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East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy Hiring a Campaign Director (Oakland, CA)

Raise the Wage Campaign Director:

Dynamic opportunity to join the movement for economic justice

East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) has a 16 year track record of advancing economic, racial and social justice by building a just economy in the East Bay based on good jobs and healthy communities. We address the root causes of economic injustice by developing strategic alliances among community, faith, and labor to build power and create change with low-income workers and communities of color.

Position Summary
EBASE’s Raise the Wage Campaign Director is principally responsible for managing EBASE’s campaigns, coalition building, and solidarity work in partnership with low-wage worker organizing efforts. The Campaign Director will work with community, labor and faith partners to ensure successful enforcement of city-based minimum wage and worker justice policies. The Campaign Director will also work with partners to develop and support worker justice campaigns in other East Bay cities to build towards a regional set of worker justice standards. Tasks will include building a shared vision among partners on the campaign strategy; coordinating worker, electoral and faith-rooted organizing, media, politics and coalition building; and representing EBASE with allies, employers, government officials, and other decisionmakers. The Campaign Director will support fundraising efforts related to this campaign, and participate in organizational planning and leadership. The Campaign Director is supervised by the Deputy Director, will supervise one organizer, and may supervise other researchers, organizers, interns, volunteers, and consultants as needed.


Campaign Strategy and Coalition Building (60%)

  • Build a shared vision among community, labor and faith partners working to support worker organizing through advancing minimum wage and other worker justice policies in East Bay cities.
  • Develop and lead comprehensive campaigns that include coalition building worker, community, electoral, and faith-rooted organizing, media, policy development, and politics.
  • With allies, ensure workers are receiving all the appropriate pay and benefits under the city-based Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Day, and Service Charge Protection ordinances, and coordinate campaigns to hold employers and the cities accountable to the law.
  • Develop relationships with community, labor and faith partners towards building efforts to expand the minimum wage movement in 2-3 cities in the East Bay.
  • Develop policy proposals affecting low wage workers that reflect the needs of workers and community partners, drawing upon policy experts and resources as necessary.
  • Convey EBASE’s positions with employers, elected officials, and other decisionmakers in writing, in public meetings and 1-1.
  • Lead the internal Raise the Wage team of organizers, communicators, and researchers. Identify opportunities to engage all EBASE staff in the campaign and keep staff up to date and educated about what is happening in the campaign.

Organizing and Leadership Development (25%)

  • Work with allies to develop coordinated organizing strategies that create opportunities for affected communities and workers to build power and develop leadership through the campaign.
  • Create avenues to deepen solidarity and commitment of rank and file members across community and labor organizations through member-to-member meetings, low wage worker summits or other activities.
  • Identify worker leaders who can take on greater leadership in the campaign as volunteer organizers, spokepeople and strategists.
  • Supervise a community organizer, conduct regular weekly checkins, review workplans and create a leadership development plan to support his/her growth.

Fundraising and organizational leadership (10%)

  • Partner with the Executive Director and Development Director to prepare and edit foundation grant proposals and reports.
  • Participate in funder briefings and build relationships with program officers.
  • Support individual donor fundraising.
  • Participate in Directors Team and organizational planning.

Organizational Development and Personal Administration (5%)

  • Participate in weekly staff meetings, internal trainings, mandatory all staff meetings, and strategic an annual planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Support “all hands on deck” requests, including mobilization support, phonebanking, and other activities.
  • Maintain personal organization systems.
  • Complete reimbursements, timesheets and lobbying reports.



  • Minimum of 7 years of directly applicable experience with a community organization, labor union, base building organization, or equivalent.
  • Significant campaign leadership, organizing and base building, and coalition building experience.
  • Experience in supervising and training a team including organizers, researchers, and communicators.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and stay accountable to individual and team workplans and goals.
  • Commitment to social, economic, environmental, and racial justice movements.
  • Ability to balance irregular schedules with evening, weekend, and holiday work, with periods of rest and reflection.


  • Policy advocacy and policy development experience, particularly on jobs and employment issues, is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in written and verbal Spanish.
  • Political understanding of Oakland and East Bay cities.
  • Understanding of minimum wage, paid sick day, and other low-wage worker campaigns and policies.
  • Experience working with low-income communities and low-wage workers of color.

Compensation and Benefits
Competitive salary between $55,000-$65,000 depending on experience, plus a generous benefits package. EBASE provides an excellent working environment that encourages team work and recognizes high-quality work.


To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and 3 references by June 19, 2015 to:
Jennifer Lin, Deputy Director at Please send documents in Microsoft Word or Adobe pdf format, with “Raise the Wage Campaign Director Search” in the subject line. The position is open until filled.

EBASE is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under- represented in professional environments, or that suffer broader societal discrimination.

Participatory Budgeting Project Seeks Project Manager (NYC)

Position Opening: Project Manager

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is seeking a highly motivated individual to manage our technical assistance projects in the Eastern US and Canada. The Project Manager will assist and build the capacity of local governments and organizations to develop flagship models of participatory budgeting in North America. The position reports to the Deputy Director and is based in our Brooklyn, NY office, with frequent regional travel.

About the Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP) is a non-profit 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 10 cities, we have engaged 100,000 people in deciding how to spend $98 million.

Download the job description [PDF]


  • Launch, develop, and support PB processes in the Eastern US and Canada.  In collaboration with partner institutions and organizations, institutionalize high quality civic participation and build flagship models of PB.
  • Introduce PB to new, strategic locations and pots of funding, by supporting local advocacy campaigns in the Eastern US and Canada.
  • Manage communication and interactions with diverse clients and partners, providing guidance and troubleshooting problems.
  • Deliver trainings and presentations for community members, organizations, and government employees.
  • Develop and revise materials, including facilitation guides, educational materials, and project management tools.
  • Hire, support, and supervise several project staff and contract workers.
  • Be responsible for project planning, finances, budgets, contracts, and administration.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable contract and grant requirements, and with PBP policies and procedures.
  • Contribute content to blog posts, websites, newsletters, presentations, reports, and other communications.
  • Respond to and build relationships with local volunteers, supporters, and funders,  and work with PBP development staff to secure funding for local projects and help meet the organization’s fundraising goals.
  • Support other projects and programs within the organization as necessary.

Desired experience, skills, and strengths

  • At least three years of demonstrated experience performing related work, with progressively increasing responsibilities.
  • Excellent project management skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize, and effectively delegate large volumes of work.
  • Excellent facilitation and training skills.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Excellent judgment, decision-making skills, and creativity; ability to exercise discretion.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with a team; demonstrated ability to work on challenging, dynamic, and multifaceted projects.
  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency with Google apps and Microsoft Office.
  • Proficiency in English and an additional language.
  • Experience working with local governments, community organizations, and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and democracy.
  • Experience with participatory budgeting and other kinds of civic participation.
  • Flexibility to adapt as our organization and work changes rapidly.

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.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Strong benefits include full health insurance, 4 weeks paid vacation, and a commitment to staff development and a healthy work environment.

How to Apply

Please email applications to by June 7, 2015, with Project Manager in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications should include the following, if possible compiled in a single pdf:

  1. cover letter explaining your relevant experience and interest in the position;
  2. resume; and
  3. list of three professional references with contact information. Expected start is in August.

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals.

Download the job description [PDF]


Community Development Project, Urban Justice Center – Research and Policy Associate

The Urban Justice Center is made up of ten independent projects serving thousands of low-income individuals and families in New York City.  The Community Development Project (CDP) at the Urban Justice Center provides legal, technical, research and policy assistance to grassroots community groups engaged in a wide range of organizing efforts throughout New York City.

CDP’s Research and Policy Initiative partners with and provides strategic support to grassroots community organizations to build the power of their organizing and advocacy work.  We utilize a “participatory action research” model in which low-income and excluded communities are central to the design and development of research and policy.  Our work is guided by the priorities and needs of the community partners with which we work. The Research and Policy Associate would report to the Director of Research and Policy and join a team of three full time staff (including the Associate) and several graduate school interns.  You can find more information about our recent work here.

Our work consists of the following:

  • Participatory Action Research Reports: From start to finish, we work with our community partners to design, administer, analyze and write participatory action research reports.  These reports are used by our partners to educate community members, engage elected officials, garner media attention and advocate for socially just policies. Read our reports here.
  • Grassroots Policymaking: With community organizations, we research and develop ground-up policy solutions to problems they identify and document.
  • Popular-Education Curriculum Design and Research Training: Our trainings and tools assist communities in designing and conducting their own research.  We also conduct trainings on a variety of research topics to build the capacity of our partner organizations. View CDP’s Research for Organizing toolkit here.
  • Strategic Campaign Research:  We conduct background research and develop fact sheets to provide strategic data in support of organizing campaigns.  Our partners use these materials in leadership development and base-building and to educate elected and government officials about specific issues and campaigns

The Research and Policy Associate will do the following type of work:

  • Design and planning of participatory action research projects;
  • Develop research tools (surveys, focus group guides, interviews, etc.);
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Develop databases and do data entry;
  • Support community-based organizations (community partners) in collection of data;
  • Research and policy training and education for community partner groups;
  • Conduct background research and policy analysis related to partner’s campaigns;
  • Coordinate and communicate with community groups to carry out participatory research projects;
  • Support advocacy efforts of partner groups;
  • Support the development and implementation of strategic communications related to research and policy work;
  • Write policy-related documents and research reports;
  • Create public education materials to support the efforts of community partners.



  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of experience preferred;
  • Experience with research design and project management;
  • Experience and knowledge of policy analysis and NYC and NYS political landscape;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in working with diverse populations;
  • Experience with group facilitation and public speaking;
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with potential partners;
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team;
  • Experience with data analysis and statistical programs such as SPSS, GIS, Survey monkey and excel is preferred;
  • Detail oriented;
  • Demonstrated commitment to community organizing and social justice;
  • Knowledge of issues affecting low-income communities of color and related to social justice;
  • Spanish and/or Chinese language ability is a plus.


Salary and compensation:

Salary is commensurate with experience ($40,000 to $50,000 starting range) and excellent benefits package is available, including generous vacation, personal, and sick time, along with industry leading medical and dental coverage.


The Community Development Project is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds, including women, people of color, immigrants, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.


Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, resume and 2 writing samples (each writing sample should be no longer than 3 pages).  The writing samples should exhibit your ability to write about public policy and/or summarize research findings.


Please send the complete application to Alexa Kasdan, Director of Research and Policy at  Please write “R&P Associate application” in the subject line.


Applications will be accepted until June 19th, 2015

CASA Hiring a Community Organizer for Housing Justice

New Settlement Apartments (NSA) is a not-for-profit housing and community service organization located in an underserved area of the southwest Bronx. We have a 24-year track record of active commitment to neighborhood revitalization and community development. Year-round community services, education programs and our housing serve, serve over 15,000 youth and adults each year.

Community Action for Safe Apartments (CASA), New Settlement’s Housing Organizing initiative, has been working since 2005 to build tenant power through community organizing to not only address prevailing threats to tenants’ rights and existing affordable housing stock, but to expand access to safe and affordable housing. CASA works primarily in Community Board 4 (CB4), or the Highbridge/Concourse section of the southwest Bronx, but our campaigns often pursue city- and state-wide impact and thus work with vibrant and diverse coalitions.

We conduct strategic outreach and organize tenant associations, provide monthly housing workshops and legal clinics, hold monthly membership meetings and both lead and participate in city and state-wide policy campaigns. Our recent campaign work has focused on reforming Housing Court (including but not limited to a citywide campaign to guarantee universal access to legal representation for all tenants who find themselves in Housing Court), building city-wide support for a rent freeze for all rent-stabilized units, a city- and state-level campaign to end non-rent fees and associated harassment, and most recently, launching a campaign for the participatory rezoning of the Southwest Bronx. All of our campaigns are member-envisioned, member-led and member-implemented.

In September 2014, we were awarded the Activist Award by the Urban Justice Center for our “long-standing dedication to building the power of Bronx tenants and fiercely advocating for affordable housing” and in March of 2013 we received an Excellence in Neighborhood Organizing Award from the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development, for our tenant organizing work. For more information, go to:

We are looking for an experienced, bold, passionate, hard-working, and dedicated person who is looking for an opportunity to grow their organizing skills and capacity and help move our cutting edge and exciting work forward.


Guided by the Director of Housing Organizing and in coordination with other organizers and interns, the C.O. will work to strengthen CASA’s broad base of members, who are committed to housing justice, understand what it takes to build a movement and are prepared to take bold action to transform the quality and affordability of housing in the Southwest Bronx.

This position is specifically designed in response to the recently announced rezoning of 73 blocks (Cromwell/Jerome) that lie in the heart of our neighborhood.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Building a Strong Base of Members through:

o Conducting outreach to educate neighborhood residents and groups about the rezoning process, community development plans, gentrification and anti-displacement strategies.

o Organizing Tenants’ Associations: We organize so that landlord harassment stops, repairs are done, people can stay in their homes, communities are stabilized, and ultimately so that people know and claim their own power. Our model is to develop steering committees that work collectively based on people’s skills, interests and time. We teach leaders how to facilitate meetings, make flyers, write letters, run press conferences, pressure the banks, meet with their landlords and lobby resources like HPD. Our goal is to develop tenants’ associations that can ultimately operate independently of our support while bringing members of tenants association into our organization and developing them as leaders to lead our campaigns.

o Conducting Effective Outreach and Base building Work: Using various and creative methods to recruit new members, keeping accurate records, assessing potential members, and effectively meeting goals to turnout members to key actions and events.

  • Leadership Development: The organizer will constantly work to develop the skills, capacity and analysis of our members through informal and formal leadership development work. The organizer will work to encourage participation and a sense of ownership among members.

  • Actively Participate in and Develop our Organizational Capacity: This includes participating in and prepping members to facilitate our monthly CASA Membership Meetings, providing monthly narratives and statistical reports on work accomplished, creating and facilitating regular workshops specific to housing rights, laws and processes, seeking out training and learning opportunities, facilitating staff meetings, actively participating in staff retreats, keeping up with database and reporting requirements and thinking through ways to develop CASA into the organization it can and should be.

DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: This can be either an entry level or a mid-level position. Responsibilities will depend on the C.O.’s experience. Tenant Organizing experience is a plus. We are looking for someone with a strong track record of a commitment to social justice; demonstrated commitment to leadership development, community building, and community organizing as strategies for social change; ability to communicate, listen and motivate people to action from diverse backgrounds; strong experience in facilitation, training and leadership development; excellent writing and public speaking skills; computer literate; ability to work nights and weekends as necessary. English/Spanish bilingual skills preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS OFFERED: Competitive salary, depending on experience. Comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k). Great opportunities for learning, growth and development.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé and list of three professional references to or by mail to Housing Organizer Search, New Settlement Apartments, 1512 Townsend Ave, Bronx NY 10452. No faxes or phone calls, please. EEO/AA

Labor Education Center at University of Minnesota Seeks Full-Time Labor Educator

The Labor Education Service (LES) is seeking a full-time labor educator to join our teaching staff.

LES is a program of the University of Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, communities known for their affordable cost of living, high quality of life and diverse neighborhoods and cultural opportunities. LES is the only educational program in the state specifically focused on the needs of Minnesota workers and their organizations. Our mission is to equip workers, union officials and labor organizations with the knowledge-based tools to protect and advance their rights and responsibilities in a changing global socio-economic environment. An integral component of this mission is the use of media such as video production and web initiatives like Through these efforts, we foster economic vitality, ethical relations and social justice in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Job responsibilities include leading labor education courses for working adults, designing customized curriculum, and coordinating and implementing educational programs, often in collaboration with other staff. The position requires teaching expertise using diverse methodologies and effectiveness in relating to a wide variety of worker organizations.


Instruction in labor education  – 45%

  • Identify training needs of diverse groups of workers and unions
  • Collaborate with labor organizations to develop and implement courses, workshops, and otherprograms
  • Collaborate with other staff on a regular basis to plan educational programming, team-teach as needed and evaluate effectiveness of teaching and programs.
  • Deliver customized educational programs in a variety of settings with union leaders, members, and the public
  • Provide instruction in current LES programs such as Minnesota Union Leadership Program and Labor Studies Skills Courses
  • Evaluate program effectiveness and utilize results to strengthen outcomes of ongoing programs

Curriculum development – 25%

  • Design customized teaching materials for specific sectors, unions, and training sessions, individually or in collaboration with LES colleagues and people in other groups.
  • Incorporate popular education methodology and adult teaching and learning best practices
  • Serve as a strategic resource to labor leaders and other labor educators by providing current teaching resources, curriculum and leadership development opportunities
  • Create teaching materials reflective of the changing needs and growing diversity of the labor movement

 Labor Education Service Program coordination  – 20%

  • Plan and coordinate implementation of one or more ongoing LES programs and occasional conferences and special events
  • Perform part of the administrative functions related to classes and events, which may include location scouting, recruiting participants and promotion
  • Be an active citizen within the collaborative culture of LES, including serving on LES committees and participating in regular staff planning and feedback meetings
  • Contribute to strategic planning to help LES fulfill its mission

Community Engagement – 10%

  • Foster and maintain productive relationships with labor organizations and other community groups committed to economic and social justice
  • Support the development and effectiveness of labor organizations by providing educational resources on current issues facing the labor movement
  • Write original editorial articles for public outreach through LES media services such as Workday Minnesota

    ** The employer reserves the right to change or assign other duties to this position **


  • Advanced degree (Master’s, J.D. or Ph.D.) in labor studies, social sciences, education, or other relevant field., In exceptional circumstances, a Bachelor’s degree with extensive experience is also appropriate
  • Experience with labor unions, worker centers or community organizations
  • Relevant teaching experience (e.g., labor education, adult education, classroom teaching, training, workshop facilitation)
  • Knowledge and effective practice of adult teaching and learning techniques
  • Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Familiarity with current issues and debates shaping the labor movement
  • Ability to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends



  • Two or more years of experience as a labor educator in a university, union or community setting
  • Familiarity with popular education teaching methods and its application in union settings
  • Knowledge of organizational development, particularly in a union context
  • Familiarity with online teaching
  • Experience with union leadership development programs
  • Experience in working with racially and ethnically diverse communities
  • Ability to speak another language besides English

    Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


This is a non-tenured, academic professional staff position. Pay is commensurate with experience, with the salary range starting at $65,000. Benefits include participation in the University of Minnesota Faculty Retirement Plan with an employer match of 10 percent, choice of medical plans and four weeks of vacation.

Application Deadline

June 3, 2015

How to apply

All applicants must apply online through the University of Minnesota website. For a link to the HR site see

Questions? Email or phone the LES office, 612-624-5020.

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

The Door – Job Placement Specialist – Bronx Youth Center

Supervisor: Supervisor of Internship and Job Placements

Overview: The goal of The Door’s Career and Education Services Department is to support young people in completing secondary education and successfully transitioning into post-secondary education and employment. Programs within the Career and Education Services Department (CareerED) are designed to help both in-school and out-of-school youth to set and attain their educational and career goals. CareerED services allow a young person to craft a personalized life plan defining the steps he/she will take to achieve those goals while developing the necessary skills for future life success and independence. The Door’s Bronx Youth Center aims to prepare out-of-school and out-of-work young people for meaningful placements in college and/or employment through the provision of comprehensive education and career services, which develop potential for economic self-sufficiency. The Job Placement Specialist will develop and maintain relationships with employers with hiring needs suited to young adult job seekers and work with these job seekers to obtain employment.

Work with young adults at the Bronx Youth Center to prepare for and find unsubsidized employment; meet weekly, monthly, and quarterly placement targets required by government and private funders.
Initiate and maintain relationships with employers, business and industry representatives with hiring needs suited to skills, interests, and abilities of Bronx Youth Center participants; Identify and gain access to hiring personnel.
Develop sales pitch tailored to prospective employers and refine based on specifics of each employer.
Share information on job opportunities with the Bronx Youth Center team; train staff on the culture, expectations and requirements of each employer seeking to interview program participants.
Collaborate with placement staff at The Door’s main office to share job leads and cross refer young people for job opportunities.
Conduct individual and group job search sessions with Bronx Youth Center participants.
Assess and match participants with job opportunities that meet their skills, abilities and interests.
Assist participants to complete job applications and prepare for interviews.
Conduct regular follow-up with employers who have hired participants and report results to appropriate staff
Conduct regular follow-up with participants who have been placed in employment to track retention.
Perform administrative duties including tracking all job referrals, placements, and other job and internship development activities daily and weekly.
Contribute new ideas for achieving and exceeding program and contractual targets.
Handle any appropriate responsibilities and functions as assigned by supervisor and/or director.

Bachelors Degree required, preferably in Business, Sales and/or marketing or related field
At least 2 years of job development or directly related experience required, preferably with individuals with barriers to employment
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Effective organizational and time-management skills
Demonstrated experience in a team-based work environment
Ability to work independently, demonstrate sound judgment, multitask, and take initiative
Must be self-motivated individual with ability to meet placement targets
Existing employer contacts and experience presenting to business/industry strongly required

Hours: Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend hours as needed

Salary: Mid 40s