Category Archives: Opportunities

Job Openings at RWDSU

RWDSU is currently recruiting for several openings for experienced organizers and campaigners. We are about to begin a national search for a new Executive Director for the Retail Action Project based in NYC, as well as for a new coordinator for our national immigration reform program, to coordinate work with our locals helping our members and their families apply for legal protection under the new administrative relief programs. In addition, our Car Wash campaign is still recruiting bilingual lead organizers and we are also looking to talk to folks interested in doing supply chain and logistics organizing in NJ, NY and elsewhere. If you or anyone you know might be interested in applying for any of these exciting positions, please send a resume and cover letter to Louis Guida at lguidarwdsuorg.

Education & Leadership Development Coordinator at 1199 SEIU

Education & Leadership Development Coordinator
New York

Position Overview: The Education Coordinator builds the leadership recruitment and development skills of the Union’s staff and members. He/She responds to requests for training, convenes meetings and collaborates with others to develop and deliver a variety of educational events and workshops.

Job Responsibilities:  Collaborate with officers, organizers, staff and members to identify and meet leadership development needs based on division work plans and union goals. Primary responsibility for the smooth operation of the delegate training program, our core member leadership development effort. Develop and conduct additional training and programs that enhance staff and officer work with members.

  • Collaborate with director and department staff on program administration to meet department and organizational goals
  • Develop and revise educational events and curriculum for courses, campaigns, special events and conferences;
  • Meet with teams to set education calendar of Divisions and Departments;
  • Organize and conduct educational sessions;
  • Train staff and members as facilitators;
  • Work with support staff to set logistics and communication for trainings;
  • Assist and support Health and Safety trainings
  • Manage databases of registration and attendance at trainings (Excel, One Voice, Access)
  • Administer assessments of programs and participants;
  • Submit reports to the Director;
  • Attend and service committees and task forces linked to Education Department;

A combination of work and educational experiences is required
·       Passionate about social and economic justice and role of education in social change
·       Three (3) or more years of labor or community organizing experience
·       Demonstrated experience in facilitating trainings and in curriculum development
·       Excellent listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
·       Excellent at project management, collaboration and working effectively in teams
·       Demonstrated leadership ability and critical thinking skills
·       Flexibility and adaptability, ability to learn new material quickly
·       Ability to learn new material quickly
·       Basic computer proficiency and database skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Web research)
·       Valid driver’s license
·       Ability to move 20 pound boxes
·       Ability to travel to five (5) states 1199SEIU represents and elsewhere as needed
·       Ability to work long and irregular hours as needed
·       High school or equivalent, Certificates and/or additional degrees should be indicated

Applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter and resume
  • Three references
  • List of key trainings received and/or conducted in and outside of 1199

General Information:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by persons assigned to this title.  They do not include all job duties performed by employees in the title and every position does not necessarily require the same duties.

All interested persons meeting the minimum qualifications are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to the Staff Support Department at and to
1199/SEIU is an equal opportunity employer.
2/3/2015 or until position filled

Labor Studies & Employment Relations Department of the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers, Seeks 2-3 Non-Tenure Track Faculty Members

The Labor Studies & Employment Relations Department of the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University, seeks 2-3 non-tenure track faculty members to provide teaching and support for its programs. Working under the direction of the Department Chair, the main responsibilities of the position are to teach the equivalent of 6-7 courses per year in our undergraduate and graduate programs.  Instructors are also expected to assist with student counseling and career advisement, participate in placement and recruitment activities, participate in outreach activities and carry out other service duties as assigned.

The subject matter expertise of the positions within the broad interdisciplinary field of labor and employment relations is open.  For one or two positions, we prefer someone who can teach large introductory courses in the undergraduate program, such as Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations and/or Work, Society and the Quality of Life, although we would also consider an individual with broad expertise in other areas of undergraduate instruction within the department.  For the final position, we prefer individuals who are experienced instructors of undergraduate writing and who can mentor graduate students who assist faculty in writing instruction; they should also be able to teach in at least one subject area within labor and employment relations.  Experience teaching online is a positive, as is willingness to teach off-campus and/or in our non-credit adult education programs.  

These positions begin September 2015 and come with annual contracts with possible renewal with successful performance and are contingent on budgetary support.


1.     Graduate degree required.  A PhD in a field related to Labor and Employment Relations (industrial or employment relations, sociology, economics, history, political science, American studies; women’s studies, Latino or other minority studies) preferred.  A PhD in English with a specialty in writing instruction or ESL, or an EdD, Law, or other terminal degree will be considered. 

2.     Evidence of successful teaching excellence with a student body similar to the one here at Rutgers.

Although later applications may be considered at the discretion of the search committee, applications should be submitted by Feb 28, 2015 to:

Ms. Laura Walkoviak, administrator

Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department

School of Management and Labor Relations

Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

50 Labor Center Way

New Brunswick, NJ  08901


Phone:  848-932-9503. 

Rutgers is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Clarion is Hiring Editor

Clarion, the newspaper of the teachers’ union local at the City University of New York, is hiring for the position of editor. The Professional Staff Congress (PSC), Local 2334 of the American Federation of Teachers, is a progressive union representing more than 20,000 faculty and professional staff at the 22 campuses of the City University of New York (CUNY). (Current issue can be seen online at; PDF of the print edition is at

In recent issues, Clarion has reported on:
o how the suit against the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy was shaped by CUNY faculty research
o how CUNY students are affected by the unstable schedules of retail work
o the PSC’s “impossible” victory on health care coverage for adjunct faculty
o organizing against “militarization of the university,” and how a faculty vote ended the ROTC program at one CUNY college

We’ve also featured:
o analysis of “austerity education” and recent changes in CUNY’s curriculum
o a report on the academic publishing giant Elsevier and how it funded climate-change deniers
o an assessment of recent anti-union court decisions, and how labor can respond
o an op-ed feature on the police killings of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, and the movement that’s arisen in response

· Manage production of Clarion, the PSC’s newspaper, 9 issues per year
· Supervise Associate Editor, Clarion designer and freelancers
· Develop story list for each issue
· Consult with union officers and staff
· Edit all copy for each issue and write some articles
· Oversee design and layout; arrange for photography and illustrations
· Manage distribution of Clarion
· Handle administrative duties, such as budgeting and processing invoices
· Manage Clarion online edition
· Work as part of a communications team
· Participate in work on the PSC’s website, email newsletter, & social media
· Participate in local and national labor media organizations

· Demonstrated ability to manage the production process of a periodical
· Excellent writing, reporting and editing skills
· Experience with the labor movement or with community or political organizing
· Ability to communicate clearly, verbally and in writing
· Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and to be deadline and detail-oriented
· Knowledge of standard office software
· Photography skills/Photoshop experience a plus
· Interest in being part of a progressive union staff team

Education & Experience Requirements:
· 4-year college degree
· 7+ years writing and related experience for a periodical
· At least 3 work references

Salary: $100,000+ depending on experience; comprehensive benefit package.

Application deadline: Monday, February 9, 2015

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and clips, by email to,
or by postal mail to:
Patricia Young
Professional Staff Congress
61 Broadway, 15th floor
NY, NY 10006

Phone: 212-354-1252
Fax: 212-302-7815

FUREE Community Organizer (Part Time Position)

Application Deadline: February 6th, 2015

FUREE is looking for an experienced community organizer with a solid background in organizing in low-income and working class communities of color and a demonstrated capacity to build grassroots leadership. Our campaigns include organizing against gentrification and for community-led accountable development, building the power of public housing residents to win rights and respect, and civic engagement in low-income and working class communities of color.

FUREE is a multi-racial, women-led membership organization in Brooklyn, New York. FUREE is organizing to build a strong base of low-income women of color to build power to change the system so that all peoples’ work is valued and everyone has the right and means to rise out of poverty.  Our guiding principle is that the people who are directly impacted by the policies we are seeking to change should lead the organization.


1) Base Building:  The Organizer will recruit members utilizing various methods including one to one meetings, public outreach, etc; maintain recruitment and contact records assess potential members and meet turn out goals to meetings, actions and other organizational activities.

2) Leadership Development: FUREE believes that those who are directly impacted by public policy and practices should lead the organization. The Organizer will identify potential and emerging leaders from our membership, create individual leadership development plans with current and emerging leaders that will build their political framework and community organizing skills including participation in political education. The Organizer will encourage participation and building organizational ownership amongst members.

3) Campaign Development:  Build strong, active campaign committees to scale and scope including working with members to lead community mobilization efforts, campaign strategy and research and co-facilitating quarterly power-mapping with leaders to evaluate campaign progress. The Organizer will also be responsible for organizing media work on the campaign including training members on framing, messaging and obtaining media coverage.

Other tasks: Collaborate with other staff and members on organizational activities, events, and meetings; recruiting campaign members to contribute to organizational communications; engage in grassroots fundraising activities; preparing periodic reports of activities and utilizing political, professional and personal development opportunities provided by FUREE.


  • 2 or more years of strong community and/or labor organizing experience, preferably with low-income communities and a demonstrated capacity to effectively carry out the above responsibilities
  • Two or more years of strong experience of leadership development and political education training facilitation
  • A well developed personal framework/theory of social change and a strong commitment to racial and economic justice as well as to FUREE’s mission
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Brooklyn or New York City’s political, social and economic climate
  • Demonstrated knowledge of accountable development organizing frameworks
  • Ability to communicate, motivate and listen to people from all walks of life
  • Ability to work independently, as part of team and in coalitions
  • Experience with grassroots fundraising
  • Strong writing skills including messaging and framing for various audiences
  • Ability to work evenings/weekends as necessary
  • Computer literate particularly Microsoft Office and data basing application
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred

Compensation: This is a part time position with a competitive salary. There are great opportunities for growth, development and leadership.

How to Apply: Send resume, cover letter, salary history and one personal and three professional references to or mail to 388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Please type “Organizer Search” in the subject heading.   In your cover letter, specify why you are interested in this particular job with FUREE.

Women of color, immigrants, differently-abled, and people of color from low-income Brooklyn neighborhoods or other NYC communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
We will respond ONLY to eligible applicants.  Please do not call to inquire about application status.
Deadline to apply: February 6th, 2015