Contract Community Organizer

Housing and Climate Justice for Acton

Housing and Climate Justice for Acton, a membership based organization of renters and condo residents, seeks a Contract Community Organizer (est. 20 hours / week). This role is the organization’s sole contract organizer.

In coordination with the organization’s volunteer Steering Committee, the Community Organizer builds relationships with community members; develops community members’ leadership skills; and supports the development of housing and climate justice campaigns in service of Housing and Climate Justice for Acton’s mission: supporting apartment and condo residents in creating solutions to the housing emergency and climate emergency through bold organizing and advocacy, resources, and models for solutions.

This contract role requires the ability to be in Acton, MA at least 1-2 days each week, including local travel throughout Acton. Some aspects of the work (i.e. phone calls and Zoom meetings) can be carried out remotely.

Compensation: $2,500 / month contract

To Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to climateandhousingacton@gmail.com

Application Deadline: For priority consideration, please apply by November 18, 2022.

Contract Community Organizer Duties:

Community Organizing (65%)

  • Collaborate with group members and leaders to design campaign strategy, organize campaign events, facilitate meetings, and plan actions that win the passage of local climate and housing policies
  • Collaborate with members and volunteers to help group members identify existing and new policy solutions that meet their needs
  • Develop leaders and volunteers, and track group members’ leadership and engagement
  • Support the development of organizing skills trainings and political education events
  • Support group members in carrying out canvassing and direct outreach, primarily through the Energy Bill Savings Project weatherization and electrification canvassing program.
  • Provide administrative support and event and meeting coordination for the group’s Clean Energy, Stable Housing, and Fundraising teams as needed; including tracking projects, tasks, meeting dates, etc.
  • In collaboration with group members, coordinate turnout to events and meetings
  • Develop organizing tools, flyers and written materials for the organization and campaigns
  • Support the group’s media, social media, and digital organizing outreach to support campaign work and organizational growth
  • Support the development of organizational partnerships to grow the organization’s power
  • Rigorously pursue ongoing professional development and reflection to grow personal organizing practice and skills
  • Identify leadership and skill development training resources to share with HCJA members

Fundraising (25%)

  • Collaborate with members and volunteers to design and carry out an annual fundraising plan that raises $50,000 a year
  • Help coordinate fundraising activities including 4-5 grant applications, 2-3 grant reports, 1-2 grassroots fundraising drives and 1-2 fundraising events each year

Administrative Support (10%)

  • In collaboration with volunteers, maintain the organization’s contact list, email newsletters, text and phone list, and other methods of contact with supporters

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Strong interpersonal and persuasive skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven project management and task management skills
  • Prior experience working with a community organization, a volunteer group or a campaign
  • Lived experience and/or work experience with communities most impacted by economic injustice and the climate crisis, particularly Black people, Indigenous people, People of Color, working-class, and/or poor people, and/or people with disabilities
  • Alignment with HCJA’s values of housing justice; disability justice; racial justice; economic justice; renters rights; LGBTQ inclusion; and supporting the leadership of people who are most impacted by injustice.
  • Alignment with HCJA’s bottom-up, people powered approach to create  bold, rapid and transformational change.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 2-3 years community organizing experience, especially participation in local level organizing campaigns
  • Prior tenant organizing experience
  • Volunteer coordination experience
  • Proficiency in Portuguese and/or Spanish
  • Familiarity with housing and/or climate policy
  • Understanding of disability justice and/or experience coordinating accessibility supports for people with disabilities
  • Experience coordinating interpretation, translation, and other language justice measures
  • Grassroots fundraising and/or grant writing experience

If you are interested in this contract role and do not meet the qualifications listed above, we encourage you to still apply.

About Housing and Climate Justice for Acton:

Housing & Climate Justice for Acton supports apartment and condo residents in creating solutions to the housing emergency and climate emergency by offering bold advocacy, tools, resources and models.

We prioritize solving residents’ problems and mobilizing for change. When as few as two or three of us gather, our voices can be heard, and when more of us gather, positive, just, and transformative change takes place.

In the last year and a half, we have:

  • Gotten the Town of Acton to create a renter hotline, launch a Human Services Committee, and allocate $30,000 to a pilot housing stabilization services program
  • Presented a research report to Acton’s Select Board on the issues that renters in Acton face
  • Developed a climate action policy platform that resulted in 7 proposals being added to Acton’s Climate Action Plan
  • Brought 52 Acton residents to Town Meeting where we passed an EV Charging for All item
  • Helped residents file recycling complaints at 8 apartment complexes, leading the Town to propose new recycling regulations that will guarantee recycling access for apartment and condo buildings
  • Supported renters committees in organizing at several Acton buildings
  • Mobilized members to attend numerous Select Board meetings, held Stand Outs and organized marches
  • And brought together more than 100 Acton residents who’ve decided to have a collective voice in their community.

To apply for this job email your details to climateandhousingacton@gmail.com