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Work for Progress Seeks Organizers (NYC)

Impact is a team of organizers that works on behalf of groups like PIRG and Environment America.

We work on campaigns for our environment, our democracy and our future. Our partner groups already have researchers, policy analysts and lobbyists working together on these campaigns. But research and lobbying aren’t always enough to get things done in American politics. It takes organizing.


When faced with resistance to change, often the only way you can win is to get lots of people to join together in taking the right action at the right time. That’s what organizers do. And in so doing, they lay the groundwork for more positive change by recruiting, mobilizing and empowering new coalitions and constituencies.


Impact organizers go to the places that often decide whether a campaign will be won or lost. It could be a state that’s home to a swing-vote senator on critical legislation. It could be a city where a key decision is being made about clean energy.

By engaging the media, building new coalitions and activating civic leaders or student activists, our organizers not only help win campaigns now — we set the stage for winning the next campaign, too.

For example, when PIRG wanted to protect public health by reducing the overuse of antibiotics in the food industry, they brought in the Impact team. We organized doctors and nurses, small farmers, parents and consumers to convince Subway to take action. It worked. And the same coalition persuaded KFC to act as well.

During the summer, you direct a campaign office, building our partner organizations by canvassing and training others to canvass. In the summer of 2017, we defended our environmental and consumer protections from White House and congressional attempts to dismantle them.

With Impact, you make a difference now; the work you do builds the power we need to win more victories; and you gain the experience that PIRG, Environment America and other groups look for when hiring new advocates and campaign directors.

If you can see yourself next year organizing to make a difference for our environment, our democracy and our future, apply to join the Impact team.


The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500 in the first year. Each of the groups that partner with Impact offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Some of our partners are hiring campaign staff to help register and get out the vote on Election Day.

The Community Voters Project is hiring Canvass Directors to help increase voter registration and ensure everyone’s voice is heard in our democracy this election. Canvass Directors will recruit and oversee a team of committed canvasser activists and help increase participation of underrepresented communities in the 2018 elections. Learn more here:

PIRG Campus Action is hiring organizers to help get out the youth vote. Learn more here:

Impact is part of The Public Interest Network—a group of organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values and a strategic approach to getting things done. Visit to learn more.

Each of the groups that partner with Impact is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

For Los Angeles-based positions: Impact will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

How To Apply

Apply online

VOCAL-NY (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders) Seeks Community Justice Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Organizational Background

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

Position Description

The Community Justice Organizer will be responsible for building and coordinating two new and innovative VOCAL-NY projects that promote community-led approaches to criminal justice reform.

The first is coordinating VOCAL-NY’s Participatory Defense group – a community organizing project that brings together New Yorkers with open court cases (or their loved ones) to share knowledge, resources, and strategies on how to impact the outcome of cases and alter the dynamics of power in the court system. We hope to build a culture of agency among people directly impacted by the criminal justice system in order to affect meaningful change on both individual cases and on how the public, in general, interacts with the court process.

The second project is Court Watch NYC – a project that trains New Yorkers to watch and report on what’s happening in courtrooms to promote transparency, accountability, and justice. The aim of Court Watch NYC is three-fold: (1) hold prosecutors accountable to their promises to reduce inequality and unnecessary incarceration; (2) sustain community presence and pressure to shift court practices and culture; (3) build a base of New Yorkers that are engaged in criminal justice reform. Note: VOCAL-NY works closely with a peer organization to manage this project, and splits the workload accordingly.

Although distinct projects, the hope is for the successful candidate to build synergy between the two projects and find ways for both directly impacted individuals and allies to play meaningful roles in achieving criminal justice reform.

Job Responsibilities

For Participatory Defense the Community Justice Organizer will be responsible for:

  • Community Organizing– recruit individuals with open court cases and their loved ones to take part in participatory defense meetings; convene and facilitate regular participatory defense meetings; train participatory defense alumni to become facilitators and stay involved in the program; engage individuals to stay involved with ongoing VOCAL-NY campaigns related to criminal justice reform.
  • Court Support – escort individuals to their court dates, or organize others to do so. 
  • Research Support – help individuals with research related to their case.
  • Resource Sharing – connect individuals to resources as needed (i.e. legal services, housing support)

For Court Watch NYC the Community Justice Organizer will be responsible for:                       

  • Volunteer Coordination – recruit volunteers; schedule court watch shifts & reminders; respond to the day-to-day needs of volunteers; organize regular debrief events.
  • Training & Education– create accessible and engaging trainings for court watch volunteers; organize and co-facilitate regular training sessions (at least monthly); develop educational tools and materials as needed.
  • Communications & Media – manage the Court Watch NYC email, website, Facebook & Twitter; respond to press inquiries as needed.
  • Project Design & Evaluation – develop and implement new ideas as the court watch program grows, create tools to evaluate success, and make modifications as needed.
  • Overall Project Management – work closely with our core organizational partners on overall project management, and be ready to take on unexpected tasks.

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 have a demonstrated commitment to criminal justice reform and a willingness to approach these issues through a racial justice analysis.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A deep commitment to ending mass incarceration.
  • A deep commitment to working with and promoting the leadership of people directly impacted by mass incarceration.
  • At least 2 years of full-time community organizing (or related) experience.
  • Familiarity with the New York City criminal legal system – including key players, processes, and practices – and an understanding of why the system is in need of reform. 
  • A willingness to work in a fast-paced environment, with changing assignments.
  • An ability to lead their own projects, and take initiative.
  • Excellent ability to facilitate meetings and trainings, coordinate coalitions, and develop partnerships among a wide and diverse array of stakeholders.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with common business software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail).

This is a full-time position. The position will require occasional attendance at evening and weekend meetings.


VOCAL-NY offers a generous benefits package of twenty days of paid vacation, monthly metro card, full cell phone coverage, a 100% employer-covered health and dental insurance plan, and 403(b) retirement plan.

 Level of Language Proficiency: Conversational Spanish preferred.

Professional Level: Professional

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs [at] . In the subject line, please write “Community Justice 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 Hepatitis C, 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.

El Puente Leadership Center @ Williams Plaza Seeks Assistant Director (Brooklyn, NY)

As a staff member of El Puente, the Assistant Director is expected to uphold and work within the mission, philosophy and principles of the organization. She/he must work with the Director and other staff members to: design & manage a holistic arts & academic enrichment program; ensure the integrity of El Puente’s Membership Process; and to achieve expected contractual outcomes.

Administration and Operations

·      Work with the Director to oversee and create administrative systems that meet the needs of the program (including but not limited to staff/participant filing systems, data entry, attendance records, contact lists).

·      Ensure compliance with all relevant health, safety, organizational and funder policies/protocols.

·      Supervise the management of Administrator-On-Duty (AOD) responsibilities including the overseeing of program day-to-day operations, communications and safety practices, building operations, and closeout of building at the end of programming.

·      Supervise the management of staff scheduling.

·      Supervise the management of administrative correspondence (regular reports to funders, etc.) on behalf of the program.

·      Attend appropriate staff and team meetings, workshops, and events.

·      Learn the upkeep of program finances including but not limited to: invoices, check requests, timesheets, budget, and fundraising.

Program Development and Leadership

·      Work with the Director to develop and implement year-round community center programming: afterschool program summer programming, co-locaters, teen/adult programming that reflect El Puente’s Mission and 12 Principles, fulfill contractual objectives, and are structured, age appropriate, and project based.

·      Supervise Staff making sure they understand whom their supervisors are and are being provided with regular feedback and assessment.

·      Supervise that curricula for activities, workshops and community service projects related to the El Puente model of youth mentoring and leadership development, in areas such as health and wellness, academic enrichment, engagement in the arts, and social justice issues are being met.

·      Work with the Director to develop, schedule and/or facilitate professional development activities for staff.

·      Be able to oversee and facilitate classes with large and small groups of students.

·      Support outdoor field trips by managing paperwork (bookings, train passes, directions) and covering appropriate staff to student ratios.

Recruitment and External Relations

·      Colead the design and implementation of a multifaceted strategy for participant recruitment and outreach, to include: developing and maintaining partnerships with principals and staff at local schools; street and community outreach.

·      Work with the Director in developing and maintaining partnerships with local community, civic and cultural organizations that could potentially provide resources to the program.

·      Work alongside the Director with developing a parent involvement and support.

Benefits: Medical and Dental plan offered.

Professional Level: Professional

Minimum Education Required: 2-year degree

How To Apply

The Bronx Defenders Seeks Immigration Civil Legal Advocate (Bronx, NY)



The Bronx Defenders – an innovative, progressive, holistic indigent defense office in the South Bronx – seeks an energetic advocate with a commitment to social justice to fill a position as Civil Legal Advocate in our Immigration Practice.

Since opening our doors in 1997, The Bronx Defenders has served over 300,000 clients in Bronx County. The Bronx Defenders pioneered a model of legal representation called holistic defense, designed to fight both the causes and consequences of court-involvement. Our staff of over 280 lawyers and advocates work on interdisciplinary teams made up of criminal defense, civil, immigration, and family defense attorneys, as well as social workers, legal advocates, parent advocates, investigators, and team administrators, all of whom work to provide holistic legal and social service advocacy to our clients. The Bronx Defenders also houses a community organizing and an impact litigation team, serving as a community resource and force for systemic change. We engage with clients, community residents, and policymakers as we seek ways to better serve the Bronx community and enhance access to justice for all.

The Bronx Defenders pioneered the model of integrated criminal defense and immigration representation over fifteen years ago. Immigration attorneys work closely with clients and their advocates throughout the pendency of their cases in both Criminal and Family Court to avoid or mitigate negative immigration consequences. Additionally, immigration attorneys at The Bronx Defenders represent clients in deportation proceedings in both detained and non-detained settings, provide affirmative immigration services, and pursue community-based systemic reform litigation and advocacy aimed at reforming unforgiving federal immigration laws. Since November 2013, our immigration attorneys have also served as assigned counsel at the Varick Street Immigration Court under the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, the first-ever universal representation project in immigration court. Our Immigration Practice consists of 29 attorneys (including the managing director and 4 supervisors), 2 social workers and 3 legal advocates.


The Bronx Defenders seeks a college graduate with prior immigration experience in a legal context, possessing strong advocacy skills and a commitment to social justice to fill the role of Immigration Civil Legal Advocate for NYIFUP. The Civil Legal Advocate will work with detained clients at the New York Immigration Court on Varick Street as part of an interdisciplinary team of Immigration Attorneys and Social Workers from The Bronx Defenders. The Immigration Civil Legal Advocate will provide extensive assistance to the Immigration Attorneys in the preparation of applications for relief from removal.

Responsibilities include:

·     Completing application forms, gathering supporting documents, assisting family members in preparing written declarations to the Court, gathering medical, tax, educational, employment, and other relevant records,

·     Gathering and analyzing country conditions materials

·     Communicating with family members

·     Preparing filings for Court

·     Advocating on behalf of our clients to Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents regarding logistics of their imminent release and removal

·     Frequent travel to Immigration Detention Centers located in New Jersey and upstate New York


Applicants must have:

·     Spanish fluency or high proficiency, as the job requires extensive legal counseling and representation in the Spanish language

·     Bachelor’s Degree

·     Excellent organizational and verbal and written communication skills

·     Strong interpersonal skills with individuals from diverse backgrounds and in crisis circumstances

·     Ability to work resourcefully and independently with limited supervision

·     Ability and desire to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams

·     Prior immigration experience in a legal context

·     Demonstrated commitment to defending indigent immigrant populations charged with criminal offenses

·     A valid driver’s license, as some clients are detained in facilities a short drive from New York City (a car is provided)


Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency: Fluency/high proficiency in Spanish

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted through March 1, 2018. To apply, please visit our career portal at the link above, select the position of interest, click APPLY TO THIS JOB ONLINE and upload your resume and cover letter in one document when prompted. Applications without cover letters will NOT be considered. The start date for this position is immediate or as soon as possible.

Please contact Sarah Deri Oshiro, Managing Director, Immigration Practice, via email at with any questions regarding the position. Please do not call to inquire about the position.

The Bronx Defenders is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.

Local 372-DC37 Seeks Webmaster and Social Media Intern (NYC)

Local 372-DC37 seeks an intern to work under the guidance of our Director of Information Technology to help maintain and re-vamp website.  Candidate should have, at minimum, a working knowledge of HTML and CSS and some familiarity with PHP, Javascript, mySQL.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Webmaster Intern will work directly with the Director of Information Technology. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining and updating the website
  • Proposing, developing, and installing new features
  • Monitoring web server and site technical performance
  • Maintaining and updating social networks


  • Strong skills handcoding HTML
  • Knowledge of Photoshop’s web graphics tools
  • Some college coursework or comparable professional experience
  • Image scanning experience
  • Interest in web surfing and online socializing
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines

Please send resume (and portfolio) to

Local 372-DC37 Seeks Communications and Marketing Intern

Local 372-DC37 seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist marketing and communications efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of the Labor Movement while marketing for a well-known Municipal Union.

The Communications and Marketing Intern will work directly with the Director of Information Technology. Tasks include, but are not limited to:

• Updating and maintaining Local 372 social media presence
• Updating the Local 372 website when needed
• Assisting in planning, writing and managing monthly eNewsletter and biannually hard copy newsletter.
• Drafting, distributing, and pitching news releases, media alerts and other stories
• Designing flyers, graphics, e-Invites and other marketing material for major events hosted by Local 372
• Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications

• Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
• Completed or working toward degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., Marketing/Communications, Public Relations, or Labor Studies)
• Previous internship or related experience in marketing or communications is a plus
• Must be computer literate (working knowledge of word processing, PowerPoint,
Excel). Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop highly desired. Knowledge of HTML and graphic design a plus
• An effective communicator, both written and oral
• Ability to communicate in a professional manner with press and community contacts
• Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
• Enthusiasm for the mission of the Labor Movement.

Please send resume (and portfolio) to