Director of Organizing

Open New York

About the organization

Open New York is a grassroots group advocating for abundant homes and lower rent. We believe in housing for all and housing of all types. That means we support more social housing, government subsidized housing, and market rate housing.

We believe that the current zoning laws of New York and its suburbs have caused a profound housing shortage, raising rents to historic highs and leading to the continuous displacement of long-standing communities.

For far too long, residents in the wealthiest neighborhoods have abused zoning laws to prevent new construction, keeping their neighborhoods exclusive and property values high. Newcomers have been pushed into less well-off neighborhoods, outbidding long-time residents in the process.

By contrast, we want New York to be affordable and accessible to everyone. As such, we advocate for an end to exclusionary zoning, and for other policies that encourage homebuilding in wealthy, high-opportunity neighborhoods.


The Director of Organizing will work closely with the Executive Director and ONY Board to develop a strategy for organizational growth, with a mandate of diversifying the membership. Additionally, the Director of Organizing will develop processes for onboarding and cultivating relationships with members, as well as activating members to best support the goals and priorities of ONY.

The Director of Organizing will report directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities include:

In partnership with the Executive Director and ONY Board, develop a strategy for growing membership, with a mandate of diversifying the membership;
Develop processes for onboarding new members;
Identify strengths and skill sets of individual members to activate in ONY activities;
Work closely with the Executive Director, ONY Board and ONY staff to achieve the goals of ONY, including creating more housing in high opportunity neighborhoods;
Organize member turnout for hearings, meetings and external events;
Lead membership meetings, including developing membership meeting agendas in partnership with the ONY board and Executive Director, with goal of growing membership turnout;
Develop metrics to identify success and growth.


Four or more years of experience in an organizing role in one or more of the following types of organizations: city or state government, political and/or issue advocacy campaigns, labor unions, non-profit, policy or community organizations;
Experience working collaboratively at a senior level;
Comprehensive knowledge of NYC's diverse neighborhoods and communities;
Strong working knowledge of government agencies and processes, including community boards;
Understanding and ability to utilize modern technological tools for organizing and member management;
Demonstrated ability to build relationships with key stakeholders and community groups
Ability to work well with communities with diverse interests and needs;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
The ability to work well under pressure and deadlines as well as prioritize tasks;
Literacy in Spanish or Chinese is a plus;
Data analysis and research skills a plus;
Experience managing constituent services is a plus;
A demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Open New York.


75-85k per year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Submit a resume, cover letter and the contact information for three professional references to [email protected] Please include “Director of Organizing” in the subject line.

Submission of an application package is not a guarantee that you will receive an interview. Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Open New York is committed to a diverse workforce, and we seek diversity among applicants for this position. People of color, women, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Open New York is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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