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Tenants & Neighbors Seeks Vista Tenant Organizer for At-Risk HUD Affordable Housing

About Tenants & Neighbors:

Tenants & Neighbors is a small, dynamic, grassroots organization that harnesses the power of tenants to preserve at-risk affordable housing and strengthen tenant rights in gentrifying neighborhoods throughout New York. We have two affiliate organizations, one that does grassroots tenants organizing at the building and community-level to preserve at-risk affordable housing developments, and one that does tenant-led legislative organizing and advocacy to address the underlying causes of loss of affordability.

About the HUD VISTA Tenant Organizer Position:

The VISTA tenant organizer position will be a two-year position funded by the federal housing agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as part of a national tenant organizing program. The tenant organizer will assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants living in buildings that are at risk of loss of affordability, assist in campaigns to preserve HUD-assisted affordable housing, and participate in a national movement to preserve at-risk affordable housing with the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT). We are seeking a VISTA Tenant Organizer to carry out outreach, education, and organizing work associated with this new grant. The tenant organizer will:

  • identify eligible buildings for outreach, organizing, and tenant engagement and prioritize buildings at risk due to expiring use restrictions, substandard physical or social conditions;
  • engage in door-to-door outreach, identify and recruit tenant leaders to help form or strengthen independent tenant associations or organizing committees that meet HUD standards in 3-4 targeted Section 8 developments per year, averaging 150 apartments per development;
  • with Supervisor, provide training in tenants’ rights, HUD housing subsidies, and organizational and leadership development to targeted tenant associations;
  • work in close partnership with VAHPP Legal Fellows based in the same geographic area;
  • help tenants identify critical areas of need and goals and strategies for selected buildings;
  • coordinate tenant efforts to engage owners, public officials, and HUD and other agencies to preserve and improve targeted properties;
  • assist tenant associations in networking and building alliances with other tenant associations and allies in their local areas and nationwide;
  • assist targeted tenant associations in obtaining services through negotiation with owners and referrals to other agencies;
  • assist sponsor in raising funds for at least one tenant leader from targeted buildings to attend the June NAHT training conference in Washington, DC;
  • participate in at least 3⁄4 of bi-weekly NAHT Network training calls and NAHT Network task forces, as appropriate;
  • help plan and arrange for tenant participation in regional “Eyes and Ears” meetings between tenant associations and HUD Headquarters and Regional staff, as appropriate;
  • develop written reports on “best practices” and victory stories and related materials to share with project partners and tenant associations;
  • track the number of organizations and tenants that receive capacity building services through an activity log;
  • track increased requests for organizing assistance made to local sponsoring organizations;
  • and support the broader goals and mission of the placement organization.

The Tenant Organizer will be supervised by the Executive Director and work very collaboratively with and receive support and guidance from other staff members.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A commitment to social change;
  • At least one year of grassroots organizing experience, ideally tenant organizing;
  • basic knowledge of issues related to affordable housing preservation, and ideally more in-depth knowledge about concrete strategies for preserving HUD-assisted housing;
  • fluency in both English and Spanish;
  • strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • exceptional time and priority management skills; and
  • be professional, confident, personable, highly motivated, well organized, and detail oriented.

Stipend:

$15,312, health insurance, and $5,730 Educational Stipend available upon completion of the program

To Apply:

Send a thoughtful cover letter and resume to Katie Goldstein, Executive Director at Kgoldstein@tandn.org .

For more information about the program, see http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/post-grad/VAHPP.

HUD tenants are encouraged to apply.

Civic Engagement Fellow at New York Immigration Coalition

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that works for justice and opportunity for immigrants and refugees. The NYIC successfully brings together multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and multi-sector constituencies to pursue a common agenda. That agenda includes: improving immigrants’ access to quality health care and education; advocating for equitable immigration policies; ensuring immigrants’ civil rights; encouraging immigrants’ civic and electoral participation; coordinating immigration services; and educating both newcomer communities and the public at large about immigration issues.

Summary of the Position
The Civic Engagement Fellow will work closely with the NYIC Civic Engagement program to execute its policy, advocacy, and community engagement/organizing work to increase civic and electoral participation for all immigrants in New York State. The ideal candidate will have experience with some combination of the following: community organizing and engagement, policy analysis, communications, advocacy, and grant writing.The Civic Engagement Associate will work closely with the Senior Manager of Political Engagement to manage the NYIC’s overall civic engagement efforts, which include leading the Civic Engagement Collaborative to foster the civic engagement of immigrants, coordinating the NYIC’s various electoral campaigns to engage tens of thousands of immigrant voters, and building a base of engaged immigrants and allies throughout the state.
This is a one-year position with possibility of renewal for a second year.

Key Responsibilities

The Civic Engagement Fellow will be responsible for the following:

  • Support and contribute to the organization’s Civic Engagement and policy and advocacy work and cutting-edge civic engagement campaigns, including those to expand and enlarge voting to new populations
  • Assist with a range of tasks including organization of media events, mobilizing partners, developing coalitions, convening working groups, and communicating with stakeholders
  • Coordinate meetings, prepare minutes, assist with execution of events, and engage members in Civic Engagement Collaborative meetings and trainings
  • Coordinate scheduling for legislative visits and advocacy events, and participate in outreach to and meetings with public policymakers and elected officials
  • Assist in developing policy and political analysis. Participate in development of advocacy and community education materials
  • Participate in preparation of grant proposals and with tracking and reporting on current grants
  • Oversee scheduling and logistics for Civic and Electoral training activities. Update training materials in collaboration with Senior Manager of Political Engagement, assist with delivery of training
  • Hold community education sessions and public forums throughout the year
  • Contribute to other organizational events and projects as necessary

Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, good judgment and the ability to work collaboratively in some cases, and independently in others
  • Passion for or experience working in civic and electoral policy and/or advocacy
  • Knowledge of political electoral processes at in New York City and New York State strongly preferred
  • Strong Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, website management, and social media skills strongly preferred
  • Ability and experience in public speaking and meeting facilitation
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment, as well as to multi-task and manage competing deadlines
  • Sense of humor and ability to be flexible highly valued
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic or another language is strongly preferred

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to hr@nyic.org with the subject line: Civic Engagement Fellow. No phone calls will be accepted about this position.

Applications will be accepted until December 17.

Location

40 Exchange Place, Suite 1820, New York, NY, 10005, US

Housing Court Answers Seeks Part-Time Hotline and Housing Assistant

Housing Court Answers seeks a Spanish speaking, part-time assistant for its Rental Arrears Hotline. HCA, an independent nonprofit, provides information to unrepresented people in Housing Court from information tables in all five boroughs and a hotline.

The Hotline and Housing Assistant’s responsibilities include providing information about Housing Court and court procedures, referrals for legal assistance, rental arrears help, and social services or organizing. Ability to speak and write English and Spanish is necessary. The salary is currently $24,342 with benefits including single health coverage, subject to ongoing collective bargaining process. The position is 23 hours per week including three full days from 9-5. The hotline is run from our main office in lower Manhattan. The assistant will also work in the courts as needed.

To apply

Email cover letter and resume to info@hcanswers.org with Hotline Coordinator in the subject line.

Responsibilities

  • Answer calls on our busy hotline
  • Provide rent arrears and eviction prevention referrals
  • Explain public benefits qualifications, application process, and maintenance
  • Answer questions about Housing Court, housing laws, and tenants rights and responsibilities
  • Explain housing court procedures for tenants and landlords
  • Update a resource list of organizations including charities, community groups, non-profit housing organizations, legal service providers and others.
  • Identify systemic issues which might be addressed through advocacy or litigation
  • Develop and update information sheets and training materials on public benefits and getting assistance from charities and HRA
  • Educate coworkers on hotline protocols
  • Prepare and present trainings for advocates on eviction prevention, public benefits and Housing Court issues
  • Assist on advocacy campaigns aimed at improving the lives of hotline callers and people in Housing Court without attorneys
  • Assist on lobbying campaigns

Position Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Ability to work with the public in a stressful and/or chaotic setting
  • Knowledge of housing, tenants’ rights, and rent regulation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English and Spanish
  • Strong computer skills especially google drive, microsoft office including publisher and access
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Experience with Housing Court, housing laws, and public benefits
  • We will only consider applicants that speak Spanish

Pratt Center for Community Development Seeks to Hire Community Canvassers

The Pratt Center for Community Development works for a more sustainable and equitable New York City in partnership with community-based organizations, small businesses and policymakers. We combine urban planning, research, policy advocacy, and small business assistance to advance innovative solutions to low- and moderate-income communities’ greatest economic and environmental challenges.

Position Summary:

We are hiring part-time community canvassers to recruit New York City homeowners to participate in a Pilot Program in which their home will receive a low-cost energy efficiency retrofit. Canvassers will have face-to-face interactions with neighborhood residents, be responsible for conveying program information and conducting a brief intake with interested homeowners. Canvassers may be asked to speak at community meetings and events.

Canvassing commences mid-January with consistent hours through the end of March, with the possibility for an extension. Minimum of four hours/week. Hours are flexible, but the canvasser will need to be available during weekday daylight hours and/or 9am-1pm on weekends.

Compensation:

$15/hr

Qualifications:

• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

• High level of comfort communicating with people of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds

• Ability to communicate goals and objectives of the program in a clear, confident manner and answer questions as needed

• Ability to be outside on one’s feet for several hours at a time

• Enthusiasm and a can-do attitude

• Dependable and punctual

• Ability to follow a general script and adjust as needed

• Familiarity with handheld devices (tablet)

• Must be at least 21 years old

• Second-language fluency a plus

• Prior canvassing and energy efficiency experience is a plus

To apply:

Submit resume and a brief cover letter stating available hours to Kristen Chin, kchin@prattcenter.net, by December 4th, 2015. Please, no phone calls.

New Settlement Apartments Seeks Community Organizer for Community Schools

New Settlement Apartments, home of the Parent Action Committee, is a non-profit, mixed-income housing and community service organization with a 25-year track record of active commitment to neighborhood revitalization, community building and organizing, and positive youth development. New Settlement currently provides year- round educational, cultural and recreational programs and social services to more than 9,500 youth and adults who live in the surrounding area.

The New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC) is an award-winning organization of concerned parents and community members fighting for educational justice for young people and families in the South Bronx and Citywide. Founded in 1996 by parents at a struggling elementary school, PAC is one of the City’s oldest and most respected parent organizing groups. We have fought and won campaigns for teacher leadership and mentoring, school facility improvement, and reductions in school-based arrests, summonses and suspensions. PAC’s diverse membership, including Latin American and Caribbean immigrants, African-American families, and progressive educators, are united by a deep belief that every child deserves an excellent education in a safe, supportive and inclusive environment, and that the best way to guarantee this right is to improve the quality of neighborhood schools. Our history has been documented in the film Parent Power and Michael Fabricant’s Organizing for Educational Justice: The Campaign for Public School Reform in the South Bronx.

Currently, PAC organizes to end the school-to-prison pipeline in Bronx schools, to improve the quality of neighborhood schools by increasing teacher training and support, to implement Community School programming, and to pilot research-based parent engagement strategies that are proven to rebuild relationships between schools and communities. PAC is a founding member of the Coalition for Educational Justice and an active member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York. In addition to our campaign work, we build parent leadership through workshops, bimonthly membership meetings, and regular leadership trainings. PAC’s work is envisioned and led by parent leaders.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Parent Action Committee seeks a bold, creative and committed community organizer to organize parents to envision and create compelling models of Community School programming at District 9 schools. Guided by the Lead Organizer and in coordination with other organizers and interns, the Community Organizer will work with parents, school staff and community organizations to ensure strong parent engagement at the school level to build and maintain a culture of collaboration through research-based models, and will connect parents to organizing at the City level to establish and sustain the infrastructure, policies and resources necessary for Community School success. Responsibilities will include:

  • Outreach and education to community school parents about the Community School model.
  • Collaboration with school staff and community organizations to offer school- based leadership training to parents in order to develop strong and committed parent leadership at District 9 Community Schools.
  • Partnership with school staff and community organizations to implement research-based models of parent engagement and restorative justice.
  • Connect District 9 parents with Community School parents Citywide through the Coalition for Educational Justice.
  • Cultivate relationships with elected officials, Department of Education staff, and District Leadership to ensure the success of the community school model in District 9.

Funding for this position is guaranteed for one year, with potential for renewal.

EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION & SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Minimum two years’ experience organizing grassroots groups and working with families of color; openness to other communities and cultures; strong group facilitation skills; good writing and public speaking skills; proven track record in community outreach, research and campaign development. Passion for social justice, confidence and a willingness to persevere are essential qualities. General knowledge of New York City public school system a plus. English/Spanish bilingual skills strongly preferred. Work schedule includes some evenings and weekends.

SALARY AND BENEFITS OFFERED:

  • $40,000 per year. Competitive benefits package available.

How to apply

Send cover letter, résumé and list of three professional references to pac@newsettlement.org. Include Subject Line: PAC Community School Organizer Search.

No phone calls please.

EEO/AA.

Work for Progress Seeks New Voters Project Campus Organizer

The elections next fall are rapidly approaching and the people elected will make decisions about issues we care about – like jobs, the economy, college affordability and the environment. We are working to make sure that students turn out to the polls in a big way on Election Day, so we can raise our voice on the issues we care about. That’s why we are hiring graduating seniors to run non-partisan voter registration and turnout campaigns on college campuses across the country next Fall.

Our Future. Our Voice. Our Vote.

What’s in store for our future? Will we be able to get jobs, and pay off our bills and our student loans? Will the big issues of our day, like protecting our environment, student debt, or big money in politics get dealt with, or will they keep getting kicked down the road, only to get bigger and harder to solve?

One thing is for sure, we know a better future isn’t going to happen if we just sit around waiting for it. We can’t expect our elected leaders to pay attention to the issues we care about, or for things to start moving in the right direction if we don’t make ourselves heard. That’s why we need to vote. So on Election Day we need to show up, and show up big. It’s pretty basic: If we’re going to be heard, we all need to work together, raise our voices together and vote together.

What is the New Voters Project?

For forty years, we’ve built a legacy of recruiting, training, and inspiring young people to engage in democracy. We believe that for our democracy to work, young people need to be engaged. And the first step to engaging young people is exercising their voice at the polls. The New Voters Project is the largest non-partisan, on-the-ground young voter mobilization effort in the nation. Since 1984, we have helped to register more than 1.7 million young voters and made over one million personalized get-out- the-vote contacts.

The New Voters Project Campus Organizers will:

  • Run a non-partisan voter registration and turnout campaign in a campus community. Campus Organizers recruit and train a cadre of volunteers to register 18-29 year olds, collect pledges to vote from 18-29 year olds who are already registered to vote, and contact all of these young people to turn out to vote on Election Day.
  • Educate students and train new leaders. Campus Organizers teach citizenship and organizing skills. Campus Organizers also oversee an internship program, through which students can earn academic course credit for their work to boost youth voter engagement.
  • Build a coalition. Campus Organizers work with student volunteers and interns to build a diverse, invested coalition of organizations and people, such as the student government, college president, College Republicans, College Democrats and others, to boost youth voter turnout.

APPLY ONLINE:

at PIRGCampusAction.org

SALARY & BENEFITS:

The target annual compensation for this position is $25,500. PIRG Campus Action offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

PIRG Campus Action is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

How to apply

APPLY ONLINE at PIRGCampusAction.org