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UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center Seeks Labor Extension Specialist

The Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center, based in New Bedford, MA, is accepting applications for a 10 month, permanent position as a labor educator and coordinator of the Center’s work with students at UMass Dartmouth.  The two months off are June and July of each year.

This position will develop curriculum and present non-credit workshops and conferences for union members and community activists.  In addition, the Labor Extension Specialist:

  • Coordinates labor and community joint projects and organizes meetings and special events for the local labor community, broader SE MA community and students. 
  • The position also serves as the primary liaison between the Labor Education Center and UMass Dartmouth students. This work includes, hiring, supervising, evaluation and setting work duties for interns and student employees and to assist in locating and developing community service projects.  In addition, guiding interested students to permanent work within labor and in community organizations. 
  • Promotes the Labor Education Center through social media such as Facebook, local media and public speaking forums
  • Provides guidance and advisement, in addition to education programs, to Central Labor Councils and Local Unions
  • Collaborates with the three other UMass Labor Studies Program staff to create a two time a year statewide newsletter and to organize joint trainings, conferences and attend regular meetings to represents the Labor Education Center
  • Creates monthly reports related to program budget utilizing multiple software systems including the University system (PeopleSoft)

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field

Required Experience:

  • Demonstrated (over three years) experience teaching trade unionists and designing programs around labor issues.


  • Commitment to work with students and enhance their learning experience through work with labor and community organizations
  • Must be willing to travel (will be required to use own automobile, mileage paid).

To apply please submit a cover letter, and the names and phone numbers of three professional references, and a resume @

The review of applications will begin December 9, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth values excellence, diversity, transparency, student-centeredness, accountability, innovation, engagement, collaboration, collegiality and safety.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

Worker Justice Center of New York Seeks Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocate

Worker Justice Center of New York pursues justice for those denied human rights, with a focus on agricultural and other low-wage workers, through legal representation, community empowerment and advocacy for institutional change. The organization is currently seeking to hire a full-time Advocate to join its Domestic & Sexual Violence Program. The position will be located in WJCNY’s Kingston, New York office.

Supervisor: WJCNY Program Director

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Compensation: WJCNY offers comprehensive benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience and is based upon the union-negotiated compensation scale.

Job Summary: The Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocate is a non-exempt, union position. The Advocate will focus on providing case management services to women who are survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence, with an emphasis on farmworker women, and to adult U.S. and foreign born survivors of human trafficking.  The primary role of the Advocate will involve providing intensive, comprehensive, and culturally competent services within a six-county region, including Greene, Dutchess, Columbia, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster. The Advocate will work to create strong community collaborations with survivor-specific service organizations in order to ensure a quality, community response to domestic and sexual violence and trafficking against migrant, seasonal, immigrant, and non-immigrant farmworker women, and trafficked persons.

Job Requirements:

  • Conduct intake interviews in clients’ primary language
  • Screen intakes for facts indicating human trafficking
  • Create a comprehensive service plan tailored to each individual client’s legal, social and health needs
  • Complete a safety plan in collaboration with clients, including options for protecting the confidentiality of the client, the client’s address and case information, update safety plan as needed
  • Giving consideration to clients’ primary language, provide clients with referrals for emergency, short and long-term legal, social and health services
  • Accompany clients when interacting with law enforcement and in family court
  • Provide education to clients about workplace sexual violence
  • Cultivate and organize group support for victims who come forward
  • Participate in the local Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Forces and service coalitions and act as a community liaison to those entities


  • Bachelor-level college degree or combination of education and experience in the social work, refugee, and/or human services area
  • Experience with diverse cultures and providing direct human services to victims of violence or trauma
  • Spanish and English fluency
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural/ethnic diversity of the service population and to be sensitive to the needs of special populations
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural setting, communicate and build rapport with survivors from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds and lifestyles
  • Ability to work cooperatively with clients, colleagues, law enforcement, management, and public
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, interpersonal skills and organizational skills
  • Flexible schedule to meet client safety needs
  • Ability to meet short timelines, under pressure
  • Basic computer skills for data entry, email, and word processing
  • Valid New York State driver license, reliable vehicle and legally-mandated automobile liability insurance

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Lew Papenfuse by email at, or by fax to 585-325-7614 or by mail to 1187 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY 14609. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

WJCNY is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all applicants regardless of race, sex, disability, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. WJCNY is an affirmative action employer and encourages applicants from women, people of color, persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

CIVITAS Seeks Executive Director

CIVITAS is seeking an Executive Director to work on improving quality of life in its neighborhoods. CIVITAS is an Upper East Side and East Harlem community-based planning non-profit organization that since 1981 has worked to improve the urban environment, advocating for better land use, zoning and urban transportation, clean air and water, and public access to the waterfront. CIVITAS commissions urban planning studies, speaks out at public hearings, issues reports and keeps its members informed on current issues impacting on urban life.

Chief responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1) Substantive planning, management of projects and initiating new ideas
• Spokesman: Representative of organization at key public meetings, events and press conferences
• Presentation of financial standing to Board of Directors
• Oversight of implementation of organizational mission and providing focus for future initiatives
• Development of position statements on key issues

2) Coordination with board of directors, staff, and volunteers
• Board of Directors organizer, motivator and chief outreach to Executive Committee
• Supervisor of all staff and volunteers

3) Outreach to groups, individuals, media and elected officials outside of the CIVITAS network
• Outreach to recruit new volunteers, contributors and allies for organization
• Spokesman: Representative of organization at key public meetings, events and press conferences
• Press officer for outreach to media
• Oversight of outreach to elected and public officials

4) Fundraising and financial management
• Development: Oversight of fundraising operations and goal setting (this includes the organization’s annual membership drive and benefit event)
• Oversight of accounting and fiduciary responsibilities
• Presentation of financial standing to Board of Directors

Requirements for the position include:
• A graduate degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation or a related field
• Excellent writing, verbal, presentation, research, and organizational skills
• An active ability and ambition to reach out to, and work with, Upper East Side and East Harlem civic organizations, public officials, CIVITAS members, volunteers, interns and the media
• Knowledge of, and experience in, fundraising and board management
• Ability to interact with the Board of Directors and its Executive Committee
• Capacity to identify and pursue new opportunities for CIVITAS

Compensation may range from $50,000 to $60,000 but the final compensation offer will be commensurate with experience.

If you would like to be considered for the position of Executive Director, please email your resume and a brief cover letter containing your thoughts about why you are interested in this position, and what you can bring to the table to No phone calls please.

The Partnership for Working Families Seeks Strategic Researcher

The Partnership for Working Families, a national network of leading local advocacy organizations, is leading a national effort to solve urgent economic and environmental problems. We’re building an economy that works for everyone, by creating good family-supporting jobs for low-income communities and communities of color in the construction and transit sectors. We’re working to curb climate change and increase recycling by reshaping the way major cities manage their trash. And we’re maximizing the public’s investment in development and infrastructure projects by aligning public spending with community values.

As the pioneers of the community benefits movement we combine insightful research, cutting edge policy and broad alliance building to transform industry practices and create a more sustainable and equitable future in our cities.

In-depth research is critical to our strategy. Our researchers identify the best sources and develop compelling arguments that answer tough questions. They publish hard hitting reports framing national campaigns that transform industries that are essential to the economy. They help organize peer networking opportunities for our affiliates supporting the work of the dynamic leaders throughout our network.

The Partnership is seeking a talented researcher with a passion for social, racial and economic justice. The ideal candidate will have solid applied research experience, strong research and writing skills, experience with policy analysis and the ability to translate complex ideas and research findings into concrete recommendations for policy change that will improve the lives of working families.

Although this position will be based in our Denver, Colorado office, we will consider applicants that live in cities where our affiliates are located. For a complete list visit:


• Find and cultivate new sources of information that advance national and local campaigns, including research on companies, industries, laws and policies, government agencies.

• Utilize a range of research strategies to collect quantitative and qualitative information, including internet and database searches, public records requests, interviews, surveys, etc.

• Work with supervisor and campaign leads to manage and execute campaign and organizational research.

• Communicate research results through a variety of mediums (presentations, memos, publications, infographics, etc.) that are persuasive, effective and creative.

• Prepare high quality internal and external materials that support national and local campaigns.

• Work with campaign leads to convene affiliates and provide peer networking opportunities.

• Work with supervisor on the production of publications, including writing, layout and design, production, dissemination and promotion.

• Support the work of the Partnership as a whole in addition to campaign research.


• Demonstrated commitment to social, racial and economic justice. Community and/or union organizing experience a plus.

• Previous experience utilizing a wide array of research methods, including but not limited to: internet searches, public information requests, government reports, telephone inquiries and key informant interviews.

• Background in planning, policy, land use, development processes and low-wage industries a plus.

• Interest in local (municipal & county) government and policy, economic development and tools for fighting poverty.

• Superb writing and editing skills.

• Master’s degree in public policy, urban planning or related social sciences a plus.

• Quick learner with strong critical thinking skills and ability to analyze complex information.

• Effective verbal and communications skills, transforming complex ideas and concepts into easily accessible and useful information.

• Proven ability to juggle multiple responsibilities, prioritize tasks to achieve goals and work well under deadlines.

• Ability to successfully work in a team and independently.

• Willingness and flexibility to travel for internal and external meetings.

• Excellent computer skills, experience with spreadsheets, databases and presentations.

• Investigative, campaign or strategic research experience preferred.


The Partnership offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package, including full family health benefits, generous vacation and personal time, and employer-matched 401k.

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining relevant experience, resume, three work-related references, and a writing sample (5 pages or less) to: and include Strategic Researcher in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications on in December 1, 2015. The position will remain open until filled.

No phone calls, please.

The Partnership for Working Families is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

Graduate Class: Climate Crisis and the Labor Movement

The Labor Studies Program invites all union members, activists, and CUNY & non‐CUNY graduate-level students to enroll in our special topics graduate class:

Trade Unions and Social Movement Approaches to Climate Change and Ecological Degradation

Taught by Sean Sweeney
Thursdays, January 28th to May 12th, 2016 @ 6:15-8:45pm

The emergence of alarming scientific data on climate change, pollution and ecological degradation has triggered a rising wave of activism and organizing around environmental issues. The scientific reality has forced labor and other social movements to debate and propose solutions to what amounts to a civilizational crisis.

How can the labor movement and others best respond to this crisis?  What does the Paris Agreement mean for both workers and the environment?  This class is designed to give students a foundation in the scientific, social, and political aspects of the looming crisis so that they can more effectively engage their unions, movement activism, and scholarship in efforts to protect the environment and our future. Continue reading Graduate Class: Climate Crisis and the Labor Movement

CB&I Seeks Community Outreach – Referral Associate (NYC)

Job Overview:

The Community Outreach Referral Associate, located in New York, NY will join an existing project team supporting the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to support post Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. The Referral Associate will provide clerical and customer service support to expand upon the current groundwork in supporting a larger training and workforce development plan.

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities:

  • Provide customer service via phone and in-person for residents who are interested in connecting to related employment opportunities and accessing training and track RSVP’s to related recruitment events.
  • Perform data entry to create a resident profile, document resident interest and skill sets.
  • Pre-screen residents for potential Sandy related employment opportunities, documenting screening forms and referral made. File resumes and certifications received through pre-screening.
  • Respond to resident inquires left through voice mail messages and emails. Update progress notes indicating resident contacted and supportive services offered.
  • Perform additional clerical functions which support the work of the Sandy recovery efforts.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • 2 years of experience in professional reception/ administrative work and customer service, and/or community work;
  • Or a mix of education and/or experience which is equivalent to the above.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel and strong typing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with one or more of the following preferred: community organizing, workforce development, adult education and job training.
  • Bilingual strongly preferred.

Company Overview:

CB&I (NYSE: CBI) is the most complete energy infrastructure focused company in the world and a major provider of government services. With 125 years of experience and the expertise of approximately 55,000 employees, CB&I provides reliable solutions while maintaining a relentless focus on safety and an uncompromising standard of quality. As one of the most complete providers of a wide range of services including design, engineering, construction, fabrication, maintenance and environmental services, no project is too big for CB&I. Our timely and cost-effective solutions not only satisfy our customers’ needs, but also improve the quality of life for people around the world.

Primary Location: United States-New York-New York

Job: Environmental Remediation

Employee Status: Direct

Schedule: Full-time

Job Posting: Nov 16, 2015, 4:36:13 PM

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