Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Bilingual Spanish Organizers in Training in the San Francisco Bay Area


# Positions: 5
Hiring in the Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco areas
Help Rebuild the Middle Class

Important opportunity to work on innovative campaigns to empower workers in the 99 percent to take on the power of the 1 percent. We need  creative electoral campaigners, social and environmental  activists, community organizers, labor organizers, students interested in  starting social justice careers  to work alongside low-wage workers as they speak out together for good jobs. Must be willing to work in stressful, hectic campaign environment and bring strong field and relational skills.  Candidate should have a track record of  working or volunteering  for underdogs and overlooked causes.

Are you ready to fight for what you believe in? Do you want to do something to make a difference? Are you looking to work in the social and economic justice movement? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the questions above then union organizing is for you!

To apply: Cover letter and resume are required for consideration for this position. Cover letters should describe your qualifications, experience and career goals, as well as a brief description of why you want to work to realize SEIU's vision for building a strong union. Upload cover letter and resume here

Job Description: For more than 75 years, SEIU has been helping working families stand up for their rights, fighting for dignity and respect in the workplace. With a membership of 2.2 million strong, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the labor movement. Our diverse staff of organizers helps janitors, home care aids, mental health workers, office workers, school bus drivers, public employees, nurses, and other hospital workers join forces to bring democracy to the workplace.

The SEIU--WAVE (Organizer-In-Training) Program is a 12-month training program. As an Organizer-in-Training with the SEIU WAVE Program you will be learning from a dynamic union that is committed to giving a voice to thousands of workers and helping to provide lasting social change for the working class.

At SEIU ( , we are looking for energetic and passionate individuals who are ready to organize people to fight for better lives for themselves and their families. This is your opportunity to put your commitment to social and economic justice to work by learning the skills needed to build power for working people.
If selected you will be trained on any of our many organizing campaigns within the United States.

Position Details:
STARTING SALARY: $36,600 /annual
  • Comprehensive health benefits package for employee and eligible dependents.
  • $560/month car allowance
  • $60/ month cell phone allowance
  • Airfare, hotels, rental cars paid for when traveling
  • $50/day per diem when traveling
  • When assigned to a campaign in a state other than your home state, you will be sent home every other weekend.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It’s not just a job….It’s a movement!

Job Qualifications: Who should apply?
Union organizing is not easy and not for everyone. This program is designed to help train you on the many aspects of union organizing and learn skills that can be used in many aspects of the social justice movement. A successful applicant for the organizer-in-training position should have the following:
  • Bilingual Spanish and English
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and grassroots organizing
  • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Possession of excellent listening skills and the ability to comprehend the concerns of others
  • Ability to manage your time independently and carry out work plans with minimal supervision
  • Willingness to travel for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work long and irregular hours, including some nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to motivate and activate others
  • Possession of sharp problem-solving skills
  • Possession of basic map navigation skills a plus
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license required and ability to rent a car

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Creative Commons Google Policy Fellowship


For the fifth year, Creative Commons will take part in the Google Policy Fellowship program. It’s fantastic to see that Google has expanded the number and diversity of groups involved in the fellowship program. This year there areparticipating organizations from Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America.

The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests. Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and trademark reform, consumer privacy, open government, and more.

The 2013 Google Policy Fellow will receive a grant to work at Creative Commons’ office in Mountain View, California.

Past CC Google Policy Fellows have worked on a wide variety of project. These have included surveying intellectual property and licensing policies of philanthropic foundations, research on the welfare impact of Creative Commons across various fields, and an investigation of the characterization of Creative Commons within U.S. legal scholarship.

We look for motivated candidates with partially-developed ideas in exploring a particular interest/expertise area, short research project, or related activity within the broad spectrum of open licensing and the commons. In 2013 we are particularly interested in working with fellows interested in supporting education and advocacy efforts around open policies so that publicly funded resources are openly licensed resources. One specific project we are looking for assistance on is the development of an Open Policy Network. We are very flexible in accommodating project ideas that will be mutually beneficial to the candidate and CC. The project work with CC will not be supervised by an attorney.

Please be sure to apply before March 15, 2013.

Myra Marx Ferree at UCB Soc Colloquium Next Week


Intersectional Inequalities

Race, Class and Gender as Policy Frameworks and Movement Frames

Monday, February 25
Barrows 402

Race, Class and Gender as Policy Frameworks and Movement Frames Feminism, like any globally dispersed and historically long-lived social movement, is intricately intertwined with local specificities of opportunity in how it develops and where and how it succeeds. By looking at both the discursive opportunities institutionally imbedded in texts with power and the movement's discursive strategies to frame its claims effectively, Ferree explores differences in how "gender" becomes politically meaningful in three different contexts: Germany, the US and the European Union. She argues that rather than a "master frame" there are competing "webs of meaning" about inequality that have different and changing resonances across contexts. 

Myra Marx Ferree is the Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology and Director of the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to her recent book Varieties of Feminism: German Gender Politics in Global Perspective (Stanford University Press 2012) on which this talk is based, she has recently edited Global Feminism: Women's Transnational Activism, Organizations and Human Rights (2006) and Gender, Violence and Human Security: Feminist Perspectives (forthcoming) and co-authored Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the US (2002). Two of her articles on theorizing intersectionality have won Race, Class and Gender section awards from ASA.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Master of Science at Oxford Internet Institute

The Oxford Internet Institute at Oxford University in England has secured an additional MSc scholarship for the coming academic year. Kindly supported by Google, this scholarship will be open to MSC candidates applying in all three deadlines, including the final application deadline for 2013/14 entry to our MSc and DPhil programmes, which is 8 March 2013. Please see how to apply on our website. Professor Ralph Schroeder Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford 1 St.Giles Oxford OX1 3JS Tel.01865-287224/287210

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Oakland Parks and Recreation Summer Jobs


The City of Oakland - Office of Parks & Recreation has openings for the following positions beginning summer 2013.

Applications are accepted online only.  Visit to apply online during the opening period and get specific job information.

Applications accepted through February 22, 2013 for the following positions:

Recreation Centers & programs - Recreation Leaders
Sports - Recreation Leaders & Sports officials
Cultural Arts - Recreation Leaders & Recreation Specialists
Boating - Recreation Leaders & Recreation Specialists
Aquatics - Lifeguards, Pool managers & water safety instructors

Applications accepted February 25 - March 18, 2013 for the following positions:
Recreation aides & Recreation attendants

Reminder - Applications are accepted online only.  Visit to apply online during the opening period and get specific job information.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Summer Paid Internships


Earlier this week PPIC posted seven paid internship opportunities for summer 2013 on our employment page at 

1 - Measuring Poverty in California (Project Directors: Sarah Bohn and Caroline Danielson)
2 - Understanding County Health Programs (Project Director: Shannon McConville)
5 - Managing California’s Jail Population (Project Directors: Sonya Tafoya and Magnus Lofstrom)
6 - School District Debt in California (Project Director: Maggie Weston)
7 . Extreme Event Impacts on Air and Water Quality in California (Project Director: Louise Bedsworth)

Please share the news of these terrific internship opportunities with your professional network and encourage qualified applicants to visit to apply.  The application deadline is March 10, 2013. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

AFL-CIO Organizing Institute 12-week Paid Field Training Program


Organizing Institute

The AFL-CIO Organizing Institute matches recent college graduates and graduating seniors interested in careers in social and economic justice with AFL-CIO affiliate-unions looking to hire individuals enthusiastic about assisting workers gain respect and dignity in their workplace.  We also work with individual unions to assist with their recruitment and hiring needs of union organizers. 

We look to recruit, train and place passionate individuals into careers as union organizers to work with AFL-CIO affiliate unions.  Starting February 2013, the OI will direct several 3-day union organizer trainings throughout the United States.  During the 3-day trainings, participants will learn union organizing basics such as one-on-one communication skills as well as campaign and strategic planning skills.  Applicants selected from a training will be placed into a 12-week, paid ($500/weekly stipend minus taxes) Field Training Program as an apprentice with an AFL-CIO affiliate union. Transportation, health insurance and housing, if necessary, are provided during the apprenticeship.  Trainees who successfully complete the field training program will be offered a full-time position as a union organizer with one of our affiliate unions.  Salaries start at $35,000-$40,000 per year for entry level organizers, plus excellent benefits. 

Who We are Looking For?
Students that will be graduating this June and past graduates are a priority!  Individuals committed to social and economic justice; possess strong communication and leadership skills; possess a clean and valid drivers’ license.  People of Color, women and bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  Since positions will be based in various locations throughout the US, applicants must be open to relocate to where positions are based.

This is a fantastic opportunity for May/June 2013 graduates and former students who have expressed an interest in careers where they have the opportunity to directly impact the lives of others and the communities in which they live.  If you know of any recent or past graduates who would be interested in these opportunities, please encourage them to apply to the program.  Also, feel free to pass this along to other faculty so they can get the word out to their students.

Those interested in applying should use the following link: .  If there are any complications with the online application process, please send an electronic application to   organizers@aflcio.orgApplication materials via website.  Should you have questions or wish to contact me regarding the program, I can be reached at 404-754-3186 and/or  They can also visit www.aflcio/ for more information. 

Ayketa Iverson, National Recruitment Coordinator
AFL-CIO Organizing Institute
404-754-3186 cell
404-766-5050 office

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Cheryl Perkins on "Be a Leader of Unorthodox Ideas"

WHEN: This Thursday, February 7, 2013 -- program from 5:00-6:00pm, followed by networking until 6:30pm

WHAT: Be a Leader of Unorthodox Ideas

Companies these days cannot afford to sit still!  Cheryl Perkins will shares best practices of leaders who can identify and act on unorthodox ideas to deliver top-line growth and true innovation in today's business climate.  She will describe how these leaders take innovation to the next step while tackling the current challenges of talent management and innovation fatigue. 

While describing how to build the right competencies to deliver results, she will discuss how these leaders create a strategy, structure, and culture to successfully translate unorthodox ideas to true innovation. Cheryl will share insights on how these leaders engage internal stakeholders and overcome barriers to personal and corporate success as discussed in the book Conquering Innovation Fatigue.
Participants will walk away inspired and motivated to advance their leadership skills to leverage unorthodox ideas in new ways from building new capabilities, changing culture, piloting several innovation approaches, and tailoring unique solutions to win in very competitive markets. 

Cheryl Perkins is the Founder and President of Innovationedge. She is a thought leader in innovation and a creative catalyst in brand-building initiatives for companies looking for that innovative edge. In 2006 Business Week magazine chose Cheryl as one of the a Top 25 Champions of Innovation in the world. She was also named as a top executive driving vision within the consumer goods industry (Visionaries 2006) by Consumer Goods Technology magazine.

With over 20 years experience directing growth and innovation, Cheryl most recently served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer for Kimberly-Clark. She ran the company¹s innovation and enterprise growth organizations, including research and development, engineering, design, new business, global strategic alliances, environment, safety, and regulatory affairs, and oversaw innovation processes, systems, and tools. She has eleven U.S. Patents and several more pending. Cheryl is currently the President and Founder of Innovationedge, a global strategic innovation consultancy. The team¹s fearless champions of innovation break barriers to help executives define their strategy, develop capabilities, design a winning organizational structure and deliver breakthrough solutions.  
  • Thursday, February 28 - Peter Sims - Little Bets and Black Sheep: The Revolution Will Be Improvised
  • Thursday, March 7 - William Manning & Aaron Fahrenkrog - Endgame: How to Prepare and Move a Billion Dollars in Patent Litigation
  • Thursday, April 11 - Larry Vincent & Eric Kuhn - Managing Brands in an Uncontrollable Landscape
  • Thursday, April 25 - Mario Herger - Enterprise Gamification: Exploiting People by Letting Them Have Fun
Visit for more information.

Union Research Summer School at Cornell


June 9-14, 2013

The AFL-CIO and Cornell University are sponsoring a Strategic Corporate Research Summer School on June 9-14, 2013 in Ithaca, New York.  The course (credit or non-credit) is designed for undergrad and grad students who are interested in working as union researchers and campaigners.  The application deadline is May 17.  Scholarships are available based on need if taking the course for credit.  To access the application link and obtain other information, go to the web site, call (607) 254-4749, or email

“Tomorrow’s Women Leaders Today” Conference

IGNITE is excited to announce our 3rd Annual

This FREE political leadership event is exclusively for local young women in high school and college. All young women throughout the Bay Area are welcome. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The venue is accessible by BART & AC Transit (5 minute walk from 16th Street Mission BART) Our IGNITE team is planning a jam-packed day with: Keynote Speaker: Immigrant Rights Activist Sofia Campos

Our Mission

Ignite builds political ambition in young women. We have a national vision: to build a movement of young women across the United States who are civically engaged, respond to issues, and who ultimately pursue elective office.


Saturday, March 2, 2013, 9am-3:30pm


Mission High School
3750 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Five minute walk from 16th Street Mission BART


  • Election Recap 2012: Women & Young Voters
  • Goal Setting & Time Management 
  • Branding Yourself 
  • Reproductive Rights 
  • Immigration & The DREAM Act 
  • Community Violence 
  • Human Trafficking 
  • Higher Education Policy


  • Women's Political Organizations to Join NOW
  • IGNITE's Young Leaders in Action: High School & College 
  • School Board Members Speak

Job & Internship Fair

Learn about jobs and internships available in you community!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Temporary Part Time Office Work


Montclair tax office needs part time (10-20 hours/week) temporary (til  
April 15) admin assistant. Tiny amount of client contact, a little computer  
work, lots of filing, paper shuffling, and doing the same thing day after  
day. If interested, please send me an e-mail telling me 1) of your past office  
work experience, and 2) why you're looking for a part-time temporary job.