[act-ma] Job Openings: BWA, ACE, CLU

Aria Littlhous aria at littlhous.net
Fri Aug 10 12:10:08 PDT 2012

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From: Lisette Le <lisette at righttothecity.org>
Date: Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Subject: Job Openings: BWA, ACE, CLU


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*I.  BWA Hiring Announcement: **Executive Director Hiring Search*

 For the complete position profile and application guidelines, please visit

*The Opportunity*

Established in 2005, The Boston Workers Alliance (BWA) is a 501(c)3
grassroots member-led organization of under- and unemployed workers, united
to end the crisis of joblessness in Boston’s urban communities of color.
Through cooperation, political awareness, organizing and the development of
its members as social change agents, BWA fervently challenges the political
and economic structures that oppose full civic participation and the
potential to live well.

After seven successful years as Executive Director and Founder of the Boston
Workers Alliance, Aaron Tanaka will officially step down after a successor
is selected.  BWA is seeking a progressive, experienced leader with a heart
for social and economic justice, organizing and community empowerment to
succeed Aaron.

BWA has established itself as a dynamic member-driven initiative against
racism, CORI system (Criminal Order Record Information) discrimination and
the crisis of joblessness in Boston's communities of color.  BWA drives
economic development projects and grassroots campaigns to win job
opportunities for urban workers with barriers to employment.

Currently in growth mode, BWA operates through four core program areas
including: (1) member organizing, (2) direct services, (3) cooperative
economic development, and (4) campaigns and coalition building.  Over 85%
of BWA’s members are African American, and the majority (70%) are adults
between the ages of 25-50.

*The Ideal Candidate*

The new executive director must be a mission-driven leader/organizer able
to engage and work with the board, staff, membership and stakeholders to
achieve the agency's goals and objectives.  The work and membership base of
the Boston Workers Alliance necessitates the need for an executive director
with a fervent approach to social and economic justice work and a desire to
affect individual and systematic change. The ideal candidate will have the
following professional background and personal characteristics:

*Professional Requirements*

·       At least five years of demonstrated leadership and management
experience, including supervision of professional and administrative staff
·       Bachelor’s degree required; advanced course work or graduate degree
a plus
·       Evidenced commitment and belief in BWA’s mission and purpose
·       Compassion and connection to the plight of disenfranchised
communities of color and individuals served by the organization
·       Understanding and personal experience with political, social, and
economic issues of the community served
·       Cultural competence (familiarity, experience with and racial
sensitivity of people of color)
·       Knowledge and senior level experience in organizing and campaigning
around social and economic justice issues
·       Knowledge and experience in business development or social
·       Evidenced track record in human capital/talent development and
·       Knowledge of financial management (budget development, payroll,
financial reporting, familiarity using accounting software)
·       Resource development and  fundraising ability (donor cultivation,
grant writing, development planning)
·       Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in
writing  and with political savvy (negotiating, campaigning, advocating)
with stakeholders, donors and general public
·       Organization skills – can set priorities, develop work plans and
evaluate performance against agency strategic priorities, goals and
 objectives, and anticipated community impact
·       Networking, alliance and collaboration building skills
·       Technologically proficient (email, social media, cloud document
sharing, etc.)

*Personal Characteristics and Leadership Attributes*

Personality and presence to inspire, lead and guide the creativity of
board, staff and other stakeholders
Social and emotional intelligence (to deal with passionate membership,
various perspectives and loyalties and multiple issues of constituency)
Ability to communicate, translate, interpret and execute a vision and
solicit others to embrace and achieve it
Ability to sustain relationships and communicate effectively with a broad
range of people and organizations
Ability to behave ethically and ensure ethical behavior and business
practices of others according to agency written policy, values and beliefs;
and that of its funders and key stakeholders
Ability to lead and to remain flexible and innovative in a constantly
changing environment


Competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.

This search is being conducted by Third Sector New England's Executive
Transitions Program with Transition Consultant Roosevelt Smith. All
submissions are confidential.  To apply, please visit

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
as soon as possible, with a final deadline of September 14, 2012.

The Boston Workers Alliance is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and
actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

*II.  BWA Hiring Announcement: *
*Startup Business Manager, Boston Recycling Cooperative*


Boston Recycling Cooperative is seeking a startup business manager to help
form and grow a new worker-owned cooperative business.  The BRC is a joint
project between Boston Workers Alliance, MassCOSH, the Cooperative
Development Institute and the Boston Recycling Coalition. This new business
is a community economic development project meant to demonstrate new models
of job creation in the burgeoning “Green Economy.”

The Boston Recycling Cooperative will be bi-lingual (Spanish and English)
and multi-cultural company based in Greater Boston’s low-income
neighborhoods.  The BRC will focus on waste collection and recycling of
vegetable oil, metals, organic waste and other valuable waste products.  As
a worker owned cooperative, BRC will also develop an innovative business
model that includes worker-ownership and democratically based management


Administration: administrative aspects of operations, including billing and
payments, purchasing materials and maintaining financial records

Financial Development: develop and maintain financial systems, conduct
financial projections, revise and update budgets, present and educate
about the co-ops financial position

Cooperative Development: develop a worker-cooperative business and help
coordinate and build a dynamic multi-cultural team based in mutual respect
and ownership

Supervision and Support: create systems of accountability and supervision
to maintain professionalism, efficiency and a high functioning business

Public Relations and Marketing: develop and maintain high level
relationships and partnerships with relevant government agencies,
businesses, non-profit institutions and funding sources relevant to the
successful growth of the business

Controller and Regulatory Compliance: ensure that the cooperative meets and
maintains its legal, financial, insurance and regulatory obligations
relevant to its business operations

Worker Accountability: be responsive and accountable to the worker-owners
of the company

Required Qualifications:

Masters in Business Administration or minimum 3 years of entrepreneurial
experience as a senior manager or owner in a private or non-profit venture
Commitment to social and economic justice and understanding of cooperative
and environmental movements
Strong writing and communication skills
Demonstrated success managing strategic and operational planning, budgeting
and forecasting, as well as organizational development, and performance
Ability to facilitate collaboration and achieve results while managing
multiple projects, sites and personalities.
Solid PC skills, including e-mail, spreadsheet and word processing
Bi-Lingual Speaker required (English and Spanish)
Familiarity with Accounting Software such as QuickBooks
Experience working within a cooperative is a plus

BRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are
considered for employment.  BRC does not discrimination on the basis
of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation,
disability, criminal background or veteran status.  People of color and
women are encouraged to apply.

This is a part time position with funding for 2 years, with opportunity for
growth dependent on the success of the company.  Please apply by August 17.

To Apply: please send a Resume and Cover Letter to
atanaka at bostonworkersalliance.**org <atanaka at bostonworkersalliance.org>with "
Boston Recycling Cooperative" in the subject line.

*III.  BWA Hiring Announcement: *
*BWA Worker Center Coordinator*

The Worker Center Coordinator is responsible for coordinating BWA’s direct
services program and conducting membership intake and communications for
the public.  The Worker Center is responsible for the following:

Coordinate BWA’s Walk In Services / Worker Center
o       Provide intake, assessments of new members during office hours
(10-2pm Mon-Fri)
o       Provide Worker Center Services including CORI Clinic, resume
assistance, resource referrals
o       Coordinate and train volunteers and members to assist with
WorkerCenter Services
o       Sign up new membership and assist with communications with base
o       Respond to online and phone inquiries about BWA’s services
o       Maintain and upkeep BWA database to track services rendered and
walk-ins using Salesforce database
o       Act as support staff for Lead Organizer for monthly Active
Membership Meetings and Quarterly Base Membership Meetings

Skills Required:

Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and other basic computer skills.
 Strong writing and editing skills.  Good interpersonal communications
skills.  Able to relate to individuals needing BWA assistance and those
returning from prison.  Organized and able to multitask and maintain short
term and long term projects.  B.A. preferred and 3+ years of direct social
services experience.  BWA Members are encouraged to apply.

Minimum 20 hours a week – some nights and weekends.  Limited health
benefits and vacation time.

To apply: please email info at bostonworkersalliance.org with "Worker Center
Coordinator" in the subject line.  Position is open until filled; please
apply early.



** **

Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) seeks a full-time
Development Director. Based in Roxbury, ACE is 501c3 environmental justice
organization. ACE organizes residents, provides legal/technical support to
community groups, youth leadership, and runs campaigns on critical
environmental justice issues. The Development Director will lead the
planning and implementation of our development strategies and build a broad
base of support for ACE’s growth in line with our organizational goals,
values and strategic direction. The Development Director reports to the
Executive Director.****

** **

ACE has a vision of maintaining an independent political voice and range of
action that is led by our members from low income communities and
communities of color. We want to be “owned” by the communities we work in,
which means that our long term goal is that the communities where we work
provide significant financial support to ACE, rather than rely on
foundations for the majority of our funds. Our grassroots fundraising
activities are designed to resist the institutionalized racism and classism
that often exists with funding from foundations and wealthy individuals.
ACE does not take funds from corporations or companies that are
contradictory to our mission, which is to build the power of communities of
color and low income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate
environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities,
and achieve environmental justice.****

** **

Primary Responsibilities:****

• Contribute to the organization’s mission and help to create a sustainable
and healthy organizational culture.****

• Provide overall leadership for revenue generation, including foundation
and grassroots fundraising.****

• Identify opportunities for board, staff and members to get involved in
revenue generation, including building and maintaining relationships with
key funders and donors.****

• In partnership with communications coordinator, create materials to
promote ACE and train members to participate in ACE’s fundraising

• Achieve annual revenue targets across all income categories.****

• In partnership with Communications Coordinator, carry out direct mail
appeals and manage online giving.****

• Oversee all aspects of foundation fundraising, including research,
cultivation and stewardship as well as proposal writing, budgets and grant
reporting. Develop and customize letters of inquiry, proposals, narrative,
and financial reports.****

• Work in partnership with Executive Director and program directors to
craft a comprehensive revenue strategy resulting in increased revenue and
grant opportunities.****

• Identify new potential foundation donors via multiple sources.****

• Process and properly allocate checks and donations.****

• Maintain tracking system to keep executive director apprised of proposed
foundation activity and cash projections.****

• Ensure that grants and contracts are tracked and managed, agreements are
fulfilled and deadlines are met on time. (This responsibility is shared
with other staff)****

• Coordinate fundraising events. (Including one major event annually)****

• Supervise the Resource Organizer (A new position projected to begin in
1st quarter of 2013) who will carry out ACE’s grassroots and individual
fundraising activities along with Development Director.****

• Manage the database; run queries, produce reports for analysis, prepare
mailing lists, and train volunteers and staff.****

• Work with the Executive Director on development program’s internal budget.

• Maintain and expand ACE’s major donor base with parlor meetings
throughout the year.****

• Support the formation of a Development Committee of the Board.****

• Manage ACE’s membership in Community Works, a cooperative fundraising
effort among community-based and social justice oriented organizations.****

** **


• Understanding and commitment to social/environmental justice and
community organizing****

• At least 4-6 years proven track record in development including
foundation and individual giving, donor prospecting, organizational
sponsorship, event planning, grant management and donor management****

• Understands and committed to building a grassroots fundraising culture****

• Skill in face to face financial solicitation. Ability to pick up the
phone and make a pitch****

• Excellent writing, communication and collaboration skills****

• Ability for engaging, supporting, coordinating, and motivating staff and

• Solid database experience****

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Word and Excel**

• Familiarity with online fundraising platforms****

• Budget management skills****

• Able to problem solve, hold others accountable, practice direct
communication, and support others to do the same****

• Job requires occasionally working on weekends and evenings****

** **


• Comfort with public speaking****

• Multi-lingual****

• *“-A-Thon” *event management****

• Page layout software skills****

• Advanced understanding of EBase Filemaker Pro****

** **

This is a fulltime position based in our office in Roxbury. Salary is
$45,000 - $50,000, depending on experience. ACE offers generous health,
vacation and retirement benefits.****

** **

How to apply:****

Please send documents listed below to jobs at ace-ej.org Position open until
filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will
be reviewed on a rolling basis. We will begin conducting interviews the
week of September 3, 2012.****

·          A cover letter which demonstrates your interest and unique

·         Resume****

·         3 Professional references****

·         At least 1 successful fundraising writing sample****

** **

For more information, please see ACE’s website: www.ace-ej.org****

** **

ACE encourages applications from women, people of color, lesbian, gay,
bisexual, and transgender people.****



Job Title:  Organizer
Position:   Full time with 3-month probationary period and 1 year
commitment expected
Salary/benefits:  DOE, $38,000 - $45,000 with full health benefits, union
contract and retirement plan

Closing Date:   This position is open until filled. Applications must be
submitted by August 10, 2012

Organizational Background: Community Labor United (CLU) is a coalition of
community and labor organizations that runs joint campaigns to counteract
the growing gap between rich and poor, while highlighting the connections
between community issues and jobs.  Our mission is to protect and promote
the interests of working class communities in Greater Boston by uniting our
organizations and communities around a common vision and plan of action.
Through collaborative research, leadership development and organizing, CLU
brings together many of the strongest community organizations and unions in
Boston to drive forward policies that promote equitable and sustainable

The Organizer will be responsible for a wide range of programmatic work
including CLU’s Public Transit – Public Good, a campaign of the Green
Justice Coalition (GJC). The GJC’s Public Transit – Public Good campaign is
a statewide partnership of community-based organizations and labor unions
working for a sustainable funding structure for transit throughout the
state; fully functional transit service in each of our regions; and public
transportation that increases equity across race, class, region, and
citizenship status. The Organizer  will report to a Co-Director/Deputy

Primary Responsibilities:
• Support the development and implementation of joint organizing strategies
and campaign action plans.
• Build and maintain campaign working groups, with particular emphasis on
engagement of grassroots leaders.
• Support the development and implementation of a comprehensive
communications plan for the coalition.
• Build a base of supporters and allies for joint campaigns and provide
opportunities for engagement in our work.
• Strengthen engagement of coalition partners through current campaigns and
other programmatic work.
• Provide opportunities for coalition partners to work in collaborative and
mutually supportive ways.
• Provide support for coalition partners’ organizational and campaign
needs, including direct 1-on-1 work with individual organizers or other
appropriate staff/leaders.
• Assist with conducting cross-trainings, including providing logistical
support and leading sessions.
• Assist with fundraising activities, including annual dinner and mailings.
• Assist in supervision of interns or consultants when appropriate.

Job Requirements:
• Minimum 3 years organizing experience
• Commitment to social justice
• Commitment to CLU’s organizational mission and goals
• Excellent communication skills--verbal and written
• Excellent organizational skills-- good attention to detail and well
• Self-motivated—proven ability to work independently
• Proven ability to work under definite timelines and deadlines
• Ability to work well with diverse groups and populations
• Dedication and ability to work flexible hours
• Basic knowledge of computer operations and programs
• Basic understanding of fundraising through foundations and individual
• Coalition building and knowledge of Massachusetts and Boston organizing
scene desired
• Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred but not required

Women, People of Color and GLBQT strongly urged to apply.
Applications will only be accepted electronically.  Please email a cover
letter, resume, salary history and three references to Jeremy Shenk at
Jeremy at massclu.org. Please include a daytime phone number where we can
contact you.


Lisette Le, Boston Coordinator
Right to the City
Email: lisette at righttothecity.org
Cell: 617-903-0175
Website: http://www.righttothecity.org

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