Housing Justice Coalition Organizer

Pittsburgh United

http://pittsburghunited.org

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Pittsburgh United is seeking an experienced, creative, and dedicated leader for the Housing Justice Coalition Organizer position. With more than 25 active coalition partners, the Housing Justice Table at Pittsburgh United presents an incredible opportunity to affect change in a mid-sized City.  Top priorities for this position include maintaining and growing strong coalitional relationships, building a campaign that moves partners to take action to combat the affordable housing crisis in the Pittsburgh region, identifying affordable housing policy opportunities, and implementing new coalitional campaigns.

This is an exciting and dynamic job in a stable but growing coalition, with opportunities for advancement and leadership. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a strong work ethic and focus on the value of relationships, coalition, racial equity, and the right of all people to have a safe, affordable place to call home.  The Housing Coalition Organizer works in a fast-paced environment that requires strategic thinking  and a knack for “connecting the dots.” We are looking for a team player who shares our vision of a community and economy that work for all of us and a commitment to working together in coalition where we can accomplish more together than we can on our own.

To apply: Please email a cover letter and resume to info@pittsburghunited.org. Include the Subject Line: Housing Justice Coalition Organizer

In your cover letter, please describe how your experience, skills, and interests align with this position and the organization’s mission. Preferred application deadline is Sept 15, 2021.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered as soon as they are received, until the position is filled.

Pittsburgh United is an affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQIA people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. We believe that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law. Pittsburgh United’s office is accessible, however, Pittsburgh United staff are currently working remotely.

The Position

The Housing Justice Coalition Organizer is responsible for organizing and leading the Housing Justice Table at Pittsburgh United. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Coalition Organizing and Management: Build and maintain strong and effective relationships with existing campaign partners, new campaign partners, allies, community members, elected officials, stakeholders, and leaders in the Housing Justice Space; Conduct frequent meetings and check ins with partners and allies; Support and develop the leadership of coalition partners
  • Campaign Planning and Execution: Lead the development of strategic campaigns; Develop the capacity of table partners to participate effectively in campaigns; Plan and execute meetings, events, actions, or other strategic activities that further the goals of the campaigns; Monitor and/or participate in governmental and public meetings and processes related to Pittsburgh United’s housing justice campaigns, including lobbying and testifying on behalf of the campaign
  • Communications: Work with the digital organizer and communications team to promote events, resources, and actions; Act as a spokesperson for the campaign; Develop table partners to act as spokespeople; Speak at events to highlight the campaign where appropriate; Maintain various campaign lists and data systems to facilitate campaign outreach
  • Fundraising and Administration: In coordination with the Executive Director, identify funding opportunities and build relationships with funders/program officers; Participate in grant writing and reporting where appropriate; Maintain organized digital and physical campaign records; Maintain timesheets and calendar, especially for lobbying activities

Compensation and Job Design

This is a permanent, full time position in the PA Workers United bargaining unit and reports to the Organizing Director. The organization is currently working remotely, and the Housing Justice Coalition Organizer will be located in Pittsburgh, PA when the organization transitions back to in-person work. The work schedule can at times be greater than 40 hours per week and includes some evening and weekend meetings and events, as necessary. It is not a strictly 9am-5pm position. Travel is occasionally required around the region or to state/national conferences related to housing justice. Compensation will be based on skills and experience, with a salary range of $43,000-$55,000 per year. Our comprehensive benefits package includes employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, 401k with an employer match, cell phone and transportation benefits, and paid holidays (12), vacation (15), and sick days (12).

Qualifications

  • Experience with coalition organizing or leading a team in campaign work
  • Experience implementing a successful campaign plan, strategic campaign development/planning experience preferred
  • Personal or professional experience with and passion for housing justice, lived experience a plus
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including racial equity skills, and ability to work with a diverse array of individuals, communities, and sectors
  • Ability to challenge people to take risks in order to make change
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Ability to receive and integrate performance based feedback into ongoing work plans as well as the ability to provide relevant and timely feedback to peers in a constructive manner
  • Commitment to justice as well as understanding race, class, gender and other equity issues as part of the work as well as the impact these structural issues have on our collective work
  • Exceptional planning and time management skills and ability to prioritize competing, complex priorities

About the Organization

15 years of building power….

Who We Are

Pittsburgh United is a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. We aspire to create a community where all workers are able to care for themselves and raise their families, sharing in the prosperity generated by economic growth and development.

What We Do

Pittsburgh United’s Housing Justice Table organizes with tenants and community groups to preserve and expand affordable housing options in our community and fight against displacement with people who have always called Pittsburgh home. The Housing Justice table won the first ever citywide affordable housing policy – the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund – and sustainable funding of $10 million annually. The Our Water Campaign fights for safe, affordable, publicly controlled water and green solutions to make our region more resilient to climate change. The campaign has successfully fought water privatization while winning important policy changes at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority such as new water affordability programs, thousands of full lead line replacements, and two community advisory committees to oversee these new programs. The Worker Organizing Table works with unions and community organizations to fight for livable wages and good benefits for working people and their families. We’ve supported the Fight for $15 and passed Paid Sick Days legislation in Pittsburgh. We’ve fought alongside hospital workers, janitors, grocery store workers, and steelworkers to form their unions and improve their contracts.

We also work across a regional footprint in Western PA – spanning from State College to Erie to Greensburg – with our affiliated organization Pennsylvania United.  Since 2017, PA United has been rebuilding progressive organizing infrastructure in communities that have experienced historic disinvestment from both economic opportunities and organizing resources. This work has resulted in member-led chapters in key swing counties in Western PA, where we are building a multi-racial, poor and working class movement for long-term change.

We are constantly developing organizing, education, advocacy, and communications strategies to fight and win progressive campaigns that ensure sustainable communities, raise standards for low-wage workers, advance racial equity and harness economic development and public investment for community benefit. Join us in building a better Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania for everyone.

The Moment

Pittsburgh is at a crossroads. The affordable housing crisis in Pittsburgh has already displaced thousands of families, but it is still possible to implement local policies that can help keep Pittsburgh home for longtime residents. Pittsburgh United has a long track record of fighting for development and policies that benefit people and communities including the One Hill CBA, the Pittsburgh Land Bank, and the Housing Opportunity Fund and its sustainable funding mechanism. With a new mayoral administration beginning in 2022 and federal recovery funds for local governments, Pittsburgh has a once in a generation opportunity to address its affordable housing crisis.

To learn more about Pittsburgh United visit www.pittsburghunited.org

To learn more about our affiliated organization, Pennsylvania United, visit paunited.org

To apply for this job email your details to info@pittsburghunited.org