Posted on July 24, 2012
Tenant Organizer, HUD-Assisted Housing
New York State Tenants and Neighbors
New York State Tenants & Neighbors - Tenant Organizer, HUD-Assisted Housing
The New York State Tenants & Neighbors Information Service has been awarded a two-year Tenant Resource Network (TRN) grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The purpose of the grant is:
The new staff person’s responsibilities will include:
- to assist, inform, educate, and engage tenants living in buildings that are at risk of loss of affordability;
- to preserve HUD-assisted affordable housing. We are now seeking a Tenant Organizer to carry out outreach, education, and organizing work associated this new grant.
There is a possibility that other buildings could be added in other parts of the state, so some travel may be required. This grant has rigorous programmatic, budget, and reporting requirements and a major component of the Organizer’s position will be to work with the Grant Manager to ensure that we are in compliance with all of HUD’s requirements. The Tenant Organizer will be supervised by the Executive Director and work very collaboratively with and receive support and guidance from other staff members. S/he will be a member of DC1707. This is a two-year position that could be extended if additional funding becomes available.
- conducting research about buildings that may be at risk of loss of affordability;
- doing outreach to tenants in at-risk buildings;
- helping tenants organize tenant associations;
- developing and disseminating educational materials and conducting training workshops;
- in certain buildings that are at high risk of loss of affordability, working with tenants to develop and carrying out more intensive campaigns to keep the building affordable for the long term. The buildings we have already been funded to do outreach to are located in New York City, Westchester, and Newburgh.
A strong candidate would have:
- 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. S/he would also be professional, confident, personable, highly motivated, well organized, and detail oriented.
To apply, please send a resume, thoughtful cover letter, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. People who have lived in HUD-assisted housing are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates are encouraged to visit our website, www.tandn.org, prior to applying. We are seeking to hire as quickly as possible, so please submit your materials at your earliest convenience, and please send them as .doc documents or as PDFs, not .docx documents.