Now Hiring: Community Organizer

Job Summary

The Chelsea Collaborative is looking to hire a full-time community organizer to work closely with the Director of Organizing in overseeing the City-wide Tenants Association (CTA).  CTA works to prevent displacement, no-fault evictions, egregious rent hikes and fraudulent bank practices while striving to create healthy, safe and affordable housing for Chelsea residents. The City-wide Tenants Association; Chelsea Latino Immigrant Committee /Workers Center Community Organizer work consist in providing support and develop leaders from the base in order to build community power and hold public officials and agencies, corporations, and investor-owners accountable in order to create real changes in local, state, and national housing and workers rights conditions and achieve social and economic justice.

Responsibilities

  • Develop leadership skills of current and new CTA  and CLIC members and allies to ensure that CTA  and CLIC are a strong member-led organization, including working with leaders to: 
  • Conduct outreach to community residents, businesses, churches and civic groups through one-on–one meetings, door knocking, house meetings, flyer creation and distribution, etc. in order to identify and recruit new members
  • Identify and research issues that are important to Chelsea residents
  • Provide training in organizing skills, housing rights, and social and political history through participatory grassroots and popular education techniques
  • Coordinate planning and action strategy meetings to formulate and achieve goals
  • Assist members in carrying out agreed-upon strategies, possibly including legislative and/or direct-action campaigns
  • Coordinate media strategies to raise awareness and build support for our efforts
  • Work one on one with leaders to identify their strengths, interests, help them tell their story and engage members in reflection and evaluation 
  • Participate in and build local and regional coalitions to achieve CTA and CLIC goals
  • Advocate for and with community residents on an individual basis and connect them with outside resources, especially legal services, as needed
  • Assist with other Collaborative project activities, campaigns and grassroots fundraising as needed
  • Develop tracking and reporting systems in conjunction with Development staff at the Collaborative

Qualifications

  • Experience in community organizing (minimum 2 years)
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Bilingual Spanish/English
  • Good computer skills—familiar with internet research and Microsoft office suite; desktop publishing a plus
  • Passionate about working with residents to build people power and to fight for social and economic justice; not afraid to use confrontation and direct action as a tactic for winning justice
  • Ability to motivate and work with people from diverse racial, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds
  • Self-motivated and self-directed, with the ability to take initiative, work independently, see a project through, and self-evaluate 
  • Ability to adapt to rapidly changing situations and to handle multiple and complex projects
  • Teamwork, problem solving, strategic thinking, attention to detail, creativity, dependability, responsibility, humility, quick learner
  • Flexibility to work evenings and occasional weekends
  • Experience with popular education and understanding of housing and financial issues a plus
  • Knowledge of Tenants rights regarding foreclosure, eviction and public housing and knowledge of the court system a plus 

To Apply

E-mail only resume, 1-page writing sample, and cover letter by March 10  to: yesseniaa@chelseacollab.org with subject  line: Community Organizer Position.