[URBANTH-L]Urban Activist Job: Community Organizer (Yonkers, NY)
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JOB POSTING: Community Organizer - Yonkers, NY
DATE OF POSTING: December 1, 2008
Community Voices Heard (CVH) is seeking an experienced organizer to
continue building the Yonkers Chapter (20 minutes north of NYC) of our
successful New York Economic Justice Organization. The position will
involve committee, leadership, and campaign development.
CVH is a 14 year-old membership organization of low-income people across
New York State. We currently have organizing projects in New York City,
Yonkers, Newburgh and Poughkeepsie. We work on economic justice, job
creation, welfare, public housing, economic development, and access to
education and training services. CVH uses base-building, leadership
development, direct-action, grassroots-driven research, voter
mobilization and coalition building to lead campaigns to win benefits
for our membership of low-income families.
CVH's Yonkers Chapter has been in operation for two years. Our Yonkers
Chapter has 2 leaders that serve on our Board of Directors, 25 Vanguard
Leaders, 205 Trailblazers (people that have come to at least 1 event),
and over 2,000 individuals that we have contacted through outreach efforts.
The Yonkers Chapter's current campaign is focused on influencing the
downtown (Getty Square) development process and assuring that low-income
families' interests are incorporated into this development. Yonkers
members are also interested in preserving and expanding low-income
affordable housing options in the community and have begun work to
promote a progressive housing ordinance for the City of Yonkers. A
subset of Yonkers members is focused on welfare and workforce
development issues. In addition to the Yonkers based campaign worked,
there will likely be an opportunity for broader regional organizing work
across Westchester County and collaborative work statewide with other
The responsibilities of the position will include:
** Base Building & Mobilization: Conducting base building activities
(and coordinating members and leaders to do the same) at local public
housing developments, social service agencies, community organizations,
welfare centers, and by door-knocking and organizing house-meetings;
moving individuals met to participate in meetings, trainings, actions, etc.
** Leadership Development: Building the skills of active membership to
understand the political underpinnings of the campaign (i.e. legal &
policy context, power analysis, etc.) and to take on more and more roles
in the campaign (i.e. giving testimony, facilitating meetings,
conducting outreach, etc.) through both one-on-one development and
** Committee Development: Pulling together and staffing an organizing
committee of local leaders to determine the focus of a campaign and then
make ongoing decisions regarding the campaign's direction; providing
critical background information to leadership team so as to facilitate
strategic decision-making. Work includes managing both a main committee
(around affordable housing and development issues) and a sub-committee
(focused on welfare and workforce development issues).
** Campaign Development, Planning, & Implementation: Facilitating issue
identification, campaign planning and campaign development processes to
develop a local campaign with leadership including demands, strategies,
tactics, etc.; facilitating campaign planning process and subsequent
** Campaign Research: Conducting background research on topics (e.g.
zoning regulations, development approval processes, community benefits
agreements, etc.) and targets pertinent to the campaign.
** Coalition & Stakeholder Work: Working with ally organizations in the
region to move forward campaign goals and demands. Working
collaboratively with the CVH base in New York City to move forward
This is a full-time position that begins on January 1, 2008 (or shortly
thereafter). The Yonkers Organizer will work as part of a staff team
that includes the Senior Organizer and Executive Director. The position
is based physically out of our office in the Yonkers Community Action
Program (YCAP) building on Ashburton Avenue, and is currently the sole
position in the Yonkers office. Staff members from organizing sites
external to our main office in NYC, however, work out of our NYC office
in East Harlem once a week on Fridays.
** Minimum 1 year community organizing, political organizing,
legislative issue advocacy, and or project development management
** Experience in base building, door knocking, leadership
development, mobilization, and strategy development essential.
** Ability to work independently, yet take direction, according to
goals of the organization.
** Strong commitment to relational membership/community led
organizing, conducting one-on-one meetings with individuals, and
ability to identify non-traditional and community-based leaders
and people who want to be community leaders.
** Applicants must be committed to ideology of building community
power & share our commitment to membership grassroots
decision-making, radical politics & our analysis of power.
** Spanish language skills are strongly desired, but not required.
** Residency in Yonkers or Westchester County is preferred, though
** Access to car and/ or drivers license is recommended, though not
required. [There is a good bus system in Yonkers and a Metro
North train that can be taken from Yonkers to NYC on Fridays.]
Please send resume and cover letter to Sondra Youdelman, Community
Voices Heard 115 East 106^th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10029 or
email them to sondra at CVHaction.org <mailto:sondra at CVHaction.org>. If
emailing, make sure to put "Community Organizer: Yonkers" in the subject
CVH is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, GLBT
individuals, and people with experience on public assistance are
strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please check out our
web page at: www.CVHaction.org <http://www.cvhaction.org/>. Resumes will
be accepted until the position is filled.
Depends on experience (DOE); hire will likely be a Level 1 or 2
Organizer (salary range: $30-39K). Excellent benefits include health
insurance, sabbatical, 403(b) retirement program, generous vacation
leave, and holiday time off. Transportation is reimbursed at ½ of a
monthly metro card (valid in both Yonkers and NYC), 1 RT Metro North
ticket per week (when Organizer is expected to be in NYC office), and
mileage reimbursement when vehicle used for work.
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