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Northeast Program Director


Position: Northeast Program Director
Department: Northeast Program
Position Type: Full-Time ─ Exempt
Location: Ideally New York, NY; applicants in New Jersey or Albany, NY will be considered
Reports to: Deputy Director
Salary Range: $100,000 – $120,000 based on relevant experience

At this critical time for lower-income, frontline communities and people of color, Jobs to Move America (JMA) is uniquely positioned to advance a powerful agenda for equitable job creation and climate justice. JMA is working to ensure that our public money goes to manufacturing companies that create good jobs for those who need them most. As we build out the U.S.’s green manufacturing sector, it is critical that we create a high-road industry that works for all. As the Northeast Director, you will lead campaigns to win community benefits agreements at green manufacturers, and to pass policies in NY and NJ ensuring public spending and procurement creates good jobs. Here is information about our organization.

Who we are  ─ About Jobs to Move America:
Jobs to Move America is a national and multi-regional strategic policy center that works to transform public spending and corporate behavior using a comprehensive approach that is rooted in racial and economic justice and community organizing. We seek to advance a fair and prosperous economy with good jobs and healthier communities for all.

What You’ll Do ─  Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Northeast Director leads JMA’s work in New York and New Jersey (with the potential to add other Northeastern states) to win policies and campaigns that help communities of color and low-income communities organize for workers’ rights, access to jobs and training, and other real benefits for communities. The Northeast Director develops and runs strategic comprehensive campaigns to win community benefits agreements and just and inclusive purchasing policies, whether legislatively or at the government agency level. The Director should engage key stakeholders around JMA’s vision to advance racial equity and environmental justice. 

Duties include:

  • Develop and manage a staff team from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, holding them accountable to achieving programmatic goals and providing opportunities for professional development 
  • Lead in the development and management of comprehensive campaigns that integrate research, organizing, communications, legal and policy strategies
  • Lead team in winning community benefits campaigns at green manufacturers, including leading community and worker organizing around the factories
  • Analyze evolving political landscape and stakeholder relationships and lead team in navigating dynamics within state, city, community and coalition spaces 
  • Ensure compliance with all organizational policies and procedures – both timely attention to individual administrative responsibilities as well as oversight to ensure the understanding and compliance of team members
    • Lead in implementing policies and procedures to support the work and development of team members, including developing and managing team budget and conducting timely performance evaluations and discussion of benchmarks
  • Build substantial relationships and engage high level stakeholders in supporting our work, including public officials, unions, coalition partners, journalists and funders  
  • Work with team to initiate the development of new alliances that help us build grassroots power and infrastructure to win campaigns 
  • Contribute to JMA’s organizational development, for example assisting with fundraising, providing peer evaluations, facilitating internal trainings and participating in JMA staff committees (not to exceed 20% of time)
  • As a member of the management team, contribute to strategic planning, cross-team collaboration and the development of organization wide policies and systems 

About you ─ Required Qualifications: 

  • At least 7 years’ organizing experience with a union, community organization or other advocacy group, with at least 3 of those years as a lead or organizing manager in a supervisory capacity; experience with comprehensive campaigns or policy development is a plus
  • Good strategic thinking: ability to power map, plan, and execute campaigns to win policy victories and community benefits agreements 
  • Significant knowledge of the labor movement in the U.S. and basic understanding of local union needs and concerns
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to tailor message to clearly and persuasively communicate JMA’s work to the public and inspire people to support our work
  • Ability to build and sustain authentic and productive working relationships with colleagues across race and other group identities, including JMA employees as well as external partners 
  • Ability to continually assess and thoughtfully develop the leadership of team members through regular 1:1s, setting of annual SMARTIE (strategic, measurable, ambitious, realistic, time-bound, inclusive and equitable) goals and benchmarks and annual performance evaluations
  • Facilitation skills and an ability to unite the team on overall goals, strategic direction and campaign/work plans 
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions
  • Ability to participate in a culture of feedback with a commitment to continually strengthening practice of “courageous conversations”
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, solve problems and overcome obstacles to get the work done
  • Must maintain flexibility: be ready to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and adapt quickly to change 
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and meet deadlines while maintaining a positive attitude 
  • Familiarity with GoogleSuite

Other Physical Requirements: 

  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards. 
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards
  • Must be able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone with reasonable accommodations 

What Else You Should KnowCompensation/Benefits: 

  • Salary Range $100,000 – $120,000 with annual salary increases
  • Depending on geographic area, a one-time cost of living adjustment (COLA) may be added to the salary
  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision premiums for the employee and dependents
  • Generous paid time off including 12 personal days, 12 federal holidays, and 2 floating holidays each year. JMA has a paid, two week winter break at the end of each December. Staff can accrue up to 20 vacation days and 20 sick days. After 5 years of work, all staff are eligible for 3 months of sabbatical leave.
  • 401(k) plan with 5% employer contribution after 6 months of employment
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Cell phone reimbursement 
  • Utility/Internet monthly stipend for those working from home
  • Work from home office set up provided if needed
  • Training and professional development opportunities are available upon completion of the probationary period
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices 
  • Qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer
  • JMA is a unionized workplace. This position is a confidential/management level position and not a member of the bargaining unit.

How to Apply:  
Complete the application form here and upload a cover letter & resume, and three work references. Only applications submitted via this process will be considered. No phone calls, please. Candidates who advance in the interview process will be asked to complete a writing assessment.

JMA Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement 
We are an EEO/affirmative action employer and encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, or disability. We work to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforce zero-tolerance policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.  Those who identify as persons of color, women, veterans, or formerly incarcerated persons, and/or have had experience working with one or more of those groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

JMA Diversity and Inclusion Statement
JMA believes that diverse, engaged, and motivated employees are essential to achieving our goals of economic, racial, and social justice. JMA believes that each employee’s voice is valuable and that when all employees contribute ideas to the organization’s operation, it enhances the success of the organization overall.

In order to assist us in achieving our goals as a diverse and inclusive workforce, we ask optional self-identification questions in the job application.