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MinKwon Center for Community Action Seeks Civic Engagement Associate

The MinKwon Center for Community Action invites applications for a Civic Engagement Associate. The Civic Engagement Associate 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 tenants’ rights.  This is a full-time position.

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 Coordinator at

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

CHHAYA CDC Seeks Neighborhood Planning and Policy Manager

Chhaya CDC is seeking a dynamic Neighborhood Planning and Policy Manager to join its leadership team. The primary responsibility will be to lead the BASE Campaign (Basement Apartments Safe for everyone) – including coalition building, education of constituents, partners and policy allies, media as well as implementation of communications strategies, and work with elected officials and publicagencies to inform policy development. The Manager will work closely with the senior leadership and organizing team to implement advocacy priorities. In addition, the Manager will represent the organization in key housing coalitions focused on policy initiatives critical to Chhaya’s primary constituents.

Details of the BASE campaign can be found on the campaign site. Find posting and submission information here: Neighborhood Planning and Policy Manager, Chhaya CDC.

2 Positions with ANHD in NYC

Equitable Economic Development Senior Associate

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) seeks an Equitable Economic Development Senior Associate to lead ANHD’s work crafting a policy agenda to improve economic development policies and advocacy in New York City. This includes workforce development programs policies, industrial / manufacturing development, small business supports, merchant associations, immigrant entrepreneurs, and more. The Economic Development Senior Associate works closely with ANHD’s advocacy campaigns to mobilize the grassroots strength of our local non-for-profit member organizations to shift the economic development agenda of the City, win policy changes that implement our agenda, and build more equitable outcomes for our low- and moderate- communities and populations. Salary depending on experience.  Good benefits. ANHD is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please email resume, cover letter and policy report writing sample to: Barika Williams, Deputy Director, ANHD,


Senior Campaign Organizer

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) seeks a Senior Campaign Organizer to work on our campaign to win new land use policies for affordable housing and equitable economic development.

The Campaign Organizer will have key responsibility for educating, engaging, and mobilizing ANHD member organizations and other citywide allies in a campaign to make New York City’s land use policy better serve the affordable housing and economic development needs of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Salary depending on experience. Good benefits. ANHD is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply:  Please send resume, cover letter and brief writing sample to: Ericka Stallings, e-mail:

Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition Hiring Community Organizer/Housing

The NWBCCC is a 40-year old broad-based social justice community organization that unites individuals and institutions to fight for better neighborhoods and for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. NWBCCC is a membership-based organization that uses direct action community organizing to address affordable housing, public education, immigrant rights, youth, voting rights, economic development and jobs issues, and to fight for broader policy change in these and other areas.

We seek to hire a dynamic community organizer to work on housing issues. We are committed to fighting for decent healthy affordable housing for the people of the Northwest Bronx, and for all New Yorkers. Healthy housing, for us, includes a commitment to encouraging greater energy efficiency, to save money, protect our environment, and protect the respiratory health of Bronx residents. We believe that our organizing work should be led by our members, and that developing leadership is a key responsibility of our organizers. Thus, the organizer’s main responsibilities will be to:

• Support the continued development of the NWBCCC Healthy Green Housing Committee

• Conduct strategic tenant organizing of multi-family buildings

• Base-building through membership recruitment of community and faith-based institutions

• Leadership development to build capacity of community leaders and members

• Run local housing campaigns that target problem landlords, lenders and policies that contribute to deteriorating housing conditions.

• Coordinate participation of community leaders in city, state and federal housing campaigns

• Assist in writing reports to current housing funders and assist with grant development

• Attend weekly staff meetings and training opportunities

Minimum one year experience in organizing
Demonstrated commitment and passion for social justice and understanding of community organizing approach to social change.
Fluency in Spanish and English.
Have strong writing, communication and negotiation skills
Strong interest in and ability to work with diverse groups
Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary

Competitive salary, based on experience. Excellent benefits, including health and dental and life insurance, tax-sheltered retirement plan, and vacation. Excellent training in community organizing and professional development opportunities.

Send resumes and cover letter to:

Congratulations to Ai-jen Poo!

By Stephanie Luce

Ai-jen Poo, the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Co-Director of Caring Across Generations, was selected for the prestigious 2014 Macarthur “Genius” Fellowship. The Murphy Institute has been a long-time admirer of Ai-jen’s work, including her efforts to help win the passage of the New York State Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2010. Last year, Ai-jen was one of six recipients of the Murphy Institute’s Emerging Leaders Award. Ai-jen also serves on the advisory board of the New Labor Forum, and she is the author of the New Labor Forum article, “A Twenty-First Century Organizing Model: Lessons from the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign,” which appeared in February 2011. We are thrilled that the Macarthur committee recognized Ai-jen’s brilliance and the importance of her work. Continue reading Congratulations to Ai-jen Poo!

AFL-CIO Safety and Health Fellow in Washington, DC


The AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department advocates and works for stronger worker safety and health protections and worker rights primarily through federal and state regulatory and legislative activities. The department plays a leadership role in the safety and health community in the development of safety and health policies and initiatives. It has a small staff, broad responsibilities and is involved in a wide range of safety and health issues and initiatives.

The purpose of the AFL-CIO Safety and Health Fellowship includes the following:

• To promote and advance the safety and health priorities and programs of the AFL-CIO;
• To support the Safety and Health Department’s initiatives and programs through research, writing, editing, analysis, and providing logistical support as needed.
• To develop people with the skills and commitment to be part of a new generation of labor safety and health activists and leaders.

The fellow position is a full-time, year-long opportunity to explore and be part of the labor and safety and health movements while developing specific safety and health research, writing and advocacy skills.


• Assist the Director and Safety and Health Department staff with researching and writing comments on proposed safety and health regulations and legislation;
• Conduct research and respond to requests for information on safety and health issues;
• Monitor developments on safety and health issues and create communication and advocacy materials;
• Assist with the research, writing and production of the annual report – Death on the Job: Toll of Neglect: A National and State-by-State Profile of Worker Safety and Health in the United States;
• Assist with planning and organization of the annual April 28 Workers Memorial Day activities;
• Perform other duties as required.


• The Safety and Health Fellow should be a strong writer and communicator with a deep commitment to and interest in safety and health issues and worker rights;
• Undergraduate degree in safety and health, public health or related discipline; a graduate degree in safety and health or public health (e.g. industrial hygiene, epidemiology, toxicology) is preferred.
• Previous experience with unions, safety and health coalitions, community organizations allied with labor or other labor-related organizations is a plus, but not a requirement;
• Excellent computer skills proficiency with Microsoft Office;
• Strong working knowledge, and experience with, web-based research;
• Well-organized with a strong attention to detail.


• Temporary, one (1) year position.

Apply via web.