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Participatory Budgeting Project Hiring for 2 Development Positions (NYC)

Development Manager – Institutional Giving

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people across the US and Canada to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting (PB) processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 17 cities, we have engaged over 300,000 people in deciding how to spend $240 million.

PBP is seeking a Development Manager to join the small but effective development team of our award-winning organization. This position will lead PBP’s Institutional Giving work, which will help us empower thousands of people to participate in real democracy, through a process that has been called “revolutionary civics in action.” This is a full-time position starting as soon as possible.

Overview

The Development Manager is responsible for managing institutional fundraising strategy, grantwriting, research, and administration, and providing the infrastructure necessary to grow the funding to support our programmatic work. The position reports to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and research funding prospects, concentrating on government, private and corporate foundations.
  • Create, organize and maintain a list of prospects.
  • Help cultivate relationships with institutional funders through outreach, networking, and special events.
  • Draft grant applications and reports for foundation, corporate, and government grants.
  • Work with program staff to submit grant and contract reports and other funding requirements.
  • Maintain a detailed calendar of grant application and cultivation deadlines.
  • Engage staff and board in contributing to prospect identification, cultivation, and proposal development, including leading fundraising training and capacity-building.
  • Support implementation of cultivation events for funders and donors, such as receptions, briefings, and benefit parties.
  • Perform other development-related tasks as needed.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least five years of demonstrated experience in a fundraising environment, with progressively increasing responsibility.
  • Demonstrated success raising over $1 million in funding per year.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to organize and prioritize large volumes of work.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent communication, relationship-building, and teamwork skills, and ability and desire to work collaboratively with a diverse group.
  • Strong computer skills; ability to work across platforms and to learn new technology quickly; good knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Experience with grant database management systems (e.g. Salesforce).
  • Good judgment, common sense, and ability to work independently.
  • Dedication to workplace democracy and transparency.
  • Flexibility to adapt as our organization and work changes.

Educational requirements: We understand that there are a wide variety of paths towards the skills necessary for the position. As such, there are no formal educational requirements, as long as the applicant can demonstrate mastery of the desired skills. We do, however, value experience gained through educational programs, including credits completed in related subjects such as creative writing or political science.

Values, Compensation, and Location

Our organizational practices embody the values of transparency, collaboration, capacity building, and fun that drive our mission. All staff are fully engaged in the organization’s strategic planning and decision-making. Our office culture is friendly and supportive, with regular potlucks and celebrations, and an emphasis on maintaining healthy work life balance. We invest in the professional growth and personal care of our people, including strong benefits:

  • 4 weeks annual paid vacation and a slew of paid holidays
  • Full coverage for health insurance (including dental and vision), flexible spending account, life insurance
  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Generous sick day and family leave policy
  • Professional development resources
  • Schedule and work site flexibility to accommodate your life, including families, continuing education and community leadership.This position is preferably based in New York

This position is preferably based in New York City, and offers ample flex time to accommodate the requirement of non-traditional hours. Salary range, depending on relevant experience: $55,000-$65,000.

How to Apply

Please email applications to jobs@participatorybudgeting.org, with Development Associate in the subject line. No phone calls or emails please. Applications should include the following, preferably compiled in a single pdf:

  1. Cover letter explaining your relevant experience and interest in the position;
  2. Resume;
  3. Three writing samples (maximum 10 pages). This should include examples of your most compelling grant writing. You can include one (maximum) creative writing piece.
  4. List of 3 professional references with contact information.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received before September 1.

For more information about PBP, visit participatorybudgeting.org.

 

Development Associate – Institutional Giving

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a nonprofit organization that empowers people across the US and Canada to decide together how to spend public money. We create and support participatory budgeting (PB) processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective. Through our work with partners in over 17 cities, we have engaged over 300,000 people in deciding how to spend $240 million.

PBP is seeking a Development Associate to join the small but effective development team of our award-winning organization. This position will support PBP’s Institutional Giving work, which will help us empower thousands of people to participate in real democracy, through a process that has been called “revolutionary civics in action.” This is a full-time position starting as soon as possible.

Overview

The Development Associate is responsible for assisting with institutional fundraising research, grant writing and administration, and providing the infrastructure necessary to grow the funding to support our programmatic work. The position reports to the Development Manager, and includes close coordination with the Executive Director.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and research funding prospects, concentrating on government, private and corporate foundations.
  • Create, organize and maintain a list of prospects.
  • Draft grant reports and applications for foundation, corporate, and government grants.
  • Work with program staff to submit grant and contract reports and other funding requirements.
  • Maintain a detailed calendar of grant application and cultivation deadlines
  • Engage staff and board in contributing to prospect identification, cultivation, and grantwriting, including supporting fundraising training and capacity-building.
  • Perform other development-related tasks as needed.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • At least two years of demonstrated experience in a fundraising environment, with progressively increasing responsibility.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to organize and prioritize large volumes of work.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong communication, relationship-building, and teamwork skills, and ability and desire to work collaboratively with a diverse group.
  • Strong computer skills; ability to work across platforms and to learn new technology quickly; good knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
  • Experience with grant database management systems (e.g. Salesforce).
  • Good judgment, common sense, and ability to work independently.
  • Dedication to workplace democracy and transparency.
  • Flexibility to adapt as our organization and work changes.

Educational requirements: We understand that there are a wide variety of paths towards the skills necessary for the position. As such, there are no formal educational requirements, as long as the applicant can demonstrate mastery of the desired skills. We do, however, value experience gained through educational programs, including credits completed in related subjects such as creative writing or political science.

Values, Compensation, and Location

Our organizational practices embody the values of transparency, collaboration, capacity building, and fun that drive our mission. All staff are fully engaged in the organization’s strategic planning and decision-making. Our office culture is friendly and supportive, with regular potlucks and celebrations, and an emphasis on maintaining healthy work life balance. We invest in the professional growth and personal care of our people, including strong benefits:

  • 4 weeks annual paid vacation and a slew of paid holidays
  • Full coverage for health insurance (including dental and vision), flexible spending account, life insurance
  • Retirement plan with employer match
  • Generous sick day and family leave policy
  • Professional development resources
  • Schedule and work site flexibility to accommodate your life, including families, continuing education and community leadership.This position is preferably based in New York

This position is preferably based in New York City, and offers ample flex time to accommodate the requirement of non-traditional hours. Salary range, depending on relevant experience: $38,000-$47,000.

How to Apply

Please email applications to jobs@participatorybudgeting.org, with Development Associate in the subject line. No phone calls or emails please. Applications should include the following, preferably compiled in a single pdf:

  1. Cover letter explaining your relevant experience and interest in the position;
  2. Resume;
  3. List of 3 professional references with contact information;
  4. Three writing samples (maximum 8 pages). This should include examples of your most compelling grant writing.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received before September 1.

For more information about PBP, visit participatorybudgeting.org.

MITCoLab Seeks Planning and Knowledge Capture Manager (Bronx, NY)

Overview:
MIT Community Innovators Lab is seeking a Planning and Knowledge Capture Manager with strong GIS skills to work as part of a team coordinating anti-displacement and equitable development efforts in the Bronx, New York, with the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI). BCDI is a network of grassroots leaders, anchor institutions, elected officials, and finance partners who are working together to achieve a sustainable, equitable, and democratic economy in the Bronx.

Background:
MIT Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) is a center for planning and development within the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning. CoLab supports the development and use of knowledge from excluded communities to deepen civic engagement, improve community practice, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth. CoLab joined BCDI in 2011 following a yearlong community engagement process led by Bronx-based institutions, grassroots organizations, and civic leaders.

Opportunity:
CoLab is seeking an individual with relevant interests and expertise to spearhead knowledge capture and production, including mapping and analysis, with respect to development without displacement work in the Bronx, as part of a year-long Equitable Development project. As part of the BCDI team, this person will explore, document, and synthesize: current work happening across the Bronx to resist and organize around gentrification; new processes that include coordinating and strategizing with community partners and others engaged in anti-displacement and equitable development work; and developing knowledge and other products that will situate anti-displacement work in the Bronx as a model for other cities and communities in the United States dealing with similar development pressures.

This position will help build the foundation for BCDI’s broader economic development strategy in the borough. Additional responsibilities will include documentation and synthesis of lessons learned and their implications for broader application in the movement for economic democracy.

The person will work closely with BCDI staff leading coordination and implementation, as well as with a coalition of community partners, non-profit developers, and other stakeholders engaged in this work.

Qualifications:
Applicants should be self-motivated with strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated interest in knowledge capture and learning, as well as planning and development. Responsibilities include observing and documenting BCDI partner activities and convenings; documenting and synthesizing key lessons and insights learned; and developing knowledge products, including producing maps and conducting analysis on an ongoing basis.

Candidates with the following skills and areas of expertise are encouraged to apply:
● City Planning
● Familiarity with debates and research in the areas of real estate development, community economic development, and gentrification
● Experience working in underserved communities
● Excellent written, verbal, and analytical skills
● Experienced with GIS (or similar) software and technology
● Experience with design software (Adobe Creative Cloud)
● Experience with knowledge capture and synthesis work
● Deep listening skills
● Reflective Practice
● Facilitation

We are seeking a candidate with a Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience.

This is a full-time position. The candidate must be based in New York City or must be willing to relocate for the duration of the position. MIT CoLab is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ individuals, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Compensation:
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Application Process:
To apply for this position, send a resume, cover letter, and examples of relevant work, including writing samples, maps, and formatted reports, to Katherine Mella at kmella@mit.edu. We are actively receiving applications and will invite selected applicants to interview on a rolling basis.

National Domestic Workers Alliance Hiring for Multiple Organizing Positions

The National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States, most of whom are women.

Founded in 2007, NDWA works for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers. The national alliance is powered by over 60 affiliate organizations—plus our first local chapter in Atlanta—of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 36 cities and 17 states.

The Innocence Project Seeks State Policy Advocate (NYC)

The State Policy Advocate leads campaigns to change the laws, policies, and practices that contribute to the wrongful conviction of innocent people.  A central goal of the Innocence Project is to reform the criminal justice system to prevent future injustices, and the advocates work state by state to pass laws that address deficiencies in the system that have been identified through the exoneration of innocent people.  Working in legislatures, with law enforcement, local advocacy organizations and other stakeholders, the advocates lobby, build coalitions and create pressure for reform.

The position requires excellent oral communications skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and to translate technical, legal issues into lay terms.  The position requires extensive travel.  The Policy Advocate reports to the Director of Policy and works in close collaboration with key members of the policy staff.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

POLICY CHANGE:

  • Initiate and lead state-level advocacy campaigns, with an emphasis on legislative campaigns;
  • Prepare reports, testimony, memos, op-eds and other briefing materials for state-specific campaigns based on analysis and synthesis of research, data and other information;
  • Serve  as a spokesperson for reform efforts in state campaigns;
  • Develop policy messaging, in partnership with the communications team, to accompany communications strategies for state campaigns;
  • Identify  and cultivate stakeholder partnerships to support  state campaigns;
  • Facilitate and curate state legislative hearings;
  • Provide local partners in multiple states with advice and support from the IP Policy Department on policy initiatives; and
  • Provide technical assistance to and manage contract lobbyists.

PUBLIC RELATIONS:

  • Develop relationships with local/state advocates, stakeholders & policymaker staff;
  • Facilitate and represent the organization at symposia, trainings, legislative hearings, and state-level task forces; and
  • Spark interest in the need for innocence reforms.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING:

  • Build  allies at the state level in service of the policy work;
  • Support  organizational participation in specified coalitions and/or task forces;
  • Engage local partners and create in-state coalitions; and
  • Cultivate champions for reform among influential lawmakers, law enforcement leaders, and other criminal justice stakeholders in state and local government.

QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:

  • A baccalaureate degree; An advanced degree in policy or law preferred, but equivalent professional experience also suitable;
  • A minimum of 2 years of direct political advocacy experience, with a preference given to  individuals with experience working in state legislatures and/or in criminal justice or social justice;
  • Experience building, leading and/or motivating the productive work of coalitions;
  • Experience navigating the legislative process, either as a legislative staffer or through significant legislative advocacy experience; and
  • Experience working with a broad range of criminal justice stakeholders.

KEY COMPETENCIES (SKILLS, ABILITIES, and TRAITS):

  • Skills and motivation to interact effectively with a wide variety of people of diverse professional and cultural backgrounds and political views, including Innocence Policy Network members, exonerated men and women, local advocates, politicians, law enforcement, crime victims, and other criminal justice stakeholders, legislators/staffers and attorneys across various states and issues;
  • Ability to work collaboratively as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary policy team; Sound judgment, a high level of personal and professional confidence and strong interpersonal, diplomatic and communication (written & verbal) skills;
  • Social and political savvy Ability to juggle multiple tasks in a high-pressured environment; Passion for the Innocence Project’s mission and commitment to criminal justice reform
  • Facility with traditional and social media; and
  • Ability to travel extensively.

COMPENSATION:

The salary for this position is competitive and the Innocence Project offers an excellent benefits package, including health, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Spending Account, 401k plan with company-match, and paid Transitcheks.

WORKFORCE DIVERSITY AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY:

The Innocence Project considers the diversity of its workforce to be vital to our organization’s success in meeting its mission.  We strongly encourage applicants from all cultures, races, educational backgrounds, life experiences, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, age, gender, and physical abilities to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is our policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, familial status, marital status, predisposing genetic characteristics, actual or perceived domestic violence victim status, unemployment status, caregiver status, or any other category protected by law.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

To apply, please visit Paycom. Information submitted through this secure site is kept confidential. Due to the large volume of applications, we are unable to give applicant updates by phone.

JustLeadershipUSA Seeks New York Statewide Organizer

JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) is dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030. On the guiding principle that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution, JLUSA empowers people most affected by incarceration to drive policy reform. JLUSA was launched in November 2014.

Open Position:

JLUSA seeks a driven, inspired, and energetic New York Statewide Organizer. The Statewide Organizer will work with JLUSA’s Advocacy Team to build power and mobilize directly impacted communities across New York State in support of legislative and policy campaigns to end mass incarceration. The Statewide Organizer will play a key role in developing and executing campaigns to achieve legislative successes in Albany.

JLUSA seeks an experienced organizer who has experience working on grassroots, policy and advocacy campaigns and has strong base-building, member development and coalition building skills to fill this dynamic role. The ideal candidate is deeply committed to JLUSA’s mission, flexible and works effectively in a fast-paced environment, and possesses a great sense of humor. With our bold and ambitious organizational goals and unique theory of change, the right candidate can have a significant impact on redefining justice in America.

JLUSA’s New York Statewide Organizer will report to the New York State Advocacy Coordinator and work closely with JLUSA staff, members and campaign partners to build a movement to reach #halfby2030.

Responsibilities include:

  • Community outreach, base-building, leadership development focused on individuals directly impacted by mass incarceration (emphasis on building power in upstate counties).
  • Civic-engagement and issue-based education for members and allies.
  • Developing and maintaining strategic partnerships with key social justice reform organizations across New York State.
  • Support the planning and execution of direct actions & public events.
  • Flexibility for statewide travel and ability to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Work with the NYS Advocacy Coordinator to develop & execute strategy for criminal justice reform and decarceration agenda, including organizing and campaign landscaping, and strategic work-plan development.
  • Identifying and tracking responsibilities and successes, and being accountable to outcomes.
  • Management of interns and volunteers.

Qualifications:

JustLeadershipUSA seeks a candidate with the following qualities & skills:

  • 2-5 years of grassroots community organizing experience (required)
  • Employing grassroots strategies for social change; base-building expertise and experience developing directly impacted leaders
  • Work on legislative and coalition based campaigns; experience building organizational partnerships
  • Knowledge of and interest in criminal justice reform, including a serious commitment to end mass incarceration.
  • Comfort with working collaboratively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, as well as with working independently on specific projects.
  • High energy, strong interpersonal, public speaking and problem-solving skills
  • Collaborating with staff and/or volunteers remotely; Supervising interns and/or volunteers
  • Computer-skills proficiency (Microsoft suite, Google suite, client management systems preferred)

Salary

Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for joining JustLeadershipUSA as the New York Statewide Organizer to Erin George, New York State Advocacy Coordinator: erin@justleadershipusa.org. Please use the Subject Line: New York Statewide Organizer_Last Name, First Name. In addition, please include a writing sample of no more than five pages, and three references.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Although JustLeadershipUSA’s office is based in New York City, candidates based outside of New York City are encouraged to apply.

JustLeadershipUSA values diverse experiences, including, with regard to educational background and justice system involvement. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

JustLeadershipUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, or current employment status.

For more information about JustLeadershipUSA, visit our website at www.justleadershipUSA.org

BYP100 Seeks Deputy Director (Chicago)

BYP100 seeks a full-time deputy director to join its team of passionate and dedicated leaders. The right candidate values detail, and is grounded in a strong culture of visioning and executing organizational strategy. Our team needs someone who enjoys sweating the details of budgets, data and cultivating a healthy staff team. If you are ready to help BYP100 take its internal infrastructure to the next level, this job is for you.

 

The Deputy Director provides financial and operational leadership. Primary responsibilities include organizational budgeting and financial leadership, human resources, project management, and operational oversight.

 

The Position:

The Deputy Director is a full-time exempt position, and is supervised by the National Director of BYP100. Salary range begins at $58,000 with full medical and dental benefits and a substantial vacation package.

 

Required Skills and Experience:

  • At least five years of relevant work experience, including experience managing a team of staff and contractors, coordinating program finances, operations and administration
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills, including the ability to effectively contribute to and help lead a highly collaborative, consensus-driven democratic organization.
  • Experience with foundation reporting, budgeting, and tracking.
  • Ability to deploy thoughtful strategic development and align organizational systems, from technology, to workflow to culture.
  • Strong commitment to building independent political power within and for Black communities
  • Strong analysis of grassroots community organizing and the role of Black-led member-based organizations in social justice movements
  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Google apps and Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to travel periodically, nationally and internationally. Travel will be very limited given the direct staff and operations management responsibilities.

 

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Understands the organizational structure of chapter based organizations, their administrative, emotional development and relationship management needs
  • At least five years of experience in Black and/or LGBTQ community activism & organizing
  • Has focused technical experience with individual donor and grants database tools

Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Directing all aspects of financial management, budgeting and reviews in collaboration with national director
  • Overseeing bookkeeping and financial management, and coordinate operations team
  • Coordinating grants management
  • Overseeing and coordinating annual audit.
  • Directing, maintaining and updating human resources, including personnel policies, compliance and hiring, benefits, and more.
  • Directing team activities that ensure a healthy and effective organizational culture.
  • Coordinating staff and organizational performance and impact evaluation
  • Managing operations, finance/development and member coordination staff
  • Supporting coordination of major individual donor cultivation through outreach, networking, and special events, working closely with other staff

Educational requirements: We understand that there are a wide variety of paths towards the skills necessary for the position. As such, there are no formal educational requirements, as long as the applicant can demonstrate mastery of the desired skills. We do, however, value experience gained through educational programs, including credits completed in related subjects such as accounting or financial management.

HOW TO APPLY

applications@byp100.org

Interested applicants should submit their resumé, two writing samples, and a list of three references to applications@byp100.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and the position will be filled as soon as we find the ideal candidate.