[act-ma] Organizer Position at Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants

maht at saveourhomes.org maht at saveourhomes.org
Fri Sep 30 10:11:03 PDT 2011



Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants

42 Seaverns Avenue   
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130   
Phone: 617.267.2949

www.saveourhomes.org/maht

 

Job Description: Tenant Organizer 

The Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants (MAHT), a tenant-controlled
alliance of resident associations in HUD-subsidized multi-family housing,
seeks an experienced Full Time Organizer to organize and support tenants
fighting to save and improve their homes in Eastern and Central
Massachusetts.  As Tenant Organizer, s/he will play a role in leading the
organizing team, including coordination of three projects:  1) Save Our
Homes Campaign - expiring mortgage crisis;  2)  the integration of voter
registration strategies with tenant organizing goals; and, 3) other tenant
rights-related campaigns.  MAHT is the oldest and most accomplished HUD
tenant coalition in the US, preserving more than 9,700 apartments as
affordable housing through tenant organizing since 1983, including 1,200
apartments in eight resident-controlled developments.   MAHT currently
staffs 38 tenant organizations and organizing committees representing more
than 8,000 families.  

 

Responsibilities Include:

* Help coordinate MAHT field organizing efforts, including intensive
door-knocking drives 

* Assist HUD tenants in organizing and strengthening tenant groups at the
building level

* Assist tenant leadership in setting goals, strategizing and building
campaigns to save 

and improve at-risk HUD housing, including resident-controlled ownership
where feasible

* Assist tenant leadership in conducting participatory planning and training
workshops

* Manage Voter Registration, Education and Mobilization (VREM) and VISTA
volunteer 

projects, including supervision and field training for part-time VREM
organizers and 

VISTA Volunteers, grant management and reporting

* Develop fliers, newsletters, Action Alerts, fact sheets and other
materials and post 

them to the web

* Help tenant groups negotiate with owners and agencies for repairs,
services and 

affordable rents

* Involve tenants in city-wide, statewide and national activities,
coalitions, and 

campaigns

* Assist tenant groups in assembling appropriate technical resources

* Help coordinate National Alliance of HUD Tenants Annual Save Our Homes
Conference

 

Qualifications:

* Commitment to social change and the empowerment of low and moderate income
people

* Experience working with racially and economically diverse groups of people

* Organizing experience, preferably in the housing field

* Project-management and supervisory experience; knowledge of A*VISTA
program helpful

* Knowledge of HUD housing issues or ability to learn 

* Experience with VREM campaigns and integration of voter databases with
organizing 

campaigns

* Grassroots leadership-training experience and knowledge of popular
education methods 

* Experience in planning and coordinating large meetings, events and
campaigns

* Strong administrative, oral and written communication skills

* Excellent computer skills including all MS applications; database and web
experience 

helpful

* Ability to work as a creative contributing member of a strong staff team

* Ability and willingness to travel in Eastern/Central Massachusetts 

* Must have cell phone, driver?s license, a car or routine access to a car 

* Bi-lingual capacity (Spanish, Creole, Russian, Vietnamese and/or Chinese)
helpful 

* Grasp of big picture with an eye for detail

* Possessing initiative, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and a collaborative
approach 

* Available to work evenings and weekends

 

Salary:             
Low to high thirties, depending on experience.  
2/3 health and dental insurance for individual, family health negotiable.  
Two weeks paid vacation first year, more thereafter.

 

People of color, women, and residents of multifamily HUD housing are
strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Please e-mail your resume and cover letter to maht at saveourhomes.org by
November 1, 2011.  

 

No phone calls please.

 

 

 

 

 

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