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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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AIDS Healthcare Foundation Seeks Grassroot Community Mobilizer Contractor (Brooklyn, NY)

Does the idea of doing something that really makes a difference in people’s lives while being well-compensated intrigue you? Are you looking to work for an organization that encourages growth and success from each and every one of its employees?

If so, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the place for you!

Founded in 1987, AIDS Healthcare Foundation is the largest specialized provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the nation. Our mission is to provide cutting edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay. Through our healthcare centers, pharmacies, health plan, research and other activities, AHF provides access to the latest HIV treatments for all who need them.

AHF’s core values are to:

  • Be Patient-Centered
  • Value Employees
  • Maintain Respect for Diversity
  • Be Nimble
  • Fight for What’s Right

Job Responsibilities:

  • Actively plan and assist in the development and execution of AHF advocacy related legislative activities for all levels of government.
  • Maintain a NYC based volunteer pool to help assist with AHF spearheaded community events throughout the five boroughs and  grassroots policy activations.
  • Once a month coordinate a volunteer gathering for the purposes of keeping volunteers/advocates abreast on upcoming events and advocacy priorities.
  • Organize and execute grassroots correspondence as it relates to AHF’s advocacy goals.
  • Participate in annual events as needed with the larger AHF domestic advocacy team.
  • Mobilize volunteers and the larger community for demonstrations as it relates to AHF’s advocacy priorities.
  • Be able to travel to DC at least twice a year for lobby day(s) on specific AHF policy focuses.
  • Devote a minimum of 25 hours per week to community mobilizer responsibilities.
  • Liaise with Jessica Reinhart (Associate Dir. of Community Outreach), Michael Camacho (NYC Regional Director) and other AHF staff as needed.
  • Advocate for AHF with local providers, community organizations and similar personnel for the purpose of information gathering and coalition building.
  • Keep abreast of the HIV policy agenda in NYC and relay information to appropriate AHF Northeast staff as needed.
  • Keep up to date on the legislative and policy platform for ending the epidemic by 2020 in New York
  • Attend HIV prevention and care meetings and other relative governmental planning bodies.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • A desire for political change.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents.
  • Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative.
  • Previous field or canvassing experience is a plus.

Computer/Software Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.
  • Proficiency with internet search and electronic mail use.
  • Ability to effectively present information in both written and oral forms.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be able to travel within respective area.
  • Needs to be sensitive to issues impacting vulnerable populations.
  • Ability to apply common sense to carry out instructions.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Carries out supervisory responsibilities when leading events and managing volunteers in accordance with AHF’s policies and procedures

To apply, go to

The Partnership for the Homeless Seeks Housing Advocate

The Partnership for the Homeless has an immediate opening at our Family Resource Center (FRC) in East New York, Brooklyn, for a talented and creative Housing Advocate to join a multi-disciplinary team that works to assist children and their families, who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, break free from the cycles of need and move toward greater economic opportunity and independence.

Some of the responsibilities of the Housing Advocate will include:

  • Assisting homeless families secure decent, affordable housing, and those families at-risk maintain their housing or relocate to more suitable housing.
  • Providing direct advocacy assistance to individual clients and client groups, which may involve issues involving government benefits and other income supports; assistance in remediating housing conditions, and assistance at administrative hearings and in housing and other courts.
  • Collaborating with and acting as a resource for other FRC staff on housing issues.
  • Undertaking significant community-wide impact activity, working with community, client and other groups related to neighborhood and city-wide housing issues.
  • Providing community education to clients, client groups, and staff of community-based organizations regarding housing issues, along with the preparation of materials relating to the presentations.
  • Working with legal aid/legal services attorneys and members of the private pro bono bar, as necessary, on legal issues impacting our clients and client groups.

The qualifications of the Housing Advocate will include:

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with homeless and at-risk clients;
  • Experience in providing community-based services, with a strong expertise in housing;
  • An understanding of the City’s housing market, and the ability to develop strong business relationships in the private housing market (real estate owners, developers, and brokers) and the supportive housing community;
  • Excellent organizational, communication (written and oral), and leadership skills;
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other staff and community-based organizations;
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and economic justice;
  • A willingness to work non-traditional hours and days to meet project needs;
  • BA/BS or advanced degree preferred; and
  • Bilingual skills (strongly preferred but not required).

How to apply

For more information about the Partnership for the Homeless, please visit our website, Competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to:

The Partnership for the Homeless
Human Resources Department
305 Seventh Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY10001

or email –


Tenants & Neighbors Seeks Vista Tenant Organizer for At-Risk HUD Affordable Housing

About Tenants & Neighbors:

Tenants & Neighbors is a small, dynamic, grassroots organization that harnesses the power of tenants to preserve at-risk affordable housing and strengthen tenant rights in gentrifying neighborhoods throughout New York. We have two affiliate organizations, one that does grassroots tenants organizing at the building and community-level to preserve at-risk affordable housing developments, and one that does tenant-led legislative organizing and advocacy to address the underlying causes of loss of affordability.

About the HUD VISTA Tenant Organizer Position:

The VISTA tenant organizer position will be a two-year position funded by the federal housing agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a national tenant organizing program. The tenant organizer will assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants living in buildings that are at risk of loss of affordability, assist in campaigns to preserve HUD-assisted affordable housing, and participate in a national movement to preserve at-risk affordable housing with the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT). We are seeking a VISTA Tenant Organizer to carry out outreach, education, and organizing work associated with this new grant. The tenant organizer will:

  • identify eligible buildings for outreach, organizing, and tenant engagement and prioritize buildings at risk due to expiring use restrictions, substandard physical or social conditions;
  • engage in door-to-door outreach, identify and recruit tenant leaders to help form or strengthen independent tenant associations or organizing committees that meet HUD standards in 3-4 targeted Section 8 developments per year, averaging 150 apartments per development;
  • with Supervisor, provide training in tenants’ rights, HUD housing subsidies, and organizational and leadership development to targeted tenant associations;
  • work in close partnership with VAHPP Legal Fellows based in the same geographic area;
  • help tenants identify critical areas of need and goals and strategies for selected buildings;
  • coordinate tenant efforts to engage owners, public officials, and HUD and other agencies to preserve and improve targeted properties;
  • assist tenant associations in networking and building alliances with other tenant associations and allies in their local areas and nationwide;
  • assist targeted tenant associations in obtaining services through negotiation with owners and referrals to other agencies;
  • assist sponsor in raising funds for at least one tenant leader from targeted buildings to attend the June NAHT training conference in Washington, DC;
  • participate in at least 3⁄4 of bi-weekly NAHT Network training calls and NAHT Network task forces, as appropriate;
  • help plan and arrange for tenant participation in regional “Eyes and Ears” meetings between tenant associations and HUD Headquarters and Regional staff, as appropriate;
  • develop written reports on “best practices” and victory stories and related materials to share with project partners and tenant associations;
  • track the number of organizations and tenants that receive capacity building services through an activity log;
  • track increased requests for organizing assistance made to local sponsoring organizations;
  • and support the broader goals and mission of the placement organization.

The Tenant Organizer will be supervised by the Executive Director and work very collaboratively with and receive support and guidance from other staff members.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A commitment to social change;
  • At least one year of grassroots organizing experience, ideally tenant organizing;
  • basic knowledge of issues related to affordable housing preservation, and ideally more in-depth knowledge about concrete strategies for preserving HUD-assisted housing;
  • fluency in both English and Spanish;
  • strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • exceptional time and priority management skills; and
  • be professional, confident, personable, highly motivated, well organized, and detail oriented.


$15,312, health insurance, and $5,730 Educational Stipend available upon completion of the program

To Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Katie Goldstein, Executive Director at .

For more information about the program, see

HUD tenants are encouraged to apply.

Civic Engagement Fellow at New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that works for justice and opportunity for immigrants and refugees. The NYIC successfully brings together multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector constituencies to pursue a common agenda. That agenda includes: improving immigrants’ access to quality health care and education; advocating for equitable immigration policies; ensuring immigrants’ civil rights; encouraging immigrants’ civic and electoral participation; coordinating immigration services; and educating both newcomer communities and the public at large about immigration issues.

Summary of the Position
The Civic Engagement Fellow will work closely with the NYIC Civic Engagement program to execute its policy, advocacy, and community engagement/organizing work to increase civic and electoral participation for all immigrants in New York State. The ideal candidate will have experience with some combination of the following: community organizing and engagement, policy analysis, communications, advocacy, and grant writing.The Civic Engagement Associate will work closely with the Senior Manager of Political Engagement to manage the NYIC’s overall civic engagement efforts, which include leading the Civic Engagement Collaborative to foster the civic engagement of immigrants, coordinating the NYIC’s various electoral campaigns to engage tens of thousands of immigrant voters, and building a base of engaged immigrants and allies throughout the state.
This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal for a second year.

Key Responsibilities

The Civic Engagement Fellow will be responsible for the following:

  • Support and contribute to the organization’s Civic Engagement and policy and advocacy work and cutting-edge civic engagement campaigns, including those to expand and enlarge voting to new populations
  • Assist with a range of tasks including organization of media events, mobilizing partners, developing coalitions, convening working groups, and communicating with stakeholders
  • Coordinate meetings, prepare minutes, assist with execution of events, and engage members in Civic Engagement Collaborative meetings and trainings
  • Coordinate scheduling for legislative visits and advocacy events, and participate in outreach to and meetings with public policymakers and elected officials
  • Assist in developing policy and political analysis. Participate in development of advocacy and community education materials
  • Participate in preparation of grant proposals and with tracking and reporting on current grants
  • Oversee scheduling and logistics for Civic and Electoral training activities. Update training materials in collaboration with Senior Manager of Political Engagement, assist with delivery of training
  • Hold community education sessions and public forums throughout the year
  • Contribute to other organizational events and projects as necessary


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, good judgment and the ability to work collaboratively in some cases, and independently in others
  • Passion for or experience working in civic and electoral policy and/or advocacy
  • Knowledge of political electoral processes at in New York City and New York State strongly preferred
  • Strong Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, website management, and social media skills strongly preferred
  • Ability and experience in public speaking and meeting facilitation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment, as well as to multi-task and manage competing deadlines
  • Sense of humor and ability to be flexible highly valued
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic or another language is strongly preferred

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to with the subject line: Civic Engagement Fellow. No phone calls will be accepted about this position.

Applications will be accepted until December 17.


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