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Bay Area Coordinator for the Regional Tenant Organizing Network and Peoples Land and Housing Alliance

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Urban Habitat | Oakland, CA
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The consultant will be paid a rate of $34 an hour.

Overview:

Urban Habitat is hiring a consultant to provide support for the Regional Tenant Organizing (RTO) network and Peoples Land and Housing Alliance (PLHA) network.


Position Summary:

The housing crisis in the Bay Area is at the most critical point it has ever been. In the Bay Area, more than 480,000 economically insecure households pay on average $9,000 more than they can afford on rent annually—adding up to $4.4 billion that they could be spending on their family needs and in the regional economy. Between 2000 and 2016, rents increased 24 percent while renter incomes rose just 9 percent. Six of every 10 economically insecure residents are renters and 75 percent of them pay too much for housing (more than 30 percent of their income).[1] For years, organizations throughout the region have been working to defend and advance protections for renters and their families. More recently, we are seeing the growth of organizing and advocacy for longer term solutions that can guarantee dignified, affordable housing for all through land trusts and other forms of community ownership. Across the region, more organizations are taking up the issue of housing due to its impact on their constituencies and more neighborhoods in cities and suburbs are seeing the rise of volunteer-led groups organize for the right to affordable, safe and secure housing.


Regional Tenant Organizing (RTO) is a network of tenants right organizations and allies seeking a part-time Bay Area regional coordinator for 20 hours/week. The position will be shared with the Peoples Land and Housing Alliance (PLHA), a network of organizations fighting for long-term, community based solutions to the housing crisis. The coordinator will support infrastructure and membership development for the networks; support implementation of network projects; and cultivate relationships across the region, and with state-wide and national networks. The coordinator will report to one supervisor, and work closely with the steering committees from both networks. The position will be housed at Urban Habitat.


This is the first year of this position with an expectation that it will expand to full-time in 2021.


Summary of Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Regional Tenant Organizing network and the People’s Land and Housing Alliance with a focus on ensuring the existing infrastructures operate smoothly. This includes: convening regular meetings of the networks and steering committees, maintaining meeting agendas and minutes, managing member communications, and supporting grant writing and reporting.
  • Coordinate with the RTO and PLHA steering committees to implement the strategic priorities of this position (which will be finalized in 2020) with a high level of success. Includes but is not exclusive to:
  1. Continuing to develop infrastructure of the networks
  2. Coordinating with and supporting network working groups
  3. Implementing 1 annual regional assembly, and participating in planning the biennial California Renter Power assembly
  4. Representing the networks externally in regional and statewide discussions relevant to the housing justice movement
  5. Build relationships with regional allies, partner networks, and funders


  • Coordinate RTO and PLHA membership development and support:
  1. Conduct one on one meetings with member organizations and sustain relationships
  2. Build new relationships with existing or emerging tenant groups, including faith-based and volunteer groups
  3. Support trainings, information exchange, research and small grant program
  4. Update and maintain member database


Summary of Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, urban studies, environmental studies, economics, or public policy and at least two years of experience in community organizing and policy advocacy; or a minimum of five years of experience in social/environmental justice field with a demonstrated record of accomplishment leading community-based organizing and/or advocacy campaigns in large diverse coalitions.


Specific skills/subject knowledge:

  • Knowledgeable about the housing crisis in the Bay Area
  • Ability to track the big picture of network-building, alongside the details of relationships and membership development
  • Experience in building and cultivating strong relationships in a professional manner
  • Knowledge and experience with grassroots organizing efforts and how to support emerging organizations
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication for internal and public purposes
  • Ability to effectively present information to groups with a variety of backgrounds
  • Experience with coordinating and leading in-person and virtual meetings and ensuring consistency of agenda development, facilitation and topline summaries that highlight key action items
  • Experience with managing a small program budget
  • Ability to meet deadlines in a timely manner
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish desirable


Characteristics of the Position:

  • This position is an independent contractor, and neither Consultant nor Consultant's employees or contract personnel are, or shall be deemed Urban Habitat's employees.
  • The consultant will be paid a rate of $34 an hour.
  • The consultant will report to Urban Habitat’s Program Director of Land Use and Housing.
  • Requires evening and some weekend activities; these may include, but are not limited to, meetings, trainings, and workshops.


[1] All data points are from Solving the Housing Crisis is Key to Inclusive Prosperity in the Bay Area, by Sarah Treuhaft with Jessica Pizarek, Ángel Ross and Justin Scoggins.

Overview:

Urban Habitat is hiring a consultant to provide support for the Regional Tenant Organizing (RTO) network and Peoples Land and Housing Alliance (PLHA) network.


Position Summary:

The housing crisis in the Bay Area is at the most…

Details at a glance

  • Remote Possible
  • Part Time Schedule
  • Contract

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume to Tony Samara at jobs@urbanhabitat.org. Please put “Bay Area Coordinator" in the subject line of your email.

Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates should e-mail a resume to Tony Samara at jobs@urbanhabitat.org. Please put…

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