A little about us…

We are a statewide grassroots movement organization that fights for political, social, racial, economic and environmental justice. We work at the grassroots to give people a sense of their own power. We collaborate with organizations and coalitions in communities throughout New York to address critical issues at the local, state and federal levels.


We’re looking to add a Staten Island Community Organizer to our team. The person in this role is focused on building the base of volunteers who are engaged in the work with a particular focus on the  New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) on Staten Island with a two fold purpose: 1) to raise state revenue to invest in New York, and campaigns that will elect progressive champions at the local, state and federal level and 2)  work directly work with leaders and members to create outreach strategies to engage the community and build the chapter’s political strength. A community organizer must be personable and not afraid to use traditional organizing tactics to build the organization.


We take pride in hiring staff who share our values & characteristics.

These include:

Passionate about issues of social, racial, economic and environmental justice
Ability to think strategically and creatively to solve problems
A high degree of professionalism and professional maturity
Strong ability to lead a team; lead multiple projects; to fruition and success
Collaborative work style and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of different racial, ethnic, socio-economic, educational, religious, gender and generational backgrounds
Collaborative work style and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and with people from a variety of backgrounds


Our Process:

The hiring process at our organization has multiple layers and steps to ensure we are hiring the folks that best fit our culture and organizational needs. Please be advised that this process may take up to two months to complete. During this time if you continue through our process, you’ll meet and speak with people from all areas of our organization.


Union Affiliation:

Citizen Action is proud to be a unionized workplace in partnership with Worker Action.  This position is a bargaining unit position.


Who you are and what you’ve accomplished:

Ability to demonstrate skills, recruit and train volunteers in the core activities of the organization (recruitment, campaign tools/activities, communications, etc).
Effectively use the organization’s training methodology – demonstrating the skill (with support), doing shoulder to shoulder work with member leaders, tracking results, analyzing results, and providing effective feedback.
Commitment to meet the rigor of ongoing outreach goals (phone banking, 1-1s, canvassing, etc.), the core tactics used to build strong regional chapters here at Citizen Action.
Demonstrated success and skills in recruiting and leadership development with volunteers/member leaders. Includes, running and supporting volunteers doing phone banks, canvassing, planning events, lobbying, facilitating workshops and meetings.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills – a strong communicator, in person or virtual
Develops creative approaches to problem-solving, including strong analytic, strategic and planning skills geared to meeting organizations goals.
Ability to work evenings and weekends to meet member leaders when they are available.
Strong basic planning skills, both personally and professionally
Excellent ability to foster and maintain strong relationships.
Ability to work independently.
Open mindedness / willingness to take direction
Motivation and commitment to the work and progressive change
Has ability to teach and facilitate meetings/lead group/committee/volunteer
Self-motivated, taking initiative and engaging in thought partnership as needed with your supervisor.
Excellent interpersonal skills – ability to build trust and maintain relationships with community partners and fellow staff members
Ability to travel, including having a reliable car and valid driver’s license.
Strong facilitation skills and able to lead a group of people towards a shared understanding of facilitated content. In particular, able to facilitate and educate NYCHA tenants on RAD, Section 9 and The Preservation Trust Act without bias for either option. Training and resources will be made available to the person in this role.
The ability to break complex policies or systems down in an accessible way.


What you’ll do and the impact you’ll make:

Chapter Building – Recruit due pay members and assist in the maintenance of the regional board. Use issues and electoral campaigns as a way to grow the chapter through outreach strategies that grow the dedicated base of volunteers.
Outreach and Recruitment – Create an outreach and recruitment plan alongside leader builds for chapter meetings, committee meetings, mobilization efforts, and campaign tactics. Use organizing tactics such as phone banking, text banking, and canvassing in order to grow chapter members. Lead weekly outreach events with members.
Administrative – Work with staff to manage the chapter’s VAN requirements such as updating VAN with weekly one-on-ones, volunteer activities, and volunteer profile. Work with the Data Coordinator to create recruitment phone banks and canvass lists.
Legislative – Work with the lead organizer and member leaders to create outreach strategies based on legislative campaigns during the planning phase and support committee management during legislative sessions.
Electoral: Recruit members and leaders to be a part of the endorsement committee and assist the Lead Organizer in coordination.
Communications – Assist the lead organizer with creating content for emails, social media, letters to editors, op-eds, and collecting local stories that amplify campaigns.

Any other duties as assigned by your supervisor.


Our Benefits:

Working collaboratively in an organization at the forefront of building power across NYS
Competitive salary
100% paid employee monthly medical and vision premiums
Access to mental health and dental plans
401(k) retirement plan
Monthly cell phone stipend
12 organization-paid holidays, generous vacation
Biannual statewide staff meetings


Salary: $56,766 to $60,637, depending on experience.


This position is located in NYC, staff must live in Staten Island. This person will be reporting to that chapters’ office location. In-person participation in meetings and events may be required at different locations.Periodic travel across New York State is required. Travel may be required outside of New York State. Travel may include multiple day trips and over weekends.


Please note, all benefits are subject to change.


Citizen Action of NY and The Public Policy and Education Fund are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability. We are looking for the most passionate people who want to join our team. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applicants may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the terms of the ADA and state/local laws. Please let us know if you need assistance participating in the interview process.
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