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Starting salary is based on a scale set by a democratically-elected personnel committee and will depend on factors such as experience and education.

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 23,000, 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."

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

MRNY is seeking a Youth Organizer to join the Youth Power Project (YPP) to build and support a base of youth leaders in Brooklyn. The Youth Organizer will also engage young people in leadership development and organizing around community safety and justice, educational justice, and other youth issues at the local, State and Federal level. The position would be ideal for a young, energetic organizer or leader with a commitment to social justice, community organizing and civic engagement.

The candidate will work within YPP to build a base, nurture the leadership of our members and advance city and statewide campaigns around community safety and justice and educational justice. Additionally, the candidate will represent Make the Road New York at education coalition tables.

Youth Organizer Responsibilities Not Limited To:

Base Building:

  • Conduct regular outreach through classroom presentations, phone calls, social media and in the neighborhood
  • Build a base of youth of color in Brooklyn as grassroots leaders
  • Coordinate with youth leaders for planning and executing base-building events and actions
  • Maintain regular contact with new and current members

Leadership Development:

  • Create leadership development and political education workshops and trainings for youth leaders
  • Develop youth leader’s facilitation skills to lead meetings, workshops and actions
  • Support youth members to help lead base-building, campaign and coalition work        

Campaigns:

  • Coordinate and engage in campaigns that advocate for community safety and justice and educational justice and elevate the voices and experiences of young people in our campaigns for justice
  • Create and implement campaign strategies and connect youth to leading the work
  • Engage multiple stakeholders including youth leaders, educators, elected officials, and organizational leaders in the social justice/education field

Other Responsibilities:

  • Participate in membership meetings, staff meetings, and community building events 
  • Work with MRNY’s YPP team, key member leaders and allies to move forward city, state and federal campaigns
  • Support MRNY’s organizational and YPP wide events throughout the year

Qualifications:

  • Eligible to work in the US
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, youth leadership, community empowerment, and issues impacting low-income communities of color
  • Experience working with youth, preferably through youth organizing
  • Excellent people and relationship building skills
  • Open to working some nights and weekends

The position will be based out of MRNY’s Bushwick, Brooklyn office. The organizer must be ready to work with and engage young people in Brooklyn communities and in schools. 

We are looking for a creative thinker who has the ability to develop specific project goals, implement new strategies and build youth leadership to advance our campaigns. This is an excellent opportunity to impact the public dialogue on education and other youth issues by putting young people at the forefront.

MRNY is an equal opportunity employer. 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, 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

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

MRNY offers a generous benefit package including health insurance, maternity/paternity leave, and 401K.

MRNY offers a generous benefit package including health insurance, maternity/paternity leave, and 401K.

How to Apply

To apply please send resumes and cover letters to YPPorganizerjobs@maketheroadny.org Applications will be accepted until November 29, 2019.

To apply please send resumes and cover letters to YPPorganizerjobs@maketheroadny.org Applications will be accepted until November 29, 2019.

Location

301 Grove Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237

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