Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project was founded in 1994 to offer immediate employment options for poor and homeless adults and challenge the structures that create poverty. Real Change serves our vendors and unsheltered folks through three integrated approaches:
Vendor Program: Real Change meets vendors where they are, providing immediate income and training. Additional opportunities include advanced sales trainings, elected vendor leadership positions, vendor internships, assistance with navigation and resource referral and paid participation in the Homeless Speakers Bureau.
Real Change Newspaper: Real Change is North America’s leading street newspaper that provides work for about 700 homeless and low-income people annually, regularly wins awards for excellence, and focuses on issues of economic, social and racial justice.
Real Change Advocacy: Real Change leverages relationships between vendors and readers to increase opportunities for homeless and low-income people to positively impact their lives.
Real Change actively recruits persons of diverse backgrounds and supports the retention and advancement of diverse persons within the organization. We believe that having a board, staff, and volunteer corps with diverse personal and professional backgrounds enhances our ability to meet our mission and creates a vibrant environment where individuals can learn, grow and thrive. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit factors, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.
The Community Organizer is a full-time, non-exempt position in the Real Change Advocacy Department reporting to the Lead Organizer/Department Manager. The Community Organizer works with the Real Change community and allies to build powerful relationships across class and take action for economic, social, and racial justice. This position is responsible for supporting the Advocacy priorities as directed by the Manager.
The Community Organizer position is grant funded for up to 3 years.
Primary Roles and Responsibilities
1. Vendor Engagement (40%)
• Support leadership development and empowerment of low-income and homeless vendors through facilitation of ongoing engagement, training and public speaking events
• Support the Vendor Organizing Committee
• Recruit and engage vendors for external and internal Advocacy opportunities
2. Organizing and Advocacy (30%)
• Support the organizing of public events, rallies, and demonstrations
• Direct logistics and coordinate involvement at public events, rallies and demonstrations
• Coordinate homeless voter registration efforts
• Track participation and meeting attendance, manage member database and contact lists
3. Homeless Speakers Bureau (HSB) (15%)
• Recruit vendors to HSB
• Direct logistics and coordinate speakers for HSB events
• Support speakers in developing talking points and feeling confident in front of diverse settings
• Attend HSB events as needed
4. Other Duties (5%)
• Drive participants to and from select events
• Maintain regular sales desk schedule in Vendor program
• Attend department and all staff meetings
• Serve on one cross-department committee
• Perform other tasks as assigned
Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with a paid 30 minute lunch break. Anticipated schedule will include regular evenings and some weekends depending on the needs of the advocacy campaigns and HSB engagements. When evenings or weekend work happens the office hours will be adjusted.
• Minimum one year of experience in community organizing
• Proven ability to take initiative and be creative in engaging volunteers, vendor and interns
• Demonstrated ability to build community relationships, alliances and coalitions
• Demonstrated commitment to economic, social and racial justice
• Valid drivers license and clean driving record
• Legislative advocacy experience
• Experience with low-income communities
• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred
Compensation: Starting salary $15.73/hour+ DOE. Excellent benefit package, including three weeks paid vacation, medical, dental and vision coverage, retirement plan and a $300 annual professional development budget.
Please email your resume and cover letter to jobs (at) realchangenews (dot) org with the subject line Community Organizer and your name. Please include in your email where you heard about this job. No phone calls.