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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.

Media Relations Specialist, Jobs With Justice

Position overview:   

Jobs With Justice is hiring a media relations specialist to join our team and make a difference in the lives of working people. This person is responsible for monitoring news and providing social media and research support.  The media relations specialist works closely with other members of the communications team and staff to create compelling content that educates, inspires, engages and informs a broad range of audiences about our programs and campaigns. This position is based in our Washington, D.C. office and will be supervised by the Communications Director.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Monitors news and tracks editorial coverage of core issues in the media.
  • Maintains media relations database, builds press lists, pitches story to media outlets and coordinates media requests.
  • Develops news releases, news materials, online content and organizational updates for external audiences
  • Develops and executes short- and long-term media engagement plans to advance our campaigns and issues.
  • Assists in producing social media content for various digital platforms.
  • Assists in drafting content for our campaigns, research publications, website, staff speaking engagements, and events.
  • Assists with rapid response efforts and strategic communications as needs arise.
  • Conducts communication and messaging research for strategic initiatives and campaigns.
  • Enhances and executes departmental priorities and supports departmental and organizational strategies.

Detailed areas of work currently include:

  • Produces and distributes daily morning roundup of major news and editorial coverage of key labor, economic and workplace issues.
  • Coordinates responses to media inquiries to build relationships and advance issues.
  • Proactively seeks media opportunities for staff and our issues through active pitching to reporters and multi-media producers.
  • Prepares staff for media interviews and creates media appearance prep packets
  • Writes and disseminates pitch notes, backgrounders, fact sheets, press releases and advisories.
  • Conducts background communications research to support narrative change focus of the organization
  • Assists in coordinating communication department workflows through use of editorial calendars, project timelines and other deadlines.

Qualifications:

  • 3 minimum years of relevant job/ fellowship experiences.
  • Communications and/or media relations experience in local, state or federal legislative, regulatory, or workplace organizing campaigns.
  • Experience using media tracking software such as Meltwater or Cision
  • Experience creating or executing long and short-term media outreach plans
  • Experience tracking media impact metrics
  • Excellent communicator who has ability to research and produce content under short deadlines on a range of topics and adjusting to a range of styles and voices.
  • Good research and fact checking abilities.
  • Comfortable juggling multiple projects at a time and working in a fluid, fast-paced environment.
  • Experience with social media platforms and effective uses of Twitter and Facebook for campaigns and organizations.
  • 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.
  • 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/digital samples, references, and cover letter/letter of interest to info@jwj.org.

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:The Media Relations Specialist is a union-represented position, and, consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement, starting salary is between $53,100 and $60,300, depending on experience. Pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jobs With Justice provides a competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, retirement and professional development benefits.

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. Learn more at www.JWJ.org.

Important notice for applicants:

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 will not be considered. No phone calls or direct solicitations please.


Finance Director, Jobs With Justice

Position overview:   

The Finance Director is responsible for the efforts, results, and success of the organization’s finance department. They provide financial advice and support to help senior management make key decisions. They oversee the application of the values and priorities of Jobs With Justice to its financial strategies, budgeting, operations, personnel, and administrative practices. This person will manage a team that ensures that the finances of Jobs With Justice Education Fund (c3) and Jobs With Justice (c4) and all associated entities are in compliance with all laws and policies that govern them.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage day to day functions and operations of the finance department, including supervising financial staff and other employees in the facilitation of day-to-day operations, including tracking financial data, invoicing, payroll, etc.
  • Be responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s core financial processes including budgeting, forecasting, asset management, and multi-year aggregate expenditure planning
  • Interpret complex financial information and provide updates and information as needed to the management team
  • Monitor cash flow, accounts, and other financial transactions
  • Ensure that all the organization’s financial practices are in line in statutory regulations and legislation
  • Analyze the financial climate and market trends to assist senior management in creating sustainable strategic plans
  • Coordinate work with organization’s external counsel and relevant agents to ensure JWJ personnel practices are incompliance with all applicable laws and regulations
  • Ensure organizational compliance with collective bargaining agreement between unit staff and management staff

Support executive team in developing economic proposals/recommendations when in negotiations with the bargaining unit

This position holds aspects of human resources related to legal compliance, compensation/benefits and documentation. Other elements of human resources relating to labor-management relations that do not directly impact the financial health of the organization are managed by the executive team. This include, but are not limited to, evaluation/assessments, progressive improvement plans, and the management of staff work plans.

Detailed areas of work currently include:

Financial Strategy

  • As a partner to the senior management, department directors and board leadership, assess organizational performanceagainst both the annual budget and JWJ’s long-term strategy.
  • Develop tools and systems to provide critical and timely financial and operational information and make actionable recommendations on financial management, strategy, and operations.
  • Engage the board of directors and the finance committee around issues, trends, and changes in the operating model(s) and operational delivery.
  • Assist in establishing yearly finance and operations objectives, and selecting and engaging outside consultants (auditors, investment advisors, etc.).
  • Oversee long-term budget planning and cost management in alignment with JWJ’s strategic theory of change, especially as the organization considers new programs and funding sources.
  • Protect and manage organizational assets and accounts

Financial and Administrative Management

  • Establish investment and financial management policies that comply with applicable regulations and best practices and are approved by the National Board(s).
  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, ensuring compliance with applicable Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain internal control safeguards and coordinate all audit activities.
  • Manage cash flow and forecasting.
  • Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes a minimum cash threshold to meetoperating needs.
  • Optimize the handling of banking and investment relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance and protectcash positions.
  • Oversee budgeting and the implementation of budgets to monitor progress and present financial metrics both internallyand externally.
  • Oversee JwJ group exemption process to ensure compliance and help build the capacities of our National Network
  • Oversee risk management and legal activities, guarantee compliance with all relevant regulations by ensuring that allprogram-related functions are conducted in compliance with regulations of the IRS and other agencies to which JwJ isaccountable.
  • Manage the lead Operations staff to support the development and monitoring of new and existing organization plans andprojects.Human Resource Management
  • Ensure compliance with rules governing employee relations, labor relations, and equal employment opportunity functions of the organization
  • Provide oversight and regular review of organizational compliance with Safety and Health Issues and monitor compliance with OSHA
  • When requested, give advice and counsel to senior leadership on personnel matters.
  • Remain current on Human Resource best practices, laws and regulations and share updates with senior leadership.Staff Management
  • Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the staff under their direct supervision.
  • Ensure staff members they supervise receive timely and appropriate training and development;
  • Establish and monitor departmental staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives,establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments;
  • Document and archive personnel benchmarks, including but not limited to transitions (hiring/termination), leave, annual evaluations/assessments, and official labor-management correspondence relating to a staff member’s personnel file.

How Responsibilities will be met:

  • Regular meetings with Executive Director to ensure aligned priorities, what is urgent and what can wait
  • Consult with Executive Team on major decisions.
  • Work with Management Team to identify, implement and evaluate HR compliance needs.
  • Work with Management Team to develop and track budgets, and ensure they have clarity on the financial health of theorganization to inform their areas of work.Signs we are on track: A successful Finance Director
  • National office and organizations in the network are growing sustainable infrastructures, thriving in financial health
  • JWJ is compliant with all IRS regulations throughout the network
  • JWJ carries fully balanced budgets
  • The finance and operations work of the organization is informing and being informed by the other areas of work within the organization.
  • Communicates about and documents work, outcomes, updates and developments in a timely and strategic way;
  • Successfully transfers knowledge and skill in order to build the capacity of local coalitions and national staff;
  • Effectively communicates and collaborates within the Sustainability Department, JWJ staff teams, and local affiliates and external partners in a complex environment

• Director and Departmental staff are accountable for and follows through on agreed upon work plans and actions;

Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience in managerial role in a Finance setting with Supervisory Experience
  • Advanced degree or other relevant certification/continuing education completion in finance related field
  • Demonstrable passion for JWJs mission; a leader with integrity and a desire to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Basic understanding of collective bargaining—both in the traditional US context and beyond
  • Demonstrated ability to design and implement best practices in financial and operations management
  • Solid knowledge of non-profit organizations, GAAP standards, and fund accounting
  • Expert level experience in managing and operating QuickBooks and related finance software/systems.
  • Several years’ experience managing and growing the finances of 501c3 and 501c4 organizations with comparable budgets orlarger.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, and exceptionally detail oriented (e.g., notices when codes are off by onenumber or the wrong name is listed), but can also see the big picture (notices trends in spending or income that may haveimplications for the project)
  • Strong analytical skills and experience transforming a strategic vision into an operational model. Previous experience inoperational oversight a plus
  • Experience working in an organization with a union collective bargaining agreement is a plus;
  • Ability to work with a geographically dispersed set of colleagues from multiple locations and offices.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate in a fast-paced environment independently and collaboratively.
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and social movements, includinghistorically underrepresented communities

Models transparent and accountable decision-makingSalary: Negotiated based on experience and Management Team norms and practices
Benefits: Generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

This is a management level position, and is not a part of the staff bargaining unit. The Finance Director is accountable to and supervised by the Executive Director.

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

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to execteam@jwj.org.


Transit Riders Union Organizer, Coalition for Economic Justice 

The Coalition for Economic Justice in Buffalo, NY is seeking a full-time Transit Riders Union Organizer

Background: The Coalition for Economic Justice’s (CEJ) mission is to unite our member labor, faith, and community organizations and activist with allies and resources to win campaigns that promote economic justice for all through building strong, diverse, sustainable communities. Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU), a CEJ campaign since the fall of 2016, is a collective of transit riders working for a more efficient and responsive transit system in the greater Buffalo area.

Responsibilities:

  • Campaign support: Under supervision of Executive Director, develop and implement campaign strategy and coordinate coalition campaign work;
    • Work alongside the Crossroads Collective to implement environmental justice initiatives
    • Organize Transit Riders to ensure a strong NFTA for all where no one lives further than 2 minutes away from a transit stop.
  • Internal organizing: Strengthen participation of member groups in coalition campaigns and activities;
  • Mobilization: Maintain and grow mobilization structure and coordinate coalition leaders, staff, and volunteers in mobilizing member groups and activist base for coalition actions and events.
  • Coalition building: Work with Executive Director and coalition leadership to reach out to allies and recruit new organizations and individual activists to Coalition for Economic Justice through one-onones, presentations, tabling, and other outreach activities. o
    • Create labor community partnerships that can move a progressive climate agenda forward
  • Fundraising: Work with coalition leadership, staff and volunteers to develop and implement grassroots fundraising activities, including maintenance of fundraising lists, direct mail, and fundraising events.
  • Support and Supervision for Interns: With Executive Director, support and supervise interns.Qualifications:
  • Organizing experience, including experience developing and implementing campaigns;
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of worker justice and the labor movement;
  • Ability to mobilize grassroots support and build diverse partnerships;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to maintain a database and use basic computer programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and willingness to learn other needed computer programs.
  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.
  • Current NFTA riders are highly encouraged to apply
  • Experience with popular education and/or media work a plus.

Term of employment: We are seeking someone to start as soon as possible. Position will be permanent, pending a 90 day probation period.

Hours: Monday through Friday, may include some weekends and evening hours

Direct Supervisor: Executive Director

Compensation: $32,000 – $38,000 a year, depending on experience; fully paid health and dental benefits.

Please send a resume and cover letter to hiring@cejbuffalo.org with Transit Organizer in the title, by 12/13/19

For more information, please contact Holly Nowak at 716-892-5877 or Holly@CEJBuffalo.org