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Northeast Nurses Association Seeks Regional Organizing Director

The Northeast Nurses Association (“NENA”) is seeking a seasoned organizer to serve as Regional Organizing Director to take responsibility for new organizing campaigns, serve in a leadership position with respect to program and other staff, and play an integral role in NENA.

The ideal candidate will take an active role in all organizing efforts; and is at ease walking around hospital corridors and meeting with nurses wherever they are located, rather than sitting behind a desk.

The right candidate is outgoing, self-directed, has experience developing and running organizing campaigns, including oversight of staff to achieve concrete assessments and progress. S/he has excellent critical thinking, creativity, verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work in a team environment.

About Us:
NENA is a regional, progressive, organization covering 30,000 nurses and allied health care employees, working together to advocate for our patients, our practice, and our profession. NENA’s mission is to support efforts to educate and mobilize health care professionals interested in forming a union at their place of work. To that end, NENA has recently funded a budget to establish an organizing team to assess and develop new organizing opportunities into campaigns.

As members of NENA, nurses and healthcare professionals become part of a progressive and respected organization that uses its strength and vision to advocate for positive change through collective bargaining, legislation, education, and mobilization

NENA is looking for candidates who have:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience required in developing and leading organizing campaigns.
  • Ability to direct, oversee and develop organizing staff.
  • Previous experience with the labor movement
  • Knowledge of organizing campaign data base management tools.
  • Skill in the use of Microsoft Office programs.
  • Ability to write and proofread campaign communications materials.
  • Ability to conduct, analyze, and critique independent research to effectively synthesize and implement material for effective messaging.
  • Supervisory experience a strong plus;
  • Ability to work independently, think critically and creatively, self-directed, and operate within a dynamic and complex organizing environment;
  • Healthcare industry experience preferred,
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the northeast; Home base in NYC area preferred but can be located in other Northeast area.
    Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Long hours and weekend work is expected.


  • Designs, manages, and implements organizing campaigns.
  • Expected to serve as hands-on organizer. Works with staff to coordinate all aspects of the campaign including vision, strategy,
    timeline, communication, and community outreach.
  • Coordinates and supervises organizing staff;
  • Provides feedback to staff on their performance while on the campaign.
  • Oversees management of the campaign data base, web based applications, lists, and cards.
  • Develops metrics to measure, quantify, and track progress. Provides information and metrics to NENA Board on regular basis.
  • Develops and monitors the campaign budget for the campaign.

Scope and Nature of Supervision

  • Must be able to act and manage time with extreme independence.
  • A high level of judgment, ability to take initiative and work independently; must be able to work with worker leaders and staff in complex and sometimes political situations.
  • Must be able to handle multiple priority projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines.
  • Reports to the NENA Board and/or the Board’s appointed sub-committee.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package: health, dental, car allowance, 401(k) plan, and paid sick/vacation time.

In addition to a resume, we require a cover letter that gives us a clear picture of who you are, why you want to be the regional organizing director, an example of how you demonstrated success on a
campaign, and what you will bring to the role.

Please send your resume and cover letter to: with the Subject Line: NENA Organizing Director.

NENA is committed to Equal Opportunity, and considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions.

NEW Program for Women

NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) prepares women for nontraditional careers in the construction, utilities, and transportation industries.

Through its innovative training programs, NEW graduates successfully compete for skilled blue-collar careers that enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

NEW programs include a mix of hands-on shop skills, classroom instruction, physical fitness assessment, job development and placement services, social service referrals, and case management. NEW currently offers:

Blue Collar Prep and NEW at Night

After graduating from our pre-apprenticeship training program, NEW graduates enter apprenticeship programs and begin working in the construction, utilities, and transportation industries. Click here to find out what type of jobs are available to our graduates. 

Who can apply to be a NEW student?

Females that:

Are at least 18 years of age;
Have a high school diploma or GED (General Equivalency Diploma);
Are interested in pursuing a skilled blue-collar career;
Are willing and able to perform 8 hours of physical work; and
Want to change their lives.

Become a NEW Woman 

What makes skilled blue-collar work a good choice for women?

High pay. Wages in your first year will range from $10 – $17. Once a woman completes the apprenticeship program, she can earn as much as $45.00/hr.
Excellent medical benefits.
Pensions and paid annuities.
Training. Many blue-collar jobs offer technical classroom training as well as on-the-job training

NEW helps women face the challenges of working in a blue-collar field:

Construction work starts very early; NEW helps women find early morning childcare.
Blue collar professions are physically and mentally demanding. Most jobs require early hours and lots of lifting and carrying. NEW helps women prepare for these challenges.
Year-round outdoor work is required in most jobs.
Less than 3% of all construction workers are women. NEW provides a support system to help women prepare to work in a predominately male environment.

NEW will help you determine if you are right for this program and help you succeed in your new nontraditional career.

To learn more Click Here to Sign up for an Information Session

At the Information Session, you will be tested in basic reading and math skills.  Click here to see example reading questions and to take a practice test.  Click here to see example math questions and to take a practice test.

Call for Papers from The National center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education.

The National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, CUNY  has issued a Call for Papers and Proposed Workshops for its 2015 annual conference that will take place in New York City on April  19-21, 2015.  The theme of next year¹s conference will be Thinking about Tomorrow: Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations in Higher Education.

The National Center seeks abstracts for conference papers related to the conference theme as well as proposals for interactive workshop trainings. The deadline for submissions is October 17, 2014.  The Call for Papers and Proposed Workshops can be downloaded from our website here:

Campaign to End the New Jim Crow Presents: Young People’s Advocacy Training Camp 2014

The Campaign to End the New Jim Crow Presents:

Four Weeks of Learning and Advocating Around Issues of
Criminal Justice & Immigrants’ Rights

Dates: July 14th – August 8th
Days/Times: Mondays & Thursdays 10am – 3pm
Who: Young people ages 16 – 24
Where: 15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003
What: Learn how to be an agent of change

For more information and/or an application, contact either
Lewis at lwebb<at>afsc<dot>org or Chia-Chia at ccwang<at>afsc<dot>org


Kopkind 2014 Call for Participants
Kopkind, the magical retreat in Southern Vermont for media makers and activists is headed for its 16th summer, and is calling for people who are interested in attending to send letters of intent. The political camp for journalists and activists will be held from July 12 through 20. Letters of intent must be emailed to by Saturday, June 14.

Southern Labor Studies Association is accepting essay submissions for the Robert H. Zieger Prize

The Southern Labor Studies Association (SLSA) announces the Robert H. Zieger Prize for the best essay in Southern Labor Studies. This prize has been established with the cooperation of the Zieger family and members of the SLSA. The SLSA encourages the study and teaching of southern working-class history, and builds connections between labor activists and academics to encourage a greater understanding of the diverse experiences and cultures of workers in the South, broadly defined.

This prize will be awarded every two years to the best article in southern labor studies submitted by a graduate student or early career scholar, journalist, or activist (“early career” being defined as no more than five years beyond the author’s highest degree).

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