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Green Worker Cooperatives Seeks Worker Co-op Developer (Bronx, NY)

Green Worker Cooperatives is a Bronx-based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned green businesses in order to build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice. We train and develop worker cooperatives that have a positive environmental impact and enable the transformation of their members and community.

The Worker Co-op Developer is responsible for the development of a menu of service options for graduates of our Coop Academy, a 5-month cooperative business boot camp, in order to provide them with ongoing support that will grow their cooperatives and help them reach their goals. The Worker Co-op Developer would be an innovative and out of the box thinker capable of conducting thorough assessments of business operations and governance structures; helping co-ops troubleshoot problems as they arise; connecting co-ops with new opportunities; and holding them accountable to their promises. Additional goals for this position are to develop and strengthen the inter co-op relationships among cooperatives within the GWC network as well the relationship between GWC and its member cooperatives.

Duties:

  • Survey Co-op Academy graduates to identify needs

  • Be the ongoing point of contact for all cooperatives developed by GWC

  • Assess performance and needs of all cooperatives developed by GWC

  • Schedule and facilitate strategic planning retreats for GWC co-ops and assist in the development of yearly goals and milestones

  • Coordinate trainings for cooperatives on specialized topics as needed

  • Coordinate mediation for cooperatives as needed

  • Identify resources and opportunities that can support the growth and development of GWC member cooperatives

  • Compile and share best practices on cooperative governance and business operations.

  • Schedule and confirm location, dates, guest speakers, agenda, and attendees for quarterly co-op assemblies

  • Prepare and assist cooperatives with obtaining capital

  • Work with GWC Communications Coordinator to help build each co-op’s public profile and promote their events, publicity, and other media worthy activities

  • Represent GWC at events, conferences, etc.

Skills:

  • Business/entrepreneurship development

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Sales and marketing support

  • Leadership development

  • Fundraising and raising capital

  • Consensus decision-making

  • Excellent listening skills

  • Mediation, conflict management, and troubleshooting

Qualifications:

  • Experience with popular education methodology

  • Experience starting a business

  • Able to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to speak and write fluently in spanish preferred

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, worker cooperatives or socially responsible businesses preferred

  • Bronx residents preferred

  • Flexible schedule with ability to work occasional weekends

Salary: F/T at $62,400/yr. Includes generous health, vacation/personal/sick days/parental leave, and professional development benefits.

Start Date: Position available immediately.

To Apply: email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@greenworker.coop

with “WORKER CO-OP DEVELOPER” in the subject line.

Flexible schedule. Bronx residents and people of color strongly encouraged to apply.

Green Worker Cooperatives Seeks Development Coordinator (Bronx, NY)

Green​ ​Worker​ ​Cooperatives​ ​is a Bronx-based organization dedicated to incubating worker-owned green businesses in order to build a strong local economy rooted in democracy and environmental justice. We train and develop worker cooperatives that have a positive environmental impact and enable the transformation of their members and community. The Development Coordinator will be responsible for managing all fundraising initiatives for the organization. The Coordinator is expected to research prospective foundations, write proposals & grant reports, and grow our base of individual donors The Development Coordinator is supported by a team of volunteers in these efforts and is responsible for coordinating their efforts.

Duties:
● Recruit and manage a team of volunteers to assist in all fundraising activities
● organize at least one fundraising event per year
● Prepare monthly appeal letters for potential donors
● Maintain regular communications with existing donors
● research & identify potential grant funders
● write and edit grant proposals
● complete grant reports
● schedule meetings with foundation representatives and manage all related communications
● represent GWC at relevant meetings, events, conferences, etc.

Skills:
● Fundraising and raising capital
● Excellent writing skills
● Excellent listening skills
● Excellent research skills
● comfortable reviewing financial statements

Qualifications:
● 2 years experience writing grant proposals or leading individual donor campaigns
● Able to work both independently and as part of a team
● Knowledge of worker cooperatives
● Bronx residents preferred

Salary:​ ​P/T, 20 hours per week at $30 an hour. Includes generous health, vacation/personal/sick days/parental leave, and professional development benefits.

Start​ ​Date:​ ​Position begins immediately.

To​ ​Apply​: email cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@greenworker.coop with “DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR” in the subject line.

Flexible schedule. Bronx residents and people of color strongly encouraged to apply

Muslim Community Network (MCN) Seeks Community Engagement Coordinator (P/T) (NYC)

Muslim Community Network (MCN) seeks a highly talented and motivated Community Engagement Coordinator to lead and implement the Community Engagement program in the New York City metro area.

The Community Engagement Coordinator will be tasked with facilitating leadership and interfaith community building activities centered on shared values and leveraging these community partnerships to participate in calls to action that transform public policy. The Coordinator will develop a community directory, relaunch MCN’s Connecting Communities program and lead MCN’s participation in faith-based coalitions with clergy and community faith leaders working towards protection of religious freedom and hate crimes reduction and improving the quality of life of New York’s most vulnerable.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate logistics and lead outreach and marketing for the September 11th Children of Abraham Peace Walk and the Annual Interfaith Peace Feast in November;
  • Conduct one-on- one meetings with existing MCN partners and potential Faith in New York leaders, clergy, and influential external leaders;
  • Conduct a community needs assessment of local Muslim, Jewish and Christian houses of worship and faith- based community organizations and produce a community directory of resources based on the needs;
  • Provide organizing trainings for the faith leaders, clergy, and community members in the principles and strategies of faith-based community organizing;
  • Conduct outreach, research, and strategic planning leading to large community action meetings that impact systemic change;
  • Facilitate regular meetings, activities and community service opportunities for paired houses of worship (e.g. a mosque and a synagogue) through the Connecting Communities program.
  • Create and deepen relationships with staff from strategic partners in community organizations, academia, labor, and public policy organizations;
  • Meet on a regular basis with Executive Director and Board Chair to shadow, plan and evaluate work progress.

Requirements:

  • Relevant community organizing experience (faith, community, electoral), particularly within issues related to job development, affordable housing, organizing and/or civic engagement;
  • Experience working with diverse religious congregations and racial/ethnic communities with a particular emphasis on Muslim and Jewish partnerships;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision as well as part of a strong staff time.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite, Google docs, social media platforms, and CRM software, e.g. Salesforce.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members across religion, race, gender, age, language, class and experience;
  • Significant experience working with New York City Muslim communities;
  • Cultural competence and experience working with faith based communities and/or communities of color on social justice or service based issues;
  • Capacity to think strategically and analytically about social, economic, cultural, and political issues affecting a community;
  • Strong research skills, particularly around issues of development and awareness of local impact of global politics;
  • Prepared to lead and desires to be in deep partnership with others (community leaders, staff, allies, people with power)
  • Ability to speak at least one other language, preferably Arabic, Hebrew, French, or Urdu.

Position Funding:

  • This position is part- time and is funded for a 12 month period, after which it will be reconsidered for renewal and is contingent upon additional funding.

About Muslim Community Network

The Muslim Community Network identifies and cultivates the leadership skills of all Americans to fully participate in the social landscape.

MCN’s strategies include creating strong relationships with other faith-based communities; articulating and advancing an understanding of the need for citizen engagement; developing the skills and ability of our community to affect change; and building the next generation’s identity and capacity as leaders.

Level of Language Proficiency

Ability to speak at least one other language, preferably Arabic, Hebrew, French, or Urdu.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply: info@mcnny.org    http://www.MCNNY.org

To apply, candidates should email a one-page cover letter describing their interest and qualifications, resume and a writing sample no longer than three pages to: info@mcnny.org. Type YOUR NAME – COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR in the subject line. Please ensure that you include all required materials. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. No phone calls, please. Only candidates selected to interview will be contacted.

UHAB Seeks Research/Housing Community Organizer (2 positions) (NYC)

Description

This listing is advertising TWO positions with UHAB’s Organizing Policy & Research department.

1) Researcher and Community Organizer, Interim Facility

UHAB is seeking an Interim Facility Project Lead, a researcher and community organizer. Spearheading our Interim Facility Project, this staff member will help identify strategic opportunities for affordable housing preservation and organize tenants to have a choice in the future ownership of their buildings. (Read more below.)

2) Lead Housing and Community Organizer, Brooklyn

UHAB is seeking a Lead Housing and Community Organizer to focus on helping residents create and sustain tenant associations in troubled multi-family buildings in Brooklyn, to improve living conditions and maintain affordability among lower-income residents. (Read more below.)

About the Organization

UHAB empowers low- to moderate-income residents to take control of their housing and enhance communities by creating strong tenant associations and lasting affordable co-ops. Since 1973, UHAB has been helping New Yorkers with limited means become part of their own housing solutions. Our work is guided by core principles self-help, democratic resident control, and affordability for low-income households.

UHAB’s Organizing, Policy, and Research department works with tenants who are at risk of displacement due to predatory behavior from landlords, gentrification, or poor living conditions. UHAB works with tenant leaders to develop resident associations and engage members in fighting for their own housing solutions.

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First Position: Researcher and Community Organizer, Interim Facility

The Interim Facility Project Lead will help identify distressed properties where there is a chance of ownership change (e.g., buildings in private foreclosure). The Project Lead will conduct outreach to buildings to find tenants interested in organizing towards a tenant-supported purchase model. Additionally, they will help tenants build leverage to negotiate with the current owner or lender, decide what the future ownership of the building should look like, and, when appropriate, bring in preservation purchasers to meet and work with the tenants.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain a database of at-risk buildings, primarily buildings in foreclosure
  • Research opportunities for preservation, including target research for identified buildings, focusing on outstanding private debt or municipal liens
  • Conduct outreach to identify residents interested in working with the Interim Facility Project
  • Train residents in different types of ownership models and help tenants decide which type of ownership is right for their building as well as assist tenants in identifying and meeting with potential preservation partners
  • Collaborate with legal service providers and city agencies to assist tenants in securing emergency repairs and support throughout the process

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be computer proficient, have excellent research and organizing skills, be personable, flexible, and have

  • a strong commitment to housing and economic justice,
  • prior experience working as a community or labor organizer (preferably within New York City),
  • research and database management skills,
  • an ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and accessible way,
  • strong oral and written communication skills, bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred,
  • a strong sense of self-motivation, creativity, and desire to solve complicated problems, and
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively handle multiple projects at the same time.

We will give preference to candidates with an interest in alternative affordable housing models (i.e., affordable co-ops) and in supporting UHAB’s work to build a pipeline of low-income co-ops. The project focuses on working with residents in extremely physically distressed housing. Candidates with experience or interest in conducting building needs assessments and cost analyses, as well as overseeing repairs, are encouraged to apply. Hours include evenings and some weekends.

Location

The Interim Facility Project Lead will be based in our main office, in Lower Manhattan, but significant time will be spent in the field in buildings across New York City.

Salary

$35,976 annually, including a generous benefits package with both health and dental insurance.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter with two references to organizingjobs@uhab.org. UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Second Position: Lead Housing and Community Organizer, Brooklyn

The Lead Housing and Community Organizer will work alongside tenants and community leaders to build tenant power and connect tenants to larger policy issues and campaigns, such as strengthening the New York State Rent Laws and fighting back against speculation and predatory landlords in New York City. The Organizer will work to build tenant associations in buildings facing distressed building conditions, severe tenant harassment, and loss of affordability.

Responsibilities

  • Support the development of tenant associations in buildings across Brooklyn
  • Identify targets and campaigns through research and outreach to find buildings where the landlord is using predatory tactics
  • Support the growth of tenant leaders through training, skill-sharing, and one-on-one meetings
  • Grow the tenant base in neighborhoods through outreach and leadership development to existing tenant associations
  • Conduct outreach and mobilize tenant associations to participate in, and support the work of, city- and state-wide coalitions to strengthen affordable housing in New York City

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be bi-lingual (English/Spanish), computer proficient, have excellent organizing skills, personable, flexible, and have

  • a strong commitment to housing and economic justice,
  • at least two years of experience working as a community or labor organizer (preferably within New York City),
  • an ability to communicate complex ideas in a clear and accessible way,
  • strong oral and written communication skills, and
  • the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and effectively handle multiple projects at the same time.

Location

The position is based primarily out of our main office, in Lower Manhattan, but will include a significant amount of time in the field, in buildings throughout Brooklyn.

Salary

$35,976 annually, including a generous benefits package with both health and dental insurance.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter with two references to organizingjobs@uhab.org. UHAB is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Womankind Seeks Volunteer Coordinator (NYC)

Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. We bring critical resources and deep cultural competency to help Asian communities find refuge, recovery, and renewal. We work with survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence across the lifespan. Womankind offers a 24/7 helpline, counseling and case management services for survivors and their children, emergency residential and transitional housing, immigration legal services, and other support services.

Womankind started as a volunteer effort 35 years ago, and volunteers have been and continue to be integral in all phases of our activities and operations. Volunteers staff Womankind’s helpline, accompany survivors to appointments, tutor and mentor children, provide administrative support, and much more.

The Volunteer Coordinator will play a critical role in coordinating Womankind’s rapidly growing volunteer engagement initiatives.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Promote Womankind’s volunteer openings through online postings, email, tabling, and presentations
  • Screen prospective volunteers by reviewing application forms, conducting interviews, and processing background checks
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate new volunteer orientation
  • Plan and coordinate continuing education and recognition programming for volunteers
  • Support volunteer communications, including the creation of brochures, newsletters, and e-blasts
  • Track and report on volunteer activities and hours
  • Collect, maintain, and monitor volunteer data
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned

 QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Experience serving as a volunteer and/or working with volunteers
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing to a wide range of people
  • Effective planning and organization skills
  • Proven ability to maintain good working relationships with a variety of people and groups, including funders, community partners, volunteers, and staff
  • Must be able to meet strict deadlines and adapt to changing deadlines
  • Flexible hours required, including some weekday nights and weekends
  • Experience using Volgistics or another volunteer management application preferred
  • Knowledge about dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in immigrant communities preferred

Professional Leve: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

How To Apply: Email resume and cover letter to: hr@iamwk.org . Please include your name and “Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject. Womankind is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

The Commons Cafe Seeks Coop Members (Brooklyn, NY)

The Commons Café is located within the Brooklyn Commons, an event space and co-working center near downtown Brooklyn, New York. The current owner of the cafe wants to turn it over to a team of workers who will convert it to a worker-coop. We expect this process to take about six months and are looking for new members to join the current workers and participate in the conversion. We are seeking a diverse staff and strongly encourage low-income residents of the communities surrounding our space at 388 Atlantic Avenue to apply.

Our typical daily tasks include: opening and closing the store, taking orders and waiting on customers, operating the cash register, making coffee and tea drinks, sandwiches and salads, pouring beer and wine, baking pastries, ordering, stocking, managing inventory. We all share in the considerable amount of clean up work.

We seek the usual attributes all organizations look for: reliability and punctuality, capacity for hard work, good communication skills, enthusiasm and talent for interacting with the public, curiosity and eagerness to learn, ability to multi-task and prioritize duties.

A worker coop requires an additional set of attributes: people who are excited about working in a democratically managed workplace and who have the ability and skills necessary to transition into an ownership role; people with the time, energy, and political motivation to make a commitment to growing a cooperative business. We also want to play a role in promoting worker coops in NYC.

We will give priority to candidates who offer any of the particular skills we need:

• Someone who enjoys inventing and crafting high-quality sandwiches, salads & soups, sourcing ingredients, costing out food

• Someone with a good understanding of coffee and/or teas

• Someone with a good understanding of beers and/or wines

• Someone with knowledge of social media who can create and execute marketing plans using our website, newsletters and other promotional technologies

• Someone experienced with collective work environments

All members of the coop must have a New York City Food Handlers Certification. If a candidate does not have one when hired, she or he must get the certificate within thirty days of starting work.

Candidates must have 25+ hours/week of availability. Evening and weekend availability is a requirement, but we’ll work with you to find a schedule that works for all of us.

All workers are initially paid $12/hour plus tips (estimated total $16-18/hour). The workers themselves will decide on wages once the coop is formed, but we expect the initial hourly wage for all members to be $15, which with tips would bring hourly earnings to more than $20. It will be up to the members of the coop to determine further benefits and compensation as the business grows.

Email a letter of interest and a resume to Melissa@thecommonsbrooklyn.org. Tell us why you’re interested in being a worker-owner at the Commons Cafe, and why your skills, talents and interests make you a good candidate for our coop. Interviews will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled.