Housing Justice Organizer
Jewish Community Action
Full-time; 40 hours per week
$43,000-$49,000 per year
Feb. 25, 2022
Jewish Community Action is a 25-year-old membership-based nonprofit organizing the Jewish community for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. Since our inception, JCA members have organized and advocated for housing justice in many forms: speaking up against “NIMBY” sentiments to allow deeply affordable housing to be built in neighborhoods where we live; fighting foreclosures and predatory lending that decimated Black homeownership and financial security and wrecked our economy; and most recently, calling out and challenging the mass displacement of tenants as older apartment buildings are bought and flipped.
The Housing Justice Organizer will provide staffing & organizing support to teams of JCA members that we have convened or co-convened in recent years, in partnership with local tenants rights, social service and faith organizations across the Twin Cities. This organizer will also play a coordinating role with the Suburban Hennepin Housing Coalition (SHHC) and several other key coalition tables related to housing justice.
We remain committed to articulating an organizing practice that honors both the deep commitment and vision of JCA members who have worked powerfully on housing justice issues for decades, and the vision and strategy of our core partners, especially those led by tenants, people experiencing homelessness and Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) led organizations.
The Housing Justice Organizer will report to the Organizing Director and will work closely with several other JCA staff assigned to our education and congregational organizing presence.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Housing Justice Organizer will work closely with JCA members, leaders and staff of partner organizations, and other JCA staff in order to support our housing justice work. Responsibilities will include:
- Working with JCA housing teams in St. Louis Park, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, Edina, Minneapolis and St. Paul, and supporting other housing teams comprising the Suburban Hennepin Housing Coalition (SHHC)
- Representing JCA at the Equity In Place (EIP) and Housing Equity Now St Paul (HENS) tables
- Continuing to build and maintain an active base of involved leaders by inviting in new members and mentoring existing members into expanded roles through 1-1 relational meetings and group coaching
- Monitoring, conducting research on, and providing analysis of public policy initiatives and opportunities related to housing issues
- Working with JCA staff to create and run innovative and meaningful trainings, educational programming and communications content for and with JCA members
- Coordinating action and outreach opportunities such as door-to-door canvassing and phone banking
- Organizing and assisting in the coordination of public events – such as turnout, setting up public meetings and hearings, and conducting pre-meetings with members
- Assisting in administrative tasks related to the position, including tracking outputs/outcomes and compiling reports for communicating progress to board and funders
- Side by side with members and partners, continually evaluating and analyzing where we are, dreaming together of new possibilities, innovating on what we already have, making team decisions, working hard to implement them, recognizing defeats, and celebrating wins as we reach toward the world we want to see
Experience and Qualifications Requirements
- Experience in community, labor, campus or faith-based organizing and familiarity with social and economic justice issues, and background in political education, training and/or curriculum development. Should have some experience working on issues related to housing justice, either through political advocacy, grassroots organizing, direct service or a combination of these fields. Familiarity with the Jewish community is preferred but not essential. Undergraduate degree or equivalent combination of work and life experience preferred.
- Familiarity with Jewish community, culture and traditions
- Excellent written and spoken communications skills
- Attention to detail and good organizational skills
- Community organizing and leadership development skills
- Experience in developing and conducting training and political education
- Ability to facilitate virtual and in-person meetings
- Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects
- Ability to work independently, self-initiative
- Team oriented, ability to work with diverse groups
- Ability to imagine new possibilities while following through on existing commitments
- Confidence using common electronic and internet tools, including internet research, Google Suite, Zoom, and EveryAction or other comparable CRM software
- Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends
The organizer will ideally begin on or before April 1, 2022
Competitive benefits, including paid sick time, vacation time, and Jewish holidays
This is a FTE position, the salary range is $43,000-$49,000, depending on qualifications and experience
This is a position covered by a collective bargaining agreement
How To Apply:
Send cover letter and resume to Dave Snyder at [email protected].