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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 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 in NYC and throughout the state, 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:
Under the direction and supervision of the Coalition Coordinator and in coordination with the Steering Committee and other staff, the Campaign Organizer will advance and coordinate campaigns that build the power of the coalition, expand and strengthen Right to Counsel and develop the leadership of our membership.
Duties will include but are not limited to:
- Lead Campaigns: The Campaign Organizer will be responsible for implementing and developing campaign plans, carrying out the work of the campaign and developing the capacity of member groups to lead the work. This includes planning and implementing actions to advance campaigns, including direct action, rallies, press conferences, and other tactics; developing, maintaining and advancing relationships with elected officials and agency officials; planning and facilitating campaign meetings and retreats; developing materials, and other duties. Currently this work entails supporting our Defend RTC campaign and leading our Courtwatch efforts. This will include regular outreach in the courts, coordinating with base building groups across the city, identifying leaders, coordinating actions and much more.
- Leadership and Membership Development: Identify new potential members and leaders and engage them in our meetings and campaigns, conduct regular one to ones with key partners to develop their leadership, skills and commitment to the work.
- Coalition Work: Attend monthly coalition meetings and steering committee meetings, as needed; keep accurate notes, maintain systems to document and track our work; Work collaboratively with our team to grow the Coalition into the organization our members need it to be.
Position Type: Full Time, Exempt Position. While some work can be from home, this position requires in person work for regular outreach, meetings, actions, etc.
DESIRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS: We are looking for someone with 3+ years of grassroots organizing experience, a strong track record of a commitment to social justice; strong base building, outreach and leadership development experience; demonstrated campaign experience; attention to detail; 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. Bilingual skills are required.
SALARY AND BENEFITS OFFERED: $55,000-$70,000, depending on experience. The Coalition is fiscally sponsored by the Fund for the City of NY, which offers a comprehensive benefits package, various options for health and dental insurance, a 401(k), and flexible spending accounts. Paid Time Off includes 4 weeks vacation, 12 holidays, and 15 sick days. In addition, the Coalition closes the office for two weeks at the end of the year, offers a summer Friday schedule and covers the cost of home office expenses and ongoing work related expenses such as internet and cell phone.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter, résumé and list of three professional references to [email protected] with Coalition Campaign Organizer in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; deadline to apply is January 23.
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 or other protected category under federal, state or local law.