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Title: Lead Organizer

ALIGN: the Alliance for a Greater New York is an alliance of community and labor organizations working together to create good jobs, vibrant communities, and a more accountable democracy for all New Yorkers. ALIGN is the coming together of two longstanding New York community‐labor coalitions, New York Jobs with Justice and Urban Agenda. Over the last two decades, we have been at the forefront of championing worker rights and equitable development policies, winning victories such as the TRADES program for local hiring and construction career ladders at NYC public housing, the Coney Island for All redevelopment agreement for good jobs and affordable housing, and Local Law 86 & 87 creating thousands of green jobs through municipal building energy efficiency. For more information about our work, visit


Position Description & Responsibilities

We seek a talented, motivated, and dedicated person to join our team as a lead organizer to run our waste and workers’ rights campaigns.  The lead organizer will lead a campaign to transform the commercial waste industry by increasing recycling, improving workplace conditions, and ensuring fair siting of waste facilities as well as coordinating a  newly formed Low Wage Worker Organizing table.  This position will play a central role in the development and implementation of these two projects to advance workers’ rights, economic justice and zero waste goals.

The Lead Organizer position will report to the Organizer Director and is responsible for:

Campaign Development:

  • Leading the development and implementation of strategy for the Low Wage Worker table and Transform Don’t Trash campaign, including developing collective goals, leading strategic planning, connecting organizing work with research and public policy.
  • Develop the implementation of methods for ensuring effective communication among organizations, including sending regular updates across campaigns that include research, fact sheets, toolkits, and other information, as needed.

Campaign Coordination:

  • Leading coalition of union, environmental justice, community, and other allies through setting and consistently achieving biweekly and quarterly as well as responding to campaign flow, stakeholders’ and internal priorities to adapt plans effectively; managing public education, advocacy, tactic and action/event coordination.
  • Collaborate closely with Low Wage Organizing Table’s organizations, including the research, organizing, and campaign staff, to ensure thoughtful integration with and find opportunities for aligned work across our table.
  • Increase the scale of core Low Wage Organizing Table campaigns by recruiting and mobilizing members across organizations to participate in collective efforts.


  • Strengthening and growing our city coalitions through broad-based institutional and individual relationship-building and maintenance; building leadership and mobilization capacity of community and labor allies, deepening city community-labor-environmental network.

Policy advocacy:

  • Driving political organizing strategy to achieve policy demands, coordinating research and policy staff behind organizing campaign, directing coalition members and activist mobilization, and maintaining and marshaling institutional engagement through coalition meetings and calls.



  • A commitment to social and economic justice and the labor movement.
  • Strong coalition building and facilitation skills across a diverse set organizations and constituents.
  • Minimum 3 years professional organizing experience working in community, labor, or political organizations.
  • Ability to independently manage projects from conception to completion and supervise junior staff.
  • Excellent organizational, writing and communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, collaborate as part of a team, work in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Strategic judgment, flexibility, creativity, and initiative.
  • Ability to work independently and manage projects from conception to completion.

Terms of Employment: The Lead Organizer position is a full-time position with health, retirement, vacation, and other benefits.  These terms, and others relevant to your employment, are spelled out in the ALIGN Personnel Policy which accompanies this job description.


Application Process: Please send applications by April 29, 2017  to with “Lead Organizer” in the subject line of the email. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, three references. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not receive a response.


ALIGN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.