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Fifth Avenue Committee

Tenant Advocate

Fifth Avenue Committee


Description
Working closely with FAC's Director of Organizing, colleagues and outside parties as needed, the Tenant Advocate will advocate for the rights of low and moderate income tenants to stabilize their housing including conducting intake, assisting elderly and disabled tenants apply for SCRIE and DRIE and providing one-on-one advocacy assistance; organize tenant associations and tenant's rights workshops; support the on-going efforts of community/tenant leaders to advance their rights and advocate for affordable housing, assist in campaigns; and maintain case files and databases and perform administrative functions to ensure contract and grant compliance.

Salary Range - Low $30's - commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package includes full health and dental insurance (following three month wait period), 18 days paid vacation annually, paid sick and personal days and 403B employee retirement savings and flexible spending accounts.

Responsibilities:
Duties include:
• Conduct intake of tenants seeking housing and eviction prevention assistance.
• Assisting seniors & disabled tenants apply for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption & the Disability Rent Exemption programs.
• Review documents, assist tenants in understanding their rights and provide assistance and/or make appropriate referrals, as needed.
• Accompany and assist tenants in housing court, as needed.
• Coordinate multiple aspects of tenants associations, workshops and gatherings convened by the Organizing & Advocacy Unit.
• Input data and maintain case files accurately and timely as required.
• Assist with Organizing and Advocacy Campaigns as needed.
• Support the overall administrative functions of the Organizing and Advocacy Unit.
• Other responsibilities as assigned.

Qualifications:
High school diploma or equivalent required. Bachelor’s degree preferred. At least 2 years experience in tenant advocacy & eviction prevention including experience maintaining an active case load required. Excellent interpersonal and problem solving skills. Enthusiasm and respect for racial, ethnic and economic diversity. Experience working with low-income populations is a plus. Strong writing, data management, administrative and computer skills required (Word, Excel, Access). Bi-lingual Spanish/English required. Demonstrated appreciation for link between individual advocacy and community organizing. Value FAC’s mission of economic and social justice.

How TO APPLY:
Email resume and cover letter with “Tenant Advocate” in the subject line. Position to be filled as soon as possible.

jobs@fifthave.org

Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc. C/o Zoilo Torres, Director of Organizing and Advocacy 621 DeGraw Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

No Phone Calls Please For more information about FAC, go to www.fifthave.org

Women, people of color and neighborhood residents are strongly encouraged to apply. FAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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 shape the community’s future. FAC works to transform the lives of over 5,000 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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