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WE'RE HIRING FOR A LEAD ORGANIZER  

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:

Who we are: The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition is a tenant led broad based coalition that formed in 2014 to disrupt Housing Court as a center of displacement and stop the eviction crisis that has threatened our families, our neighborhoods and our homes for too long. Our Coalition is made up of tenants, organizers, advocates, legal services organizations and more! Our work is rooted in principles of equity, dignity, humanity, diversity and justice. After a hard fought, 3-year grassroots campaign, we won and became the first city in the nation to establish a Right to Counsel for tenants facing eviction. Our campaign has inspired a movement across the country. 

Our Mission and What We Do: We believe Right to Counsel isn’t just about ensuring tenants have attorneys in housing court. It’s about fighting to reclaim our city and our communities, to keep people in their homes and to de-normalize the violence of evictions.  We are building campaigns for an eviction-free NYC and ultimately for a right to housing.  Because our work is grounded in a history of tenant organizing and a belief that housing is a human right, we are now working to ensure that the Right to Counsel law is implemented in a way that upholds the right, that builds tenant power and that transforms the nature of the courts, furthering the dignity and humanity of every tenant.  We are running direct action campaigns against NYC’s worst evictors, changing the laws to stop evictions, supporting the development of passionate and zealous attorneys committed to tenant power, and expanding and strengthening Right to Counsel so that it extends to all tenants. 

We are looking for an experienced, bold, passionate, hard-working, and dedicated person with demonstrated organizing and campaign experience to join our team and help move our cutting edge and exciting work forward.

POSITION DESCRIPTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

In collaboration with the Coalition Coordinator and the Steering Committee, the Lead Organizer will help lead the work of the coalition.  Historically, the Coalition has four main working groups: the tenant organizing and education working group; the tenant attorney pipeline working group; the Power to Organize, Expand RTC working group; and the court-based implementation working group.  However, due to the response to COVID-19, we are leading a campaign to extend the eviction moratorium, keep housing courts closed, coordinate rent strikes across the city, and so much more! In addition, we work side by side with Housing Justice for All on the Cancel Rent Campaign. As our work expands, we are looking for someone who can lead these important campaigns and support the overall work of the coalition.  

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Lead Campaigns: Currently we are coordinating multiple administrative, direct action and legislative campaigns on the state and citywide levels.  The Lead Organizer will work with the Coalition Coordinator to decide which of these important campaigns to lead! The possible campaigns include the: Housing Courts Must Change Campaign: which is working to to extend the eviction moratorium, ensure all tenants across NY State have Right to Counsel, Slow Down Eviction Cases, Hold Landlords Accountable and Prioritize the Health and Safety of Tenants before landlord profit; the Eviction Free NYC Campaign, which is working to move forward a set of demands to make NYC Eviction Free; and the Cancel Rent Campaign; which is a statewide legislative campaign, where our work is focused on working with more than 50 buildings across NYC who are on rent rent strike to win demands and pressure the state for real solutions. All of these campaigns will include campaign planning and strategy, leadership development, tenant organizing strategy and communications work. 
  • Manage Communications: Develop, Implement and Coordinate a strategic communications and media strategy for all of the work of the coalition. 
  • Support Tenant Organizing: Mentor, train and build the capacity of tenant organizers across the city through leading and planning workshops, retreats and more. 
  • Coalition Management: This includes preparing for, facilitating and attending monthly coalition meetings and steering committee meetings, building relationships with coalition members, including developing potential members, keeping accurate notes, maintaining and creating systems to document and track our work, etc.; Fundraise, evaluate and report on our work, as necessary; Develop trainings and materials to support the capacity of the member groups as necessary. 

DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

We are looking for someone with a strong track record of a commitment to social justice; demonstrated campaign experience (5-7 years); grassroots tenant organizing; knowledge of NYC housing movement; strong experience in facilitation, training and leadership development; excellent writing and public speaking skills; attention to detail; fundraising and reporting experience; ability to multitask and manage different areas of work effectively; well organized; strong communications and media experience; ability to take initiative and work as a team. Coalition experience is a must and bilingual skills are a plus.

SALARY AND BENEFITS OFFERED:

The Coalition is fiscally sponsored by the Fund for the City of NY, which offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 401(k).  Salary is negotiable, depending on experience.  Great opportunities for learning, growth and development.

TO APPLY:

Send cover letter, résumé and list of three professional references to susanna@righttocounselnyc.org with Lead Organizer in the subject line. 

The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition, ℅ the Fund for the City of NY, is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or disability.