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Support Fair Housing & Renter Rights in the West Bank
AS THE OFFICIAL NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION, THE MISSION OF WBCC IS TO STRENGTHEN AND CELEBRATE THE NEIGHBORHOOD BY PROMOTING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ITS RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, INSTITUTIONS, AND ORGANIZATIONS.
The West Bank Community Coalition (WBCC) is seeking a part-time Housing Organizer to ensure assertive and appropriate strategies in engaging the diverse communities that reside in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood*. The organizer will work with the Executive Director to plan and coordinate an engagement campaign that specifically targets the neighborhood’s sizable renter population to identify relevant issues and opportunities, and to help develop programs, services, and activities that meet community needs. The organizer will also conduct outreach to home-owners to connect them to resources and develop programs to address their specific needs.
The position’s primary function is to ensure all community members feel welcome and encouraged to actively participate in WBCC’s work to improve quality of life in the neighborhood.
Job Type: Part-time, year-round flexible schedule with 3 evenings/weekends per week. 20-25 hours per week.
Salary: $15 per hour, depending on candidate qualifications and experience.
Benefits: Eligible for paid sick and vacation time, but not eligible for health care benefits
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Housing & Renter Support (80%): Cedar Riverside residents have identified renter’s rights and livability as top priorities. The primary responsibility of this position will be to engage with Cedar Riverside residents to ensure the livability of Cedar Riverside neighborhood’s housing by offering resources and one-on-one assistance to renters and those in need of housing, home maintenance and other housing needs as they arise.
Outreach & Engagement (5%): Strategies will engage underserved residents and businesses, solicit ideas, cultivate leaders and help build place-based programming leading the community to self-determined outcomes.
Resource Facilitation (5%): Residents have indicated a strong interest in learning more about the available resources through nonprofits, governmental agencies and the private sector. The Community Organizer will research and establish connections with resource providers to share with the community. Also the Community Organizer will organize meetings and other means to connect residents to resources.
Administrative Tasks (10%): Perform miscellaneous administrative tasks including written activity reports, providing language translation for WBCC communications, filling out timesheets, printing, copying, etc.
The Ideal Candidate Possesses
- Fluent in English and Somali or Oromo(written/spoken).
- 2+ years – paid or volunteer experience with community development, community organizing, grassroots activism, volunteer management and/or membership organizations.
- Proven track record of organizing and motivating people to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals.
- Strong people skills, integrity, and the ability to speak with confidence and authority on behalf of the neighborhood.
- Excellent personal accountability, self-motivation and follow through.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends (4 evenings per week) – door- knocking, meetings and visits.
- Access to transportation to attend meetings outside of neighborhood.
- Experience with nonprofit project management. Strong computer skills (Microsoft Office programs) and administrative organization.
- Strong facilitation skills and ability to manage conflict.
- Experience organizing large public and/or cultural events.
- Knowledge of community organizing theory and practice, community and economic development, grassroots activism, volunteer management and/or membership organizations.
How to Apply
Applications packets should include cover letter, resume and three references emailed to email@example.com. Complete applications are due by 5:00pm on Monday, August 1st, 2016. No phone calls please.
*Applicants should be aware of the demographics of the organization’s jurisdiction and the residents served: 8094 people hailing from 63 countries speaking 102 languages live in the neighborhood, making it the densest and most diverse zip code between Chicago and the West Coast. Over 42% of Cedar Riverside residents were foreign-born; 41.3% are black; and 42.7% are between 18 and 24 years old. Roughly 90% rent their homes. 63% of the population is people of color, 2/3 of which are African/African American. 22% have a high school education and 9% have at least a bachelor’s degree. 43% of the homes speak a language other than English. 57% use public transportation or bike or walk to work or school. 50.1% have income below the poverty level, 21.5% are between 100-150% of poverty level, and only 19.6% live at 200% of poverty level or greater. 88% of the housing units are multiple unit dwellings and only 5.3% are vacant at any given time. Once a transient community, 96% have resided in their homes since 2005, 58% since 2000, and 20% since 1990.