Community Voices Heard

Director of Organizing

For covering NYC and the Hudson Valley region of NY


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 Director of Organizing to manage and build CVH’s organizing and campaign work. This position will manage the base building and campaign work in our four Chapters in New York City and the Hudson Valley.

We are looking for someone who will be both a senior strategist in the organization as well as work intensively with our organizing team to help them reach their fullest potential in base-building, leadership development and winning strategic issue campaigns at the local, state and federal levels.

The ideal candidate for this position will be someone who has a vision and strong desire to build CVH’s statewide power, but also loves to implement program work at the local level and to work directly with organizers and leaders to build a strong powerful base.

The primary responsibilities of the position are to:

  • Provide strategic vision and direction (along with staff and leaders) for building CVH organizing department with a particular eye and focus on building power at the state level to win state level policy and administrative campaigns.
  • Develop and supervise lead organizers in the Hudson Valley and NYC to ensure campaigns and base building are producing strong results in terms of campaign wins, base-building and leadership development metrics and helping them manage citywide coalitions, campaigns and special projects.
  • Manage CVH’s Leadership Development, skills building and political education work and ensure that all organizers are integrating and executing CVH’s nationally recognized leadership development model on a regular and consistent basis.
  • Encourage the use of direct-action, as necessary and appropriate, to advance campaigns.
  • Work with the CVH Political & Executive Director to manage statewide and national alliances and partnerships and advance state level policy and issue campaigns.
  • Set up, manage and hold staff accountable to organizational wide organizing systems and a culture of database (Nationbuilder) usage to enhance effectiveness of organizing.
  • 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 Executive Director and will be part of the Senior Staff Team.

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 an ideology of building community power & share our commitment to membership grassroots decision-making, progressive politics & our theory of social change that is tied to a metrics and measurable campaign wins that deliver concrete improvements to CVH members and communities.
  • At least 5+ years community organizing, union organizing, political organizing, and/ or legislative issue advocacy experience required.
  • Strong track record of winning concrete campaign victories, mobilizing large numbers of people into action, power analysis, campaign development and building community leadership.
  • Experience supervising &/ or managing other at least five organizers and working in and managing work teams.
  • Spanish or Haitian Creole language skills are strongly desired, but not required.
  • Knowledge of the political landscape in New York State politics is a plus, but not required.
  • Access to car to ease regular chapter-to-chapter travel is preferred.

Salary range is $75,000 – $80,000 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: Organizing Director, CVH), to Daniel Carrillo at: danielcarrillo@unionsearch.org.

Daniel is an Associate with Unionsearch.org.

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