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Job Opening: Operations & Development Coordinator


Job Opening: Operations & Development Coordinator

Supervisor: Executive Director

Hours: Full time, 35 hrs/wk

Salary Range: $42,000-$44,000 DOE (1 FTE)

Benefits: Health and dental insurance reimbursement, vacation & sick paid time off, flexible hours, and generous holiday schedule.

The Tenants Union is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to safe, healthy, and affordable housing for everyone. Our goals are to help all tenants, especially low income tenants, solve their rental housing problems by learning and asserting their rights as tenants; organize within their buildings and neighborhoods to maintain and preserve decent and affordable rental housing; and mobilize for stronger tenant protections and greater accountability from the systems and institutions affecting their housing stability.

Job Summary: The Tenants Union is a collaborative work environment where all employees participate in planning and carrying out the organization’s mission and goals. The Operations & Development Coordinator works closely with the Executive Director to provide core administrative support for the TU programs and enact a growing fundraising plan. Duties will include special events, major donors, membership drives, data tracking, financials, and assisting the Executive Director in maintaining financial and grant compliance, assisting with membership communication, and related duties to ensure the organization runs smoothly.

Essential Responsibilities, Duties, and Tasks

Office Management (60%)

  • Increase TU effectiveness and efficiency through improvements to organization functions in Seattle and Spokane offices (HR, IT, Finance).
  • Lead organizational fundraising efforts and data management systems.
  • Maintain office and organizational calendar, schedule staff meetings, special events, and retreats.
  • Maintain up-to-date Quickbooks and Salesforce data to provide accurate financial and demographic data.
  • Coordinate Annual Meeting and assist staff in logistical needs for other workshops, events, staff retreats, and meetings
  • Order office supplies, monitor office technology and equipment.
  • Maintain files and other data, update and maintain Office Manual.
  • Maintain Hotline Phone System & Phonetree.
  • Monitor contract deliverables for contract employees.
  • Participate in staff meetings, retreats, and board meetings.
  • Process memberships, member kits, and donor thank yous
  • Other duties as assigned.

Development (30%)

  • Coordinate one fundraising event for the TU a year, including managing logistics and staff engagement in events.
  • Support major donor program, coordinating asks, staff roles, and materials.
  • Lead the integration of fundraising requests into ongoing regular TU events and programming.
  • Collaborate with grant writer to source prospective grant opportunities and provide all information necessary to submit TU grants.

Finance and Compliance (10%)

  • Coordinate with contract bookkeeper to track receivables and expenses.
  • Check mail and ensure timely bill payment and staff reimbursements.
  • Maintain timely Quickbooks financial data and provide financial reports as needed.
  • Other reporting as required.

All percentages are illustrative only, and will vary from week to week on a cyclical basis.

Essential Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse groups of people and willingness to challenge oneself and others to undo racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression.
  • A deep understanding of the complex personal and institutional impacts of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and other oppressions.
  • Ability to manage many tasks, prioritize, and problem solve under pressure.
  • Prior experience with QuickBooks.
  • Prior experience with Salesforce or related databases.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Publisher) and Google Docs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Proficiency in basic math for business purposes.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Comfort with and skills using technology.

Desired Qualifications

  • Two years of administrative and fundraising experience, especially with event planning . Equivalent experience with community work and grassroots organizing will be considered.
  • Lived experience with low-income housing.
  • Knowledge of housing issues and/or landlord-tenant law.
  • Prior development/fundraising experience.
  • Grant writing experience and contract monitoring.

  • Prior experience maintaining a flexible and changing office schedule.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as a part of a diverse team.
  • A strong commitment to housing justice, a desire to cultivate relationships to build the collective movement, and empathy for the experiences of all tenants.

Time Commitment

  • Weekly schedule is Monday through Friday, but hours can vary.
  • Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job.
  • Must be available some nights and weekends.
  • Must be available for special events and training.

To Apply:

Open until filled but applications will begin to be reviewed on February 17th. The anticipated start date is April 1st.

Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Job Application – Operations & Development Coordinator” in the subject line, or mail to:

Tenants Union of Washington State

ATTN: Hiring Committee

5425 Rainier Avenue South Ste B

Seattle, WA 98118-2455

The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The Tenants Union values people with lived experiences of housing instability, homelessness or incarceration and invites them to apply. People of color, women, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQI individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

TU History permalink

TU Victory! Started by volunteers in 1977, the Tenants Union has a long history of victories for housing justice through education, organizing and advocacy. These victories were led and supported by our membership. For more information on how to become a member, see Tenants Union Membership.

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TU Staff & Board permalink

The TU has talented and dedicated staff members and board who work hard to support tenant leadership and grow the movement for housing justice in Washington State.

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Address & Directions permalink

Tenants Union of Washington State – Seattle
5425 Rainier Avenue S Ste B
Seattle, WA 98118-2455

Tenants Union of Washington State – Spokane
25 W. Main Ave Ste 310
Spokane, WA 99201

The Tenants Union is open limited hours. See Tenants Rights Counseling for a listing of our walk-in hours and services.

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TU Funders permalink

Current Funders
  • Tenants Union Members: The work of the TU has been sustained for over 34 years through the support of its membership. Members are the heart of the TU’s work for housing justice, and are the strongest base of support we have. For more information or to become a member of the Tenants Union, see Tenants Union Membership.
  • A Place to Live: A Place to Live is the support organization for the Benson East Tenant Association (BETA). BETA is the Northwest’s first tenant-owned property that was organized in 2000 by the Tenants Union. BETA is committed to fighting for housing justice and tenant autonomy by advancing tenant ownership campaigns and tenant empowerment. See Tenant Ownership for more information.

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Principles of Unity permalink

  1. We believe all tenants have the right to affordable decent housing, free from excessive and frequent rent increases.
  2. We believe all homes should be safe and secure in order to ensure the privacy of tenants.
  3. We seek to end arbitrary evictions and all retaliatory actions against tenants.
  4. We believe that all people should have access to housing free from discrimination based on race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political ideology, lifestyle, age, family status, marital status, amount or source of income, or disability.
  5. We believe that all tenants have the right to organize and determine the rules and conditions of their tenancy through collective bargaining and other means.
  6. We believe that all tenants have the right to live in the neighborhood of their choice, and we seek to increase the supply of rental housing, particularly for low and middle income tenants.
  7. We believe that housing exists to meet a basic human need, and that when conflict arises between tenants’ needs and owners’ profits, the basic need for affordable decent housing must take priority over the economic interests of the landowners.
  8. We, the members, commit ourselves to working together to accomplish the above stated goals.

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Resolution on Immigrant Rights permalink

Resolution to Strengthen and Protect the Human Rights of Immigrants to the United States

WHEREAS, the Tenants Union of Washington State draws inspiration from Article One of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

“All humans are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

WHEREAS, there is currently a growing movement to pass anti-immigrant initiatives and legislation around the country.

WHEREAS, these legislative proposals and initiatives both reflect and generate anti-immigrant prejudices and discrimination.

WHEREAS, the Tenants Union of Washington State recognizes the history of racial and ethnic discrimination through legislation to limit the opportunities and rights and racial and ethnic groups and immigrants and to divide oppressed peoples.

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National Tenant Resources permalink

The Tenants Union Washington provides services to renters in Washington State only. Looking for another Tenants Union?

List of Tenant Organizations by State:

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Employment Opportunities permalink

The Tenants Union is hiring!

We have openings for two positions: Operations & Development Coordinator and Resolve Housing Organizer.

The Operations & Development Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director to provide core administrative support for TU programs and enact a growing fundraising plan.

The Resolve Housing Organizer will work to prevent housing loss and promote housing stability through collaborative negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution between tenants and landlords.

Both full-time positions will be based in our South Seattle office. Please see full details and application instructions below!

Operations & Development Coordinator

Resolve Housing Organizer

To Apply:

Open until filled but applications will begin to be reviewed on January 31st. The anticipated start date is March 1st.

Submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Job Application – [Name of Position]” in the subject line, or mail to:

Tenants Union of Washington State

ATTN: Hiring Committee

5425 Rainier Avenue South Ste B

Seattle, WA 98118-2455

The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The Tenants Union values people with lived experiences of housing instability, homelessness or incarceration and invites them to apply. People of color, women, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQI individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

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