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Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.

Executive Director, Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN)

The Alliance for a Greater New York (ALIGN) seeks an Executive Director to lead a dynamic and effective economic justice organization. ALIGN seeks an exceptional candidate with the capacity to take the work of a healthy organization to the next level of effectiveness.

ALIGN is a longstanding alliance of labor and community organizations united for a just and sustainable New York. ALIGN works at the intersection of economy, environment, and equity to make change and build movement. Our model addresses the root causes of economic injustice by forging strategic alliances among community and labor, shaping the public debate through strategic communications, and developing policy solutions that make impact.

The Executive Director will take leadership of a strong organization with a $1.3 million annual budget and a skilled staff team of 8 people working in a collaborative environment that values work/life balance. ALIGN has a track record of success, an excellent reputation in its field, solid Board leadership, and roots that stretch back to over two decades. ALIGN formed through the merger of NY Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda in 2011. The incoming Executive Director will receive support from the board Leadership Transition Committee and resources for the transition. For more information, visit our website at www.alignny.org.

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive of ALIGN, working with management-level staff. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the ED has principal responsibility for overseeing, interpreting and implementing organizational policy, and ensuring the overall success and effectiveness of the organization in advancing its mission.

  • Leadership: Ensures ALIGN staff and board have a long-range strategy synced with its mission and a unifying vision, and toward which it makes consistent and timely progress;creates space to identify and explore new ideas and opportunities. Ensures programs, fundraising and operations are aligned with the mission and long-range strategy. Leads annual and strategic planning.
  • Board of Directors & Longstanding Alliance: Recruits, retains and supports a diverse and skilled Board of Directors; and involves the Board in governance and support of the organization. In ALIGN’s unique model, the Board is also ALIGN’s longstanding alliance of community and labor organizational members. ED builds bridges and fosters solidarity across the alliance and other key allies.
  • Administration: Ensures the organizational, operational, legal and financial health and effectiveness of the organization. Works closely with infrastructure team on administration.
  • Organizational Relationships: Serves as ambassador, spokesperson, and face of ALIGN with other institutions and the general public; proactively positions ALIGN and advances its reputation in the fields in which it works. Develops and maintains relationships with key allies, elected officials and decision makers.
  • Fundraising: Ensures that ALIGN maintains a diverse and sustainable funding base;establishes and maintains relationships with funders and donors; cultivates new funding sources including grassroots funding; ensures that grant commitments are met, and effectively collaborates with partner organizations in joint fundraising. Works closely with Development Manager and Communications Director on fundraising strategies.
  • Staff Development: Builds and partners closely with a leadership team. Attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people with a commitment to racial justice; ensures that staff members receive the evaluation, training, support, supervision and leadership development that they need to succeed; and divides and assigns work effectively. Maintains and advances an organizational culture that supports work/life balance and fosters positive staff relations.

ALIGN seeks an exceptional candidate with the track record and capacity to successfully lead a complex organization that is advancing multiple campaigns and programs towards a clear vision of making the economy work for everyone.

  • Understands ALIGN’s mission and model for building power with community and labor. Has effectively worked in community and labor spaces.
  • Bold, big-picture thinker who is energetic, inspiring and possibility-oriented.
  • Leadership skills to keep ALIGN’s various programs coordinated under a unified vision.
  • Minimum 10 years experience in social justice movements and at least 5 years in leadership positions. Significant experience with campaign leadership, fundraising, and staff development.
  • Demonstrated commitment to economic, racial and social justice.
  • Persuasive public spokesperson and networker.
  • Fundraising ability, including success with foundations and experience with grassroots fundraising.
  • Significant knowledge of and experience with base building including labor unions,membership-based community organizations, and environmental justice organizations.
  • Effective leadership development, supervision, and management skills.
  • A respect for and willing to learn from differing perspectives, voices, and backgrounds.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent personal organization and time management skills; capacity to manage multiple priorities; and accountability to goals. A team worker who will roll up their sleeves with staff.

Terms of Employment: Full-time position with generous benefits and a family-friendly work environment. Terms and others relevant to the position are available upon request.

Application Process: E-mail cover letter and resume to employment(at)alignny.org. Application deadline is August 31, 2016. Please put “Executive Director” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls please. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.

ALIGN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, LGBTQ and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Staff Writer

Position overview: 
Jobs With Justice is hiring a staff writer to join our team and make a difference in the lives of working people. This person is chiefly responsible for developing a broad range of compelling content, monitoring news, elevating and growing our spokespeople and their thought leadership, helping drive narratives for key issues, along with editing a variety of material and enforcing editorial guidelines. This position is based in our Washington, D.C. office and will be supervised by the Communications Director.

Primary responsibilities: 

  • Leads drafting, editing and proofreading of content for our campaigns, research publications, organizational programs, website, staff speaking engagements, events and other projects.
  • Supports message development and creates talking points, commentary, op-eds, and speeches for our issues, campaigns and lead spokespeople.
  • Monitors news and tracks editorial coverage of core issues in the media.
  • Trains staff, partners, and coalition members to be effective spokespeople and cultivates and expands our network of surrogates.
  • Creates editorial calendars, project timelines and other deadlines.
  • Assists with rapid response efforts and strategic communications as needs arise.
  • Works collaboratively with staff, allies and local coalitions to generate compelling and credible material.
  • Enhances and executes departmental priorities as needed and supports departmental and organizational strategies.

Detailed areas of work currently include:

  • Conceptualizes, researches, writes, and edits content, including, but not limited to: commentary, op-eds, fact sheets, speeches, publications, e-mail newsletters, action campaigns, blog posts, press statements, talking points, individual profiles, backgrounders, identity material, marketing material, fundraising content.
  • Collaborates with the staff of network, ally and stakeholder organizations to fulfill writing assignments or investigate writing opportunities.
  • Produces and distributes daily morning roundup of major news and editorial coverage of key labor, economic and workplace issues.
  • Evaluates and synthesizes edits for assigned projects. Provides proofreading, and editing support, and when needed, fact-checking, for all external material.
  • Serves as editorial gatekeeper and updates internal editorial protocols.
  • Manages workflow and oversees review process for written pieces.
  • Interviews individuals to feature in written campaign or organizational work.
  • Conducts background research to inform writing and editing, consulting with internal and external experts when needed.
  • Contributes to building and expanding spokesperson database by interviewing potential spokespeople, identifying and connecting spokespeople to relevant media and advocacy requests, and updating records.
  • Regularly assesses work, shares key information and tracks updates with teams.
  • Posts or preps content for websites or other communications channels, as needed.
  • Performs administrative duties in support of the work of the Communications Department and the organization.

Qualifications:

  • 4–6 minimum years of relevant job/externship/fellowship experiences.
  • Excellent writer who has ability to write under short deadlines.
  • Experience writing on a range of topics and adjusting to a range of styles and individual and organizational voices.
  • Advanced editing skills and comfort giving and receiving edits.
  • Speechwriting, ghostwriting and opinion-editorial writing greatly preferred.
  • Experience in message development.
  • Good research and fact checking abilities.
  • Strong work planning skills.
  • Comfortable juggling multiple projects at a time and working in a fluid, fast-paced environment.
  • Self starter with ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Ability and desire to collaborate and establish rapport with staff, colleagues and individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Comfort in a team environment, and experience working in both a lead and support role.
  • Proficiency in Internet-based research, word processing, database and e-mail programs.
  • Training experience a plus.
  • Interest or experience in and knowledge of workplace and economic issues, labor, social justice, organizing, and/or progressive policy and advocacy issues.
  • Flexibility to travel as needed in performance of duties.

How to apply:
Submit resume, relevant writing samples, references, and cover letter/letter of interest to info@jwj.org.

When to apply: Now through August 22, 2016

Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.

Salary and benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience. Jobs With Justice provides a generous/competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, retirement and professional development benefits. This is a union-represented position.

About Jobs With Justice:

Jobs With Justice is a national network expanding people’s ability to come together to improve their workplaces, their communities and their lives. We create solutions to the problems working people face by leading campaigns, changing the conversation and moving labor, community, student and faith voices to action. We win real change at the national and local levels by challenging corporate greed and demanding an economy that works for all.

Important notice for applicants:

Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to personally acknowledge the receipt and status of each one. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Please follow the job application instructions specific to the position you are applying for. Incomplete applications, or applications delivered by fax, mail, or in person will not be considered. No phone calls or direct solicitations please.