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Photo from Alabama Troublemakers School 2022 shows a crowd of people in an auditorium grouped behind a Labor Notes banner, fists raised.

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Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979. Labor Notes’ reach is growing, and we are uniquely placed to encourage and shape a reviving, militant, bottom-up labor movement.

Development Organizer

We’re now hiring for a full-time Development Organizer.

Women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, and Spanish speakers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Labor Notes is funded by monthly pledgers, magazine subscriptions, donations, a few grants, merch and book sales, and our events. Fundraising has been a shared responsibility on staff, but we are now seeking a colleague to lead the work and help us sustain our growth. The ideal candidate will have experience in grassroots fundraising, budgeting, and communications in a movement-building organization.

Desired start date is ASAP. Preferred location is New York, but we will consider applicants who live elsewhere. Most work is remote.

As development organizer at Labor Notes, your primary responsibilities will be:

  • Building our grassroots fundraising base
  • Helping the organization to budget and use its resources strategically
  • Increasing the circulation of our magazine and the reach of our online content and programs.

We’re looking for someone who’s an excellent communicator, can work with numbers, spreadsheets, our database, and our website, and is excited about growing our reach as the troublemaking wing of the labor movement.

To do this, you will:

  • Coordinate fundraising events and drives, including social media campaigns and acknowledgment of gifts
  • Develop systems for consistent tracking and outreach to LN supporters and support the rest of the staff in integrating those systems into our core work
  • Maintain database records, lists, and reports across platforms in helpful and timely ways
  • With other teams, develop ways to build stronger relationships and networks with people and organizations we interact with, and follow up internally with co-workers about these processes
  • Work with the Business team to develop and maintain budgets, assist with payroll, and prepare for annual audit
  • Develop fundraising and promotion goals and strategies to be incorporated into long-term organizational planning

You might be a good fit if you…

  • Have a proven commitment to rank-and-file, militant, democratic unionism and building a powerful labor movement
  • Can keep track of your own responsibilities and calendar, and meet deadlines
  • Enjoy working as part of a team. We make decisions via teams and committees
  • Pay meticulous attention to detail
  • Have strong written communication skills; can relate information and express goals in a variety of logical, compelling, and creative formats
  • Have experience with Salesforce or similar database system
  • Are proficient or familiar with Mailchimp, Facebook Business, Drupal, Adobe Suite, Canva, or other online tools

Useful skills: We’re also very interested in any other skills you may have. We’re a small staff on a big project, and we all wear multiple hats. Do you have expertise, experience, or a talent that you think may be relevant? Let us know. For instance, you might be skilled in graphic design or layout, have experience with video or podcast editing, speak another language, love event planning … or something else we haven’t thought to list!

All staff also work on our biannual conference and have opportunities to help plan and participate in our Troublemakers Schools and other events.

Compensation: Salary is $66,008. Good benefits and vacation.

We believe in a healthy work-life balance, and most work happens during regular office hours—but there are evening organizing calls, weekend Troublemakers Schools, speaking trips, and demonstrations. Every other year, we have a few very busy months planning the Labor Notes Conference!

How to apply: Fill out the form at https://forms.gle/PrzEMmQqbEnQRkcr5. There are a few short questions and a place to upload your resume.

About Labor Notes:
Labor Notes is a media and organizing project that has been the voice of union activists who want to put the movement back in the labor movement since 1979. Coming off our biggest and most exciting conference yet, our reach is growing, and we are uniquely placed to encourage and shape a reviving, militant, bottom-up labor movement.