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Fifth Avenue Committee

Program Director, Organizing & Advocacy

Fifth Avenue Committee

The Director of Organizing and Advocacy is responsible for the strategic direction and management of FAC's Organizing and Advocacy department (O&A) and that of our recent affiliate, Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN), to ensure that the organizations' are advancing their missions of economic and social justice in an effective and sustainable manner consistent with stakeholders' and organizational vision and strategy and as part of a broader movement. The O&A Director provides direction and oversight to FAC and it's affiliate's community organizing and advocacy efforts; is responsible for supervising staff, interns and volunteers offering eviction prevention and tenant organizing and advocacy services to more than 400 families and individuals a year; develops and leads campaigns, including around accountable and equitable public policy, ensures effective management and performance on government contracts and grants, and oversees leadership development efforts and assists with fundraising. The O&A Director reports directly to the Executive Director, and is a member of the FAC Senior Staff.

The O&A Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Leadership, Management & Administration
•Provide strategic direction and oversight of FAC and NHN’s organizing and advocacy efforts to ensure that they are impactful and promote the organizations’ mission & principles while being innovative.
•Supervise O&A and NHN staff, interns, apprentices and volunteers.
•Manage all aspects of state and city housing and eviction prevention services and contracts.
•Work collaboratively with other agency units to ensure services have the greatest impact.
•Maintain O&A database and case files as required by funders and per policy, and record demographic and programmatic outcome information of program participants in agency and funder databases.
•Responsible for O&A’s government and foundation reporting requirements.
•Actively participate in FAC’s Senior Staff contributing to organizational development, management and direction.
•Work with FAC and NHN’s Boards of Directors as needed.
•Seek sources of funding support in close collaboration with the Executive Director and the Development and Communications unit.

Community and Tenant Organizing & Tenant Advocacy Efforts
•Supervise and manage building and community wide organizing and individual tenant advocacy and case management efforts, ensuring that tenant’s rights are protected, their housing is stabilized and safe, and eviction is prevented when possible.
•Collaborate with FAC’s Single Stop unit and other partners to provide legal services and access to entitlements to O&A program participants.
•Ensure engagement and leadership development of low and moderate income residents in campaigns that FAC either leads and/or is formally engaged in to: ?strengthen tenant protections and rent stabilization ?expand the availability of affordable housing; ?pursue permanent affordability; ?hold banks accountable for community reinvestment; ?benefit low and moderate income NYC residents;
•Responsible for public policy, public education and engagement and grassroots organizing goals, for FAC’s South Brooklyn Accountable Development Initiative (SBADI).
•Represent FAC and/or NHN on city, state, and national coalitions and working groups engaged in efforts relevant to the organizations’ mission and work.
•Research and publish reports on current policy issues arising from FAC’s organizing and advocacy efforts.
•Work closely with Executive Director, relevant staff, Board members, stakeholders and constituents, to develop new campaigns consistent with FAC and NHN’s missions that particularly benefit and leverage the capacity of FAC and its’ affiliates.


•Demonstrated commitment to FAC’s mission of economic and social justice.
•Minimum three years experience as a lead organizer or director of organizing in an organization engaged in grassroots community organizing efforts.
•Minimum 2 years supervisory and management experience.
•Prior experience managing eviction prevention services or similar performance-based government contracts is required.
•Experience providing individual advocacy in housing or related field required.
•Bi-lingual Spanish/English preferred.
•Bachelor degree required. Advanced degree in relevant field preferred.

E-mail cover letter with resume and salary history by April 10th, 2014 to the address below and be sure to list the position being applied for in the subject line.

Director of Organizing and Advocacy Search Fifth Avenue Committee 621 DeGraw Street Brooklyn NY 11217 - email Please, no phone calls. For more information, please visit

Women, people of color and local residents are strongly encouraged to apply. FAC is an equal opportunity employer (EEO).

About Organization:
Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) is a nationally recognized South Brooklyn based, non profit, community development corporation formed in 1978 that 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.

FAC’s mission is to advance economic and social justice by building vibrant, diverse communities where residents have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals as well as the power to shape the community’s future. To achieve our mission, FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities, ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student-centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification. FAC has developed over 800 units of affordable housing, created job-training programs that have helped thousands of people get good jobs, launched efforts to support individuals returning to the community from prison and their family members, and organized community residents to win public policy changes. In addition to our grassroots neighborhood work, we are actively involved in broader coalitions and campaigns.



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