Career Empowerment Associate

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, City College of New York
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 22

Position description

Two schools at the City University of New York (CUNY) – the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at City College of New York and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies – are establishing a national center to recruit, develop and connect diverse leaders for social change who can imagine and implement visionary solutions for the enormous challenges we face in the 21st century. The new Leadership Institute for Democracy and Social Justice ( sees a compelling opportunity in the abundant talent of an emerging generation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders and will meet a vital need for a scaled initiative that prepares leaders early in their careers in social justice traditions, ideology, literature and history in order to achieve power in all sectors. 

The flagship programs of the Leadership Institute will be intensive cohort programs for early and mid-career participants that will provide a broad, ecumenical curriculum to give leaders a grounding in the history and theory of social change, in addition to real-world practice and experience. Leaders in the cohorts will participate in paid internships, have options to connect to degree-granting academic programs, and have access to robust wrap-around services including mentorship, career services, and community building. 

The Leadership Institute is hiring a Career Empowerment Associate to build infrastructure for a robust career services program, including organizing resources, promoting career and professional development opportunities, and acting as a 1:1 support for Fellows in their journeys pursuing careers in social justice. The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of different types of social justice organizations - from community organizing to national advocacy organizations, policy think tanks to government offices, labor unions to movement organizations and a passion for creating infrastructure. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of the start-up team for this new initiative and be part of a dynamic, responsive learning culture that seeks to meet the needs of social justice organizations and emerging leaders of color. This position reports to the Director of Social Justice Careers and Mentoring and will be one of a team of six staff and over two dozen prominent movement leaders serving on the Advisory Board.


Core responsibilities:

  • Build infrastructure for social justice career empowerment program, helping to inventory and organize resources and promote professional development opportunities including workshops, trainings, fellowships, and other programs designed to foster talent in the social justice sector;
  • Serve as 1:1 support to Fellows being responsive to their career development needs and questions, including providing resources and mentorship, and connecting them to the right opportunities to advance their social justice careers; 
  • Support the Director in designing engaging workshops, panel discussions, written materials and other learning venues to educate participants on various career pathways in the sector. Work may include compiling resources for different career tracks, designing educational programs, and identifying and inviting speakers and trainers;
  • Develop inventory of existing assets for helping students with social justice and public service jobs at CPS, CCNY, SLU and elsewhere at CUNY; collaborate with teams at partner schools and organizations to maximize career empowerment for LDSJ Fellows and alumni
  • Develop print and web-based materials and publications, webinars, videos and other resources to educate, train, and support students interested in social justice careers. Utilize new technology and social media tools to match employers with qualified LDSJ Fellows and alumni.
  • Maintain database of employers and alumni contacts. Track job postings and transmit them to Fellows and alumni. Track Fellows and alumni job applications, interviews and outcomes and conduct assessments to strengthen services.
  • Research market and job trends relevant to labor and social justice-oriented careers, and recommend strategies for connecting students’ academic progress with career and professional development opportunities.


  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, with 3-5 years’ experience in the sector, ideally as a paid employee but could also include high-responsibility volunteer roles and membership roles;
  • Candidates do NOT need to have formal work experience in a variety of career functions but should be familiar with a wide range of career tracks and options (e.g. organizing, communications, advocacy, operations, data, policy, government relations); 
  • Familiarity with different kinds of organizing and social change groups (e.g. community organizing, issue organizing, constituent organizing, labor organizing, public service, policy think tanks); 
  • A passion for building infrastructure and organizing systems;
  • A passion for leadership development in social justice work;
  • Enthusiasm for working at a public university;
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity based on race, gender and class; demonstrated cultural competency skills and ability to connect with people from historically marginalized identities; 
  • Strong self-starter and self-organizer; demonstrated history of building programs from scratch; can translate ideas and vision into real programs and products;
  • Strong organizational skills and strong attention to detail;
  • Works well under uncertainty and seeks opportunities to try and learn; willing to experiment, take risks, and is not afraid of failure; constantly seeks feedback and uses feedback to improve; 
  • Flexible, positive attitude and someone who brings joy to their work.

Application instructions

In order to be considered, please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Be sure to put “SJ Careers and Leadership Development Associate” in the subject line of your email. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled but priority review will be given for applications submitted before July 15, 2022. 

Please direct any questions about the position (by email only; no phone calls) to Nathalie Delpeche ([email protected]). 

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