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Resolve Housing Organizer

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Tenants Union of Washington | Seattle, WA
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Tenants Union of Washington


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Published 12 days ago

April 1, 2020
February 17, 2020
$43,000 - $43,000

Job Opening: Resolve Housing Organizer

Supervisor: Executive Director

Hours: Full time, 35 hrs/wk

Salary Range: $43,000 (1 FTE)

Benefits: Health and dental insurance reimbursement, vacation & sick paid time off, flexible hours, and generous holiday schedule.

About the Tenants Union

The Tenants Union is a grassroots membership organization dedicated to safe, healthy, and affordable housing for everyone. Our goals are to help all tenants, especially low income tenants, solve their rental housing problems by learning and asserting their rights as tenants; organize within their buildings and neighborhoods to maintain and preserve decent and affordable rental housing; and mobilize for stronger tenant protections and greater accountability from the systems and institutions affecting their housing stability.

Job Summary

Building on a strong history of tenant education and advocacy to avoid eviction and housing loss, the TU is launching a program called Resolve: Landlord Tenant Dispute Resolution. The Resolve Housing Organizer will work to prevent housing loss and promote housing stability through collaborative negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution between tenants and landlords. Resolve alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services will educate and empower both tenants and landlords to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law and to come to positive resolution and right relationship with each other and prevent unnecessary housing loss.

Essential Responsibilities, Duties, and Tasks

  • Provide Seattle/King County tenants with flexible, creative, and accessible alternative dispute resolution services, including negotiation, mediation, and other restorative justice conflict resolution with a priority on seniors and tenants facing barriers to stable housing.
  • Meet with renters facing housing loss referred through the TU Education Program and community partners.
  • Provide detailed information on Landlord/Tenant laws impacting renters and community resources available in King County to promote housing stability.
  • Communicate directly with landlords to address housing issues and invite their participation in conflict resolution, mediation, or a restorative justice process.
  • Coordinate with TU Tenant Counselors and community partners to conduct community workshops for renters that provide information about the Resolve program and dispute resolution to prevent housing loss.
  • Distribute outreach materials on the Resolve program and TU Education Program and organizing work to tenants.
  • Coordinate written agreements between landlords and tenants and provide follow up support and evaluation.
  • With the support of the Executive Director, run the Resolve Program, including:
  • Participate in in-depth training as needed, including on tenants counseling and community resources, professional mediation, organizing, restorative justice, de-escalation, and conflict resolution.
  • Developing data entry and reporting systems for the program, including invoices and evaluation procedures.
  • Collaborate with other TU Organizers and staff to integrate the Resolve program into the TU’s larger education and organizing work.
  • Connect renters to the TU’s larger movement for housing justice through community organizing campaigns.
  • Join the larger TU team to support ongoing organizational efforts including events, fundraising, and actions.

Essential Qualifications

  • Experience with authentic and open relationship building with low income communities, people of color, and other people targeted by oppression.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse groups of people and willingness to challenge oneself and others to undo racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression.
  • A deep understanding of the complex personal and institutional impacts of racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and other oppressions.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, public speaking and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to manage many tasks, prioritize, and problem-solve under pressure.
  • Experience with Salesforce or related databases.
  • Expertise with basic technology, including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Publisher) and Google Docs.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends.
  • Motivated independent worker with innovative and creative thinking.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills.
  • Self-starter with a strong desire to learn.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with mediation, dispute or conflict resolution, and/or tenant counseling.
  • Experience with community work and grassroots organizing.
  • Lived experience with low income housing and/or resolving issues with a landlord.
  • Knowledge of housing issues and/or landlord-tenant law.
  • Understanding of restorative justice principles and community accountability.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian or other relevant language in addition to English, in addition to comfort and experience working with interpreters in multiple languages.
  • Prior experience maintaining a flexible and changing office schedule.
  • A strong commitment to housing justice, a desire to cultivate relationships to build the collective movement, and empathy for the experiences of all tenants.

Time Commitment

  • Weekly schedule is Monday through Friday, but hours can vary.
  • Willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job.
  • Must be available some nights and weekends.
  • Must be available for special events and training.

The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The Tenants Union values people with lived experiences of housing instability, homelessness, or incarceration and invites them to apply. People of color, women, immigrants and refugees, LGBTQI individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Tenants Union of Washington State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Job Opening: Resolve Housing Organizer

Supervisor: Executive Director

Hours: Full time, 35 hrs/wk

Salary Range: $43,000 (1 FTE)

Benefits: Health and dental insurance reimbursement, vacation & sick paid time off, flexible hours, and generous…

Details at a glance

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  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

Health and dental insurance reimbursement, vacation & sick paid time off, flexible hours, and generous holiday schedule.

Health and dental insurance reimbursement, vacation & sick paid time off, flexible hours, and generous holiday schedule.

Level of Language Proficiency

  • Proficiency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian or other relevant language in addition to English, in addition to comfort and experience working with interpreters in multiple languages.


  • Proficiency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian or other relevant language in addition to English, in addition to comfort and experience working with interpreters in…

How to Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to info@tenantsunion.org with “Job Application – Resolve Housing Organizer” in the subject line, or mail to:

Tenants Union of Washington State

ATTN: Hiring Committee

5425 Rainier Avenue South Ste B

Seattle, WA 98118-2455

Position open until filled but applications will begin to be reviewed on February 17th. The anticipated start date is April 1st.

Submit cover letter and resume to info@tenantsunion.org with “Job Application – Resolve Housing Organizer” in the subject line, or mail to:

Tenants Union of Washington State

ATTN…

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Seattle, WA

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