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Northeast Senior Organizer

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Position Title: Northeast Senior Organizer
Reports to: Northeast Director
Salary Range: $75,000-$88,000
Application Deadline: Accepted until filled
Anticipated Start Date: Flexible
Position Type: Full-Time ─ Exempt. 
Location: New York City Metro Area. 

About Jobs to Move America
Jobs to Move America (JMA) is a national strategic campaign 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 worker-centered economy with good jobs and healthier communities for all. To learn more, visit our website: www.jobstomoveamerica.org

Position Overview
JMA is at the forefront of smart policy and strategic organizing to win real benefits for communities and workers of color who too often have been left behind. As our Northeast Senior Organizer, you will be responsible for leading and growing the network of workers, grassroots community members, and coalition partners engaged in our campaigns to win community benefits agreements and worker-centered equity policies. You will pay special attention to: 1) organizing workers in the manufacturing sectors; 2) building a coalition of community, labor, environmental, and workforce organizations; 3) waging a campaign focused on private companies and public officials for a community benefits agreement advancing a shared vision of racial equity and worker power. 

The role will be mostly performed in-person in Westchester County and the broader New York City metro area. When not in the field, the organizer will work remotely.  

The Work

  • Develop and drive JMA’s field coordination efforts in the New York City metro area to organize workers, community members and organizations, and public officials to win community benefits campaigns with New York and/or New Jersey-based companies.
  • Build and maintain substantial 1:1 relationships with key workers and community stakeholders through regular meetings and consistent follow-up, including developing and running monthly coalition meetings.
  • Conduct survey research to better understand community and worker needs
  • Working with the program’s Director, provide support to other organizers on the Northeast team 
  • Act as an effective spokesperson for JMA’s vision, work, and campaigns and represent JMA in high-stakes meetings with decision-makers
  • Strengthen JMA’s organizing program, strategies, and toolkit by producing organizing and campaign materials and contributing to strategic planning. 
  • Contribute to JMA’s organizational development. For example, assisting with fundraising, providing peer evaluations, and participating in JMA staff committees (not to exceed 15% of time)

The Necessary Skills

  • 4+ years’ experience organizing with workers, community groups, and/or unions. Experience leading or supporting other organizers and in successful comprehensive strategic campaigns is strongly preferred. 
  • Excellent communication and social skills, including the ability to develop new contacts and build transformational relationships with workers and organization leaders.
  • Ability to continually assess, follow up, and deepen the commitment of key stakeholders. 
  • Maintain good judgment, flexibility, and creative thinking in difficult situations and evolving circumstances.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, empathy, and social skills in work and interpersonal interactions. 
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback.  
  • Ability to develop and follow a work plan with minimal supervision.
  • Occasional travel out-of-state for meetings or events (1-3 times per year).
  • Familiarity with workforce development, worker training programs, labor unions, policy, and/or research is a plus.
  • Knowledge of and experience working within the political landscape and dynamics within the New York City Metro area, including and especially the Bronx and southern Westchester County, is strongly preferred.
  • Frequent travel and access to reliable transportation are required. A valid driver’s license in good standing is strongly preferred. This position will require frequent visits to Westchester County, Brooklyn, and possibly other parts of the region.

Compensation/Benefits

  • Compensation for this role is $75,000-$88,000, depending on experience, with annual raises. Candidates with more extensive organizing experience will be considered for a manager role and a higher salary within the listed range.
  • Employer pays 100 percent of medical, dental, and vision premiums
  • Generous PTO including 12 personal days, 12 paid vacation days, 12 sick days, 12 paid holidays, 2 floating holidays, paid two-week winter break at the end of each year, and paid family leave
  • 401(k) plan with 5% employer contribution after 6 months of employment
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Cell phone reimbursement 
  • Utility/Internet monthly stipend for those working from home
  • Mileage and parking reimbursement for work-related driving 
  • Qualifying Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) employer 
  • Professional development stipend
  • Work from home office set up provided if needed
  • This position is part of the staff union

How to Apply
Please upload a resume, and three references, and complete the application questions here. Only applications submitted via that link will be considered. No phone calls, please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications may not receive a reply. Applicants may be asked to provide a writing sample and/or perform an exercise later in the selection process. 

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, LGBTQ, 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 a diverse, engaged, and motivated staff are essential to achieving our goals of economic, racial, and social justice. JMA believes that each employee voice is valuable and that when all employees contribute to 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.