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WE’RE HIRING! Part-time Census “Pop-Up” Worker – bilingual required (English/Spanish or English/Cantonese)

JOB DESCRIPTION: Census “Pop-Up” Worker
(10 hours per week, March 12th to May 15th, 2020)

About the Cooper Square Committee

The Cooper Square Committee is a housing and community development organization based in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Formed in 1959, we work with area residents to preserve and develop affordable, environmentally housing and community/cultural spaces in order to maintain the racial, economic, and cultural diversity of the Lower East Side.

About the Census Complete Count Fund

The United States Constitution requires a population count—or census—every 10 years. The census determines every state’s proportional representation in Congress as well as its share of federal funds for health care, education, housing, economic development, social services, roads, transportation, and more. In light of the resources that are at risk and the fact that the State of New York could lose up to two congressional seats in the case of a 2020 census undercount, it is critically important that all New Yorkers, especially those from historically undercounted communities, are counted.

To support a fair and complete count, Cooper Square Committee is working in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), Mayor de Blasio’s NYC Census 2020 office, and the New York City Council to mobilize New Yorkers to self-respond to the 2020 census. Cooper Square Committee will be engaging our community members through a range of strategies, including hosting several “pop-up” events at buildings and our storefront offices at 61 E. 4th Street.

About the Census “Pop-Up” Worker position

Cooper Square Committee is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates for the role of Census “Pop-Up” Worker. The Census “Pop-Up” Worker will staff the Census pop-up at our office from Monday to Thursday, 5 pm to 7:30 pm (10 hours per week), educate community members about the significance of the census and the importance of census self-response; identify and dismantle barriers to census participation, ask and encourage New Yorkers to self-respond to the 2020 census, and connect them right then and there to the tools and resources they need to self-respond.


Working under the leadership of the Census Manager, the Census “Pop-Up” Worker will:

  • Build strong relationships with historically undercounted New Yorkers in order to encourage census self-response;
  • Engage Lower East Side residents about the census through a variety of activities at the pop-up, which may include phone-banking, text-banking, and other engagement events;
  • Track census engagement activities using both qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • Adhere to all data security and privacy protocols around census engagement;
  • Participate in trainings and professional development opportunities;
  • Help with other Census outreach and engagement tasks as needed.


  • Experience in community engagement, campaign work, or other forms of direct outreach;
  • Excellent communication and multi-tasking skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills;
  • Demonstrated cultural competence with respect to historically undercounted communities;
  • Understanding of New York City’s diversity and experience working with people of diverse backgrounds;
  • Proficiency in use of technology such as laptop computers and tablets;
  • Required: Proficiency in written and spoken Spanish and/or Cantonese.

Pay is commensurate with experience. To apply, send your resume to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Legislators, Tenant Advocates to Call for End of Construction as Harassment and Reform of Department of Buildings

STS sep-30-2015 flyer

Click the flyer if you can join us!

For Planning Purposes: September 30, 2015

Contact: Morgan Rubin,, 646-517-1813

Legislators, Tenant Advocates to Call for End of Construction as Harassment and Reform of Department of Buildings 

Results of Tenant Survey Show How Construction is Used as a Tactic in Harassing and Displacing Tenants and the Shortcomings in DOB Enforcement of this Negligent, Dangerous Construction

WHAT:  New information will be released that highlights that tenants, especially New York City’s rent-stabilized tenants, are being harassed through the use of negligent construction and that the Department of Buildings falls short on protecting tenants, letting bad actors continue this dangerous behavior.  The release of the survey results from Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition will reveal the urgent need for reforming DOB to better protect tenants and the New York City affordable housing stock.

WHO: Council Members Margaret Chin, Antonio Reynoso, Rafael Espinal, Daniel Garodnick, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Steve Levin, Mark Levine, Carlos Menchaca, Rosie Mendez,  and Helen Rosenthal. Tenants who have suffered from construction as harassment, Members of Stand for Tenant Safety (STS), supporters, and community members.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

WHERE:Steps of City Hall

About Stand for Tenant Safety

Stand for Tenant Safety (STS) is a citywide coalition of community organizations who are fighting to protect the lives and homes of New York City tenants where landlords are using construction as harassment.  Through this community driven effort, we demand the systemic reform of the Department of Buildings.


Join the Board!

The Cooper Square Committee is seeking new Steering Committee members to help advance our organization’s affordable housing preservation mission.  We welcome community residents of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, and professional experiences.  Low-income people are especially encouraged to apply since they bring a valuable perspective and can be very effective advocates for the population we aim to serve.

Criteria for Joining the Board

1) What is the process for becoming a Steering Committee Member?


A) Meet the By Laws requirements re: membership in good standing (Must be a member for at least one year, and be up to date in your dues).


B) Fill out a board application form: ask our staff for one or fill this out and return it to us via mail, e-mail, or in person.


C) Meet with our Nominating Committee: Once we get your application, our Nominating Committee will meet with you to find out more about your interest in being on our Steering Committee, and explain the election process.


2) What is expected of me if I become a Steering Committee member?


A) Steering Committee Members should be willing to serve for two years, and help govern the organization, assist in planning our short-term and long-term goals and activities, set policy, and help to raise money during their tenure on the board.  Since many of our Steering Committee members are activists with low or modest incomes, we recognize that you may not be able to contribute financially to the organization.  But there are many ways you can help advance our agenda and attract resources, such as soliciting donations from personal and professional contacts, obtaining in-kind contributions of goods or services for the organization, obtaining items to be sold at raffles or auctions, or obtaining advertisers for our program journal.  These are just some examples of how our Steering Committee members have helped the organization raise money.


B) Donating some of your time.  Our Steering Committee meets once a month, and members are expected to attend meetings unless they have a scheduling conflict.  Steering Committee members are encouraged to also be involved in a committee such as Fundraising (helping with our 3rd Avenue Festival and annual gala), Publicity (involved in updating our website or brochure, flyering buildings, tabling at events, or other activities to publicize our mission and programs in the community), Housing (planning our legislative and housing policy agenda, testifying at hearings, getting petitions or letters signed), or other ad hoc committees.


No board member is expected to do all of these things, but any candidate should be willing to commit some time during the year to do one or more of these tasks based on their interests.


If you have any questions, e-mail Steve Herrick.


The Cooper Square Committee is seeking volunteers to help advance our *mission*.  We welcome community residents of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, and professional experiences.  Low income people are especially encouraged to apply since they bring a valuable perspective and can be very effective advocates for the population we aim to serve.


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Tenants Rightso  Housing Legislation and Regulations  o
Social Work/Social Serviceso  Developing Affordable Housing   o
Leadership Developmento  Fundraising (Events and Donor Appeals)  o
Special Eventso  Organizing Workshops    o
Othero  Board and Staff Development   o


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Legislative or Policy Analysiso  Fundraising (Grant writing, event planning) o
Bookkeeping or Accountingo  Board Governance (Policy making)  o
Website Design or Content Managemento  Graphic Design      o
Community Organizingo  Spanish or Chinese Translation   o 
Marketingo  Writing or Editing     o
Human Resourceso  Mentoring/Tutoring    o
Legal training or expertiseo  Real Estate Finance    o
Architecture/Interior Designo  Social Services/Social Work   o
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