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Tenants Union Seeking Membership and Education Organizer

Tenants Union Membership and Education Organizer
Job Announcement: Posted August 9, 2007

Founded in 1977, the Tenants Union (TU) carries on a proud legacy of empowerment based education and powerful grassroots organizing. The TU is a membership organization. Our work creates concrete improvements in tenants’ living conditions and challenges and transforms unjust housing policies and practices. We achieve organizing victories through outreach, training, leadership development, strategic analysis, creative direct action and legislative advocacy.

The Membership and Education Organizer works closely with staff, board, members and the community to strengthen tenants’ rights, build a more powerful membership base and directly serve tenants with housing problems. The position combines community organizing, direct service, leadership development, administrative, and grassroots fundraising skills. Excellent health benefits and generous vacation and personal leave are provided. The Position is .75 time (30 hours per week) and salary is $26,250 (based on full time salary of $35,000/year).

Major Responsibilities

Ensure detailed and accurate donation and membership records

  • Record and update donor/member information in organizational database.
  • Work with all staff to ensure consistent data entry.
  • Coordinate input and updating of volunteer and leadership information.

Support individual donor fundraising including:

  • Acknowledge donations with prompt and personal contact.
  • Mail prompt donation renewal requests and follow up.
  • Use phone banking and other personal contact to encourage renewals.
  • Develop and update compelling membership appeals, renewal appeals, and thank you materials.
  • Increase renewal rate from 35% to 50%-60% and maintain high renewal rate.
  • Gather and record potential donor information from web contacts, education program contacts and organizing contacts.
  • Coordinate with executive director to convert potential donors to members/donors through direct mail, phone banking and special events.

Organize and mobilize members to engage in Tenants Union campaigns and activities

  • Maintain, update and utilize e-mail action alert list.
  • Coordinate e-mail and web action alerts to support organizing campaigns.
  • Gather and record information about member interests and experiences.
  • Initiate one on one contact with new members, and with organizing campaign leaders after campaigns end, to assess volunteer and leadership interests and connect them with Tenants Union campaigns and activities.
  • Connect members with volunteer interest to volunteer opportunities, create volunteer job descriptions, and coordinate with all staff to support volunteers.
  • Collaborate with organizers to analyze membership power in relation to particular organizing campaigns and to create membership recruitment and engagement strategies to support particular campaigns.
  • Work with all staff to generate inspiring materials and communications that help to cultivate a sense of “renters’ identity” and “renter community”.
  • Integrate grassroots actions into education program tenant counseling services through coordinating hotline action alerts with other organizers.

Educate members and broader community of renters in King County and Washington State about tenants’ rights

  • Provide tenants’ rights counseling 10 hours per week, including callbacks to members with questions.
  • Provide at least 10 educational workshops per year for tenants through existing contacts at schools, ESL classes, social service agencies, community centers, and at buildings where tenants face shared housing problems.
  • Update website with current educational information, links to other resources, and quick tips for tenants.
  • Coordinate ongoing tenants’ rights training for staff and volunteers.
  • Recruit volunteer tenant counselors and coordinate with staff to provide them with training and support.
  • Develop accessible, engaging educational materials about tenants’ rights issues.
  • Work with Executive Director and all staff to update Education Program data collection as needed to ensure that information gathered from tenants who are assisted through the program both meets requirements of funders and provides useful data to educate the public, lawmakers, media and funders.
  • Analyze data and generate reports of data gathered through the education program to meet organizational needs.
  • In collaboration with Executive Director and staff, provide organizational leadership in assessing the accessibility of the Education program services to people with disabilities, people of color, immigrants and refugees.

The position requires the following skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish and English.
  • Experience in, or willingness to learn, skills and strategies for grassroots membership-based fundraising.
  • Experience coordinating projects.
  • Attention to detail.
  • A demonstrated commitment to grassroots organizing for social and racial justice.
  • Experience being involved in community organizing campaigns.
  • A deep understanding of the complex personal and institutional impacts of racism, sexism, classism, and other oppressions.
  • Ability to manage many tasks, prioritize, and problem solve under pressure.
  • Comfort with and skills using technology.
  • Commitment to working in and contributing to an equitable, collaborative work environment where both power and responsibility are shared among the Executive Director, Board of Directors and Staff and Membership.

To apply:

The position is open until filled; however priority is given to applications received prior to August 31st. The anticipated start date is mid September.

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and optional affirmative action form via e-mail to [email protected], or mail to Tenants Union, Membership and Education Organizer Search, 5425 B Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118.

The Tenants Union is an equal opportunity employer, working toward a culturally diverse workplace. Completing an affirmative action form is optional.