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Policy Manager at Urban Green Council

Improve a million buildings at NYCʼs most impactful environmental nonprofit.

Urban Green Council, the local affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council, is looking for a policy maven to develop and drive green building change in New York City.

Urban Green is NYCʼs go-to nonprofit organization on sustainable building policy, twice managing blue ribbon commissions on behalf of the city, most recently following Superstorm Sandy. Annually, the organization passes an average of 20 code reforms, with about half of the 138 combined task force recommendations implemented to date.

With the rise of a progressive new Mayor and City Council, Urban Green is playing a central role in re-envisioning sustainability in NYC, including partnering in the management of the Technical Working Group developing the cityʼs 80 x 50 energy efficiency policies. In order to expand its capacity to take on a broader range of critical initiatives, Urban Green is adding the position of Policy Manager to its leading edge policy team. Working in concert with experts from the worldʼs most sophisticated real estate industry, the Policy Manager will assist the Director of Policy on big picture efforts and lead Urban Greenʼs work on a range of specific strategic initiatives.

About the Position

The Policy Manager will contribute to Urban Greenʼs advocacy work with the City of New York, New York City Council, the State of New York, and professional associations including the Real Estate Board of New York. The Policy Manager will work closely with Policy Director Laurie Kerr, a leader in the development of green building and urban sustainability policy with a considerable track record of driving leading edge strategy in New York City and nationally. Core responsibilities will include assisting the Policy Director on sustainability planning and large projects for New York City, including coordinating with New York State, and spearheading a variety of strategic initiatives. The Policy Manager reports to the Director of Policy and may oversee an intern, consultants, and/or research fellows. As part of the Policy team, the Policy Manager will participate in setting the teamʼs strategic direction and in coordinating with the Research and Programs teams.

Nimble and rapidly growing, the Urban Green Council requires a Policy Manager who understands green building strategies and technologies and has experience working in green building policy at the state or city level. This position will provide the qualified candidate broad exposure to leading thinkers in urban sustainability and the opportunity to positively impact the future of New York City.

Key Responsibilities


  • Assist Director of Policy on various large scale policy initiatives including:

o Advising and assisting the City on its 80 x 50 initiative

o Advising and assisting the City Council on local laws

o Advising and assisting the city on energy code development

o Maintaining strong relationships with government, non-profits, and industry leaders

o Advising the Director on the development of new policy initiatives

o Coordinating with NYS, including the Governorʼs Energy Office, NYSERDA, NYPA, and the PSC

  • Lead specific policy initiatives with guidance from the Director of Policy. Such initiatives may include:

o Strategies for reducing energy use in tenant spaces

o Special projects, such as catalyzing the development of new technologies

o Clarifying landmarks requirements to better facilitate energy efficient upgrades

o Specific green code development


  • Advise research and education departments on priorities related to policy
  • Coordinate with programs department on content related to policy

Departmental Management

  • Advise Director of Policy on annual departmental goal-setting
  • Supervise interns, consultants, and volunteer committees
  • Assist with professional staff development and maintaining an engaging and satisfying workplace

Required Qualifications/Skills:

  • Degree in Architecture, Engineering, or a related field; Masterʼs degree or professional license a plus
  • At least 5 years work experience in green building, including construction, retrofits, and building operations
  • Experience in urban sustainability policy at the state or city level
  • Familiarity with building codes, particularly the energy code
  • Excellent writing, editing, presentation, and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of current environmental issues, green building, and the real estate industry
  • Ability to work well in groups, including volunteer committees
  • Ability to juggle several projects, including those that may involve consultants
  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
  • Creativity, energy, confidence, integrity, initiative, and independence


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid health insurance and 401(k) plan with match after 90 days and a generous vacation policy.

How to Apply

Please email resume and cover letter including salary requirements (single PDF titled PM_[NAME]) with “PM/Your Name” in the subject line to

About Urban Green Council

Urban Green Councilʼs mission is to transform the NYC building industry for a sustainable future.

Our work is based on core expertise in policy, research and education. We believe a sustainable future requires energy-efficient, green, resilient, healthy, and affordable buildings.

A non-profit organization established in 2002, and the largest urban chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Urban Green has quickly grown to a full-time staff of over 20. Our in-house experts and a dedicated network of volunteers are helping to transform the built environment in New York City with models that can be replicated in urban centers nationwide. We are acknowledged as the premier forum for the development of environmentally sound building practices in the greater New York area, and our input is sought on major policy issues and regulatory initiatives in New York City and New York State. More information can be found at

National Nurses United is Hiring for Multiple Positions

Help Nurses Heal America: organize and represent nurses on the frontlines of healthcare justice

The National Nurses United is now hiring committed staff for ground breaking organizing campaigns and dynamic representational efforts nationwide.  Bring your skills to the leading progressive union that is organizing to make a real difference:

Across the country, we seek experienced organizers and labor representatives, dedicated directors, skilled educators, who want to return to the values that started them working in the labor movement, as well as activists who want to learn to become union organizers.

We are especially seeking experienced organizers for exciting union organizing drives to develop strong nurse leaders and build an effective organization with the power to fight and win improvements both inside the hospitals and outside on Main Street.

Mobilize for member-based power, with a union that rejects corporate partnerships that sell out members, and opposes sweetheart deals with management.

Do the work that you love, with a supportive team of highly competent staff who treat each other with respect and pitch in to build a movement for healthcare justice and a fair Main Street Contract for the American people.

Excellent salary depending on experience. Generous benefits package, family and domestic partner coverage. In your cover letter please indicate your ability to travel, geographic preferences and restrictions. Submit your résumé and cover letter today.

Apply Here

Watch NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro outline the need for the Robin Hood tax and our vision for a progressive labor movement in an interview with legendary journalist Bill Moyers which aired nationally on PBS:

For far too long, the healthcare industry has ignored the needs of nurses and patients, focusing instead on generating wealth for corporate investors. According to the National Institute of Health, 98,000 patients die annually in US hospitals due to avoidable errors and staff shortages.

When nurses have a voice in health care, we all benefit.  Nurses from the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association launched the nation’s largest nurses union  the 185,000-member-strong National Nurses United.

National Nurses United is a premiere organization of registered nurses and one of the nation’s fastest growing labor and professional organizations in the U.S. and a strong, progressive voice for nurses, patients and healthcare workers around the world. We are seeking a like-minded and experienced professional who believes in our mission with a personal dedication to social justice issues.

NNU is committed to Equal Opportunity, and to considering applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, and religions. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to our core organizational values and objectives to apply.

De-Unionization & the Future of Work

Pacific Standard is working on a special project in which experts and activists weigh in on the future of work. In a recent entry (The Future of Work: The Forces Against Organized Labor, Oct 1, 2015), Murphy Prof. Ruth Milkman outlines the forces producing the decline in unionization in the United States. She writes:

Contrary to popular belief, de-unionization is not primarily due to globalization or new technology: Successful attacks on organized labor have affected many place-bound low-tech industries, like construction or hospitality, nearly as much as manufacturing. The primary driver of labor’s decline is the growing power of corporate employers who are fiercely determined to weaken unions where they already exist and to prevent their emergence elsewhere. That determination is reinforced by the ideology of market fundamentalism, for which both unionism itself and governmental protection of the right to organize are anathema. Continue reading De-Unionization & the Future of Work

LaborPress Seeks Freelance Journalists

LaborPress is seeking freelance journalists in the Tri-State area to work on a variety of projects. Background in covering labor, politics, and nonprofit issues is a plus. Compensation commensurate with experience and project.


More info:

Neal Tepel, Publisher
(646) 591-6484
420 West 45th St., New York, NY 10036,

Asian Americans for Equality Seeks Housing Organizer

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all those who are in need. Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed – in the past four decades – to become one of New York’s preeminent housing, social service and community development organizations. AAFE is committed to preserving affordable housing throughout New York and to providing new opportunities for the city’s diverse immigrant communities.

Employing innovative approaches, the organization has preserved and developed eight-six (86) buildings, creating more than eight hundred (800) units of housing. It has secured almost $300 million in mortgage financing for home buyers and disbursed $30 million in loans to hundreds of small businesses. Through a wide range of multilingual counseling services, AAFE provides education, financial assistance and training to empower people, small businesses and neighborhoods. Its research, advocacy and grassroots organizing initiatives help to shape government policy and to effect positive change. At its heart, AAFE embodies the hopes and dreams of New York’s many vibrant immigrant communities, and helps turn those dreams into reality.

AAFE is seeking a full-time Housing Organizer to further AAFE’s efforts to preserve decent and affordable housing in the neighborhoods that the organization is based, Chinatown and Lower East Side and in immigrant communities in Queens, including but not limited to Elmhurst, Corona, Woodside, Sunnyside and Jackson Heights. The housing organizer will be part of a team that represents tenants in Housing Court, state Supreme Court, and administrative proceedings; works with tenant groups, tenant leaders and community organizations; conducts trainings and communicates regularly with elected officials and city and state agencies.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct strategic outreach in buildings to educate neighborhood residents and groups about their housing rights. This includes door-knocking, building assessment and identifying tenant leaders in buildings.
  • Work with residents and tenant leaders to organize tenant associations for the purposes of ensuring their legal rights are not being violated and to collectively address and resolve housing issues.
  • Develop, identify, implement or support local, city-wide and/or state-wide campaigns to preserve affordable housing and fight anti-displacement.
  • Represent AAFE at community or coalition meetings.
  • Keep detailed records of the organizing activities and to use them in writing funding or grant reports.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings to jointly develop ways that AAFE can improve its services or better meet the needs of the people we serve.
  • Attend training opportunities.


  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and to using organizing as a tool for social change.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the issues or problems affecting low-income or working-poor, immigrant, LGBTQ, and communities of color.
  • Minimum one year experience in organizing, with experience working on New York City housing or tenant advocacy issues preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills.
  • Computer literacy, which includes familiarity using email, Excel, Word, Facebook, Twitter and other computer programs that will improve the work.
  • Fluently bilingual in English/Chinese-Mandarin, required. Additional Spanish fluency, a plus.
  • Ability to work evening shifts (1 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and some weekends.

Salary is commensurate with experience. Excellent health benefits with paid vacation, holidays, sick days, and personal days.

How to apply
If interested, applicants should submit a cover letter indicating salary requirements and a resume in PDF, addressed to No faxes or phone calls, please. In the event that we wish to arrange for an interview, we will contact you by email or phone.

Thank you for expressing your interest in working with Asian Americans for Equality