[COMM-ORG] job: senior organizer, Brooklyn NYC, no salary info

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From: Valery Jean <valery at furee.org>



FUREE is looking for an experienced, senior-level community organizer 
with a solid background in organizing in low income and working class 
communities of color and a demonstrated capacity to build grassroots 
leadership. We are looking for a bold, dedicated, passionate, 
experienced person who is looking to learn and grow as an organizer and 
leader, and who is looking for the opportunity to work in a growing 
organization of local and national prominence doing cutting edge racial, 
gender and economic justice organizing. Our campaigns include organizing 
against gentrification and for community-led accountable development, 
building the power of young people of color to organize sustainable 
youth employment, and a civic engagement project in low-income and 
working class communities of color.

Who we are: FUREE is a multi-racial, women-led membership organization 
in Brooklyn, New York. FUREE is organizing to build a strong base of 
low-income women of color to build power to change the system so that 
all peoples’ work is valued and everyone has the right to exit and 
remain out of poverty. Our guiding principle is that the people who are 
directly impacted by the policies we are seeking to change should lead 
the organization.

Summary of Responsibilities: The Senior Organizer’s main job is to 1) 
build FUREE’s base and membership and build strong relationships with 
FUREE members and leaders through systematic outreach and follow up; 2) 
to develop our members’ leadership skills and consciousness through 
systematic (formal) work and informal relationships, and; 3) to engage 
the leadership of our members in winning campaigns to achieve concrete 
improvements in our communities while directly addressing structural 
racism, sexism and classism.


1) Building a Strong Base of Members: The Senior Organizer will recruit 
members utilizing various methods, maintain recruitment and contact 
records, assess potential members and meet turn out goals to meetings, 
actions and other organizational activities.

2) Developing the Skills, Leadership and Consciousness of our Members: 
FUREE believes that those who are directly impacted by negative public 
policy and practices should lead the organization and given training and 
support in order to lead social change work in the communities we serve. 
The Senior Organizer will identify potential and emerging leaders from 
our membership, create individual leadership development plans with 
current and emerging leaders that will build their political framework 
and community organizing skills including participation in political and 
community organizing education. The Senior Organizer will encourage 
participation and building organizational ownership amongst members.

3) Campaign Strategy, Research and Development: Build strong, active 
campaign committees to scale and scope including working with members to 
lead community mobilization efforts, campaign strategy and research and 
co-facilitating quarterly power-mapping with leaders to evaluate 
campaign progress. The Senior Organizer will also be responsible for 
organizing media work on the campaign including training members on 
framing, messaging and obtaining media coverage.

4) Strategic Ally Work: Strengthen current and introduce new 
collaborations with ally organizations and individuals to increase our 
ability to build power for our members and to build a broader racial, 
gender and economic justice movement.

5) Political Education: Work with FUREE staff and leaders to build and 
integrate a deeper political vision into our on-the-ground organizing 
and to educate members, leaders and community residents about the 
political context of FUREE’s campaigns.

6) Organizational Sustainability: Collaborate with staff and members on 
organizational activities, events, and meetings; recruiting campaign 
members to contribute to organizational communications including 
website, social networking applications and video; collaborate with 
members to build a broader social justice vision and theory of change; 
engage in grassroots fundraising activities including recruiting 
campaign members to lead grassroots fundraising efforts; preparing 
periodic reports of activities and consistently utilizing political, 
professional and personal development opportunities provided by FUREE.

Desired Qualifications:

· 4 or more years of strong community and/or labor organizing 
experience, preferably with low-income communities and a demonstrated 
capacity to effectively carry out the above responsibilities

· 2 or more years of strong experience of leadership development and 
political education training facilitation

· 2 or more years of supervisory experience

· A well developed personal framework/theory of social change and a 
strong commitment to racial and economic justice as well as to FUREE's 

· Demonstrated knowledge of Brooklyn or New York City’s political, 
social and economic climate

· Demonstrated knowledge of accountable development organizing frameworks

· Ability to communicate, motivate and listen to people from all walks 
of life

· Experience with grant writing, reporting and grassroots fundraising

· Strong writing skills including messaging and framing for various 

· Ability to work evenings/weekends as necessary

· Computer literate particularly Microsoft Office and data basing 

· Bilingual English/Spanish preferred but not required

Women of color, immigrants, differently-abled, and people of color from 
low-income neighborhoods in Fort Greene, the borough of Brooklyn or 
other NYC communities are strongly encouraged to apply. FUREE is a 
positive and inclusive women-led, supportive work environment.

This is a full time position with a competitive salary, health and 
dental benefits. Great opportunities for growth, development and 

To respond: Send resume, cover letter, salary history and 1 personal and 
3 professional references to info at furee.org or mail to 388 Atlantic 
Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. Please type “Senior Organizer Search” in the 
subject heading. In your cover letter, specify why you are interested in 
this particular job with FUREE.

We will respond ONLY to eligible applicants. Please do not call to 
inquire about application status.

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2014
Valery Jean
Executive Director
Families United for Racial & Economic Equality (FUREE)
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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