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VOCAL-NY (Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders) Seeks Statewide Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

Organizational Background

VOCAL-NY is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to building the power of low-income people affected by the drug war, mass incarceration, the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C epidemics, and homelessness to create healthy and just communities. We accomplish this through community organizing, activism, and public policy advocacy. You can learn more about our work through our website and Facebook and Twitter pages.


Position Description

The Statewide Organizer will be responsible for building and coordinating VOCAL-NY’s presence outside of New York City. This includes all regions across the state with an emphasis on larger cities like Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester. This position will focus primarily on New York State’s opioid and overdose crisis, including the related issues of hepatitis C, mass incarceration, homelessness, and health care. The Statewide Organizer will work to build local and regional coalitions, as well as individual membership chapters in key cities. VOCAL-NY utilizes a model of building a membership base by organizing institutions (primarily nonprofit service organizations) and the people they serve. The Statewide Organizer should also expect to assist with communications, coalition building, and other work to win VOCAL-NY campaigns.


Extensive travel throughout the state and a driver’s license is required. VOCAL-NY is located in Brooklyn, but the successful candidate may be based elsewhere in New York State.


Examples of current campaign activities include:

  • Base-building and membership re-engagement primarily through phone and email communication, with periodic teach-ins and events throughout the state.
  • Organizing town halls and other community mobilization across the state by engaging individuals directly impacted by the issues, as well as the service providers who serve them.
  • Developing & managing local, regional and statewide coalitions and committees working to advance campaign goals.



Job Responsibilities

  • Coalition Building and Grassroots Organizing: Promote the active involvement of directly affected people, healthcare and social service providers, community leaders, and civic organizations in campaigns relating to Hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and mass incarceration by conducting outreach and recruitment activities, leadership development and other training activities, and providing support for coalition meetings and events.
  • Event Coordination and Mobilization: Implement a range of strategies, including hearings, press conferences, rallies, protests, lobby days, and in-district meetings. Turn out people living with HIV/AIDS, people impacted by mass incarceration and the drug war and Hepatitis C, healthcare providers, and allies to events. Convene, craft agenda, and facilitate regular membership meetings in Westchester and Albany and with Statewide providers.
  • Media and Communications: Identify people directly affected by the issues we work on and allies for media and communications activities. Respond to media inquiries. Prep advocates speaking to the media. Draft op-eds, letters to the editor and quotes on behalf of advocates.
  • Policy research and analysis: Monitor state and city legislation and prepare briefings and materials for VOCAL members and staff. Research and writing for policy proposals.
  • Support Other VOCAL Campaigns: The position will be expected to periodically provide support for any and all community organizing and campaign work within VOCAL-NY. We have a highly collaborative office environment where staff members provide regular support for each other’s campaigns as needed.

Requirements / Qualifications

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who has strong inter-personal, public speaking, writing, and problem solving skills. Candidates must demonstrate interest in AIDS, Hepatitis C, homelessness, drug policy and a willingness to approach these issues through a racial justice analysis. A deep commitment to social justice is required.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or 3 years of organizing experience.
  • Willingness to work in a fast-paced environment with sometimes unpredictable hours and shifting assignments.
  • Ability to lead their own campaigns is a must.
  • A strong commitment to teamwork and to working with and promoting the leadership of people directly affected by the issues we work on.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated substantive strength in one or more key areas of VOCAL-NY’s work.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate meetings and trainings, coordinate coalitions, and develop partnerships among a wide and diverse array of stakeholders.
  • Proficiency with common business software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email clients).

This is a full-time position. The position will require regular travel across New York State, including occasional overnight travel, as well as attendance at evening and weekend meetings.


The salary range will be commensurate with experience. VOCAL-NY offers a generous benefits package of twenty days of paid vacation, monthly metro card, full cell phone coverage, a 100% employer-covered health and dental insurance plan, and 403(b) retirement plan.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@vocal-ny.org. In the subject line, please write “Statewide Organizer [Your Name]”. No phone calls, please.

VOCAL-NY is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, people who are formerly incarcerated, people living with HIV or Hepatitis C, women, LGBT people, and those who have been adversely affected by the criminal justice system and the war on drugs are strongly encouraged to apply.

The position will remain open until filled.

Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Community Housing Innovations, Inc Seeks Property Manager (White Plains, NY)

Community Housing Innovations, Inc – a dynamic non-profit housing services agency – is seeking a Property Manager to manage a diverse portfolio spread throughout New York. This position is based at CHI’s White Plains headquarters and will also comprise field work in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley.

Must have 3 to 5 years of experience in a Property Management capacity. Ability to manage and oversee maintenance staff. Must have knowledge of residential building codes.

Must have good experience with housing subsidies such as section 8, HOME, DSS or HUD. Experience dealing with/solving building tenant issues, executing leases, and legal proceedings concerning arrears is a must.

Basic knowledge of mechanicals, including plumbing, boilers, HVAC systems, roofing, engaging third party contractors and vendors. Must have a have a good understanding of relative cost of vendor work and materials.

Must be a driven individual, have ability to work independently in a fast paced work environment and prioritize and delegate work effectively.

Must be proficient in Microsoft word and excel; well organized, meticulous. Solid working knowledge of Yardi Voyager is a strong asset. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.

Must have a reliable vehicle and be able to drive to sites on an as needed basis, valid driver’s license and insurance. Proficiency in Spanish is strongly preferred.

To Apply, send Resume, Cover Letter and Salary Requirements with the title “Associate Property Manager – Westchester” to mmatos@communityhousing.org

Job Type: Full-time

Required education:

  • Associates Degree, Bachelors preferred.

Required experience:

  • Property Management: 3-5 years


The Arab-American Family Support Center Seeks Community Organizer (Brooklyn, NY)

JOB TITLE:         Community Organizer

FT/PT:                 FT

LOCATION:        AAFSC Brooklyn Office

                           150 Court Street, 3rd Floor

                            Brooklyn, NY 11201

REPORTS TO: Deputy Executive Director

ABOUT AAFSC: The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization. Established in 1994, AAFSC is the first and largest Arabic-speaking, trauma-informed social service agency in New York City. AAFSC empowers new immigrants with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in their communities. AAFSC is headquartered in Brooklyn, home to the 3rd largest Arab population in the entire country. As a settlement house and member of United Neighborhood Houses (UNH), AAFSC has taken the initiative in providing culturally and linguistically competent services to members of Arab, Middle-Eastern, Muslim and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant communities throughout the five boroughs. Our programs are designed to empower and strengthen the AMEMSA communities, while creating an environment of tolerance and understanding for all nationalities and beliefs.

The primary focus of this position is outreach to marginalized individuals. It is important for these high risk individuals to be able to tap into AAFSC’s services. Thus, expanding organizational outreach, as well as helping the organization pursues its priorities. These are:

·         Reduce barriers for new immigrants—ready to learn, work, thrive, and give back.

·         Develop and support multi-generational leadership through social and emotional learning.

·         Foster civic engagement and economic investment in host communities.

·         Raise public awareness by elevating the voices and concerns of vulnerable populations.

·         Build the capacity of AAFSC to meet vision, mission and priorities.

Community Organizing Strategies, include:

·         Investment – raising funds and making investments to move critical work; addressing critical problems as defined by our community members

·         Convening – bringing people together to share successful strategies, promising practices, challenging barriers and new resources;

·         Volunteer Service – mobilizing people to meet real community needs;

·         Advocacy – eliminating systemic and policy barriers;

·         Knowledge-sharing – developing tangible ways to share best practice, organize and “make meaning of” critical community data and listening and learning from community members.

Measurable outcomes may include, fixing broken social systems, bringing about meaningful changes to our community, or uniting local immigrants/citizens around a common concern, ranging from our children not being bullied at school by teachers and pees to fighting prejudice and creating community-building projects.

POSITION OBJECTIVES: To organize, grow, and mobilize an informed, active base of multi-generational community members who are fully engaged in advocacy on issues relevant to the AMEMSA immigrant communities across NYC. AAFSC places a special emphasis on elevating the voices of vulnerable community members, including youth, women, recent immigrants, refugees, low-income residents, and limited-English-proficient residents. AAFSC envisions a socially just society where AMEMSA populations can fully partake as Americans and works to reduce barriers for new immigrants and refugees so they are ready to learn, work, thrive and give back. AAFSC is committed to fighting all forms of oppression that prevent people from living a fulfilled life and deepening our collective ability to build a more just and balanced world.


·        Organize, educate, and empower community members around immigrants’ rights, racial justice, anti-Muslim bigotry, hate crimes, discriminatory harassment, travel bans, discriminatory executive orders, and other issues identified by and affecting AMEMSA immigrants across New York City.

·        Foster community based solutions to address root causes of injustice and overcoming structural failures.

·        Coordinate regular member meetings, workshops, and other community-building and educational forums, including know your rights trainings, emergency town halls, rapid response leadership meetings, community listening tours, voter registration drives, get-out-the-vote activities, etc..

·        Develop leaders in the community: identify new leaders, develop and retain relationships with leaders, engage them in dialog to help guide, ground, and shape AAFSC’s efforts.

·       Facilitate the community centered strategies and campaigns.

·       Monitor media and legislative issues relevant to AMEMSA immigrants; identify high priority events or situations that may require rapid response. 

·        Prepare talking points as needed, or make remarks as assigned to raise issues and awareness via the media.  

·       Develop and maintain community partnerships to increase AAFSC’s community presence

·       Work cross sectors to support AAFSC’s network and increase access for our audiences.

·       Organize community meeting with key audiences in order to address structural inequities facing our families.

·       Promote AAFSC as a place of hope and learning, offering members tools that they need to succeed.

·       Elevate the voices of families in our community, especially those that are living at the intersections of racism, xenophobia, and multiple forms of oppression that prevent them from fully participating as equals in the mainstream culture.

Outreach and Marketing

·        Plan, coordinate and implement targeted outreach to community residents (i.e. develop outreach materials, supervise phone banks, conduct door-to-door outreach, plan informational sessions on key issues, place targeted ads in ethnic media, etc.).

·    Deepen organizational capacity to work collaboratively with community partners to invest resources and convene, organize and support critical work that is underway; support efforts to leverage additional resources needed to support AAFSC’s advocacy work.

·      Develop and manage opportunities for public presentations, to enhance public awareness of AAFSC’s programs, services and organizational initiatives; represent AAFSC at community events; attend regular community gatherings and meetings, such as faith-based gatherings, community board meetings, PTA meetings, and events organized by local elected officials; engage, mobilize, and follow-up with community members through outreach efforts; work on special projects, writing reports & proposals and other tasks as assigned.


Bachelors Degree or equivalent of two years of organizing and training experience is required. Applicants who are generalists, and are able to work in multiple programs and settings at any given time are encouraged to apply.  Past experience in racial, social, economic justice, and immigrant issues is plus. Applicants must have experience and ability to work in multi-racial, multi-lingual settings. Arabic language fluency (written and spoken) is strongly preferred. Experience in and commitment to bottom-up organizing, grassroots leadership, and collective decision-making. Applicant must be a self-starter, and should have the ability to work independently and effectively as a member of a team. Applicants must be excellent communicator, both oral and in writing; also flexible as circumstances may require.

SALARY: $35,000 – $40,000 per annum commensurate with experience; Benefits after standard probation period

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, and a 2 – 3 page writing sample via email to Ambreen Qureshi, Deputy Executive Director, at Ambreen@aafscny.org. No phone queries please. All cover letters and resumes must be submitted via email and please include the job title in the subject line. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

How To Apply



APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a resume, thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, and a 2 – 3 page writing sample via email to Ambreen Qureshi, Deputy Executive Director, at Ambreen@aafscny.org. No phone queries please. All cover letters and resumes must be submitted via email and please include the job title in the subject line. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Level of Language Proficiency: Arabic language fluency (written and spoken) is strongly preferred.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition Seeks Lead Community Organizer – Health Justice

The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition is a 40-year old community organization that unites individuals and institutions to fight for better neighborhoods and for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. The organization is membership-based, and uses direct action community organizing to address affordable housing, public health, education, immigrant rights, youth, voting rights, economic development and jobs issues, and to fight for broader policy change in these and other areas.  

The NWBCCC is committed to ensuring holistic health equity for low-income people of color in the Bronx. The mission of our Health Justice Committee is to build power through a democratic body that works with Bronx hospitals, government agencies and legislators to address the root causes of health disparities and to promote holistic physical, mental and social wellbeing. We do this through education and community organizing to shift policies, channel investment to ensure quality healthcare for all, promote preventative health care and attain sustainable economic development that fosters equity and generate wealth and ownership for residents, especially poor people of color.

The Health Justice Organizer will work with members to coordinate the Health Justice Campaigns of the NWBCCC for Community-led Health Action Planning, Expanded Health Safety Net, and the Bronx Healthy Buildings Program. NWBCCC works with residents to address violence as a barrier to health through local job creation and training and community-based conflict resolution.  As a member of the Bronx Healthcare Coalition, we work with community members, healthcare unions and advocates to fight for equitable and quality healthcare access for all in the Bronx and Medicare for all in New York State. The Healthy Buildings Program is an initiative of the NWBCCC and its partners: the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative, Montefiore Medical Center, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to address the root causes of asthma, through a holistic approach of tenant organizing, energy efficiency upgrades, Community Health Worker education, Integrated Pest Management, and local job creation.


  • Foster the development of the NWBCCC Health Justice Committee: 
    • Build a membership base through recruitment of community members and faith-based institutions;
    • Conduct leadership development to build the capacity of community leaders and members within the health justice committee;
    • Organize health justice leaders to develop a Community Health Needs Assessment survey and process that broadly engages the community around the root causes of poor health and directs hospital community benefit spending to address intergenerational poverty and other root causes of health inequity;
    • Organize community leaders to run NWBCCC’s Social Determinants of Health training in multi-family buildings and community institutions to help residents identify the root causes of poor health and take action to win policy change for health equity.
  • Direct the Health Justice Campaign for Equitable and Quality Healthcare

Assist in the coordination of the Bronx Healthcare Coalition, an alliance of maternal and infant health advocates, community-based organizations, health professional, and individuals who unite to fight for issues of equitable access, patient safety and quality of care in the Bronx.

  • Develop strategic partnerships to further the aims of the Health Justice Committee including:

Bronx hospitals (Montefiore and St. Barnabas), NYCDOHMH, NYC City Council, and the Center for Health Equity that foster accountability to the community and health equity.

  • Coordinate the Healthy Buildings Program and the various facets of this program with other organizational staff and partner organizations.
  • Coordinate Community Health Planning Process including:
    • Research and Documentation;
    • Participation in workforce development work groups;
    • Communications/Engagement with NYCDOHMH.
  • Staff supervision and organizational development:

 Direct supervision of energy democracy organizer and the energy democracy work that intersects with holistic health justice issues in the Bronx;

  • Assist with funding development;
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and occasional trainings; 
  • Support additional organizational-wide work as needed.


  • Minimum two-three years’ experience in organizing;
  • Demonstrated commitment to and passion for social justice and understanding of community organizing approach to social change that involves a member-led model of grassroots organizing;
  • 1 year experience with supervising organizing staff;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Strong writing, communication, relational, and negotiation skills;
  • Strong interest in and ability to work with diverse groups;
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as necessary;
  • Fluency in Spanish and background in social determinants of health preferred;
  • Experience in health justice organizing at the intersection of climate justice preferred;
  • Strong ability to use word processing programs and familiarity with Google drive and PowerBase a plus. 


  • Competitive salary based on experience. Excellent benefits, including health and life insurance, tax-sheltered retirement plan, and vacation. Excellent training in community organizing and professional development opportunities.

Additional Application Instructions

Send resume and cover letter to: organizingjobs@northwestbronx.org referencing “Lead Health Justice Community Organizer.” Only qualified candidates who fit the job description will be contacted. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Families for Freedom Seeks Organizer (NYC)

Families for Freedom (FFF) is a multi-ethnic network of immigrants formed in New York City in 2002 to respond to the devastation on our families wrought by the increases in deportation after immigration laws were drastically overhauled in 1996. Those new laws replaced a largely discretionary system with mandatory detention and deportation. FFF has worked tirelessly to ensure that those directly impacted are at the forefront of the movement to realize immigrant rights as human rights. Through organizing and uniting directly affected families, FFF mission is to create a space for support work, education and advocacy efforts that will change the unjust laws that target our communities.

Families for Freedom seeks an experienced organizer for a full-time position that will focus on retention, recruitment and base building. The organizer will work primarily with the Executive Director. The organizer will also work closely with member leaders, and on occasion, with allies and funders.


  • Recruit and build the base of members through intakes, case follow-up, and bi-weekly collective clinics.
  • Conduct outreach and community education drives in at risk communities.
  • Support the campaign work of member leaders, including strategic campaign development, press and media relations, and generate materials.
  • Develop membership structures.
  • Expand leadership development opportunities.
  • Identify, train and develop member leaders.
  • Build and partner with ally organizations to garner support and win campaigns.
  • Provide administrative support.


  • Have at least 2 years organizing and campaign experience.
  • Have at least 3 years’ experience working with immigrant families and/or formerly incarcerated individuals.
  • Must be fluent in Spanish – strong oral and written skills.
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Be comfortable with a flexible work environment and able to work some night and weekends.
  • Have experience in community education and public speaking.
  • Respect and work for the human rights for all people.


  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • Competitive benefits.

How To Apply



Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of two references. Posting is open until filled. Applications can be submitted electronically or by regular mail. Email: employment@familiesforfreedom.org. Mail: Families for Freedom, 35W 31st Street, Suite # 702 New York, NY 10001. NO PHONE CALLS.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Must be fluent in Spanish – strong oral and written skills.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement

The Legal Aid Society – New York City Seeks Criminal Defense Practice Community Organizer-CJU-Citywide

The Legal Aid Society is seeking a driven, inspired, and energetic Community Organizer who will work with The Legal Aid Society’s Community Justice Unit (“CJU”) to build grassroots community participation in efforts to reform the criminal justice system.

The Society’s CJU provides legal services/case consults in a specific catchment area in each of the five boroughs providing anti-violence services through the CeaseFire model (now called “CureViolence”). This is a public health model originated in Chicago that responds to gun violence with services in the community–mediation, social services, violence interrupters, etc. The model works on the theory that if conflicts can be worked out by people in the community, further violence can be avoided.

The ideal candidate is an experienced organizer who has worked on grassroots, policy and advocacy campaigns. The ideal candidate is committed to The Legal Aid Society’s mission, is flexible and effective in a fast-paced environment. This is not an office-based job. The ideal candidate will be working with our CureViolence partners throughout the five boroughs, engaging with and supporting community members who have been impacted by the criminal justice system.


  •  Assist Community Justice Attorneys in providing training and outreach to CureViolence community partners
  • Develop social media campaigns to highlight program success
  • Work with other units of The Legal Aid Society to create opportunities for community members
  • Participate in implementing a client advisory board
  • Lead street outreach and other community-based canvassing;
  • Measure and track outcomes; enter data to track outcomes
  • Ability to work flexible hours beyond 5:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays


  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but not required
  • Previous community organizing experience preferred; a demonstrated commitment to activism and mobilizing communities required
  • Experience developing members into leaders and employing grassroots strategies for social change
  • Experience working on coalition-based campaign to effect policy change
  • Basic knowledge of and interest in criminal justice reform, including a serious commitment to ending mass incarceration
  • Deep and meaningful ties to the community and community driven policy reform
  • Comfortable working with clients and their families
  • High energy, strong interpersonal, public speaking and problem-solving skills; an outgoing personality and willingness to take risks are essential to succeeding in this position
  • Basic computer skills, including ability to use the internet, email, word processing (e.g. Microsoft Word) and spreadsheets (e.g. Excel) programs
  • Comfort working with a team in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • Experience working in New York City and State preferred, but not required
  • Collaborative instincts, sense of humor, and charm
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proficiency in languages other than English is desirable, but not required

How To Apply


Only PDF documents will be accepted. If your document is not a PDF your application will not be processed. Applications submitted without all the required materials will not be processed.

The Legal Aid Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer — Women, People of Color, Gays and Lesbians, Transgender People, Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

If you have any questions about this posting email jobpostquestions@legal-aid.org.

Professional Level: None specified

Minimum Education Required: No requirement