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Tenants and Neighbors Seeks Tenant Organizer, East Harlem

Tenants & Neighbors is a grassroots organization that helps tenants build and effectively wield their collective power to preserve at-risk affordable housing and strengthen tenants’ rights in New York. It is comprised of two affiliate organizations: the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service, a 501c3 organization that provides tenants with organizing support, training, technical assistance, and leadership development; and the New York State Tenants & Neighbors Coalition, a 501c4 membership organization that spearheads legislative system change campaigns.

About the Tenant Organizer Position
The New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service has been awarded a grant for an Anti-Harassment/Neighborhood and Tenant Protection Initiative to do tenant organizing in East Harlem. The purpose of the grant is: 1) to assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants living in buildings that are at risk of loss of affordability; and 2) to work alongside legal service providers to develop and execute an anti-displacement strategy.

We are now seeking a Tenant Organizer to carry out outreach, education, and organizing work associated with this new grant. The new staff person’s responsibilities will include: 1) conducting research about buildings that may be at risk of loss of affordability; 2) doing outreach to tenants in at-risk buildings; 3) helping tenants organize tenant associations; 4) developing and disseminating educational materials and conducting training workshops; and 5) in certain buildings that are at high risk of loss of affordability, working with tenants to develop and carry out more intensive campaigns to keep the building affordable for the long term.

The Tenant Organizer will be supervised by the Executive Director and work very collaboratively with and receive support and guidance from other staff members. S/he will be a member of DC1707. This is a one-year position that could be extended if additional funding becomes available.

• One-two years of grassroots organizing experience, ideally tenant organizing;
• commitment to a social justice movement;
• Spanish and English fluency;
• strong written and verbal communication skills;
• exceptional time and priority management skills; and
• professional, confident, personable, highly motivated, well organized, and detail oriented.

To apply, please send a resume, thoughtful cover letter, and three professional references to People who have lived in regulated or subsidized housing are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates are encouraged to visit our website,, prior to applying. We are seeking to hire as quickly as possible, so please submit your materials at your earliest convenience

Originally Published: June 30, 2015
New York, New York

New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO Seeks Organizers

The New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, is currently seeking to hire a number of energetic, intelligent and dedicated individuals for the position of Organizer (H.E.A.T. System Supervisor). We look to hire the best of the best and so are always accepting applications on a rolling basis for this position.

The New York City hotel industry has been experiencing a prolonged construction boom and it is vital to our members, and to those who work without the dignity of a union contract, that we maintain and improve union density in our industry. This year we plan to launch a new, long-term program to organize non-union hotels in the city on a large scale. Mobilizing our 32,000 members will be essential to winning this ambitious campaign.

We have built a rank-and-file leadership structure called the Hotel Employees Action Team (H.E.A.T.) System. The purpose of the H.E.A.T. System is to increase the participation of the membership in the union and to greatly enhance the union’s ability to mobilize our members for large-scale action, in order to organize non-union workers, to fight for higher wages and better benefits, and to increase the rights of hotel workers.

Areas of Responsibility

H.E.A.T. System Supervisors will supervise paid staff members as well as volunteers. They will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the operation of the H.E.A.T. System, including (but not limited to):

  • The recruitment, training, mobilization and supervision of rank and file leaders (HEAT Captains, and HEAT Network Leaders);
  • The coordination of political action efforts in assigned communities;
  • Attending and testifying at public meetings, including community board and city council meetings;
  • The support of research to define campaign targets, strategies and objectives;
  • The maintenance of the union’s databases of member and shop information and helping the union to use these resources to increase member participation in the above-mentioned activities;
  • The collection of information relating to employers in the hotel industry, and the implementation of pressure campaigns against employers;
  • The analysis of large amounts of data subpoenaed from employers such as payroll records, work schedules, time records, etc., to discover incidences of employer theft from employee wages, abuses of employee rights, and other contract violations;
  • The calculation of back-pay claims, and the preparation of exhibits to demonstrate complex or large-scale employer contract violations in arbitration proceedings;
  • The preparation of written communications to rank and file leaders and members, and the public;
  • Logistical support for a wide variety of union events and actions (including strikes and picket lines).
  • May also be assigned to work on internal and external organizing in Washington, DC.


This position offers good prospects for advancement. Resourceful and committed staff members who become familiar with the union’s operations and distinguish themselves will have numerous opportunities for rewarding and interesting work.



  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice;
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others;
  • Ability to communicate respectfully and comfortably with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Ability to multitask, work efficiently, and be well organized;
  • Willingness to work long hours, often on short (or immediate) notice;
  • Willingness to handle a wide range of constantly changing responsibilities;
  • Thorough attention to details;
  • Resourcefulness and talent for problem-solving;
  • Ability to learn quickly and grow into positions of greater responsibility;
  • Ability to handle physically and mentally demanding assignments;
  • Integrity;
  • Persistence and determination;
  • Loyalty to the organization;
  • Reliability;
  • Good judgment;
  • Cooperative attitude.
    Extra consideration will be given to candidates who possess any of the following:
  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Bilingual (in addition to English), especially in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Russian, Polish or Bengali;
  • Strong computer skills and the ability to quickly learn new computer programs;
  • Ability to write persuasively, clearly, and concisely;
  • Knowledge of FileMaker Pro;
  • Experience developing and maintaining databases;
  • Graphic art and design skills;
  • Web design and development experience;
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (especially Flash);
  • Talent for photography and/or videography;
  • Knowledge of Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects;
  • Experience working in the hotel, restaurant, hospitality, or other service industries.
    Salary and Benefits
  • Annual salary will start at $40,000
  • Excellent benefits and retirement package
    How to apply:

    In addition to a resume and references, applicants for this position should include a cover letter that explains clearly and concisely the reasons for their interest in the position at the New York Hotel Trades Council, and specifically address a number of the above-listed qualifications, both those they do and do not possess.

    Send resume, references, and cover letter to:

The New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL-CIO, is an equal opportunity employer. All persons regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation or sexual orientation are encouraged to apply. People of color and women are strongly urged to apply.

CASA Seeks Community Organizer for Housing Justice

New Settlement Apartments (NSA) is a not-for-profit housing and community service organization located in an underserved area of the southwest Bronx. We have a 24-year track record of active commitment to neighborhood revitalization and community development. Year-round community services, education programs and our housing serve, serve over 15,000 youth and adults each year.

Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), New Settlement’s Housing Organizing initiative, has been working since 2005 to build tenant power through community organizing to not only address prevailing threats to tenants’ rights and existing affordable housing stock, but to expand access to safe and affordable housing. CASA works primarily in Community Board 4 (CB4), or the Highbridge/Concourse section of the southwest Bronx, but our campaigns often pursue city- and state-wide impact and thus work with vibrant and diverse coalitions.

We conduct strategic outreach and organize tenant associations, provide monthly housing workshops and legal clinics, hold monthly membership meetings and both lead and participate in city and state-wide policy campaigns. Our recent campaign work has focused on reforming Housing Court (including but not limited to a citywide campaign to guarantee universal access to legal representation for all tenants who find themselves in Housing Court), building city-wide support for a rent freeze for all rent-stabilized units, a city- and state-level campaign to end non-rent fees and associated harassment, and most recently, launching a campaign for the participatory rezoning of the Southwest Bronx. All of our campaigns are member-envisioned, member-led and member-implemented.

In September 2014, we were awarded the Activist Award by the Urban Justice Center for our “long-standing dedication to building the power of Bronx tenants and fiercely advocating for affordable housing” and in March of 2013 we received an Excellence in Neighborhood Organizing Award from the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development, for our tenant organizing work. For more information, go to:

We are looking for an experienced, bold, passionate, hard-working, and dedicated person who is looking for an opportunity to grow their organizing skills and capacity and help move our cutting edge and exciting work forward.


Guided by the Director of Housing Organizing and in coordination with other organizers and interns, the C.O. will work to strengthen CASA’s broad base of members, who are committed to housing justice, understand what it takes to build a movement and are prepared to take bold action to transform the quality and affordability of housing in the Southwest Bronx.

This position is specifically designed in response to the recently announced rezoning of 73 blocks (Cromwell/Jerome) that lie in the heart of our neighborhood.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

Building a Strong Base of Members through:

o Conducting outreach to educate neighborhood residents and groups about the rezoning process, community development plans, gentrification and anti-displacement strategies.

o Organizing Tenants’ Associations: We organize so that landlord harassment stops, repairs are done, people can stay in their homes, communities are stabilized, and ultimately so that people know and claim their own power. Our model is to develop steering committees that work collectively based on people’s skills, interests and time. We teach leaders how to facilitate meetings, make flyers, write letters, run press conferences, pressure the banks, meet with their landlords and lobby resources like HPD. Our goal is to develop tenants’ associations that can ultimately operate independently of our support while bringing members of tenants association into our organization and developing them as leaders to lead our campaigns.

o Conducting Effective Outreach and Base building Work: Using various and creative methods to recruit new members, keeping accurate records, assessing potential members, and effectively meeting goals to turnout members to key actions and events.

  • Leadership Development: The organizer will constantly work to develop the skills, capacity and analysis of our members through informal and formal leadership development work. The organizer will work to encourage participation and a sense of ownership among members.
  • Actively Participate in and Develop our Organizational Capacity: This includes participating in and prepping members to facilitate our monthly CASA Membership Meetings, providing monthly narratives and statistical reports on work accomplished, creating and facilitating regular workshops specific to housing rights, laws and processes, seeking out training and learning opportunities, facilitating staff meetings, actively participating in staff retreats, keeping up with database and reporting requirements and thinking through ways to develop CASA into the organization it can and should be.

    DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: This can be either an entry level or a mid-level position. Responsibilities will depend on the C.O.’s experience. Tenant Organizing experience is a plus. We are looking for someone with a strong track record of a commitment to social justice; demonstrated commitment to leadership development, community building, and community organizing as strategies for social change; ability to communicate, listen and motivate people to action from diverse backgrounds; strong experience in facilitation, training and leadership development; excellent writing and public speaking skills; computer literate; ability to work nights and weekends as necessary. English/Spanish bilingual skills preferred.

    SALARY AND BENEFITS OFFERED: Competitive salary, depending on experience. Comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k). Great opportunities for learning, growth and development.

    TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé and list of three professional references to or by mail to Housing Organizer Search, New Settlement Apartments, 1512 Townsend Ave, Bronx NY 10452. No faxes or phone calls, please. EEO/AA

Churches United For Fair Housing, Inc. Seeks Lead Organizer

Churches United for Fair Housing is a grassroots organization that works towards community empowerment through community organizing, youth engagement, and by providing sophisticated social services. CUFFH organizes towards preserving and creating vibrant communities that are not exclusive and are really affordable to working families in New York City.

• CUFFH serves everyone in our communities regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.*


• Lead Organizer will create new, and will cultivate existing relationships with CUFFH’s clergy network and will build our base to tackle pressing community issues. Will strengthen our relationships with partnering organizations.


  • Facilitate Affordable Housing Workshops.
  • Work with our outreach team to figure out logistics for the affordable housing workshops.
  • Engage youth at Churches United For Fair Housing’s youth program on community campaigns.
  • Will lead all organizing efforts and will prioritize which campaigns CUFFH participates in.
  • Represent CUFFH at coalition meetings.
  • Report back to the Director of Organizing.
  • Work with the Director of Organizing to create a strategic plan and engage members to create and alter the vision of our organizing efforts.
  • Work with Director of outreach team to develop annual goals.
  • Will represent the organization in community meetings.


  • Deep passion for social justice
  • Willing to work flexible hours
  • Committed to help grow our efforts, and is willing to share insight and ideas as to how to expand the impact of our organizing work
  • Must be reliable
  • Strong communication skills
  • Basic internet skills
  • High energy and positive attitude
  • Member of an organization that “base builds” and has a social justice mission, and community organizing experience is a plus but not mandatory.

    This is a part time position with lots of room for growth. Salary is commensurate with experience.

    How to apply:

    To apply, please submit your resume via e-mail at: with “Lead Organizer” in subject.

Originally posted: May 12, 2015

MinKwon Center for Community Action Seeks Community Organizer

The MinKwon Center for Community Action invites applications for a Community Organizer. The Community Organizer would work in 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 in the electoral process and in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform, fairer allocation of city and state budgets, and housing rights. This is a full-time position.

Job Responsibilities The Community Organizer would have the following responsibilities: Organizing & Advocacy • Engage in different forms of community outreach and mobilization. • Develop community members’ leadership abilities. • Coordinate regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and educational forums. • Engage in advocacy campaigns on issues such as comprehensive immigration reform and tenants’ rights. • Represent MinKwon Center and participate in meetings with other coalition groups. • Coordinate media and publicity to raise awareness.

Job Requirements • Interest and experience in working on social justice and immigrants’ rights issues • Spoken fluency or proficiency in Korean • Excellent communications skills • Ability to work well both independently and in teams • Flexibility in working evenings and weekends

Organization History and Mission The MinKwon Center for Community Action was established in 1984 as the Young Korean American Service & Education Center (YKASEC) 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, voter rights, and cultural awareness. The MinKwon Center places a special emphasis on meeting the needs of our marginalized community members, including youth, elderly, recent immigrants, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents.

The MinKwon Center will accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to: Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Engagement Manager NOTE: Make subject line of email “Application to Position: Community Organizer – [YOUR NAME]”

How to apply

Please prepare a detailed cover letter and resume describing your interest in the organization and the position and email to: Hyun-Jung Kim, Community Engagement Manager NOTE: Make subject line of email “Application to Position: Community Organizer – [YOUR NAME]”

Originally Posted: May 20, 2015

NY Communities for Change Seeks Housing Community Organizer – Neighborhood Organizing Department

Join the fight to take back our communities! New York Communities for Change is seeking a Community Organizer to build power to fight for social and economic change in New York State.

Our neighborhoods have been under attack by financial institutions foreclosing on homes statewide, hedge funds privatizing our schools, and especially the losses of affordable housing and the increase in rent that has spurred gentrification displacing longtime residents out of their homes.

As a community organizer with New York Communities for Change, you will have the opportunity to work with community members in strengthening and developing the local NYCC chapters and work with members fighting around issues on a Local, City, State and the National level.

About New York Communities for Change:

New York Communities for Change is a community – base, member run organization that fights for social and economic justice for low and moderate income families. NYCC is a multi-issue organization that integrates labor and community issues together. Our members organize their neighborhoods and workplaces to take action against the toughest problems facing working families throughout New York – affordable housing, good schools, well-paying jobs, climate change, Police reform, and Wall St. Accountability. Through meetings with elected officials, community events, and protest and rallies, New York Communities for Change takes a power in numbers approach to fight for real change for hard working New Yorkers.

Applicants must have:

  • At least1year of organizing experience in labor, community, student or political organizations or campaigns.
  • At least one year of experience with Housing organizing(buildings, multi-family homes, single family homes or public housing.
  • Excellent communication interpersonal skills (Listening, speaking, and writing)
  • Commitment to the social justice movement and passion for winning change for low income people
  • Ability to organize and build neighborhood groups
  • Ability to move community members to take action on multiple issues for local campaigns as well as state wide campaigns.
  • Must be able to work independently and manage a team
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast pace, ever changing environment and be detailed orientated.
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours, including nights and weekends
  • Ability to fundraise and sign up members to engage in the local chapter
  • Bilingual (Spanish) is a preferred.
  • People of Color strongly encourage to apply.

    How to apply: please send a 5 page cover letter and your resume. Send to:

Original posting: April 27, 2015