SVP is looking for a Community Organizer to work with our Mandarin-Speaking Members to collaboratively implement strategic grassroots organizing campaigns, design and implement leadership development programs, and strengthen our Chinese street vendor community. We are seeking a new team member with experience working within multicultural, working class and immigrant communities.
Our ideal candidate is:
- Relentlessly dedicated to building the power of working class, immigrant communities of color to incite transformative social and economic justice movement building;
- Excited about working across multiple cultures and is flexible and patient when communicating with people who speak different languages;
- A thoughtful communicator with excellent interpersonal, written, and public speaking skills;
- A team-player eager to collaborate with diverse, intergenerational, and multicultural stakeholders to achieve systemic change;
- Experienced with outreach, base-building, member leadership development, and organizing campaigns;
- Knowledgeable of New York State organizing and political landscape, with particular attention to racial, economic, and gender equity;
- Experienced in organizing data and developing internal and external communications;
- Fully bilingual in Mandarin and English spoken, simplified or traditional Chinese written, and comfortable conducting outreach, workshops, counseling in Mandarin. Additional ability to speak either Fuzhounese dialect or Cantonese a plus;
- An experienced facilitator with the ability to plan and facilitate meetings with sensitivity to the needs of a diverse membership;
- Committed to and knowledgeable of SVP’s mission and movement building, and enthusiastic about nurturing leadership growth among members;
- Has 2 to 5 years of labor, immigration and/or community organizing experience.
LEVEL OF LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Must be fully bilingual in Mandarin and English spoken, simplified and traditional Chinese written, and comfortable conducting outreach, workshops, counseling in Mandarin. Additional ability to speak either Fuzhounese dialect or Cantonese a plus.
Currently, the Community Organizer: Chinese-Speaking Members will focus on:
- Develop and maintain strong relationships with allied strategic partners in key organizations;
- Coordinating and implementing membership recruitment activities including direct outreach on-the-street and through partner organizations;
- Receiving vendors who come into the office during SVP drop-in hours or conduct intake over the phone;
- Identifying promising members to develop their interest and leadership in SVP through one-on-ones;
- Planning regular membership and committee meetings focused on skill shares, political education, connection to campaign work, and building SVP’s membership;
- Maintaining database for tracking participation and development of members;
- Facilitate legislative campaigns that engage members and leaders to win concrete improvements in the lives of vendors;
- Like most roles in a small organization, this role is flexible and the exact duties may contain other tasks and duties, for example translating, interpreting, etc.
TIME COMMITMENT: Full Time Schedule
EDUCATION: High School Diploma Required
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: Entry level
Salary range is $47,047.90 – $56,158 commensurate with experience. This is a bargaining unit position represented for collective bargaining purposes by the National Organization of Legal Services Workers, UAW, Local 2230.
- Medical Insurance available on first day of employment
- Dental Insurance
- Eye Care Reimbursement
- Employer Retirement Contribution
- Pet Insurance
- Generous Vacation and Personal Time, including 4 weeks vacation, 5 personal days, and 1 week paid time off during annual office-wide holiday closure; early release summer Fridays and before federal holidays; day after Thanksgiving; birthday
- 12 paid sick days
- Commuter Benefits
- Gym reimbursement program
This is a full-time position with great flexibility in terms of scheduling. SVP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we fight alongside and serve. People of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ-identified individuals, and folks from low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Street Vendor Project is part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please email a cover letter, C.V. and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
ABOUT THE STREET VENDOR PROJECT
The Street Vendor Project (SVP) is a membership-driven organization that champions the rights of street vendors as small businesses to earn a living and contribute to the culture and life of New York City. SVP envisions a New York City where street vendors thrive as essential entrepreneurs and anchors of community and culture in the five boroughs. Through direct leadership development, education, legal support, and strategic legislative advocacy, SVP builds power and community among vendors.