Organizing Jobs in NY and NJ


The leaders and organizers of the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) build independent citizen-run organizations whose primary purpose is building power that lasts. Metro IAF organizations are made up of people from all races and classes and focus on productive improvements in the public arena that make life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness everyday realities.  We build homes, reduce crime, improve schools, create wealth and rebuild communities. We don’t fit into any ideological category or cartoon – left or right, progressive or conservative.  Metro IAF ( has seven affiliates in the New York metropolitan area:  East Brooklyn Congregations, Manhattan Together, South Bronx Churches, Empowered Queens United in Action and Leadership, Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods, Westchester United and New Jersey Together.

We are based in more than 120 institutional members: churches, synagogues, mosques, senior centers, schools, and voluntary associations.  We are looking for three additional organizers who would have the ability and energy to build organizing teams of leaders in member institutions, identify local leaders and issues for action, and undertake local actions that address community concerns.

Compensation & Supervision:  IAF believes organizing should be a vocation, not a job. Organizer salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience. All employees receive health/dental insurance and paid vacation. Contributions towards a retirement plan are available after one year of employment. We believe strongly in training and mentoring.  Each organizer is mentored by an experienced Metro IAF Lead Organizer and receives on-going training from Metro IAF National staff.

Qualifications:  We’re looking for people who want their work to have meaning, can channel their anger and passion into action, and have the drive, stamina, and imagination to figure out how to accomplish a goal. Spanish fluency is very important. See for the description of the qualities Metro IAF looks for in organizers and the steps to secure a 90-day professional tryout.  Send cover letter, resume to  To learn more about how we think about organizing and our work, read Going Public by Michael Gecan.

All Metro IAF affiliates are proud Equal Opportunity Employers.

Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.