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Department of Social Services (DSS) Seeks Director of Racial Equity Initiatives

The Department of Social Services (DSS) encompasses both the Human Resources Administration (HRA) and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), and collectively serves more than 3 million New Yorkers annually by connecting them to key benefits, such as SNAP, Cash Assistance, eviction prevention, key legal services, and by providing high-quality shelter, in addition to connecting New Yorkers with permanent, affordable housing. The Agency also plays a critical role in shaping citywide, statewide, and even national policy related to fighting poverty in all its forms, partnering with think tanks, community-based organizations, advocacy groups, elected officials, and other government agencies on a wide variety of initiatives. 

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Executive Director of Advocacy and Access, with very wide latitude for independent initiative, decision-making, and judgment, the Director of Racial Equity Initiatives is responsible for advancing racial equity within DSS/HRA/DHS. The Director is also responsible for reporting on progress toward achieving specific indicators to the City Council. The Director will work collaboratively with DSS, HRA, and DHS leadership, DSS’s Gender Equity Liaison, as well as the Mayor’s Office and the City Council, to advance this agenda and measure the success of DSS/HRA/DHS in achieving its goals. The Director will be responsible for researching, identifying, and applying best practices in organizational racial equity assessments and initiatives. The Director will chair a steering committee on racial equity comprised of DSS, HRA, and DHS staff.  The Director will work with various stakeholders to increase equity in how DSS, HRA, and DHS services are provided to clients.

Typical Tasks

  • Coordinates with key internal and external stakeholders to design and conduct an organizational racial equity assessment of DSS/HRA/DHS, concerning both clients and staff, utilizing best practices in racial equity analysis and theory; (20%)
  • Develops a racial equity agenda for DSS/HRA/DHS informed by the racial equity assessment, best practices in organizational change management and racial equity theory and practice, prepares goals and action plans; (15%)
  • Operationalizes a racial equity initiative agency-wide, through collaboration and with buy-in from leadership and staff at all organizational tiers to advance racial equity at DSS/HRA/DHS, while also being aware of intersectionality with other characteristics such as gender, sexual orientation, and income; (20%)
  • Chairs an independent, internal committee comprised of DSS, HRA, and DHS staff responsible for supporting the work of advancing racial equity and navigating organizational change; (10%)
  • Researches, collects, and analyzes data on the effectiveness of the racial equity work being performed at DSS; utilizes data to inform strategy; (10%)
  • Designs and implements a sustainable, long-term model for DSS to carry out effective racial equity training; (5%)
  • Identifies and assesses existing resources and unmet needs for designing and implementing a racial equity assessment and operationalizing best practices within DSS/HRA/DHS, including but not limited to: consultants, training, and other external resources; (5%)
  • Liaises between DSS/HRA/DHS and the City Council on the agencies’ progress toward meeting specific racial equity goals as identified by the City Council; (5%)
  • Serves as a liaison with various city agencies, community-based organizations, labor unions, and advocates to solicit input and to advance a racial equity agenda for DSS/HRA/DHS clients and staff; (5%)
  • Serves as DSS’s racial equity committee member for the Mayor’s office. (5%)

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Admission to the New York State Bar.
  • Knowledge of DHS, HRA and related social services and homeless services policies at the city, state, and federal levels.
  • Experience working on racial equity and social justice initiatives within and on behalf of large organizations; an understanding of organizational change management.
  • Training experience; knowledge of human resources and staff development best practices.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a wide range of people.
  • Management/supervisory experience.
  • Ability to successfully and patiently navigate challenges and conflict, and to achieve buy-in from stakeholders at many levels, both internal and external.
  • Adept at navigating sensitive, nuanced organizational and interpersonal challenges, conversations, and situations.
  • Experience working with community based organizations and advocates.
  • Experience with statistics, records-keeping, and data analysis.
  • Excellent communication skills, including writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to manage projects; excellent follow-through.
  • Fluency with various technology and software: proficiency in Microsoft Suite of programs.
  • Ability to exercise complete discretion when handling sensitive or confidential information.
  • Highly motivated individual, self-starter who can exercise solid, independent judgment.
  • Ability to work under pressure, effectively prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and adapt to new circumstances.
  • Excellent strategic and public relations skills.
  • Team player who works collaboratively and models kindness and respect for all.
  • Bilingual skills a plus.

Proposed Salary Range: $58,675- $90,000

Candidates can send resumes and cover letters to: Mitchellcam@dss.nyc.gov

Made Uptown NYC Seeks Makerspace Coordinator – Farm Tech & Food Manufacturing


August 31st 2018, rolling until the right match is identified


Unpaid, Volunteer Implementation & Startup Team Member

WORK LOCATION: Remote, in person team meetings in The Bronx and Harlem, NY


Made Uptown NYC has a mission to support existing maker manufacturers through advocacy, community organizing, and economic development and to build a vibrant livable Uptown for the next generation of young makers. We exist to support residents to make and grow Uptown.


Made Uptown NYC is seeking a Food & Farm Production Tech Coordinator to serve on the volunteer implementation team. He/She will build the infrastructure, support program development and develop program design, and pilot the Food & Farm Production Tech program.

The Food & Farm Production Tech program engages existing food manufactures as exemplary mentors to inspire the next generation of food manufactures. The core of the program activities is based on experimentation, demonstration, and education of how manufactured food products move from farm to table.

Your job is to plan, document, implement, and design procedures, processes, and protocols that will create a well managed learning and tinkering environment for makerspace members to learn, grow, and understand how food goes from farm to market to table.

RESPONSIBILITIES, includes but not limited to:

  • Attend steering committee meetings as needed
  • Develop a food tech and urban farm makerspace program and budget
  • Document, plan, design, and implement procedures, processes, and protocols that will create a well managed learning and tinkering environment for makerspace members to learn, grow, and understand how food goes from farm to market to table
  • Attending community based networking and outreach events to promote the project
  • Perform both administrative and farming tasks such as preparing farm beds, improving soil conditions, sowing, and harvesting
  • Supervise farm makerspace members, interns, and volunteers
  • Use popular education strategies to demonstrate food tech and urban farming skills
  • Collaborate with other staff members to advance project activities and other related organizational projects
  • Support grant writing, program reporting, participate in site visits with funders


  • Consensus decision making
  • Organization, planning, and time management
  • Experience or demonstrated understanding of farm or gardening design, construction, management and workflow
  • Supervisory skills and management of youth and adults
  • Expertise or demonstrated understanding of the food industry, markets, and trends, food preparation/safety, and culinary arts


  • Experience and leadership in urban farming or community garden
  • Experience working with youth and/or in an educational setting
  • Interest and excitement about the maker movement, tinkering, and experimentation
  • Experience running or operating a business
  • Startup business planning
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent years of experienced
  • Valid driver’s license, experienced driver


  • Experience managing a makerspace
  • Uptown resident from The Bronx or Harlem (96th street and above); Yonkers and Mount Vernon residents are encouraged to apply as well
  • Bilingual in another language other than English: Swahili, Garifuna, French Creole, Bengali, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, Japanese, French, Arabic,  German or other languages


  1. Please send an email with subject line: “Makerspace Coordinator – Farm Tech & Food Manufacturing” to info.madeuptownnyc@gmail.com
  2. Include a resume and cover letter about your background, why you are a great fit for this role, why you want to do the work, describe something you make or made and why you like the maker movement.

ABOUT Made Uptown NYC:

We believe in the benefits of cultural diversity and collective strength.

We believe that everyone is capable.

Made Uptown NYC is an equal opportunity employer.

NYCOSH Seeks Operations and Development Director (NYC)

The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health is a coalition of over 200 local unions and 350 individual safety and health activists in the New York metropolitan area. NYCOSH uses training, education, advocacy, and organizing to improve health and safety conditions in our workplaces and our communities. NYCOSH work is funded by a combination of membership dues, events, and government and foundation grants.

Major responsibilities:

• Reporting for state, federal, and foundation grants.
• Research, write, and edit grant proposals and related correspondence, in coordination with the Executive Director and Finance Director.
• Develop and execute annual and multi-year fundraising plans in coordination with the Executive Director and Finance Director.
• Donor cultivation, communication, and corresponding database management; including member development and cultivation.
• Create development-related materials (donor ask and appeal letters, annual report, etc.)
• Coordinate the fundraising aspects and overall planning of special events, such as the annual awards ceremony in collaboration with the Executive Director and Finance Director.

• Database development and maintenance with developer
• Coordinate office procedures and computer systems supervised by the Finance Director
• Develop materials for membership outreach at events and trainings.
• Maintain detailed membership and development tracking through database.

Position requirements: 
• Commitment to the mission of NYCOSH and knowledge of the labor/progressive movement preferred.
• Minimum 5 years development experience required.
• Proven history of success in fundraising and meeting fundraising goals.
• Grant writing experience for both government and foundation grants; knowledge of federal, state, and city online reporting.
• Ability to manage complex system of funding sources, content and ability to perform research and organize information.
• Database knowledge and development experience

How to Apply:

Send detailed cover letter and resume to nycoshjobs@gmail.com by close of business on Friday, August 10, 2018


Salary: $81,361-$86,361

Employees will receive health and dental benefits with both individual and family plans available; paid vacation time, holidays and sick days; life insurance; and a pension plan.

NYCOSH is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is a union shop, with its staff represented by USW Local 4-406.

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies Seeks Part-Time Career Counselor

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies seeks applicants for a part-time career services counselor position for Fall Semester 2018. The School of Labor and Urban Studies (formerly The Murphy Institute) is a collaboration between the University and New York City labor unions, for the purpose of serving the educational, policy and research needs of unions and their members. Its mission is to; 1) offer undergraduate and graduate programs to working adult students and union members; 2) expand access to colleges throughout the CUNY system; and 3) partner with labor unions and employers to address training and educational needs of union members. The Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies conducts research, offers leadership development programs, hosts forums and national conferences, publishes articles, books and a nation labor journal to promote debate on issues critical to labor’s future and its policy role.

Most students enrolled at SLU are working adults who take classes at the School’s mid-Manhattan facility during the evening hours. Many are city employees seeking to advance their careers in government agencies. Others are seeking positions with labor unions, non-profit organizations, or community organizations. SLU also enrolls an increasing number of traditional age college students who are social justice activists seeking employment with advocacy organizations.

The career counselor will provide counseling services two nights per week. Some daytime hours many also be needed.

General Duties:

  •   Provide career advising services to students to assist in career goal setting and help students in obtaining necessary resources in support of their career plans.
  •   Assist students in creating and developing resumes, cover letters, portfolios, interviewing skills and other tools required to conduct a successful job search.
  •   Plan and present workshops and seminars in resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search strategies, communication, employer expectations, networking and social media, and other career-related topics.
  •   Assist students who want to directly connect their course work (particularly capstone research projects) to new employment opportunities.
  •   Collaborate with advising staff and student support services to maximize career services effectiveness.
  •   Maintain notes on each student’s progress in applying for and attaining employment.
  •   Maintain records on student participation.


Required Qualifications:

  •   Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree highly preferred in counseling, higher education, career counseling/advising, student services, or other relevant experience.
  •   Two or more years of experience in the field. The preferred candidate will have:
  •   Experience serving working adults returning to school.
  •   Relationships with non-profits, community organizations, and social justice organizations.

The Career Counselor will be paid on the “Non-Teaching Adjunct” scale, which currently starts at $42.95/hr. Please submit an electronic version of your C.V., a cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your availability for the fall semester, and the contacts for three references to: studentservices@slu.cuny.edu


Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association Seeks Community Organizer (Bronx, NY)

Organization Mission: Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc. is a 40 year old community development corporation and mutual housing association located in the Longwood, Hunts Point, Morrisania and Mott Haven neighborhoods of the Bronx. Our mission is to contribute to a revitalized, safe and economically vibrant South Bronx through the development and management of affordable housing and provision of targeted human services. Our organizing department focuses on building the power of our Resident Council, as well as a larger base of community residents around issues of housing, health, land-use and community reinvestment.

Job Objective:  The Community Organizer will play a key role in the organizing department, leading Banana Kelly’s tenant organizing work in buildings threatened by predatory equity, while also supporting the broader organizing work around resident engagement, healthy neighborhoods, and the potential rezoning of Southern Boulevard.

Job Responsibilities: The Community Organizer will help lead our participation in the Stabilizing NYC campaign, coordinating strategy and actions with partner organizations across the Bronx and New York City, while developing tenant associations in buildings targeted by predatory equity in our neighborhoods. The organizer will also support the overall organizing department goals which include but are not limited to:

  • Support residents of rent stabilized buildings in forming tenant associations that lead and participate in campaigns and actions, achieve demands and become self-sustaining
  • Participate in base building activities including, but not limited to:
    • Door knocking
    • Conducting one-on-ones
    • Phone banking
    • Surveying / Distributing fliers
  • Work with leaders to increase our overall participation in city-wide coalitions around housing affordability and quality
  • Research housing data to identify buildings to organize in and create campaign strategies
  • Collect, manage and report data on organizing activities
  • Ensure turnout of tenants for local, borough-wide and city-wide actions
  • Conduct trainings and support overall leadership development activities
  • Build and maintain relationships with other neighborhood partners and stakeholders, including elected officials
  • Expand representation and participation of Banana Kelly residents in the Resident Council
  • Expand representation and participation of neighborhood residents around the Southern Blvd Neighborhood Study
  • Support our work to organize local residents to promote and expand access to healthy foods, activities and overall health justice
  • Support the larger Banana Kelly mission through coordination with other departments


  • A strong commitment to building leadership in Bronx residents; someone who holds community members in high regard
  • Ability to work in diverse communities with people from various backgrounds
  • Ability to be in challenging situations and receive teaching and coaching from both staff and leaders
  • Demonstrated commitment to an anti-racist community organizing model of change
  • Spanish/English bilingual strongly preferred
  • Highly motivated individual with a passion for engaging communities, ideally a self-starter with creative vision
  • Ability to work most evenings and occasional weekends
  • 1-3 years applicable work experience
  • Basic computer skills required including willingness to enter data of your work; knowledge of database programs such as PowerBase preferred
  • Strong relational skills and ability to connect, engage, and inspire community members
  • Strong and effective communicator; attentive listener who is able to ask open-ended questions as well as make clear and specific requests; competent writing skills
  • Able to make connections between individual experiences and collective, systemic and structural forces and to simplify and polarize a situation as necessary
  • Experience living through and overcoming challenging circumstances

Desired Attributes: Commitment to racial and economic equity and justice, generous spirit, curious mind, friendly yet fierce, engaging, humble and having a heart for the people.

Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. Women, people of color, veterans, LGBTQ identifying and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Additional Application Instructions

Please send the following two (2) documents to Gregory Jost at gjost@bkcianyc.org, with the subject line “Community Organizer Application” 1. An electronic file of your resume in either .doc(x) or .pdf format 2. A cover letter (outlining your qualifications for this position)

Open Society Foundations Seeks Program Specialist (Fixed-Term) (NYC)

The Open Society Foundations seeks a Program Specialist to work as part of its Justice team within U.S. Programs for a fixed term of one year, with a possibility for an extension

U.S. Programs works to build a vibrant society that invites all people to participate fully in civic, economic, and cultural life. It supports efforts to advance equality, fairness, and justice with a focus on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities and the most significant threats to open society in the U.S.

Within U.S. Programs, the Justice team seeks a society whose justice systems are fair and equitable for all, especially those who are most vulnerable, and whose public policies and institutions promote individual and community health and safety. Through grants to a diverse array of organizations working nationally and in key states, a range of fund-led activities, and individual fellowships, the Justice Fund supports a maturing criminal justice reform field across a wide spectrum of issues.

We seek to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization through efforts to reduce jail and prison populations; abolish the use of the death penalty; advance alternative approaches to address violence and community safety grounded in principles of harm reduction, accountability and respect, and led by those directly impacted by the criminal legal system; promote fair and effective policing; and foster new approaches to drug policy, with an emphasis on work that supports non-punitive, health-centered approaches to serving populations currently targeted by punitive drug law enforcement.

Job Profile

Under the guidance and delegation of the Justice team Director and the Program Officer managing our police accountability portfolio, the Program Specialist will contribute to programmatic activities in connection with a special initiative to support the engagement of police associations and unions in effort to improve police/community relations and overall accountability and reform efforts. We may also delegate to the Program Specialist responsibility to lead on projects or issues – such as research initiatives, convenings, or advocacy efforts.

The role may include any or all of the following and/or similar activities:

  • Supporting programmatic efforts by conducting a wide range of activities related to the grant making and grants management processes, and the monitoring of grantee progress, including regular grantee contact and responding to grantee inquiries;
  • Conducting research and collecting data/information to be used in decision-making, strategy development, budget planning, and evaluation of the grants portfolio;
  • Assist in the designing and carrying out relevant field scans and conducting ongoing field monitoring;
  • Contributing to assessment of organizations, including primary responsibility for assessment of organizational finances and budgets;
  • Analyzing grant proposals (including budgets), and assisting in the designing of grants and drafting of grant recommendations;
  • Participation in meetings and site visits;
  • Partnering closely with Grants Officers to ensure the efficient flow of grants processing and reporting;
  • Developing and executing convenings, research initiatives, and advocacy efforts, and partnering closely with Program Administrative Specialists to ensure effective implementation;
  • Provide administrative support, such as meeting scheduling, preparation and planning, and calendaring and team management support for the team director as needed;
  • Perform range of administrative tasks or projects as needed and assigned, including developing tools and templates, coordinating event logistics, and assisting in the processing vendor contracts and consultancy agreements; and
  • Support the developing and maintaining a network of relationships with grantees and among key actors, including advocates, practitioners, academics, policymakers, funders, civic and business leaders, and the media.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have knowledge and understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system, as well as a perspective on the social justice ecosystem and the forces that threaten it. The candidate also must have a strong commitment to social justice and understanding of the impact of race, ethnicity, and wealth on full participation in our democracy. Prior experience is preferred in one or more of the following: advocacy at the local, state, and/or federal level; civic engagement and/or community organizing; organizational capacity building; leadership development. The Program Specialist must have demonstrated capacity to translate the Program’s strategic plans into action and to assess impact. We strongly encourage candidates with lived experiences in the criminal justice system to apply.

The successful candidate will also have the following qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of experience in position(s) relevant to the duties of this role;
  • Highly skilled in researching and processing information and analyzing its importance in informing programs and strategies;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication;
  • Ability to work effectively in compliance with internal policies and external constraints;
  • Willingness and ability to exercise sound professional judgment on issues of sensitivity;
  • Demonstrated ability to respect others’ opinions, listen and respond to colleagues with awareness and sensitivity to cultural communication differences;
  • Capacity to learn, adapt to, and manage evolving systems and operations, including data management software programs;
  • Diplomatic, discreet, and able to handle confidential matters with a high level of integrity;
  • Ability to adapt to work styles that may vary from colleague to colleague;
  • Well-developed emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-management, and empathy;
  • Demonstrated comfort engaging with police leaders and officers, formerly incarcerated individuals and others directly impacted by the justice system;
  • Organized, strong project management ability, self-directed on work initiatives, strong attention to detail, and ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines;
  • Strong commitment to inclusion and respect for all colleagues;
  • Strong commitment to open society values of rights, justice, accountable governance, human dignity, and democratic practice; and
  • Collaborative, collegial working style and sense of humor.

Application instructions: Please include a cover letter and resume, and upload as one document when submitting an application.

We are strengthened by the diversity of our colleagues across the Open Society Foundations. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and are committed to providing reasonable adjustments so that colleagues with disabilities are able to fulfill the essential functions of the job.

Professional Level None specified

Minimum Education Required: Other

How To Apply


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