Organizer, Place-Based Power Project

Position Location: CPD/A has offices in NYC and DC, but for this role, we will consider candidates who live outside our office areas but within the US.   

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action seeks a full-time Organizer to join our Place-Based Power team.

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We currently work with more than 53 affiliates in 34 states and Puerto Rico and build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations to envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.  

About the Position

We seek a strategically-minded and creative Organizer to join the Place-Based Power team in CPD/A’s Base-Building Department. This role’s primary function is to support the development of bold and transformative power-building work with affiliates in the CPD/A network. The Place-Based Power team focuses on strengthening CPD/A affiliate’s capacity to build long-term power in their geographies. We aim to align power-building plans that will enhance CPD/A and our affiliate’s collective goal of building a base of one million people. Fundamentally, this role focuses on developing strong relationships with affiliates to offer support, a peer network, and advance shared work.

Primary Responsibilities 

The Organizer for Place-Based Power’s primary responsibilities will include:

  • Building relationships with affiliates to develop place-based power plans that build our partner’s power locally and align with CPD/A’s national base-building goals. 

  • Identifying the needs and barriers faced by affiliates and helping them through those obstacles. 

  • Being a resource that connects affiliate power-building needs with the broader CPD/A network trainings and offerings.

  • Coaching affiliate leadership through regular check-ins and follow-ups. 

  • Assisting the PBP Director in creating skills and learning spaces for Black and BIPOC organizers through regular calls, digital communications, and in-person and/or digital gatherings.

  • Working closely with the PBP Director and the Base-building team to develop programs that advance CPD/A’s organizing, campaigning, and policy goals.

  • Supporting the growth and development of new affiliate organizations and affiliate teams.

Job Requirements 

  • Demonstrated experience centering the people most impacted by social problems at the center of finding solutions to those problems; 

  • About 6 years experience as an organizer, or coaching or managing organizers; 

  • Demonstrated commitment to the engagement of grassroots members in the daily work of organizing and campaigning in the context of community organizing;

  • A track record of effectiveness in campaigning, electoral engagement, and base-building;

  • Deep alignment with CPD/A’s theory of change and a deep commitment to building powerful people driven institutions; 

  • A demonstrated commitment to social and racial justice and a thorough understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low-income people;

  • The ability to collaborate with diverse organizations and partners;

  • Results-focused, team-oriented, organized, and responsive;

  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly (COVID dependent) for site visits, training, and other affiliate engagement, as well as occasional internal staff meetings.

Salary and Benefits

This is a union position. Salary will be determined according to a salary scale that takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $62,500 to $72,500 and category 2. The CBA is available here.

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


Please submit your cover letter and resume via our HiringThing portal:

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