Metro Industrial Areas Foundation

Metro Industrial Areas Foundation


Covering New York & New Jersey

The leaders and organizers of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) build independent citizen-run organizations whose primary purpose is building power that lasts. Metro IAF organizations are made up of people from all races and classes and focus on productive improvements in the public arena that make life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness everyday realities. We build homes, reduce crime, improve schools, create wealth and regenerate communities. We don’t fit into any ideological category or cartoon – left or right, progressive or conservative. Metro IAF (www.metro-iaf-ny.org or @metroiafny) has seven affiliates in the New York metropolitan area: East Brooklyn Congregations; Manhattan Together; South Bronx Churches; Empower Queens United in Action and Leadership; Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods; Westchester United; and New Jersey Together.

We are based in more than 120 institutional members: churches, synagogues, mosques, senior centers, schools, and voluntary associations. We have significant political power and a history of accomplishments:

  • Building or rehabilitating more than 6,400 units of housing, worth nearly two billion dollars
  • Partnering with the NYC Department of Education to start four small quality public high schools and two charter schools, and create $400 million in school construction
  • Spearheading two environmental clean ups in Jersey City totaling $1 billion dollars
  • Winning a $60 million clean up and rehabilitation of East River and Seward Park
  • Helping pass NYC’s first living wage in 1996
  • Helping pass NYC Charter reform in 1990
  • Leading countless successful actions to improve bus, postal and senior services, and the conditions of our parks and grocery stores
  • Engaging thousands of local leaders each year in the democratic process.

We are looking for three additional Organizers who would have the ability and energy to build organizing teams of leaders in member institutions, identify local leaders and issues for action, and undertake local actions that address community concerns.

Compensation & Supervision: IAF believes organizing should be a vocation, not a job. Organizer salaries are competitive and include health/dental care and paid vacation. In the early try-out phase of three months, for people with little or no previous experience, a salary of $4,400 per month is normal. Salaries can increase if the person does well and is offered a one-year commitment. For people with experience, the starting salary is higher and the ability to advance can be more rapid. Contributions towards a retirement plan are available after one year of employment. We believe strongly in training and mentoring. Each organizer is mentored by an experienced Metro IAF Lead Organizer and receives on-going training from Metro IAF National staff.

Qualifications: We’re looking for people who want their work to have meaning, can channel their anger and passion into action, and have the drive, stamina, and imagination to figure out how to accomplish a goal. Spanish fluency is very important. See http://metro-iaf-ny.org/content/become-organizer for the description of the qualities Metro IAF looks for in organizers and the steps to secure a 90-day professional tryout.

To Apply
Send cover letter, résumé to: grantlindsay@ebc-iaf.org. To learn more about how we think about organizing and our work, read Going Public by Michael Gecan.

All Metro IAF affiliates are proud Equal Opportunity Employers.
Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.

WHEN APPLYING: Be sure to indicate that you saw this information at UNIONJOBS.COM.