Citizen Action of New York

Citizen Action of New York

Statewide Housing Organizer

Based in Albany, NY

Citizen Action of New York is one of the fastest-growing statewide grassroots organizations in the country. We fight to achieve racial, economic, and social justice, and a society that works for all of us. Our campaigns focus on critical issues like ending mass incarceration, education, housing, voting rights, health care, fair elections, a more progressive tax system. We have won and achieved significant improvements in New Yorkers’ lives and have elected many progressive candidates to office. Citizen Action of New York works on both statewide and local issues and has eight regional grassroots offices. We play a leadership role in organizing major statewide coalitions and campaigns fighting for bold policy changes including Fair Elections for New York, #FREEnewyork, #SchoolsNotJails, NY RenewsHealth Care for All New York Coalition, and now the Housing Justice for All campaign.

Citizen Action is currently seeking an experienced Statewide Organizer to support our newest campaign expansion area: Housing Justice for All. This position is based in the Capital Region (Albany Office) and reports in partnership with the Co-Executive Director and the statewide housing coalition, the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance. If you have strong organizing and campaigns experience, a serious commitment to housing justice and understanding of the issues, and you like working with a diverse group of people committed to social change, come join our growing organization!

Job Description
Primary duties of the Statewide Organizer are anchoring campaign operations and working in collaboration with the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance partners and lead organizers in regional chapters to develop & implement grassroots strategy and tactics that advance housing justice policy priorities. Responsibilities include:

  • Outreach and recruitment to potential housing justice partners throughout upstate New York;
  • Public education & issue education of staff/member-leaders across upstate regions;
  • Builds and manages coalitions and organizational partnerships;
  • Supports the development and implementation of Housing Justice for All campaigns strategy;
  • Supports the leadership development of people directly impacted by the upstate housing crisis in regions across the state;
  • Coordinates day to day campaign operations with alliance member groups;
  • Research and policy development of statewide and local housing policy;
  • Engages in writing projects, assists in drafting and editing campaign materials, talking points, organizer toolkits, and other advocacy documents;
  • Helps to coordinate, plan, and execute internal & external meetings, webinars and strategy sessions;
  • Organizes action days, actions, mobilizations, phone banks, media coverage and other activities as part of our housing justice campaigns;
  • Supports social media and digital organizing strategy.


  • Three to five or more years of experience organizing issue and /or electoral campaigns;
  • Highly organized and able to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment;
  • Experience working with a diverse coalition of grassroots, policy, elected and advocacy partners;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • A creative approach to problem-solving, including strong analytic, strategic and planning skills;
  • Ability for regular statewide travel, including having a reliable car;
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends.

Additional Factors: Understanding of housing justice policy issues. Experience with Microsoft & Google Suites. Familiarity with databases & tracking systems. Knowledge of local, federal, and/or New York State politics is also desired.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate, with experience. Full health benefits.

To Apply: Please submit a résumé and cover letter addressed to Jessica Wisneski, Co-Executive Director, Citizen Action of NY at https://nexusmanagement.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=53.

Citizen Action of New York is an equal opportunity employer and we seek to build an organization that aggressively pursues a racial justice agenda. People of color and people directly impacted by housing issues are strongly encouraged to apply.

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