Resident Organizer

Website Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

Position: Resident Organizer (Burlington, VT)

About Us: The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is a statewide membership organization dedicated to ensuring that all Vermonters have safe, adequate, physically accessible and affordable housing, particularly the state’s low and moderate-income residents, people with disabilities, the homeless, elders, and families with children. Our further mission is to:

·Encourage resident participation and control in their housing;

·Advocate for the preservation of existing housing, protection of renters, and the development of new, perpetually affordable low and moderate income housing;

·Promote the recognition of housing as a basic right for all Vermonters through education of the public and elected officials;

·Promote innovative means for preserving and increasing Vermont’s affordable housing stock.

VAHC is staffed by one part-time coordinator and three full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA members. Guidance comes, in part, from an all-volunteer Steering Committee.

 

Job Description: The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (www.vtaffordablehousing.org) is seeking a Resident Organizer to embark on an exciting statewide resident organizing effort. In response to a need for more low-income resident voices engaged in state-level affordable housing policy development, VAHC is working to create a statewide, resident-led grassroots advocacy initiative. By increasing support for resident advocacy, VAHC hopes to carve out much needed space for their voices and lived experiences in the state legislative process. The Resident Organizer will take a lead role in carrying out this project, in close collaboration with the VAHC Resident Engagement AmeriCorps*VISTA, along with other staff, Steering Committee members, and Coalition partners around the state. This is a one-year contracted, grant-funded position with the potential for renewal and expansion in the second year. The position is part-time (~30 hours/week). Compensation and hours are negotiable, but will be no less than $20/hr. Anticipated December start date.

Responsibilities: 

·Identify and engage with individual resident leaders across the state

·Recruit a project advisory committee of resident leaders who will identify community needs and guide organizing efforts

·Provide logistic & communication support (plan resident meetings, create fliers, mailings, etc.)

·Create resources and training modules for resident leaders on housing knowledge and community organizing skills and conduct regular training sessions

·Fundraise for short- & long-term project needs

·Identify and promote community engagement strategies and leadership development opportunities for residents

·Assist with a long-term storytelling project and outreach campaign to share the stories of residents in affordable housing

·Maintain detailed documentation of project activities & outcomes

·Provide outreach to the media & broader community

·Coordinate with resident organizing staff at Coalition partner organizations

·Interface with regional and national partners for technical assistance and by attending conferences and trainings

Qualifications:

·Bachelor’s degree

·Demonstrated ability to engage respectfully and productively with a broad range of people

·2-4 years of experience in affordable housing advocacy and community organizing

·An understanding of the Vermont affordable housing landscape

·Commitment to working on social justice issues

·Experience working with low-income communities

·Self-starter attitude and ability to work independently and in collaboration with other organizers

·Well-developed research, writing, editing and public speaking skills

·Valid driver’s license required, car ownership preferred.

If you are interested in this position and possess the necessary qualifications, please send a cover letter and resume to: hiring@vtaffordablehousing.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.