Tenant Organizer

Housing Counseling Services

About the organization

Housing Counseling Services (H.C.S.) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1972 to provide comprehensive housing counseling, training, advocacy and technical assistance to low and moderate income tenants, home-buyers, homeowners and the homeless. Our goal is to build sustainable communities through informed housing consumers.

Duties

H.C.S. seeks an energetic self-starter to provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to low and moderate income District tenants. The Tenant Organizer will join a dynamic team of co-workers who seek to empower low and moderate income tenants through education and outreach. The Tenant Organizer will provide technical assistance to tenants so that they understand their rights and opportunities and can make their own informed housing choices.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

-Provide ongoing technical assistance to tenants and tenant associations who seek to preserve their rights, form tenant associations, purchase their buildings, partner with developers, improve housing conditions, preserve housing affordability and subsidies;

-Conduct outreach in buildings throughout DC where tenants are at risk for displacement;

-Provide training on tenant rights and responsibilities, forming a tenant association, the purchase process, developing partnerships, selecting development partners, understanding rental subsidies and other topics;

-Engage partners including: property owners, management companies, developers, attorneys,
lenders, inspectors and government officials;

Qualifications

-Flexible hours that require evening meetings at approximately four days a week;

-Commitment to affordable housing, social justice and community education;

-Background in, or experience with, community development, affordable housing, at-risk populations, organizing and/or anti-poverty work;

-Experience in providing direct services to low-income individuals and families;

-Sensitivity to needs within the community and to individual clients;

-Must be dynamic, flexible, self-directed, a capable multi-tasker, collaborative/team-focused, and have excellent analytical and public speaking skills;

-Ability to translate technical information into layman's terms;

-Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people including: lenders, developers, landlords, attorneys, public officials, and low-income individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds;

-Comfortable working in conflict situations and being out of the office in neighborhoods throughout DC;

-Fluency in Spanish a plus! Other language skills are appreciated.

Salary

$48,000-$60,000 (depending on experience)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Send resume and cover letter to [email protected]

H.C.S. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. H.C.S. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital or familiar status, sex, age, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law.

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