Community Organizer for Citizen Action of New York

Albany, NY

Citizen Action of New York is one of the fastest-growing statewide grassroots organizations building the movement for justice. We fight for racial, social, economic and environmental justice, and an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy and well-connected. Our organizing campaigns focus on issues such as education, health care, campaign finance reform, progressive taxation, and criminal justice reform. We have won significant improvements in New Yorkers’ lives, and we have elected progressive candidates to office. We play a leadership role in organizing major statewide coalitions including the Alliance for Quality Education and the Working Families Party.

Citizen Action of New York has seven regional grassroots offices, including one based in the Capital District. We are currently seeking an ORGANIZER for the Albany, NY office.

If you have strong organizing experience, enjoy working with a diverse group of people and are committed to social change, come join our growing organization!

Responsibilities include:

  • Recruitment of new community members through door canvassing and community events
  • Organize actions, mobilizations, phone banks, media coverage and other activities with a major focus on education & environmental justice issues
  • Build Citizen Action of New York by recruiting dues paying members, building our volunteer base and training local members and leaders
  • Build and staff local coalitions and local Citizen Action leadership committees
  • Maintain a growing database of contacts
  • Guide and develop community leaders to gain the skills and knowledge to win concrete changes in their lives and community


  • Prior professional organizing experience strongly preferred; experience in community-led initiatives and/or campaigns a must
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • A creative approach to problem-solving, including strong analytic, strategic and planning skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritize multiple tasks while under deadline
  • Must own a reliable personal vehicle and possess a clean license
  • Evening and weekend availability
  • Proven ability to work well with diverse communities
  • Spanish-speaking ability strongly preferred

Additional factors: Knowledge of local and New York State politics is desired.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Full health benefits.

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to employment@citizenactionny.org. Please include the subject line Albany – Community Organizer. Citizen Action of NY is an equal opportunity employer and we seek to build an organization that aggressively pursues a racial justice agenda. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

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