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Fifth Avenue Committee

Tenant Organizer & Advocate

Fifth Avenue Committee


Description
The Tenant Advocate & Organizer will work collaboratively with staff to provide high quality direct services to tenants, including tenants' rights workshops, advocacy regarding repairs and landlord harassment, and leadership development for residents of the community. The Tenant Advocate & Organizer will assist in a weekly intake for tenants in need, manage cases, and staff building and community organizing efforts.

This position reports to the Director of Organizing & Advocacy at Fifth Avenue Committee.

Responsibilities:
Tenant Counseling: oProvide housing counseling and case management services to tenants facing eviction and/or living in distressed housing; Educate community residents about their rights as tenants, and assess eligibility for public benefits, and other resources; oConduct tenant rights workshops at local schools, senior centers, and community organizations.

Community Organizing: oProvide support for existing building organizing work and identify new buildings for outreach; oDevelop leadership among counseling participants and tenants in neighborhood buildings; encourage community engagement through Inquilinos Unidos, tenant organizing group facilitated by Fifth Avenue Committee; o Participate and encourage member engagement in local, city-wide and national housing advocacy campaigns; Develop and strengthen relationships with community leaders, partner organizations, elected officials and other related institutions.

Program: oParticipate in regular staff meetings and professional development activities; oMaintain up-to-date and accurate participant records, enter information in database in a timely manner, and compile outcomes and deliverables on services for funder reports and special events; oAssist in grant reporting for private and government funders as needed; oPerform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:
oPrior knowledge of NYC tenant rights, tenant organizing, eviction prevention, and/or public benefits required; oComfortable working with low-income, immigrant residents, many undocumented; oAbility to learn quickly and utilize creative problem solving skills; oDetail-oriented, able to establish priorities in collaboration with program staff, and meet reporting deadlines; oExcellent communication skills in speaking and writing; and computer literacy; oDemonstrated commitment to equity, dignity and social justice; oBilingual fluency in English and Spanish required; oSense of humor, humility and respect; oCommitment to FAC’s mission.

Preferred:
Some exposure to NYC affordable rental housing issues and trends preferred;

Experience working in a community-based, not for profit setting preferred.

How TO APPLY:
Salary commensurate with experience. Please email cover letter and resume by February 23rd, 2014 to: Jackie Del Valle, Director Organizing & Advocacy Unit Fifth Avenue Committee 621 DeGraw Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

Email: jobs@fifthave.org

Please indicate “Tenant Advocate & Organizer” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Fifth Avenue Committee is an equal opportunity employer (EEO). People of color, community residents, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Organization:
Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC), is a nationally recognized South Brooklyn based, non-profit community development corporation formed in 1978 whose mission is to advance economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents has genuine opportunities to achieve their goals as well as the power to shape the community’s future. FAC works to transform the lives of over 5,500 low and moderate income New Yorkers annually so that we can all live and work with dignity and respect while making our community more equitable, sustainable, inclusive and just.

To achieve our mission FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification. In addition to our grassroots neighborhood work, we are actively involved in broader coalitions and campaigns.


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