New Jersey Communities United

New Jersey Communities United

Early Childhood Community Organizer

Based in Newark, NJ


$45,000 to $55,000 depending on experience - full time


  • The ideal candidate will possess strong communication skills, extensive union organizing experience, eagerness to learn, and a familiarity with issues facing early childhood education workers.
  • This is a full-time salaried position with benefits
  • NJ Communities United is in Newark, NJ. At this time, staff are allowed to work remotely and are provided resources to conduct meetings remotely. There would ideally be in-person interactions with leaders and/or other organizers, as public safety allows.
  • This position reports to the Lead Organizer and works directly with an organizing team and the base of providers in New Jersey.

NJ Communities United, in a decade long partnership with CWA Local 1037, has organized a base of childcare providers, early childhood workers, teachers and parents across the state of New Jersey fighting for an equitable and affordable childcare system. We organize to raise industry standards for the early childhood workforce and center the voices of people who do this work every day in political decision making. Our leaders and organizing team work to restructure the childcare system to become one that is inclusive and equitable for all.

We are building a powerful movement that recognizes our communities as decision makers, not passive recipients of services.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following qualifications:

  • A passion for justice and grassroots organizing as a means for political, workplace and community change
  • 3 to 6 years union organizing experience
  • Familiarity with unions, rank and file leadership, the processes of workplace organizing, community organizing, and direct action is required
  • Bilingual Spanish speaker is required
  • A desire and willingness to learn and understand the complexities of community-labor partnerships
  • A drive for working with people, and communicating with others frequently
  • A will to learn, grow and adapt to changing environments. Desire to be challenged and nurture personal growth
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently and across diverse populations of race, geography, age, and gender
  • Has worked in a childcare setting before, been affected by the childcare system, and is familiar with the objectives of labor organizing
  • Open to evaluation and direction from supervisor and peers

Job Responsibilities:

  • Organize, with your supervisor, 1-1 meetings with leaders
  • Organize and lead, with your supervisor, regional or statewide meetings of providers, early childhood workers, educators, and parents
  • Identify, nurture, and elevate leaders within impacted communities and the broader public to help shape and inform campaign goals, tactics, and strategies while developing a powerful base
  • Develop and conduct training for leaders on effective community and labor organizing, team building, mobilization, power analysis, coalition building, structural racism, popular education, storytelling, one-to-ones, etc.
  • Ability to have flexible work weeks (for instance, may work through a Monday evening, but can start late another day during the week to keep a 40 hour work week).


  • Transportation is required for this position
  • Fluency in Spanish is required


  • Generous family medical and dental insurance, voluntary life, short/long-term insurance, parental leave, paid/sick time off, holidays, and employer-contributions to retirement.
  • Additional benefits details are provided to candidates selected for interviews.

Please submit your résumé and cover letter with the subject line “Early Childhood Organizer” to: njcurecruit@gmail.com.

This position is open until a candidate is hired.

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