Al Vega becomes MassCOSH Chief of Strategy and Engagement/ MassCOSH Looking to Hire Chief of Operations

October 13, 2022

As of October 15, 2022, Al Vega, long time member of the MassCOSH team, will become its first-ever Chief of Strategy and Engagement. The new role is part of a re-structuring plan as outgoing Executive Director Jodi Sugerman-Brozan will be joining the City of Boston and Mayor Michelle Wu’s new Cabinet for Worker Empowerment as Deputy Chief, with a focus on worker protections. MassCOSH will also be hiring a Chief of Operations to join Al as part of a new leadership team.

This new role recognizes Al’s 13 years of leadership within MassCOSH and the wider Labor Movement here in Massachusetts. As Chief of Strategy and Engagement, Al will lead the organization in shaping its strategic vision for the future and continue playing a lead role within coalitions, campaigns, and labor organizations focused on worker justice in Massachusetts and nationally. As a member of USW (United Steelworkers) and a leader in Greater Boston LCLAA (Labor Council on Latin American Advancement), Al will ensure that the voices of immigrant and young workers, who are part of our programs, are heard and that our trainings, technical assistance and expertise in occupational health and safety, continue to be a resource to unions, worker centers, and labor groups across the state and nationally.
MassCOSH is seeking an experienced nonprofit manager to join Al in co-leading MassCOSH. The new Chief of Operations will oversee much of MassCOSH’s fundraising, administrative, human resources and financial systems. A job description for the Chief of Operations can be found below, by downloading the job description PDF here ( or by emailing and then sending in full applications (resume, writing sample and cover letter) by Monday November 7. Please share this info widely with your networks.

We hope you join us in congratulating both Al and Jodi in their new respective roles. If you’d like to make a contribution to help ensure MassCOSH’s financial health through this transition, as well as share words of encouragement to both Jodi and Al, you can make a donation using the "Donate Here" button on our main homepage.

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Chief of Operations :
The Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) is a nonprofit organization that builds the power of workers, youth and adults, immigrants and US-born, union and environmental activists, and legal and health professionals, to lead efforts that achieve safe, healthy working conditions. MassCOSH is seeking a Chief of Operations to co-lead MassCOSH with the Chief of Strategy and Engagement. Reporting to the board of directors, the Chief of Operations will be responsible for overseeing operations including finance, human resources, and fundraising.

Working in conjunction with the Chief of Strategy and Engagement, this person will be in charge of:

Carry out policies and plans authorized by the Board.

Promote an organizational culture where there is transparency and builds on the strengths and assets of board and staff.

Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors.

Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Work with the board to negotiate collective bargaining agreement.

Oversee spaces/leases for the organization

Oversee vendor contracts for worksite, (copier, internet, phone, etc., website, IT)

Oversee and play a leadership role in developing and implementing a diverse and comprehensive fundraising strategy, raising $1,000,000+ annually.

Research, identify and write grants/bids which currently fund approximately 85% of the organization’s budget.

Support Development & Communications Coordinator in organizing annual union membership drive, individual giving program (including sustaining giving program), and annual fundraising event and annual meeting which raise approximately 15% of the organization’s budget.

Financial Management:
Provide leadership to develop the organization’s annual budget each year.

Support the Administrative Associate in accounts payable and receivable and specifically ensuring revenue and expenses are allocated properly in Quickbooks.

Support the Administrative Associate to ensure monthly bank reconciliations are completed timely and accurately.

Work with a financial consultant to produce regular financial reports to board and staff to track revenue and expenses at least quarterly.

Work with financial consultants to oversee annual financial audit.

Manage grants (including government funding) and contracts including all necessary reporting and invoicing.

Manage subcontracts to organizational partners.

Organization systems and Human Resources:
Work with Administrative Associate to ensure payroll is submitted.

Work with payroll processing company to ensure all systems for tracking employee hours, accrued time off, holidays, etc. are accurate and updated when needed.

Manage organization’s insurance policies including working with agent on annual health insurance renewal.

Work with Administrative Associate to ensure organization submits all necessary local, state and federal reports and filings.

Oversee and provide supervisory feedback and annual review of staff, and support staff’s professional and personal development.  

Represent the organization’s management regarding any staff or union complaints or grievances, or any disciplinary proceedings, except as to the Chief of Strategy and Engagement.

Responsible for hiring process in consultation with the Chief of Strategy and Engagement

Responsible for setting up new hire accounts and technology.

Support staff in managing expectations and successful completion of workplans.

Oversee proper management of 401K

Basic Qualifications :
5-10 years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector.

Proven experience developing and maintaining sound financial practices and controls.

Experience managing staff and knowledge of Human Resource protocols.

Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality

Experience engaging, supporting and motivating co-workers and volunteers.

Exceptional written, editing, and verbal communication skills.

Additional Qualifications :
Excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.

Computer skills and demonstrated experience and skill with learning new software, including database systems and web software.

Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.

Fluency in Spanish and English preferred

Experience with website content management

Commitment to promoting the mission, objectives and culture of MassCOSH

Ability to cultivate existing and new board member relationships.

Strong fundraising experience with the ability to engage a range of core stakeholders and cultures, including labor, environmental, and community organizations.

Candidates for this position should send a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to Written materials such as fundraising proposals or strategic fundraising plans could strengthen the application.

This position is full time. Salary is $81,900 plus generous vacation and holiday policies, full individual health, dental and 2% contribution to 401K. While MassCOSH is represented by USW - 9358, this position is not in the bargaining unit. This position is based in MassCOSH offices in Fields Corner, Dorchester.

MassCOSH is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to by November 7, 2022

Target start date is November 30, 2022.

All submissions must include a cover letter, writing sample, and resume to be considered.