Lead Organizer – Street Vendor Project


Lead Organizer – Street Vendor Project

SVP is seeking a dynamic Lead Organizer to collaboratively implement strategic grassroots organizing campaigns with our organizing team and members, strengthen our membership, and design and implement leadership development programs for our members. We are seeking a new team member with experience working within multicultural, working class and immigrant communities. SVP currently has 7 full-time and 3 part-time staff members. The primary responsibilities of the Lead Organizer include:

Campaign Development & Execution

  • Plan and execute campaigns that engage members, leaders, and allies to win concrete improvements in the lives of vendors
  • Organize direct actions, events, and other tactics to move the campaign forward
  • Develop and maintain relationships with allied organizations with New York City and New York State
  • Develop and maintain relationships with elected officials
  • Work with partners to move the campaigns forward. This may include joint strategy meetings, joint actions or other events, relationship building, etc.

 Organizing Team Management & Development

  • Guide and supervise our organizing team of five staff members, each working with membership bases organized by language (Arabic, Bangla, Spanish, Mandarin, Wolof), in collaboration with the Deputy Director and Managing Director;
  • Develop structure of political education curriculum for members in coordination with organizing team
  • Coordinate and implement membership recruitment activities including direct outreach on-the-street and through partner organizations;

Leadership Growth & Political Education

  • Design, lead, and execute workshops and trainings for members;
  • Develop leadership skills of potential members, and nurture the leadership of our Leadership Board members;
  • Plan and facilitate regular membership and committee meetings and membership events
  • Fortify and grow SVP’s grassroots membership structure of individuals interested in, and excited, about advancing street vendor rights;
  • Receive vendors who come in to the office during SVP drop-in hours;
  • Maintain database for tracking participation and development of members;
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


  • Relentlessly dedicated to building the power of working class, immigrant communities of color to incite transformative social and economic justice movement building;
  • Excited about working across multiple cultures and is flexible and patient when communicating with people who speak different languages;
  • A thoughtful communicator with excellent interpersonal, written, and public speaking skills;
  • Has at least three years’ experience in leadership roles in a campaign. This may be a grassroots campaign, political campaign, union organizing campaign, or anything that you believe demonstrates you can design and effectively run a campaign for social change, working with partners and in coalition across issues and constituencies;
  • A team-player eager to collaborate with diverse, inter-generational, and multicultural stakeholders to achieve systemic change;
  • Experienced with outreach, base-building, member leadership development, and organizing campaigns;
  • Demonstrated experience coaching and supporting a team of organizers with very different experience levels, learning styles, and communication styles;.
  • Knowledgeable of New York City and New York State organizing and political landscape, with particular attention to racial, economic, and gender equity;
  • Able to read and assess the current political landscape and make strategic choices to advance SVP’s organizing agenda;
  • Must be bilingual in Spanish and English in order to engage members in organizing and political conversations, written ability required;
  • An experienced facilitator with the ability to plan and facilitate meetings with sensitivity to the needs of a diverse membership;
  • Committed to and knowledgeable of SVP’s mission and movement building, and enthusiastic about nurturing leadership growth among members.


This is a full-time position with great flexibility in terms of scheduling. Benefits include health, dental, generous time off, and a matching 401k program. The salary for this position is $68 – 73,000.

SVP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we fight alongside and serve. People of color, women, immigrants, LGBTQ-identified individuals, and folks from low-income communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Street Vendor Project is part of the Urban Justice Center, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation and advocacy to various marginalized groups of New Yorkers.


Founded in 2001, the Street Vendor Project (SVP) is a grassroots membership-led organization working to defend the rights and achieve just working conditions of the community of workers, self-employed people and small business owners who make their living as vendors on the streets and sidewalks of New York City. Through direct leadership development, education, legal support, and strategic legislative advocacy, SVP builds power and community among vendors in the fight to legalize street vending.


1) Submit your resume, cover letter, and two professional references to svp@urbanjustice.org.

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