- The Goddard Riverside Law Project provides free legal services and organizing support to low-income individuals, families, and groups of tenants in the west side of Manhattan. Our mission is to empower tenants and preserve affordable housing through advocacy, legal representation, relationship building, and grassroots education.
- We aim to protect tenants’ rights and hold bad actors accountable while working towards establishing pro-tenant laws and sound housing policy through city and statewide coalition work. To these ends, we integrate tenant voices and collaborate with the community, particularly SRO tenants and marginalized populations.
Monday through Friday
10:00am to 6:00pm
Role, Responsibilities and Essential Duties
Roles, Responsibilities, and Essential Duties of Tenant Organizers:
- Community organizing:
- Organize tenants at a building-wide and neighborhood-wide level to address housing-related issues, including conflicts with landlords, harassment and discrimination;
- Educate community residents on tenants’ rights, fair housing, gentrification and anti-displacement strategies;
- Conduct outreach events in the community, including workshops and trainings;
- Assist tenants in forming tenant associations and developing organizing strategies;
- Mobilize tenants for demonstrations, rallies and forums;
- Develop and support community leaders through regular tenant committee meetings.
- Advocacy & case management:
- Assist tenants with housing-related issues and concerns;
- Advocate on behalf of tenants with landlords, government agencies and other entities;
- Help tenants with complaints and applications to government agencies;
- Assist unrepresented tenants with filing court cases and accessing resources;
- Support legal staff in court cases and assist in the legal representation of tenants;
- Depending on language ability, provide translation assistance.
- Campaigns & coalitions:
- Represent the tenant community and take leadership roles in citywide campaigns and coalitions to advance and reform policies consistent with our mission, including preservation and production of affordable housing and safe living conditions;
- Advocate for stronger legislation and policies to empower and protect tenants;
- Develop and maintain relationships with community leaders and elected officials.
- Fulfill administrative responsibilities as required, including maintaining notes on individual cases, buildings and campaigns and reporting on organizing efforts and results.
- Demonstrated commitment to social justice work.
- College degree in related area; Master’s degree in Social Work preferred, but not required.
- Fluency in spoken and written Spanish required.
- Familiarity with housing issues and community organizing experience preferred.
- Ability to manage workload comprising building-wide organizing, and participation in campaigns/coalitions and some casework.
- Strong writing and research skills.
- To perform this job successfully, an individual should be comfortable operating Microsoft Office programs, especially Outlook, Word and Excel.
- Organizers are expected to visit tenants in their homes, conduct outreach in buildings, and attend events outside the office.
- Most work will be conducted at our office site; in addition, work may be required at buildings, other offices, and outdoors.