Community Voices Heard


Hudson Valley Lead Organizer

Based in the Hudson Valley Region


Community Voices Heard (CVH) is a member-led, multi-racial organization principally comprised of women of color and low-income families in New York State. Founded in 1994 by welfare recipients in New York City working to fight unjust welfare policies, CVH tackles tough issues and builds power to secure racial, social and economic justice for all New Yorkers.

Through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy CVH is creating a truly equitable New York State. CVH’s core organizing issues include fighting for a just social safety net, good jobs and access to them, truly affordable housing, sustainable and resilient communities, and a participatory democracy.

CVH works towards its goals with four key strategies:

Base Building: Using a model of multi-issue, multi-generational, and multi-cultural base building actively increases the number of impacted community members joining the fight for social change for their community.

Leadership Development: Through leadership development, CVH empowers member leaders to organize their neighbors and build collective power to achieve systemic change.

Strategic Campaigns: In true participatory-action form CVH members and staff organizers work together to research and share lived experiences, bringing unique and authentic perspectives to the issues.

Actions: Within each campaign creative, non-violent actions and demonstrations bring to light, on a public platform, the issues faced by those most affected by the decision making of those in power.

CVH is working to build a society in which the systems that govern foster racial, social and economic justice not exploitation – particularly for low-income people of color. CVH seeks a society in which all people – regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender expression, sexual identity, citizen status, primary language, and ability – are treated with mutual respect and where privileges of one group do not exist.

Community Voices Heard is seeking a highly experienced Lead Organizer for the Hudson Valley Region to help take the organization and its work to the next level.

The primary responsibilities of the position are to:

  • Provide strategic direction for short- and long-term campaigns on local, regional and state levels.
  • Develop and supervise a team of 3 base-building and campaign organizers across multiple chapters (Westchester, Orange and Dutchess Counties).
  • Integrate community organizing with long-term, sustainable community-driven policy change efforts.
  • Ensure the growth and development of a strong base of member-leaders.
  • Prepare written reports, meetings summaries, and related materials as required.
  • Work in collaboration with the organizing team and the Director of Development to inform campaign-related grant proposals as well as track deliverables for grant reports.

The position will report to the Organizing Director.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned organizer, a strategic campaign planner, and an experienced staff manager and leader with grassroots, labor, or political organizing experience, and experience building, leading, and managing teams.

  • Applicants must be committed to ideology of building community power & share our commitment to membership grassroots decision-making, radical politics & our theory of social change.
  • At least five years community organizing, union organizing, political organizing, and/ or legislative issue advocacy experience required.
  • Strong track record of winning concrete campaign victories.
  • Experience with power analysis/ power mapping, strategy and campaign development.
  • Experience with base building, door knocking, one-on-ones, leadership development and mobilization.
  • Experience supervising &/ or managing other staff and working in teams
  • Experience with fundraising and familiarity with digital tools (Nation Builder, etc.) are desired, but not required.
  • Sense of humor, confidence and self-motivation.
  • Spanish or Haitian Creole language skills are strongly desired, but not required.
  • Valid Drivers’ License and access to a car are required.
  • Knowledge of Hudson Valley Region and NYS politics is a plus, but not required.

Salary range is $65,000 – $75,000 commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits include health insurance (medical, dental, vision), short- and long-term disability insurance, sabbatical policy, 403(b) retirement program, personal & sick days, generous vacation leave, and holiday time off.

CVH is an equal opportunity employer.  People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and people with current/ or past experience on public assistance or residency in public housing are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Next review date is August 30, 2021.

Email your résumé and cover letter (with subject line: Hudson Valley Lead Organizer, CVH), to Daniel Carrillo at: danielcarrillo@unionsearch.org

Daniel is an Associate with Unionsearch.org.

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