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Workforce development Organizer

The Coalition for Economic Justice in Buffalo, NY is seeking a full-time
Workforce Development Organizer

Position: Workforce Development Organizer (Full-Time)

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary: $45,000 a year

Reports to: Executive Director

The Coalition for Economic Justice’s (CEJ)  mission is to unite our member labor, faith, and community organizations and activist with allies and resources to win campaigns that promote economic justice for all through building strong, diverse, sustainable communities. Founded in 1986, CEJ builds the relationships and power needed for Western New Yorkers to address the problems they, their families, and their communities face. In all that we do, we believe that those closest to the problems faced by working people are in the best position to envision and create solutions.  

The Workforce Development Organizer will help to design and implement CEJ’s new workforce development program and offer some support for Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU). This individual will be responsible for researching best practices, working with coalition partners and consultants, and drafting and participating in outreach activities. We are looking for an innovative and personable individual with a passion for working with the community to collectively achieve its needs.

Position Responsibilities

Program development and management:

  • Researching best practices 

  • Working in partnership with stakeholders, including organizational partners, experts, and community members in help shape the program 

  • Develop and draft effective program plans 

  • Volunteer management 

  • Identifying and developing leaders

  • Tracking program progress

  • Participate in quarterly evaluation of campaign work and program progress 

  • Organize community outreach and campaign events

  • Canvass neighborhoods and worksites as a form of community outreach as needed


Campaign support

  • Collaborate with the Transit Rider Organizer to develop and implement the Transit Ambassador program  

  • Helping to identify and develop leaders 

  • Community outreach 


Mobilization, Internal Organizing & Coalition Building

  • Maintain and grow mobilization structure and coordinate coalition leaders, staff, and volunteers in mobilizing member groups and activist base for coalition actions and events. 

  • Strengthen participation of member groups in coalition campaigns and activities

  • Work with the Executive Director and coalition leadership to reach out to allies and recruit new organizations and individual activists through one-on-ones, presentations, tabling, and other outreach activities. 

  • Create labor community partnerships that can move a progressive climate agenda forward


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Work with coalition leadership, staff and volunteers to develop and implement grassroots fundraising activities, including maintenance of fundraising lists, direct mail, and fundraising events. 

  • Support and assist in the supervision of interns and volunteers

  • Manage and maintain program database

What You’ll Bring:

  • Organizing experience, including experience developing and implementing campaigns

  • Strong commitment to and understanding of worker justice and labor movement

  • Ability to mobilize grassroots support and build diverse partnerships

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, and willingness to learn other technological system. 

  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational, analytical and problem solving skills

  • Adaptive to a dynamic, rapidly growing work environment 

  • Highly entrepreneurial, self-motivated, resourceful and flexible 

Not Required but Helpful:

  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.

  • Current NFTA riders are highly encouraged to apply 

  • Experience with popular/community education and/or media work 

Benefits Package:

  • Full health and dental insurance

  • Mileage Reimbursement Based on Standard Milage Rate

  • Participation in the professional development Program

  • PTO and Sick Days 

  • Continued training and skill development opportunities

Term of employment: Position will be permanent, pending a 90 day probation period. This position was created to support the work of a 3 year grant.    

The Workforce Development Organizer will work from CEJ’s office (2495 Main St Suite 425, Buffalo, NY 14214) and remote with the expectation that they will work Monday through Friday and willing to work some weekends and evening hours. Currently work is conducted remotely 60% or more of our time. Will change as we continue to learn and adjust through the pandemic and regular assessments of our needs.


Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to with Workforce Organizer in the title. Accepting applications until August 31st, 2023. For more information, please contact Holly Nowak at 716-427-3625 or


Frequently cited statistics show that people of color, women, trans, and non-binary people, as well as other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. The Coalition for Economic Justice encourages you to break that statistic and to apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications

The Coalition for Economic Justice is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, LGBTQ+  individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply.

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