Turn out people living with HCV, healthcare providers, and allies to events through mass phone banking and relationship building. Convene, craft agenda, and facilitate regular membership meetings and smaller work group meetings.
  • Media and Communications: Identify people affected by HCV and allies for media and communications activities. Respond to media inquiries. Prep advocates speaking to the media. Draft op-eds, letters to the editor and quotes on behalf of advocates. Draft campaign materials.
  • Support Other VOCAL Campaigns: The position will also be expected to provide support for all community organizing and campaigns around the drug war, mass incarceration, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness within VOCAL-NY as needed. We have a highly collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other’s campaigns.

Requirements / Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong inter-personal, public speaking, writing, and problem solving skills. Candidates must demonstrate interest in HCV, harm reduction, 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 a valid driver’s license are pluses. Interest in working as a member of a team and in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is essential. Travel to other parts of New York State will be required approximately once per week. Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email, word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) programs are required.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@vocal-ny.org. In the subject line, please put “Community Organizer [Your Name]”. No phone calls, please.

VOCAL-NY is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people who are formerly incarcerated, people living with HIV or HCV, women, LGBT people, and those who have been adversely affected by the criminal justice system and the war on drugs are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will remain open until filled.

Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted