JOB OPENING: Organizing Director / Community Organizer


Organizing Director

Location: Twin Cities Metro
Job Type: Full Time
Application Date: May 31, 2017

All Parks Alliance for Change is the statewide organization for Minnesota’s 180,000 manufactured (mobile) home park residents. As the only organization of its kind in the state, APAC is critical to providing an effective voice for manufactured home owners to express their needs and concerns in their parks and in the larger community. Through education, grassroots organizing and leadership development, APAC works to improve the quality of life in park neighborhoods, protect the rights of park residents, advance public policy change that supports safe, affordable, and stable park communities, preserve these vital units of affordable housing, and promote racial justice.

Position Overview:

The Organizing Director will provide coordination for APAC’s community organizing activities and staff, and will conduct community organizing campaigns in some park neighborhoods. Based on interest and abilities, the OD will also have opportunities to participate in APAC’s work at the State Capitol and in national manufactured housing networks.

Primary Duties:

As Organizing Director

• Responsible to the Executive Director for coordinating APAC’s community organizing and, in a general sense, ensuring that APAC’s park campaigns are being conducted properly.
• Supervise, evaluate, and identify training opportunities for community organizers.
• Make park organizing campaign assignments and provide detailed reports on organizing activities.
• Call and run weekly meetings with the organizing staff and aid organizers in goal setting and evaluations.
• Develop and conduct local and state leadership trainings.
• Oversee coordinated park outreach efforts.
• Meet weekly with the ED to discuss goals, review progress, and identify any serious concerns about community organizers or park campaigns.

As Community Organizer

• Conduct community organizing campaigns in parks around resident-defined issues – such as park closings, community improvements, or conversion to resident ownership.
• Organize resident associations and promote leadership development.
• Hold workshops to educate residents about their rights and park preservation strategies.
• Network and form partnerships with housing advocates, public officials, faith-based communities, etc.
• Outreach to residents through door-to-door leafleting and other methods.
• Recruit new APAC members and encourage the formation of APAC chapters.
• Play a supporting role in public policy work and electoral organizing.
• Advise and assist tenant hotline callers dealing with issues such as eviction notices, management practices, etc. and look for patterns that indicate new concerns or issues in parks.
• Be available for other tasks, including assisting in meeting and reporting on grant requirements that provide funding for your position, monthly staff reports, etc.

Qualifications:

Required:
At least two years community organizing experience; commitment to social and economic justice; demonstrated ability to build partnerships, alliances and/or coalitions; experience working in diverse communities; strong verbal and written communication skills; assertiveness and self-confidence; ability to work as part of a team or independently; ability to organize tasks, manage time, and prioritize projects; attention to detail; basic competency on personal computer systems; a valid drivers license; can work evenings/weekends and travel as needed; and able to perform periodic outdoor leafleting.

Preferred:
Experience coordinating or supervising others; background with fundraising or grant seeking; familiarity with housing issues; and additional relevant language skills, such as Spanish or Hmong.

Salary & Benefits:

Annual salary based on experience, with twice monthly pay periods. Benefits outlined in APAC’s Employee Handbook, including ten paid holidays, ten vacation days, ten sick days, and one additional personal day.

How to Apply:

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and will be accepted through May 31, 2017. Submit a cover letter and resume to: Dave Anderson, Executive Director. By mail to: 2380 Wycliff Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55114. By e-mail to: dave@allparksallianceforchange.org

Questions?

For more information contact Dave at toll-free 855-361-2722 or dave@allparksallianceforchange.org