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NY Downstate Coordinator, Local Progress


Position Location: New York City

Local Progress is seeking a full-time New York Downstate Coordinator.

About Local Progress: 

Local Progress is a movement of local elected officials advancing a racial and economic justice agenda through all levels of local government. We are elected leaders who build power with underrepresented communities, share bold ideas and policy among our network, and fight to reshape what is possible in our localities all across the country. Hand-in-hand with community-based organizations and unions committed to advancing a social justice agenda, the elected officials and staff of Local Progress are building the network to facilitate a genuine “inside/outside” strategy to reforming municipal policy and politics. Founded in 2012, Local Progress has grown to over 1,200 local elected official members representing cities, counties, and towns in 47 states. Local Progress is a hosted project of the Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A). 

About the Job

Local Progress is looking for a highly skilled organizer with a track record of building coalitions to envision and anchor our work in New York City and Long Island. This is an exciting job for an organizer with a deep interest in municipal level policy who is interested in supporting the leadership of local elected officials, deepening coordination between elected officials and progressive community and labor organizations, and developing and implementing a plan to build power for racial and economic justice agenda in the region and across the state.

Primary Responsibilities

Support Local Progress’ work to support the New York State Chapter and lead our work in New York City and Long Island:

  • Work closely with the New York Chapter Manager.
  • Build and strengthen membership, including creating and implementing a strategy to continue to both recruit new members & increase engagement of existing members, in New York City and Long Island.
  • Work with local and national partners to plan and execute a series of trainings for newly elected officials focused on skills and frameworks for governing as a progressive, and develop structure for supporting incoming cohort of council members.  
  • Support and expand an Organizing Committee that reflect the racial, gender, and geographic diversity of New York City and Long Island, and support its capacity as a strategic leadership body for the chapter.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and shared agenda with Local Progress community and labor partners in New York City and Long Island.
  • Contribute to a shared strategic plan for the region and execute work collaboratively on translocal and statewide campaigns. 
  • Provide and facilitate support to Local Progress members in policy, communications, and campaigns in New York City and Long Island. 

Support Local Progress’ national work:

  • Support work on large national Local Progress events such as the national convening and federal advocacy. 
  • Position may include national projects (policy, organizing, or campaign related), identified based on skills of the applicant and organizational need.

Job Requirements

  • A love for policy and politics, and the desire to advance a racial and economic justice agenda
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with a wide array of partners and members
  • A track record of building successful coalitions and campaigns 
  • Attention to detail and good organizational skills
  • Ambition, drive, energy, and the ability to work flexible and long hours when necessary
  • Previous experience with training and/or leadership development
  • 5 plus years of organizing and/or governmental experience in New York City 

Salary and Benefits:

This is a union position. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale which takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $67,000-$77,000 and category 2. The CBA is available here. [1]

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days per year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans. 

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your cover letter and resume through our hiring portal: https://cpd.hiringthing.com/job/253573/ny-downstate-coordinator-local-progress [2]

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community


  1. http://cpdunion.speedyturtle.com/index.php?title=Main_Page#Section_2._Categories
  2. https://cpd.hiringthing.com/job/253573/ny-downstate-coordinator-local-progress

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