Employment Justice Coalition Coordinator

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Make the Road New York
Brooklyn, NY

Make the Road New York

Published 15 days ago

Starting salary is based on a step scale based on years of experience

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York operates community centers in Bushwick, Brooklyn; Jackson Heights, Queens; Port Richmond, Staten Island; Brentwood, Long Island and White Plains, Westchester County. With a membership of 24,000, MRNY tackles the critical issues facing our communities, including workplace justice, tenants’ rights, immigrant rights and civil rights, TGNCIQ justice, public education, health care access, and immigration reform. (TGNCIQ = transgender, gender non-conforming, intersex and queer)

MRNY is a multi-service organization. Our member-led organizing committees -- which work on the issues named above -- implement strategies to combat shared problems, and develop leadership and the capacity for civic participation. We also provide an array of high-quality bilingual services: We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish-language literacy, computer literacy, citizenship preparation, and in-school and after-school youth programs. We have a robust legal program that offers direct representation across a spectrum of practice areas, including employment law, immigration law, housing and benefits, and TGNCIQ civil rights; we also take on impact litigation as a strategy for achieving broad change. Our health program offers facilitated enrollment into health insurance programs and SNAP benefits, a community health worker home visit program, nutrition education and emergency food pantries, health care navigation, and more."

The Role:

We are seeking a dynamic organizer to join the team at Make the Road as the Employment Justice Coalition Coordinator (EJC Coordinator), with expertise in grassroots organizing and advocacy campaigns. The EJC Coordinator will join a powerful coalition of member-based community organizations, labor unions, direct service providers, litigators and economic analysts. With the support of the Fund Excluded Workers Coalition Steering Committee, this position will help drive a collective campaign to advance legislation to expand unemployment insurance to 1.2M New Yorkers excluded from state and federal benefits; ie: those who are undocumented, recently incarcerated or work in the cash economy. 

The EJC Coordinator is responsible for maintaining relationships with coalition affiliates and oversees the work to ensure that the objectives and goals of the coalition. This position will engage in the following: research; power analysis; campaign planning; team and task design; internal communications structure; developing ladders of engagement; narrative strategy; partner engagement and policy design. 

The Employment Justice Coalition Coordinator is a telework job position for the foreseeable future but the selected candidate should be prepared to work out of any of our offices, as the work requires including after the telework format is over and we resume work from our work sites.

Key responsibilities of the role: 

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with strategic partners in key organizations and geographies. Recruit and onboard new partner organizations into the campaign through 1:1’s and meaningful engagement. 
  • Capacity to work remotely and facilitate meaningful engagement in virtual spaces
  • Hold regular meetings with Regional Organizers of the FEW Coalition and issue-area leads to develop strategy and volunteer engagement pathways; create work plans and provide support, resources and accountability. 
  • Attend and organize select local, regional and statewide meetings to represent coalition. 
  • Build and facilitate relationships with state elected officials, staff and participate in policy design
  • Conduct select trainings, provide technical assistance and create opportunities for speaking engagement for coalition members. 
  • Assist FEW steering committees with grant proposals and support successful implementation of fundraising objectives. 
  • Experiment with movement-building and volunteer engagement strategies; relay successful models and learning to broader coalition.
  • Collaborate extensively with Workplace Justice Department to partner on campaign objectives 
  • Participate actively in regular organizing department, and organization-wide meetings.
  • Attend trainings to further professional development
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned 


  • Eligible to work in the USA
  • Bachelor’s degree or at least 4 years of work experience in a job with skills that are transferable to this specific position;
  • Must be fully bilingual in Spanish and English (spoken and written), and comfortable conducting outreach, workshops, counseling in Spanish. Strong overall communication skills.
  • At least three years of experience in leadership roles in a campaign. This may be a grassroots campaign, political campaign, union organizing campaign, or anything that you believe demonstrates you can design and effectively run a campaign for social change, working with partners and in coalition across issues and constituencies.
  • Demonstrated experience to implement shared campaign objectives
  • At least two years of experience (in a paid or volunteer role) working with organizational partners and supporting their growth, political education, and leadership development
  • Demonstrated experience coaching and supporting people with very different experience levels, learning styles, and communication styles.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, with multiple teams across an organization and/or community. 
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, the ability to flex communication styles to adapt to different cultural environments.

Job Competencies:

  • Strong facilitation and agenda setting skills. 
  • Strong command of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and experience using web-based databases
  • Experience organizing data and developing internal and external communications
  • Willingness to support and bring creativity to emergent areas of work
  • History of engaging in anti-racism and anti-oppression training and desire to continue doing this work.
  • Team player - cooperative, communicative, and willing to support fellow team members.

MRNY is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse staff. Women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities and people of color strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunities without discrimination because of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, disability or marital status.

Make the Road New York (MRNY) builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services. Make the Road New York…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Full Time Schedule


301 Grove Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237

How to Apply

Please apply with a cover letter, resume and three references in Make the Road New York's Career Center.

Please apply with a cover letter, resume and three references in Make the Road New York's Career Center.

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