CLVU is seeking a clever bilingual housing justice organizer to support our tenant organizing casework. This full-time position will deepen our community organizing through collective bargaining tactics, collective casework, and collective action.
Full-time position title: Bilingual Organizer
Reports to: Director of Organizing
City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) is a 48-year old multilingual community-based organization committed to building the power of low-income and working class people to fight for social, racial, and economic justice and gender equality. Our focus is stopping housing displacement through organizing communities, building our base, leadership development, direct action, and policy campaigns. Our current work supports tenants and small homeowners facing eviction, rent increases, unhealthy conditions, foreclosure, or gentrification and is focused in Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and East Boston.
CLVU also plays an anchor role in our statewide and local housing justice movement. We provide infrastructure support (including communications support) to the Homes for All Massachusetts network as well as the Right to the City Boston alliance.
We are seeking an individual who has a strong commitment to serving the interests of low and moderate-income people and fighting racial, class, and gender oppression. We cultivate a team approach in our organizing work and shared responsibility in achieving campaign goals. This organizer position is for our current campaign to preserve tenancies and promote long-term housing stability in the Boston neighborhoods we serve, including Mattapan, Dorchester, Hyde Park, and Roxbury.
CLVU uses a casework-organizing approach to building a movement in response to the housing displacement and affordability crisis. This involves engaging with people in response to their individual needs and supporting their empowerment through group support and collective action. The Organizer supports and guides people facing eviction to advocate for themselves and join with others in collective action to keep their and others’ housing and maintain their neighborhoods intact. The Organizer refers members to appropriate services, plans and organizes key meetings and actions, works with staff and volunteers, and participates in trainings and group education events.
- Door-to-door outreach and presentation at events and meetings.
- Intake new people through phone calls, meetings, or in-person at the office.
- Assess and follow individual cases, being an accessible resource and providing ongoing advice with the support of other staff and/or legal support and other human service resources as appropriate.
- Look for ways to pursue cases through collective action. Assist in organizing public actions and protests of all kinds.
- Organize meetings. Scheduling, preparing outreach materials flyers and doing follow up, including both meetings in the office and at individual buildings as required.
- Attend and participate in regularly scheduled team meetings.
- Meet with supervisor on a regular basis
- Participate in data collection; case documentation; and program evaluation activities for grant preparation and reporting.
- Participate in larger coalition work, attending meetings, following up on tasks, and reporting back to the rest of the staff.
- Participate in leadership training, political discussion groups
Work experience and skill requirements:
- Bilingual in Kreyol Ayisyen or Spanish required.
- Experience in community organizing, paid or unpaid.
- Familiarity with human service agency services and legal resources
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to use the internet, Microsoft Suite; Google Suite; online meeting platforms such as Zoom or GoToMeeting; and familiarity with using databases.
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to work evenings and weekends
Salary & Benefits:
The salary for this position is approximately $52K annually. Full-time staff receives medical and dental insurance coverage at no cost to the employee, including family coverage; healthcare expense reimbursement; retirement plan with employer contribution; 2-4 weeks paid vacation per year, and 12 paid holidays annually.
City Life/Vida Urbana is committed to hiring people represented by the diverse communities we serve. People of color, LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.
TO APPLY: Send or email a cover letter and resume to [email protected], Atten: Search/Bilingual Organizer.
Currently, our staff is working remotely; and we have just begun planning for returning to the office.