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Organizer with ACLU-NJ

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) is hiring an Organizer dedicated primarily to coordinating and implementing the organization’s campaign to reform policing practices in Newark, Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP). In addition, the Organizer may also work on other priority ACLU-NJ issues. The position is full time and reports to the Public Policy Director.

Founded in 1960, the ACLU of New Jersey is the state’s leading organization dedicated to defending and advancing civil liberties and civil rights. Whether in the courts, legislatures, or in communities, the ACLU-NJ fights on a daily basis for criminal justice reform, free speech, racial justice, privacy, immigrants’ rights, reproductive rights, religious freedom, due process, LGBT rights, drug law reform and voting rights. With tens of thousands of members, activists, and supporters, the ACLU-NJ works in every corner of our state to defend the principle that every individual’s rights must be protected equally under the law, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin.

The ACLU-NJ is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey. Our staff consists of 16 full-time staff members plus a number of regular in-office volunteers and interns.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourage women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals to apply.


Newark communities have struggled with issues of police misconduct and a lack of transparency and accountability since the 1960s. Whether by unconstitutional stop-and-frisk practices, excessive force or a broken internal discipline system, the Newark Police Department (NPD) has routinely violated the rights of the residents they are sworn to serve and protect. The NPD has also failed to hold itself accountable for this misconduct and abuse. As a consequence, community safety pays the price.

Newark Communities for Accountable Policing (N-CAP) is a movement to build a respectful, accountable, and transparent Newark Police Department. N-CAP works for reforms that promote community safety and lead to community policing practices that uphold and respect the human and constitutional rights of all Newarkers.


  • Devising and implementing advocacy strategies to accomplish the Newark policing reform campaign goals;
  • Organizing and conducting public engagement events, including forums, panels, rallies, trainings, lobby visits, public hearings, and other public presentations;
  • Building, facilitating, and overseeing day-to-day administrative support of the N-CAP coalition;
  • Conducting know-your-rights trainings for youth and community groups;
  • Recruiting, training, and managing an active community volunteer and mobilization program to support the campaign goals;
  • Lobbying local lawmakers;
  • Representing the ACLU-NJ and N-CAP at coalition and organizing meetings;
  • Drafting content for ACLU-NJ and N-CAP websites, as well as social media, fact sheets, e-mails, reports, training materials, and other advocacy materials;
  • Conducting research and staying up-to-date on developments in police accountability news, policy, and the national reform movement;
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in organizing or social justice advocacy; experience working in/building coalitions preferred;
  • Demonstrated passion for racial justice and police accountability work;
  • Demonstrated experience designing or managing issue-based or political campaigns;
  • Familiarity with Newark communities and politics preferred
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse staff, coalitions and community groups, and to recruit and motivate volunteers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking skills;
  • Ability to work independently and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage several projects simultaneously, meet deadlines, and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands;
  • Experience using social media as an advocacy tool;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to maintain orderly records;
  • Outgoing personality and sense of humor;
  • Proficiency with MS Office and popular social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter;
  • Ability to sometimes work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends;
  • Ability to travel within the state, and a valid driver’s license;
  • Proficiency in Spanish (preferred but not required).


A full and printable job description is available here. (PDF)


The ACLU-NJ offers a comprehensive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with experience and within parameters of the ACLU-NJ compensation scale. Excellent benefits include paid vacation, sick time and holidays; medical, vision and dental insurance for staff members, their dependents and spouse; life and long-term disability insurance; and 401(k) plan with employer match.


To apply, complete the form below. Application materials sent via postal mail, e-mail or fax will not be accepted. No calls please. Resumes reviewed upon receipt. Position will remain open until filled.

The ACLU-NJ is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to a policy of equal treatment and opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex (including pregnancy), familial status, marital status, domestic partnership or civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, liability for military service, and mental or physical disability, perceived disability, and AIDS and HIV status.

Event: Women Leading the Global Labor Rights Movement (9/25)

Date: September 25, 2015
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Murphy Institute, 25 W. 43rd St., 18th Floor (Room 18A/B)

Registration link

In the past 20 years neo-liberal globalization has forced de-regulation of labour markets, increased the power and movement of capital and resulted in lower real wages, higher profits, increased inequality and diminished labor power. In Asia this has resulted in the highest gender pay gap in the world, and the majority of women work in employment that lacks basic security, benefits, and safe working conditions. Women workers comprise the majority in the garment industry and domestic work is the most common occupation for women in Asia, accounting for one-third of all waged female employment. It remains to be among the lowest paid, least valued, and least organized sector.

Come hear and meet with three labor rights leaders from Bangladesh and Indonesia share their work organizing domestic workers and garment workers. Hear their stories and the importance of women’s leadership in the fight for labor rights in the context of a global economy geared towards profits for multinational companies. Inequality is now so high that a woman garment worker in Bangladesh earns less in a year than the Walton family earns every second. Within this development model, women face additional barriers to organizing as they often do majority of the household work. We will also show a documentary short on garment worker organizing in Bangladesh.

  • Moderator: Chaumtoli Huq, Editor & Attorney, Law@theMargins
  • Nazma Akter, Bangladesh, President, Awaj Foundation
  • Eni Lestari, Indonesia/Hong Kong, Chairperson, International Migrants
    Alliance (IMA)
  • Kate Lappin, Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development

For more information, please contact Chaumtoli Huq at (347) 445-1867.

Conference Coordinator for UCLA Labor Center Summer Institute on Union Women

50% limited appointment to serve as coordinator for the Summer Institute on Union Women. Duration of appointment is 9-11 months. See full post here.

The annual Western Regional Summer Institute on Union Women (SIUW) is a four-day residential conference sponsored by the AFL-CIO, hosted this year by the UCLA Labor Center in Los Angeles in August 2016. The four-day residential program brings together workers and leaders from unions, worker centers, and community organizations from the United States’ and Canada’s western regions, Mexico, and Central America. The conference features workshops on the history, struggles, and achievements of working women and the opportunity for participants to share strategies, information, experience, and skills.

Job Summary

The SIUW conference coordinator will manage logistics, outreach, and communication related to the conference and provide leadership and guidance to work groups, focus groups, and volunteers to meet conference goals and expectations. The coordinator will manage all event and conference planning logistics; function as the primary contact for participants, speakers, and planners; prepare timelines and budgets; manage conference registration, and process expense and income. The coordinator will also manage recruitment and outreach for participants, speakers, workshop leaders, and planning committee members, maintain a database of all contacts, and participate in all planning sessions.

For Job Duties and Qualifications, see full posting.

To Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and list of recommendations to Elizbeth Espinoza, Student Programming Coordinator for the UCLA Labor Center and SIUW Lead Coordinator,

Training on Strategic Campaign Research, Nov. 16-18

From the AFL-CIO Center for Strategic Research:

Our annual training on Strategic Campaign Research will be held on November 16-18 at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum, Maryland. […] 

The training in November is a shorter and more accessible version of the intensive Cornell class that we cosponsor each summer.  It is designed for those who are new to strategic research – researcher new hires, organizers who do their own research, and other staff with research duties, along with leaders and members who want to learn more about strategic campaigning.  Community allies are welcome to participate. […]

Please note that the course is limited to 28 participants and we encourage early registration.


Launch Teach-In Organizer for The Next System Project (NYC — part-time)

The Democracy Collaborative is seeking a campus event organizer to provide 20 hours/week of labor assisting the Next System Project, an ambitious new initiative aimed at helping Americans think boldly about what is required to deal with the systemic challenges the United States faces now and in coming decades. Working with a broad group of theorists and activists, and using the best research, understanding and policy thinking, the Next System Project seeks to develop and refine comprehensive alternative political-economic system models and launch a national debate that will put the central idea of system change – and that there can be a “next system” – on the map in a serious way.

The Launch Teach-In Organizer will provide day to day organizing of a multi-day “Launch Teach-In” event in mid- to late February at one or more campuses in New York City, as specified under the terms of a contract for service.

Candidates for the position should possess strong organizing, writing and online media skills and have a demonstrable interest in alternative political economy and a commitment to transformative political, legal, economic, social and ecological change. Experience with campus organizing, including working with faculty, staff, graduate employees, and student groups would be a major advantage. The Democracy Collaborative is committed to equal opportunity—people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Planning and execution of day-to-day activities, including securing venues, event logistics, setting up meetings and events, networking and partnership-building;

  • Promoting and publicizing the launch teach-in events in the region;

  • Recruiting participation among student, campus labor, faculty, and community organizations and networks;

  • Maintaining fluid communication with “home office” staff and partners;

  • Representing the Teach-Ins professionally in a variety of public settings;

  • Filing complete reports on progress before, during, and following the launch teach-in.

Length of contract: Contract runs through March 31, 2016, with a possibility of further work in the future depending on performance and available funds.

Start date: Immediate.

To apply: Please email a cover letter, resume and writing sample with “Next System Project Teach-Ins” in the subject line to immediately. We will contract with the first individual who meets our needs. No phone calls please.

Full-Time Research Associate with New York City Labor Market Information Service

The New York City Labor Market Information Service (NYCLMIS), housed at the Center for Urban Research at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan, seeks a full-time research associate to work as part of a team that performs research on jobs and the economy, prepares career planning tools, and provides strategic consulting. The overall function of the NYCLMIS is to help education, workforce and economic development policy makers and practitioners to better align their programs and policies to the demands of the labor market. See our website for more information.

With supervision and support from the director of the NYCLMIS and other senior staff, the research associate will:

•      Conduct interviews and focus groups;
•      Write research and policy reports and briefs;
•      Create presentation materials;
•      Work on multiple projects simultaneously; and
•      Participate in other research and technical assistance activities as needed.

·         Master’s degree and at least 4 years’ professional experience in a related research/policy role (relevant experience may be substituted for education);

·         Advanced facility with MS Word, Excel, and other Office products;

·         Excellent writing skills, with a track record of summarizing complex material for a variety of audiences;

·         Experience collecting and analyzing information using qualitative methods, such as document reviews (including as administrative records, or trade or scholarly literature) or semi-structured interviews;

·         Comfort with and understanding of quantitative methods and ability to interpret numbers, charts, and tables; and

·         Experience working within a client-centered, and team- and project-based environment.


•         Experience with SPSS, SAS, STATA (or similar statistical application); and
•         Familiarity with – or interest in – workforce development, career and technical education, adult continuing education, or a related policy/program area.

Compensation will be based on the candidate’s level of experience. Salary and benefits are competitive with similar positions at nonprofit and academic organizations. All submissions must be made through the Research Foundation Careers website. Go to or search for PVN # GS-1509-000726 under research careers. Only complete submissions will be reviewed.

The Research Foundation of the City University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/American with Disabilities Act/E-Verify Employer